Casio America, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, is proud to announce the launch of two new products in its XW series that were developed with the on-the-go professional DJ in mind. The XW-J1 is an all-in-one controller for iOS devices and PCs, while the XW-H1 are tough performance headphones. Both the XW-J1 and XW-H1 will be exhibited in Casio’s booth (#5900) during Winter NAMM at the Anaheim Convention Center, January 23-26, 2014.
“Casio is thrilled to offer innovative new products to support professional DJs and music enthusiasts with a mobile lifestyle,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division. “We are committed to providing advancements to the XW series, which is comprised of synthesizers, controllers and headphones that will enable DJs and musicians to create their own unique sound.”
The XW-J1 is an all-in-one VJ/DJ controller for creating remixes of audio and video from music players, smartphones, and PCs that supports OS X, iOS, and Windows platforms. Musicians can mix music using the djay app, transforming their Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a full-fledged DJ application by using all the songs from their iTunes library to get ready to rock their next party with unprecedented ease. In addition, musicians can mix videos using the vjay video mixing app from Algoriddim GmbH, transforming their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a mashup application for their music and videos.
For on-the-go professional DJs, the XW-J1 allows for a cool club scene to be created in virtually any venue with minimal gear. The XW-J1 connects to a Mac with a USB cable or to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod device with a built-in 30-pin dock connector and features plug-and-play capability to instantly take control of the djay software or app. Musicians are ready to mix and scratch with no bothersome set-up procedure. The controller fully supports all djay platforms (Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone) and seamlessly integrates with iTunes so musicians can mix music from their iTunes library. Along with instant access to their iTunes library, the integration also provides musicians with hands-on browsing, easy in-track searching and the ability to save unique mixes directly in their iTunes library.
For easy mixing, the XW-J1 delivers all the legendary quality of Vestax professional hardware. The mixer controls are built using high quality faders and rotary knobs. Additionally, the controller features sound blending with EQ and filters, Harmonic Match™ for in-key mixes and tempo detection. For easy remixing, the XW-J1 features advanced audio FX, auto-loop, a live sampler and scratch jogwheels.
Along with the XW-J1 controller, the XW-H1 tough performance headphones were also designed for the on-the-go professional DJs and music enthusiasts as they are tough, lightweight, and combine high audio fidelity with superb usability. The headphones provide balanced, clear sound and were designed by audiophiles to reproduce accurate, natural sound across the entire audio spectrum. From crisp, clear trebles to rich, deep bass notes, the headphones meet the most exacting standards of audio quality so musicians hear music exactly the way they intended. For encapsulated comfort and focused listening, the headphones feature comfort-fit ear pads that were selected through extensive testing to be comfortable to wear even during long mixing sessions. They also feature a detachable, tangle-free cable that makes it easy to store while on the move and a folding headband for easy portability and protection.
The XW-J1 retails for an MSRP of $399.99, while the XW-H1 retails for an MSRP of $159.99. Both products will be available in March online and through specialty music dealers.