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4 Things No One Misses About DJing (and one thing you should!)

By Glen Ervin:

Crack a cold one with my dad and he’d inevitably fall into telling you how the Designated Hitter Rule and the equally un-American embrace of expansion teams ruined baseball.

Like father, like son.

Join me for a brew and odds are you’ll hear me go grumpy old man about my favorite pastime, too. My favorite go-to, inevitably: “DJing was better in the day.”

But was it really?

Decide for yourself. Let’s take off the rose-colored beer goggles for a look back at a few things I suspect no one much misses — and the one thing we may all have to say goodbye to forever.

Shopping for music – While I didn’t have to walk 15 miles uphill both ways to buy music when I was kid, I did have to make a 90-mile pilgrimage to the bright lights and big bins of Orlando’s Orange Avenue for the “good stuff.” It was there I would spend entire afternoons combing through albums, along with other preternaturally pale music nerds, some who are still friends today — none of who would trade the ability to download the newest releases from the comfort of their favorite chair for days gone by.

FUN FACT: In 1985 a typical album was $9.98. That’s $22.42 in 2016 dollars.

Lugging Crates – I never weighed a crate of vinyl, but if I had to guess I’d say it fell somewhere between    ‘are you kidding me’ and ‘call 911.‘ On the plus side, gravity did inspire me to pare my options down to well-planned playlists, the downside of which was that I could never plan for everything. Given my druthers (and my age) I much prefer the unbearable lightness of my laptop.

 Upgrading Formats – If my research is correct, and it should be because I didn’t do any, in the 1990s the record labels made approximately a bazillion dollars getting us to repurchase the same music we bought on vinyl on “indestructible” compact discs. The only thing I miss about that is my money.

 Vinyl – Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see on the “Real DJs Spin Vinyl” threads spreading like Zika on social media these days: Even the best cared for vinyl will crackle and pop after repeated use. And as for vinyl sounding “better,” the lossless CD-quality files reputable DJ pools offer provide the same high-res 24-bit audio the artist hears upon studio playback. If warmer sounding is what you’re looking for, a few filters, a little mid-range boost and analog speakers are all it takes. Nostalgia does not equal great sound, just nostalgic sound.

The Sanctity of the DJ Booth – Not so long ago audiences expected a DJ to DJ. Just as you wouldn’t tell a plumber how to fix a faucet or your barber how to cut hair, you wouldn’t think of walking into a club and telling the DJ how to do his highly specialized job. The mere fact that he was at that club said it all: You went to that club to hear that DJ.

I miss that.

After being turned out to pasture following a 16-year club residency, Glen Ervin finds himself gainfully employed as Promo Only sales manager, media consultant and staff writer.

How to fix a speaker with Gaff Tape and Toilet Paper?

By Tony Fernandez:

For those who didn’t know, I was presenting a mixing seminar at the DJ Expo two weeks ago.

I decided to bring in my FULL sound rig because, well, as a working DJ, I wanted to ensure the attendants got a nice full sound experience. The breakout meeting room we were in did have in-house sound, but it was pretty anemic.

So the day of the seminar, I’m moving in my rig. As I unload from my truck, I pick up one of my tops and I hear / feel a rattle that wasn’t there before, nor should be there in the first place…

I move all my gear to the back of the house / service hall area, right behind where I was going to present. I set up a speaker triage center and…

With my Leatherman tool I was able to remove the horn lens and discovered that the driver attached to the horn snapped off. So after I cleaned my under ware (no pun intended, but yeah, I was a little stressed), I had to come up with a plan….

So: I married the driver back onto the lens and broke out the Gaff Tape. After I applied a very creative and judicious amount, I was able to attach, but not secure, the driver to the horn lens once I took the assembly go horizontal. There was too much weight and not enough support…

I look in the speaker box cavity where the horn assembly should go and I noticed that there were some foam blocks in there for dampening and support. However there wasn’t enough…

So: I go into the bathroom to splash some water on my face and gather my thoughts and decide to use some paper towels to build up the cavity and add support. Except, there ae NO paper towels because the paper towels dispensers are empty; just a litany of air dryers. I just start to pace in the men’s room… (Thank goodness no one was in there….) and a stall is open.


I see the TP. I take a roll. I wasn’t a beast; I did leave one as there was an extra roll.

