Pioneer DDJ-RZX – Rekordbox is coming of age

Pioneer comes out of the blocks with a controller to set the standard – Pioneer DDJ-RZX – a full controller from top to bottom covering both audio and video mixing. In a lot of ways the DDJ-RZX will make its way in to a lot of venues by Pioneers popularity and now with this unit offering the whole package with audio/video mixing, this is a mobile Dj’s dream come true. Rekordbox has really picked up speed in the features department to play catch up to the Big 3 (Traktor, Serato and VirtualDJ). The next year will be very interesting in the software DJ realm — with forward progress continuing to lead more toward standalone units and only depending on  DJ software for library management.

Pioneer has taken a big step today to stay on pace with Denon, Native Instruments and Numark  to offer a controller with screens onboard – the only missing part is the built-in software on all 4 channels. Denon DJ’s MCX8000 will have some sort of video capability through their special link port in the near future so it really seems to be a battle between Denon and Pioneer as Native Instruments seems to be stagnate on updates and appear to be trying to isolate themselves from the mobile/club DJ’s and concentrating more on the producer side on things. Time will tell if these units will hold their own but for now those screens sure are pretty albeit pricey!

 

Capture, control, create: Meet the DDJ-RZX audio and video performance controller – Native control over the new rekordbox™ video Plus Pack for rekordbox dj
We’re releasing our new flagship controller, the DDJ-RZX. Designed to make the most of the new rekordbox™ video Plus Pack for rekordbox dj, it builds on our heritage of making video DJ equipment like the DVJ-1000 and SVM-1000. The DDJ-RZX is a 4-channel professional controller for mobile DJs and anyone who wants to bring videos into their performances.
The DDJ-RZX features three touch screens for viewing track information and applied pad effects. Video previewing and monitoring is sharp on the 7-inch screens and they give access to all the key features in both rekordbox dj and the new rekordbox video Plus Pack. You only need to use your laptop to browse your rekordbox library and select tracks. Two XLR combo input jacks give distortion-free Mic output and the 3-band Mic EQ and Mic FX let you tune each voice. Plus, the extensive FX unit includes Combo FX, Sampler Repeat and Release FX, as well as the studio-quality Sound Colour FX from the DJM-900NXS2 mixer. It inherits traits from the CDJ-2000NXS2 multiplayer and DJM mixer series including large jog wheels, multicoloured Performance Pads and high-quality sound.
The DDJ-RZX is available from July at an SRP of €2,999 including VAT. The controller comes bundled with licence keys for rekordbox dj, rekordbox dvs and rekordbox video (worth a total of €409 including VAT).
rekordbox video is a Plus Pack for rekordbox dj that adds video performance features to our rekordbox dj performance software.

Its key features include:
Native control of videos – scratch and add FX to videos as if they were audio tracks
Transition FX – use the crossfader to mix two video sources with a choice of 20 in-built FX. Add up to five effects to your favourites and recall them
Touch FX – trace on the display’s x and y axes to add FX and adjust parameters
Slideshow – create slideshows of still images in advance or on the fly
Camera FX – show the live feed from a digital camera connected to your computerTo buy the rekordbox video Plus Pack for rekordbox dj, follow these steps:
Install the rekordbox music management application (version 4.2 onwards). Download it here for free (available from 1st July 2016).
Buy a rekordbox dj Plus Pack licence key here for €139 (if you don’t own one already) and install the Plus Pack.
Buy a rekordbox video Plus Pack licence key here for €159.
If you’re a rekordbox dj monthly subscription user, you can use the video features without buying a licence key. Find out more about the rekordbox family.


