Pioneer recently released their new RMX-500 Effects Unit and it’s selling for $399. Is it worth it? Let’s see.
For starters, it’s half the cost of the popular RMX-1000. The RMX-1000 is found in set ups across the world. But its hard to shell out $800, and then get this huge piece of technology that you don’t even know how to use yet. The RMX 500 might just be the sweet spot in between nothing and too much. In their press release, Pioneer said,
Pioneer DJ is giving DJs and producers the most easy-to-use multi-effects unit yet… The lightweight box of tricks takes some of the best features from the top-flight RMX-1000, but gains a more simplified layout, on-board customization, and ingenious one-handed control of multiple parameters.
That last sentence alludes to one of the key features of this unit: the pressure knobs. No idea what those are? That’s because they’re the first of their kind in the industry. Basically, the two knobs control the Rhythm and Scene FX, and can be turned left and right to control the dry/wet levels. But they also push inwards to control the sub-parameters of each effect. This puts even more control into the DJ’s hands, making each set with the RMX-500 completely unique.
Another convenient feature of the RMX-500 is how little space it takes up. Not only is it a smaller unit, but the I/O connectors are now on the side instead of on the back. This makes tighter set ups a lot easier to handle: less wires in the way and you can put this unit anywhere around your equipment.
This unit can also be used as an audio interface. That’s right, you’re getting two for one. It even has a headphone jack so you can practice new tricks and techniques on your own time.
Now onto the effects themselves: each effect sounds great and is easy to use. If you’ve used Pioneer DJ equipment in the past, you’ll be impressed by the power this small device packs. It keeps up with the RMX-1000 in quality, though some parts (including the Release FX) are slightly simplified. Describing what each effect does would take awhile and might bore you, so watch the RMX-500 in action instead:
Overall, with the various effects, pressure knobs, audio interface, and convenient size… The RMX-500 is packing a lot, and for only half the cost of its big brother, what’s there to lose?
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Source: Review: Pioneer RMX-500 Effects Unit by Chris Brackley of DJ Tech Tools