• Pioneer DJ Releases rekordbox 5.0, Announces DDJ-XP1 Controller

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    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

    DDJ-XP1

    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.

    Related: Pioneer DJ Announces DJM-S3 Mixer and DDJ-SR2 Controller

  • 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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    Pro Tips for CDJs and Rekordbox (Part 1)
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  • DVS Support for Rekordbox Has Finally Arrived

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    Pioneer DJ’s PLX-1000 turntables and DJM-900NXS2 mixer connected to rekordbox. (via Pioneer DJ)
     
    After months of anticipation, Pioneer DJ has finally introduced DVS support to rekordbox. The feature became available on Tuesday via a “Plus Pack” for the newly released rekordbox 4.1.
     
    The addition of DVS functionality is a significant development in the DJ industry, as it makes rekordbox accessible to vinyl DJs for the first time. It also makes rekordbox a direct competitor with Serato DJ and Traktor.
     
    However, as of right now, Pioneer’s highly sought-after DJM-S9 mixer is still only compatible with Serato DJ.
     
    Watch the video below to learn more about the rekordbox DVS, and download it along with rekordbox 4.1 on Pioneer’s website.
     

     
    Related: 5 Reasons Why Trentino Switched to Rekordbox

  • 5 Reasons Why Trentino Switched to Rekordbox

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    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

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    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

  • Pioneer DJ Confirms DVS Support for Rekordbox

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    After sparking speculation in July, Pioneer DJ has confirmed that the next version of rekordbox will include support for DVS.
     
    The company also revealed that version 4.0 will include support for video, effectively making it a direct competitor to Serato DJ and Traktor. It will be available free of charge starting October 1, 2015 on the rekordbox website.
     
    Pioneer also revealed two new controllers: the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX.
     
    Watch the videos below for more information about rekordbox 4.0 and the new controllers.
     

     

     
    Related: 4 Pro Tips for CDJs and Rekordbox

  • Pro Tips for CDJs and rekordbox (Part 1)

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    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