The Kontrol D2 is out, and so is Traktor Pro 2.8. Out too is NI’s closed door policy, which brings Rane certification and Pioneer CDJ and XDJ support.
Algoriddim’s djay Pro seriously raises the bar with the 1.1 release. Pioneer player compatibility and video built in. And there’s an Apple Watch app too.
So there I was at Pioneer DJ UK, waiting to be interviewed for an upcoming video. And having been left alone with the new XDJ-RX all-in-one controller for an hour, the only logical thing to do was write a first look piece about my brief experience. I only had a USB key with a few tracks on it, but it was enough to get a solid first impression. And here it is.
After years of asking, and an equally lengthy period of Pioneer DJ doing the “lalala-we’re-not-listening” thing, they’ve finally unveiled the rekordbox-centric CD-less XDJ-1000 multi player. Andrew Unsworth returns to the DJWORX fold, dusts off his Pioneer reviewing trousers, and takes the XDJ-1000 for a turn around the reviews room.
As the DJ scene has adopted software and especially the built-in effects, the need for external effects units has decreased. But that hasn’t stopped Pioneer DJ from putting out solid follow-ups to their EFX units. Last week Ray looked at the daunting RMX-1000, and this week it’s the return of the RMX-500, the effects unit for the rest of us. Ray plugs it into a corner of his epic setup and makes noises with it.
Pioneer’s EFX controllers became the industry standard effects controllers. And now we have the next generation that embraces all that is cool in the modern DJ age. The RMX-1000 is the top of the range and comes chokka with everything you could need and then some from an external effects controller. Ray gets giddy and somehow manages to squeeze an RMX-1000 into his already huge setup.
Want to know how well the Pioneer XDJ-1000 scratches? I let off some post-taxes stress and threw this video together quickly before it had to go back.
NAMM has many famous people walking around, but from a DJ perspective, it doesn’t get much better than Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles on the Pioneer Stand.
The pre-NAMM buzz was all around Pioneer’s all-in-one rekordbox focussed XDJ-RX controller. Jared and Ray had a play and looked headphone through glass.
As good as Pioneer’s HDJ-2000 headphones are, it seems that they can be better. Thus they’ve tightened everything up — better sounding and looking, lighter, and stronger too. And they come with a new hard case. The HDJ-2000MK2 headphones are here. Well nearly.