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TECH AWARDS 2016: THE RESULTS

Here’s the best tech of 2016, as demo’d at the DJ Mag Tech Awards last month... 

 

September saw DJ Mag celebrate its 20th anniversary of the Tech Awards at BPM | PRO Music technology convention at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena. Six categories were contested ‘live’ over the two days and the winners were announced at the show. In a break from the norm, the usual suspects didn’t run away with it all and there were a few surprising results, which in our opinion is a good thing as it shows that there is a great variety of kit available for DJs at every level, from beginners right up to Pro use. It’s a great time for DJ technology and the guys and girls who use it.

The remaining nine categories were open to the public vote and we can now reveal the winners. Once again we had an unprecedented amount of votes, just showing how relevant and popular our Tech Awards are for the scene.

As with all public votes, some will agree and some will disagree with the results of each category. It is always a tough process as all the gear featured deserves recognition in its own right for being at the forefront of DJ and production technology. Here is what was decided...

DJ Mag Tech awards 2016

INNOVATIVE NEW DJ PRODUCT 

Nominees

  • Pioneer TORAIZ SP-16
  • Denon DJ MCX8000
  • Edjing Mixfader
  • PlayDifferently Model 1
  • Korg Plugkey for iOS

WINNER: PLAYDIFFERENTLY MODEL 1


ULTIMATE CLUB DECK

Nominees

  • Reloop RP-8000
  • Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2
  • Technics SL 1200
  • Pioneer PLX-1000
  • Mixars LTA Turntable

WINNER: PIONEER CDJ-2000 NXS2 


ULTIMATE CLUB MIXER 

Nominees

  • Reloop RMX-80 Digital
  • Pioneer DJM-900 NXS2
  • Allen & Heath XONE:DB4
  • Rane MP2015
  • PlayDifferently Model 1

WINNER: PIONEER DJM-900 NXS2

 


 ULTIMATE DJ CONTROLLER 

  • Reloop Beatpad 2
  • Pioneer DDJ-RZX
  • Denon DJ MCX8000
  • Numark NS7 III
  • NI Traktor Kontrol S8

WINNER: DENON DJ MCX8000 


DJ CONTROLLER UNDER £600 

Nominees

  • Reloop Mixtour
  • Pioneer DDJ-RR
  • Numark NVII
  • Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol D2
  • Hercules P32 DJ

WINNER: HERCULES P32 DJ CONTROLLER 


DJ MIXER UNDER £600 

Nominees

  • Reloop RMX-22i
  • Pioneer CDJ-350
  • Allen & Heath XONE:23C
  • DJ Tech TRX Thud Rumble Mixer
  • Numark M6 USB

WINNER: PIONEER DJM-350

 


DJ SOFTWARE

Nominees

  • Serato DJ
  • Pioneer rekordbox dj
  • Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2
  • Virtual DJ
  • Denon Engine

WINNER: N.I TRAKTOR PRO 2


STUDIO CONTROLLER 

Nominees

  • Pioneer TORAIZ SP-16
  • UAD-2 Satellite USB for Windows
  • Arturia KeyStep
  • Moog Minimoog Model D
  • Korg Minilogue

WINNER: ABLETON PUSH 2

 


AUDIO INTERFACE 

Nominees

  • M-Audio M-Track 2X2M
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin
  • Apogee Duet2
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
  • Korg Plugkey for iOS

WINNER: UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN

 


STUDIO MONITORS 

Nominees

  • MunroSonic EGG150
  • Pioneer RM-07
  • M-Audio BX5 Carbon
  • Adam A77X
  • Barefoot MicroMain 27

Winner: Adam A77X


DJ APP 

  • Serato Remote and Serato Remote Mini
  • Native instruments Traktor DJ 
  • Algoriddim djay Pro
  • Mixvibes Cross DJ Pro
  • edjing Pro

Winner: ALGORIDDIM DJAY PRO 


MUSIC PRODUCTION APP 

Nominees

  • Blocs Wave
  • Moog Model 15
  • KORG Gadget V2.5 — with Namco KAMATA gadget
  • Novation Launchpad for iOS V2.0
  • Garageband for iOS

Winner: KORG GADGET V2.5 


PRODUCTION SOFTWARE 

  • Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live 9.5 Suite
  • Propellerhead Reason 9
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Mixvibes Remixlive for MAC

Winner: ABLETON LIVE 9 


BEST DJ HEADPHONES

  • V-Moda Crossfade M100
  • Sennheiser HD25 Plus
  • Allen & Heath XONE XD2-53
  • Pioneer HDJ-2000 MK2
  • AIAIAI TMA2 Modular

Winner: PIONEER HDJ-2000 MK2 

 

 

 


EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD

PIONEER REKORDBOX DJ 


 

RETAILER’S CHOICE AWARD 

NOVATION LAUNCHPAD PRO 

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