CDJ-2000NXS2 1.6 Firmware Update from Pioneer DJ

This week, Pioneer DJ launched a new firmware update for their professional-grade CDJ-2000NXS2 multimedia player. This new update, version 1.6, stabilizes and adds several new features to the player. Keep reading for details.

CDJ-2000NXS2’s New 1.6 Firmware

Now fixed are problems that users of the players encountered while powering on, with slip mode, and adds a few new features as well.

Some issues when powering up.
Some issues when using SLIP HOT CUE.

AUTO BEAT LOOP: 3, 6, 9 and 12 beats added.
Press and hold [LOOP MODE] for 1 second or longer to activate/deactivate.
8 beats (REV) and 8 beats (FWD) added in BEAT JUMP mode when used with a DDJ-SP1.

Download the 1.6 firmware here on Pioneer DJ’s site

For slip mode, the issue came when using hot cues. When slip mode (the feature that allows scratching, looping, etc, to be performed with the original track playing in the background in time) was activated and hot cues were triggered, the players were reported to have experienced slight glitches. This appears to be fixed in the new firmware.

This update brings in several new features to the players. It adds an Auto Beat loop of 3, 6, 9, or 12 beats when the Loop Mode button is pressed for more than one second. Secondly, version 1.60 adds an eight beat beat jump (both forwards and backwards) when the CDJ is connected to DDJ-SP1. Why this is only available with SP1s is incredibly unclear – Pioneer DJ continues to have incredibly disparate experiences across their media players depending on what model you own.

With the launch of the extremely competitive Denon DJ S5000 Prime , Pioneer DJ will hopefully be very active with their firmware updates. If they’re going to be against the SC5000, they need to squeeze every possible feature out of their players. With firmware updates, Pioneer can add new features to their existing hardware architecture without having to release an entirely new player.

By offering new features in current products, Pioneer dissuades current CDJ/XDJ users from purchasing competing players. Thus, until Pioneer releases their next major update to their media player range, might rely on releasing firmware updates for their players to stay on the cutting edge.

Wondering Pioneer DJ will announce next week at NAMM? Read our speculation here.

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  • Mark Smith

    Pioneers loop activation and manipulation has never been really user friendly. Native Instruments and now Denon have it right. A loop should be able to be activated and manipulated (increased or decreased) with one knob period. This allows you to concentrate on other things instead of the motions Pioneer players and controllers make you go through to do this simple action.

    • Kosta X

      Pioneer is definitely stuck in the old days when it comes to looping on their media players. Like you said, an endless push-button encoder is best solution for quick looping.

  • Scott Frost

    I think Pioneer doesn’t even do their own design or engineering. I think it’s outsourced to India and then when something gets added or needed they get them to do it – cheap labor and high markup. I think there are only 3 people there now.

  • Walt White

    why in the world would pioneer make the ability to beatjump only 1 beat (which was the dumbest thing ive ever heard of)…. then finally get their heads of their butts and put other beat jump values in .. .and only ADD ONE?!?!?!?! the 8.

    hey pioneer .. .in case you didnt know … most tracks are built on 16 or 32 beat phrasing… why in the heck would you only add a beat jump value of 8? idiots.

    • Kosta X

      Amen. Media players (especially at such high costs) should include beatjump across all standard values — without the need to purchase an add-on controller.

  • Edward Alan Smith

    “For slip mode, the issue came when using hot cues.”
    When slip mode is activated OR NOT and hot cues are triggered, the XDJ-1000 and XDJ 1000 mk2 players ARE experiencing glitches.
    More when you press a Hot Cue preceding where you’re at than if you press a Hot Cue further (forward) in the track btw.
    I’ve tried and regularly experience it… Firmware up to date and Rekordbox USB keys correctly prepared (with very fast access USB 3 keys for info).

  • Robert Wulfman

    As someone who occasionally mixes music written in 3/4, those other loop sizes are awesome.

    Also kink recently made a video showing how you can made polyrhythms using loop sizes like that

  • Phil Worrell

    Goes to show they are holding back features they could easily release but hold onto them until pushed by the competition. Serato do the same thing.

    • Gavin Varitech

      Does it though? Or are firmware updates a pretty regular thing that not only Pioneer, but most gear companies, do as a normal matter of business?

  • DJEcliptik

    Maybe now PioneerDJ will take back what they said, about supporting FLAC format for the XDJ-RX? we can only hope.