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.
The subject of standalones has been a hot topic for a while now. And with rekordbox being an almost fully formed piece of DJ software, it was just a matter of time before they wrapped their considerable hardware arsenal around a unit that looked like real Pioneer. The XDJ-RX is that unit.
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.
Pioneer’s rekordbox 3 gets is a huge upgrade that adds a heap of enhancements, including a second deck. Does this indicate future directions?
2 different DJ music libraries, and one piece of software to break down the wall — Rekord Buddy gets Traktor and Rekordbox playing nice.
Pioneer’s flagship CDJ-2000nexus is here, and with it comes a heap of performance features as well as a clear no laptop message.