Rekordbox DJ from Pioneer needs no special introduction as many of us are already very familiar with it. The latest version available at the time of this post is Rekordbox DJ 6.5.3. If you need to download this version you may click on the image on the left of this text.
You maybe thinking why should i read on as I know everything i need to know about Rekordbox. But ask yourself again. DO YOU? I know I don’t. I always learn a new tip or a trick every time i go through piles of videos available on YouTube. I will also post some of those really useful videos right here for your convenience. Now let’s get right on to the latest version 6 of Pioneer’s Rekordbox DJ.
Rekordbox is the best choice if you want to DJ using Pioneer gear with AND without your laptop.
Pioneer DJ rules in the pro DJ booth – you rarely spot gear from any other companies in real-world discos, clubs and lounges. So Pioneer’s own DJ software has to be taken seriously. Surprisingly though, it was late to the game in all of this – but it caught up fast.
Rekordbox DJ is the DJ software part of a bigger program called Rekordbox, which is DJ library software – think iTunes for DJs. Even if you want to DJ on Pioneer pro DJ gear without your laptop, you’ll probably end up using Rekordbox to prepare your music before exporting it onto USB sticks in order to do that.
That means that if you want to DJ in pro DJ booths from just a USB drive, but also want to use your laptop in other situations (at home, playing private parties or whatever), Rekordbox is the obvious choice, because you’re only using one piece of software for both – an advantage none of the other programs can offer.
Rekordbox isn’t quite as refined as Serato, but it does offer many of the same advanced features, including video, lots of effects, and things like displaying lyrics onto club screens. It can even control your DJ lighting, although that side of it is new and currently pretty underwhelming.
Pioneer is also the biggest manufacturer of DJ hardware, and has a large range of hardware for Rekordbox available, and there’s no doubt at all that Pioneer will continue to release Rekordbox-compatible gear at a rate of knots – so if you’re a gear head, and you buy into this system, you’re going to struggle to resist shelling out regularly as new developments hit the market!
Best for: DJs who want to use Pioneer gear with and without a laptop.
Get the software: Pioneer website
The following videos are from Soundflow Music Academy. I find their videos very informative and complete. Just my opinion.
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