As we find ourselves in the year 2014, the age old debate rages on, has the vinyl market died or is there life in the format yet?
Many would say its glory days are well and truly over, to an extent this may well be true but there is still a thriving market for it (and a growing one) - ironically even Digital Music News is reporting a 38% growth curve for 2014!
If the vinyl format truly was on its way out, would the worlds leading DJ equipment manufacturer be preparing to launch a brand new DJ focused turntable? Pioneer have announced that they will launch a brand new turntable, the PLX-1000 in September this year. This is very welcome news since Technics discontinued their market leading 1210 model back in 2010.Skeptics will say this is down to the resurgence in the indie / rock market re-issue trend and not the fact that DJ's are still playing vinyl. However, if we take the infamous Free Rotation festival as a case in point, you would find 95% of the DJ's there playing vinyl. CDR's and USB sticks were used for trying out new music only. If there was a vinyl version of the music is was getting played.
Aesthetically the Pioneer pays homage to the 1210 whilst adding up to date features such as a tempo reset button and the useful addition of removable power and audio cables. This is a very useful addition, on more than one occasion I have seen decks hit the floor as some crazed raver manages to trip over a badly placed lead and pull the whole lot off the table!
On July the 17th Pioneer added the product to their website saying:
"Pioneer is marking 20 years in the DJ industry with the launch of a modern classic: the PLX-1000 professional turntable. The PLX-1000 is precision engineered for the booth, drawing on 50 years’ experience of making high-end turntables. The result is a familiar layout with some next generation improvements, including a high-torque direct drive system, multi-pitch control, club-grade build and sound quality, and detachable power and audio cables."
As a DJ and shop owner I am very excited to try this out and if the feeling is right I will purchase a pair for the shop! It is great news that we actually have a new turntable to look forward to using, the vestax PDX series was the last time we got offered something new at a professional level.