I don’t often say this but… Pioneer DJ, take my money! Pioneer DJ just announced the DDJ-1000, and there is a lot to be excited about! This DJ controller is the first Rekordbox DJ controller that truly differentiates itself from its Serato DJ equivalents (DDJ-SR/DDJ-RR, DDJ-RX/DDJ-SX…) and by doing that Pioneer DJ creates a distance between their offering and the competition. The naming convention (DDJ-1000) reminds strongly the naming convention for CDJs, which indicates we can probably expect a DDJ-2000, DDJ-700, and so on.
There is a lot to digest here:
The jog wheels: they are the size of CDJ jog wheels and if you have ever used them, trust me, anything smaller will feel… small. The reason I really liked the DDJ-RZ/DDJ-SZ was the big, chunky jogs, and these look every bit as good. Additionally, Pioneer DJ has apparently been working on the latency and promise these be the lowest latency on a Pioneer DJ controller ever.
The central screen: Pioneer DJ took a Numark/Denon DJ idea and pushed it to the max on the DDJ-1000: the built-in screens look crisp, full of information, and above all, useful. Of course, I need to test the unit to evaluate its usefulness, but from the product video, they really seem fantastic.
The mixer: this is not only a hardware mixer, but it has double USB, and each channel can be assigned to USB 1 or two. also, it has built-in sound color AND beat effects (not sure if those beat effects are software dependent though). In other words, it looks and feels completely like an independent 4 channel mixer.
The format & size: it’s relatively compact! At 704 mm it’s only slightly wider than a DDJ-RX. The DDJ-RZ comes in at 870 mm, and that difference in width makes a critical difference in compact DJ booths.
The price: When I first saw the video, I imagined Pioneer DJ would position this as the replacement of the DDJ-RZ. After all, it has comparable, if not superior, features. Imagine my surprise when I found out it costs only 1.199. That is nothing less than a huge repositioning of Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-R range price-wise and should be food for thought for Denon DJ. Sure the MCX8000 can do more as it is a standalone unit, but if you can live without that, the DDJ-1000 definitely delivers more value for your money.
- Portable DJ controller with club-style layout: All the buttons and knobs on the DDJ-1000 are arranged in the same layout as those on our club-standard CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 set-up. The jog wheels are inherited directly from the CDJ-2000NXS2, so they look and feel familiar to use. As a result, using rekordbox DJ with the DDJ-1000 creates the same experience as playing from USB drives with an NXS2 set-up. The DJ controller is compact and portable, too, so you can easily take it wherever you go.
- Color On Jog Display for quick reference and accurate performances: A high-definition LCD screen in the center of each jog wheel displays information such as playback time, BPM, waveform, playback position and Hot Cue and Loop points. You can customise the information you want to see, so there’s no need to look at your laptop during a mix or scratch routine.
- 14 Beat FX including new additions: The DDJ-1000 is loaded with all ten popular Beat FX from our DJM mixer series plus four new FX for adding creative flair and texture to your sets. You can instantly reference BPM and the name of the selected FX without looking at your laptop thanks to the dedicated Beat FX display.
- New FX:
- Enigma Jet, Mobius Saw, Mobius Triangle – FX that add sound with a feeling of infinite rising or descending
- Low Cut Echo – echo-derived effect that cuts low frequencies of the echo sound
- New FX:
- Improved MAGVEL FADER: The DDJ-1000 features a new MAGVEL FADER crossfader, which inherits the design architecture of the renowned MAGVEL FADER PRO from the DJM-S9 professional battle mixer. Highly durable for more than 10 million movements, the new MAGVEL FADER enables complicated, intricate performances with a smooth feel. Plus, we’ve refined the software processing for jog wheel and crossfader operation to significantly reduce latency, so scratching feels more intuitive than ever.
- Multiple input/outputs enable different set-ups: DJ changeovers are a breeze for rekordbox DJ users thanks to the two USB ports for PC/Mac. The DDJ-1000 has four external input terminals for DJ players and analog turntables, plus two Mic inputs. You can also use the DDJ-1000 as a stand-alone DJ mixer without connecting a PC/Mac.
- Other features:
- Multicolored Performance Pads – tactile illuminated rubber pads trigger Hot Cues, Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler, Keyboard Mode and more
- Feeling adjust – customise the feeling of the jog wheel
- Advanced Super-Fast Search – quickly reach any playback position
- Page – switch between Hot Cues 1-8 and 9-16
- Key Shift and Key Sync buttons – direct control of rekordbox DJ key-related features
- Sound Color FX – enhance your sets with the four popular FX from the DJM mixers
- Aluminum/acrylic-finished top panel – for a quality look and feel
- Lightweight and portable
- rekordbox DVS ready – requires the rekordbox DVS Plus Pack license key and dedicated Control Vinyl (both available separately)
Pricing and Availability
The DDJ-1000 will be available mid-January and will cost USD 1.199.