Casio Introduces New Trackformer Hardware DJ Controller Series

Casio’s New DJ Controller, XW-DJ1, and XW-PD1 Groove Center offer users the chance to mix, scratch and produce their own tracks. Stay tuned for reviews coming very, very soon!  

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2015 - Today, Casio America, Inc. is pleased to announce its new Trackformer series of DJ equipment that enables individuals to emulate their favorite DJs and producers during the 2015 International CES, in Las Vegas, NV, from January 6-9, 2015. With the XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and XW-PD1 Groove Center, dance music fans can create, mix and play or produce their favorite tracks on their own. Casio will be located in the Central Hall, booth #11006.

“Electronic Dance Music is here to stay and with its ever increasing popularity, we wanted to offer fans a way to become part of this epic music movement,” said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument division. “Casio’s new Trackformer series offers a variety of easy-to-use features that are ideal for aspiring DJ’s and musicians who are ready to set the stage at a party, produce beats and perform.”

XW-DJ1 DJ Controller

Designed with a large 7-inch platter that provides the feel of an analog turntable, filter controls and cross fader, Casio’s XW-DJ1 DJ Controller allows users to enjoy the popular ‘scratching’ DJ style when mixing and creating tracks. The XW-DJ1 is compatible with Casio’s djay app for iTunes, which was chosen as an Apple Design Award winner. The XW-DJ1 integration with djay provides direct controls for cue points, tempo sync, effects, looping and more providing users a tactile experience for mixing and performing music. Users can also connect to Spotify, a leading commercial music streaming service, and mix along to their favorite songs. Additionally, the compact XW-DJ1 is extremely portable because it is battery-powered and offers a built-in-speaker for enjoyment anywhere, anytime.

XW-DJ1 DJ controller.

XW-PD1 Groove Center

The XW-PD1 Groove Center is equipped with the sound engine from Casio’s widely- popular XW series of synthesizers, which features preset patterns produced by professional beat makers that cover dance music genres like Trap and EDM. The XW-PD1 design includes 16 pads and 4 knobs for fast real-time music production. The XW-PD1’s outer ring contains 16 buttons which can be used to control the step sequencer, select tracks, effect and more. Users can create powerful rhythms and phrases with the pads as well as apply DSP effects such as filters, delays, and ring modulators to the total mix. The XW-PD1 includes drum kits for a variety of styles such as R&B, Hip Hop, Trap, House while its Solo Synth engine can create screaming ACID bass lines, Dubstep wobble effects and more. 

XW-PD1 Groove Center.


The audio output of the XW-DJ1 can be connected to the audio input of the XW-PD1 so the two units can be used in tandem. This allows users to do live remix performances utilizing the unique capabilities of each product. 

The XW-DJ1 DJ Controller will be available at select retailers nationwide beginning January 2015 for an MSRP of $299.00; and the XW-PD1 Groove Center will be available beginning March 2015 for an MSRP of $399.00. To learn more about the Trackformer series or Casio’s full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.casiomusicgear.com.

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