IN SHORT

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000

The DDJ-1000 emulates a full-sized CDJ/DJM setup perfectly, and is the ideal instrument for the serious DJ that needs a portable rig that can do (almost) all what a pro setup can do, and a little more!

Price: $$$$ check the price on Amazon Between USD 1000 and USD 2000

Level: mid-level/professional
Power: power supply
Inputs: double USB, double MIC, 4 X RCA inputs
Outputs: 1 X master XLR, 1 X master RCA, 1 X booth TRS, double Headphone outputs
Supported DJ software: Rekordbox DJ
DjTechZone Rating (4.8 / 5)

PROS CONS
  • Big sized jog wheel with LCD screens
  • 4 channel hardware mixer, with sound-color effects and beat effects
  • Compact size
  • Affordable price
  • None

First impressions

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 is a game changer. It’s the first controller from Pioneer DJ to feature high-resolution LCD screens in the middle of the jog wheel. The idea is not new, Denon and Numark have come out with controllers and the Denon DJ SC5000 media player that have similar LCD screens built into the jog wheel. But Pioneer DJ goes a bit further and includes waveforms shown on the screens.

The jog wheels are same size and type as on the CDJ-2000NX2. The mixer is a true mini DJM-750 MK2, with 4 channels, sound color effects and even on board beat effects.

Overall, the DJM-1000 makes the transition from DJ controller to professional club DJ gear much easier. As such, it’s the ideal controller to train on, if you can accept it still needs a computer to work.

Features & functionalities

The decks

The decks of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
The decks of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000

The decks of the DDJ-1000 are a departure from the other controllers in the DDJ range. This is the first Pioneer DJ controller made exclusively for Rekordbox DJ, unlike previous ones (DDJ-RB, DDJ-RX, and DDJ-RZ) that were Rekordbox DJ versions of already existing Serato DJ controllers.

As a result, the decks have a lot more elements from Pioneer Dj’s CDJ series. There are no Rekordbox DJ effects controls, as the mixer is equipped to handle that. Instead, there are loop, quantize and slip buttons. The jogs are fantastic, and very similar to the CDJ jogs, with the difference of the built-in high-resolution LCD screen. The screen is a big plus and shows a lot of track information. Sadly, it’s not possible to use them for browsing through your tracks.

The mixer

The mixer of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
The mixer of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000

The mixer on the DDJ-1000 is probably the most advanced mixer on any DJ controller so far. It’s a 4 channel hardware mixer with a Magvel crossfader, 4 channels that can switch between external inputs and any of the two available USB port, 4 sound color effects and a total of 14 beat effects.

It’s very comparable to a professional DJM mixer in design and functionalities, and if you are looking to get all the advantages of a professional mixer without the heavy price tag, the DDJ-1000’s mixer is probably your best option.

Inputs & outputs

The inputs and outputs of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
The inputs and outputs of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000

The DDJ-1000 has a professional array of inputs and outputs. There are 2 different master outputs: 1 X XLR and 1 X RCA. There is also 1 X TRS booth out. On the input side of things, the DDJ-1000 has RCA inputs for each channel and 2 MIC inputs.  Finally, the DDJ-1000 has double USB inputs to make it possible to connect two computers at once.

Pictures

Introduction video

IN SHORT

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000

The DDJ-1000 emulates a full-sized CDJ/DJM setup perfectly, and is the ideal instrument for the serious DJ that needs a portable rig that can do (almost) all what a pro setup can do, and a little more!

Price: $$$$ check the price on Amazon Between USD 1000 and USD 2000

Level: mid-level/professional
Power: power supply
Inputs: double USB, double MIC, 4 X RCA inputs
Outputs: 1 X master XLR, 1 X master RCA, 1 X booth TRS, double Headphone outputs
Supported DJ software: Rekordbox DJ
DjTechZone Rating (4.8 / 5)

 

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