Pioneer CDJ-1000 MK2  Top Level Digital CD Deck (discontinued)

Submitted by Lead  Flag on 12-06-2003 @ 09:12
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The Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 digital deck is still taking the DJ industry by storm. With the incredible feel and performance of vinyl at their fingertips, professional DJs insist on using this world-famous unit to play out in the coolest clubs around the globe.

Working as closely as ever with these star performers, Pioneer continues to change the face of DJing with the launch of the intuitive CDJ-1000MK2. Its perfectly fine-tuned Jog Dial – the heart of Pioneer’s groundbreaking vinyl emulation technology – means increased sensitivity, creativity and control for DJs. Cueing, scratching and stretching a track in Vinyl or CDJ mode feels smoother and easier than ever before. And with even finer adjustments to tempo control, manual Pitch bending has never been more accurate. Even when you're used to the feeling of the CDJ-1000 the MK2 opens up a total new world of enjoyment of the Jog Dial.

The CDJ1000MK2 boasts an outstanding internal memory feature too, allowing DJs to store cue and loop points as well as Pioneer’s innovative graphical wave data. All of this information can also be saved to a removable Multimedia Card (MMC) – and because this is so popular with DJs, a MMC now comes free with every unit.

Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 Product Image
Product Type
CD Player for DJ's
Type of Discs
Disc Format
CD, CD-R and CD-RW
Frequency Response
4Hz ~ 20kHz
0.006 % (JEITA)
Signal to Noise Ratio line
115 dB
Power Supply
AC 220-240V, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption
33 W
320 x 370 x 105 mm ( WxDxH )
Net Weight
4,2 kg
Operating Manual, Power Cord, Control cord, Forced Eject Pin, MMC card 16MB

Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 detailed close upFinish

This is a close up of the cover of the CDJ1000mkII so you can see the finish of it, watch for the brushed looks of it... I know some cases where people have polished their CDJs to get a very glossy outside. I did a mod once to replace the Touch Sensitive plate with one of the DVJ-X1, this is a metal disc so it give a much nicer feeling.

CDJ-1000MK2 Memory Storage Information

The CDJ-1000MK2 has an Internal memory for 10 points per disc for 100 discs.On the MMC you can store per disc a total of 100 points, all waveforms and 3 Hot Cue's.

4 MB............................................ max 2.600 discs
8 MB............................................ max 5.200 discs
16 MB and larger........................... max 10.000 discs (player limit)

Wave Display

Pioneer CDJ1000MK2 Main displayAllows DJs to read the CD visually (just like the "groove contrast" on a vinyl record) and to find a cue/break point quickly and easily.

The data can be stored on the internal memory or on a Multimedia Memory Card ? either way the information will be read and displayed every time a CD is loaded. At the start of the track you can preview the total track and check where the breaks are so you can decide where you're going to mix in the next track.

Wave Zoom

Increase the detail of wave data shown in the display (x2 Zoom). When zoomed-out the total bar reflects the total track. When zoomed-in each pile of dots represent 6 seconds op of the track.

Wave Search (Zoom)

Scroll the wave data shown in the display window from the beginning to the end of a track, for easier cue or loop point setting. Adjust it to show the desired area in advance of the current playing address

CD Text / Wave

Switch the display between the Wave or CD Text mode. Both cannot be displayed at the same time. When CD-text is displayed you can press the text/wave search buttons to show either the Track information or the Artist information.

Playing Address

Check the current playback position with the bar graph?s visual representation of the track?s progress, just like checking the position of the needle on vinyl. The length of the bar shows the current position and flashes to give advance notice (30 seconds) when the track is about to end.

BPM Counter

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.

Tempo Playback Display

Indicates the percentage of Tempo adjustment ? controlled by the Tempo Slider. When changing the tempo always watch the pitch position on the display. Other than with vinyl the display has to change before the real pitch will change. So it's not an analogue scale that is converted just for displaying purposes, but the real pitch position is displayed.

