The Dawn of a new Species has arrived, here is the Pioneer CDJ-2000 (also read the info about the Pioneer CDJ-900). We are at the Dawn a new era of new media. The new Pioneer CDJ-series decks play your audio CD with all tricks your used to off course... but there is more.
When used in combination with Rekordbox software a USB device (stick) is the best way of transporting your files to the DJ Booth. A SD card can also be used, on this card also the Waveform info of inserted CD's is stored.
The Pioneer CDJ-2000 is Pioneer's new deck for the Top DJ. With a different types of music sources in mind the CDJ-2000 is aimed for use of Audio on USB/SD/CD/DVD media. To get the best sound quality out of the CDJ-2000, set the Digital Output to 24-bits and use 24-bit WAV files to play.
Most common digital audio formats are supported : WAV (16-bit and 24 bit), MP3 (CBR and VBR (CBR performs better)), AAC and AIFF can be inserted in the CDJ-2000 on CD-R, DVD-R, SD card (or SDHC) or USB media (needs own power supply if it uses more than 500mA).
To gain the most benefits out of the new generation CDJ's you need to use Pioneer's Rekordbox software (included with your CDJ) to act like your iTunes-for-DJs.
CD Player for DJ's
Type of Discs
Audio CD, files on CD, CD-R, CD-RW (finalized), DVD-R
Compatible Media Formats
4Hz ~ 20kHz
16-bits and 24-bits
ProDJ Link (LAN)
4Hz ~ 20kHz
0.0018 % (JEITA)
Signal to Noise Ratio line
AC 220-240V, 50/60Hz
320 x 406 x 107 mm ( WxDxH )
Operating Manual, Power Cord, Control cord, Forced Eject Pin, signal cord, USB cord
Connect the CDJ-2000 via the digital connecter when possible !
To get sound out of the Pioneer CDJ-2000 couldn't be simpler. If you follow these few steps you'll be getting sound in a few seconds. It couldn't be more easy...
Insert the media in any slot that fits (Disc, SD or USB) Press the Button on the left of the display that describes your media best Rotate the Rotary Dial and press it when you see any thing you like Repeat the above step until you've selected a track Press Play
Pioneer Rekordbox (Music Management Software)
Supplied with each CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 is a piece of software called Rekordbox. Please carefully read this DJ Topic about Pioneer Rekordbox Software as this software unlocks lots of possibilities on the CDJ.
Rekordbox works as the central storage location and database for your entire music collection. Make a selection (complete genre, playlists or single tracks) and export them to a USB device for your gigs. Just as if you would be selecting records from your shelves to put them in the record box to take with you for the night. Connect the USB device to the CDJ when you perform and you see the same playlists on the CDJ as you've prepared at home on Rekordbox. You can play that playlist or change it's order or add track as you feel like. There are so much things to do, just read the dedicated Rekordbox topic.
The features marked with this icon have have benefits from usage of Rekordbox software. As Rekordbox will be compatible with all future Pioneer decks this might be a reason to start using it. Rekordbox software will be supplied with each compatible decks. CDJ-400 and MEP-7000 are NOT compatible with Rekordbox nor will they ever be.
Pioneer ProDJ Link
Via a RJ45 connector on the back, a network cable can be used to hook up multiple CDJ-2000's and or CDJ900's so they can share their music collections (on inserted USB/SD devices). It's possible to connect 2 CDJ's directly to each other with a network cable. You can connect 3-4 CDJ's with a network switch/hub. All music on inserted SD cards/USB devices will be shared amongst all connected players. This enables you to play from the same huge music collection on all decks.
As the CDJ supports the HID protocol, you can use the CDJ directly to a Timecode software system if you still need to use software in the DJ Booth. But with the easy-to-use browse system there's hardly a need for that.
To use the MIDI from the CDJ-2000 you need to connect the USB cable to your computer as this information is NOT transmitted via the network cable.
Build in Sound Card
When connected to a computer, it will recognize an audio device and install the proper drivers. When using mix software you can now select the sound card of the CDJ-2000 as output device. This means that you do not need to connect your laptop/computer to the mixer, but use the output of the CDJ instead.
This touch sensitive strip can be used to drop the needle on the spot you see in the Waveform. Play a track and hold the platter with your hand (Vinyl Mode must be activated) or press play again to put it in Pause mode.
Scrub the Needle Search strip Hold your finger to play from that location
When you release your finger from the strip the needle is moved to the spot you touched last. You can now fine tune it with the platter and set your Cue Point or start playback.
