The advancements Pioneer has made with the new CDJ-2000 Nexus player could question the need for a laptop in the DJ booth going forward. Some people will be drawn to the Nexus and its ability to take DJing to the next level. Others may see the Nexus as another step towards mediocrity, enabling a new generation of DJs that just need to press play. Features such as Master Sync have already ignited controversy on social media, with tense discussion over the ease of beat matching it provides.
Master Sync presents the opportunity to sync the tempo and beat position of each track playing on a connected CDJ-2000 Nexus player. When multiple Nexus players are linked together via Pioneer’s Pro DJ Link, all are able to sync and follow the tempo set by another player. Even as the DJ adjusts the tempo faster or slower, other players will follow in time and step without losing their beat match. In efforts to further prevent train wrecking, Pioneer has introduced the Quantize feature which allows DJs to trigger cue points and loops exactly on every down-beat.
Nexus & Eats Everything
While already supporting CDs, DVDs, USB sticks and SD cards, the Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus has become the industry’s first DJ player able to source music from an iPod, iPhone or iPad over a Wi-Fi network. Again utilizing the Pro DJ Link, DJs can share one audio source to all players.
Nexus & Laidback Luke
The larger 6.1″ LCD full-color display features a new user interface and improved graphics. Track waveforms can now be magnified up to five times with the Wave Zoom feature. In addition to visual improvements, Pioneer has upgraded the sound quality of its Master Tempo function.
The new and innovative Slip Mode silently continues song playback during execution of a loop, reverse or scratch. Once the loop, reverse or scratch is released, the playback jumps ahead on beat to compensate for the time spent performing the trick. Another key feature is Traffic Light, where tracks are color coded in the playlist browser to represent their musical key. This gives DJs the opportunity to quickly find key-compatible music to create a more dynamic mix.
Nexus & Kissy Sell Out
In order for DJs to take advantage of all of Nexus’ new features, they will need to utilize Pioneer’s music management software rekordbox™. Along with the computer version, Pioneer released a rekordbox™ iOS app which is now available on iTunes for free. App users can analyze waveforms, create playlists, and set cue points and loops all on the go.
- Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus is available from Sept. 6
- Estimated cost $2,400 / 1,800 euros.