Pioneer DJ has just given its seal of approval to VirtualDJ 8 Pro by making their DDJ-SZ top end controller fully and officially compatible. This means that new and existing users can nab a full copy and use DVS too. VirtualDJ 8 Pro is now official sitting at the grown-ups table.
I cannot help but think that Pioneer’s new XDJ name is a possible play on words. Some feel that without disks or discs, we aren’t disk jockeys at all. In this context XDJ could mean ex DJ couldn’t it? Are you a DJ if you don’t use a circular medium? Of course you are, and read on to find out why. DJ is more than an acronym.
Change is good, but this change is likely to be one that some will struggle with. The Pioneer XDJ-1000 is the CD-less incarnation of the CDJ line. Being an entirely digital workflow, CDs are out the window and have been replaced with Rekordbox. It’s not like you didn’t know it was coming, but are you ready to let go of CDs just yet?
Getting hands on DJ gear at a trade show is cool. But Pioneer DJ do not want you to lay your hands on their new gear at all. Their Future DJ concept shown at Ceatec 2014 is a gesture based system for controlling music and effects. Not so much waving your hands in the air… more a little to the left and right but not too far because you’ll overbake the effects.
Pioneer already dominate the clubs. And with each passing month, they fill another empty slot in their product lineup. But now they’re introducing KUVO, a cloud based system that via collected metadata will connect DJs with everyone else and present their playlists via a mobile interface, and at the same time ensure that the artists they play get paid.
In his last round of demo duties, Rob Anderson walks us through Pioneer’s tiny powerhouse of a controller. The DDJ-WeGO3 might not have the extensive feature set of the big boys, but it can certainly work properly with more software than just about any other controller on the market right now.
Day two of BPM 2014, and Pioneer’s Rob Anderson fights trade show weariness to deliver an excellent walkthrough about the updated DDJ-SX2 Serato DJ controller, as well as touching briefly on the Serato Flip expansion pack. Again. Everyone is talking about Flip it seems.
Pioneer has always been about its own products. In recent years, it has snuggled up to NI and Serato, but has still developed its own library management software in partnership with Mixvibes, called Rekordbox. With version 3, all development is in the hands of Pioneer, and Rob Anderson was on hand to give a whistle-stop tour at BPM 2014.
It would seem that Pioneer Corp has made it’s mind up in record time, as the sale of Pioneer DJ is announced by KKR & Co. Read the story – there’s more to it than a straight sale to another company.
Yesterday, Reuters blew the DJ world wide open with rumours of Pioneer HQ deep in talks and near closing an alleged $570m deal for its DJ division. Many online conversations led to the DJ media posting their own versions and theories. But now Pioneer HQ has broken cover and issued an official statement.