Last week, and probably now forgotten in the Technics/Vestax hoopla, Pioneer DJ teased us with a video. Unluckily for them, it had already leaked anyway so we were able to pretty accurately describe the new DJM-900NXS2 mixer. But for me, less prominent was the new CDJ-2000NXS2 — obviously it was there, but not in the same obvious manner. But here they are, the new club standard.
Detailed PR follows, and watch the above videos too:
Refined, remastered, reborn:
Meet the new CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2
12th January 2016: Our flagship set-up is taking a giant leap into the future, as we unveil the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2. The result of years of feedback from DJs of every genre, the latest additions deliver the highest possible sound quality, finely tuned features and unprecedented levels of control.
We’ve given the CDJ-2000NXS2 a 96 kHz/24-bit sound card and added FLAC/Apple Lossless Audio (ALAC) support – paving the way for more producers to create music in this top quality format. Browsing and track selection are even more intuitive with the high-res touch screen, Qwerty keyboard and Track Filter search. The screen also packs in a multicoloured wave display, more detailed rekordbox™ information and instant access to all the most popular features. The player now has two banks of four Hot Cues – eight in total. And, if that isn’t enough, you can connect the DDJ-SP1 controller to add even more Hot Cues and loops and control four players from one device using Pro DJ Link.
The DJM-900NXS2 takes mixing to another level with our first ever 64-bit mixing processor for a more natural, warm and detailed sound. The controls are even more responsive, with a new gain structure, improved EQ and fader curves. The Sound Colour FX section now has a parameter knob for even more nuanced manipulation. Plus an independent Send/Return means you no longer have to choose between Beat FX and external FX: you can connect your choice of external FX controllers, including apps on your iPad, and layer it on top of the on-board FX. Add to that four phono inputs, DVS support and two USB ports for easy connection to PC/Mac – and the DJM-900NXS2 is a crucial tool versatile enough for any professional booth.
“I played a couple of tracks on the DJM-900NXS2 and I was quite astounded, it sounds like no other Pioneer DJ mixer I’ve heard,” said Andy Kayll, sound engineer at DC10. “Going up from 32-bit to 64-bit, the sound is so much more accurate and natural, you can hear it’s much warmer.”
The CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 are available from February 2016, both at an SRP of €2,299, including VAT.
Find out more or watch our NXS2 set-up introduction videos for hints and tricks:
NEW FEATURES OF THE CDJ-2000NXS2
- Enhanced, next generation sound with support for FLAC/ALAC files
Every aspect of the CDJ-2000NXS2’s sound design has been fine-tuned to produce a crisper, clearer sound and support the highest quality formats:
- 96 kHz/24-bit sound card: high-res sound reproduction with no loss of quality.
- FLAC and ALAC support: play with the highest quality formats.
- Improved Digital Out: ensures a detailed reproduction of high-res audio.
- 32-bit D/A converter: eliminates distortion and noise on analogue sources.
- Separate analogue power supply: reduces unwanted noise.
- Full-colour touch screen with faster browsing and more detailed track information
The CDJ-2000NXS2 has a high resolution, 7-inch touch screen, and adds a host of features for faster browsing and more intuitive performances:
- Track Filter mode: use the touch screen to filter tracks by rekordbox information such as BPM, key or My Tags.
- Keyword search: bring up the Qwerty keyboard to search for tracks by name.
- Multicoloured wave display: full-colour wave form and Wave Zoom.
- Needle Countdown: touch a point in the track to see how many beats away it is.
- Shortcut button: instantly switch to Browse mode or bring up My Settings.
- Expanded performance features for even greater possibilities and creativity
The CDJ-2000NXS2 builds on its predecessor’s most popular features – including Beat Sync, Slip Mode and Hot Cue Auto Load – and takes it up a gear with:
- 8 colour-coded Hot Cues: two banks of four Hot Cues deliver even more choice and control in the mix. Either set the cues and colours in rekordbox or use the simplified workflow to set them on-the-fly.
- MIDI controller interface: connect the DDJ-SP1 add-on controller with one USB cable to control up to 4 CDJ-2000NXS2s using Pro DJ Link – giving you instant access to more Hot Cues, loops, slip mode and browsing.
- Fractional beat Quantize: choose between ⅛, ¼ and ½ beat Quantize for more precision and versatility.
