Rekord Box is Pioneer’s digital answer to the vinyl cases that DJs used to lug around. In the fabulous old days of records, there would be a certain amount of prep that needed to be done in order for the DJ to rock up and blow away the crowd with their box of delights. Now, Mr DJ wouldn’t turn up at the club with his/her entire record collection because that would just be silly, and how many little helpers would be needed to cart all that around?
Instead, DJs would go through their collection picking out the tunes that would be appropriate for the night and arrange them either into set order, or mark up specific notes about the tracks, like ‘great vox’ or ‘big breakdown’, right down to BPM and key. With all this info and correct tunes chosen, they’d pack them into two or three ubiquitous record boxes, turn up to the gig and rock the discothèque. Pioneer have adopted this ideology — why would a digital DJ turn up to a gig with his entire hard drive of tunes, (potentially thousands of tracks) and then just hope that everything is sorted out, ready to play? In steps Rekord Box, a music management software application for preparation of a DJ’s digital music library.
In recent years, the DJ/club market has seen the music file style of DJing become the mainstream, with increasing demand for music management and DJ play using smartphones and tablets, as well as browsing music on large tablet screens. In order to meet these needs, Pioneer will launch the pro DJ/club oriented “CDJ-2000nexus” Professional Multi Player, which is the Industry first*1 player to enable DJ play using music stored inside smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi*2 or USB connections. By installing the newly developed mobile version of the “rekordbox™” music management software, music can be prepared and managed not only at home but also on the move, with the prepared music then transmitted as-is to this device for DJ play. Pioneers “CDJ series” Multi Players for DJs are supported by many DJs for their excellent operability and reliability, with machines permanently installed in many celebrated clubs around the world.
Adapting to today's variety of media formats, the CDJ-2000 enables 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.
The CDJ-2000 turntable includes 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 turntable. Key elements of Pioneer’s rekordbox software: