Ddj 1000 Utility Mode

Q1When DJ software is connected, the characters in the track information for MP3 files, AAC files, etc., are not displayed properly.
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Released earlier this year, the DDJ-1000 is the first Pioneer DJcontroller designed specifically for the Rekordbox software’s Performance Mode. Previous Rekordbox controller offerings like (DDJ-RB/R/X/Z) were essentially re-purposed versions of the classic Serato-designed line of controllers.

While not deviating hugely from the standard style of controllers these days, the biggest draw of this controller is the full CDJ2000NXS2 style, pressure sensitive platters, and a mini DJM-900 mixer, complete with a full effects section. Reviewed: DDJ-1000. Manufacturer: Pioneer DJ. Available: Out now in the DJTT webstore. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s talk about my likes and dislike about this controller:. Undoubtedly the stars of this controller, these platters feel lifted directly from the top-of-the-line CDJ 2000NXS line.

Q2When I change the tempo with the master tempo turned on, the sound seems distorted. Is this a malfunction?
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While the jog displays within the platters offer useful information (BPM, waveforms, position indicators, phrasing count, deck assignment), it’s the feel of the platters that really shines. If you’re unfamiliar with CDJ platters, the pressure sensitive design is far superior to the capacitive touch platters you find on most digital DJ controllers.

Q3The crossfader’s response is not so good.
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Aside from a better feel and response, it also eliminates a lot of errors due to accidental touches. Adding tension adjust on the DDJ-1000’s platters is another welcome feature. This should be standard on every non-motorized platter on the market.

This adjustment is especially useful for DJs looking to scratch or perform turntablism techniques on the controller. While the controller is built from a plastic base with some metal face plates on the platter areas, it is very solidly built, sporting the typical Pioneer DJ build quality.

Q4The jog dial does not respond when I am touching.
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There’s a heft and solidness to the controller that just feels reassuring. While not as solid feeling as some controllers with all-metal designs, the DDJ-1000 doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy – it feels comparable to even the highest end Pioneer DJ gear.

Q5Even when I'm not speaking into the microphone (MIC), the talk over function is sometimes activated and the master sound volume is reduced.
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The pots feel incredibly solid, the faders have the typical Pioneer feel, and just about everything feels like it used parts taken directly from the top-of-the-line CDJ/DJM gear. Sporting Pioneer DJ’s Magvel, no-contact fader technology, I can say without a doubt, this is the best feeling crossfader I’ve ever used on a controller.

Even compared to other controllers offering the same fader tech (like the SZ), the fader used in the DDJ-1000 feels about as close to butter as possible.

Q6The power does not turn on.
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Unlike the “clickier” feel of the Magvel faders found on SZ or even the DJM-900NXS2s, the fader installed on the DDJ-1000 feels almost identical to the Magvel Pro fader found on the DJM-S9 battle mixer.

That said, it does lack the extreme customization options on the S9 (tension and independent curve adjusts for the left and right side).

Q7When I connect the unit to my computer (Windows), a message saying [Installing device driver software] appears. What should I do?
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As the DJM-S9 is pretty much the defacto scratch/hip hop mixer these days, having this level of quality is definitely a good thing. The easy way to adjust cut lag (in the software preferences) is a welcome feature vs having to root around in the Utility mode that other controllers offer.

The DDJ-1000 offers 18 different hardware effects to choose from – 4 color effects, 12 beat effects, and 2 Mobius effects (which are essentially Shepard Tone generators). The functionality, implementation, and layout is exactly like a standard 4-channel DJM mixer. The workflow is identical and consistent to the Pioneer DJ way of doing things. Since these effects are entirely hardware, they can be used on any audio source – CDJs, vinyl, even the microphone input. The effects sound great, are very functional, and users can get very deep into using the effects creatively.

Q8The message "Log in with the computer administrator's account" appears and the driver software cannot be installed. (For Windows)
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Add the myriad of Rekordbox software effects, any effects junkies will be in heaven with all the combinations available to them. The only minus I see is the lack of crossfader assignment on channel selector – which is my de-facto effects assignment when I play on a DJM-900.