- Pro DJ Link enables even more features
Pro DJ Link lets you share one source across up to four players and unlocks a host of information and features such as Beat Sync and Beat Countdown. Now we’ve added:
- More detailed Phase Meter: see the track’s progression through the bar, beats and between the beats.
- Improved beat grids: beat grids are now accurate to the microsecond, exactly matching the rekordbox beat grid for total reliability over the course of a mix.
- Quantized Beat Jump: jump backwards or forwards 1 beat from the current playback position.
- See full rekordbox track information including NEW colour-coded Memory Cues
As always, you can analyse and prepare your tracks in rekordbox and view vital information on the player’s screen, including BPM, Beat Countdown and Phase Meter. New to the CDJ-2000NXS2 are Memory Cues, which let you name a cue, e.g. ‘my breakdown’, give it a colour, and then see that information on the CDJ-2000NXS2’s screen.
- Other features
- Supports rekordbox dj HID control – a rekordbox dj add-on that will be available soon.
- Three-position lever for Slip Reverse, Forward and Reverse.
- Multicoloured USB port light: shows a colour you’ve pre-set in rekordbox (e.g. blue for a techno USB stick) when you plug the USB stick in.
- High quality, anti-scratch aluminium top plate.
NEW FEATURES OF THE DJM-900NXS2
- High quality audio components for a warm, detailed sound
The DJM-900NXS2 has undergone a complete overhaul under the bonnet to deliver clear sound with more depth and colour:
- Improved digital sound processing: 64-bit mixing processing, enhanced dithering technology and a low-jitter clock – all deliver a warm, natural analogue sound.
- 96 kHz/24-bit sound card and direct digital connection: accurately reproduces high-res audio.
- Newly developed power supply: eliminates unwanted noise and delivers a warmer sound.
- Improved analogue input: a new phono amp circuit, plus a new signal GND terminal to easily attach ground wires from analogue turntables.
- Improved EQ, fader and clip controls for smoother mixes
The DJM-900NXS2 has more nuanced frequency and volume controls for smoother, more dynamic mixing:
- Improved channel fader curves: the three curves have been fine-tuned for more precision and control.
- New EQ curves: even more precision across the highs, mids and lows.
- More accurate clip indicator: a redesigned gain structure ensures meters don’t go into the red too early.
- Peak limiter: minimises distortion even at high volumes.
- More detailed control of a wealth of FX plus an independent Send/Return
The DJM-900NXS2’s FX and their controls have been completely redesigned to deliver detailed levels of manipulation:
- 6 Sound Colour FX:
- New Sweep: replaces Gate/Comp
- New parameter knob: alters different parameters for each effect.
- Bigger knobs: for more nuanced control of all sound colour FX.
- 14 Beat FX:
- New FX: Ping Pong, Vinyl Brake, Helix, Pitch, improved Reverb.
- Bigger X-Pad with OLED screen: more easily see and toggle FX and change parameters.
- FX Frequency: choose which frequency range to apply effects to.
- Channel selection LED: know at a glance which channels you’re applying Beat FX to.
- Independent Send/Return: connect external hardware and software to use alongside the internal FX. InterApp support means you can use FX/Instrument apps on your iPad – for example the virtual RMX-1000 app.
- Two USB ports, 4 Phono Inputs and DVS support for total flexibility and seamless DJ handovers
The DJM-900NXS2 has a multitude of inputs to give you total freedom to mix with the source of your choice:
- 2 USB ports and a top-loaded input switcher: for seamless DJ handovers between different PCs/Macs.
- DVS control: use turntables/players to control rekordbox DJ performance software via the rekordbox dj DVS Plus Pack (coming soon).
- 4 Phono Inputs: connect up to 4 turntables to channels 1, 2, 3 or 4.
- Pro DJ Link via LAN or USB for even more scope and flexibility
Use Pro DJ Link to connect up to 4 players and share one source, see detailed rekordbox information and unlock a number of advanced features including Quantize. You can also connect a PC/Mac with just one USB cable to control rekordbox dj and other DJ software with all 4 players.
- High quality, rugged build for professional use
The DJM-900NXS2 is built for the rigours of professional use.
- Magvel Fader: highly responsive magnetic crossfader designed for smooth operation and superb durability.
- 2 headphone plugs: ¼-inch stereo jack and 3.5mm MiniPin
- Gold-plated RCAs: for premium sound quality on all connections
Playable media iPhone/iPod touch, Android phone, etc.
