Since 1994’s debut of the CDJ-500 – the world’s first flat-top CD DJ player – each new flagship CDJ model from Pioneer DJ has become a favorite to many of the most respected DJs and clubs around the globe. The groundbreaking CDJ-1000 enabled more performance techniques, such as scratches that were previously only possible on analog turntables. Then, the CDJ-2000 ushered in rekordbox and Pro DJ Link. For the first time, DJs could manage music before exporting it to USB drives to use with the multi players. Subsequent features such as Wave Display (for better understanding the musical development of tracks) and Beat Sync have made mixing more intuitive. In 2016, the CDJ-2000NXS2 became the first choice for clubs, festivals, and DJs all over the world who perform with digital music files, thanks to its improved feature set and outstanding sound quality.
The CDJ has evolved significantly since the 1990s. And, while the next-generation CDJ-3000 is in many ways unrecognizable from the early units, it retains the ambition and purpose that have always driven the CDJ range: to provide you with an intuitive, great-feeling interface that gives you the power to manipulate the music any way you can think of (and in some ways you might not have imagined).
The most advanced player Pioneer DJ has ever made
When you’re performing, you need to know the decks can make your creative vision a reality and handle everything you throw at them. Pioneer DJ designed the CDJ-3000 to do that and more. The MPU in the unit isn’t just the first they’ve ever put in a CDJ – it’s also the most advanced in any DJ player you can buy. It drives the unit, delivering stable performance and enabling advanced new features, and it works with the other parts of the player to create a smoother DJ experience. For example, you’ll notice that tracks and Hot Cues load faster than ever thanks to the capabilities of the MPU and Gigabit Ethernet connection. The CDJ-3000 is a rekordbox Hardware Unlock device too. So, to use Performance mode, all you need to do is to update to the latest version of the software, even if you’re using the Free subscription plan.
You pour your heart into your DJ sets, so all your hard work and creativity deserves to be felt by your audience. The crowd will hear your tracks, and every nuance of your performance, in rich detail thanks to the brand-new audio design in the CDJ-3000.
You won’t just hear the improvements in the CDJ-3000 – you’ll see them too. You can choose the information you want to view in laser-sharp detail on the 9″ touchscreen, which is bigger and has a higher resolution than the one on the CDJ-2000NXS2. Pioneer DJ kept the its familiar intuitive user interface so you’ll feel at home, but added handy new controls, such as shortcuts, to make it easier to jump between different categories in your music collection. Other fresh features include Touch Preview for effortless and rapid track selection, and Touch Cue, Stacked Waveform, and 3Band Waveform, ensure you’ll always know where the perfect mix points are on the cued track and the one you’re currently playing.
The CDJ-3000’s enhanced layout means you can use it as if it’s a musical instrument. Eight Hot Cue buttons – twice as many as the CDJ-2000NXS2 – are arranged from left to right underneath the waveform display for more intuitive triggering. Operate Beat Jump with the new hardware buttons and hit Key Sync to mix harmonically. You can also create a wider range of loops with the new 8-Beat Loop button which comes in addition to the classic 4-Beat control.
Feel is so important when you’re DJing – whether you’re making a tiny adjustment to a track’s pitch or performing the most intricate scratch technique. Pioneer DJ redesigned the jog wheel for the CDJ-3000 to create the smoothest action on any multi player they’ve ever offered. Touch latency is also better than ever, and you can use the LCD screen in the center of the jog to keep an eye on the playhead position and reference album artwork. Find out about all of this, and more, below.
To use the CDJ-3000 with rekordbox, update to the latest version of the software (ver. 6.1.0). To play tracks from your iPhone, update to rekordbox ver. 3.0 (iOS).
Advanced MPU brings enhanced performance and rock-solid stability
As well as expanded creative options, the CDJ-3000 brings even more stability and reliability to your setup:
• Advanced MPU
With the its highly advanced MPU in any multi player on the market, the CDJ-3000 works in a smoother, more stable way than any of its predecessors. The MPU’s processing power has allowed for exciting new functions that weren’t possible before to be added and gives it the bandwidth for more features via future updates.
• Pro DJ Link with Gigabit Ethernet
Thanks to the Gigabit Ethernet connection for Pro DJ Link, you can share and play audio files from USB devices and SD cards on up to six CDJ-3000 units when you combine them with a 6-channel mixer such as the DJM-V10 (sold separately).
• Better screen visibility
The maximum screen brightness has been improved by more than 150% compared to that on the CDJ-2000NXS2, so you can crank it up depending on the environment you’re playing in for improved visibility.
• Tougher components
The high-quality aluminum top plate and redesigned play, cue and Hot Cue buttons are stronger than before, and the lockable V-Lock power cable*1 guards against accidental disconnections. The unit also comes with a high-quality digital cable that’s easy to handle and perfect for club use and professional setups.
Enhanced audio design
With more than 25 years of experience, Pioneer DJ was able to create the ultimate DJ sound, faithfully reproducing the audio of each track as the producer intended it to be heard, while also ensuring the most intricate details of your performance are equally enjoyed.
The CDJ-3000 unifies internal audio calculation processing to 96 kHz/32-bit floating in all playable audio formats. As a result, the unit can capture the subtleties of the original sound source, including its depth and ambience, and even the slight changes in the timbre of the low range. Advanced audio processing technology, such as variable speed playback, master tempo, and the new Key Shift function all help to create a more realistic representation of the spatial sound and a more musical bass sound than any other Pioneer DJ multi player has produced.
