Pi­o­neer DJ XDJ-RR

This stand­alone player/mixer brings CDJ­work­flow to your home setup. Si Truss takes a spin…

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Pi­o­neer DJ’s lat­est is an all-in-one player, mixer and con­troller that brings the work­flow of the com­pany’s mar­ket-lead­ing CDJs and mix­ers to a tight, sim­pli­fied pack­age for home DJs or small clubs, bars or events.

Ef­fec­tively, the XDJ-RR is a sim­pli­fied ver­sion of the com­pany’s XDJ-RX2. As with that big­ger de­vice, here we get two jog­wheel-cen­tred track con­trollers, a two-chan­nel mixer and a built-in OS run­ning a ver­sion of Pi­o­neer’s reko­rd­box ap­pli­ca­tion. Both take their cues from the com­pany’s top-end Nexus mix­ers and play­ers, but the RR of­fers a pared-back fea­ture set, no­tably in the ef­fect se­lec­tion, the smaller, less-re­spon­sive per­for­mance pads and the lack of a touch­screen dis­play.

De­spite this, the XDJ-RR still of­fers a solid se­lec­tion of core DJing tools. Each mixer chan­nel has a three-band EQ with curves match­ing those on the Nexus mix­ers. There are two ef­fect sec­tions: Sound Color FX, which of­fers Fil­ter, Noise, Dub Echo and Pitch modes; and Beat FX, which of­fers tempo-sync’d Re­verb, De­lay and Flanger. Each sec­tion can only en­gage one ef­fect at a time, but these can be ap­plied to ei­ther, or both, channels. It’s not the most ex­ten­sive of ef­fect set­ups, but there’s just about enough flex­i­bil­ity on of­fer to keep things in­ter­est­ing.

The jog­wheels are sturdy and re­spon­sive, and main­tain the feel of Pi­o­neer DJ’s high-end play­ers and con­trollers. They lack the vis­ual feed­back of those found on the RX2, but with an on­board screen at the top of the unit, it’s no real loss. The four per­for­mance pads aren’t the most re­spon­sive we’ve tried, and the back­light­ing is lim­ited to a sin­gle colour, but they’re de­cent for cue point jump­ing and beat slic­ing.

The XDJ-RR is nicely flex­i­ble when it comes to load­ing in tracks. There’s a pair of USB ports along the top of the in­ter­face, which lets users load in AAC, MP3, WAV or AIF files from up to two USB drives. You can also con­nect the unit to a com­puter via a back panel USB con­nec­tion, and ei­ther ac­cess mu­sic di­rectly from your com­puter us­ing reko­rd­box’s Link Ex­port fea­ture, or use the XDJ-RR as a con­troller for reko­rd­box DJ run­ning on a lap­top (a full li­cense is in­cluded). The RR also lets users record their sets di­rectly to a USB key. The non-touch­screen dis­play does slow down brows­ing a lit­tle, but it’s not a ma­jor prob­lem.

By of­fer­ing all the core el­e­ments of Pi­o­neer’s pro-level DJ work­flow in a self-con­tained pack­age, the XDJ-RR makes an ex­cel­lent at-home sys­tem for begin­ners or DJs who want a sim­ple setup to try out ideas away from the booth. At over £1,000, it’s hardly priced at ‘en­try-level’ but com­pared to a full CDJ/mixer setup it of­fers de­cent value. The main draw­back in that sense is the lack of ex­pand­abil­ity – while there is a ba­sic aux in­put and mic in, there’s no way to add a third deck or vinyl turntable, which users might find ir­ri­tat­ing as they get more ad­vanced.

CON­TACT KEY FEA­TURES WHO: Pi­o­neer DJ WEB: www.pi­o­neerdj.com 2-chan­nel DJ player/ mixer/con­troller. I/O: 2x master out (RCA/XLR), 2x head­phone out (1/4-inch/3.5mm), 1x aux in (RCA), 1x mic in (XLR/jack). In­cluded soft­ware : reko­rd­box DJ

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