New Horizons: rekordbox™ dj performance software

New Horizons: rekordbox™ dj performance software

lets DJs prepare sets and perform WITH the same rekordbox library


NEXT GENERATION: Introducing the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX

– The World’s First Controllers for rekordbox dj



September 10, 2015: Pioneer DJ is heralding a new era of choice for rekordbox users with the release of the rekordbox dj Plus Pack: the DJ performance software that gives DJs the flexibility to use a single rekordbox library whether they’re playing with a controller, CDJs or XDJs.


rekordbox dj draws on Pioneer DJ’s deep understanding of DJs’ needs to deliver incredibly fast software – to ensure a stable performance whatever spec laptop a DJ uses. The software’s GUI precisely mirrors the layout of Pioneer DJ controllers, to give DJs instinctive, effortless control of rekordbox dj’s features. The software is packed with all the usual performance tools – Hot Cues, Sampler, Slicer, Sound Color FX, Beat FX – plus Beat Jump and the industry’s first Pad FX.


Also introduced today are the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX controllers – the first hardware to deliver native control of the new rekordbox dj performance software. The controllers give rekordbox DJs the ultimate flexibility and convenience to prepare their tracks in rekordbox and then get plug-and-play performance with the software, direct from their laptop. The DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX mirror the layout of the software precisely to enable intuitive creative performances. Low latency jog wheels with On Jog Display, multi-colored Performance Pads and a four-channel mixer deliver highly responsive, tactile control. New to these controllers are the beat parameter buttons, Sampler Cue mode, and the Sequencer mode – which lets DJs record and loop sample sequences on the fly. Plus, improved MIC channels deliver a high-quality sound.


The flagship DDJ-RZ takes the creative possibilities even further, sharing all the features of the DDJ-RX, plus a club-quality magnetic crossfader and large jog wheels inherited from the flagship CDJ-2000NXS. The OSC Sampler gives DJs the freedom to trigger and manipulate pre-set oscillator samples – or load their own in rekordbox dj. Two USB sound cards and ports with a top-loaded input switcher enable smooth DJ transitions.


Starting on October 1, 2015, rekordbox 4.0 will be available as a free download on and will remain as a music management software for compatible Pioneer DJ products. The rekordbox dj Plus Pack will be available for a 30-day free trial or purchase within the rekordbox 4.0 software for $129.00.


The DDJ-RZ will be available in late October 2015 with a retail price of $1999.00 and the DDJ-RX will be available in late November 2015 with a retail price of $999.00. Both controllers come bundled with the rekordbox dj Plus Pack (a $129.00 value).


Watch the rekordbox dj walkthrough video.

Learn more about rekordbox dj.


Watch the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX introduction video.

Learn more about the DDJ-RZ.

Learn more about the DDJ-RX.









  • Exceptionally low latency and excellent sound quality


Pioneer DJ has poured more than 20 years’ experience of making DJ hardware and software into the development of rekordbox dj. The result is an incredibly fast piece of software with exceptionally low latency, to give DJs natural, reliable control.


  • Prepare and play from a single rekordbox library


DJs can use rekordbox to manage their music and prepare sets, then perform from that same rekordbox library on a variety of controllers and CDJs. HID support means DJs can also play from the laptop using a CDJ or XDJ set-up.


  • GUI mirrors the layout of Pioneer DJ hardware for intuitive performances


rekordbox dj’s GUI is perfectly matched with the layout of hardware including the newly announced DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX, to give the most effortless, intuitive software performances yet. The FX, waveform, players, sampler and browser exactly mirror the hardware, and DJs can choose from a 2/4-deck horizontal or vertical view to suit their preference.


  • Multi-screen option and enhanced browsing


rekordbox dj gives DJs the option to split the GUI into two screens – one for browsing and the other for the performance features – and toggle them using the space bar. DJs can find tracks quickly and easily using rekordbox’s enhanced browsing options, including Preview, My Tag, Playlist Palette, Related Tracks, Shortcut and artwork display.