Q9DDJ-1000 was turned off or the USB cable was disconnected during the firmware update process. What should I do?
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Looking for a lower cost controller to train familiarity with the Pioneer style of DJing? Look no further than the DDJ-1000. While this could be a detractor for those that tend to dislike Pioneer DJ design choices and aesthetics, you can’t say they haven’t been consistent in their choices.

Q10Even when I use the buttons and knobs of the unit to control rekordbox, rekordbox does not respond.
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The DDJ-1000 mirrors CDJ/DJM design and feel closer than any controller on the market – even the standalone XDJ-RX2 controllers. The mixer section is essentially a stripped-down DJM-900, and the platters and pitch sliders are taken directly off the highest end CDJ-2000NXS2s.

Those looking for a lower cost controller to train familiarity with the Pioneer DJ style setups, need look no further than the DDJ-1000 – although there won’t be the all-important standalone mode that most people covet. Nice, long pitch sliders leads to better resolution of pitch control.

Q11External input audio cannot be output from the speakers of the computer.
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I’m surprised that more controllers don’t offer this outside of their highest end options.

Q12The indicator flashes and operation is strange.
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While this is rapidly becoming the standard for all higher end controllers, it’s nice to see all the major output offerings on this controller. XLR, RCA, and 1/4” TRS outputs are all available, with the 1/4” outputs having a discrete volume control for a booth monitor.

Q13This unit is not recognized.
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I have long found most of Pioneer DJ’s offerings sounding, at best, acceptable.

I always preferred the sound of other companies’ offerings – especially in regards to controller soundcards.

Being able to A/B test the DDJ-1000 against some other controllers and mixers on the market, I found a noticeable improvement in the DDJ-1000 sound quality. It’s not clear if this is a result of the internals in the controller, a better sound card or DACs, the difference in processing in Rekordbox vs other software, or all the above.

That said, I did like the sound quality of the DDJ-1000 over a lot of other Pioneer DJ controllers available. For my taste, the highs are still a little too sharp and the bass is a little thinner compared to other hardware, but overall I think the DDJ-1000 is one of the better offerings in terms of sound quality from Pioneer DJ. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t really a knock on the Rekordbox DJ software; for the short amount of time it’s been on the market, it is a surprisingly robust DJ suite with tons of features, advantages, and customizations you can do.

For me, a lot of my workflow is centered around Serato’s design decisions and features. Learning new software is a commitment.

Techniques and tasks that would be second nature and all but muscle memory in one software need to be completely re-learned when switching to a new suite, and some features are simply unavailable.

This is, of course, countered by a host of new and exciting features that can be incorporated into DJing, but if one needs to change their workflow and organization systems, it could be a deal breaker for many. If this controller became Serato compatible, it would be – for me – one of the best controllers on the market.

Unfortunately, it is specifically a Rekordbox DJ controller. This is as much an indictment of Serato’s business philosophy of keeping a closed system as Pioneer DJ’s philosophy of locking the controller to its own software.

The chances of seeing the controller be compatible with Serato is pretty slim.

There will likely be Traktor mappings available, although you will likely not get the full use of the platter screen. Generally, the platters feel great for scratch, and having tension adjust goes a long way in helping out the platter feel.

I did notice a problem with the sound breaking up during ultra-slow drags – even with the key lock/master tempo turned off. At first, I thought it was a problem with the scratching algorithm in Rekordbox, but testing the same thing in DVS mode did not result in the same issue.

It appears it is a direct problem with the platter itself.

It’s not very noticeable and only really happens with very slow scratches, but it was enough for me to take notice when I heard it.

A few tiny things that I took issue with – your mileage may vary in agreeing:.

Larger Size: This is a personal thing, but I do not like giant 4-channel controllers that take up tons of space and require a huge case/bag to transport. The dimensions are roughly the same as an SX2 though, so that’s a fairly standard controller size these days. Not A Revolutionary Layout: As mentioned, this controller is the closest thing you’ll get get to a standard DJM/CDJ layout. This is going to be a major pro for most, there are people out there that simply don’t like the Pioneer DJ philosophy behind control scheme and design – I’m one of them.

