The massive Belgium-based festival has always been know for attention to aesthetics, with elaborate themed stages that evolve over the course of the performances, so it's no surprise that those same attitudes have made it into the DJ booth. The festival recruited designer Jesse Dean - who does custom DJ gear work in Los Angeles - to build a set of CDJs and DJM-900 for the main stage that reflects the fantasy look of the festival.
Over the last few years, the 'CDJ that doesn't play CDs' has taken on almost mythical status in the DJ world, spoken of in hushed tones by those claiming to be in-the-know, and those who claimed to know somebody else who was. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that the first CD-less player is not a top-end replacement for the CDJ 2000 Nexus, but in fact a replacement for the more budget-minded CDJ-850. An interesting move on Pioneer's part – but has it paid off?
The most common set-up you will see in a club or at a festival is the iconic Pioneer CDJs (usually 2-4) and a Pioneer DJM-900 mixer. While many top performers may not utilize all the features and possibilities that this set-up offers, we’ve found someone who does. Yamato is a Japanese DJ who is lighting […]
By and large, the DJ gear that someone chooses doesn't effect how "good" or "real" of a DJ they are. But for DJs that play hundreds of shows in a year, the gear makes a big difference to consistently and comfortably being able to perform. Today we've put together a collection of the gear inside of some of the world's favorite DJs and live producers - read on.
With the launch of Rekordbox 3.0, Pioneer will not only further entrench their existing users, but also attract new users; perhaps even those who’ve only worked with software solutions in the past. Many DJs prefer the plug-and-play simplicity of the CDJ ecosystem containing no less than 4 models. For those looking to buy new decks or upgrade […]
Kutski, a former BBC Radio 1 presenter and DJ, is known for being a bit of a Pioneer-gear aficionado, so it's not surprise to see CDJ-related tutorials and videos coming from him. In this video he's tackling the recent addition of Slip Mode to the CDJ line, something that he notes in the video stays relatively unused in many DJ sets.
Our moderators on the DJ TechTools forums recently held an awesome contest in the Show Your Setup sub-form that we kicked off almost exactly a year ago. The contest saw some incredible setups, but only one could be the winner, as forum members voted to determine the best of the bunch. Take a look inside […]
As teased earlier this week, the new Pioneer CDJ-200 Nexus units have dropped with a brand new feature set, including the expected wireless Rekordbox functionality, tempo and beat synchronization, color-based key indicators, advanced slip modes for loops, reverse, and scratching, as well as a slew of other improvements. Read on for more details and the […]