After a period of public beta testing, Pioneer DJ released rekordbox 5.0 on Tuesday, the latest version of its track preparation and performance software.
5.0 introduces the company’s new KORETECH engine, which promises advanced track analysis, faster track loading and scrolling, and improved performance under the hood for both audio and video.
It also brings with it a redesigned graphical interface, and some new features, including:
– Support for Pioneer’s DJM-S9 mixer
– 16 cue points
– New key shift, key sync, and keyboard modes
– Ability to import files and metadata from USB devices
Pioneer also announced a new add-on controller, the DDJ-XP1, which is designed to work alongside the rekordbox 5.0. It takes advantage of the software’s new features, 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 be customized by the user, and it includes licenses for the rekordbox DJ performance software and DVS plugin for vinyl control.
In November, the company will release a stand, the DJC-STS1, which will also be suitable for laptops. New color variations of the rekordbox control vinyl will be available as well, with white, red, blue, and clear in addition to the standard black.
Rekordbox 5.0 can be downloaded now from the rekordbox website, and the DDJ-XP1 will be available in late September, priced at $249.
Watch Pioneer’s introduction video for the DDJ-XP1 below.