Pioneer DJ have just unveiled the brand-new addition to their DDJ controller family, the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000SRT, and prior to its release, Point Blank were given one of the consoles to test out and explore the new features. Aside from the Serato-compatible controller’s stylish LCD jog wheel displays, heavy-weight CDJ plates and Pioneer DJ standard effects controls, it has a great deal to offer. The DDJ-1000SRT includes a variety of tactile features which are both advantageous and incredibly fun to use such as the Beat Jump function, auto key matching and Serato Sampler to name a few.
Pioneer DJ's have added a new Serato controller to their range in the form of the DDJ-1000SRT. Essentially the same format as the previously announced DDJ-1000, it features the fancy full-size CDJ2000-style jogs with the new full-colour screen featuring artwork and track information. Below, there's eight coloured pads per deck that can control everything from cue points to FX and loops.
Beatport have brought their new LINK DJ streaming system to Pioneer DJ's rekordbox dj software. The streaming capabilities allow users to stream Beatport's entire catalogue of over six million tracks directly into DJ software. Having already announced the service for other software, rekordbox dj is the first program to allow users to store up to 100 tracks offline in a 'locker', to remove the risk of potential internet connectivity issues.
Pioneer is now allowing DJs to clear rights for the DJ mixes they record through its iOS app DJM-REC.
Users will be able to clear the mixes within the app meaning that they can then be uploaded to major streaming services. The move comes as a result a deal that Pioneer has made with Dubset, a rights management company. Any mixes recorded within the DJM-REC will automatically be submitted to Dubset through the app who will then analyse it for copyright clearance.
Pioneer DJ have announced the DDJ-200, a new controller for their WeDJ app, recently announced as the first app that will stream Beatport's catalogue directly into the software. The controller features two channels, with two mini jog wheels, 16 performance pads in total, two faders and a crossfader. It also features a basic three-band EQ and a single FX knob, with assignable FX per channel.
Beatport have launched a new subscription service for DJs called LINK. The new service lets DJs stream Beatport's catalogue into DJ performance software, starting with Pioneer DJ's WeDJ app and soon into their flagship rekordbox dj. Once LINK lands in rekordbox DJ in Q3 2019, it'll bring with it an ability to access curated playlists, higher quality audio and offline performance mode.
Pioneer DJ is reportedly for sale, with its two owners – Pioneer Corp and KKR & Co – considering selling off their stakes in the DJ behemoth. In 2015, Pioneer sold 85% of Pioneer DJ to KKR, retaining 15% but creating a separate company in the process. With sales of around $200m last year, it's expected to land around $500m when it's eventually sold.
The news came via Resident Advisor who spotted the news in a Nikkei Business article.
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.
Picture the scene: You’re wrapping up an incredible set, outstretched arms are begging for sweaty high-fives from the packed dancefloor; your plus-one's grinning wildly, eyes darting from left to right making sure everyone knows they came in with you; lavender-scented towel in hand, as requested. The floor, the club, nay, the world is yours.
Pioneer DJ's latest rekordbox beta hints at what we've long suspected is coming – cloud-based analyses for rekordbox. It's the first of what we're expecting to be a roll out of all things cloud-based, starting with analysis and likely ending up in storage, accessed eventually from the CDJ itself.