Awesome PIONEER DJ DJM-350 / CDJ-350 Media Player and Mixer Just Announced!

March 24, 2010

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Pioneer Brings DJ-ing to Everyone with New Easy-to-Use DJ Digital Media Player and Mixer Combination

The new CDJ-350 and DJM-350 Transforms Novices into the Next Generation DJ

Long Beach, CA 3/23/2010

As the popularity of remixing music continues to increase, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division is making it easy for anyone to engage in the art of DJ-ing with the introduction of the CDJ-350 digital media player and DJM-350 2-channel mixer. Both units combined enable beginner and bedroom DJs to create unique performances using varying types of music files.

“Pioneer’s established reputation as the de facto brand for professional DJs is proven by its wide use in clubs and commercial events around the world because of its excellent sound quality, reliability and operability,” said Matt Dever, vice president of professional sound and visual division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “In recent years, more consumers are aspiring to become DJs and Pioneer’s CDJ-350 and DJM-350 will make it easy for almost anyone to practice the art and make their own music.”

Spin It with the CDJ-350 Multi-media Player
The CDJ-350 will allow users to create DJ performances with various digital music files including MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files that are stored on different forms of media, including USB mass storage device class products1 or CD-R/RW discs. The media player also includes Pioneer’s proprietary music management software, rekordbox™, making it possible to manage music files on a computer for quick song selection when played back on compatible Pioneer players.

Highlights of the CDJ-350 include:

Compatible with Various Media and Music Formats – Playback of MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files recorded on USB devices and CD-R/RW discs as well as conventional music CDs.
Rekordbox™ Music Management Software – Through the rekordbox software, music files are analyzed by BPM2 and beat position and can be categorized by genre. Analyzed music can be selected by genre, album or artist on the CDJ-350.
BEAT Display Function – Visually illustrates the beat position of a song and the playback point providing easier hand, eye and ear coordination when performing scratches and loops.
Auto Beat Loop Function – With one press of a button on the player, the user can create various loop performances including:
Beat Loop – Matches the beat and repeats a 4-beat loop
Loop Divide – While playing a loop, plays the loop at a different rhythm
Hot Loop – While playing a loop, returns to the start of the loop and plays it
Auto BPM Lock – Users can set a Master beat per minute (BPM) on the CDJ-350 that current playing songs can be synchronized to with a touch of a button. The feature enables beginners to easily match the tempos of songs by simply adjusting the speed to the Master BPM on each player.
Create Playlist Function – While a song is playing, users can immediately add it to a new playlist with a touch of a button for future playback of favorite songs.
DJ Software Compatible – The CDJ-350 is MIDI compatible with other DJ software allowing it to be used as an audio interface.
Other features include:
Vibration-resistant utilizing Shock-Proof Memory3 and Floating Architecture
Four level tempo settings for maximum variation range of a song’s tempo (±6%, ±10%, ±16% and WIDE)
Resume Function enables users to remove a disc and resume playback at the same spot when the disc is reloaded
Blend It with the DJM-350 Mixer
The DJM-350 mixer inherits similar functions and operability of the popular Pioneer DJM series of mixers often experienced in the club scene. The mixer is equipped with four kinds of effects as well as an isolated 3-band equalizer—all of which allow the DJ to make a one-of-a-kind mix. The front USB port allows users to record their DJ mixes onto USB storage devices, check their own mix and take it with them to listen on other devices.

Highlights of the DJM-350 include:

Directly Record to USB Devices – Users can conveniently record their DJ mixes directly to a USB storage device via a USB port (Type A) located on the face of the mixer without having to use a computer or recording device. Recorded DJ mixes are saved as WAV files, allowing them to be imported for playback on a PC or other portable audio players.
Four Types of Effects – The DJM-350 is equipped with four types of effects, enabling users to further enhance remixing capabilities:
Filter – Greatly alters the tonal quality of the music by removing audio from the high or low frequency bands
Crush – Accents sound by moderately crushing it
Jet – Applies a jet plane taking off or landing to the music
Gate – Alters the rhythm of a track by cutting the range which characterizes the rhythm component
Isolated 3-Band Equalizer – The mixer features a built-in 3-band equalizer (isolator4 type) that allows a broad range of independent level control, from +9dB to -∞ (cut) in each of the HI, MID & LOW ranges.
Digital Conversion – Analog signals are converted into digital form via high-performance CPU for higher fidelity sound. In addition, analog and digital circuits are isolated to minimize induced noise.
Other features include:
MIC/AUX input terminals for connecting portable audio players and/or microphones
A Pioneer CDJ player can be used as a fader, start or play functions via a link to the fader control
Peak level meters indicate the input levels of each channel
Crossfader Curve Adjustment function makes it possible to adjust the crossfader5 curve
The CDJ-350 and DJM-350 will be available in June 2010 with a suggested retail price of $850 and $750, respectively.


