Due for announcement at NAMM later this week, this picture has leaked onto the web via aboutdj.nl of the new Pioneer DDJ-T1 DJ controller. It is a 4-deck Traktor model, and at first glance it looks like a major rival for the S4, the Denon DN-MC6000, and the new Numark NS6 4-deck controller.
It has 4 real channels of digital audio, two of what look like extremely high-quality jogwheels (not surprising considering Pioneer’s CDJ pedigree), what look like world-beating long-throw pitch controls, and interestingly, search strip functionality similar to that on Numark’s high-end DJ controllers.
Basic details came from aboutdj.nl, but lots of questions spring immediately to mind:
- Will it work as an external mixer too or is it just a software unit? (From the picture it looks like there are not many inputs/outputs on the back)
- If it is purely software only, will there be new higher-end models with more input/output options than this one, as well?
- What size is it? It looks pretty big unless those jogwheels are particularly compact – at first assessment it looks wider than all the other comparable controllers, maybe not as deep as the S4 though
- Is it plastic or metal? If that’s an earth pole on the back left, it’s definitely metal!
- Will it work with Rekordbox software, the music library management tool that Pioneer is pushing for users of its CDJs?
As guessed in our DJ predictions for 2011, this is going to be the year of the 4-deck controller, and things are certainly panning out that way. Can’t wait to get the full spec and hear more about this one.
Know any more about this controller? Can you ascertain any more fact from the picture? Let us know in the comments.