update 2: The DJS-1000 is out officially, check out the details here!
update 1: A new picture has surfaced of the DJS-1000, showing more details of the unit’s I/O, and features layout:
Hopefully, Pioneer DJ will come with an official announcement soon!
Over the weekend, Pioneer DJ teased a new unit that seems to combine a CDJ/XDJ form factor with the functionality of a Toraiz SP-16. The unit was spotted on Saturday onstage at Dirtybird Campout in California, watch the video below:
— Dirtybird (@Dirtybird) October 8, 2017
In a second outing, it was also featured in Luciano’s Instagram Story. Dan Tait during an interview with Luciano (possibly filming a product launch feature) can be heard saying “when we showed you the DJS-1000…” with the DJS-1000 lying on the table:
The story is now gone from Luciano’s Instagram.
So what is it?
It’s hard to make out many details from the blurry pictures, but if I had to guess, and that is all we can do at this point, I think this is the love child between an XDJ-1000mk2 and the Toraiz SP-16. Maybe even with some functionality of the DDJ-XP1 thrown into the mix for good measure.
Well, it’s clear Pioneer DJ is trying to find ways of entering the producer space with the Toraiz line, and specifically the Toraiz SP-16. but these units, with their landscape format, are hard to integrate into a DJ workflow, both from a simple format point of view (it’s just hard to find a fitting spot form them) and from a workflow point of view, as the Toraiz SP-16 is not meant to work with Rekordbox or Rekordbox DJ.
But this unit, with its landscape format, is hard to integrate into a DJ workflow, both from a simple format point of view (it’s just hard to find a fitting spot form it) and from a workflow point of view, as the Toraiz SP-16 is not meant to work with Rekordbox or Rekordbox DJ. That means separate preparation, export, and so on.
As Pioneer DJ wants to push Rekordbox DJ more and more into the DJ booth, it makes sense to create a unit that can directly work with their DJ software, and even sample tracks from the Rekordbox library on the fly and let DJ’s go crazy with them. On the fly. The inclusion of a play/pause button is a clear hint that this unit will be able to play tracks (the SP-16 has 32 sec sample limit) and that opens up a lot of possibilities when it comes to using those 16 pads to the max.
The DDJ-XP1 shows how far Pioneer DJ wants to take DJ’s beyond simple hot cues and loops with new features such as the keyboard mode, blurring the lines between DJing and actual on the fly remixing and creation.
The DJS-1000 could be a standalone version of this idea, reading samples, Rekordbox analyzed tracks from a USB stick or even connecting directly to Rekordbox DJ and using it’s track and sample library on the fly.
I love to do mock-ups, but for this one, the details are just too sketchy. That didn’t stop the guys over at DJWORX to create one of the DJS-1000 (although they didn’t name it that way):
Did they get it right? Can’t wait to find out! Click the image to go to their site and see a full high-resolution version.
What are your thoughts? Is this a next-gen type of CDJ/XDJ w an onboard sampler and sequencer or rather a sampler with (limited) CDJ/XDJ capabilities? Comment below!