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The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby crow » Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:58 pm

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NEW PIONEER CDJ DIGITAL TURNTABLES BRING THE ART OF DJING TO NEW HEIGHTS NEW PIONEER CDJ DIGITAL TURNTABLES BRING THE ART OF DJING TO NEW HEIGHTS
CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 Enable DJs to Access Their Music Directly from the Players

Long Beach, CA (September 17, 2009) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division, the leader in Pro DJ products and the innovator of the CD turntable, today launched two multi-format digital turntables, the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900, with features that put the performance back into the art of DJing and reduce the need for laptops to access music files. DJs of all experience levels can enhance their mixing and scratching capabilities using proprietary technologies such as rekordbox™1 music management, Pro DJ Link, Needle Search and USB and SD card connectivity.

“Understanding the expanding needs of today’s evolving DJs, Pioneer’s new multi-format digital turntables allow DJs to access, search and control their content directly from the player itself,” said Matt Dever, Vice President, Professional Sound and Visual Division. “The new CDJ players provide the same legendary quality standards and playability of the CDJ-1000/800 with the added convenience of native playback of key digital media file formats accessed through a multitude of compatible media, whether it’s on CD, DVD, portable hard drive or flash memory device. In addition, both models are HID compatible with today’s top DJ performance software, making these players the natural selection for any performance DJ.”

Prepared For Any Performance
Adapting to today’s variety of media formats, the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 enable playback of MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF audio files from CDs and USB memory devices, and from DVDs and SD cards as well on the CDJ-2000. A USB port located on top of the turntable enables users to quickly connect an external storage device such as a Tonium Pacemaker™ or a hard drive packed with music files, minimizing the need to bring a laptop computer to performances.

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 prepares them for use specifically with the new CDJ turntables. Key elements of Pioneer’s rekordbox software:

Analyze:

* Beats Per Minute (BPM) Data – BPM / Tempo information for each song is identified and processed into rekordbox for use by the DJ in preparing and performing a set.

*Waveform Data – The waveform of each song is identified and then displayed on the bottom screen for quick data visualization and for use with the needle search function on the CDJ-2000 turntable.


Customize:

* Tag Info & Artwork – Edit and customize the file information to performance needs.

* Hot Cues, Cue Points, and Loops – Prepare and customize cues and loops as well as create and manage hot cue banks.

* Playlists – Create, edit and manage customized playlists for various performances.

* Beatgrid – Utilizing the new 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 a real-time cueing, preventing off beat mistakes.


Users can then transfer analyzed music files to their preferred storage media and play them directly from the new CDJ turntables. The software offers song information that can be viewed easily during performances on the CDJs’ large displays to quickly search and access content by genre, title, BPM, etc. Also, as analyzed tracks are played through the CDJ products, the turntables automatically create and save a play history enabling users to review past performances on their PCs.

Pro DJ Link
The new turntables feature Pioneer’s Pro DJ Link that enables up to four CDJ-2000/900s to be connected via the Link Port to share a single music source, whether it is a hard drive, USB and/or SD memory card. Once linked, users have the ability to quickly find, display and choose the music file from a connected source through the CDJ’s built-in display and control knobs. A quick turn of the knob lets users scroll through created files and folders and a push of the knob confirms the song choice.

Advanced Connectivity
The new turntables feature a 24-bit/48 kHz sound card and HID and MIDI control compatibility via USB port. Up to 35 controls on the surface of each player can be used to trigger other devices, such as DJ effecters and software by way of HID and/or MIDI.

The HID controls were implemented into the players for superior interfacing with software, faster communication speed over MIDI, audio/visual streaming and two-way information on displays. HID enables easy, precise and native control of DVS systems such as Serato™ Scratch Live, Native Instruments’ Traktor series and MixVibes Cross2 without the need for time-coded discs.

CDJ-2000 Enhancements

LCD panel and Graphic User Interface – The flagship CDJ-2000 features a large WQVGA 6.1-inch full-color 480 x 234 LCD panel for displaying song titles and jacket art as well as detailed track information so DJs can select songs at a glance. The wave data of each song is also illustrated on screen, showing high and low amplitude to further assist DJs.

