Watch: How to Clean a CDJ After Burning Man


Outdoor events can be stressful for DJs and dangerous for electronics. Exposure to heat, dirt, or moisture can ruin expensive equipment. Despite the risks, Pioneer DJ gear enthusiast Christian Jackson recently rented out multiple CDJ-2000NXS setups for use at the Burning Man festival.

The dust in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where the event is held, is harmful to electronics. However, Jackson was able to clean and restore his CDJs to their original condition. The Seattle native filmed the process and explained each step in this tutorial video.

Watch above.

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5 Reasons Why Trentino Switched to Rekordbox

Chicago-based DJ/producer/turntablist Trentino began DJing with vinyl 15 years ago. However, after seven years of using a DVS setup at home and shows, the former Red Bull Thre3style US champ recently switched to CDJs and rekordbox.
Much to his surprise, Trentino was amazed by how easy the transition was and how much he enjoyed using CDJs. He also found out he can do the same type of performance without the hassle of other DVS systems.
So, what is it about rekordbox that Trentino loves so much? Read his five reasons why below.
Quicker Switchovers
After seeing one of the most well-known turntablists in the world kill the vibe of his party by spending 20 minutes setting up before his set, I realized I could no longer justify my own absurdly long switch-overs.
Long switchovers suck for everyone. They suck for those performing before and after you, who are hindered for the first or last part of their set. They suck for the crowd, who has to listen to the same eight-minute song while you set up your interface and controllers and plug in a dozen different cables. And they suck for you, who has to do the equivalent of diffusing a bomb before your set. Long switchovers kill any chance of making an entrance on stage.
Easier Traveling
I used to travel with two of nearly everything: two laptops (I had my entire music library synced between them using SugarSync), two pairs of control records, two pairs of Dicers, two pairs of needles, two Serato interfaces, etc. Rekordbox not only eliminates the need for a computer and interface but the need for controllers due to the built-in hot cues, which have replaced my need for Dicers.
Increased Safety and Security
In venues where security is lacking, rekordbox frees you from the risk of theft and damage to your equipment. You can carry everything you need in your pockets. It’s easy to unplug your drive and headphones and flee the scene if your immediate safety is threatened or you’re being mistreated by the club’s management.
Improved Reliability
We all know how temperamental turntables, needles, records, and even laptops can be. Having to switchover in a dark club compounds those issues, especially if the DJ before you is using CDJs, which is often the case for me.
Less Stereotypes
As much as I disagree with it, the majority of the people in the industry, especially those on the dance and electronic side, assume that anyone using turntables is a hip-hop DJ. I used to think that guys like Klever and A-Trak had broken down the stereotype, but it’s as strong as ever. Considering that I don’t want to be a hip-hop or top 40 DJ forever, I feel that using CDJs is an important step forward for me.

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Trentino would like to thank A-Trak for helping make CDJs more acceptable among turntablists, Chicago DJs Metro, Boi Jeanius, and MaddJazz for showing that it’s possible to rip on CDJs, and Christian Jackson, whose YouTube channel is an indispensable source for learning the ins-and-outs of rekordbox.
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Related: 4 Pro Tips for CDJs and Rekordbox

Getting the Most out of Pioneer DJ’s Pro DJ Link Feature

Pioneer’s Pro DJ Link feature enables up to four decks to share a single music source via LAN cable. It can also be used with Pioneer’s DJM 900NXS, 900SRT, and 2000NXS mixers, enabling DJs to synchronize effects. There is a lot of confusion about Pro DJ Link, though, so DJcityTV’s Mojaxx has put together a video on how to set it up and get the most out of it.
Related: 4 Pro Tips for CDJs and Rekordbox

Pro Tips for CDJs and rekordbox (Part 1)

Pioneer CDJs are increasingly becoming the standard in venues around the world and all working DJs should have a solid understanding of their features.
In the video above, DJcityTV’s Mojaxx gives four tips for making the most out of a CDJ and rekordbox setup, including instant doubles, single play mode, automatic loading, and active loops. Most of the tips are for the Nexus line of players and are particularly useful to laptop DJs who are new to the rekordbox ecosystem.
Related: How to Mix Harmonically on Pioneer CDJs

New Video Explores The Evolution of EDM and How Technology Has Changed the Role of DJs

Pioneer DJ has released a video that explores the evolution of electronic dance music and how technology has changed the role of DJs. It is the third and final part of a documentary series about the company’s history.
The sixteen-minute piece features commentary from veterans such as Laidback Luke, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, DJ Shadow, Skream, and Paul Oakenfold.
Topics discussed include the early days of DJing, the transition from vinyl to digital, how rekordbox improved the CDJ experience, and the blurring of the lines between DJing and producing.
We also recommend checking out the first and second parts of the series, which look at the evolution of Pioneer’s CDJ line and its various mixers. Watch them here and here.
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Pioneer DJ Introduces a CDJ Without the CD Drive

Pioneer XDJ-1000
Pioneer DJ introduced its first-ever player without a CD drive on Wednesday evening. The XDJ-1000 is the first in a new line-up of USB-only and rekordbox-ready players.
Many of the XDJ-1000’s features are inherited from the CDJ-2000NXS, including 206mm jog wheels, “slip mode,” “quantize” and “beat sync.”
New features include a full-color touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard with keyword search, enhanced rekordbox track information, quantized “beat jump” and “loop move,” and Wi-Fi support.
It’s also compatible with KUVO — Pioneer DJ’s new online community, which enables DJs to provide fans with live set information in real-time.
The XDJ-1000 will be available in January 2015 with a suggested retail price of $1,199.
Watch British DJ/producer Pedestrian perform with four XDJ-1000s and a DJM-850:

For more information about the XDJ-1000, visit Pioneer DJ’s website.
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How to Mix Harmonically on Pioneer CDJs

Shout out to our friends at DJ TechTools for this useful tutorial:

“Pioneer’s CDJs are some of the most prevalent pieces of DJ hardware found in current DJ booths, and mixing harmonically has become a critical element of crafting a great set for many DJs. Today, Chris Brackley goes through a few of the best ways to mix in key on Pioneer’s CDJ units — including a little-known trick on newer CDJs where they’ll use a stoplight system to let you know if an upcoming track is compatible with the playing one. Watch the full thing and read more in today’s article.”

Related: How to Use Pioneer CDJ’s Slip Mode Feature

How to Use Pioneer CDJ’s Slip Mode Feature

UK-based DJ/producer Kutski has posted a useful video tutorial that demonstrates how to take advantage of the Slip Mode on Pioneer’s CDJ line.
According to DJ TechTools, “Slip Mode is currently only available on the CDJ-2000 Nexus and CDJ-900s although other controllers and softwares take advantage of it, as well as Traktor having its own version, Flux mode.”

Related: The Evolution of the Pioneer CDJ (Part One)

The Evolution of the Pioneer CDJ

Pioneer DJ has released part one of a documentary about the evolution of their ubiquitous CDJ turntable. The video features commentary from Laidback Luke, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, and others.
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