Tempo Range

The tempo range is displayed depending on the Tempo Control setting. Selectable ranges are : 6%, 10%, 16% and WIDE (100%).

Time Mode / Auto Cue

Alternate between time elapsed and time remaining, and also toggle Auto Cue on/off when you keep it pressed for 2 seconds.

Reloop Indicator

Lights up when in Reloop standby mode, or when performing a loop. When the indicator is light up there is still a loop standby which can be recalled by pressing the RELOOP button.

Memory Loop Indicator

Displays a red marker above the Playback Address Display when a loop has been put into the internal memory or on the MMC.

Memory Cue Indicator

Displays a red marker below the Playback Address Display when a CUE point has been put into the internal memory or on the MMC.

Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 Jog DisplayOperation Display

Indicates current play position in frames ? 135 frames for one full rotation. The animated display shows the direction of play - either forward or reverse. one rotation takes about 2 seconds when the pitch in 0% position. When you calculate that back it's rotating speed is about the same as a records playing on 33RPM.

Vinyl Mode Indicator

Illuminated when "Vinyl mode" is selected. When you've got a CDJ-1000MK2 this indicator should ALWAYS light up, otherwise you should have bought a CDJ-100s Thumbs Up.

Vinyl Indicator

Shows when the Jog Dial is touched or paused in Vinyl mode.

Pioneer CDJ1000MKII Hot Cue sectionHot Cue (sampler)

Memorizes up to 3 cue points per CD. These points can then be recalled instantly by hitting either of the A, B or C buttons. This function can also be used as a mini-sampler for vocals, stabs or breaks ? adding extra creativity to any DJ set. These Hot-Cue's are instantly stored on your MMC when one is in the player. Hot-Cue's cannot be stored in the internal memory.


Use this function to playback in reverse, without a 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.

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.

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. MMC card is supplied FREE with every CDJ-1000MK2.


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 playout 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.


Erases all unwanted Cue or Loop points.


Scroll quickly and easily through saved cue and loop points. When you're using the CDJ-1000(MK2) in combination with your MMC these buttons are used very often.

CD Control Buttons

High Quality Aluminum buttons ? Track Search, Search, Cue and Play / Pause.

Jog Dial

In Vinyl mode, the touch-sensitive Jog Dial gives DJs fingertip control of their digital music. Users can stop and cue up tracks, bend and scratch sounds, just as they would with vinyl. In CDJ mode, the Jog Dial lets DJs speed up or slow down tracks, fine-tune cue points and use all the other exceptional CDJ functions. This is control you're used of the jog with the CDJ-500 series, CMX products and the CDJ-100s.

Pitch Bend

Move the Jog Dial (in CDJ mode) 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.

Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 Touch/Break Adjust

Jog Mode

The CDJ-1000MK2 can be set in either Vinyl or CDJ mode. In CDJ mode, the Jog Dial still functions, but without the touch sensitivity.

Scratch Play / Cue

When the CDJ-1000MK2 is in Vinyl mode, the top of the Jog Dial works just like a vinyl deck. Pressing down stops the music and allows DJs to scratch or cue a track simply by rotating the Jog Dial in either direction.

Vinyl Speed Adjust Touch/Brake

Allows DJs to adjust the speed at which the CD slows down until stopping.

Vinyl Speed Adjust Release/Start

DJs can adjust the speed it takes to start normal playback.

"Wide" Pitch Control

The pitch control function has an incredible range of +/- 100%, which means that DJs 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.

Master Tempo

This world-famous 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 accapella tracks to a beat, you can pitch-bend the acapella without notice.

Tempo Control

This new 100 mm linear high-precision slider is connected to a 0.02% (at +/- 6%) 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 heigher pitch scale is selected. In the 10% and 16% range the accuracy is 0.05%. When the WIDE range is selected the accuracy is 0.1% which is small enough to do good mixing.

Tempo Control Range

Ranges of +/- 6%, +/-10%, +/-16% and the new +/-100% (wide) can be assigned to the Tempo Control slider to offer a greater range of adjustment than on any previous Pioneer CDJ deck. A much tighter 0.05% adjustment level at the +/- 10% and 16% tempo control range means even more precise control.