Needle Search – Helps DJs instantaneously get to a specific part of a song with a simple touch of the Needle Search pad. Found directly below the CDJ-2000’s high resolution LCD panel, the touchpad lets the DJ “place the needle” and jump quickly to a specific part of a music track.

Jog Dial – Adjustments for tension were enhanced from previous models allowing the DJ to further customize the feel of the jog dial from a light to heavy sensitivity. Four illuminated areas on the sides of the Jog Dial aid the DJ in finding the desired spot on the plate in dim lighting environments.


CDJ-900 Enhancements

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 creating smoother transitions.

Advanced Auto Beat Loop – The CDJ-900 generates a four-beat loop at a touch of a button creating a customized sound to provide more time for DJs to blend in transitioning music.

The Extras
For more accurate tempo control while mixing, each player is enhanced with increased frame increments of 0.5 frames that allow the DJ to set a cue point or loop point with more precision.

To achieve the highest sound quality, both the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 were equipped with the audio industry’s highly respected Wolfson DAC processors, delivering a very transparent, accurate audio signal resulting in a highly improved signal-to-noise ratio and increased headroom.

The CDJ-2000 will be available in November 2009 with a suggested retail price of $2,150.
The CDJ-900 will be available in December 2009 with a suggested retail price of $1,600.

Pioneer offers a complete line of professional DJ Equipment through its Professional Sound & Visual Division. Its DJM series of mixers has become an industry standard at clubs, studios, mobile rigs and homes around the world, known for its high quality sound and reliability. For more information, visit http://www.pioneerprodj.com.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is http://www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, established in Tokyo in 1938, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets.

1 rekordbox is music file management software developed by Pioneer in cooperation with MixVibes for use in combination with Pioneer products.
2 For more information on the version that improves compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000/900, please see the Tonium's website at http://www.tonium.com.
3 For more information on the version that improves compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000/900, please see the Serato Audio Research's website at http://www.serato.com. .
4 For more information on the version that improves compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000/900, please see the Native Instrument's website at http://www.native-instruments.com. .
5 For more information on the version that improves compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000, please see the MixVibes website at http://www.mixvibes.com.

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation
REKORDBOX is a trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
MIXVIBES and CROSS are trademarks of MixVibes Companies in the United States and other countries.
PACEMAKER is a registered trademark of Tonium AB.
SERATO and SCRATCH LIVE are trademarks of Serato Audio Research.
TRAKTOR is a trademark of Native Instruments.
WOLFSON is a registered trademark of Wolfson Microelectronics.


Specifications CDJ-2000

Compatible Media
Music CD Yes
CD-R Yes
CD-RW Yes
DVD±R Yes
DVD±RW Yes
DVD±R-DL Yes
USB Devices Yes
SD Memory Card Yes

Compatible Files
MP3 Yes
AAC Yes
WAV Yes
AIFF Yes

File Systems Compatible with USB Storage
FAT12 Yes
FAT16 Yes
FAT32 Yes
HFS? Yes

Frequency Range 4Hz – 20kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 115dB or higher (JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0018% (JEITA)

USB Ports USB-A 1 and USB-B 1
Link Port LAN / 100 base - tx Yes

Audio Output Terminals
AUDIO OUT 1 (RCA)
DIGITAL OUT 1 (COAXIAL)

Other Terminals
CONTROL 1(?3.5 Mini-plug)
Audio Output Voltage 2.0 Vrms
Power Supply to Use 120 V ac (60Hz)
Power Consumption 28 W

Maximum Dimensions
(WxDxH in mm) 320 × 405.7 × 106.4
(WxDxH in inches) 12.6” x 15.94” x 4.19”
Unit Weight (kg / lbs.) 4.6 kg / 10.14 lbs.


