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 touch screen: 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 synchronisation 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 organisers 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 on many festivals this summer!