0.5 Frame Accurate Cue Point
Pioneer has double the number of positions where you can set a Cue Point. In the older CDJ-series CD player you could set a Cue Point at any audio frame, this means that each second contains 75 frames. But with the CDJ-2000 you can set a Cue Point half way an audio frame, making a total of 149 possible places to set a Cue Point... in each second!
To set a Cue Point you just hold the platter down while playing and search for the right spot by rotating it (assuming you've got Vinyl Mode activated!). Then press the Cue button to set the Cue Point to that location. To move the Cue Point a frame forwards or backwards you need to press the Search buttons /. The first time you press it, only the white ring on the Jog Display will light up, indicating the Cue Set mode is activated. The following presses of the Search buttons/ move the Cue Point 0.5 frame forwards or backwards.
Memorize your Cue/Loops
With the dedicated buttons for storing and recalling Loop/Cue information you can easily create your own favorites that will be stored on SD card (when CD playback) or on the USB Device from which your playing tracks.
Press the MEMORY button when you've got your track is Cue-ed or when in Loop playback to store this info instantly without interrupting audio playback.
You can recall your stored Cue/Loop information by pressing the Call buttons. The CDJ will search for the NEXT or PREVIOUS stored Cue/Loop point from your current position. This information is visible by a marker above the Waveform in the lower section of the display.
Quantize your Hot Cues and Loops
This function only works when you've got your tracks in the USB device with Rekordbox software. Rekordbox stores a beat-grid with each track, which can be adjusted in Rekordbox. Once this is done and the Quantize function is activated on the CDJ the setting of Real time Cue (Loop In), Loop Out and the Hot Cue's will be synced with the Beat Grid that Rekordbox has prepared. This makes sure that all your loops are in sync (if your beat map is).
While playing and Quantize active, press Loop In to set a Cue Point on-the-fly, You can recall this Cue Point by pressing the Cue Button. A loop-in point is always the same as your Cue Point (Pioneer standard feature). You'll notice that when you make a normal Cue Point the Loop In button flashes meaning a Loop In point has been set.
Improved Jog Wheel
The Jog Dial of the Pioneer CDJ-2000 is once again improved when compared to that of the CDJ/DVJ-1000. There have been improvements so that it feels more direct. There is a new internal structure and a new surface layer for better grip.
The rim on the Jog Dial is now illuminated by a 4-point LED ring. This ring marks all sides of the Jog Wheel so you always know where it is, even in the darkest DJ Booth.
The Illumination flickers the last 30 seconds of a track and flickers fast the last 15 seconds to indicate that the track is about to be finished in a few seconds.
Jog Wheel feeling/tension Adjust
As a result of feedback of DJs, Pioneer has widened the range of the Jog Adjust. This control sets the amount of resistance or tensions the Jog has when you rotate it.
The heavier you set this, the more resistance the jag has, the faster it stops after a backspin. When set in the most heavy setting the Jog stops moving as soon as your fingers stop touching the surface of the platter.
Just above location where the yellow CDJ-800MK2 and CDJ-1000mk3 text is placed in this image you will find the appropriate feeling. As you can see you can now adjust it even wider for better fitting your needs.
Vinyl Speed Adjust
These two controls let you set the time needed to perform a start or stop in vinyl mode.
When Vinyl mode is deactivated these rotaries have no function.
With the Touch/Brake rotary you set the time needed for the deck to slow down to a complete stop once the play button is pressed again to Pause playback. This simulates the power off function of a traditional vinyl player.
The Release/Start rotary selects the time needed to get to full playback speed from Pause mode. This simulates the slow starting of a vinyl deck.
Sometimes you can use this wisely to end a track in a break, mostly you would want this settings both as fast as possible (why else playing with CD) so just like this picture is a good setting.
The 6.1'' LCD display is split in 2 sections mode. There are 2 sets of 4 buttons. The row on the left of the display selects the media source, the row above the display selects operational and information modes.
In the upper part of the screen you see all the track information, this part works together with the Rotary Dial (on the right of the display). You move the highlighted bar with the Rotary Dial and choose your selection by pressing it. Just above the rotary Dial is the BACK button to go one step back.
Display Bottom Section
The bottom part shows all information you would normally see on a CDJ with one big difference. All information and the Waveform is in a much more detail than before. The high resolution of the display offers the possibility to show a very detailed, two colored waveform. The darker parts mark the section where beats might occur. When Cue Points are stored for a track, the positions have a red arrow shaped marker below the Waveform. The Hot Cue/Loop points have a marker above the Waveform with the appropriate letter above it.
The row buttons on the left of the display select the media source you want to use (Link, USB, SD and Disc). The last three are obvious off course, but the Link button opens up the world for the CDJ-2000.
