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  • Billy dj bad

    I have just bought pioneer xdj-rx and been playing with it all night. Now rekordbox is in white at top on this machine ??? Do I have to get laptop with record box installed on it to get it to work through my new deck ????

  • dean

    can i use my tracks directly from spotify?

  • I’m really hating this piece of software. Even more striking is the snobby attitude of Pioneer regarding this software (see http://forums.pioneerdj.com/entries/20118251-Read-this-thread-before-posting-for-help-with-Rekordbox)). It’s like a little spoiled child. Blegh.

  • Mike

    Bad one

  • DG

    Playing on cdj with usb is dope. But (yes there’s a but…)
    how can you update playlist in rekordbox when you updated it on itunes, then update usb key? Whithout erasing the key and loosing 3 hours of analyse. thanks by advance 🙂

  • kane

    Great app in terms of bridging the current wasteland of apps for Android music management, audio player, and djing. However, it intermittently will shut down upon screen lock, memory hog, and general functionality as music player is lacking. Still the best option for me at the moment, hope they continue to develop this software because it has a lot of potential.


  • Anonymous

    I’d like to quote myself from a post at the NI forum to show a few of the downsides of the Rekordbox Software on the Mac:

    “[…] the biggest deal breaker for me to go without Traktor is the rekordbox software!

    This is a piece of $%!& – no wonder that Pioneer doesn’t want people to use software for DJing 😉

    I have 2 USB-Sticks that are filled with a rekordbox library that
    includes the Traktor timecode files as well as a copy of the most
    important parts of my Traktor library which I can use as a backup if
    anything goes wrong with my setup.

    Every now and then when I update those sticks with the newest playlists
    from Traktor (using the fabulous Rekord Buddy app for Mac OS) I
    obviously need to touch rekordbox. This is where I’ll always get angry
    and annoyed of this software: It regularly crashes without a foreseeable
    reason and copying the files to the USB-Stick takes ages (more than 1
    hour for about 2000 songs, which would just take about 15 minutes if I
    just copied the files)
    I wonder how people using this workflow on a regular basis deal with
    those issues – I would switch to Traktor hands down because of this
    madness […]”

    Full post: http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1092039&postcount=459

  • Ableton Warping app for iOS… that’s what I want

  • This is one of the coolest, yet least useful features I have ever seen.

  • Warley Tomich

    I´ve tried various versions of Rekordbox but the software simply crashes as soon as it starts on my computer (Win 7). I´ve identified that this problem occurs due to Rekordbox automatic track analysis process. I´ve been looking for a solution to this problem for a long time till now. I saw other people complaining about this problem on the Net as well, but the Pioneer advice is erase the pre loaded Rekordbox library and import all my music again and thus lose all the work already done ;-( This is impractical since I have 80K tracks to be analyzed every time I reload them.
    So my opinion about the software is that it should be extremely stable even before being useful.

  • totally off topic. I <3 DJTT and the forums but dude, site is SLOWWWW as shit!!! Pretty sure it's not my computer or network. May need some more servers dudes!

  • Spkr4thDeaD

    Pretty good article although I noticed one thing wrong. (Maybe I just read it wrong though) you can ALSO connect iOS devices to a CDJ-Nexus through USB. (I believe the article just says you can connect android devices.) in fact the nexus even comes with a locking iOS connector.

    I do have a few gripes with rekordbox though. I don’t like having to deal with multiple libraries. I already organize everything in iTunes, and don’t want to have to import everything in a seperate library to then have to make a seperate playlist to then copy it to a USB drive. Too redundant.

    Analyzing tracks on iOS is great, and I prefer it over analyzing them on my Mac. (Especially from my iPad) you can almost completely go without using the desktop version of recordbox by syncing the music you want to use for your set with iTunes and then on your ios or android device, import the music you want to use into the recordbox app.

