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Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 top view
Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 top view

Oh yes, oh yes! In the words of the famous Carl Cox, Pioneer DJ has unveiled their new entry-level DJ controller, and I can say I definitely like it!

The DDJ-4000 is clearly inspired by the DDJ-1000, as it has the effects incorporated into the mixer section. I like this as it gives the controller a much more professional look & feel. The space created above the jog wheel is used by a very CDJ-like loop section, again, exactly like the DDJ-1000.

Overall, the DDJ-400 looks like two decks and a mixer, and beginners that start on this should experience no issues moving up to more professional (Pioneer DJ) gear since the overall design and feature placement is very similar between this and say, a DJM/CDJ combo.

Don’t be fooled by the beats effect section on the mixer though, this is not a standalone mixer, so these are not standalone effects. You will need your laptop and Rekordbox DJ at all times, and there are no input ports to connect external audio equipment.

The pitch fader has moved down, compared to the ddj-rb, and is now placed next to the performance pads. Also, from the pictures, the pitch fader is considerably larger than the one on the DDJ-RB or other DDJ entry-level controllers, and that is a very, very good thing!

The jog wheels look great, and the performance pads have 2 layers of performance functions present by Rekordbox DJ.

The controller comes with Rekordbox 5.3, that has a few interesting features introduced together with DDJ-400:

  • Tutorial feature: learn how to DJ with tutorial videos inside Rekordbox DJ. Compatible with the DDJ-400 and the DDJ-RB.
  • Track suggestion: Rekordbox DJ already had a “related tracks” feature, but is now improved in version 5.3. This feature ranks every track in your rekordbox library according to how well it matches with the one you’re currently playing, helping you choose tracks that will fit well in your set. The track displayed at the top of the track list is the most relevant one to play next.There are three sorting modes:
    • Era: tracks with a close year of release.
    • Mood: tracks with a similar mood.
    • Association: tracks sharing traits such as artist, label, etc.
  • Share mixes on social media with titles & timestamps: Upload your mixes, including titles & time-stamps to Mixcloud and Youtube (and have them then taken down due to copyright strikes, at least on Youtube).

All that for USD 249, including a license for Rekordbox DJ that costs on itself USD 130… That’s a good deal!

Key Features

Club-style layout

The buttons and knobs on the DDJ-400 are arranged in the same way as those on our club-standard CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 set-up.

  • Player sections: Get familiar with jog wheels, play/pause and cue buttons, tempo sliders, a loop section and cue/loop call buttons just like the ones on the CDJ-2000NXS2.
  • Mixer section: Use the trim and EQ knobs, and the headphone cue buttons, in exactly the same way as those on the DJM-900NXS2.

Other features

  • Built-in sound card (audio interface): Plug and play by simply connecting the controller to your PC/Mac using a single USB cable.
  • Mic input circuit: clear audio without distortion, even with high input level.
  • USB bus powered: No need to plug into the mains.
    Grab handles on both sides: Easy to carry.
  • Class-compliant: No need to install a driver.

Pricing and Availability

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 will be available late June and cost USD 249, including Rekordbox DJ license.

Pictures

Introduction video