Trying to squeeze the real world into a virtual one doesn’t always work out so well. For example, squeezing a keyboard into a mobile screen leaves you wanting for more octaves and physical feedback, thus ways to make traditional tactile controllers are devices by clever people in UI labs around the world. But bollocks to all that say Pioneer DJ — the lovely RMX-1000 effects units is so good, that they’re squeezing the whole experience into an iPad. Skeuomorphism is alive and well in iOS9 it seems.

UPDATE: Some PR just arrived, and here it is:

FULL FX: Pioneer DJ launches the RMX-1000 for iPad

21st October 2015: Pioneer DJ is launching the RMX-1000 for iPad: the tactile iOS app that lets producers add high-quality FX to tracks in their iTunes library. The RMX-1000 app really comes into its own when linked to the Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio, which will let them add FX to music they’ve made on their iPad.

Launched in 2012, the RMX-1000 is a hugely popular effector that can be used in the studio and for DJ performances. Now the RMX-1000 app emulates the hardware to deliver touchscreen control of Scene FX, Isolate FX, X-PAD FX and Release FX. Just like the RMX-1000, the app lets producers customise the parameters of the FX to create their own unique sound.

The RMX-1000 iOS app supports the Audiobus app (bought separately) and Inter-App Audio, which means producers can add FX to music they’ve created using DAW apps control and record their creations using one simple GUI.

The RMX-1000 for iPad is available from October 2015, at an SRP of $19.99 or €19.99, including VAT.

Discount offer

The RMX-1000 app is available at half price ($9.99 including VAT) until 11th November 2015.

Find out more about the RMX-1000 app for iPad. [insert hyperlink]

RMX-1000 FOR IPAD IN DETAIL

 

  1. A host of high-quality FX for limitless creativity

The four FX areas mirror the layout of the original RMX-1000, for intuitive, tactile control.

Scene FX
Build up and break down tracks by combining ten types of FX – and manipulate the wet/dry, time and resonance parameters for even more character.

Isolator FX
Alter the rhythm and timbre of the music by adjusting the Hi/Mid/Low frequencies, and add three types of FX: Cut/Add, Trans/Roll and Gate/Drive.

X-PAD FX
Trigger pre-assigned samples in time with the BPM and use the X-PAD to repeat samples at different speeds. Kick, Snare, Clap and Hi-hat are pre-assigned, or producers can customise using other on-board samples.

Release FX
Elegantly exit complex FX combinations and return to the original track using Back Spin, Vinyl Brake and Echo – or return to the music instantly.

PLUS – the parameters of many of the FX can be customised so producers can create unique sounds and experiment with their own style.

  1. Supports Audiobus and Inter-App Audio to become a full-blown music production tool

The RMX-1000 for iPad can be linked to the Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio, which provides one interface for producers to create and record music using DAW, FX and instrument apps. Users simply connect the RMX-1000 app to their Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio to start adding FX to music they’ve made using Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio compatible DAW apps.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Compatible OS and hardwareiPad Air (1st generation or later)
iPad mini (2nd generation or later)
iOS 8.0 or later (64bit)
SoundAudio output to speakers, headphones etc
(built-in or external audio devices)
File formatPlays all iPad-compatible formats except DRM files.

VIRTUAL RMX

The RMX-1000 for iPad couldn’t be any more literal. It is a virtual form of the hardware unit, with the hardware equivalent reproduced in shiny plastic detail, with more useable detail shown below.

Interestingly Pioneer DJ puts being able to apply effects to your iTunes library at the top of the PR list. But for most of us it’ll be the ability to route other audio via Audio’s and Inter-App Audio that is likely to be of most interest. People like and are familiar with Pioneer’s range of effects. So being able to use them in other apps that support it will be a godsend.

I haven’t grabbed it so I have no idea how it sounds just yet. A comparison between the real RMX-1000 and virtual one would be an interesting if slightly flawed test, as the environments and workflows are completely different.

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF…

When I opened the email from Pioneer DJ and saw the RMX-100o on an iPad screen, the very first thing I thought was that this was a way of designing your own effects and being able to upload them into your Pioneer hardware. I’ve dreamt of this facility for the entirety of skratchworx and DJWORX. Maybe one day, someone will make this happen.

SUMMING UP

RMX-1000 for iPad is available now from the App Store at a time limited 50% off for $9.99/€9.99/£7.99. Grab it now because at twice the price you’ll regret it. I can hear the wails of how this is too expensive already, but for the price of a decent burger and a coffee, you can have Pioneer effects on your iPad. Not too shabby. I also think it’s a matter of time before rekordbox becomes a full DJ app on the iPad too.

GALLERY