After weeks of speculation, Pioneer DJ just unveiled the XDJ-RX2. The RX2 is an interesting evolution from the original XDJ-RX, featuring 8 performance pads per channel, a touchscreen, double USB input, sound color FX with parameter knob and a few other new features.

Let’s dive in!

Key Features

7-inch large touch screen

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 screen
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 screen

Stay in control of your performances at all times with help from the 7-inch large touch screen in the center of the XDJ-RX2.

Keep an eye on waveforms and detailed track information, including sync status, from both decks at the same time to ensure seamless mixing. Use Wave Zoom for a closer look at the current playback position and call up a QWERTY keyboard to quickly find the next track you want to play. You can also browse through tracks using the large rotary selector and Needle Search, Track Filter and Short Cut features, all of which come from the top-flight CDJ-2000NXS2 multi player.

Layout and performance features from the djm-900nxs2

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer

Perform precise, smooth mixes on the XDJ-RX2 using the EQs and channel faders which feature curves equivalent to those on the DJM-900NXS2 mixer. Add creative flair with Sound Color FX and Beat FX, also inherited from the flagship mixer.

Multicoloured performance pads

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer

Unleash your creativity with eight large, multicoloured Performance Pads on each deck for instant access to Hot Cues, Beat Jump, Beat Loop, and Slip Loop, all of which are popular professional features. You can set up to eight Hot Cues on each deck.

Usb connection (link export) for rekordbox

Pioneer DJ double USB input
Pioneer DJ double USB input

Import tracks to our rekordbox music management application on your PC/Mac to prepare them for performances by analyzing BPM and setting up Hot Cues and loops. Using USB CONNECTION(Link Export) mode, you can connect your laptop to the XDJ-RX2 and play your prepared tracks via the system without needing to export them to a USB device.

First Impressions

So in the end, no 4 channel version and no bigger jog wheels. But still, the XDJ-RX2 is a worthy successor to the original XDJ-RX. The new mixer layout is much more aligned with the DJM series mixers. The 8 performance pads per deck are not the fully RGB lit found on the DDJ controllers but still look like an improvement over the original ones. What is really cool is that you can use Rekordbox DJ f

What is really cool is that you can use Rekordbox DJ with the RX2 right from the start, compared to the long time we had to wait for the RX to be compatible with Rekordbox DJ.

We will surely be doing a full review of the new RX2 here on DjTechZone, so stay tuned!

Pricing and Availability

The Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 will cost USD 1.699 and will be available end September 2017.

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  • kegan

    Does anybody know if the RX2 has better looping than its predecessor? The XDJ-RX could only handle 8-beat loops, and the loops would jump to the beginning when triggered or altered, as opposed to most modern laptop/controller setups, where you get 8-BAR (32-beat) loops, and some sort of quasi-slip functionality [**not sure if I’m explaining this correctly, where you can trigger the loop, even if you’ve reached a point in the track where you are halfway through your predetermined loop, and it won’t automatically skip the track to the beginning of the loop.. Phil Morse explained this well in his review of the XDJ-RX, not going to link the competitor here though, so just do some googling**]

    • I’m pretty sure the looping will be vastly improved on the XDJ-RX2. This unit is much more tied to Rekordbox DJ than the RX ever was, so I expect the looping features will behave much like they do on software dj controllers. Of course, only way to know for sure is to test it, and I hope to test this one out pretty soon…

      • kegan

        Thank you for your comment! Be sure to shoot me a message on this thread with your findings if you do!

        • Sjoerd Romkes

          It handles longer than 8-beat loops great, as I expected. I’ve set some in advance through Rekordbox and when triggered by pressing a hot cue, it plays the loop just fine (also 8-bar loops). The loop icon also shows as active on the screen near track info, but it doesn’t show the length of the loop if it’s longer than 8 beats. So normally it would show 2, 4, 8 beats (and 1/4, etc) it now only shows “–“, while it should say “32”.

          You can also set longer loops by using the In and Out of loop buttons accordingly, ofcourse.

          Pause track, press In Loop button, go to Beat Jump mode (pads turn red), press Beat Jump – 8 Beats x 4, press Out Loop button, you could in theory set a 32 beat loop. Change to Hot Cue mode, hit an empty pad and you’ve saved your loop. I haven’t tried this example for 32 beats but did so for 8 beats so I guess that would just work. It’s something I always did in Traktor and while it does takes more buttons and actions to do than on my S4, it still works fine.

          I haven’t read about the RX gen 1 issue you mentioned but afaik they’ve solved it. I’ll do some more testing later on, feel free to ask any more questions.