Looks like a 2000 nexus, but when you see pads instead of the normal jog wheel you realize that’s new Pioneer DJS-1000…
Pioneer DJS-1000 Review – Introduction
Many professional DJs these days make use of electronic instruments and production gear in their live sets to boost their performances making them creative and unique. With the new interface, the Pioneer DJS-1000 is the ideal piece of gear to place side by side your cdjs and bring your sets to the next level. The new DJS-1000 is very similar to Pioneer’s CDJ-2000NXS2, but it has nothing to do with a cdj. This new Pioneer machine is a standalone Dj sampler that resembles an MPC style machine.
Pioneer DJS-1000 Review – No platter, only pads
Instead of having the big usual jog wheel like any other cdj, the DJS-1000 is dominated by 16 large, multicolored, and velocity-sensitive pads to play your samples with.The multicolor LEDs show you which samples are been played, while Velocity Mode lets you control all sample volumes with the amount of pressure you apply. At the bottom, Pioneer placed a 16 steps sequencer you can use to sequence your rhythms while you are playing your set. You can sync over MIDI and keep everything in time, you’re also able to use the “Beat Sync” function which synchronizes the output beat with any track playing through a CDJ-2000NXS2 using the Link feature. You can sample and synchronize the input sounds and immediately use them as tracks to play in a loop.
Pioneer DJS-1000 Review – Key Features
The DJS-1000 is great for already established DJs that posses the CDJ-2000NXS2 or XDJ-1000MK2, they will be able to get most out of it. The 7-inch touch screen is neat and shows you all loaded samples, BPMs, and the different encoders FX settings. The touch strip gives you the ability to drop drum rolls and other interesting loopy effects, pretty similar to NI’s strips. Instead of live sampling the tracks from the input sources you can load your USB drive and load your pre-tought samples. When you get your DJS-1000 it’ll come with over 2,500 pre-installed set of samples out of the box from Loopmasters.
USB Storage Support:
- Power cord
- LAN cable
- USB cable
- RCA pin cable
- Operating instructions
- Width 320 mm
- Height 110.1 mm
- Depth 421.6 mm
- Weight 5.4 kg
Pioneer DJS-1000 Review – Finalization
None of Pioneers rivals are making something like the DJS-1000, thus making Pioneer the only produces of an “MPC like CDJ”. We like the new device but we think it’s too expensive for emerging DJs. This plus USB support will make it something you find in clubs and perhaps one day DJs will bring new USB drivers with their samples with them in case they find a DJS-1000 next to the CDJ.