Pioneer DJ DDJ-RX Review

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Conclusion

I think it’s very easy to understand why I like the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RX 4 channel professional mixer; it provided me with days and days of fun. It also gave me the chance to experiment with different genres of music via MP3 as practically any song is available on the internet, although full library support from your ITunes, or even KUVO account is available thanks to the Rekordbox DJ software.

Touching more on the actual performance and features, I felt that the DDJ-RX has a lot to offer, especially considering the model up (DDJ-RZ) is around £1500; the RZ uses the same Rekordbox DJ software, but is obviously a lot more feature heavy. Staying with the DDJ-RX, from the 8 pad FX on either side, with the option of using “shift” and enabling another 16 in total, it offers superb flexibility from simple and hard, to complex and technical sounds. It’s a very versatile mixer for the budding PC DJ due to the USB format, but it can also be connected to a DJ booth and used outside; providing you have a laptop with all your music and high enough specs to run it efficiently.

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If you want delay, FX, swinging, technical but simple and an easy to use interface, then the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RX coupled with Rekordbox DJ is certain to tickle your pickle. Coming in at £759.99, it’s a pretty solid price for the screen less model; the XDJ-RX ships for around £1100 so there is a lot to pay for that particular feature, among other things of course.

Pioneer DJ have brought studio quality features to the home PC thanks to Rekordbox and the DDJ-RX, something all those budding home mixeroo’s will appreciate and if you have the spare £750-770 to spare depending on your retailer, then I doubt you will make a better purchase. Add a nice set of monitor speakers and a kick ass set of quality headphones to that and for under a grand, you can have a state of the art home DJ studio which will not only bridge the gap between home and club, but it’ll make you a better DJ for it!

Huge thanks to Pioneer DJ for sending the DDJ-RX in for review.

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Summary

Pros:

– Steep learning over traditional vinyl setups, but well worth the time
– Plenty of features including 8 pad FX
– Aluminium jog wheels feel superb to use
– Ability to custom colour each pad FX to one of your choice; although not RGB
– Perfect the beginner or the more advanced DJ

Cons:

– Only useful with the coupled Rekordbox DJ software
– Rekordbox DJ would sometimes crash randomly, which effectively stops your mixing dead in its tracks

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