Pioneer Unveils Unveils DDJ-1000 Controller

Pioneer DDJ-1000 Controller

Ahead of Winter NAMM 2018 taking place January 25-26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, Pioneer DJ has announced the release of their four-channel DDJ-1000 controller for use with its rekordbox dj application. The compact and portable controller arrives with the release of rekordbox (ver 5.1), which includes a host of product enhancements and additions. If you own a licence key for one of the rekordbox Plus Packs (rekordbox dj, video or dvs), you can upgrade to the new version of the Plus Pack for free.

Pioneer DJ says its latest and greatest DJ weapon provides mixmasters and mixstresses with an arsenal of tools when DJing in a non-club environment such as an event or party venue.

The DDJ-1000’s SRP of €1,199 including VAT (roughly US $1466.95). It comes with a bundled licence key for our professional DJ performance application rekordbox dj, worth €139 (roughly US $170).

See below for full details and product demo video.


1. Portable DJ controller with club-style layout
All the buttons and knobs on the DDJ-1000 are arranged in the same layout as those on our club-standard CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 set-up. The jog wheels are inherited directly from the CDJ-2000NXS2, so they look and feel familiar to use. As a result, using rekordbox dj with the DDJ-1000 creates the same experience as playing from USB drives with a NXS2 set-up. The DJ controller is compact and portable, too, so you can easily take it wherever you go.

2. Color On Jog Display for quick reference and accurate performances
A high-definition LCD screen in the centre of each jog wheel displays information such as playback time, BPM, waveform, playback position and Hot Cue and Loop points. You can customise the information you want to see, so there’s no need to look at your laptop during a mix or scratch routine.

3. 14 Beat FX including new additions
The DDJ-1000 is loaded with all ten popular Beat FX from our DJM mixer series plus four new FX for adding creative flair and texture to your sets. You can instantly reference BPM and the name of the selected FX without looking at your laptop thanks to the dedicated Beat FX display.

New FX:
• Enigma Jet, Mobius Saw, Mobius Triangle – FX that add sound with a feeling of infinite rising or descending
• Low Cut Echo – echo-derived effect that cuts low frequencies of the echo sound

4. Improved MAGVEL FADER
The DDJ-1000 features a new MAGVEL FADER crossfader, which inherits the design architecture of the renowned MAGVEL FADER PRO from the DJM-S9 professional battle mixer. Highly durable for more than 10 million movements, the new MAGVEL FADER enables complicated, intricate performances with a smooth feel. Plus, we’ve refined the software processing for jog wheel and crossfader operation to significantly reduce latency, so scratching feels more intuitive than ever.

5. Multiple input/outputs enable different set-ups
DJ changeovers are a breeze for rekordbox dj users thanks to the two USB ports for PC/Mac. The DDJ-1000 has four external input terminals for DJ players and analog turntables, plus two Mic inputs. You can also use the DDJ-1000 as a stand-alone DJ mixer without connecting a PC/Mac.

6. Other features
• Multicoloured Performance Pads – tactile illuminated rubber pads trigger Hot Cues, Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler, Keyboard Mode and more
• Feeling adjust – customise the feeling of the jog wheel
• Advanced Super Fast Search – quickly reach any playback position
• Page – switch between Hot Cues 1-8 and 9-16
• Key Shift and Key Sync buttons – direct control of rekordbox dj key-related features
• Sound Color FX – enhance your sets with the four popular FX from the DJM mixers
• Aluminium/acrylic-finished top panel – for a quality look and feel
• Lightweight and portable
• rekordbox dvs ready – requires the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack licence key and dedicated Control Vinyl (both available separately)


1. Automix for smooth and natural automatic mixing
Drop tracks into an Automix playlist and rekordbox dj will mix them accurately and smoothly. Phrases in a track are now detected by the newly developed phrase analysis algorithm in the track analysis section of rekordbox’s KORETECH engine. In addition to the phrase information, Automix uses track information such as beat position, BPM and key to make mixes sound natural. You can scratch, apply FX and change the order of tracks during Automix.

2. Advanced Related Tracks feature brings more detailed search criteria
The popular Related Tracks feature – which displays tracks that are well matched with the one you’re currently playing – has been significantly upgraded. You can easily find even more relevant tracks using increased search criteria such as artists, comments and file formats, and you can save your custom criteria and call it up at any time. This feature is highly useful for creating unique sets from tracks you might not have otherwise thought to mix together.

Darren Ressler

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