• 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 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?

  • Does Rekordbox DJ Live Up to the Hype?

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    Pioneer DJ shook up the industry last October when it released its standalone performance software, Rekordbox DJ. The company has since added DVS functionality, more hardware support, and most recently, video support. But do all the bells and whistles make Rekordbox DJ a worthy competitor to Serato DJ and Traktor Pro? Watch this week’s episode of Tips & Tricks above to find out.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Releases Video Plus Pack for Rekordbox and Unveils DDJ-RZX Controller

  • Pro Tips for CDJs and rekordbox (Part 2)

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    DJcityTV’s Mojaxx has returned with more tips for Pioneer DJ’s CDJs and rekordbox. Topics include: mastering the cue point system, using the rekordbox mobile app, and alternative instant doubles methods.

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    Related:

    Pro Tips for CDJs and Rekordbox (Part 1)
    Getting the Most out of Pioneer DJ’s Pro DJ Link Feature