Pioneer DJ launch new studio and DJ monitors

The VM range comes in five-, seven- and eight-inch cones

Declan McGlynn

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – 14:33

Pioneer DJ has launched a new series of near-field DJ and studio monitors, the VM range. The VM comes in three sizes: five-inch cone, seven-inch cone and eight-inch cone and all three sizes come with DSP technology to ‘tune’ the speaker to the space that they’re placed in. They’re designed to be used for both DJ monitoring at home when either practising, preparing your set and live streaming – where the speakers can be tuned to have more of a ‘hyped’ sound – and for use in the studio where you can switch the frequency response back to flat. There are 16 total settings across both speakers, with four options on each, changed using the indented rotary on the back of each speaker. 

The speakers use Aramid fibre cones and what Pioneer DJ is calling a ‘Vortex Bass Accelerator’ which is essentially a bass port round back with ridges to evenly distribute any bass vibrations. That means that when placed very near a wall, you’ll probably want to use the DSP to reduce the bass slightly. 

The speakers feature a new design compared to their predecessors with a ‘Constant Directivity Horn’ that allows for a wider sound stage and more even distribution of high and mid frequencies. The five-inch speakers roll down to 40Hz, while the sevens to 37Hz and the eights to 34Hz. 

Price points are encouraging for new and intermediate producers and DJs with the fives coming in at £318 per pair, £438 for the sevens and £538 for a pair of eights. 

Find out more about the VM range here.

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Robert Rich Live At Soundquest Fest 2021

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Synthesist Robert Rich shared the video from his performance at last weekend’s Soundquest Fest 2021, a 3-day event that featured ambient artists from around the world.

Rich released his first album, Sunyata, in 1982. Since then, he has release several dozen solo albums; collaborations with Steve Roach, Ian Boddy, Markus Reuter and others; done sound design and scoring for films and television; created presets for synths from the Emu Proteus 3 to the Sequential Prophet X; and helped pioneer microtonal synthesis.

Rich’s Soundquest Fest performance is a great introduction to his work, showcasing his so-called ‘glurp’ soundscapes, his unique approach to the steel guitar, his DIY microtonal flutes and more.


1) Sentience of Touch
2) Fabric Improvisations
3) Transpiration
3) Seeking Eden
4) Moss Carpet Improvisations
5) Galvanic Response

Robert Rich’s albums are available via Bandcamp.

Ibiza vaccine passport to be operational by June

A vaccine passport for tourists to enter Spain — including Ibiza and the rest of the Balearic Islands — will be ready by June, the Spanish government has said.

Speaking at a press conference in Playa de Palma last Thursday (25th), Spain’s tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, told reporters that a new coronavirus vaccination certificate “will replace current restrictions when it comes to travelling”, and is expected to be ready by summer.

According to Majorca Daily Bulletin, the press conference took place following a meeting between President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, and the tourism industry leaders, where the discussions about the passport had “forecast is for it to be operational in Spain by June.”

Maroto also told press that in order for the vaccination passport to work, Spain will need “to have a significant percentage of the population vaccinated” against COVID-19 to ensure “maximum certainty in order to have a season without taking risks.”

Maroto’s comments come just weeks after the Balearic government announced that, from the beginning of March, bars and restaurants in Ibiza, Formentera, Menorca and Mallorca would be able to open terraces and outdoor spaces to the public

Tourism is one of the most crucial industries in Spain, especially in nightclub hotspot Ibiza. Spain welcomes approximately 80 millions tourists a year, with the industry providing over 12% of the country’s GDP.