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Pioneer DJ Introduces Beginner DJs to Rekordbox

It may not be a big surprise, but today, Pioneer introduced the new DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR controllers. After years of working with Serato DJ, the manufacturer decided to take matters into their own hands. The introduction of Rekordbox DJ caused quite a stir in the DJ community, as Pioneer is one of the few manufacturers of DJ hardware that create their own software as well. With the arrival of the DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR, they've made sure their DDJ controllers series is ready for Rekordbox.

DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR basics

The DDJ-RB will be an entry-level Rekordbox DJ controller. It has all the essentials that beginner DJs need, and you'll be able to start analysing and mixing your music library without delay! The DDJ-RR has expanded functionality and supports four-deck control. While that means it's a bit pricier than the RB model, it's also much more suitable for experienced DJs who want a future-proof piece of gear.

Both controllers have large yet supple jogwheels, volume and pitch faders, a 3-band EQ for each channel, drum pads to trigger samples, hot cues and loops, and even a button section for the effects module. As far as analogue inputs go, the DDJ-RB has a microphone connector, and it has a master output and two headphone outputs.

In that respect, the DDJ-RR is a little more elaborate, as it has all of the above-mentioned inputs and outputs, as well as an analogue AUX stereo RCA input with volume controls and a balanced master output. If you use DJ monitors when playing live, you can use the booth output to connect a pair of monitor speakers, allowing you to get a great representation of your sound with independent volume controls. Finally, as the cherry on top, you can freely adjust the DDJ-RR's crossfader curve to suit your preferences, and even invert it entirely.

Layout and new features

Neither controller has been changed too much as far as its layout is concerned. The distinctive construction of the DDJ-SB and DDJ-SR we know and love has been kept on for the DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR. Does this mean that the controllers have been copied entirely and re-released? Not quite. The RB and RR models have a new PC Master Out feature, for instance. This allows you to use your computer's internal sound card instead of the DJ controller's sound card. If you have a home DJ setup that is connected to a computer with an audio system, you can use these to their full effect. A big advantage is that you won't have to switch around any connectors if you want to use the DJ controller for a mixing session—or conversely, if you want to listen to some internet radio, for instance.

With the Rekordbox 4.1.1 update, you'll also have access to a new feature called 'Sequence Call', which allows you to record and play back sample sequences on the fly, without having to use your computer's mouse or keyboard.

Including Rekordbox DJ Plus Pack!

You'll be interested to know Pioneer has included the full Rekordbox DJ Plus Pack software—worth over £100—with both controllers. When you've got everything unpacked, set-up and ready to go, you'll be able to jump right in and start working with all the features Rekordbox DJ has in store! This is pretty unique, as many entry-level DJ controllers often come with a limited version of their respective DJ software, such as Serato DJ Intro, or Virtual DJ LE, for instance. Pioneer, however, decided to include the full version of their software, even with their entry-level controller. That makes it much more appealing for beginners, as they can get a head start in experimenting with features that are normally reserved for high-end controllers.


With the arrival of the DDJ-RB and DDJ-RR, Pioneer once again proves that they don't need anyone's help, and that they're striving to make it on their own, with controllers, mixers, turntables and even software developed in-house! The first controllers will be delivered by the end of May, but of course you can start pre-ordering them right now!

Check out the relevant product pages for more information on these great controllers. Want to keep up to date on the latest news? Be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

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