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Pioneer announce MEP-7000 - shops sell out of Kleenex
Pioneer announce MEP-7000 - shops sell out of Kleenex
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008 :

Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1

And the Dj pr0n just keeps coming. For those of you who like me have wondered when Pioneer were going to play catchup and get on the digital controller bandwagon, you need wait no more for Pioneer have jumped aboard with knobs on. Seems they've patiently watched the likes of Numark, Denon and Cortex to see what they had to offer and after distilling the user feedback and no doubt pulling the competitive product apart down to component level, today Pioneer bring you the MEP-7000, and Sweet Jesus does it look nice.

Essentially, this is a 2 part unit - the MEP-7000 is a MIDI controller/player with a full media serving unit and the SEP-C1 is just the controller. But it's that SVM-esque colour screen that really does set it apart from the rest of the pack. It's not a touch screen though but who cares.

Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1

Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1 midi controller

Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1 midi controller

Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1 midi controller

Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1 midi controller

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The Pio blurb tells us more:
Introducing Pioneer’s MEP-7000 Multi Entertainment Player, incorporating the SEP-C1 Software Entertainment Controller


16th January 2008: Pioneer today announces its new multi-entertainment player and controller, primarily for the mobile DJ and bar market, the MEP-7000. The MEP-7000 offers a flexible high quality solution specifically with digital music in mind, being compact and easily to transport, yet inheriting the basic functions and features of the popular CDJ series CD Decks. The MEP-7000 enables users to play MP3/AAC files stored on various memory formats, along with playback of music from conventional media such as CD/CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs. The system can also be setup to playback and mix music automatically using playlists, allowing the system to entertain when no DJ is present.

The MEP-7000 and SEP-C1 are a response to the trend of laptops being utilized by professional DJs. Recent developments have changed the way mobile and club DJs organise and play their music. No longer carrying boxes of vinyl or CD’s full of music. Laptops, USB flash media and hard drives are becoming standard amongst the DJ community.

Key new features to this product type are the 4.3-inch colour LCD screen that gives clear accurate information, allowing intuitive and easy menu navigation. The MEP-7000 transforms into a Karaoke playback device when a CD-G disc is inserted, displaying the playback video on the LCD screen, but can also be fed to external monitors using the composite video output terminal.

The SEP-C1 (also available as a separate unit) works as a software controller when used in conjunction with compatible software such as the bundled “DJS” from Pioneer. This allows the user to manage and control playback of audio files stored on your computer, to give full scale DJ performance without the need for a mouse or keyboard.

Key Features

Dynamic digital media playback and MIDI-control via USB
The MEP-7000 allows USB control from either PC or Mac. So, besides music from CD/DVD, the MEP-7000 lets DJs play music files, such as MP3*1/AAC/WAV/AIFF*2, stored on USB keys, HDD, CD-R/RW and DVD±R/RW. The unit is also compatible via USB with Pioneer’s DJS software*3 or applications such as Serato Scratch LIVE or Traktor*4– without the need for a time coded disc. USB connectivity furthermore means that the SEP-C1 can easily be used as a MIDI controller for MIDI-compatible computer applications.

Area-Colour OEL display/4.3-inch colour LCD for express music mapping
The innovative 4.3-inch colour LCD with high visibility, intelligent GUI (Graphic User Interface) and a rotary selector enables rapid track searches from huge music libraries. To achieve this, the MEP-7000 adopts an industry-first Area-Colour OEL (Organic Electroluminescene) display, ensuring that the user can see performance data in harsh lighting conditions.

Scratch-happy Jog Wheel and a wide range of effects
The high quality Touch Sensor Jog Wheel is capable of controlling various scratch sounds and these definitely broaden the scope of any DJ performance. The MEP-7000 carries 3 patterns of Scratch Jog Effects (SCRATCH, BUBBLE and TRANS) and 3 patterns of Digital Jog Break Effects (JET, ROLL and WAH), which vary depending on the DJ’s choice and use of the Jog Wheel.

Effects lovers will be pleased to know there are also 8 patterns of DJS Effect (DELAY, ECHO, AUTO PAN, AUTO TRANCE, AUTO FILTER, FLANGER, REVERB and PITCH SHIFTER) available, and that these can all be synced with the BPM (Beat Per Minute), if required. Only when connected to DJS via the USB connectivity.

Auto Mix enables automatic mixed playback of tracks from the Play List
The MEP-7000 uses an Auto Mix function that allows auto mix playback of tracks registered on the Play List. There are then 4 patterns of Mix Mode (ECHO, ZIP, CUT IN and CROSS FADE), allowing music to be mixed in a selected style and played automatically. 

