Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 Professional DJ Multi-Player

Cat#: PION-CDJ-3000
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Format: Vinyl
£2,169.00

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The evolution of a legend
Since 1994’s debut of the CDJ-500 – the world’s first flat-top CD DJ player – each new flagship CDJ model has become a favorite to many of the most respected DJs and clubs around the globe. The ground-breaking CDJ-1000 enabled more performance techniques, such as scratches that were previously only possible on analog turntables. Then, the CDJ-2000 ushered in rekordbox and Pro DJ Link. For the first time, DJs could manage music before exporting it to USB drives to use with the multi players. Subsequent features such as Wave Display (for better understanding the musical development of tracks) and Beat Sync have made mixing more intuitive. In 2016, the CDJ-2000NXS2 became the first choice for clubs, festivals, and DJs all over the world who perform with digital music files, thanks to its improved feature set and outstanding sound quality.

The CDJ has evolved significantly since the 1990s. And, while the CDJ-3000 is in many ways unrecognizable from the early units, it retains the ambition and purpose that have always driven the CDJ range: to provide you with an intuitive, great-feeling interface that gives you the power to manipulate the music any way you can think of (and in some ways you might not have imagined).

When you’re performing, you need to know the decks can make your creative vision a reality and handle everything you throw at them. Pioneer DJ have designed the CDJ-3000 to do that and more.

The new MPU in the unit is the first Pioneer DJ have ever put in a CDJ. It drives the unit, delivering stable performance and enabling advanced new features, and it works with the other parts of the player to create a smoother DJ experience. For example, you’ll notice that tracks and Hot Cues load faster than ever thanks to the capabilities of the MPU and Gigabit Ethernet connection. The CDJ-3000 is a rekordbox Hardware Unlock device too. So, to use Performance mode, all you need to do is to update to the latest version of the software, even if you’re using the Free subscription plan.

You pour your heart into your DJ sets, so all your hard work and creativity deserves to be felt by your audience. The crowd will hear your tracks, and every nuance of your performance, in rich detail thanks to the brand-new audio design in the CDJ-3000.

You won’t just hear the improvements in the CDJ-3000 – you’ll see them too.
You can choose the information you want to view in laser-sharp detail on the 9- inch touch screen, which is bigger and a higher resolution than the one on the CDJ-2000NXS2. They’ve kept the intuitive user interface so you’ll feel at home, but added handy new controls such as shortcuts to make it easier to jump between different categories in your music collection. New functions such as Touch Preview enable effortless and rapid track selection, and, with a host of other fresh features including Touch Cue, Stacked Waveform, and 3Band Waveform, you’ll always know where the perfect mix points are on the cued track and the one that’s currently playing.

Want to show what you can do and make new music on the fly?
Perform on the CDJ-3000’s enhanced layout as if you’re using a musical instrument. Eight Hot Cue buttons – twice as many as the CDJ-2000NXS2 – are arranged from left to right underneath the waveform display for more intuitive triggering. Operate Beat Jump via the new hardware buttons and hit Key Sync to mix harmonically. You can also create a wider range of loops with the new 8-Beat Loop button which comes in addition to the classic 4-Beat control.

Feel is so important when you’re DJing
Whether you’re making a tiny adjustment to a track’s pitch or performing the most intricate scratch technique. Pioneer DJ redesigned the jog wheel for the CDJ-3000 to create the smoothest action on any multi player we’ve ever made. Touch latency is also better than ever, and you can use the LCD screen in the centre of the jog to keep an eye on the playhead position and reference album artwork.

Features

Advanced MPU
With the new MPU, Pioneer DJ have not only revolutionised the way the CDJ is driven but also made it work in a smoother, more stable way than any of its predecessors. The MPU’s processing power has enabled us to bring exciting new functions that weren’t possible before and gives us scope to introduce more features via future updates.

Pro DJ Link with Gigabit Ethernet
Thanks to the Gigabit Ethernet connection for Pro DJ Link, you can share and play audio files from USB devices and SD cards on up to six CDJ-3000 units when you combine them with the 6-channel mixer such as the DJM-V10.

Better screen visibility
The maximum screen brightness has been improved by more than 150% compared to that on the CDJ-2000NXS2, so you can crank it up depending on the environment you’re playing in and improve visibility.

Tougher components
The high-quality aluminium top plate and redesigned play, cue, and Hot Cue buttons are stronger than ever and the lockable V-Lock power cable*1 guards against accidental disconnections that could interrupt your show. The unit also comes with a high-quality digital cable that’s easy to handle and perfect for use in clubs and professional setups.

