It’s been almost two years since Pioneer DJ released their latest flagship media player, the CDJ-3000. But with the advent of new competition in the market, their dominance of the world’s DJ booths was no longer a certainty this time around. On the new episode of Beatsource Tech, Mojaxx reviews the players two years in, and examines whether the company has done enough to retain the “club standard” title in 2022.
Pioneer DJ‘s line of Serato battle mixers gains a new, more affordable model in the DJM-S5. Taking design and feature cues from its more expensive stablemates, it promises to offer great performance for intermediate, hobbyist DJs. Finished in a vibrant red color, the S5 really stands out from the crowd visually – but does it justify its $800 price tag? Mojaxx gives us his thoughts in a full review.
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The XDJ-XZ-W offers the professional functions and performance features of the original XDJ-XZ—famously inherited from Pioneer DJ’s flagship equipment. Artists plug in USB drives with rekordbox-analyzed tracks or connect their laptops to use rekordbox performance features or Link Export mode. The XDJ-XZ-W is also compatible with Serato DJ Pro; Artists simply connect to a PC/Mac running the software – no additional license is necessary.
To use the XDJ-XZ-W with rekordbox, download the latest version of the software for free.
To use the XDJ-XZ-W with Serato DJ Pro, download the latest version of the software for free.
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Serato has released the latest version of its flagship DJ Pro software, 2.5.11, which includes the promised support for Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-RX3. The standalone device, released in late 2021, can play files directly from USB, Rekordbox DJ, and now, from Serato DJ Pro. Mojaxx takes a first look on the new episode of Beatsource Tech.
Pioneer DJ‘s headphone line is best known for big, beefy designs. But with the new HDJ-CX, they have gone in a new compact, lightweight direction. Have they done enough to challenge the current reigning champion in that market segment, the Sennheiser HD25? Mojaxx gives us his first impressions in the new episode of Beatsource Tech. Watch above.
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Mojaxx reviews Pioneer DJ’s new controllers, the DDJ-REV1 and DDJ-REV7 on the first episode of his new Beatsource Tech series. The DDJ-REV1 is an entry-level, two-channel controller for Serato DJ Lite, and the DDJ-REV7 is a two-channel controller for Serato DJ Pro with motorized platters that provides the mixer and turntable experience in one unit.
Both are part of the new DDJ-REV series that takes inspiration for its layout from a professional DJM-S mixer plus turntable setup and adds innovative features for open format DJs.
“The ‘REV’ series of controllers are a new and exciting chapter for Serato and Pioneer DJ,” says Serato Chief Strategy Officer Nick Maclaren. “Following up on the DDJ-SB3 was never going to be easy, with a brand new layout and innovative features we’re confident beginners are going to love learning on DDJ-REV1. For our professional DJs, the DDJ-REV7 is one of the most powerful controllers we’ve ever worked on and it’s exciting to have motorized jog wheels make their debut on a Pioneer DJ controller.”
Watch Mojaxx’s review for the DDJ-REV7 above and for the DDJ-REV1 below.
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AlphaTheta Corporation has announced rekordbox CloudDirectPlay, the new firmware ver. 2.0 for Pioneer DJ‘s CDJ-3000 multi player. This update allows users to play files directly from their cloud library, stored in Dropbox.
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AlphaTheta Corporation has announced the release of the new, portable XDJ-RX3 from its Pioneer DJ brand. This 2-channel performance all-in-one DJ system has new features from the club-standard CDJ-3000 multiplayer and DJM-900NXS2 mixer, plus a brand-new 10.1-inch touch screen. Like before, you can choose whether to play rekordbox-analyzed tracks from USB drives or connect a laptop to unlock rekordbox Performance mode. As well, support for Serato DJ Pro is also included – coming in early 2022.
The 10.1-inch touch screen on the XDJ-RX3 has a higher resolution and frame rate than the previous
model, featuring an interface that makes it quicker and easier to browse your music, and the browse section comes from the CDJ-3000. In addition, you can switch between viewing the pad status or Beat FX and the X-Pad with one tap on the screen. Plus, with support for the 3Band Waveform feature from the CDJ-3000, you can see the volume levels of different frequency ranges in rekordbox-analyzed tracks. This allows for a clear visual representation of how they sound.
To use the XDJ-RX3 with rekordbox Performance mode, you’ll need to update to the latest version of the
software, rekordbox for Mac/Windows (ver. 6.6.0), which will be released on November 16, 2021. In addition, from early 2022, you’ll be able to use the unit with Serato DJ Pro by updating to the latest version of the software.
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Pioneer DJ‘s latest flagship multi-player is now an official Serato accessory via the newest upgrade to Serato DJ Pro, Serato DJ Pro’s 2.5.7. Building on the legacy of the CDJ-2000NXS2, the CDJ-3000 features several powerful improvements, including an enhanced MPU, redesigned hardware components, and a 9-inch, high-resolution touch screen. However, complete control of Serato DJ Pro with the CDJ-3000 requires using HID mode, including Serato’s colored waveforms on the display.
“As clubs and festivals open worldwide, support for the CDJ-3000 has been a highly requested feature for Serato DJs.” says Chief Strategy Officer Nick Maclaren. “We’re pleased to bring this support in Serato DJ Pro 2.5.7, with the reliability and quality our professional DJs expect.”
Download Serato DJ Pro 2.5.7 by clicking here.
To use the CDJ-3000 with Serato DJ Pro, you need to ensure it uses the latest firmware version. You can download this from Pioneer DJ by clicking here.
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