Pioneer DJ has just announced the DDJ-400, a portable two-channel Rekordbox DJ controller aimed at new DJs. It’s got two small jogwheels, looping controls like those found on a CDJ-2000NXS2 media player, three-band EQs per channel, eight performance pads per deck, and filters plus a DJM-900NXS-style Beat FX section. It also comes with a licence for Rekordbox DJ as well as access to a series of beginner DJ tutorials built within the app.
The DDJ-400 drivers are supposed to be installed automatically when connected to a computer. For other DDJs, the drivers can be downloaded here: drivers from PioneerDJ.com. Manually deinstall the drivers and redo the procedure may sometimes help. If you still cannot use the record function, that may mean your controller is unsupported. Mar 26, 2021 The Pioneer DDJ 400 is one of the best DJ controllers for beginners. Offering everything you need to get started right out of the box with full-featured software. While the entry-level market for controllers is cluttered you can’t go wrong with a brand like Pioneer.
The DDJ-400 looks similar to Pioneer DJ’s own DDJ-RB controller with the added CDJ-style loop controls and Beat FX. It looks to be a great way to get started spinning with especially if you have club or festival DJing aspirations later on – the layout mirrors what you’d find on a CDJ/DJM set-up found in DJ booths around the world.
It also has easy “next track”, a built-in tutorial system and really simple sharing to Mixcloud, Kuvo and YouTube. Watch out for our review of it soon.
Check out the promo video and photo gallery below.
• The Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 will be available from late June for US$259. Check the Pioneer DJ site for more details.
What are your thoughts on this controller for new DJs? Think it’s a great intro to digital DJing? Let us know in the comments.
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We’ve teamed up with our partners at Pioneer DJ to bring you a brand new tutorial series focussed on the basics of DJing. For this series, DJ Ravine uses the Pioneer DDJ-400 controller – a fantastic piece of kit for beginners looking to brush up on their mixing and scratching. The DDJ-400 is packed with features to help you comfortably develop your skills, including cue buttons, Beat FX, CDJ-style looping controls and more, shipped bundled with Pioneer’s professional performance software, Rekordbox DJ. If you’d like to get to grips with DJing, our London school is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and kitted out with the latest and greatest in studio tech. Check out our full line of DJ courses here.
During the videos, DJ Ravine runs through a number of essential tips from how to drop mix and mixing with effects to blending with loops, working efficiently in Rekordbox and more. Check out the first line of quick tips below and keep an eye out for the second batch coming soon.
How To Drop Mix
Drop mixing lets you transition from one track to another instantly by hitting play and slamming your crossfader over. This is a great technique to use for quick transitions and hefty switch-ups in the mix whilst keeping the energy alive.
Long Mix with Loop
In this tutorial, DJ Ravine explores the DDJ-400’s looping function and how you can use it creatively to add extra control to your DJ sets. Looping, paired with using the controller’s EQs, can create some ultra smooth blends and build epic tension.
Mixing with FX
Outlook slack app. Effects are a great way to spice up your mix and smooth out your transitions. In this quick tutorial, DJ Ravine runs through the different effect controls and how they work before showing their application in a live situation.
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