The Pioneer CDJ-3000: A New Creative Dimension for DJs

The Pioneer CDJ-3000: A New Creative Dimension for DJs

After a seemingly endless torrent of teasers, the all-new Pioneer CDJ-3000 is finally here. A full four years since the launch of its predecessor – the hugely successful CDJ-2000NXS2 – the Pioneer CDJ-3000 looks set to take the torch as the new industry standard for high-profile performers. Inside and out, the new media player from Pioneer is the most advanced the company has come up with to date. It follows a long line of breakthrough devices from Pioneer, beginning all the way back in 1994 with the CDJ-500. The subsequent CDJ-1000 brought a series of new features and functionalities to the table, followed by the breakthrough CDJ-2000 which introduced USB media support and Pro DJ LINK. Given first impressions alone, it’s looking like the CDJ-3000 is far more than an evolution on the traits and qualities of its predecessor. Engineered for the Discerning DJ “The CDJ has evolved significantly since the 1990s. And, while the CDJ-3000 is in many ways unrecognizable from the early units, it retains the ambition and purpose that have always driven the CDJ range: to provide you with an intuitive, great-feeling interface that gives you the power to manipulate the music any way you can think of (and in some ways you might not have imagined).” – Pioneer DJ The centrepiece on the whole thing is (of course) that enormous 9-inch touch screen, which boasts enhanced brightness and higher resolution than that of the CDJ-2000. New features like Touch Preview or Touch Cue are expected to become essentials for the discerning DJ, as is the inclusion of a high-power MPU unit with hardcore processing capabilities...
Buying Your First DJ Controller: Five Points to Consider

Buying Your First DJ Controller: Five Points to Consider

Make no mistake about it – no piece of hardware is more important for an aspiring DJ than a decent controller. All well and good if you already know your way around DJ kits, but what if you’re setting yourself up with a home rig for the first time? With such a huge range of options to choose from, narrowing things down to the perfect DJ controller can be tricky. Nevertheless, the whole thing can be simplified by keeping the following five considerations in mind: 1) Modular or All-in-One? Personal preference plays a role here, but anyone looking to keep things simple, compact and affordable should stick with an all-in-one controller. Something like the Numark Mixtrack FX, which packs pretty much everything you’ll need into a compact and super-affordable device that’s also perfectly portable. There’s nothing specifically ‘wrong’ with separates – it’s just that you need to buy multiple components, connectors and accessories to make things happen. With an all-in-one controller, that’s all you need. 2) Software Inclusion You probably won’t know what kind of software you like best until you actually try it out, for obvious reasons. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that whichever way you go, decent DJ software suites can be seriously expensive. Hence, it’s best to look for a DJ controller that comes with a solid suite of software included in the bundle. Even if it’s not the top-shelf version of the software package in question, it’ll be more than enough to get you started and keep you going for a while at least. 3) CD Players or USB? Let’s put it this way...
Virtual DJ Now Supports Denon DJ Prime

Virtual DJ Now Supports Denon DJ Prime

It’s the news we know thousands of you have been waiting for, which we were starting to think it was never going to happen! Just in case the whole thing slipped you by, here’s the fantastic news straight from the (proverbial) horse’s mouth: “Virtual DJ is proud to announce official integration with Denon DJ controllers. Featuring full-colour moving waveforms, familiar touch screen gestures, OLED FX feedback, and a multi-view interface. The unique Virtual DJ desktop experience is now controllable with Engine OS 1.5.1 on selected Denon DJ products, including the SC6000, SC6000M, X1800, X1850, SC5000, SC5000M, prime 2 and prime 4.” – Virtual DJ That’s right – the long-await collaboration between Virtual DJ and Denon has finally happened. Confirmed in a joint release by the two brands, the software’s newest build Virtual DJ 2021 – is now compatible with the Prime 4, Prime 2, SC6000/M and SC5000/M. We can only assume that the project was put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as it was back in April that we were promised something big within a month. Still, better late than never – it’s here and it’s already making big waves in amateur and pro DJ circles alike. The Biggest and Best Build to Date “Virtual DJ 2021 uses advanced technology and the power of modern computers to revolutionize what DJs can do. With this new version you can mix in real-time the various components of your tracks (vocals, instruments, kicks, hihats, etc). This opens the door to new ways of mixing that were simply not possible before, and will forever change the way DJs mix. With real-time stem...
What You Need To Start DJing From Home

