Pioneer DJ has just announced the DDJ-400, a portable two-channel Rekordbox DJ controller aimed at new DJs. It’s got two small jogwheels, looping controls like those found on a CDJ-2000NXS2 media player, three-band EQs per channel, eight performance pads per deck, and filters plus a DJM-900NXS-style Beat FX section. It also comes with a licence for Rekordbox DJ as well as access to a series of beginner DJ tutorials built within the app.
The DDJ-400 looks similar to Pioneer DJ’s own DDJ-RB controller with the added CDJ-style loop controls and Beat FX. It looks to be a great way to get started spinning with especially if you have club or festival DJing aspirations later on – the layout mirrors what you’d find on a CDJ/DJM set-up found in DJ booths around the world.
It also has easy “next track”, a built-in tutorial system and really simple sharing to Mixcloud, Kuvo and YouTube. Watch out for our review of it soon.
Check out the promo video and photo gallery below.
• The Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 will be available from late June for US$259. Check the Pioneer DJ site for more details.
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