Other Features
1. Library Function: Select tracks from various categories, such as genre/artist.
2. Tempo Control Range: Choose from 4 maximum ranges for the tempo slider: ±6%, ±10%, ±16%, and WIDE ±100%. (WIDE mode is not available with MP3/AAC/WAV and AIFFs files.)
3. Pitch Bend Button: Achieve fine adjustment of track speed simply by pressing the button.
4. Seamless Loop: Repeats a loop without interruption. Loops can be set as small as approx. 0.013 seconds up to infinity.
5. Hot Loop: Return to a loop-in point during loop playback. Start over the loop playback by just pressing a button.
6. Memory Cue/Loop: The unit can memorise any CUE/LOOP point at the press of a button.
7. Auto BPM (Beats Per Minute) Counter: Automatically measures and digitally displays a track’s tempo.
8. Digital Output and Monitor Out Terminals: Output audio digitally and select tracks using a large external display.
9. Keyboard Available: Select tracks swiftly and input characters directly.
10. Legato Link Conversion: Reproduces richer and more natural sound with WIDE range playback by up sampling, 44.1 kHz → 176.4 kHz, the audio information lost in a CD format.
11. Vibration Proof Construction: Shockproof memory plus floating mechanism used in Pioneer’s Car audio components helps prevent skipping and resists vibration.
12. Rack-Mount-Ready: Ready for rack mounting, which is useful for club/studio installations. (EIA compliant)

*1 MPEG-1 Audio Layer3, MPEG-2 Audio Layer3 LSF.
*2 Available only on USB storage device; WAV/AIFF recorded on CD/DVD media cannot be played.
*3  MEP-7000 can control DJS using version 1.6000 (download available from late April 2008 ). If you own the previous version, please download an update from Pioneer’s site.
*4  More DJ software applications pending, but Pioneer cannot guarantee performance of software on users’ PCs. Scratch LIVE is a registered trademark of Serato Audio Research.

Price and availability
The MEP-7000 and SEP-C1 are available from Pioneer’s distribution network, details of which can be found at www.pioneerprodj.eu. The MEP-7000 will be available from April 2008 with a suggested retail price of €1499 (excluding VAT), while the SEP-C1 controller stands at €749 (excluding VAT).


Looks aside (which strangely is how many people entirely base their buying decisions on), this does seem to cover a lot of bases. Obviously the colour screen does offer a huge wow factor, but also seems to give a high level of feedback rather than having to check your laptop all the time. The integration with a range of MIDI software lifts it above some of the competition. I'm still a little unclear on USB/HD usage on the SEP-C1 - can you just plug and go or must you have a laptop? Obviously, this is where the D2 Director and Cortex units might have an edge still.

The release of this unit does rather pitch Denon and Pioneer nose to nose again in the same market. I'd be very interested to hear some objective opinion from users who can objectively compare features based on having actually used them rather than spewing a bucket of Haterade on whichever brand they don't happen to worship.


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7 comments to this story

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On January 17, 2008, Jay said this:
Looks the ballz!

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On January 17, 2008, ndazzle said this:
This is a nice unit. However it looks like you have to buy both to take full advantage of all the features. It looks like you can't plug a USB drive or HD into the control unit. Meaning if you want to use that feature you have to buy the other unit as well. Which then could be pricey.

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On January 19, 2008, Dr. Rhythm said this:
Ghod, please do this one right. I have been waiting for something good to replace my less than stellar setup. I had high hopes for offerings from Numark and Denon but neither really lived up to my expectations. I really hope that Pioneer comes through with this one. By the way, thanks to Pioneer for thinking of us wedding DJs that don't need the big 7 inch motorized platters and such. The 19 inch rack mount form factor is great for me. (I'm sure I'm opening myself for some flaming there, but whatever. At least I'm honest about what type of DJ I am.)

I'm digging the OLED display and overall layout looks good. Sorry Denon, your front panels and control surfaces always seem cluttered to me. DVD-ROM support is great, just backup all your most popular MP3s to a couple DVDs just in case something goes wrong with your computer. Also thanks for throwing in support for AAC. I doubt this beauty will play protected AACs but support for playing the non protected ones is appreciated.

The CD+G support is kinda meh. If I'm rocking a laptop, why would I want to carry around a bunch of CD+Gs to do a little Karaoke show? Make the software play Karaoke files and still pump the video out of the controller so we can hookup to our LCDs and projectors.

Please, please make sure it works and it's not plagued with glitches or errors. A wise man once posted on this website that all the bells and whistles should take a back seat to stability. Reliability is KING. I don't know if that bundled software is compatible with the Mac OS, but it would be awesome if it was. I don't want to have to fire up Boot Camp to rock this gear.

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On January 20, 2008, DJ Eloy said this:
They need to make a DVD Video player like that!

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On January 22, 2008, djbizzle said this:
I would have seriously considered this player if the CUE & Play buttons were side-by-side like a Denon.....I just don't get the one-on-top-of-the-other style. I find it un-natural wacko.gif

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On April 14, 2008, poindxta said this:
the cue & play buttons on the denon dn-hd2500 are the same as the setup on the mep 7000...on top of each other.

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