Pioneer DJ has created a new controller for dedicated use with its professional performance application, rekordbox dj. The 4-channel DDJ-1000 is designed to help DJs get the most from the new features coming to rekordbox dj in the latest version (ver 5.1), which will be available to download tomorrow (18th January 2018).
Ideal for mobile DJs, the DDJ-1000 is easily portable and features a brand-new user interface, which is similar to the familiar multi-player/DJM club-standard set-up. Its professional features include full size jog wheels inherited from the CDJ-2000NXS2 with added On Jog Display so DJs can keep an eye on important track information without looking at their laptop. The controller also allows creative flair to be injected into mixes with 14 Beat FX and 16 multi-coloured Performance Pads (8 per deck), which can be used to trigger various features including Hot Cues, Pad FX and Keyboard Mode. This innovative new addition enables Hot Cues to be played in different semitones, allowing DJs to improvise with sounds and create musical phrases as if they were playing on the keyboard of a synthesizer or other instrument.
The significantly updated version of rekordbox includes enhancements to the Related Tracks feature, adding more options for quickly finding tracks that are well-matched with the one currently playing. Meanwhile, the improved rekordbox dj Plus Pack brings new additions such as Automix, which uses the software’s upgraded track analysis to automatically and seamlessly mix tracks.
The DDJ-1000 will be available from mid-January at an SRP of £1059 including VAT and comes with a bundled licence key for rekordbox dj.