USB storage devices (flash memory/HDD, etc.)
Computers (Mac/Windows PC), Audio CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW/R-DL
Playable file WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless
(Sampling rate: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, Bit depth: 16/24bit)
(Sampling rate: 32/44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16 bit)
(Sampling rate: 16/22.05/4/32/44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16bit)
rekordbox™ for iPhone: MP3 and AAC only
USB storage support file systems FAT, FAT32, HFS+ Frequency response 4 Hz ~ 40 kHz S/N ratio 115 dB or more Total harmonic distortion 0.0018% or less USB ports USB A port x 1, USB B port x 1 Audio output ports AUDIO OUT (RCA) x 1, DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) x 1 Other ports LAN (100Base-TX) x 1 Audio output voltage 2.0 Vrms Power requirements AC 100-240V 50/60 Hz Max external dimension
(W x D x H)
320 mm x 414.4 mm x 113.2 mm Weight 5.7 kg
Number of channels 4 x audio channels, 2 x MIC channels Input ports Digital In x 4 (coaxial), Line In x 4 (RCA), Phono x 4 (RCA), MIC x 2 (XLR & ¼-inch TRS jack x 1, 1/4” TRS JACK x 1) Output ports Master Out x 2 (XLR x 1, RCA x 1), Booth Out x 1 (1/4“ TRS jack), Headphone Monitor Out x 1(1/4” stereo jack, 3.5mm stereo min-jack), Rec Out x 1 (RCA), Digital Out x 1 (coaxial) Other ports Send x 1 (1/4” TS jack), Return x 1 (1/4” TS jack), USB B x ２, USB A x 1, Link (LAN) x 1 Sampling rate 96kHz D/A converter 32bit A/D converter 24bit Frequency response 20Hz ～ 40ｋHz (Line) Total Harmonic Distortion ratio 0.005％ or less (Line-Master1） S/N ratio 105 dB (Line) Max external dimension
(W x D x H)
333 x 414.2 x 107.9 mm Unit weight 8.0kg
REKORDBOX DJ SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro (The latest service pack)
Windows® 7 Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate (The latest service pack)
Intel® Processer Dual Core 2.0 GHz or higher
4GB or more of RAM
Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8 (Updated to the latest version)
Intel® Processer Dual Core 2.0 GHz or higher
4GB or more of RAM
Hard Drive 250MB or more of free space (not including space for storing music files, etc.) Sound Audio output to speakers, headphones, etc. (internal or external audio device) USB port A USB 2.0 port is used to connect a controller or a mixer, and export track files to a USB storage device such as a flash drive and a hard disk drive Playable music file FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC Internet connection An internet connection is needed to create a rekordbox user account and to download and activate the software Display resolution 1280 × 768 or greater
THE NEW CLUB STANDARD?
Well most probably yes. The CDJ-2000 and DJM-900 are more or less a fixture all over the world now, and with these new features, it’s a safe bet that many a battered Pioneer unit will end up getting relegated to a storage cupboard, and replaced with these.
A few points I noticed:
- Pioneer has retained the CD unit. While I no longer use CDs in anything I do, I feel it’s a good idea to retain these. So many DJs still use them, and should something go wrong you still have a backup strategy. Remember — the booth has to be able to cater for the unexpected, and I’d say it’s still expected for a DJ to be able to use CDs.
- Rekordbox barely gets a mention, which is a little weird. Perhaps for now, it’s a product that they’re pushing out to controllers, making CDJs and DJMs reasonably agnostic, leaving the door open for Serato/Traktor in these rapidly changing times. Again, this ties in with the CD observation as well — the booth is a war zone, and making it workflow specific isn’t going to work well.
- The new clipping light on the DJM is a good idea, and a teaching tool too. Nothing says “I don’t know what I’m doing” more than perma-red meters.
- Adding a wealth of very cool new stuff is most welcome, but let’s not backslap for fixing what should have been standard years ago. Mini jacks and 4 cue points — it’s about time.
There’s an awful lot of really great stuff going on with these products, so I urge you to pour over the videos and the PR and let’s direct it in the comments. I may come back and revisit this story later, but for now I’m busy prepping for NAMM. What you need to know is that each unit costs $2199/€2299/£1699 (for context that’s $6597/€6097/£5097 for a full setup which is the real price) and they’re available in February.