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When Pioneer DJ launched the unique CDJ-1000 it was an enormous leap for DJs and helped the corporate to elbow out Technics from the DJ sales space after its Technics model of CD participant didn’t hit the mark. Regular updates adopted till one other enormous leap ahead got here with the CDJ-2000 on the finish of 2009. With the a model new flagship CDJ, are we going through an evolution or a revolution?

It’s all the time going to be a cautious steadiness if you’re coping with updating a product that has turn into the trade customary for many DJs and golf equipment internationally. DJs need the familiarity and workflow they’ve turn into accustomed to but additionally, with Denon nipping at Pioneer’s heels with some groundbreaking options and engineering, Pioneer must control tomorrow, and the varieties of options that fashionable DJs anticipate.

A notable omission, regardless of maintaining the CDJ branding, is that the precise CD drive has been eliminated, one thing that I’m positive only a few individuals will miss, however it’s shocking that with the transferring elements and this mechanism price being eliminated, the worth level exhibits now indicators of diminishing on the CDJ-3000. Pioneer insists this has been invested in different areas of the unit, and there are fairly a couple of meaty additions right here which point out that’s the case.

Digital jockey

Basically, what we’re coping with is a pc and excessive spec DAC, wrapped in a flowery controller, coupled with a model new micro-processing unit that has led to swift audio processing, sooner loading occasions and total a lot snappier operation. The digital audio converter is similar as on the Nexus 2 vary, however the DAC now up-converts all playable audio codecs to 96kHz/32bit and internally processes audio with 32bit float. There’s additionally been a renewed concentrate on the interior elements for the audio circuit.

Resistance elements which can be used for audio have been switched from metallic oxide resistance to metallic movie resistance which Pioneer DJ declare present a lot better sound high quality. As well as, to that, work has been undertaken to remove digital noise from Energy Provides, ICs, LCDs & LEDs and create a a lot much less fatiguing and clearer sound at excessive quantity. Placing this to the check proper now proves tough due to the present closure of golf equipment, however there’s little doubt that these sound completely implausible on our residence setup, however whether or not they sound higher than the earlier fashions is a tricky name at decrease quantity ranges.

This consideration to the bodily elements is the place a lot of the true upgrading has been executed, and probably a part of the explanation why it could possibly be a tricky promote for Pioneer DJ to the patron, as these tweaks for the set up and membership market won’t be of as a lot significance to the common residence DJ.

The Play/Pause and Cue buttons are essentially the most sturdy model that Pioneer DJ has ever made, with the daring assertion that they maintain up even after one-million pushes. In the event you’ve ever DJ’ed with a deck that has a dodgy Cue and Play button, you’ll understand how necessary that’s. The listing of small however necessary enhancements proceed all through the gadget, with even the kettle lead for the facility now being a locking IEC connector, so no worries about energy leads getting pulled out.

The construct high quality is first-rate, with a metallic edge-to-edge prime plate that feels way more strong. It was additionally instantly apparent the jog wheel rotation, latency and really feel has been massively improved too. Pioneer DJ say that the jogs have much less transferring elements to them than earlier fashions and so they undoubtedly really feel additional sturdy and higher for scratching with the decrease latency. The addition of an improved central display, to show art work and details about lively settings on the jog wheel can be a helpful replace.

The general bodily measurement is somewhat deeper and contact wider. However, that is primarily because of the upgraded giant 9-inch touchscreen and the additional room required for added Scorching Cues and a few additional loop and beat bounce performance.

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Spare keys

Though the touchscreen isn’t multi-touch, it really works very well and the additional measurement makes mild work of looking giant collections and looking for tracks. Seeing the place Scorching Cues are, and the monitor’s total giant wave show is implausible and the expertise of the display seems like that of utilizing a pill or laptop computer to browse.