Enhanced audio design
The CDJ-3000 unifies internal audio calculation processing to 96 kHz/32-bit floating in all playable audio formats. As a result, the unit can capture the subtleties of the original sound source

High-resolution touch screen with never-seen-before features:

  • Touch Preview:Listen to any part of a track you want to preview by simply touching its waveform in the relevant place in the browse section. If you have multiple CDJ-3000 players connected with the DJM-V10 or DJM-900NXS2 mixer via Pro DJ Link, you can even preview tracks from another player thanks to Link Cue.
  • Touch Cue: Listen to another part of the track that’s currently playing by touching the waveform – the crowd won’t hear what you’re doing. This comes in handy when you need to familiarize yourself with the progression of a track to identify a mix point, especially during DJ handovers and back-to-back sets. Link Cue (see above) even enables you to listen to different parts of the track that another DJ is playing on a separate player.
  • Stacked Waveform: Keep an eye on the enlarged waveform of the track on the master player and the one you want to cue up, all on one screen. Identify mix points and visually check the beatgrids are perfectly lined up at a glance.
  • Support for 3Band Waveform: Understand how a track sounds without even listening to it. 3Band Waveform uses different colors to indicate the volume of each frequency band in files analyzed by rekordbox so you can see the composition of the music just by looking at the waveform. 3Band Waveform comes in addition to the previous RGB and Blue options.

Key Sync and Key Shift
Hit the Key Sync button and the CDJ-3000 will automatically adjust the key of the incoming track to match the one playing on the master deck, helping you craft a smooth and harmonic mix. With Key Shift on the touch screen, you can manually shift the key of a track up or down

Pioneer DJ's Smoothest-ever jog wheel
Featuring a redesigned mechanism inside the jog wheel so it feels slicker than any unit they’ve ever made, and they've reduced the touch latency by half compared to the CDJ-2000NXS2. The LCD screen in the center indicates playhead position and displays artwork for a quick visual reminder of which tracks are loaded on each deck

Eight Hot Cue buttons
Intuitively trigger Hot Cues via the eight buttons that run from left to right underneath the waveform display. The linear positioning makes it feel more natural to select cue points according to their position in the track.

Dedicated Beat Jump buttons
Jump forward or backward from the current playback position in the track by pressing the dedicated Beat Jump buttons. You can set the quantized number of beats to a value of 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 beats.

Advanced Auto Beat Loop section
As well as the popular 4-Beat Loop control from the CDJ-2000NXS2, the CDJ-3000 includes an 8-Beat Loop button for further creative possibilities. Want to make polyrhythmic loops? Use the expanded options for odd-numbered loops to remix sounds on the fly.

Flexible performance options:

  • Play rekordbox-analyzed music from USB drives via Export mode or connect your laptop with USB-HID control to use Link Export or Performance mode. Because the CDJ-3000 is a Hardware Unlock device, you can use Performance mode for free – there’s no need for a paid subscription plan – so you can play all the tracks in your rekordbox library, including any from Beatport/Beatsource LINK and SoundCloud Go+ (subscriptions required for streaming services).
  • You can even connect your iPhone to the CDJ-3000 via a USB cable*2 and mix music directly from the latest iOS version of rekordbox, which supports lossless file types including WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF as well as MP3 and AAC.
  • An upcoming release of Serato DJ Pro will introduce official support for the CDJ-3000, so watch out for news on that.

Pro DJ Link with enhanced lighting support
Sync your sounds with lights thanks to compatibility with the new Pro DJ Link Lighting feature. The CDJ-3000 sends phrase analysis information to rekordbox (PC/Mac) so you can control lighting effects via the RB-DMX1 (available separately) and take your show to the next level.

Additional Information
Specification

Main Features

File Formats
  • ALAC
  • AAC
  • AIFF
  • FLAC
  • MP3
  • WAV
File Systems
  • FAT
  • FAT32
  • HFS+
Compatible DJ Software rekordbox
MIDI Control Yes
ProDJ Link Yes
Pro DJ Link Lighting Yes
What's in the box
  • CDJ-3000
  • Power cord (V-lock*)
  • Digital audio cable
  • Analog audio cable
  • LAN cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Precautions for Use
* Excluding some regions.

Specifications

Width 329 mm
Height 118 mm
Depth 453 mm
Weight 5.5 kg
D/A Converter Asahi Kasei DAC (AK4490EQ)
Frequency Range 4 - 40000 Hz
Distortion < 0.0018 %
Audio Output Level 2.0 Vrms (1 kHz, 0 dB)

Display

Main Display 9-inch, full-color HD LCD touch screen
On Jog Display (Color LCD) Yes

Performance Control

Jog Dial size 206 mm
Hot Cue Yes
Auto Beat Loop Yes
Beat Jump / Loop move Yes
Beat Sync Yes
Key Sync/Key Shift Yes
Slip Mode Yes
Reverse Yes
Vinyl Speed Adjust Yes

Terminals

Playable Media
  • USB storage devices (flash memory/HDD, etc.)
  • SD Card
  • Computers (Mac/Windows PC)
  • iPhone
LAN 1 (1000Base-T)
USB
  • 1 USB A port
  • 1 USB B port
Outputs
  • 1 ANALOGUE (RCA)
  • 1 DIGITAL (Coaxial)