Specifications CDJ-900

Compatible Media:
Music CD Yes
CD-R Yes
CD-RW Yes
DVD±R No
DVD±RW No
DVD±R-DL No
USB Devices Yes
SD Memory Card No

Compatible Files:
MP3 Yes
AAC Yes
WAV Yes
AIFF Yes

File Systems Compatible with USB Storage
FAT12 Yes
FAT16 Yes
FAT32 Yes
HFS? Yes

Frequency Range 4Hz – 20kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 115dBor higher (JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.003% (JEITA)
USB Ports USB-A 1 and USB-B 1
Link Port LAN / 100 base - tx Yes

Audio Output Terminals
AUDIO OUT 1 (RCA)
DIGITAL OUT 1 (COAXIAL)

Other Terminals
CONTROL 1(?3.5 Mini-plug)
Audio Output Voltage 2.0 Vrms
Power Supply to Use 120 V ac (60 Hz)
Power Consumption 26 W

Maximum Dimensions
(WxDxH in mm) 305 x 385 x 115.6
(WxDxH in inches) 12.01” x 14.78” x 4.55”
Unit Weight (kg / lbs.) 3.9 kg / 8.6 lbs.


Music File Management Software rekordbox™
Compatible Operating Systems Mac OSX (10.4.6 or later)
Windows Vista® Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business
Windows® XP Home Edition, Professional (SP2 & Later)
Compatible Files: MP3/AAC/WAV/AIFF
System Requirements: Mac OS X: / Intel® Core. Duo (or equivalent processor)
1.83 GHz or faster
Windows Vista® or Windows® XP:
Intel® Pentium® 4 (or equivalent processor)
2 GHz or faster
Memory 512 MB or more
Free Hard Drive Space 250 MB or more (Not including the space needed for saving music and other files)
Disk Drives: CD-ROM Drive
Display XGA (1024×768)
or greater recommended

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CDJ 2000
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CDJ 900
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My take: Honestly? It looks great, but it's a step back. The only good feature or idea is that DJs dont have to carry their laptops anymore. Awesome. But it does limit the usage in a way. The knob that you will be using to scroll through music will take time and your controls will be limited. They could have added touch-screen functionality. That's just me though :P

And plus, let's be real here; Pioneer backward-engineered the idea of Traktor Scratch or any Software/Hardware hybrid system from being more software into more hardware. All the features mentioned above are available in most advanced mixing software available nowadays except that Pioneer changed the names of these features.

All in all, great product! Looks sexy! And will benefit the DJs who will appreciate its new features.

EDIT: Oh shyza!! It reads Mp3s on DVDs! And the software that comes with it is like... iTunes.. Meh! I love the Pro Link feature though. THIS... THIS... Is awesome!! And I absolutely LOVE the needle search! FUCK!!! Best feature besides the Pro Link!!!!

EDIT 2: Double SHYZA! Here's the source for the above: http://forums.pioneerdj.com/eve/forums/ ... 105803/p/1

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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby samlbronkowitz » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:18 pm

a 17inch Mac Book Pro with Traktor III and Ableton 8 is a hell of a lot easier to carry around than these 2. Its a very very sexy toy but is it really necessary?
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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby Raneem » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:32 pm

^ for People who enjoy using hardware in live gigs, YES!
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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby DIONYSOS » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:21 pm

I'm looking to buy a decent set for home so I might as well go for this although I'll never use it :P
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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby Genesis » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:39 pm

With the whole industry going software mixing, I fail to see how this will cover any ground.
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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby Johnny » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:23 pm

sorry guys but...

*cums in his pants*

that's my feedback.
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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby maDJam » Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:08 pm

CDJ-900 has a smaller screen, meaning smaller display (wave form as well)
here- this is quick reading:

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And some other pin-ups for drooling over:

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and on top of all that- they're thinner with a better designed hand pot to carry:
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Re: The all new Pioneer CDJ2000 and CDJ900

Postby crow » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:56 pm

samlbronkowitz wrote:a 17inch Mac Book Pro with Traktor III and Ableton 8 is a hell of a lot easier to carry around than these 2. Its a very very sexy toy but is it really necessary?


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