With the recent success of their exploding controller line, last week many in the DJ field wondered: Why did Pioneer sell their DJ division to investment company KKR for $551 million? Leadership in Japan has been talking about the sale of Pioneer DJ for months according to a source close to the deal and both companies. That source chatted with us on the condition of anonymity, revealing fresh details on the sale and what DJs might expect in the future.
Today Reuters reported, and Pioneer confirmed they are "considering" selling their highly successful DJ division. People familiar with the transaction indicated such a deal could be worth 570 million US dollars. Pioneer is certainly at the top of their game with some of the most popular DJ gear in the market bearing their stamp this year. Perhaps it's a good time to go out on top - but what does that mean for the DJ industry?
No matter what music you mix or what you mix on, headphones are a necessity for any DJ. Pioneer has always been one of the go to DJ brands when one is looking for quality in sound and production. Today, Pioneer has announced the HDJ-C70 headphones as part of their line-up of DJ headphones. Read more about the HDJ-C70’s look, feel, and construction inside.
Pioneer's CDJs are some of the most prevalent pieces of DJ hardware found in current DJ booths, and mixing harmonically has become a critical element of crafting a great set for many DJs. Today, Chris Brackley goes through a few of the best ways to mix in key on Pioneer's CDJ units - including a little-known trick on newer CDJs where they'll use a stoplight system to let you know if an upcoming track is compatible with the playing one. Watch the full thing and read more in today's article.
Amongst the recent Serato DJ software announcements, Pioneer announced the upcoming release of the DDJ-SX2, which comes just in time. With the latest release of Serato DJ 1.7.0, Pioneer has created the first controller that natively supports the Serato Flip controls inside the Serato DJ software. This controller inherits two of the top features from […]
The new PLX-1000 is a direct drive analog turntable that's very similar in design to the Technics 1200s and many of the other super OEM models that have come after it. There's a standard layout, long pitch fader with a range of tempo adjustments from ±8% and ±16% to ±50% and a reset switch, and a lighted speed guide on the platter.
Pioneer quietly suspended new registrations of their rapidly-aging Rekordbox software a few weeks ago, and today they're launching the new version, Rekordbox 3.0. With completely rebuilt interface and functionality that serious working DJs should expect from a preparation software, this release is a big deal for CDJ users around the world. Watch the introduction video and read more about the new features inside.
Pioneer DJ has put out a new video celebrating 20 years of designing DJ technology - specifically focusing on the many iterations of the CDJ. Watch as Carl Cox, James Zabiela, Jazzy Jeff, Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold, and more all share their stories of encountering Pioneer's early CDJ gear and how they feel like it changed the state of DJing.