If you’re not a fan of Pioneer DJ’s layout or design decisions, know that the DDJ-1000 won’t change your mind. Shift Button Size: it’s rather small and hard to see. Hey, this is the nitpicks section right?

In my opinion, from a pure hardware perspective, this is the best all-in-one controller on the market. It feels great, is very well-built, it sounds good, looks impressive, and is the closest thing to a full CDJ/DJM setup that you will find in an all-in-one controller.

Q14No sound is output from the headphones or master output, or the sound is low.
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The biggest issue I have with the controller has nothing to do with hardware and everything to do with Rekordbox.

Rekordbox is not a bad program – it’s fully featured, runs pretty smoothly, offers a host of customization options, and gives you that all-important unified library for those that need to switch between standalone CDJs and laptop driven gigs. The big problem for me is jumping to new software after becoming fully proficient on another platform. Things behave differently, features that you get used to on another software are missing, and workflow that has essentially become muscle memory has to be completely un-learned.

When I was in the mix, everything was great – it was a lot of fun to play on and the controller is simply a joy to use. It’s just that everything else felt difficult – from library management to searching to the integration with software like iTunes – it just didn’t feel *right* to me – a long time Serato user.

For longtime users of one software (I’ve been a Serato user for over 10 years), the effort going into learning something brand new might not be worth it – even for those sweet, sweet platters.

But for those still trying to decide on a DJ suite, those simply looking for a change, those that want the closest thing to a full CDJ/DJM setup, or those who are attracted to the unified library perk of being entirely within the Rekordbox system, this controller feels like a no brainer.

 2. Play the track.
 3. Move the channel fader (Figure 5 below) backward.
 4. Turn the [TRIM] control (Figure 2 below).
Adjust [TRIM] so that the orange indicator on the channel level indicator lights at the peak level.
 5. Turn the [MASTER LEVEL] control (Figure 10 below) to adjust the speaker audio level.

Output audio from the headphones.
1. Set the positions of the controls as shown below.
 [HEADPHONES MIXING]: Center
 [HEADPHONES LEVEL]: Turned fully counterclockwise

 2. Press the headphones [CUE] button of channel 1.
3. Turn the [HEADPHONE LEVEL] control (Figure 7 below).
Adjust the sound level output from the headphones to an appropriate level.

Q15Operation of rekordbox becomes unstable.
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1. Are you using software other than rekordbox at the same time?
Quit other applications to decrease the load on the computer.
If operation continues to be unstable, try disabling the wireless network or other wireless connections, antivirus software, the screen saver, the low power mode, etc.
2. When other USB devices are connected to the computer.
Disconnect other USB devices from the computer.
When another USB audio device is connected to the computer at the same time, it may not operate or be recognized normally.
3. Are you using a USB hub?
USB hubs cannot be used. Connect the computer and this unit directly using the included USB cable.
4. There is a problem with the USB port to which this unit is connected.
If your computer has multiple USB ports, try connecting this unit to a different USB port.
5. Is this unit connected to a notebook computer running on its battery?
Supply power to the notebook computer from an AC power supply.
(Depending on the notebook computer’s settings, the low power mode may be set when the computer is running on its battery, automatically reducing the performance of the computer itself.)
6. The USB buffer size is too small.
Raise the USB buffer size.

Q16The fader start function does not work.
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Is a cue set?
Set the cue.

Q17Only one track deck is display on the screen.The platter is not displayed on the track deck.
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1. Is rekordbox set to the [EXPORT] mode?
Click the area indicated by [EXPORT] at the upper left of the screen, and then select [PERFORMANCE].
2. Has rekordbox dj been activated?
Enter the rekordbox dj license key included with this unit on the [Preferences] > [License] screen of rekordbox. For details on the activation, see the rekordbox Operating Instructions.
rekordbox Operating Instructions can be obtained from the rekordbox website.
http://rekordbox.com

Q18Windows users only1. Audio is not output. or,2. Cannot control rekordbox.
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If audio is not output or you cannot control rekordbox when using Windows, please see here to solve the problems.

