Pioneer held a big event at the Ministry Of Sound tonight to introudce their new DJ kit and we were excited to get our hands the Pioneer CDJ-2000. Set to go on sale in November for a pro-price of £1499, it's a seriously fully featured CD turntable that Pioneer hopes will banish laptops from the DJ booth.
The Pioneer CDJ-2000 will accept USB sticks, external hard drives and SD cards and will save the mixes you've done during your set on to them for you to review later. It works in conjunction with Record Box, Pioneer's own software which lets you grab music from your laptop and load it on to a hard drive, SD card or USB stick to hook up to the CDJ-2000.
The large 6.1in screen allows you to see any song data you want from wave forms to album art while a touch-sensitive panel called the "Needle Pad" lets you skip to specific points in the song you're playing.
The Pioneer CDJ-2000 will play nicely with Serato and Traxtor to make it easy for DJs to work together whatever their kit and will also link up to three other CDJs. Each Pioneer CDJ-2000 has its own IP address too, flagging up a seriously connected future for Pioneer kit.
As you can see, Pioneer's Record Box software is quite simple but extremely customisable, allowing you to flick very quickly though your music collection, even if it's substantial.
The Pioneer CDJ-2000 is the first in a new line of DJ devices from Pioneer, so expect to see a lot more releases from the firm soon.