What You Need To Start DJing From Home

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need a lavish and expensive arsenal of equipment to start DJing at home. And with restrictions on public events expected to continue for some time to come, there’s never been a better time to do just that. Whether planning on entertaining yourself or showcasing your talents online, home DJing can be seriously satisfying. But what exactly do you need to get things up and running for the first time? Assuming you’ve basically no gear at all (shy of a laptop and a library of music), which devices should you be setting your sights on as a first-timer? Ask almost any pro and they’re tell you there’s one piece of kit you cannot and will not go wrong with. The Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 One of the top-selling controllers of recent years, the DDJ-200 combines a whole bunch of industry-standard features with an almost impossibly low price.  Right off the bat, the fact that the design of the DDJ-200 is based on that of the flagship DDJ-1000 gives a good indication of its appeal. Elements ported directly from its top-shelf sibling include jog wheels, performance pads, cue buttons, EQ knobs, faders and so much more besides. The difference being that with the Pioneer DDJ-200, you’re looking at a price of less than £150 – more than £1,000 less than the DDJ-1000. For this, you’re taking home a fantastically capable and surprisingly versatile controller, which is compact enough for mobile DJing but tough enough to withstand life on the road. Extensive Software and Smart Device Compatibility Another point of appeal with the DDJ-200 being its...
Thinking of Quitting the DJ Game? Read This First

Thinking of Quitting the DJ Game? Read This First

Covid-19 has more or less decimated the music and performing arts industry as a whole. At least, in terms of those who actually need to work to make money – i.e. 99% of all DJs doing the rounds in the UK. But here’s the thing – lockdown is already being eased and some sense of normality is returning. Work may have dried up for the time being, but there will come a point where people will want to make up for lost time. Seriously – there’s a pent-up craving for good times among the masses in the UK, which sooner or later will explode. And when it does, DJs and entertainers are likely to be inundated with demand. Boom and Bust What’s happening now (in terms of general demand) isn’t what you’d call unprecedented. The music world has always been something of a ‘boom and bust’ game – one that shifts from epic highs to crushing lows on a fairly regular basis. Not that this is particularly helpful for DJs struggling to get by right now, but still…food for thought. If you’re genuinely thinking about giving up DJing, there are a few important things to consider first. As far as the pros are concerned, the following tips and guidelines could help you see things (eventually) in a more favourable light: 1 – Bury Yourself in Your Work Now’s not the time for parties, club gigs and music festivals, but since when was performing the only important aspect of the job? Getting ahead and staying ahead as a DJ means committing yourself to the cause, both when performing and when...
Eyes on the Prize: Tips and Guidelines for Aspiring DJs

Eyes on the Prize: Tips and Guidelines for Aspiring DJs

Graduating from bedroom mixmaster to pro performer isn’t something that happens overnight. If you’re serious about making a career of DJing, you first need to ask yourself three important questions: What’s your single most important (measurable) objective? Where do you intend to be at this point in a year’s time? What have you done today to take you a step closer to your targets? Irrespective of how much you enjoy DJing, it can be hard to stay motivated when nothing’s happening. At least, in the sense that you’re not currently making enough money to cover the bills, so you can’t yet consider yourself a pro. Staying motivated as an aspiring DJ is a challenge in its own right but can be made easier with the right attitude and approach. Here’s what the pros have to say about keeping your eyes on the prize and taking the first steps towards making things work: Record a Demo No matter how much time and effort is needed to get the job done, you need to record a demo that represents you as both an artist and a person. You’ll never build the pride or confidence needed to be taken seriously if you cannot offer people an instant snapshot of your work and your capabilities. Even if it means spending the next six months working on a 20-minute mix, it’s really one of the first and most important things you should be doing Consider a Complete Reboot Roughly translated – carefully consider the ‘nuclear’ option of starting a new physical or virtual “crate” from scratch. Swap out most (or all) of the music...