Pioneer Unveils Stand-Alone DJ Sampler

Pioneer DJS-1000

Seeing how more DJs are supplementing their DJ sets with additional instruments and devices, Pioneer DJ will introduce a stand-alone DJ sampler this month that allows DJs to layer beats and melodies as well as record and sample audio on-the-fly.

The DJS-1000, which will retail at SRP of €1,299 including VAT (roughly $1,535), features an easy to navigate user interface brandishing 16 multicolored step input keys, 16 multicolored Performance Pads, a host of inputs and outputs, plus various other performance features

The unit allows DJs to make beats and sounds in advance of their sets or produce them on the fly, then sequence and loop them as they wish. The Live Sampling feature allows DJs to freely sample input sounds and work them into their mix as effects or tracks.

More details below as well as a promo video.


1. Intuitive user interface
Step sequencer
Easily create a new groove by tapping the 16 large, multicoloured step input keys. You can keep an eye on sequence information on each track thanks to the keys’ changing colours.

Multicoloured Performance Pads
Use the 16 large rubber pads to trigger the tracks you’ve assigned samples and loops to. Each one is equipped with multicoloured illumination and highly accurate velocity detection, so you can increase or decrease volume with the amount of pressure you apply.

Touch strip
By simply touching the strip, you can quickly change the pitch when using the pitch bend feature, or play a drum roll by using the note repeat feature. Customise parameters for even more creative options.

2. 7-inch full-colour touch screen
Tap the LCD display to instantly access the screen of your choice:
Home screen: View information on the sample assigned to each track thanks to the instrument icons and colours, which are linked to the pads
Sequence screen: View the sequence pattern currently playing
Mixer screen: Adjust the volume balance of each track

3. Accurate syncing with various external devices and systems
In addition to clock synchronisation with MIDI devices, the DJS-1000 includes the Beat Sync function, which can synchronise a performance by beat/bar with a track playing on a CDJ-2000NXS2 or XDJ-1000MK2 set-up using PRO DJ LINK. Use the tempo slider and the nudge buttons to quickly adjust tempo and beat position manually, just like you would on a turntable.

4. Powerful performance features
Live Sampling
Easily sample input sounds and immediately use them as individual tracks. The sampled sounds are automatically synchronised with the current sequence to play in a loop, so they can be dropped straight into a live remix. You can sample any input source, including audio from a turntable, via your mixer.

Add various FX to tracks with ease, changing the tone on the fly. You can apply FX such as echo, reverb and filter to individual tracks, a group of tracks or all tracks.

5. Perfect fit in the DJ booth
The DJS-1000 is designed to fit perfectly alongside the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2, creating effortless unity in the DJ booth.

6. Other features
Support for USB devices – manage your projects and samples easily
Over 2,500 on-board Loopmasters samples – start performing with the DJS-1000 straight out of the box
Support for DJS-TSP Project Creator2 – easily create projects and SCENE3 files on a PC/Mac
Support for project files created on the TORAIZ SP-16

Yehouda Silverman

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