• 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 — or just the bedroom.

    Related: Review: Reloop RMX-90 DVS Mixer for Serato DJ

  • Watch BrainDeaD Perform With Pioneer’s DDJ-RX

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    Israel’s BrainDeaD recently dropped a routine for Pioneer DJ to demonstrate the features of company’s DDJ-RX controller and Rekordbox DJ software. The performance makes use of his and The Kemist’s future dancehall track, “Incredible,” which was released on Mad Decent in October.

    Watch the three-minute routine above.

    Related: Skratch Bastid and DJ Puffy Perform Soca Routine

  • Pioneer DJ Announces DJM-250MK2 Mixer

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    Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2

    Pioneer DJ has announced a new version of its popular entry-level mixer, the DJM-250.

    Although it sits at the bottom of their range, the two-channel DJM-250MK2 adds two major improvements to its predecessor.

    The first is an integrated, multi-channel audio interface, which enables the use of DVS in Pioneer’s Rekordbox DJ performance software. The second is the crossfader, which is the same as the one found on the company’s professional DJM-900NXS2 club mixer.

    The DJM-250MK2 also comes with a full license for the Rekordbox DJ and the DVS Plus Pack. Both of those products have a combined value of around $250 on their own, which makes the DJM-250MK2 an impressive deal.

    The mixer is due to be released in early March with a suggested retail price of $350.

    Keys features:

    – Rekordbox DVS ready; Includes Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox DVS licenses
    – Magvel crossfader from the DJM-900NXS2
    – Smooth channel faders
    – Three-band isolators
    – Sound Color FX filter with parameter control from the DJM-900NXS2
    – Built-in sound card
    – Easy recording
    – High-quality sound
    – XLR terminal
    – Two headphone outs
    – Signal GND terminal
    – Independent MIC section

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

    Related: Reloop Introduces RMX-90 DVS Mixer

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  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-RZX Controller Review

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    Pioneer DJ’s four-channel DDJ-RZX is the flagship controller for the company’s Rekordbox DJ software. It’s the largest and most expensive controller on the market, but is bigger always better? Watch Mojaxx‘s review to find out.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Unveils TORAIZ AS-1 Synth

  • Pioneer DJ Unveils TORAIZ AS-1 Synth

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    Pioneer DJ TORAIZ AS-1

    Pioneer DJ is best known for its digital hardware, but today at the NAMM trade show they showed off an addition to their production range that’s resolutely analog.

    Designed in collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, the TORAIZ AS-1 is a monophonic analog synthesizer. It has a touchpad-style keyboard and slider control and includes seven onboard FX.

    Although the AS-1 doesn’t come with a Pro DJ Link port to synchronize with the company’s DJ gear, it can connect to the TORAIZ SP-16 sampler to enable control via MIDI. With that connectivity, the AS-1 can be used in hybrid DJ-live setups.

    Key features of the AS-1:

    – True analog sound from Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6
    – Two voltage-controlled oscillators
    – Two voltage-controlled filters
    – Two envelope generators
    – Voltage-controlled amplifier and low-frequency oscillator
    – Full programmability with 495 presets, 495 user programs and Quick Program
    – Dual FX engine with seven FX (six from the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet-6 synth)
    – Touchpad-style keyboard and slider
    – Scale mode
    – Arpeggiator
    – 64-step sequencer with Sequence Lock
    – Bright OLED display
    – Easy connection to a PC/Mac or an external MIDI device

    Watch Pioneer’s promo video below and learn more about the synth on their website.

    Related: Pioneer DJ XDJ-1000MK2 Review

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  • Pioneer DJ XDJ-1000MK2 Review

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    Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-1000 was an important step forward for the company in a couple of ways.

    For starters, it was the first player to ship without a CD drive, relying solely on playback from a USB drive or connected computer. It was also Pioneer’s first player to include a touchscreen for advanced features like Beat Jump and full QWERTY keyboard search.

    Nearly two years later, the company released the XDJ-1000MK2, which at first glance appears to be similar, but has some improvements under the hood.

    On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx looks at the XDJ-1000MK2 and determines if the new features are worth the upgrade.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Introduces DDJ-SZ2 Controller

  • Pioneer DJ Introduces DDJ-SZ2 Controller

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    Pioneer DJ DDJ-SZ2

    Pioneer DJ has introduced the DDJ-SZ2, a new four-channel controller that adds dedicated controls for Serato DJ’s latest features.

    DJcity’s Mojaxx says, “With Serato’s support for Pioneer’s NXS2 range of hardware, the release of the SZ2 is another positive sign that the relationship between the two companies is still strong and will continue.”

    In addition to native support for Serato DJ, the SZ2 includes the following key features:

    – CDJ-style setup
    – Dual USB port for smooth DJ changeovers
    – Magvel crossfader
    – High-quality sound
    – Professional performance features and FX

    The suggested retail price is $1,999 / €2099.

