Pioneer’s New Flagship DJM2000nexus DJ Mixer Released

Pioneer DJM2000nexus

Pioneer's DJM2000nexus is designed to sit alongside the company's CDJ2000nexus media players to offer a powerful digital/analogue hybrid DJ system.

Pioneer has released the Pioneer DJM2000nexus, a new top-end club mixer designed to complement the Pioneer CDJ2000nexus media players, and which further blurs the boundaries between club hardware and modular software DJ control systems. The new networked mixer has beat slice, master sync across up to four players including laptops, live sampling (like Traktor's Loop Recorder), and a Midi mode on its colour touchscreen which can directly control DJ software.

The DJM2000nexus achieves a lot of this because Pioneer's Pro DJ Link enables LAN connection of up to four CDJs and two laptops at the same time. That means music stored in rekordbox (pioneer's own DJ library software) on USB or SD cards can be easily shared across players. Effects can be quantised across ProLink, with the unit taking its BPM information from the Rekordbox software.

Other improvements include a peak limiter for club DJs who just can't keep it out of the red, better faders and fader caps, improved sound quality with 32-bit A/D convertoers, switchable isolator (kills) on the EQs, and digital inputs for all channels for improved sound quality when connecting gear with digital outputs (such as the natural pairing, the CDJ-2000nexus).

Some functions of the DJM-2000nexus are planned to be available to DJM-2000 owners at the end of November 2012 via a firmware update. The DJM-2000nexus will be available imminently at a SRP of €2,299 / £1,989. Expect a white version early 2013! ;)

Find out more
• Further details are on the CDJ2000nexus website.
• See all the CDJ2000nexus photos on Facebook.
• Read the DJM2000nexus press release here.

What do you think of this continued blurring between software DJ features and DJ hardware in clubs? Do you think the inclusion of Loop Recorder, quantised effects, and master sync on club gear is a good thing? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Shishdisma says:

    This looks… exactly like the DJM-2000. Literally. With some new faders, and a new touchscreen mode. Interesting.

    • I think the move towards basically DJ controller functions and features is the most interesting thing… together with two CDJ2000nexus players and a laptop, this is basically a club-standard DJ controller system.

      • Well, aside from the sync control and the slicer mode, they haven’t changed anything. This has all been implemented since the 2000 was first released several years ago.

      • A DJ MIDI controller system about 10x the price of a standard MIDI controller like an S2. i can see clubs shelling out for this gear, but why would someone what to shell out $5-6000 for the functions that have been around for quite sometime with other equipment. Now if I had $6000 in disposable income, then that’s a different story.

  2. Here’s a video of Monsta performing with this new toy.
    I say the live sampling/sampler is dope.

    • High-end sound quality and hardware effects! Pioneer mixers last forever, rekordbox almost never EVER crashes. If you want to go sans laptop, it’s the best way

      • Recordbox DOES crash! Or the USB’s do (even the Pioneer ones), either way, it s***s for that kind of money! And I’m a dedicated Pioneer fan, but the biggest mistake of Pioneer is, to ignore the fact that it crashes!

  3. Overpriced like everything Pioneer, but yes it is a beauty…

    • I hear 2 competing arguments here.

      1. Pioneer is overpriced

      2. Pioneer is priced because it’s worth it.

      While I’m years out from even thinking about his level of tech, I wonder;

      For those who say it’s overpriced, what percentage of a general markdown would satisfy you? If the price was a static thing, what other tech/quality could they include that would make it worth the current rate?

      Those who say the price is worth the quality, why?

  4. well its as simply as this… what pioneer are saying with there new range of product is…. its no longer about beatmatching. Its about expression.

    Traktor and Serato are only saved by the fact that they are lower priced cau if pioneer were to lower there package for two nexus decks and mixer to about £2000 . Laptop djing would be DEAD.

    CDJs are 100times more reliable than a laptop.

    The fact that the whole set-up cost 5grand is mad but there market is not the bedroom dj is it…. its the INDUSTRY.

    • What is the ‘industry’ though? Because everyone is always labelling pioneer as the ‘industry standard’ but does anyone even know what that means?!? As what I really think that comes down to is the equipment used in clubs but the real reason this equipment is found in the clubs is because pioneer had the first cdj’s and so to change would be too much of an effort. But this idea that ‘bedroom djs’ have one thing and ‘club djs’ have another is mad as all DJ’s are bedroom djs, some are just get the opportunity to play on other people’s equipment in clubs.

      • Yes exactly, industry standard = what is used in the clubs. And I agree there are many more DJs not using Pioneer than using it. But if you want to play in clubs, you need that familiarity as you’ll be using Pioneer gear almost certainly.

