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10 September 2020 10:41

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Pioneer DJ has announced the next-gen industry-standard DJ player the CDJ-3000. The new player – which has removed the optical CD drive – features a new, bigger, brighter nine-inch touchscreen. Below it there are now eight coloured hot cue pads, and a newly designed jog wheel with on-jog display, dedicated Beat Jump buttons, extra loop buttons for four and eight-bar lengths and a new aluminium faceplate. Inside the unit, there's a new MPU processor, as opposed to the DSP architecture of the 2000 range, meaning that the 3000 is potentially much faster, more stable and sounds better. It also future proofs the 3000 for future firmware updates and software revisions.

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A new Key Sync button lets you automatically mix harmonically for tracks that have been analysed by rekordbox. By putting a CPU inside the 3000, Pioneer DJ say they've "revolutionised the way the CDJ is driven" and has enabled them to bring new functions that weren't possible before. The new CPU allows for faster loading of tracks and hot cues, higher quality key shifting and tempo stretching and new features like Touch Preview, Touch Cue and Stacked Waveforms. In terms of layout, Pioneer DJ has kept the CDJ familiar to current users while tweaking a few of key elements. The 3000 features eight coloured hot cue buttons, four more than on the previous range, and they've been moved to underneath the screen to align with the waveform.

The dedicated Beat Jump buttons let you quickly move around a track – the number of bars you jump around can be dictated in the settings. A new aluminium faceplate replaces the plastic of the 2000 for a sturdier and more robust finish. You can now loop four or eight bars with a single button press. Aside from that, the layout hasn't changed much, and a lot of new functionality is accessed through the new nine-inch touchscreen. The screen is one of the best new aspects of the 3000, and is a huge improvement on the previous model. With 150% brighter and a 720p resolution, it's much cleaner, clearer and more useful than before and feels a lot more intuitive, though it isn't multi-touch. Just above the screen there are new dedicated buttons for Playlists and Search, with the much more responsive on-screen QWERTY keyboard. Another new feature Touch Preview means you can now preview a track directly from the browser without loading it into a deck. Simply touch and hold the waveform in the browser view to hear the track in your headphones. Another new feature is Touch Cue – using the smaller waveform you can skip ahead in your headphones to preview a later part of the track that's already playing in the deck. Round back it's the usual RCA output, SPDIF for digital signals and new gigabit ethernet port that lets you play from a single USB across up to six players. A new locked power cable ensures that you don't lose power mid-set. A lot of what's new on the 3000 are tweaks rather than revolutionary features. It's surprising not to see any streaming functionality out of the box given Pioneer DJ's recently introduced rekrodbox cloud and Denon DJ's recent incorporation of dropbox, Beatport LINK and more. Our suspicion is they wanted to get the basics locked down before expanding on what is the industry standard player – too many big changes could dissuade power users from upgrading early doors. We expect many features to be added via firmware updates in the months ahead, helped by the new CPU update. The CDJ3000 costs €2,399 and is available now. Watch our First Look video below for more info. Pioneer DJ says that you can arness a higher level of creative power with their brand-new flagship multi player, the CDJ-3000. They tell us that, driven by a new MPU (micro-processing unit) and boasting specially developed high-quality components, it's a robust unit packed with innovative features to help your creativity flourish like never before. Here's the story in their own words... Since 1994's debut of the CDJ-500 – the world's first flat-top CD DJ player – each new flagship CDJ model has become a favorite to many of the most respected DJs and clubs around the globe. The ground-breaking CDJ-1000 enabled more performance techniques, such as scratches that were previously only possible on analog turntables. Then, the CDJ-2000 ushered in rekordbox and Pro DJ Link. For the first time, DJs could manage music before exporting it to USB drives to use with the multi players. Subsequent features such as Wave Display (for better understanding the musical development of tracks) and Beat Sync have made mixing more intuitive. In 2016, the CDJ-2000NXS2 became the first choice for clubs, festivals, and DJs all over the world who perform with digital music files, thanks to its improved feature set and outstanding sound quality. The CDJ has evolved significantly since the 1990s. And, while the CDJ-3000 is in many ways unrecognizable from the early units, it retains the ambition and purpose that have always driven the CDJ range: to provide you with an intuitive, great-feeling interface that gives you the power to manipulate the music any way you can think of (and in some ways you might not have imagined). The most advanced player we've ever made when you're performing, you need to know the decks can make your creative vision a reality and handle everything you throw at them. We've designed the CDJ-3000 to do that and more. The new MPU in the unit is the first we've ever put in a CDJ. It drives the unit, delivering stable performance and enabling advanced new features, and it works with the other parts of the player to create a smoother DJ experience. For example, you'll notice that tracks and Hot Cues load faster than ever thanks to the capabilities of the MPU and Gigabit Ethernet connection. The CDJ-3000 is a rekordbox Hardware Unlock device too. So, to use Performance mode, all you need to do is to update to the latest version of the software, even if you're using the Free subscription plan. You pour your heart into your DJ sets, so all your hard work and creativity deserves to be felt by your audience. The crowd will hear your tracks, and every nuance of your performance, in rich detail thanks to the brand-new audio design in the CDJ-3000. You won't just hear the improvements in the CDJ-3000 – you'll see them too. You can choose the information you want to view in laser-sharp detail on the 9-inch touch screen, which is bigger and a higher resolution than the one on the CDJ-2000NXS2. We've kept the intuitive user interface so you'll feel at home, but we've added handy new controls such as shortcuts to make it easier to jump between different categories in your music collection. New functions such as Touch Preview enable effortless and rapid track selection, and, with a host of other fresh features including Touch Cue, Stacked Waveform, and 3Band Waveform, you'll always know where the perfect mix points are on the cued track and the one that's currently playing. Want to show what you can do and make new music on the fly? Perform on the CDJ-3000's enhanced layout as if you're using a musical instrument. Eight Hot Cue buttons – twice as many as the CDJ-2000NXS2 – are arranged from left to right underneath the waveform display for more intuitive triggering. Operate Beat Jump via the new hardware buttons and hit Key Sync to mix harmonically. You can also create a wider range of loops with the new 8-Beat Loop button which comes in addition to the classic 4-Beat control. Feel is so important when you're DJing – whether you're making a tiny adjustment to a track's pitch or performing the most intricate scratch technique. We've redesigned the jog wheel for the CDJ-3000 to create the smoothest action on any multi player we've ever made. Touch latency is also better than ever, and you can use the LCD screen in the center of the jog to keep an eye on the playhead position and reference album artwork.

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