  • A host of performance features including new Pad FX


DJs can perform with 2 or 4 decks and choose from a variety of Pioneer DJ controllers to get plug-and-play access to Hot Cues, Slicer and a 16-slot Sampler. Plus:


  • New Pad FX: DJs can create multiple FX chains using all 16 pads.
  • Sound Color FX: customizable sound color FX.
  • Sampler: 16-slot Sampler plus 4 decks means
  • DJs can play with up to 20 tracks at once.
  • Beat FX: 21 quantized Beat FX.
  • Release FX: exit complex FX patterns using a vinyl brake, echo or back spin.
  • Slip Mode: silently continues playback during a loop, reverse or scratch, then brings the music back at the right point afterwards.
  • Quantized Beat Jump: lets DJs jump backwards or forwards from the current playback position.
  • Record: straight to the laptop during performance.





Is rekordbox changing?

No. rekordbox 4.0 (free of charge) is still the music management software DJs have come to rely on, with the same familiar layout and indispensable functionality. But now in-software purchasing gives DJs the option to buy the rekordbox dj Plus Pack ($129.00) or subscribe ($9.90 per month). They can even try before they buy with a 30-day free trial.


What’s new?

Unlocking rekordbox dj’s performance features means DJs can do all their set preparation in rekordbox – adding cues, loops and tags – then just plug their laptop into a controller and play. There’s no need to transfer their library into other software, and they can use that same library to play on CDJs or XDJs too.


Which Pioneer DJ products are supported?

Pioneer DJ products supported from launch are:


  • DDJ-RX and DDJ-RZ controllers for rekordbox dj, announced 9/10/2015
  • CDJ-2000, CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-900, CDJ-900NXS, CDJ-850, CDJ-350
  • XDJ-1000
  • DDJ-WeGO3


Details of more supported products will follow.


What’s next for rekordbox?

Rekordbox dj is the dawn of a new era for rekordbox DJs. Further enhancements, including DVS control and custom MIDI mode are expected soon. New Plus Packs, including video support and additional FX, will also be available – each featuring tight integration with Pioneer DJ products for seamless performances of every kind.


Pioneer DJ continues to work with Serato and other software companies to deliver a choice of hardware that supports the whole DJ community. The first of which is the DJM-S9 2-channel mixer, which is available from October 2015.


How do I get rekordbox dj?

  • Starting on October 1, 2015, DJs can download rekordbox 4.0 (free of charge) from From inside rekordbox they can download the 30-day free trial of rekordbox dj or buy the rekordbox dj Plus Pack for $129.00.
  • From December 2015, DJs can also choose to subscribe to rekordbox DJ for $9.90 a month.
  • rekordbox dj will be bundled with the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX controllers for rekordbox dj, with a retail price of $1,999.00 and $999.00 respectively.




Compatible OS


Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro (The latest service pack)

Windows® 7 Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate (The latest service pack)

Intel® Processer Core i3 / i5 / i7


Compatible OS


Mac OS X 10.10, 10.9, 10.8 (Updated to the latest version)

Intel® Processer Core i3 / i5 / i7

4 GB or more of RAM

Hard Drive

250MB or more of free space (not including space for storing music files, etc.)


Audio output to speakers, headphones, etc. (internal or external audio device)

USB port

A USB 2.0 port is used to connect a controller or a mixer, and export track files to a USB storage device such as a flash drive and a hard disk drive

Playable music file


Internet connection

An internet connection is needed to create a rekordbox user account and to download and activate the software

Display resolution

1280 × 768 or greater








  • Layout mirrors rekordbox dj for instinctive control


The DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX are designed and built to deliver the tightest possible integration and fast response with rekordbox dj.


  • Multi-colored Performance Pads: 16 large, rubber Performance Pads instantly trigger quantized Hot Cues, Slicer and the new Pad FX.


  • Low latency jog wheels: with On Jog Display for at-a-glance playback and cue information.


  • Four-channel mixer: DJs can perform with all four of rekordbox dj’s decks, and each channel has its own level meters and trim pots for even greater control. Plus, with multiple input and outputs – including two Master Outs and a Booth Out – the versatile controllers can also be used as stand-alone mixers.


