Riding the crest of the dance and electronica waves, Yamaha Corporation
of America introduced two of its hippest products, the DJXII Portable Keyboard and
DJXIIB DJ Box, at CES 2000. Both units feature an array of tools and features to help
DJs, remixers, and users of all levels create the latest beats, loops and samples. The DJXII
and DJXIIB will ship in August, 2000.
The 61-key DJXII is a combination keyboard and groove machine in one package. It
features full-sized keys, 100 authentic dance voices and 70 AWM dance styles–including
Rave, Techno, Rap and Hip-Hop–with 10 variations to each style. Users can create up to
five additional styles of their own. The DJXII contains mic and line inputs for capturing up
to six seconds of samples which can be assigned to six memory locations. On-board effects
include an assignable ribbon controller, DSP, chorus and reverb. Other professional
features include a 6-track sequencer song bank, an analog-style synthesizer filter section, LED display and audio beat counter. A built-in speaker system contains bass ports and a bass boost control
to reproduce a distinctive, hefty sound.
The DJXIIB is a full-function portable DJ box. It also contains on-board dance patterns,
DSP, effects, an LED display and analog-style synthesizer filter. A 6-track sequencer
allows users to create loop-based music. A fader and assignable turntable scratch pad
produce sounds identical to larger, more costly DJ rigs. The audio BPM function senses
and synchronizes beats of input sources, allowing the user to "beat mix," while a live
"Effector" allows effects to be added on the fly. The DJXIIB also contains a headphone
jack and two built-in speakers with bass ports for deep lows.
MIDI-compatibility allows both the DJXII and DJXIIB to connect to a computer, external
sequencers and other electronic instruments.
For more information on the Yamaha DJXII and DJXIIB products, Yamaha’s Consumer Products Division, 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620;
http://www.yamaha.com, telephone (714) 522-9011, fax (714) 228-3913. Press contact:
Giles Communications LLC, telephone (914) 422-3800, x132.
Submitted by Tom Finegan