In case you have been hiding under a rock for the last week, you are aware Denon DJ launched a frontal attack on Pioneer DJ with the brand new Prime Series. Read all about it here. This week I will be able to check the new Denon DJ gear out myself as I’m flying to Los Angeles tomorrow to prepare for the NAMM show, and that means that you as a DjTechZone reader will get to see them in detail too! Stay tuned!

So what else happened last week in the DJ world? A few of my personal highlights below..

Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 Firmware Update

Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2
Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2

If you own the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 flagship player, you will want to get this update. It fixes some annoying issues with SLIP auto loop mode and a few new auto beat loop options are added, amongst other smaller updates & fixes.

In the words of Pioneer DJ:

[FIXED]

  • Some issues when powering up.
  • Some issues when using SLIP HOT CUE.

[NEW]

  • AUTO BEAT LOOP: 3, 6, 9 and 12 beats added.
    Press and hold [LOOP MODE] for 1 second or longer to activate/deactivate.
  • 8 beats (REV) and 8 beats (FWD) added in BEAT JUMP mode when used with a DDJ-SP1.

Get your firmware update here. If your name is [insert superstar DJ of choice] and you are about to play a gig in front of thousands of fans, you might want to delay the firmware update until after your gig…

Mixvibes Cross DJ for Mac/PC now supports the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RZ and RX!

Mixvibes supports the DDJ-RX and DDJ-RZ
Mixvibes supports the DDJ-RX and DDJ-RZ

The guys at Mixvibes did it again, this time mapping the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RZ and the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RX┬áto work with Cross DJ for Mac. But wait, weren’t these controllers not supposed to work only with Rekordbox DJ? They are designed and optimized for Rekordbox DJ sure, but these are still midi controllers and any midi compatible DJ software can be mapped to any compatible midi controller. So if Rekordbox DJ is not your thin,g, go ahead and try Mixvibes Cross DJ.

Akai Pro Releases not one but two new MPC machines, and these are standalone!

Akai Pro MPCX
Akai Pro MPCX

As in the good old days of music production, Akai Pro has released two new MPC’s that can operate without a computer, the MPCX and the MPCLIVE. Now I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert because I’m not, I usually don’t review production gear on DjTechZone, but these two caught my attention. As said, they are both standalone, meaning they can work without a computer, and the big 10.1″ multi-touch screen on the MPCX will certainly help compensate for the lack of computer screen. Besides that they both have ample connection possibilities, 16 GB of onboard storage, backlit pads, phono inputs, etc..

I will for sure drop by the Akai Pro booth at Namm to check them out! Find out more here.

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