When Link is selected, all the USB/SD devices that are connected to all CDJ2000's in the link can be selected and browsed through. With the same convenience as you would browse the local USB stick you can now browse through all USB devices in all players. This mean that you only need to bring 1 USB Device/Hard disk drive to the venue, no matter how much decks you use (max 4).
The row buttons above the display selects the showing information (Browse, Tag List, Info and Menu). The Browse screen is what you'll use the most to select and find tracks. The Tag List is explained below.
Playlist History record
When you playback audio from SD/USB Devices the CDJ stores the tracks you played in your set in a playlist. This playlist can be recalled later and when the Device is synced with Rekordbox, all these lists will be transferred to Rekordbox. This way you can easily check what tracks you've played in a venue and when. These Playlists can be altered with Rekordbox software.
The CDJ also storage the number of times a track is played. In Rekordbox you can see your most played tracks.
Browsing Libraries and Folders
The Browse functionality depends weather or not any library information is stored on the SD-card/USB device with Rekordbox software (free with each CDJ). When no database information is found on the device you browse folder like you would browse the device on your computer.
When you use Rekordbox software you will see a list of possible browse options like Artist, Track, Genre, Album etc. You can set the options and their order how you would like to see them with Rekordbox software. Select one with the Rotary Dial and press it to select.
If you use a USB device which is exported from Rekordbox you will see a nice list of available tags to browse by. You can browse by tags like Artist, Track, BPM or Rating. Use the Rotary to select the tag and press it to show the listing.
If you don't like your choice press the Back button above the Rotary. You can also select the Search option from this list to search in your whole Library.
The contents and order of this list can be changed with Rekordbox. If you don't use Rekordbox the tag list is not visible and you will have the file browser instead.
When your browsing a file listing you can press the Menu button to select the sorting order. This does not work when browsing folders or categories and only when tracks are exported from Rekordbox.
The Menu Button works only when you browsing tracks. Hold the Menu Button to enter the settings menu of the CDJ-2000.
When the Menu is pressed it pops up a selection window where you can select the ID3 tag that should be use the sort the current listing. Scroll through the list with the Rotary and press to select the track.
The contents of the popup can be selected and ordered with Rekordbox.
If you keep the Rotary pressed during browsing for 1 second you speed up browsing by activating the Jump mode. When you have a very long listing you can start the Jump Mode to browse the list by the letter (or by the page when you don't use Rekordbox software). This makes browsing through your Collection go a lot faster (per page or per letter).
The Info screen shows you more details of the tracks you've currently loaded. You can use the rotary to select any of the Tag information and browse that category by pressing the Rotary, you can easy find more tracks from an artist or in a certain genre/album/etc.
The Tag List temporarily marks tracks that you would like to play. It is just like you would stick your record up in the record case during a performance to select to upcoming tracks. You can temporarily mark tracks which you would like to play next from any connected source and use this as a quick list to place requests in.
The Tag List can hold up to 60 titles in total. You can also select whole categories or folders, just as long as you stay below the 60 tracks. The Tag List is emptied when you remove the USB device holding the tracks or when the CDJ is powered down.
Keyword String Search
One of the browse options is Search, select it with the Rotary. You can now perform a string search in your Library. You need to use the Needle Search strip to enter the string you are searching for.
You drag your finger over the Needle Search strip when you see the alphabet above it. As long as you drag your finger across the letter above your finger will be highlighted/selected. When you release your finger you enter the letter. You delete a letter by dragging/pushing at the 'x' mark sign on the right side of the strip.
Searching is performed after each letter that is entered and results are shown instantly. You can search for 'mus' to find a track with that string anywhere in the tags that are in the Rekordbox database (on the USB Device) that contain the string 'mus' like a track with title 'We love the Music' or artist like 'The Telmustards'.
The CDJ-2000 is equipped with a History Listings storage function that stores your played playlist. This listing can be imported to Rekordbox so you can save the sets you've played at a certain venue to listen again. Or use these Playlists as a start point for a next performance.
Hot Cue & Hot Loop
The buttons are increased in size when compared to the CDJ-1000mk3 so they're easier to hit.
It is possible to record up to 3 Hot Cue/Loop Points (per disc when CD is used, per track when USB media is used). You start playback if any of the buttons is illuminated Yellow (Hot Loop) or Green (Hot Cue).
Activate the Record mode by pressing the Rec button below the row of Hot Cue buttons. Hot Loops/Cues can be recorded by pressing the designated buttons (A, B and C). Red illumination means that you will record a new Hot Loop/cue when you press any of these buttons.
