The latest upgrade to the CDJ range from Pioneer has been around for about a month and we at Onion Audio got a chance to play on it earlier this month! It doesn’t seem so long ago that the CDJ2000 was released so I was a little surprised to find out that its been almost three years! If the time its been since the release of the first version was a shock, then the amount of new features on the latest version was mind blowing! I am going to run you through some of the biggest and most impressive below but if you have a little more time then check out the DJKit.tv Youtube video below because they go in to detail with all the new features!
The biggest feature in my opinion is the Sync button. This has been around for years on software such as Traktor, but it has never featured on a piece of hardware like this before! How good is it? Amazing. The CDJ2000 Nexus also lets you edit the beat grid manually, so it you are playing drum and bass, or something where the beat isn’t obvious, you can nudge the beat grid in the the correct place. This means the sync feature should always work, just as long as you are willing to put the time in to fine tuning.
The second one for me was actually available on the CDJ900, but I was so caught up in the release of the 2000 at the time (with the CDJ2000 set to become the new industry standard) that I missed the ‘Slip’ feature. Pressing this button, means that whenever you stop the track, re-load or hit a loop, as soon as you are finished, it continues to play where it would have done had you not touched it. Imagine spinning a tune back and then it jumping back to the place it would have been anyway! Madness.
The third big feature for me is the iPhone Rekord Box feature. You basically hook your iPhone up via USB and play the songs from an app on your phone. Now you don’t even need to remember a USB stick. Just your phone. And the special cable……
For me, they are the most impressive and most powerful features on the new CDJ2000 Nexus. If you want to find out more, I would watch this video as they run through all the new features!
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