The CD-less CDJ-3000 is available for pre-order now, priced £2,299
Pioneer DJ has unveiled its new flagship DJ controller for rekordbox. The CDJ-3000 is the replacement for the CDJ-2000NXS2, the current industry-standard controller in clubs worldwide, and is available for pre-order now, priced £2,299.
The biggest change to the deck – other than the fact that, despite the name, there's now no longer a CD drive onboard – is under the hood. The CDJ-3000 has an MPU rather than a DSP chip inside it – a first for Pioneer DJ – which is said to make for smoother, faster responses to commands. Audio processing also now takes place at 96kHz/32-bit, the highest resolution found on any Pioneer DJ unit.
The full-colour touchscreen is now both brighter and larger, at nine inches across, and there are now eight Hot Cue buttons instead of four. The unit also features new Playlist and Search buttons to help you find and access tracks more quickly, and there are new 8-Beat Loop and Beat Jump buttons, the latter allowing you to jump forwards or back in a track in steps of 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 beats. New Key Sync and Key Shift features, meanwhile, enable you to bring one track into key with another.
Tracks can be played from your Mac or PC laptop, USB storage devices, SD cards or your iPhone. The CDJ-3000 supports the MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC formats. A new Touch Preview feature lets you listen to any part of a track by simply touching the waveform at the appropriate point. And another new feature, Touch Cue, does essentially the same thing but works on the track you're playing rather than the one you're cueing up.
A limited-edition version in white will also be available, albeit at a £100 premium. For full details, see Pioneer DJ's own website.