If the player is in Loop Play, a Hot Loop will be recorded under the button you've pressed. When that player is NOT in Loop Play (or paused in a Loop) a normal Hot Cue is recorded.
For tracks played from SD/USB devices you can keep the Rec button pressed to Call all the stored points. The Hot Cue buttons will start to blink (green = Cue, Yellow = Loop), press the blinking buttons to Load the point to the Hot Cue button.
There is no need to delete a Hot Cue/Loop, simply overwrite an existing one.
The last used Hot cue's/Loops will be written on the SD Memory card (when used with audio CDs). When a disc is inserted with pre-recorded Hot Cue's, they will flash. When you press it once, the Hot Cue or Loop will be loaded (this takes a second, in the mean while, arm the other Hot Cue's as well.
SD Memory Card
The SD Memory card slot be used to insert SD(HC) cards with media files on it so it acts like a USB device. The maximum capacity of the SD card you can use is 32 GB. Format SD cards up to 2 GB at FAT16, use FAT32 for SDHC cards.
The SD Memory card can be used to store waveform information for inserted CDs. Per disc you can store 3 hot cue's and 100 cue Points per CD for thousands of CD's. As the smallest card today is about 64MB this at least gives you the possibility to store info for 50.000 CD's.
The lever switch has been improved (when compared to the CDJ-1000mk3) as it's now mechanically switching faster and more direct.
Use this lever switch to playback in reverse direction, without the loss of tempo or pitch and without stopping or starting the track.
Reverse can also be used with the Hot Cue and the Loop Sampler functions to create endless combinations and effects.
Standard Pioneer CDJ-series Features
Faster Searching using the Jog
When you are holding the Track Search button / and rotate the Jog you will scroll very fast through the discs index. 1 Rotation skips about 30 tracks.
When you hold down the regular Search button / and rotate the Jog dial, you will search at a faster speed. Fast Search is performed in the direction of which the jog is rotated so it can also be done backwards.
In both cases (track or regular search), it doesn't matter which of the Search Buttons you press (/or/), the direction of the rotation of the Jog determines the direction.
Cue Stutter Continue
Just like on any CDJ you can use the Cue Button to sample play from your Cue Point. As long as you hold the Cue Button the CDJ plays the track from the Cue Point onwards. When the cue Button is released the CDJ instantly returns to the Cue point and is ready for a restart.
The CDJ-2000 also provides a way to continue playing. When you are holding the Cue Button and the CDJ is playing, you can continue by simultaneously pressing the Play Buttononce. When you now release the Cue Button playback will continue.
Eject Canceling & Auto Resume Play
When you press the EJECT button , playback will stop and the player prepares for the Eject. Before it shows you 'EJECT' (about 1 second), you can cancel the Eject by pressing the Play Button . This will not prevent the sound from stopping, but it continuous playing a lot faster than when it would perform a full Eject.
When the disc does get ejected and is inserted it again, playback will continue from the point where it was ejected (track number and time is remembered). This point is being stored in the memory of the CDJ for as long as no other CD is inserted, or the power has been turned down.
Real Time Seamless Loop
Set a loop quickly and simple, while a track is play. Once set, it can be looped continuously until the Reloop/Exit button is used. When released, the track continues without a pause. To create a loop you press Loop-In and Loop-Out on the desired position on the CD.
You can do this on-the-fly in real time, or you can use the jog/pause mode to get the exact position. Remember the the CUE point you set is the same as the Loop-In point. You can also use the Loop-In button to set a CUE point on-the-fly.
Hit the Reloop button for instant access to the beginning of the loop stored in internal memory. This can be done while the loop is playing, or at any time during the play out of the current track, allowing DJs to create amazing sample effects. The same loop is always stored in memory until replaced with a new loop.
Loop In / Out Adjust
Fine-tune loops quickly and easily by adjusting both the In and Out points. The result can be save to MMC or internal memory.
This 100 mm linear high-precision slider is connected to a adjustment indicator on the display panel to give DJs total control and ensure that tempo adjustment is easy and accurate.
The accuracy declines when a higher pitch scale is selected:
Resets the tempo to 0% or the original tempo of the track, regardless of the slider’s position. The button has been recessed to prevent accidental selection.
Move the Jog Dial forwards or backwards to either speed up or slow down the tempo of a track. When the player is in Vinyl mode only the outer ring of the jog gives you this feature.
The CDJ-2000 can be set in either Vinyl or CDJ mode. In CDJ mode, the Jog Dial still functions, but without the touch sensitivity.