Q19Sound distortion occurs.
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Is [MASTER LEVEL] set to the proper position? Adjust [MASTER LEVEL] so that the master level indicator’s orange indicator lights at the peak level.
If sound is distorted even after the output level is adjusted, the output to the power amplifier may exceed the maximum allowable input value of the amplifier. Use [MASTER ATT] in utilities mode to set the input to a suitable level. The level can be lowered to 25 % at -12 dB and 50 % at -6 dB. This setting is not interlocked with the master level indicator.

Q20The message "You need to enter the name and password of the administrator." appears and the driver cannot be installed. (For Mac OS)
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Even if your account type is not "Administrator", you can install the driver if you enter the name and password of the administrator.

Q21The output sound sometimes becomes smaller.
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Is the [OFF, ON, TALK OVER] switch of the microphone set to [TALK OVER], and is a microphone that is on and connected to the unit placed near a speaker?
When the microphone picks up the speaker sound, the talk over function is activated to make the output sound smaller unexpectedly. Turn off the talk over function or the microphone, or use the microphone away from speakers.

Q22Sound is distorted when an analog player is connected to this unit’s [LINE/PHONO] input terminal. Or, the lighting status of the channel level indicator does not change even when the [TRIM] control is turned.
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There are two possible causes.

1. Have you connected an analog player with a built-in phono equalizer? Use a LINE route for the analog player with a built-in phono equalizer. If the analog player with a built-in phono equalizer has a PHONO/LINE selector switch, switch to PHONO and use a PHONO route.
2. Is a USB sound card (audio interface) for computers connected between the analog player and this unit? If the output of the audio interface for computers is line level, use a LINE route.

Q23Even though the unit is connected to my computer, only the stereo 1 channel can be used.
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1. Before using this unit, you must install the dedicated driver software. For details, see "Installing the driver software" in the operating instructions.
2. The unit and computer must be connected properly. For details, see "Connecting the unit to the computer" in the operating instructions. If it is still not connected properly, quit the DJ application, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable, and then start the DJ software again.
3. If you have connected the unit and the computer (Windows) using a USB cable before installing the driver software, such symptoms may appear. This problem can be solved by using the following procedure to reinstall the driver software:

 1. Connect this unit and the computer using the USB cable.
 2. Select [Device Manager] > [Sound Device], and delete "PIONEER DDJ-1000".
 3. Disconnect the USB cable that connects the computer and the unit.
 4. Install the driver software.
 *The unit's dedicated driver software is only compatible with Hi-Speed USB.
Check that your computer, USB port and USB cable support Hi-Speed USB.

Q24Even though I try to install the DDJ-1000 driver software to my Mac computer, I cannot proceed from the first window.
A24

Is the driver software the latest version?
As for the supported OS, please see the support page.

Q25Sound from the microphone is distorted.
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Is a device with a high output level (such as a wireless microphone) connected?

If there is an output level selector switch or gain adjustment on the wireless microphone or similar device, reduce the level of the signal to be input to this unit's microphone jack.
For details, see the Operating Instructions of the connected device.

The standard input level/input impedance of this unit's microphone jack is -57 dBu/3.0 kΩ.

Q26Even if the DDJ-1000 and the computer are connected using a USB after installing the driver software, it is not recognized.
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[For Windows]
Check that "DDJ-1000" is displayed in the "Sound, Video and Game controller" item in the device manager.
If "?" or "!" is displayed, try the following procedure.

1. Right-click the item where "?" or "!" is displayed, and then click "Delete".

2. A confirmation screen is displayed. Click "OK" to delete the item.
If "DDJ-1000" is displayed in the "Sound, Video and Game controller" item as well, also delete it using the same procedure.

3. Disconnect the DDJ-1000 from the computer's USB port.
Do not connect the DDJ-1000 via USB until the driver software is reinstalled.

4. Uninstall the driver software and restart the computer.

5. Reinstall the driver software and then connect the DDJ-1000.

[For Mac]
The driver software may not have been properly installed.
Disconnect the USB cable and uninstall the driver software.
The computer is restarted. Once it has started back up, install the driver software again.

