Pioneer DJ have finally released the Rolls Royce of a DJ setup they had teased earlier in the year to a curious crowd at NAMM 2016. While most eyes were fixed on the five large screens attached to the top, few were asking the questions about the use of the other new features included in and around each device. Guest contributor Dan D-Squared shares some insight on what Pioneer DJ was thinking behind this over-the-top design of a product line.
Earlier this year at NAMM 2016, we saw the first public prototype of Pioneer DJ's new festival-ready professional DJ system - what they're calling the TOUR1 line. Today, Pioneer is officially making it clear that these aren't just prototypes: meet the CDJ-TOUR1 and DJM-TOUR1, set to hit the market in August. Keep reading for details.
Pioneer DJ has put out the Rekordbox DJ software, brought it up to speed in features, and now they're ready to go after the market in a huge way: with entry-level controllers that include the software for free. Meet the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR, Pioneer DJ's low-cost controllers designed specifically for their own DJ software.
At the Musikmesse 2016 convention, which opened today in Frankfurt, Germany, news about new DJ and production gear has seemed relatively minimal. But we've noticed a few new pieces of gear that have appeared on news outlets and on Instagram coverage of the event - keep reading for fresh annoucements from DJ-Tech, Reloop, and Roland.
Some amazing news from Pioneer DJ, who are announcing their first major piece of live performance hardware, the TORAIZ SP-16 sampler and step sequencer. With a 7-inch touch screen, analog filters based on Dave Smith's Prophet-6, 16 sampler engines, and quantization syncing with CDJs via Pro DJ Link, the TORAIZ SPP-16 is gunning for a prime position in DJ booths around the world. Keep reading to see all of the details!
The brand new version of Rekordbox DJ, version 4.1, is being released today – and the big feature add is the DVS pack that we originally heard about back when the software was first announced. Keep reading to learn more about the new update and Rekordbox DVS.
How is this still a thing? We're already four versions into OS X 10.11, released in September of 2015, and there are still major issues for DJs, software, and hardware with every new update. This time it's Pioneer DJ warning users of Serato and their DDJ-controller line that the devices will not be recognized in the new update.
The most popular DJ gear at NAMM by far were the new CDJ-2000NXS2 media player and DJM-900NXS2 mixer. The new models are an incremental upgrade (most of the features expand on other solid Pioneer DJ features), but it will soon be the new standard in CDJ-oriented DJ booths around the world. We spent 30 minutes mixing on and testing a NXS2 setup, read on for our first impressions.