Pioneer to make Rekordbox Free to all DJs

rekordbox™, the digital music management software collaboration between Pioneer and MixVibes – the ©iTunes for DJs – is being now being made as a free download to all DJ’s after the successful launch of their new club standard CDJs.

Up until now, rekordbox™ software was only available with a purchase of either the CDJ-900 or CDJ-2000, enabling a host of important functionality, but from 1st May 2010, Pioneer will be making it available as a free download (download link will be communicated on this date on Even without the players at home, DJs can utilize the software to prepare tracks in advance, ready for the CDJ-900s or CDJ-2000s at the club.

Mark Grotefeld, Head of Marketing, Pioneer Europe commented, “rekordbox™ brings a DJ friendly approach to music management whilst seamlessly integrating with a DJs existing ©iTunes music library via Bridge, so it’s great news we can now offer this ever advancing software as a free download to all DJs.

rekordbox™ is the best way of preparing and managing your tracks, be it at home, in the studio, or even on the plane! It allows you to import music from ©iTunes using the Bridge function or by simply adding them into the software for management. rekordbox™ will work out the BPM and allow you to set hot cue and loop points into the track, utilizing a full beat grid view in advance, as well as colour coding your music and adding all the ID3 information so it appears automatically later on any CDJ-2000 or 900. Working with rekordbox™ also means that when tracks are exported to a USB key or SD card, the CDJ-900 or CDJ-2000 will load the waveforms instantly. The database layout within the software can be customized to suit individual DJ style which enables personalized layouts when browsing on your CDJ-900 / CDJ-2000s.

The software’s unique reverse functionality enables the new CDJs to record your cue, loop & set history during your set which can be recalled in rekordbox™ later. If you enable the Quantize feature within the CDJ-2000 / CDJ-900, then rekordbox™ makes loop and cue points snap to the beat (1ms accurate), ensuring beat-perfect loops and cues.

More than being the central music preparation software for the CDJ-900 / CDJ-2000, rekordbox™ will also be fully compatible with future Pioneer DJ products across the range. As clubs begin to upgrade to the CDJ-900 and CDJ-2000 from the CDJ-1000MK3, the ability to travel and arrive at the club with your music prepared on a single USB or SD card (such as a USB flash memory key) is now a reality.

Planned future software updates will bring more even more functionality.

“When we started this collaboration with Pioneer, we had the feeling rekordbox™ would make a massive change in the digital DJ world. Since the launch of the new CDJs we have been overwhelmed with requests from DJs to test rekordbox™. As Pioneer proposed to make rekordbox™ a public freeware, it didn’t take us long to see that this would be a great opportunity for DJs around the world to quickly benefit from some of the best MixVibes technologies. We believe rekordbox™ will become a standard with no partiality to other brands, like an iTunes with all the extra features DJs need.” Commented Lionel Blanc, Sales Manager, MixVibes

rekordbox is available for free from 1st May 2010.





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