  • Instant access to a wealth of FX and functions


Both controllers deliver touch-of-a-button control of rekordbox dj’s FX, plus on-board functions to give DJs more creative choice. Performance Pads have multi-colored backlit LEDS to give a visual reference to modes and Hot Cues, while Velocity Mode lets DJs control the sample volume with how much pressure they apply.


  • PAD FX: DJs can create multiple FX chains using all 16 pads.



  • Sound Color FX: the DDJ-RZ’s four FX buttons are pre-set to Space, Jet, Pitch and Filter, while the DDJ-RX’s will trigger Noise, Crush, Pitch and Filter. An FX Plus Pack will be available to buy in the future, allowing DJs to customize their FX buttons.


  • NEW Sequencer: the rekordbox DJ controllers are first to feature the Sequencer, which lets DJs record, play and loop pad routines on the fly.


  • Release FX: DJs can exit complex FX patterns by selecting vinyl brake, echo or back spin and twisting the dial.


  • Beat FX: DJs can select up to three of the software’s quantized Beat FX, then twist the dial to manipulate the parameters of each.


  • Quantized Beat Jump: lets DJs jump backwards or forwards by any number of beats.


  • Slip Mode: inherited from the CDJ-2000NXS, Slip Mode silently continues playback during a loop, reverse or scratch, then brings the music back at the right point afterwards.



  • Multiple inputs and outputs for flexible set-ups


The versatile DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX have multiple inputs and outputs to give DJs the flexibility to connect laptops, CDJs and turntables and use the controllers as stand-alone mixers. Plus two Master Outs and a Booth Out ensure high-quality connections with PA systems.


  • Other features


  • Professional build quality
  • High-quality audio circuitry
  • Crossfader curve adjust
  • Fader Start function
  • Needle Search
  • High-quality MIC input





  • OSC Sampler for enhanced manipulation of sound


The DDJ-RZ features an oscillator sampler, which allows DJs to overlay four pre-set sounds – Noise, Sine, Siren and Horn – and modulate the output using the dial. Or DJs can load their own sounds to the banks in rekordbox dj.


  • Two USB ports for seamless DJ handovers


Two sound cards and USB ports plus a top-loaded input switcher mean two laptops can be connected at the same time for seamless DJ transitions.


  • Durable, responsive magnetic crossfader


The DDJ-RZ is equipped with Pioneer DJ’s own magnetic crossfader for smooth, steady control. Two metal shafts support the fader, while the contact-free magnetic system is designed to last for millions of performances.


  • Other features


  • Jog Feeling Adjust lets DJs set their preferred resistance on the jog wheels
  • P-Lock Fader Cap stops fader cap coming off during energetic performances
  • Auto standby switches the controller off after a period of inactivity









rekordbox dj

rekordbox dj

Input ports

CD/Line x 4 (RCA) Phono x 2 (RCA)

MIC x 2

(XLR & ¼-inch TRS jack x 1, ¼-inch TRS jack x 1)

CD x 2 (RCA) Line/Phone x 2 (RCA) MIC x 2 (XLR & ¼-inch TRS jack x 1, ¼-inch TRS jack x 1)

Output ports

Master Out x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1), Booth Out x 1 (¼-inch TRS jack)

Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (Front ¼-inch TRS jack,

3.5 mm stereo mini jack)

Master Out x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1), Booth Out x 1 (¼-inch TRS jack) Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (Front ¼-inch TRS jack, 3.5 mm stereo mini jack)

Other ports

USB (Type B) x 2

USB (Type B) x 1

Frequency response

20Hz ~ 20kHz

20Hz ~ 20kHz

Total Harmonic Distortion ratio

0.002% or less (PC)

0.003% or less (PC)

S/N ratio

111 dB or above (PC)

107 dB or above (PC)

Maximum dimensions


34.25” x 3.87” x 16.52”

26.14” x 2.77” x 13.91”

Unit weight

23.59 lbs

12.79 lbs



About Pioneer DJ

Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North, Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan. For more information, visit


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