rekordbox™, the digital music management software collaboration between Pioneer and MixVibes is now being made available as a free download to all DJs after the successful launch of Pioneer’s new club standard CDJs.
Up until now, rekordbox™ software was only available with a purchase of either the CDJ-900 or CDJ-2000, enabling a host of important functionality, but from 1st May 2010, Pioneer will be making it available as a free download. Even without the players at home, DJs can utilise the software to prepare tracks in advance, ready for use with CDJ-900s or CDJ-2000s at a venue.
Mark Grotefeld, Head of Marketing for Pioneer Europe commented, "rekordbox™ brings a DJ friendly approach to music management whilst seamlessly integrating with a DJs existing iTunes music library via Bridge, so it's great news we can now offer this ever advancing software as a free download to all DJs.
rekordbox™ helps DJs prepare and manage their tracks anywhere, be it at home, in the studio, or even on the plane! It allows users to import music from iTunes using the Bridge function or by simply adding them into the software for management. rekordbox™ will work out the BPM and allow DJs to set hot cue and loop points into a track, utilising a full beat grid view in advance. The software also allows users to colour code their music and add ID3 tag information so it appears automatically later on any CDJ-2000 or 900. Working with rekordbox™ also means that when tracks are exported to a USB key or SD card, the CDJ-900 or CDJ-2000 will load the waveforms instantly. The database layout within the software can be customised to suit individual DJ style, which then enables personalised layouts when browsing on a CDJ-900 / CDJ-2000s.
The software’s unique reverse functionality enables the new CDJs to record cue, loop and track history during a set which can then be recalled in rekordbox™ later. If users enable the Quantize feature within the CDJ-2000 / CDJ-900, then rekordbox™ also makes loop and cue points snap to the beat (1ms accurate), ensuring beat-perfect loops and cues every time.
More than being the central music preparation software for the CDJ-900 / CDJ-2000, rekordbox™ will also be fully compatible with future Pioneer DJ products across the range. As clubs begin to upgrade to the CDJ-900 and CDJ-2000 from the CDJ-1000MK3, the ability to travel and arrive at a venue with music prepared on a single USB device or SD card is now becoming a reality.
"When we started this collaboration with Pioneer, we had the feeling rekordbox™ would make a massive change in the digital DJ world. Since the launch of the new CDJs we have been overwhelmed with requests from DJs to test rekordbox™. As Pioneer proposed to make rekordbox™ a public freeware, it didn't take us long to see that this would be a great opportunity for DJs around the world to quickly benefit from some of the best MixVibes technologies. We believe rekordbox™ will become a standard with no partiality to other brands, like an iTunes with all the extra features DJs need." Commented Lionel Blanc, Sales Manager, MixVibes
rekordbox™ is available for free from 1st May 2010. The download link will be made available on this date on www.pioneerdj.eu