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Pioneer today announced a new all-in-one DJ controller that combines the traditional CDJ platter format with a high-performance mixer and a central, full-colour screen featuring dual waveform display so digital DJs can finally ditch the laptop.

The XDJ-RX takes hints from Pioneer DJ’s top-flight NXS line-up – adds pad control with the all-new Loop Slice, USB recording, and USB key Rekordbox functionality – for the ultimate an all-in-one solution for digital DJs.

The new controller is also the company’s first product to feature a single central LCD screen that displays both tracks at the same time, as well as dual waveform display, playback position, BPM and beat grids.

Large LCD Color Display
The XDJ-RX features a high-resolution 7-inch LCD color monitor located on the top center of the console to display an array of music information.

  • Browse Screen – Displays music information stored on a connected USB device by playlist, artist, album, track, history and folder.
  • Wave and Wave Zoom – During music playback, the entire waveform of the music from each deck can be viewed simultaneously on the screen. Users can also change the resolution of the waveforms with a turn of the rotary knob, providing five levels of Wave Zoom to show the details of the music transitions.
  • Beat Count – Accurately displays the number of beats until a set point.

Performance Functions
The XDJ-RX follows a similar layout as Pioneer’s flagship models and offers similar functions and operability.

  • Beat Sync – The feature let users instantly match tempo and beat location of songs.
  • Quantize – Utilizing the Quantize 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 mistakes.
  • 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.
  • Beat Effects and Sound Color FX – The Beat Effects function offers eight different effects (Delay, Echo, Spiral, Reverb, Trans, Flanger, Pitch and Roll) for additional creative audio performances. The console also includes four Sound Color FX functions (Noise, Gate/Comp, Crush and Filter), which add numerous audio effect combinations and arrangements to currently playing music with the simple twist of a knob.
  • Loop Slice (new) – Separates the loop range into four parts and enables repeated playback of the separated sections.
  • Hot Cue – Enables instant playback of a set point in the music. Each player can set four Hot Cue points.
  • Auto Beat Loop – Performs a loop play by automatically setting loop-out points from the BPM of the music.
  • Additional Features 
    • DJ Software MIDI Control
    • My Settings – The function settings of a player can be saved to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or USB storage device. For additional convenience, the settings can also be made on the rekordbox App or software, giving users the ability to switch to their settings when connecting to a CDJ-900NXS or CDJ-2000NXS
    • Traffic Light – Utilizing a multi-player PRO DJ LINK connection, a green light indicates that music will sound harmonious with the key of the music being played
    • Active Loop – Automatically starts loops when playback begins from a specified point
    • Auto Standby – Automatically senses active operation and the presence of input signals, switching to standby mode when inputs are not detected for a long period
    • Compatibility with Native Instruments TRAKTOR PRO2 DJ Software

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.