To get the maximum performance from the DAC (digital-to-analog converter), every part of the circuit that outputs analog audio was reviewed and various improvements were made where the were needed. The digital audio was tuned to achieve optimum sound quality in the player as a whole by testing numerous different components to find the best possible design for key parts. As a result, digital noise was reduced to create a natural sound that the crowd will want to listen to for long sets – even at high volume.
9″ high-resolution touchscreen with never-seen-before features
With a touchscreen that’s bigger and clearer than the one on the CDJ-2000NXS2, Pioneer DJ was able to add extra information, shortcuts and buttons for frequently used categories and functions, such as Playlist and Search, so you can access them directly at any time. The GUI (graphic user interface) will feel familiar if you’ve used the CDJ-2000NXS2 before, plus you can customize the information you want to see and set preferences for aspects such as text size. You can now swipe on the screen to navigate and use the sort function to rearrange the track list by touching the display. All this makes for an improved workflow and helps you to browse tracks more instinctively. A number of new features make it easy for you to choose the perfect track and the right moment to drop it into your mix:
Listen to any part of a track you want to preview by simply touching its waveform in the relevant place in the browse section. If you have multiple CDJ-3000 players connected with the DJM-V10 or DJM-900NXS2 mixer via Pro DJ Link, you can even preview tracks from another player thanks to Link Cue.
Listen to another part of the track that’s currently playing by touching the waveform – the crowd won’t hear what you’re doing. This comes in handy when you need to familiarize yourself with the progression of a track to identify a mix point, especially during DJ handovers and back-to-back sets. Link Cue (see above) even enables you to listen to different parts of the track that another DJ is playing on a separate player.
Keep an eye on the enlarged waveform of the track on the master player and the one you want to cue up, all on one screen. Identify mix points and visually check the beatgrids are perfectly lined up at a glance.
Support for 3Band Waveform
Understand how a track sounds without even listening to it. 3Band Waveform uses different colors to indicate the volume of each frequency band in files analyzed by rekordbox so you can see the composition of the music just by looking at the waveform. 3Band Waveform comes in addition to the previous RGB and Blue options.
Key Sync and Key Shift
Hit the Key Sync button and the CDJ-3000 will automatically adjust the key of the incoming track to match the one playing on the master deck, helping you craft a smooth and harmonic mix. With Key Shift on the touchscreen, you can manually shift the key of a track up or down.
Pioneer DJ’s smoothest-ever jog wheel
Effortlessly scratch and smoothly bend the pitch of tracks. The mechanism inside the jog wheel has been completely redesigned so it feels slicker than any unit they’ve ever made, and reduced the touch latency by half compared to the CDJ-2000NXS2. The LCD screen in the center indicates playhead position and displays artwork for a quick visual reminder of which tracks are loaded on each deck.
Rebuilt range-leading performance interface
Get hands-on with the redesigned controls and new features of the CDJ-3000 – all arranged in a way that lets you play the CDJ like it’s a musical instrument.
Eight Hot Cue buttons
Intuitively trigger Hot Cues via the eight buttons that run from left to right underneath the waveform display. The linear positioning makes it feel more natural to select cue points according to their position in the track.
Dedicated Beat Jump buttons
Jump forward or backward from the current playback position in the track by pressing the dedicated Beat Jump buttons. You can set the quantized number of beats to a value of 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 beats.
Advanced Auto Beat Loop section
As well as the popular 4-Beat Loop control from the CDJ-2000NXS2, the CDJ-3000 includes an 8-Beat Loop button for further creative possibilities. Want to make polyrhythmic loops? Use the expanded options for odd-numbered loops to remix sounds on the fly.
Flexible performance options
Play rekordbox-analyzed music from USB drives via Export mode or connect your laptop with USB-HID control to use Link Export or Performance mode. Because the CDJ-3000 is a Hardware Unlock device, you can use Performance mode for free – there’s no need for a paid subscription plan – so you can play all the tracks in your rekordbox library, including any from Beatport/Beatsource LINK and SoundCloud Go+ (subscriptions required for streaming services).
You can also connect your iPhone to the CDJ-3000 via a USB cable*2 and mix music directly from the latest iOS version of rekordbox, which supports lossless file types, including WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF, as well as MP3 and AAC.
An upcoming release of Serato DJ Pro will introduce official support for the CDJ-3000, so watch out for news on that.
Pro DJ Link with enhanced lighting support: Take your show to the next level
Sync your sounds with lights thanks to compatibility with the new Pro DJ Link Lighting feature. The CDJ-3000 sends phrase analysis information to rekordbox (PC/Mac) so you can control lighting effects via the RB-DMX1 (available separately) and take your show to the next level.
- SD memory card
- USB device
- Mobile device (iOS/Android)
- (Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16 bit)
- AAC (Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16 bit)
- WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless (Sampling rate: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, Bit depth: 16/24 bit)
- USB storage support
- FAT16 FAT32 HFS+
- 4Hz to 40kHz
- S/N Ratio
- 115 dB or more
Total Harmonic Distortion
- 0.0018% or less
Audio output terminal
- Audio Out (RCA) x 1
- Digital Out (Coaxial) x 1
- USB (Type A) × 1
- USB (Type B) × 1
- LAN (1000Base-T) x 1
Audio output voltage
- 2.0 Vrms
- AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
Maximum Dimensions (WxDxH)
- 329x453x118 mm 12.95”x17.83″x4.65”
- 5.5 kg /12.1 lb.
- Power cord V-lock*1)
- Digital audio cable
- Analog audio cable
- LAN cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Precautions for Use
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