"Wide" Pitch Control
The pitch control function has an incredible range of +100/- 100%. This means that you can use new sound effects from opposite ends of the sound spectrum and also match the BPM of their played track with virtually any other music. When combined with the Master Tempo functionality of the CDJ the digital effect can be used to uplift your performance even more.
This world-famous, Pioneer invented, function locks the pitch of a track, even when its speed is changed. DJs can speed up or slow down the beat, without any difference to the sound of the vocals and instruments. The pitch-bends that you do while cueing up your record will be unnoticeable for the audience.
This function also makes it possible to mix-in an acapella tracks to a beat, you can pitch-bend the accapella live without anyone noticing it.
Play with this function in WIDE pitch range and using the Master Tempo with extreme low pitch (-90%).
This is the fastest way for DJs to find the first beat of a track, although it can be turned off for manual cueing. Also new is that the level where the Auto-Cue sets its point can be adjusted in a wide range of positions.
Indicates BPM for the current track. The BPM counter also reads and displays the BPM when the player is in Pause. Without an headphone you can use it to cue up the tracks with an accuracy of 1 BPM, the rest is done with your headphone on your head.
Fader Start / Back Cue Start
A track on the CDJ-2000 can be started by sliding the cross fader, if the deck is connected to any Pioneer mixer. Sliding the fader back will return the
Legato Link Conversion
Pioneer’s wide range Legato Link Conversion technology delivers high quality audio by reproducing sound frequencies above 20 kHz, which are lost during normal CD-format playback. This not only delivers excellent audio reproduction, but also sounds closer to the original recording.
An oil-dampened floating suspension system prevents sound skipping, even when the player is subjected to impact during use or to vibrations generated by high volume music and low frequency bass.
The CDJ-2000 can be used to play music from lots of different media and in a lot of different formats. You can insert the discs that carry one of the following logo's and have these descriptions : CD-DA (audio CD), CD-R/-RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+r/+RW,DVD-r DL (dual layer) and DVD+R DL (dual layer).
You cannot use video files stored on a disc (DVD) as such, only music files are recognized by the CDJ. Some Copyright protected CDs add stuff so the disc does not comply anymore with the Red Book CD standard so the CDJ might not read it. The player is CD-Text compatible so it displays this information in the display, when multiple tags are found the first one will show up.
You can playback music files stored as MP3, WAV, AAC and AIFF files. These files can be stored on any of the above discs or on an SD card or USB device. A larger folder tree means more time is needed for the CDJ to read the folders, keep this as tidy as possible. In all three situations the following file limitations apply :
Folder tree is max. 8 levels deep
Max. number of folders on disc (CD/DVD) : 2.000 Max. files on disc (CD/DVD) : 3.000 Max. files per format (CD/DVD) : 999
Max. number of folders on media (SD/USB) : 10.000 Max. files on media per folder (SD/USB) : 10.000
CBR & VBR MP3 files [.mp3]
Audio Layer-3 sampling with frequencies 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and a bit rate from 32 Kbps to 320 Kbps
Audio Layer-3 sampling with frequencies 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz and a bit rate from 16 Kbps (stereo) to 160 Kbps
AAC files [.aac .m4a .mp4]
MPEG-4 AAC LC
Sampling frequencies of 16kHz, 22.05kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and a bit rate from 16 Kbps to 320 Kbps
ID3 Tags : Versions 1.0 / 1.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4. Display will show Title, Album , etc. JPEG image embedded in ID3 tag is displayed as jacket photo.
WAV files [.wav]
16-/24bit non compressed PCM format and sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz and 48kHz
AIFF files [.aif .aiff]
16-/24bit non compressed PCM format and sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz and 48kHz
Nie normaal !!! I LOVE IT!!! Ik heb hem volledig doorlezen en vind het echt een mooie topic
Nu weet ik weer waarvoor gespaard Weet iemand in welke prijsklasse deze CDJ 2000 komt. Gewoon om een idee te hebben hoelang ik zal moeten sparen Nu nog die 2 CD spelers een mijn pioneer set is volledig
Een hele mooie speler alleen doen ze in de filmpjes net of alles nieuw is, zelf de hotcue's . Dat vind ik jammer. Verder zal het echt wel een super speler zijn om mee te werken, daar twijfel ik niet aan.
touch/brake functie zit nog een bug in. Gisteren na 4 uurtjes stopte de cd ipv dat hij langzaam uit liep. In de speler zat tevens ook een met rekordbox voorbereidde USB stick. Zelf heb ik 't probleem nog niet gehad, collega DJ's had ik er wel over gehoord.