    This would be more than ideal seeing as we already take cell phones with us wherever we are. Essentially all you need to do to play is bring headphones to the club, no USB needed. (And your cellphone of course) and the beauty of this is that if you forgot to sync a song with your phone or you found a new track you want to throw into your set, download it from a store or iTunes Match or whatever (your library in the cloud) analyze it on the fly and you’re good to go.

    The only problem with such a dream setup is that pioneer does not support lossless codecs with the app. No wav, aiff, apple losseless etc. so sad, especially if you have tried to collect high quality music.

  • Anonymous

    Traktor & Serato please take notice. There’s a lot of potential in this.
    Because this is what I want from my music software:
    – Preparing should not be hard work. First time a track loads it should instantly get all the basic settings right: Start point, beat grid, bpm, key, etc.
    – Managing should not be hard work. Collection and settings stored and synced in the cloud, automatically looks for cover art on the internet, automatically detects the correct genre.
    – Always accessible everywhere: Collection and settings synced and stored on multiple devices (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) on multiple platforms (iOS, OSX, Android, Chrome, Windows, Windows Phone, etc.)
    – Exchangeable: On multiple software (Traktor, Serato, iTunes, Virtual DJ, Media Player, Media Monkey) and multiple hardware (Pioneer, NI, Rane, Allen & Heath, Denon, Numark, etc.)
    – Sharable: In multiple ways (Wifi, NFC, IRC, Blue Tooth, WAN, LAN, USB, etc) to multiple platforms (Soundcloud, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, email, Drop Box, Skydrive, iCloud, Xbox Music, Google Play, iTunes, PS3 etc.)

    We’re getting there with software like Rekordbox but not quite yet. However, when we do we can finally concentrate 100% on the real important stuff: being creative with music 🙂

    • We’re thinking alike on many of those points…

  • Whereismadeon?

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a how I play with Madeon?

  • JackSon

    iOS users with iCloud keep in mind that Rekordbox will turn on icloud sync for your WHOLE music collection by default which may make you unable to back up your device to iCloud. You can turn it off in iCloud settings.

  • I find the iOS version useful for just prepping tracks, making playlists, etc. while you are on the go (bus,train). Then just sync the mobile app to computer with all the work you did and throw songs onto flash drives. On the side note, does anyone know of a program similar to Rekord Buddy, but for windows?

  • “I had a USB stick with music stored in a Contents folder from the Rekordbox desktop software. Then I tried to drop some songs into that Contents folder that had been processed in Rekordbox for Android. However, those songs from the Android device would not load into a CDJ-2000, while the music from the laptop would.”

    Careful – Rekordbox doesn’t work this way. I’ve been using Rekordbox to manage my music for a couple of years now (I use CDJs exclusively), and this is one of the nuances that can be a pain in the butt for people who don’t realize how Rekordbox works under the hood.

    When you export a playlist, Rekordbox exports additional information as hidden files. The tracks are exported, but they’re not modified. All of the additional information – BPM, gridding, hot cues, loops, etc. – is stored in another file. I believe it’s an XML file, but don’t quote me on that; I’m not at home and can’t check. What this means is that you can’t “drag and drop” tracks into a Rekordbox USB; the tracks themselves will be there, but the library information – what you really want – will not.

    The latest version of Rekordbox has substantial improvements in write speed and stability than previous versions, but it can still get better. I have had no issues of crashes (using Pro DJ LINK and CDJ-900s) with 2.0 and above. I did notice that Rekordbox crashed not infrequently with 1.6 and below (though I hadn’t personally tested Pro DJ LINK with those; I use external hard drives back then).

  • While I like the idea of being able to set a playlist and even cue points anywhere with any device, I’m not sure how practical or important that is. I don’t find myself walking around thinking “OMG! I must set this loop point in this part of the song RIGHT NOW or I’ll forget it!” and when I have ideas regarding songs I want to pair, I write them down in my notes (either electronically on my phone or on paper, but they’re organized). I get that some people like to have static sets and that they want to be able to add songs to a playlist, but we’re talking about an obscure part of DJing and enabling the OCD nature of the DJ… I’d hardly call this revolutionary or even important. The best part I can think of RekordBox is the Key Detection, but Mixed in Key seems to have that part of the market wrapped up.