    Watch Pioneer’s introductory video below and learn more about the SZ2 on their website.

    Related: First Look: Pioneer DJ’s DJM-TOUR1 and CDJ-TOUR1

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  • Watch ESKEI83’s Set for Pioneer’s DJsounds Show

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    ESKEI83 performs in the Netherlands on Jan. 29, 2016. (photo credit: Henny van Roomen)

    ESKEI83, the 2014 Red Bull Thre3style World Champion, has been featured on Pioneer DJ’s DJsounds show.

    The German’s set, which was recorded in London last summer, featured 50 minutes of bass music and world-class turntablism. It included unreleased material and releases from his label, Crispy Crust Records.

    During the interview, ESKEI spoke about how Pioneer’s DJM-S9 mixer helped him simplify and improve his game. He also discussed what it’s like playing at festivals as a turntablist and the advantages it gives him over other types of DJs.

    Watch the full set and interview below.


    1. Mr. Carmack – Death
    2. Psychic Pressure – Geysa
    3. Dirty Audio & Rickyxsan – Gettin’ That
    4. Tropkillaz – Booty To The Bass
    5. ESKEI83 & Johnny Osbourne – Kill A Sound
    6. M.I.A. – Double Bubble Trouble
    7. Jimmy Pé – Hudson River
    8. Dead Prez – It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop – Acapella
    9. Gladiator & QUIX – Chilly Bin
    10. Busta Rhymes – Gimme Some More – Live Evil Remix
    11. Take Dat – The Shots
    12. Bingo Players, Zombie Nation, Jeff Doubleu, TrapHau5, & ETC!ETC! – Rattle The Kernkraft 400 – Vortex Bootleg
    13. Kendrick Lamar – M.A.A.D. City – Eprom Remix
    14. Skepta ft. JME – That’s Not Me – Dirty Remix
    15. Mura Masa – Lotus Eater
    16. Craze & Skratch Bastid – Worldwide
    17. ESKEI83 – Get Down
    18. Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini
    19. Yo Majesty – Club Action Smookie Illson Bootleg
    20. Loco Dice ft. Just Blaze – Sending This One Out – Frizzo Remix
    21. Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest – Acapella
    22. Drunken Masters & Karol Tip – Calories
    23. Donkong & Karol Tip – Brilliant
    24. Hermitude – Vibration
    25. Skepta ft. Young Lord – It Ain’t Safe
    26. DJ Cable – I’m A G
    27. ESKEI83 & Snelle Jelle – Step Into The Ring
    28. Just Blaze & Baauer – Higher
    29. DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross, & Snoop Dogg – All I Do Is Win
    30. Skrillex & Diplo ft. G-Dragon & CL – Dirty Vibe – DJ Snake & Aazar Remix
    31. Flosstradamus ft. Casino – Mosh Pit – Acapella
    32. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Play-N-Skillz Trap Remix – ESKEI83 Edit
    33. Drunken Masters & Tropkillaz – All Day
    34. Major Lazer & Grandtheft – Number One
    35. Johnny Osbourne & ESKEI83 & Symbiz – Buddy Bye – ESKEI83 Dubplate
    36. ESKEI83 ft. Bunji Garlin – Fire
    37. Dan Gerous – Life Of The Party – ESKEI83 Remix
    38. Flosstradamus & TroyBoi – Soundclash
    39. The Turntablist – Break This
    40. Ben Esser – Love You More – Rafik Remix
    41. ESKEI83 & Drunken Masters & Gunjah – Rave
    42. Wave Racer – Streamers

    Updated on Dec 11. 2016.

    This article was written by Hugo Pacheco.

    Related: Watch ESKEI83’s Set for the MikiDz Show

  • Serato DJ 1.9.5 Public Beta Now Available

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    Serato DJ

    Serato has released the public beta of Serato DJ 1.9.5. The update adds HID support for the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 and plug-and-play support for the DJM-900NXS2 when used with Serato DJ Club Kit. The beta also includes bug fixes as well as stability improvements.

    Download it on Serato’s website.

    Related: Using Serato DJ’s Beat Jump Feature for Blends

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  • Serato DJ Support Coming to Pioneer’s DJM-900NXS2

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    Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2

    The lack of Serato DJ support in Pioneer DJ’s DJM-900NXS2 mixer has been a deal breaker for many people. Thankfully, Serato has announced that support for Serato DJ will come to the DJM-900NXS2 by the end of the year.

    The support will be available as part of the Serato DJ Club Kit license bundle, which is comprised of Serato DJ and the DVS Expansion Pack.

    Watch Mojaxx‘s review of the DJM-900NXS2 below.

    Related: Pioneer DJ’s DJM-TOUR1 and CDJ-TOUR1 (First Look)

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