This latest v5 incarnation, plus the release of the ridiculously popular DDJ-1000 Controller, has really pushed the software forward and as a result many more DJ’s are starting to integrate the new software into their workflows.
The new Rekordbox features a new graphical user interface for its Export & Performance modes; the latter being also known as Rekordbox DJ. It’s darker, flatter, and seems to use space more efficiently. It’s encouraging that Pioneer DJ is continuing to iterate and develop the front end of the program to be natural & intuitive. The move to deeper blacks and darker blues across the entire interface makes it feel more like DJ software.
The software has also had its processing engine re-written, with Pioneer DJ claiming that this new engine, the mystical “Koretech”, provides “a more stable, faster and responsive experience”. The maximum number of hot cues has also been increased to 16 cues in both Export and Performance modes.
New performance pad modes have been added in Rekordbox DJ; “Keyboard” and “Key Shift”. In keyboard mode the DJ is able to trigger hot cues while going up or down in pitch, this allows DJs to play cue points across an entire octave in either direction – which is ideal for those who love a good tone-play routine, Key-shift mode on the other hand allows on the fly key changes of a track whilst it’s playing. Both modes are easier to hear than to explain, but open up new possibilities’ for the performance DJ; if, for example, you were to employ the capabilities of the DDJ-XP1 controller surface, you could perform with your pre-set cue points as if you were using a keyboard or MPC type beat maker.
The performance pads on Rekordbox DJ now have expanded functionality in comparison to the previous version. There are a 10 different performance modes, some of the most important ones include;
Quicker and more accurate track analysis makes the preparation of your collection with the latest version of Rekordbox easier than ever. Additional Grid editing tools such as half and double-time make it a snap to customize beat grids as needed. Enhanced key analysis makes the Related Tracks feature even more useful when using Related Key as a criterion.
One of the best improvements in the Rekordbox DJ update, is the facility for anyone with a Rekordbox USB or SD card to walk up to a computer running Rekordbox 5, plug in their drive, and instantly access their entire collection just like they would on a CDJ. It’s a no-brainer addition and a great way to convince CDJ users to give Rekordbox DJ a shot when they’re near a controller setup.