Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pioneer Pro Audio debuts GS-WAVE and XY sound system

After a rumour at Musikmesse had to be rammed down my throat for me to understand, Pioneer’s aim of total club scene domination has taken a step in a new direction with the introduction of a new venture and their own sound system. The new GS-WAVE and XY series from Pioneer Pro Audio are produced in partnership with Gary Stewart Audio, and look to become a fixture in the major clubs around the world. And there’s a website to show it all off as well.
Official Pioneer words:

Pioneer enters the professional audio market with the launch of the ultimate club sound system

2ndJuly 2013: Pioneer is set to enter the professional audio market with the launch of its flagship club sound system. Drawing on Pioneer’s rich heritage in sound reproduction, deep understanding of the club industry, and close collaboration with Gary Stewart Audio (GSA) and Powersoft, this exciting arrival promises to make waves in Ibiza this season.
Pioneer and sub-brand TAD’s expert sound engineers have been creating high-quality audio for many decades and, with Pioneer DJ’s unrivalled expertise in the pro-DJ market, the move into club sound systems is a natural progression.
To create the ultimate club sound system, Pioneer partnered with the legendary Gary Stewart of Gary Stewart Audio (GSA), whose sound systems have roused clubbers in the world’s most iconic venues, including Singapore’s Zouk and Club Vertigo in Costa Rica. The team partnered with Powersoft to provide high-performance amps that maximised the potential of the system.
Marta Robowsky, Manager at Gary Stewart Audio explains: “We wanted to partner with a manufacturer who shared our vision of reproducing the best sound for the club environment. The technological synergy between Pioneer and Gary Stewart Audio will provide the ultimate nightclub sound system”.
Pioneer’s Alex Barrand, the sound engineer behind the Ministry of Sound London’s award- winning sound system upgrade in 2008, oversaw the development process. He explains: “We didn’t just want to enter the market; we wanted to be the best in the market. So we gathered the dream team: Pioneer’s pro-Audio R&D expertise combined with GSA and Powersoft’s club system credentials. You have to hear it to believe it.”
Pioneer’s flagship speaker series includes two series of passive speakers, GS-WAVE series and XY series, the combination of which is versatile enough to suit a wide variety of installations. GS-WAVE are dance floor stacks with wide dispersion, designed to deliver sonic clarity and high SPL across the whole frequency range.
The XY series is more compact in size without compromising sound quality. Designed for use as DJ booth monitors or as PA speakers in smaller rooms, the XY series offers a wide array of rigging options for installation. The whole system is supported by Powersoft K-Series DSP amplifiers, which come with pre-set data to maximise the performance of the speakers.
Barrand concludes: “We’re installing the flagship sound system in a number of world-famous clubs in Ibiza and beyond, including a complete club re-fit, which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks.”
Find out more about Pioneer pro-audio’s flagship sound system:

Key features of the Pioneer Professional Audio flagship club sound system

GS-WAVE series featuring GSA technology
The ultimate club system, the three-meter tall GS-WAVE floor stack delivers a warm, solid sound you can feel. Features:
  • A multi-fold hyperbolic horn subwoofer with large horn extension for a deep subsonic bass
  • Two high-power low to mid range speakers for a tight, punchy kick
  • Acoustic lens with a 110-degree dispersion and crystal clear high frequency sound
  • Wide frequency response
  • Transmission line design for maximum efficiency
XY series of in-fill speakers
Designed for use as monitors or in bars and lounges, the high power XY series in-fill range features:
  • DJ booth monitor speakers available in 12-inch or 8-inch versions, rotatable horn with wide dispersion of 90 x 60 degrees, and extremely high quality internal passive crossover with separate cooling zones
  • A dual 15-inch quasi-bandpass subwoofer and a reflex-loaded 18-inch subwoofer with ceramic driver delivering impressive frequency response
  • NL4 IN and link OUT connections as standard
  • Robust enclosure made from premium multi-laminate birch plywood
  • Multiple installation options, with brackets, pole mounts, top hats, flying cradle and other accessories for quick set-up
Powersoft K-series amplifiers for optimum performance
Chosen for their high-performance and compact build, the amps feature:
  • In-built, networked DSP enabling sound processing to be controlled remotely
  • Industry-leading energy efficiency, high power output
  • Pre-set data for optimum speaker performance and protection


GS-WAVE SeriesMulti-fold hyperbolic horn subwooferWAV-SUB

Large horn extension for WAV-SUBWAV-HORN

Dual 15-inch high-power upper bass boxWAV-LOW

Twin acoustic lens and horn with two coaxial compression driversWAV-LENS

Omni-directional super tweeter podWAV-TWPOD
XY Series12-inch 2-way loudspeakerXY-122

8-inch 2-way loudspeakerXY-81

18-inch bass reflex subwooferXY-118S

Dual 15-inch quasi-bandpass subwooferXY-215S

It’s fair to say that for the majority of people reading this story, the introduction of these pro audio products is pretty meaningless. It’s not like we’re likely to get them in for a review, and they don’t list prices or availability. This is really a signal from Pioneer that it’s playing a smarter game than before where the DJ sector is concerned.
Pioneer is undoubtedly strong in the DJ industry. They pretty much own the booths across the world, and aren’t doing too badly in the more entry level sectors either. So instead of trying to grow in areas were they are just one of many (home AV for example), it makes sense to build the Pioneer DJ brand, and take it as far as possible.

But there are times where you have to partner up with key players to get to where you want to be. Yes, Pioneer can make monitors, but the whole process of fitting out a club is a whole different ball game. So partnering up with Gary Stewart Audio makes a heap of sense for both parties. But what it does mean is that a club can now call itself a Pioneer Club. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Pioneer branding front and centre in many clubs across the globe now.
I expect the first place to benefit will be Ibiza. The quiet season starts around October, meaning that many clubs will take the opportunity (doubtlessly with a little encouragement from Pioneer of course) to rip out the old system and install a new Pioneer one. I’m imagining vintage cabinets littering the streets of Ibiza, and all being nailed together to fashion dance based shanty towns for people to squat in during the busy and expensive summer months.
Finishing on a technical note for some cleverer than I in the ways of pro audio to chew over — it occurred to me that while the Pioneer badge may be on the DJ gear and on the sound system, you’re still essentially plugging one into the other with nothing in the way of 2 way interaction. But my mind got to wondering about Pioneer’s propensity for linking hardware at a deeper level. What kind of things could be done if the CDJs and DJMs and the sound system were a symbiotic machine working hand in hand? I’m just chucking it out there for some spitballing. It might well be that they remain quite separate.