So: I go back to my triage area and start stuffing the speaker cavity with TP. I was able to fill the cavity with enough to support the weight of the driver and re-install the driver to the speaker box.

Seminar started and sound was on point. Even had people asking what system I was using.

Moral of the story: Keep calm and rely on the experience that got you there. And yeah, always have Gaff Tape.

Thanks to my VA peeps for helping me set up and load out. Couldn’t have done it without their help.
It takes a village to do a seminar. And Gaff Tape with TP.


Based out of Richmond, VA, DJ Tony Fernandez has been a DJ, Remixer, Producer, Musical Soothsayer and Audio Gear Oracle since 1980. Find him on facebook. Email

Digital Edge: Introducing Pioneer’s XDJ-1000MK2 Multiplayer

Pioneer DJ has just announced it has updated one of its popular USB-only multiplayers to create the XDJ-1000MK2. The new player inherits even more features from the club-standard CDJ-2000NXS2, including its 7-inch full-color high-resolution touch screen, enhanced track browsing functionality, and support for playing high-quality FLAC and ALAC files. Quickly finding the perfect track to play next is easy thanks to Track Filter, which filters tracks by BPM and key, and the new Matching feature which displays suitable tracks you’ve previously tagged in rekordbox when they’re mixed with the track that’s currently playing.


The XDJ-1000MK2 also retains key features from before. You can use the Qwerty touch-screen keyboard to search for keywords, then scroll through results on-screen or with the large rotary dial. You can analyze and prepare your tracks in rekordbox and the screen will display at-a-glance information such as Wave Zoom, Beat Counter, Phase Meter and Key Analysis – as well as provide instant access to your pre-prepared cues, loops and customized rekordbox settings. Plus, you can color-code your USB devices and the illuminated USB port will reflect that color, so you instantly know what’s on each device.


To add even more creativity and variety to your performances, you can connect the DDJ-SP1 controller (sold separately) and use its large Performance Pads for tactile control of many of the new or improved features on the XDJ-1000MK2, including its eight Hot Cues.


The XDJ-1000MK2 will be available in the U.S. and Canada from September 2016, with a retail price of $1,199.00.


Watch the XDJ-1000MK2 introduction video.

Learn more about the XDJ-1000MK2.

Learn more about the rekordbox family.






  1. CDJ-style design

The XDJ-1000MK2 handles just like the club-standard CDJ-2000NXS2. Large jog wheels and a 7-inch color touch screen give you intuitive control over your mix.


  1. High-quality files supported among various formats

FLAC and ALAC files are now supported for high-quality sound, as well as MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files. You can play tracks prepared in rekordbox directly from your USB storage devices, or from your laptop by using rekordbox, or from your smartphone/iPhone or tablet by using rekordbox mobile for Android or iOS.


  1. High-resolution color LCD touch screen

Finding your next track on the XDJ-1000MK2 comes naturally thanks to the new high-resolution touch screen taken from the CDJ-2000NXS2. The screen displays large RGB waveforms and includes two new browsing features, Matching and Track Filter.


Browsing features:

  • Matching: Audition tracks in rekordbox before your performance and mark the ones that mix well together. When playing marked tracks in your set, the XDJ-1000MK2 suggests matched tracks to play next.
  • Track Filter: Refine your track search by filtering tracks by rekordbox information such as My Tag, as well as BPM and Key. Touch the screen and you can easily find related tracks to fit into your performance.
  • Search: Bring up the Qwerty keyboard on the touch screen to search for tracks quickly by name or keyword.



  1. Expanded performance features

Unleash your creativity using a number of features inherited from the CDJ-2000NXS2.


  • Hot Cues: Instantly start playback at a pre-set point. Up to eight Hot Cues can be set in advance to give you even more choice in the mix.
  • Quantize: Cue and loop points on tracks that have been beat-analyzed in rekordbox and they will automatically set in time with the track you’re playing. You can fine-tune the Quantize value even more accurately for total control.
  • MIDI controller interface: Connect the DDJ-SP1 controller with a USB cable for tactile control of numerous features of the XDJ-1000MK2, including Hot Cues, auto loops and Slip Mode. One DDJ-SP1 can control up to four XDJ multiplayers using Pro DJ Link.


  1. Pro DJ Link

Pro DJ Link lets you play tracks from one USB device across up to four multiplayers and unlocks a host of information and features.