Q27With Windows, after I install the driver software and connect the DDJ-1000 and computer via USB, the message "The device driver software was not properly installed" appears.
A27

The driver software may not have been properly installed.
Either change the filename (DDJ-1000_x.xxx.exe) of the driver software's installer and install again, or check as described below and then reinstall.

1. Disconnect the DDJ-1000 from the USB port.
Do not connect the DDJ-1000 via USB until the driver software is reinstalled.

2. Uninstall the driver software and restart the computer.

3. Right-click the installer file of the driver software and open its properties.

4. Click the "Compatibility" tab and then click "Display the settings of all users".

5. In Compatibility mode, check if the "Run this program in the compatibility mode" check box is selected. If it is selected, deselect the check box and click "OK".

Q28When I start rekordbox, rekordbox does not recognize the DDJ-1000.
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1. [Windows]
Reset sound settings.
(1) Connect DDJ-1000 to your computer and turn it power on.
Go [Control Panel] - [Hardware and Sound] and click [Sound]

(2) If PIONEER DDJ-1000 has been "Default Device", go to 3.

(3) Choose a sound device other than PIONEER DDJ-1000 and click "Set as Default Device".
Close the window by clicking "OK".

(4) Close the control panel and restart your computer.

[Mac]
Reload Audio MIDI settings.
(1) Connect DDJ-1000 to your computer and turn it power on.
(2) Open [Applications] folder, [Utilities] folder and [Audio MIDI Setup.app].
(3) Open [Audio Device] window. Confirm that [Audio MIDI Setup] windows pops up.
Click [Window] and choose [Show MIDI Window].

(4) [MIDI Studio] window opens up, click [PIONEER DDJ-1000] icon. The icon turns to blue color, click [Remove Device].
"PIONEER DDJ-1000" icon disappears and comes back again.

(5) Close [Audio MIDI Setup] and turn DDJ-1000 power off.
(6) Turn DDJ-1000 power on and run rekordbox.

2. Is “MIDI controller setting” of DDJ-1000 set to “Forcefully using the unit as the general MIDI controller”?
Enter the utilities mode, and press the “SLIP REVERSE” button on the left deck to turn it off if the button lights. For details, see “Changing the settings” in Operating Instructions.

Q29The performance pad does not work.
A29

If using the performance pads in the roll mode or slicer mode, the pads cannot be used for tracks which the beat grid is not set to. For details on setting the beat grid, please see rekordbox Operating Instructions at the rekordbox website.
http://rekordbox.com/

Q30Firmware update cannot be completed even after 10 minutes have passed.
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Turn off the power.
Check that the USB cable is connected to the USB terminal A.
Turn on the power and start the update process again.
For details on the procedure, obtain the update guide from the firmware download page.

Q31This means the firmware update failed. Please update the firmware again.For details, please refer to [the Firmware Update Guide](###IMG_ROOT###DDJ-1000_update_manual_e_2nd.pdf).
A31

This means the firmware update failed. Please update the firmware again.
For details, please refer to [the Firmware Update Guide].

Q32This means the firmware update failed. Turn on the power while holding down [SLIP REVERSE] and [4BEAT LOOP/EXIT] on the left deck. The red at the top of the master level indicator will start blinking and the DDJ-1000 will launch in firmware update mode. Then please start the update again.For details, please refer to [the Firmware Update Guide](###IMG_ROOT###DDJ-1000_update_manual_e_2nd.pdf).
A32

This means the firmware update failed. Turn on the power while holding down [SLIP REVERSE] and [4BEAT LOOP/EXIT] on the left deck. The red at the top of the master level indicator will start blinking and the DDJ-1000 will launch in firmware update mode. Then please start the update again.
For details, please refer to [the Firmware Update Guide].

Q33I can't apply FX when Beat FX is applied to MASTER when using rekordbox.
A33

Please update the firmware of the DDJ-1000 firmware to ver. 1.05 or later and rekordbox to ver. 5.3.0 or later.

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