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Pioneer DJ steps up a level with the CDJ-3000

The new CDJ model is more advanced than ever before

  • In association with Pioneer DJ
  • 10 September 2020

Pioneer DJ has revealed details of the latest model in its CDJ range, the CDJ-3000.

The CDJ-3000 is equipped with an MPU, with the DJ brand saying: “The new MPU in the unit is the first we’ve ever put in a CDJ. The MPU’s processing power has enabled us to bring exciting new functions that weren’t possible before and gives us scope to introduce more features via future updates.”

The MPU ensures stable performance and allows for a smoother experience, such as faster-loading tracks and Hot Cues.

Priced at €2,399, another feature of the CDJ-3000 includes a Gigabit Ethernet connection for Pro DJ Link, meaning audio files can be shared and played via USBs and SD cards on up to six CDJ-3000s when combined with the DJM-V10.

The touchscreen on the CDJ-3000 is an improvement on the CDJ-2000NXS2, measuring at nine inches and coming at a higher resolution. Screen brightness has also been increased by 150 per cent.

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The bigger screen means more has been added, such as information, shortcuts and buttons for things like Search and Playlists. There's also a swipe function on the screen, ensuring tracklists can be scanned quicker.

The screen also allows for other additions such as Touch Preview (meaning you can listen to any track by touching its waveform) and Touch Cue (meaning you can listen to another part of a track that's playing by touching its waveform).

The mechanism for the jog wheel on the CDJ-3000 has been redesigned. Pioneer DJ says "it feels slicker than any unit we’ve ever made." The touch latency has also been reduced.

Other features include eight Hot Cue buttons, Beat Jump buttons (the quantized number of beats can be set to a value of 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 beats) and an 8-Loop Button, allowing for the creation of things like polyrhythmic loops.

iPhone compatible, the CDJ-3000 can be hooked up to your phone via USB and Export mode means you can play rekordbox-analysed music. As the CDJ-3000 is a Hardware Unlock device, you just need to update to the latest version of rekordbox in order to use Performance mode.

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The Pro DJ Link Lighting feature means you can sync lighting to the music you're playing.

Serato DJ Pro is also coming soon, which will support the CDJ-3000.

Head here for more information and watch the promo video below.

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Commercial Content Editor, follow him on Twitter

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