Pioneer CDJ 2000 Part 1
It had some big shoes to fill
We all know the industry standard for CDJs is Pioneer’s CDJ 1000. The way Technics dominated vinyl, Pioneer dominated CDs. With 99.9% perfect build, desirability and functions that performed smoothly, every working DJ who had the money to buy one did so without hesitation. Its been a while since the release of the first CDJ 1000, and since then, many (maybe countless) of them have been sold. Today, Pioneer’s CDJ 2000 is trying to prove its worth by being better than the standard CDJ 1000. With added features, extra convenience and a more "modern" and technological design, did the CDJ 2000 do the trick?
It’s a beauty, but with an MSRP of $2150, beauty sure isn’t going to cut it. Fortunately, for the Pioneer CDJ 2000, it has brains, too. Here’s the skinny on the 2000: working DJs don’t have to worry about their media format preference, as Pioneer says the CDJ 2000 will not only handle all of them, but handle them with great performance. They have also enabled audio file playback on both the CDJ 2000 and CDJ 900. New features include the Pro DJ link, which allows DJs to connect four individual CDJ-2000s, and share just one music source from just one player. DJs will find that, other devices, such as the DJ effectors and software with MIDI mapping can all be triggered by assigning various buttons on the multi player. And, speaking of software, the CDJ 2000 works alongside rekordbox, the Pioneer/Mixvibes collaboration of software that’s made exclusively for Pioneer multi players. For more information on rekordbox, check it out by reading the working DJ post of it.
The CDJ 2000/900 have arrived to overshadow the 1000/800
Essentially, rekordbox allows working DJs to download their entire music library on a USB, hard drive or an SD card, rather than carrying nearly twenty pounds of music from one venue to the next. It organizes your music so you don’t have to, also placing it on a small device, such as a USB, so that mobility isn’t an issue.
Personally, I think one of the coolest aspects of the CDJ 2000, which you sure as hell won’t find on the CDJ 1000, is its 6.1 inch full color LCD screen. Yup, I said 6.1 inches. The large screen and clarity it exudes makes the screen ideal for displaying songs, specific info on a track, and even jacket art at, literally, no more than a glance.That’s not the only reason I think the LCD screen is awesome; first, it has a convenient touch sensitive panel called the "needle pad". Second, it looks incredible, and third, the full color screen will display beautifully at a dark club. This is definitely a multi player you won’t be ashamed of showing off.
Check out the key features of the CDJ 2000:
- Pro DJ Link – New Pioneer Pro DJ Link that enables up to four CDJ-2000/900s to beconnected and share a single music source.
- 6.1” Full Color LCD panel and Graphic User Interface – For displaying song titles, jacket art as well as detailed track information and wave form display of each song so DJs can find informatio nneeded to select a song at a glance.
- Needle Search – Helps DJs instantaneously get to a specific part of a song with a simple touch of the Needle Search pad.
- MIDI – Users can assign various buttons of the CDJ-2000 to trigger other devices, such as DJ effecters and software with MIDI mapping capability.
- Free Rekordbox Music Management Software Included – Both the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 turntables include rekordbox, Pioneer’s proprietary music management software that organizes and catalogs a DJ’s entire music library. When music files are imported to rekordbox, the software analyzes each file and prep
- Multi Format Playback – The CDJ-2000 enables playback of MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF audio files on CD,DVD-ROM, SD card and USB memory devices.ares them for use specifically with thenew CDJ turntables.
Get more information on the CDJ 2000 by heading over to part two.
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