Pioneer DJ CDJ-TOUR1 & DJM-TOUR1
We had a sneak peek at the Tour system at Namm 2016 earlier this year, and now Pioneer DJ has officially launched the CDJ-TOUR1 & DJM-TOUR1.
So what is it? Just a top of the range CDJ & DJM with a screen and sturdy casing, or is it more? Let’s dive in!
The CDJ-TOUR1 is a CDJ-2000NXS2 on steroids. From the Pioneer DJ website, a few key features:
- 32-bit D/A converter for large-scale venue adapted sound quality
- 13-inch fold-out touchscreen: this screen is essentially a mini pc with Rekordbox DJ embedded. So with this, you don’t need to bring a laptop to have access to all the features that Rekordbox DJ offers for Mac/PC users. It has his built-in CPU so for sure the features will evolve as Rekordbox DJ evolves. You can see up to 4 waveforms at the same time when using 4 CDJ-TOUR1 in a rig, or less but more detailed waveforms. Features such as track filter mode (to filter tracks using Rekordbox info such as BPM and key) are available and you can bring up a full qwerty keyboard to search for tracks.
The DJM-TOUR1 has the same 13-inch touchscreen as the CDJ-TOUR1. Specifically to the mixer, however, here it can display an RMS meter to help you monitor and control the sound volume for each channel. It also has the same high-end 32-bit D/A converter as in the CDJ-TOUR1.
The DJM-TOUR1 is the world’s first DJ mixer to have an AES/EBU digital output, meaning you can connect directly to front of house, even over long distances, with no loss of sound quality. It’s also the first DJ mixer to include a high-res word clock input, ensuring a high-grade digital audio signal to front of house for precise synchronization and the best possible sound quality.
Last but not least, the mixer features 2 independent headphone sections for easy back-to-back cueing.
The market niche this new top of the range Pioneer DJ line wants to conquer is clear: big festivals, world-class clubs, superstar DJs. Don’t expect this rig to show up in your local club anytime soon. For one because it’s probably overdoing it, and secondly prices are really…”Pioneer DJ-like”: the CDJ-TOUR1 will set you back a cool USD 4,999 and the CDJ-TOUR1 no less than USD 5,999. So having a basic setup of two CDJ’s and one DJM will set you back the price of a budget family car.
Promotors and festival organizers looking for the ultimate live rig, however, will gladly pay for it, since it offers their DJs a full all in one solution. Most pro DJs already use Rekordbox for music management and preparation, and this new gear eliminates the need for a laptop (which is often a single point of failure) to display rich Rekordbox track information on a decent size screen.
So expect this system to be on display in DJ Boots at many festivals this summer!