• Pioneer DJ Announces XDJ-RX2 Controller

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    Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2

    Two days after teasing it in their rekordbox 5.0 introduction video, Pioneer DJ has revealed the details of their long-rumored, all-in-one DJ system, the XDJ-RX2.

    The XDJ-RX2 inherits a number of features from the company’s flagship NXS2 range and adds a seven-inch touchscreen with qwerty keyboard search.

    As with the previous version, music can be played from a laptop via the rekordbox DJ software or directly from USB drives. Other notable upgrades include eight performance pads per deck, improved Sound Color FX control, and Track Filter and Track Short Cut features for fast browsing.

    Other key features:

    – Beat FX
    – Two USB-A ports
    – rekordbox dj license
    – A limited number of systems include a rekordbox video license

    The XDJ-RX2 will be available in September for a suggested retail price of $1,699.

    Watch Pioneer’s introduction video below.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Releases rekordbox 5.0, Announces DDJ-XP1 Controller

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  • Pioneer DJ Release Rekordbox 5.0 and Announce The DDJ-XP1 Controller

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    After a period of public beta testing, Pioneer DJ today released Rekordbox 5.0, the latest version of their track preparation and performance software.

    This introduces their new KORETECH engine, which promises to allow advanced track analysis, faster track loading and scrolling, and offer improved performance under the hood for both audio and video.

    It also brings with it a redesigned graphical interface, and a number of new features, including:

    Support for the DJM-S9 mixer
    16 cue points
    New key shift, key sync, and keyboard mode
    Ability to import files and metadata from USB devices

    DDJ-XP1

    The company also announced a new add-on controller designed to work alongside the new software, the DDJ-XP1. This takes advantage of the new features in Rekordbox 5.0, with 32 performance pads to control Hot Cues, Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler, Beat Loop and the new Key Shift and Keyboard modes. It also features touch strips for FX control, and can be powered by the USB connection alone. The interface can also be customised by the user, and it includes licences for the Rekordbox DJ performance software and the DVS plugin for vinyl control.

    To accompany the DDJ-XP1, Pioneer DJ are also set to release a stand, the DJC-STS1, in November, designed to hold the controller or a laptop. And new colour variations of their Rekordbox control vinyl will now be available, with white, red, blue and clear alongside the standard black.

    Rekordbox 5 can be downloaded now from the Rekordbox website, and the DDJ-XP1 will be available in late September, priced at $249.

    Watch Pioneer DJ’s introduction video for the DDJ-XP1 below.

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  • Pioneer DJ Announces DJM-S3 Mixer and DDJ-SR2 Controller

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    Pioneer DJ has announced two new products: a two-channel battle mixer called the DJM-S3 and an upgrade to their portable DDJ-SR1 Serato DJ controller.

    DJM-S3 mixer

    Pioneer DJ DJM-S3

    The DJM-S3 has a scratch-friendly layout with a durable Magvel crossfader, which is taken from the DJM-900NXS2 mixer. It also inherits a built-in sound card from the DJM-S9, making it Serato DJ- and DVS-enabled. Other key features include independent channel filters and two headphone outputs.

    DDJ-SR2 controller

    Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2

    The DDJ-SR2 includes the latest features in Serato DJ, including the Pitch ‘n Time DJ Expansion Pack, for which it has dedicated hardware controls. It is 18 percent lighter than its predecessor and comes with multicolored performance pads.

    The DJM-S3 and DDJ-SR2 will be available in September with a suggested retail price of $499 and $699, respectively.

    Watch Pioneer’s introduction videos for both products below. (The DJM-S3 video features Los Angeles’ DJ ZO and Phoenix’s DJ-R.)

    Related: Review: Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2 Mixer

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  • Review: Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2 Mixer

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    In March, Pioneer DJ announced an update to its popular entry-level mixer, the two-channel DJM-250. The new version, the DJM-250MK2, adds two major improvements: rekordbox dvs integration and a Magvel crossfader (from the DJM-900NXS2). It also comes with full licenses for rekordbox dj and dvs.

    Watch Mojaxx‘s review of the 250MK2 on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

    Related: Review: Pioneer DJ INTERFACE 2 for rekordbox dj and dvs

  • Review: Pioneer DJ INTERFACE 2 for rekordbox dj and dvs

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    Up until recently, the only way to use rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs plus packs was with a Pioneer DJ device. The company’s INTERFACE 2 audio interface changes that, though, opening up the packs to non-Pioneer products.

    Watch Mojaxx‘s review of the INTERFACE 2 above.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Releases Public Beta of Rekordbox 5r

  • Pioneer DJ Announces DJM-750MK2 Mixer

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    Pioneer DJ DJM-750MK2

    Pioneer DJ has announced the DJM-750MK2, a significant update its DJM-750 four-channel mixer.

