Posted: 22 Jan 2016 21:26
Category: Musical Instruments | Other Musical Instruments
Person Type: Organisation
Location: Asia , China , Beijing
DJs who are looking to purchase a controller are certainly not faced with a shortage of choice these days, with almost every taste and platform catered for by one or more manufacturers. However despite the wide range of choice, one big problem that is faced by all controller DJs is the fact that they will need to take their controller with them to gigs along with the associated hassles of transporting potentially a large piece of equipment, not to mention squeezing it into a cramped DJ booth. Now with the release of their new controller the XDJ-RX are looking at ways to eliminate this kind of problem by releasing a DJ workstation that provides DJs with a system that can be used at home to fine-tune their craft with the all-familiar layout and controls they will find in every DJ booth, but without worrying about carting said controller to the venue. A solid move, as it firms up position in trying to standardise the booth with their Rekordbox software and enabled equipment. DJs need only take a solitary USB stick and a pair of headphones to their gigs - and not worry about their laptops. AT-HOME SOLUTION The XDJ-RX makes absolute sense, a perfect at-home solution for DJs who mix using CDJ players but aren't earning the mega bucks required to own two CDJ 2000NXS players and a 900nexus mixer. For up-and-coming DJs the XDJ-RX represents extremely good value for money and has the same workflow and many of the features from the CDJ 2000NXS players, which means transitioning from a XDJ-RX to a club DJ booth will be very easy. And to be honest it is also ideal for a small club/venue that doesn't require a full-blown Nexus set-up. Another reason the XDJ-RX deserves special attention is that it is a truly stand-alone controller that doesn't need to have a laptop connected, as the USB ports can read USB sticks or hard drives and play music files directly from them, although tracks will need to be analysed using Rekordbox to make full use of the features on offer. Laptops can still be connected via USB or Wi-Fi connection and tracks can even be played from smart phones either wirelessly or via cable, utilising the Rekordbox software or app. The XDJ-RX has almost every single function of a CDJ 2000NXS; the notable exceptions are the SD card slot which is nowhere to be seen, and there is no strip search, but the workflow is identical and DJs will feel instantly familiar with the controls. One big difference between CDJ 2000NXS players, XDJ-1000 players and the XDJ-RX is that while the former units have one screen per deck, the latter uses just one screen, which is shared by both decks and has a visual work-flow more in-keeping with DJ software like Serato DJ. The XDJ-RX comes with a new set of trigger-style pads at the bottom of each deck section below the platter, which can be used in a variety of ways in association with the four mode buttons that sit slightly above these. The loop slice feature is probably the most fun way of messing with tracks, by using the pads to cut up sections over various beat lengths and trigger them (perfectly in time) to create cool cut-style mix effects. The pads can also be used to trigger and delete hot cues as well as trigger traditional loop functions. In use the beat loop and slice modes are a huge amount of fun and are very intuitive to use. While old skool-style DJs are probably going to stick to using the pads for hot cues, tweakers and button pushers will spend hours coming up with sonically devastating drops, breakdowns and effects exactly like we did here at DJ Mag when gave us the chance to get our dirty little mitts on the XDJ-RX.
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