[Video] Pioneer CDJ-2000NEXUS Announced
We all knew it was coming very soon and today Pioneer Pro DJ introduced its new flagship CDJ player, the CDJ-2000nexus, with lots of new features and technologies including Wi-Fi connectivity, compatibility with Pioneer’s new rekordbox App for iOS devices, and new functions such as Beat Sync, Wave Zoom and Slip. Also upgraded this time around is the selection screen interface for better music searches and waveform display, increased visibility of the needle search pad, and improved master tempo sound quality.
The new CDJ-2000NEXUS has lots of new and cool features that are sure to make some current CDJ users jump on board with this new upgrade. The CDJ-2000NEXUS works with the new Rekordbox software meaning that DJ's can now connect to the unit via wireless WIFI to use smartphones, iPhones, and tablets to prepare music, cue points, loops and other functions as well as sending tracks directly to the unit for playback. Unlike the newly announced Pioneer XDJ-AERO; with the CDJ-2000NEXUS, the entire track actually gets loaded into the unit so there is no fear of losing wireless signal in the middle of playback. There is still a USB thumb/Hard drive slot, SD memory card slot, and a CD slot to satisfy all of your playback needs.
The CDJ-2000NEXUS has a new LCD 6.1" display which now has even better resolution for very detailed waveforms that can now be zoomed for different levels of magnification to follow along and adjust beatgrids and BPM on the fly. Users can Link up to (4) CDJ-2000NEXUS decks together at a time via the Link Port which allows them all to share music from a single source. One of the biggest upgrades to grace the CDJ-2000NEXUS is the inclusion of Beat Sync. Music currently playing on one device can now be perfectly matched with the other devices by simply pushing the new Sync button on each deck. Slip mode (which was included on the CDJ-900 but not the CDJ-2000) is now on the CDJ-2000NEXUS. The slip function, when activated, allows DJ's to manipulate a track by scratching or changing the parameters, but when the button is released, the track will continue to play at the point it should have been if it wasn't touched at all. The Quantize button has also been added to let Cue Points and loops be set perfectly on-beat with the other tracks that are currently playing. This makes for perfect on-beat transitions every time.
Of course the Pioneer CDJ-2000NEXUS will have the ability to control DJ Software like Traktor and Serato via MIDI and/or HID control. So if you still want to use a computer with the CDJ-2000NEXUS, you still can, but with all this new goodness that the device can do with the supplied Rekordbox software and app...would you really want to? In the three videos that Pioneer has put out with this press release, there is no mention or shot of a Laptop or computer anywhere in the frame as you can see that all the communication and visual feedback you need is right there on the unit's screen or in a smartphone or tablet running the Rekordbox App.
The price of each CDJ-2000NEXUS is going to be steep to say the least, but we were all expecting this... The price in the US will be a hefty $2400 each and most users will need at least two of them to take advantage of the new features within. We'll be sure to get one (or two) in the lab for a full out HD-Video review as soon as they are released sometime this month. For More information on the Pioneer CDJ-2000NEXUS, please visit Pioneer DJ's site here.
Pioneer Announces the new CDJ-2000NEXUS mutlimedia Player
Long Beach, Calif. (September 6, 2012) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s
Professional Sound and Visual Division, the leader in Professional DJ
products, today unveiled its next generation flagship CDJ player, the
CDJ-2000nexus, offering exciting features and technologies including Wi-Fi®
connectivity, a first in the industry, compatibility with Pioneer’s new
rekordbox™ App for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and new functions such as
Beat Sync, Wave Zoom and Slip. Newly enhanced features inherited by the
CDJ-2000nexus include a selection screen interface for a more intuitive
music search experience, increased visibility of the needle search pad, and
improved master tempo sound quality.
“Our CDJ players are the established de-facto equipment in the professional
DJ community and we’re making sure they stay that way by continuing to
improve their functions and features,” said David Arevalo, senior marketing
manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics
(USA) Inc. “The CDJ-2000nexus is the first player that will also enable
users to prepare their music on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and then
wirelessly transfer it to the unit for playback.”
