Pioneer DJ have announced the DDJ-800, a two-channel version of their highly-rated DDJ-1000 controller. Coming in at £779, the controller features the same coloured LED screens on the jogwheels as the 1000, with the centre mixer section mimicking the layout and functionality of Pioneer DJ's DJM range. Features include Light/Heavy jog adjust, the familiar Beat FX section, 16 back-lit RGB pads for cues, beat jumps, FX and sample triggering as well as DVS support for rekordbox DJ.
Although the Beat FX don't include the multi-band Low, Mid and Hi buttons from the DJM, there is a low-cut echo effect that essentially mimics the bass-less echo from the flagship mixer. Colour FX is also present with Filter, Pitch, Noise and Dub Echo all selectable. There are two inputs total that are switchable between line and phono, as well as two mic inputs and when in standalone mode – i.e. no laptop is connected – the mixer will work, but the FX are disabled.
It's a comprehensive controller, offering a nice alternative home setup to the expensive complete nxs2 range, or a cutdown version of the DDJ-1000, if you only need two channels. We've already done a First Look of the 1000, so expect a video on the 800 soon.