    The DJM-750MK2 is designed to bring the experience of the club standard DJM-900NXS2 to home users. It has four Sound Color FX: Dub Echo, Sweep, Noise, and Filter, all with parameter control.

    The Beat FX have also seen changes, with new options like Ping Pong Delay and Helix. The FX frequency selectors enable DJs to choose which parts of the signal are affected. Plus, there’s a dedicated independent send and return hookup for connecting to iOS devices, which can be used as an insert or a traditional auxiliary loop.

    Sound quality has been improved, as has the crossfader, which now uses an updated version of Pioneer’s Magvel technology with improved cut-in distance.

    The DJM-750MK2 also ships with a license for the company’s Rekordbox DJ software and DVS plugin, enabling turntable users to connect their computer to the mixer.

    The mixer will begin shipping in early September with a suggested price of $1,199.

    Watch Pioneer’s promo video below and stay tuned for a full review on DJcity.

    Related: DJ IKU Performs Routine Using Pioneer DJ’s DJM-250MK2

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  • DJ IKU Performs Routine Using Pioneer DJ’s DJM-250MK2

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    DJ IKU, the 2010 Red Bull 3Style Japan Champion, has put down a trap-inspired routine for Pioneer DJ. His performance, which was shot outside in Tokyo, shows the turntablist demonstrating the features of the company’s DJM-250MK2 entry-level mixer. IKU also makes use of their PLX-500 turntable, DDJ-SP1 sub-controller, and Rekordbox DJ software.

    Pioneer recently released the public beta of Rekordbox 5, which includes support for their popular DJM-S9 mixer.

    Watch the three-minute video above.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Announces DJM-250MK2 Mixer

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  • Pioneer DJ Releases Public Beta of Rekordbox 5

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    Rekordbox 5’s new GUI. (Photo credit: Mojaxx)

    Pioneer DJ has released the public beta of Rekordbox 5. The version includes support for the company’s DJM-S9 mixer, a renewed GUI, and other new features and improvements.

    The announcement was made on Thursday on Pioneer’s official forums.

    Below is the full list of changes. You can download the beta here.

    New features

    – DJM-S9 support
    – Renewed GUI
    – Key shift and key sync
    – 16 hot cues and pad FX support
    – Keyboard mode (key-shifted hot cue play)
    – Beat Loop mode
    – Play hot cue before reaching the next beat
    – Set quantize beat value for each function

    Improvements

    – Display 16 or 8 slots of the sampler
    – Set beat grid even for short or no beat sampling sound
    – Quantize hot cue to the closest beat while playing
    – Display remaining and elapsed time at the same time
    – Sync with a track which has a BPM double or half of a master deck
    – More choices for font size and line spacing
    – Display original BPM on decks

    Related: Pioneer DJ Announces Rekordbox Audio Interface

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  • Pioneer DJ Announces Rekordbox Audio Interface

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    Pioneer DJ Interface 2 (Photo source: Pioneer DJ

    Pioneer DJ has announced the Interface 2, the missing piece of the Rekordbox DJ puzzle.

    Until now, the company’s Rekordbox DJ software and DVS plugin only worked with some of its mixers and controllers. Older Pioneer models and those from other manufacturers were not supported.

    However, the Interface 2 enables DJs with any setup to use Rekordbox DJ in a DVS system with control vinyl (a pair is included with the interface), CDs, and USB drives.

    As its name implies, the Interface 2 has two stereo channels, which limits it to two decks. Many DJs will find that to be enough, although the product’s name has already sparked speculation about future models with more channels.

    The Interface 2 is due to be released in early July with a price tag of $299. It appears to be a great value, considering it includes a license for Rekordbox DJ and the DVS plugin.

    Watch Pioneer’s promo video below and stay tuned for a review on DJcityTV’s Tips and Tricks.

    Key features:

    – Club-standard sound quality
    – Compact, robust aluminium chassis
    – LEDs to indicate signal flow and problems with signal/connection
    – Includes Rekordbox DJ and DVS licenses, plus two timecoded control vinyl records
    – Mains or USB power options
    – Works as a stand-alone audio interface
    – Large signal GND terminal
    – Supports DVS via control vinyl and turntables or multi players and custom WAV file

    Related: Does Rekordbox DJ Live Up to the Hype?

  • Review: Pioneer DJ DJM-450 Mixer

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    Pioneer DJ’s DJM-450 is a 2-channel mixer designed for bedroom use. However, it comes with many of the features required by club DJs, including DVS integration, excellent sound quality, smooth faders, and built-in effects.

    On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx determines if the DJM-450 is actually suitable for the club — in addition to the bedroom.

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