  • Link Export: Connect your laptop using a USB or LAN cable to play tracks directly from your rekordbox library instead of using a USB device.
  • Beat Count and Phase Meter: Use rekordbox to mark key points on a track, and Beat Count will count down the beats to them from up to 64 bars away. Phase Meter shows the position of the beat in the bar, so you can compare the phase of each player with the master deck at a glance.
  • Beat Sync: Hit the Beat Sync button and you can align the beat positions and BPMs of tracks that have been beat-analyzed in rekordbox, playing on two multiplayers connected by Pro DJ Link.


  1. rekordbox ready

Use rekordbox to manage and prepare your tracks on your PC/Mac, tablet, smartphone or iPhone and use the XDJ-1000MK2’s features for creative performances on the fly.


  1. High-quality audio

The XDJ-1000MK2 inherits high-quality audio design from the CDJ-2000NXS2. Along with analog output terminals, a digital output sends audio without degradation, and the power supply circuit for analog audio is completely separate from the digital circuit, reducing unwanted noise.


  1. Other features
  • Shortcut button: Instantly switch to Browse mode or bring up My Settings.
  • Multi-colored wave display and Wave Zoom: Visually shows entire tracks from rekordbox.
  • Memory Cues: Check comments on Memory Cues that you’ve pre-set in rekordbox.
  • My Settings: Prepare your system’s setting preferences in rekordbox and instantly switch to your own settings during DJ changeovers in the booth.
  • Beat Jump: Instantly jump backwards or forwards 1, 2 or 4 beats from the current playback position.
  • Multi-colored USB port: Color-code your USB devices in rekordbox (e.g. red for techno or blue for drum & bass) and the light around the USB port will reflect that setting for ease of identification in the booth.
  • MIDI/HID control: Use the XDJ-1000MK2 with our performance application, rekordbox dj.





Playable media                       :iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Android phone, etc.

USB storage devices (flash memory/HDD, etc.): PC / Mac

Playable files               :MP3 (Sampling rate: 32/44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16-bit), AAC (Sampling rate: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16-bit) WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless (Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16/24-bit)

* rekordbox for iPhone: MP3 and AAC only


USB storage support file systems          :FAT, FAT32, HFS+

Frequency response     :4 Hz ~ 20 kHz

S/N ratio                      :115 dB or more

Total harmonic

distortion                      :0.003% or less

USB ports                     :USB (Type A) ×1, USB (Type B) ×1

Audio output ports       :AUDIO OUT (RCA) ×1, DIGITAL OUT(COAXIAL)× 1

Other ports                   :LAN(100Base-TX)× 1

Audio output voltage   :2.0 Vrms

Power requirements     :AC 110~240 V (50 Hz/60 Hz)

Power consumption     :30 W

Max external dimension

(W x D x H)                   :305.0 × 382.5 × 110.0 mm (12.0 x 15.1 x 4.3 mm)

Weight                         :3.7 kg (8.2 lbs)



OS(Windows)           :Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (The latest service pack)

OS(Mac)                 :Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9(Updated to the latest version)

CPU                             :Intel processor CoreTM i7, i5, i3

Intel processor CoreTM 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or above

Memory                       :4GB or more of RAM

Hard Drive                    :250MB or more of free space

(not including space for storing music files, etc.)

Display resolution        :Resolution of 1280 x 768 or greater



About Pioneer DJ

Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North, Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, rekordbox dj software, as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.



Pioneer PLX-500 Turntable

Vinyl Revolution: Introducing the PLX-500 –

Direct Drive Turntable for DJs and Vinyl Lovers

 Torrance, CA (August 3, 2016): Extending the family of Pioneer DJ’s turntable models, we’re releasing a new direct drive turntable to offer a more versatile vinyl solution for DJing and leisurely listening at a competitive price. The PLX-500 is ready to use straight out of the box thanks to its line output, which lets users plug it into their sound system or powered speakers with no need for an external amplifier.

Drawing on our heritage in making high-quality players and turntables, the PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces warm, clear analog sound. The high-torque deck is suitable for scratching and comes with everything DJs need, including a cartridge, stylus and slipmat; and its USB out means users can easily make high-quality digital recordings of their vinyl collection in our free rekordbox software. Users can use the PLX-500 and the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and scratch digital files when combining them with a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl. DJs can also choose between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match their set-up or the design of their home.

 The PLX-500-K and PLX-500-W will be available in the U.S. and Canada from September 2016, with a retail price of $349.00.