Plus, when you’ve paired up these with the DJM-900NXS2 or the brand new V10 mixer, you’ll have the ability to use the LINK cue operate to the touch the preview waveforms of tracks within the browser and listen to them in your headphones even whereas a monitor is enjoying out from the identical deck you might be previewing on. You may as well preview totally different sections of the particular monitor that’s enjoying too by touching the decrease waveform – all at full high quality. This makes handovers, mid-set preparation and monitor choice such a breeze. It’s a implausible characteristic. Including to this LINK performance are a number of choices to have the ability to view the waveform of the grasp deck on the highest of the display on the participant you might be about to combine in.

Key shift and basic key mixing options have additionally significantly improved. In case your tracks are key analysed then the important thing can be displayed under the tempo on the display. Flip off grasp tempo and also you’ll see key adjustments occurring as you pitch up and down utilizing the tempo fader. You may as well maintain the tempo and alter the important thing by utilizing the important thing shift choices and transposing the tracks key that approach. Not solely is that this nice for the plain key mixing, you possibly can truly get some wild results by leaping fairly a couple of keys when you’re dwell remixing. Whenever you simply need key match mechanically, Pioneer DJ has improved this additionally. Auto-key match now recognises many extra complimentary keys – so enormous ‘chipmunk’ transpositions are not a fear. There ought to all the time be a complimentary key inside a few semitones.

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God is a CDJ

Not everybody DJs in the identical approach and it’s clear Pioneer has needed to steadiness a mess of opinions and choices right here, although there’s real innovation beneath the hood, and it’s tough to fault any of the replace’s adjustments. The 3000 design appears to be what the most-used options had been on the earlier fashions and letting DJs entry these options sooner. There’s quick tagging and playlist creation utilizing tagging, however total it’s nonetheless not an ideal expertise to prep on the decks themselves, with Rekordbox software program nonetheless vital for correct preparation. In actual fact, bizarrely there isn’t even the choice to analyse tracks on the unit and though you possibly can create a playlist from the taglist, it will be good to create, edit and rename playlists typically.

So, to reply the sooner query on whether or not this represents evolution or revolution, I feel it’s secure to say it’s of the previous camp, regardless of the leap by a thousand numerals. The 3000s are in want of a firmware replace to include streaming providers, on-deck preparation, evaluation and another gaps within the characteristic set. The main focus right here has been on getting the foundations proper for a futureproof product that may be sturdy and dependable with heavy use at pro-level occasions.

In all probability, these extra firmware updates will arrive and the 3000 can be used because the {hardware} staple for a few years. When the world finally eases again to normality you’ll see these in main golf equipment and on tech riders in every single place, however with sturdy competitors from Denon, innovating and squeezing the costs down, Pioneer DJ can’t get too complacent.

Do I really want this?

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In the event you’ve obtained deep sufficient pockets then these is not going to disappoint you. They’re a flagship product and can little doubt be the staple of DJ cubicles for years to return. The CDJ-3000 is a professional degree set up product and far of the expense has gone into ensuring these is not going to fail in excessive depth conditions and sound implausible at very excessive quantity ranges, one thing that won’t be a requirement for many common customers. We don’t see a rush to improve right here when you’re a CDJ-2000 Nexus 2 proprietor, however as soon as the firmware updates come for the CDJ-3000 we’re positive the hole in options will turn into even wider. Proper now, the all-in-one media gamers such because the XDJ vary supply higher worth total whereas nonetheless giving a very shut characteristic set.

Key options

  • Flagship multi-player
  • Superior audio playback
  • New and improved touchscreen show
  • Enhanced prime plate structure
  • Redesigned jog wheel
  • DJ Hyperlink with Gigabit Ethernet
  • Enhanced structure


Denon DJ
SC6000 Prime Professional DJ media participant

The one true different available on the market proper now, the SC6000 is a deck rising in reputation however it’s but to be seen if this participant can maintain as much as the rigours of years of membership play. However, there’s in-built streaming from TIDAL, Beatport and Soundcloud. A bigger 10.1-inch touchscreen and twin layer playback permitting for 2 tracks to be performed concurrently.


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