TopDJGear adds full DJ-Tech line

March 19, 2010

Now anyone with a computer can be a DJ!


December 16, 2009


Brian Metcalf December 15th, 2009

On 15th December 2009, the leading innovators in dance music, Pioneer, Beatport, DJ Magazine and Let’s Mix, come together to launch ‘Next Generation DJ’, (NGDJ) a talent competition designed to unearth the next superstar DJ and to give them the chance to win a life changing prize. To win, DJs with the X-Factor will have to demonstrate their skills by uploading and promoting a mix on the new mixing and social networking platform, as well as prove thatthey have the entrepreneurial aptitude required to make it big in the world of dance music.

NGDJ has some heavyweight backing. Pioneer revolutionized DJ technology with the introduction of the CD turntables and are about to do so again with the launch of their CDJ2000 & 900 digital DJ platform. Beatport is the world’s no.1 destination to purchase electronic music and home to the influential Beatportal blog. DJ Magazine is the world’s leading authority on dance music and is the brand behind the globally renowned ‘DJ Mag Top 100’ poll. And Let’s Mix was developed by the team from Tonium, who introduced the revolutionary Pacemaker, hand held, portable DJ system to the world. These brands know DJ’ing and dance music like no other, making NGDJ a competition with a genuine prospect of discovering the world’s next superstar DJ.

However, to be a superstar DJ these days takes more than just skills behind the decks. You need to be able to create your brand, manage your profile and promote yourself relentlessly. Entrants to NGDJ will be required to create their profile and upload their DJ mix. From there they will need to show they can navigate the world of promo, pushing their DJ mix across all social networking / blogging platforms to generate a specific amount of votes to reach the next round. Amongst all those who have been able to promote themselves sufficiently 100 finalists will compete in a second round, creating a mix around a special theme with their DJ skills judged by a panel of industry heavyweights. All 100 finalists will also feel the heat of the media spotlight throughout the final round.

The eventual winner of NGDJ will soon feel what it’s like to be a superstar DJ, with a set of brand new Pioneer CDJ2000’s (and inclusion in the exclusive Pioneer test DJ group), a Pacemaker, huge media coverage across DJ Mag, Beatport, Let’s Mix and many more, their own compilation release on Beatport, flights to the huge WMC event in Miami, flash hotel and massive gigs at the Beatport Pool Party and the DJ Mag opening and closing party at the Shelborne. This is a competition designed by the biggest, most influential brands in dance music to find genuine, unrivalled DJ talent, and so the final and ultimate reward for winning the competition is a future career as a DJ. The winner will be offered an exclusive contract with a major DJ management agency, giving them the chance to show dancefloors around the world exactly what they can do. 2010 will the year when the NGDJ winner will become the next big DJ brand.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s Mix!

Press enquiries contact Brian Metcalf at Max Borges Agency

T: 305-576-1171/ E:

Fact Sheet

• When 15th of December – 20th of February

Competition Stage 1: 15th of December ‘09 to 31st of January ‘10

Competition Stage 2: 1st of February ‘10 to 20th of February ‘10

• Where Mixes are added and voted on at

• How Join the contest:

Submit a Mix

-Upload mix in MP3 format and add track listing

-Download Let’s Mix free software, create a mix and upload

To advance in the contest:

Stage 1: 15th of December ‘09 to 31st of January ‘10

-Task 1: Promote your mix as widely as possible (using websites, blogs, social networking, e-mail etc) to secure a minimum 200 votes

-Task 2: Secure the highest average score for your mix possible (1.0-5.0)

Stage2: 1st of February 2010 to 20th of February 2010

-Compete amongst the NGDJ Top 100 finalists with a new theme mix (theme / rules released 1st of Feb)

To listen to the mixes and vote for contestants:

-Visit the contestant’s specific mix page on

-Vote by choosing 1-5 stars in the rating section

• Prizes 1st Place will receive the “NGDJ Superstar DJ Launch Package”

Showcase at the 2010 Winter Music Conference in Miami

• 2 x flights and accommodation at a 5 star Hotel

• DJ gig at the legendary Beatport Pool Party

• DJ Gig at the DJ Mag Party @ The Shelborne

• Get signed to a pro DJ Agency and Record Label

• Release your own mix compilation album on Beatport

• Media exposure via professional PR campaign

• Next Generation DJ equipment (2 Pioneer CDJ 2000 + Pacemaker)

• Feature in DJ Mag

• Inclusion in exclusive Pioneer Test DJ group

2nd and 3rd place will receive

• Media exposure via professional PR campaign

• Career launch opportunity

• Next Generation DJ equipment (1 Pioneer CDJ 2000 + Pacemaker)

• Inclusion in exclusive Pioneer Test DJ group

Next Generation DJNGDJ Top 100 will receive

• Ongoing promotion

• Next Generation DJ equipment (50 Top performers win a Pacemaker)

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