    • really, key detection? Could not find it in article, nor have noticed before in rekordbox (using it for more than 2 years). Where can I see that?

    • Anonymous

      Not considering that Rekordbox is free key detection for anyone, and MIK costs money.

  • Shishdisma

    “The first time I tried to load Rekordbox-prepared music into a CDJ-2000 from a USB thumb drive, the Hot Cue and loops were showing up in the hardware’s display, but when I would hit the Hot Cue buttons, my saved Hot Cues were not loading. I found out later that it was because when preparing the music files, I did not have a certain option selected in the settings. This option — “Prepare Hot Cue Auto Load setting for CDJ use” in the desktop Preferences and “Enable Auto Load Hot Cue” in the mobile app Settings — is turned off by default in the software.”
    To this day, I have absolutely no idea why anyone would every want all of the hot cues for a single track to be loaded every time you load the track. Can anyone explain this? It literally completely invalidates the underlying purpose of having the hot cues in the first place! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here, it makes no sense!

  • D-Kem

    Traktor users wanting to sync their data to Rekordbox may want to check out Rekord buddy.

  • On a related note, is there an iOS app for editing ID tags for MP3s? I really just want to be able to add comments and fix genres so that the songs go into the correct smart playlists in iTunes.

  • I got through the 1 paragraph and stopped. This is crap. Serato and Traktor have things like this already. I had my serato mapped to my ipad and then a ps3 controller just because I could. There’s a reason this app is free.

    • Spacecamp

      Incorrect – this is a track preparation standalone application – no such thing exists for Traktor or Serato.

      • Daniel Lawson

        Exactly, Id love this for Traktor!

  • Chuck Taylor

    If only Pioneer and NI could work out a deal where analyzed tracks in Rekordbox could be read with the same settings in Traktor, the game would be over. As of now, you have to keep to different music collections analyzed for the two different platforms.

    • What needs to happen is a new generation of ID3 tags, maybe ID4 or IDJ. These would follows MP3s as they are imbedded. This way artists can add, bpm, key, beatgrid, waveform, cue and even loop data to the MP3 for purchase. Think of how awesome it would be to buy a track from Beatport and have it already prepared for DJing by the artist who made it!

      • st.villanus

        Lazy. Should the artist give advice on what tracks to mix with the song, too?

      • Play!Doh

        ID3 v2 already supports “chapter” markers, and you could write your own tags for the rest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID3#ID3v2

    • May I point out this? http://nextaudiolabs.com
      I does exactly what you suggest. Game over 🙂

      • Anonymous

        THIS I need on my Windows PC.
        Would love both apps on my Windows Phone as well btw. Hopefully the platform becomes interesting enough in the future for developers to port these apps to.

  • Stéphan

    Too bad you can’t connect from your phone to pre-nexus 2000’s over USB yet. I hope they’re fixing that soon, as barely any clubs around here already have nexuses installed.

  • djbchi

    it’s garbage right now, constantly crashes when transferring and then after it crashes and you open the app back up, the tracks that did transfer are not in RB but they are still taking up the room on your iPad and the only way to delete them is delete the app and reinstall, sad release as of now

  • I downloaded this app for my ipad, and never use it. It takes too long to load up songs, and crashes way too frequently for me to consider it for prepping sets. I think one day it will be sorted out, and prob way better but for now I do not use this app.

  • Guest

    I think this is not the killer feature/app you make it out to be. IMO, it remains a cool toy until syncing gets better.

    And arguably, this sort of app will *really* take off when (mobile) broadband speed is fast enough such that we can store our track collection in the cloud.

  • Whatever

    Major coup by Mixvibes! And to think that I’m purposely buying an iPad Mini next month just so that I can analyse/prep tracks during the morning/evening commute with Djay or Deckadance.