Pioneer have today sneaked out the launch of a brand new media player for the DJ. The XDJ-1000 has been purely designed for the Rekordbox software, so you will be at a loss if your looking for somewhere to play your CD collection, as much like the current controllers this is for, USB drive, and HID control purposes only. Prices look quite reasonable too, compared to other products in the same line, and you would be looking to pay around $999/£650-700 each, so finally a relatively affordable solution, for the DJ on a budget, to get digital playback in the classic CDJ design.
Pioneer are planning to sell off their DJ division, according to the Reuters news agency. Pioneer better known for their car stereos until the late 80s, who then took over the DJ booth with the invention of the CDJ are reportedly selling for a staggering $570m. The reason for this is, so they can get back to their core and, focus more on the automotive electronics business. Pioneer has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to handle the sale, said sources, asking not to be named because the process has not been made public yet.
Pioneer have announced the launch of the new DDJ-SZ pro DJ/club-oriented DJ controller specially designed for "Serato DJ" Taking a lead from technology and know-how cultivated through development of professional DJ equipment, the DDJ-SZ is a DJ controller with the same level of operability as Pioneer’s professional DJ equipment. Authentic DJ performances can be given as though playing with a component DJ system combining multi-player and mixer.
Over the last week we have made many updates to the site, a lot of which has gone unnoticed, as these were minor fixes to the stability of the site, and ground work for future improvements. However, the big update to the download section was saved until last, if anything was going to give us problems it would be there.