KEY FEATURES OF THE DDJ-RZX
Layout mirrors a CDJ set-up
Mix audio and videos instinctively with features inherited from the CDJ and DJM series including large jog wheels and multicoloured tactile Performance Pads. The 4-channel controller has an independent sampler section for intuitive control of Beat Sync, Quantize and Trim on the sampler.
High-quality sound
Hear the true sound of your tracks thanks to AC inlets for reduced cable contact resistance and a high performance 96 kHz/32-bit D/A converter made by Asahi Kasei. Plus, low jitter clock IC and the 96 kHz/24-bit USB sound card ensure powerful, high-quality sound.
Three touch screens for complete control
Take your performances to the next level by using the three 7-inch touch screens to preview/monitor video and image files, and to trigger Beat FX and Release FX. Plus, Touch FX lets you add FX and adjust parameters by tracing on the x and y axes on the display. Use deck display mode to check track information such as titles, BPM and key. And use mixer display mode to see enlarged waveforms for each track, as well as loop and Hot Cue information. Create instant doubles by simply touching the display.

 

 

Professional Mic section
Hear voices loud and clear thanks to two XLR combo input jacks for Mics. Control the output with the 3- band Mic EQ and use the four Mic FX – Echo, Reverb, Pitch and V Tune – to add texture and to tune each voice.
Extensive FX unit
Add the following FX to your tracks from rekordbox dj or external players and sound sources.
Combo FX – control Sound Colour FX and Beat FX at the same time using the touch screens
Sampler Repeat – change the length of a loop just by touching the display and apply Sound Colour FX when using the rekordbox dj sampler
Sound Colour FX with sub parameter control – use the studio-quality Sound Colour FX from the DJM-900NXS2 mixer including Sweep, Filter, Crush, Dub Echo, Noise and Space, and fine- tune them using sub parameter control
Release FX – exit complex FX patterns by selecting Vinyl Brake, Echo or Back Spin and twisting the dial
Other features
Active Censor – intuitively control the new Active Censor feature in rekordbox dj. Set in and out points and apply Reverse Roll, Trans, Echo or Vinyl Brake FX to disguise explicit words in tracks. The FX will then be heard whenever the track is played from rekordbox dj
Three bundled licence keys – comes with licence keys for rekordbox dj, rekordbox dvs and rekordbox video
Newly developed crossfader – highly durable and capable of over 10 million movements
OSC sampler – four oscillator sounds
Dual USB port – for smooth transitions between DJs
Brushed aluminium faceplate – high quality and professional design
P-Lock fader cap – locks fader knobs to prevent dropping
A protective case for the DDJ-RZX will be available. Made from lightweight, durable materials, it has a robust, black metal frame to keep your controller safe during transit. It also features built-in carry handles and wheels for easy transportation (to be sold separately).
DDJ-RZX specifications
Software:rekordbox dj
Input ports:CD/Line x 4 (RCA), Phono x 2 (RCA), Mic x 2 (XLR & 1/4-inch TRS jack)
Output ports:Master Out x 2 (XLR x 1, RCA x 1), Booth Out x 1(1/4-inch TRS jack), Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (1/4-inch stereo jack x 1, 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack x 1)
Other ports:USB x 2 (Type B x 2)
Frequency response:20 Hz ~ 20 kHz (USB, CD/Line, Mic1, Mic2)
Total Harmonic Distortion ratio:0.002% (USB), 0.003% (CD/Line)
S/N ratio:116 dB (USB), 101 dB (CD/Line), 91 dB (Phono)
Power requirements:AC 110 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz
Power consumption:48 W
Maximum dimensions (W×H×D):945 mm × 119.7 mm × 547 mm
Unit weight:15.9 kg
rekordbox video SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
< OS>
Windows: Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (The latest service pack)
Mac: Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9 (Updated to the latest version)
<Minimum system requirements>
CPU: 2.5GHz dual-core IntelⓇ CoreTM i5 or above
Memory: 8GB or more of RAM
Hard Drive: 250MB or more of free space (not including space for storing music files, etc.)
Display resolution: At least 1280 x 768
<Recommended system requirements>
CPU: 2.2GHz quad-core IntelⓇ CoreTM i7 or above
Memory: 16GB or more of RAM
Hard Drive: 250MB or more of free space (not including space for storing music files , etc.)
Display resolution: At least 1280 x 768

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