Tempo Control Reset

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. Play with this function in WIDE pitch range and using the Master Tempo with extreme low pitch (-80%).

Relay Play

Connecting 2 x CDJ-1000MK2s with a standard 3.5mm mini-plug cable allows one unit to be put on standby whilst the other plays. Relay Play automatically starts the second player, so the two can be played 'back to back' to provide a continuous music playback.

Multi-Read Format

The CDJ-1000MK2 can read CD, CD-R and (un-finalized) CD-RW discs.

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.

Auto Cue

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.

Manual Cue

Cue points can be set anywhere on the CD, in either Vinyl or CDJ mode, by making adjustments with the Jog Dial or manual search buttons.

The cue point is stored in the deck?s internal memory* until it?s overwritten by a new cue point. A cue point is automatically stored on the Multimedia Memory Card (MMC) once it has been inserted into the CDJ-1000MK2.

Real Time Cue

Press the In/Real Time cue button to set a cue point instantly, then save it to the internal memory.

Fader Start / Back Cue Start

A track on the CDJ-1000MK2 can be started by sliding the cross fader, if the deck is connected to any Pioneer mixer. Sliding the fader back will return the track to the cue point previously selected on the unit.

Eject Button & CD Lock

The CDJ-1000MK2 includes a guard to stop the eject button being pushed accidentally. The CD can also be locked for extra security, when activated no CD can be ejected while the player is in PLAY mode.

Safety features

To prevent the accidental ejection of a CD or loss of mains power, the CDJ-1000MK2 has safety guards around the power and eject buttons as well as a locking feature.

Front Loading

Loading CDs without having to open doors or trays makes swapping discs and selecting tracks that much faster. The player?s working parts are also kept clean and dirt-free.

Shock-Proof Memory

Sound jumps and track skips are prevented by using a 16 second shock-proof memory for normal CD play (minimum of 10 seconds if scratching and reading wave data at the same time in Vinyl mode).


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.

Digital Output

The CDJ-1000MK2 includes this function in response to the demands of the pro-DJ market. When the deck is being used in digital out mode, all of its features ? including its superior digital sound quality ? are carried over to the connected digital environment.

What do you think about Pioneer CDJ-1000 MK2 ??

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There are 9 Comments

  Flag boomer wrote on 08-08-2004 @ 07:39
why is this deck not as popular?? can u play any k bitrate file for example standard cd is 192kps but could u play say 228 or above or is it just the standard 192kps cd for the pioneers
  Flag Lead wrote on 17-04-2005 @ 22:46
This is probably the most popular Pioneer CDJ at this moment.

Pioneer has only 1 deck that plays MP3 at this moment and that is the Pioneer DMP-555
(discontinued 2004). The DMP plays various MP3 formats so CBR and VBR
will not be a problem. The range of bitrate that you give will not be a
problem for the DMP to play, but no other Pioneer CDJ's (or cmx's) play
MP3. Check this to read the discussion in our forums.

[update] For MP3 : Pioneer CDJ-200
  Flag sebastiaan wrote on 07-06-2005 @ 15:45
de beste
  Flag Lead wrote on 03-08-2005 @ 18:11
See this demonstration movie that was made by Pioneer Japan : Check
  Flag Sebas wrote on 28-08-2005 @ 14:39
 pioneer has now the CDJ 200, that plays mp3 files
  Flag dion wrote on 13-02-2006 @ 10:59
het is en blijft een mooi apparaat
  Flag dennislouwen wrote on 05-05-2006 @ 21:20
weet iemand hoe je de single play mode uitzet. leuk als je gewoon een mix cdtje wil luisteren! ??
  Flag the-melody wrote on 06-10-2006 @ 21:15
Autocue afzetten mss?
  Flag DJTruth wrote on 31-05-2009 @ 16:48
@ Dennislouwen,

Je moet de autocue button ingedrukt houden.
De autocue verdwijnt dan in het scherm
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