Industry’s First DJ Player with Wireless Source Capability
The CDJ-2000nexus can utilize different music sources, from a hard drive to
USB thumb drive and/or SD memory card, and now for the first time, an
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and a computer via Wi-Fi. Using Pioneer’s
rekordbox App to create playlists, cue/loop points, beat location settings,
waveform analysis and more, users can temporarily transfer the content
wirelessly through Wi-Fi to the CDJ-2000nexus. Users can also perform the
same wireless function with a Mac utilizing the rekordbox music management
New rekordbox Software Functions
With the included rekordbox music management software installed on a
computer, users can organize and catalog their entire music libraries.
Newly added features available when rekordbox is used with the
CDJ-2000nexus include music file analysis functions such as Wave Form Zoom
(wave form expansion) and Key, as well as additional settings such as
Active Loop and Hot Cue Auto Load.
When music files are imported to rekordbox, the software analyzes each file
and prepares it for use specifically for the CDJ player. Key elements of
Pioneer’s rekordbox software:
· Data Analysis – Wave Zoom, Key, Wave, Beat Grid, BPM, ID3 Tag and
· Track Settings – Active Loop, Hot Cue Auto Load, Cue, Loop
· Creation and editing of Playlists
· Saving of playback log information
Full-Color LCD Display
The CDJ-2000nexus features a large full-color WQVGA 6.1-inch (480 x 234)
LCD panel for displaying song titles and album art as well as detailed
track information. The Wave data of each song is also illustrated on
screen and the new Wave Zoom function provides five different levels of
magnification of the wave data which are color-coded according to
Pro DJ Link
Pioneer’s Pro DJ Link feature enables up to four CDJ-2000nexus players to
connect via the Link Port and share a single music source. Additional
functions added to the CDJ-2000nexus that can be accessed when other
players are connected using the Pro DJ Link are:
· Beat Sync – Tempo and beat location of music currently playing on one
of the device can be matched with the push of a button.
· Traffic Light – Shows the keys of music being played by any players
connected via Pro DJ Link, making key-compatible music easier to find
by a different color indicator.
· Beat Count and Phase Meter – The Beat Count, which is the number of
beats until a set point (memory cue), and the Phase Meter, which
shows the beat/bar of the music, can also be displayed simultaneously
by other players.
Pioneer added Slip Mode and Quantize functions to the CDJ-2000nexus for
added performance and reliability.
· Slip Mode – When activated, Slip Mode silently continues song
playback during a loop, reverse or scratch and continues audible
playback at the exact time when the loop, reverse or scratch is
ended, resulting in smoother transitions.
· Quantize – Utilizing a Quantizing feature, cue points and loops can
be set perfectly on-beat. The Quantize feature ensures cue points are
set accurately and automatically, correcting and synching beats
during manual looping or real-time cueing to reduce off-beat
· My Settings – The function settings of a player can be saved to an
iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, USB storage device, SD memory card, or
other device. For additional convenience, the settings can also be
can be made ahead of time on the rekordbox App or software allowing
users switch to their settings when a connection is made to the
· Wolfson Processor – To achieve excellent sound quality, the player is
equipped with the audio industry’s highly respected Wolfson® DAC
processor, delivering a very transparent, accurate audio signal with
a highly improved signal-to-noise ratio and increased headroom.
· DJ software MIDI/HID control – Up to 35 controls on the surface of
each player can be used to trigger other devices, such as DJ
effectors and software by way of HID and/or MIDI.
· Active Loop – Automatically starts loops when playback begins from a
· Load Previous Track – Playback of prior music that has been loaded to
· Rating on the Go – Users can rate tracks during play for easy
reference or sorting.
The CDJ-2000nexus will be available in September with a suggested retail
price of $2,399.
The rekordbox App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and
iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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