    • at the moment, I wouldn’t call the nexus decks very reliable. I’m sure Pioneer will fix the firmware, but take a look at their customer service forums right now and then tell me how reliable they are.

    • I agree. I just made the point above in a reply on a comment from Phil above.

    • I agree that it would make “club DJ’ing” with a laptop a lot less attractive but I think there are a lot of people who will continue to use smaller digital gear as a mobile set up. (ex. DJ’ing house party’s, bars without installed gear, people who rely on public trans to get to there gigs.) Lugging around Two CDJ’s and a Mixer isn’t “always” possible or practical.

    • I just wanted to add that CDJ’s are, IMO, not 100times more reliable than a laptop. I have turned up to clubs to find that their CDJ’s are in a dire state and have played at clubs where the laser is so close to the end of its life it skips almost constantly.

      I know that my laptop will work regardless of what location I go to because I have spent the time properly maintaining and looking after the computer, where as the venues’ CDJ’s have beat beaten to within an inch of their life by other DJ’s.

      TBH I think CDJ’s and Laptops are only as reliable as each other because human error and mistreatment influences the durability of any product.

      The reason Traktor and Serato are so popular isn’t because of the Pioneer CDJ’s and Mixers being expensive, its because they offer DJ’s lots of options as to how they use the equipment/software, be it Turntables, CDJ’s, Mixers or MIDI controllers. Even if the CDJ2000’s and DJM2000 were £2000, I, and many other people I know, would stick with Traktor or Serato.

      I personally prefer Allen and Heath mixers so will always prefer to use my Traktor Scratch set up with a Xone 62/92 and ideally vinyl or, if I have to, CDJ’s..

    • A dual usb soundcard so you could have 2 laptops plugged in at the same time would have been interesting…

  5. Laptop DJing democratized DJing (with whatever negative comes from that) because by default you save half the cost of the gear (the laptop). Nothing can match that.

    On the other hand, you have Pioneer with extremely overpriced, but still top-notch, gear which however will end up, most probably, as a super high end…controller for Serato/Traktor.

  6. Ive not seen many Pro DJs use the 2000DJM and I dont think this newer version will take off either for the same reasons – just too complicated for its own good. Most pros fall either into the Pioneer DJM900/800 or the A&H Xone 92 camp, as they ‘KNOW’ these mixers, the effects/filters and how loud they can push them without kicking the clubs limiters in. DJ’s also know the promoters can get hold of these with ease as they have been doing so for considerable years.

  7. I bought the DJM2000/CDJ2000s about a year ago and now it’s already outdated?.. man,Pioneer is pushing new products faster than new iPhones… should I expect a DJM3000 by Christmas? lol

    Surely it has to do with the boom in the DJ market (&more people wanna be DJs) and DJ technology and to compete in the DJ world they gotta constantly release new products.. Not gonna lie I feel bummed about this. I miss the times when the DJM800 was the club standard for many many years

  8. When I think about it, the only reason to use gear like the Nexus decks and mixer is to take advantage of the creative features. To do that means getting extensive practice time with them. So, unless you’re a DJ that works in a club and has access to them all the time, that means buying your own ($6,000, before tax, at the lowest current web prices).

    Then, having shelled out the cash and worked up a killer set of skillz that are tied to that gear, you’re faced with hoping that you’ll find the same at most of the clubs you’re booked in, right? But at those prices, only the biggest clubs will invest in a complete Pioneer Nexus setup and even then, how many of the big clubs will be motivated to upgrade, if they currently have perfectly good, high end CDJs and a mixer, that they bought recently? Only the super clubs.

    For the rest of your gigs you’re faced with the hassle of dragging the decks and mixer along with you and and getting it all set up and ready for your set. That’s enough of a chore if you can manage to get to the venue before it opens and work it all out with the sound tech *and* the opening DJs, but of course the reality is that more often you’re going to be showing up while the DJ before you is still mid set. I can tell you from years of experience that it was difficult enough to get my small CDJ-100s plugged (though I got pretty damn good at at it and never messed up the DJ spinning vinyl) but good luck doing this with those 2 huge CDJ 2000 decks AND a large format DJM mixer?

  9. Here’s a question that’s frequently on my mind when I see expensive gear like the Pioneer Nexus series:

    At these prices and with the diminishing number of DJs using CDJs, how many units can they sell? How many clubs and affluent DJS (pro or bedroom) can afford them and will wind up buying them?

    The way I see it, either there are a lot more of the above than I would imagine *or* Pioneer is able to produce these units for incredibly low cost and has such a huge mark up that that they just don’t need to sell very many units to make the models profitable.

    Of course there’s always the possibility that I’m just out to lunch thinking about it in this way? What say ye?

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