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Pioneer DJ Announces DDJ-800 Rekordbox Controller

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800
Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 controller (Source: Pioneer DJ)

Pioneer DJ has announced a new controller, the DDJ-800. Designed to be used with the company’s rekordbox DJ software, the DDJ-800 takes cues from the popular DDJ-1000. However, the DDJ-800 is smaller and more affordable.

The device offers two channels, switchable between four virtual decks, with a wide selection of Sound Color and Beat FX.

Its five-inch jog wheels feature full-color screens in the center, providing real-time display of waveforms, BPM, time, and more. They also have tension adjustments, enabling DJs to personalize the resistance.

Several pad modes are found on the DDJ-800, including hot cues, keyboard mode, beat loop and jump, Pad FX, and pitch shift. It’s also the first rekordbox DJ controller to support the software’s new Feedback Reducer feature, which is designed to instantly detect and remove the howling sound of feedback when using the unit’s two microphone inputs.

The DDJ-800 will be available worldwide in mid-April for $899. Get more details here, and stay tuned for Mojaxx’s first look this week.

Related: Review: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Controller

Pioneer DJ Announces XDJ-RR Controller

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RR

Pioneer DJ has announced the XDJ-RR, its latest all-in-one DJ system for rekordbox.

The device is intended to help DJs “make the transition from playing at home to performing at parties, bars and eventually clubs.” As such, it inherits a number of features from the company’s professional NXS2 range.

Like the XDJ-RX2, which was recently reviewed on DJcityTV, the XDJ-RR can be used standalone with USB drives or with a laptop that’s equipped with the rekordbox dj software.

Its features include:

– Dual USB ports for playback and mix recording
– Seven-inch color screen
– Performance controls including hot cue, beat loop, slip loop, and beat jump
– Three beat FX: echo, reverb, and flanger
– Four sound color FX: filter, noise, dub echo, and pitch
– Comes with rekordbox DJ software

The XDJ-RR will be available in early September at a suggested price of $1,099. Find out more on Pioneer DJ’s website and watch the promo video below.

Related: Review: Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 Controller

Pioneer DJ Debuts DDJ-1000 rekordbox Controller

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 (Photo source: Pioneer DJ)

Pioneer DJ announced the DDJ-1000 on Tuesday, the latest controller for their rekordbox DJ software.

A four-channel device, the DDJ-1000 features CDJ size jog wheels which contain full color central displays. They can be customized to display various types of information, including BPM, waveforms, and cue points.

The controller’s mixer section includes a lot of familiar effects from the DJM mixer range, as well as some new effects like Enigma Jet, Mobius Saw, Mobius Triangle, and Low Cut Echo.

The DDJ-1000 also features two USB ports for DJ switching, 16 performance pads, and a license for the rekordbox DJ performance software.

It will be available mid-January at a price of $1,199. Check out Pioneer DJ’s website for more information and watch the introduction video below, which features Red Bull 3Style world finalist, Deejay Irie.

Related: Pioneer DJ DJS-1000 Walkthrough

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

Pioneer DJ Announces Rekordbox Audio Interface

Interface 2

Interface 2
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?

Rekordbox DJ

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

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

Trentino
 
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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