Watch the PLX-500 introduction video.

Learn more about the PLX-500



  1. High-quality analog vinyl sound

The PLX-500 series inherits design features from the PLX-1000 professional turntable to produce the high-quality sound expected from vinyl. The shortest possible audio routing from the stylus to the outputs reduces distortion, and the phono and line outputs mean users can connect directly to their sound system or powered speakers to enjoy warm sound.


  1. Easy digital recording

A built-in USB output means you can record your vinyl collection to high-quality digital WAV files by simply connecting the PLX-500 to your PC or Mac. Digitizing tracks is easy using our free rekordbox application. Once tracks are in the rekordbox collection, users can play them using the PLX-500 and a rekordbox dvs set-up, on a DDJ controller, or on CDJs via USB. Users can also enjoy them on their mobile devices whenever they want.


Using its audio analysis technology, rekordbox detects the silence between tracks and creates a separate file in your collection for each one, so you can just press play and record a whole album from an analogue source to individual tracks without resetting the recording in between songs. After you’ve finished recording you can name and tag all your new tracks.


How to record your vinyl to high-quality digital files:

  1. Connect the PLX-500 to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Open our free rekordbox application (version 4.2.1).
  3. Click the record button in the software and it enters Record Standby mode.
  4. Press play on the PLX-500. rekordbox begins recording when the music starts.
  5. When you’ve finished recording, press stop. A window opens in rekordbox where you can enter information for each track including name and artist. The tracks then appear in your rekordbox collection and you can search for them by name, artist etc.


  1. High-torque direct drive turntable for DJ performances and rekordbox dvs

The high-torque, direct drive PLX-500 is ideal for mixing and scratching. Users can also combine it with the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and perform with their digital files when using a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl (available separately).


  1. Dust cover with record sleeve stand

Enjoy the vinyl sound of your records and their artwork at the same time thanks to the dust cover that incorporates a stand for displaying record sleeves when open.


  1. Layout inherited from the PLX-1000 professional turntable

The PLX-500 inherits its slick design from the professional PLX-1000 turntable, and users can choose between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match the color of their gear or the interior of their home.

How to use rekordbox dvs:

Buy the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl from a Pioneer DJ authorized dealer or directly from (limited countries only). Visit to download the latest version of rekordbox for free, then buy rekordbox dj ($129.00) and rekordbox dvs ($99.00) license keys. Alternatively, you can subscribe to rekordbox dj for $9.90 per month and get rekordbox dvs as part of your subscription plan. Learn more about rekordbox dvs.

 The silver PC-HS01-S headshell that is included with the PLX-500 will be available to buy separately from December 2016 in three color options. Choose from the PC-HS01-K (black), PC-HS01-S (silver) and PC-HS01-N (gold) to complement the look of your set-up. Our PC-X10 cartridge or other cartridges can be attached to the headshells (all will be sold separately).


Power Requirements AC 100 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz
Power Consumption 11 W
Unit Weight 10.7 kg (23.6 lbs)
Maximum Dimensions


450 mm x 159 mm x 367 mm (17.7 in x 6.3 in x 14.4 in)
Output RCA × 1, USB (type B)
Drive Method Servo type direct drive
Motor 3-phase brushless DC motor
Braking System Electronic brake
Rotation Speed 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
Rotation Speed Adjustment Range ±8%
Wow and Flutter 0.15% or less WRMS
S/N Ratio 50 dB or above
Turntable Aluminium die-casting Diameter: 332 mm
Starting Torque 1.6 kgf/cm or more
Start Time Within 1 second (at 33 1/3 rpm)
Arm Type Universal type S-shape tone arm, gimbal-supported type bearing structure, static balance type
Effective Length 230.5 mm
Overhang 16 mm
Tracking Error Within 3°
Arm Height Adjustment Range 6 mm
Stylus Pressure Variable Range 0 g to 4.0 g(1 scale 0.1 g)
Proper Cartridge Weight 9.5 g or less (single cartridge)
Cartridge Type VM type
Slip mat, Dust cover with jacket stand, Adapter for EP record, Balance weight, Headshell (with cartridge), Shell weight, Power cord, USB cord, Audio conversion cord, Operating instructions
Weight 10.0 g
Shell Length 52 mm
Finger Length 21 mm

About Pioneer DJ

Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North, Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, rekordbox dj software, as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.


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