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  • Page 1 Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Analysis of music files for your DJ performance ..............19 2.1.2 Enhanced browser for speedy and easy track selection ............ 19 2.1.3 Consolidate management of music files and data by linking Pioneer DJ products .... 20 2.1.4 DJ performance using rekordbox ..................21 Contents ............................. 22 How to use this manual ......................
  • Page 3 3.4.2 Use folders and music files in your computer and USB flash drive ........38 3.4.3 rekordbox xml ........................39 Efficient DJ set preparation using various features of rekordbox..........40 3.5.1 Shortcuts to instantly navigating Tree View................ 40 3.5.2 Playlist Palette to display multiple playlists for easier track selection ......... 42 3.5.3...
  • Page 4 Updating the file paths of missing music files..............130 PERFORMANCE mode ....................131 Enjoy DJ performance with DJ units..................131 5.1.1 Using rekordbox with a controller ..................131 5.1.2 Using rekordbox with CDJ/XDJ ..................132 Part names ..........................134 5.2.1 Global section ........................
  • Page 5 5.2.15 Recording ........................154 5.2.16 Sampler ........................... 155 5.2.17 Sequencer ........................156 Basic operation ........................158 5.3.1 Launching rekordbox ....................... 158 5.3.2 Loading tracks........................159 5.3.3 Playback .......................... 159 5.3.4 Adjusting the playing speed (Tempo Control) ..............160 5.3.5 Setting current cue point ....................161 5.3.6...
  • Page 6 5.7.9 To use SOUND COLOR FX ..................... 185 5.7.10 PAD FX ..........................188 Sampler ............................ 191 5.8.1 To display sampler deck ....................191 5.8.2 To use sampler......................... 192 5.8.3 Color setting of sampler slots ................... 198 Sequencer ..........................199 5.9.1 How to use sequencer .....................
  • Page 7: Prior To Use (Important)

    DJ performance tools - Hot Cues, Sampler, Slicer, Sound Color FX, Beat FX, Beat Jump and Pad FX.  Create your own playlists with rekordbox - classify and search for music files stored on your computer according to the needs for various DJ scenes. ...
  • Page 8 In this case, take the necessary measures to ensure sufficient free memory. We recommend adding extra memory in order to achieve stable performance. - When there are many tracks being managed in the rekordbox library. - When resident programs and services are running Depending on your computer’s power saving settings and other factors, it may not be...
  • Page 9: Communications Environment On The Computer

    Especially when using a laptop computer, make sure to utilize external AC power sources to ensure high performance settings of the computer while using rekordbox. rekordbox may not operate properly when combined with other software programs installed on your computer.
  • Page 10: Music Files That Can Be Loaded And Played (File Formats)

     It may not be possible to read or play music files including both audio and video or copyright- protected music files.  For music files (file formats) that can be loaded and played on DJ equipment produced by Pioneer DJ, see the Operating Instructions for each DJ equipment.
  • Page 11: Supported Media (File System)

    Log on as the user which was set as the computer’s administrator to use rekordbox. To use rekordbox for the first time, or in case you did not register user registration when you installed other version of rekordbox, windows for user registration and account setting will be displayed on the screen.
  • Page 12 With your computer connected to the Internet, you can access to Online Manual and Support Site from rekordbox [Help] menu. For Mac OS X Click the [Applications] > [rekordbox 4] Folder with Finder, then double-click [rekordbox]. For Windows ® Double-click the [rekordbox] icon (shortcut) on the desktop.
  • Page 13: Account Setup

    You need to create and setup a rekordbox account (KUVO account) before using rekordbox. If you have a rekordbox 3 account, you can use it. License keys for rekordbox 2 or earlier cannot be used. If you obtained an account when you submitted an inquiry, you cannot use it for rekordbox.
  • Page 14 Read Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and tick the checkbox to agree. You cannot use the application if you do not consent. Click [Create my account]. rekordbox will send information needed to account setup to the email address you entered.
  • Page 15 If you are not connected to the Internet Log in to the KUVO website (http://kuvo.com/) from another computer connected to the internet using your rekordbox account. Click [EDIT PROFILE] to download an account key file (djprofile.nxs) from [EDIT PROFILE]. Save the downloaded account key file in the computer where rekordbox is installed.
  • Page 16: Selecting How You Use Rekordbox

    Click the [Music management] icon if you are:  To use rekordbox as a music management software for set preparation for DJing, i.e. making playlists, checking beat grids and tempo and setting cue points with your CDJs/XDJs.
  • Page 17: Kuvo Setting

    1.10 KUVO Setting After clicking the icon, the KUVO window appears as below. You can choose your DJ playlist information either public or private. This settings can be changed later. To change this setting, open [KUVO] from the menu → select [Privacy Settings]. To use KUVO, please refer to the Configuration Guide.
  • Page 18: Installing Audio Driver

    After the KUVO privacy setting, [Audio Driver Install] window appears. You may have to install an audio driver to output audio from rekordbox to Pioneer DJ equipment. Select the equipment you are going to use and install an appropriate audio driver.
  • Page 19: Using The Online Support Site

    FAQ provided on the rekordbox online support site. <rekordbox online support site> http://rekordbox.com/  User registration on the rekordbox online support site is required prior to making inquiries concerning rekordbox.  Be careful not to forget the log-in name (your e-mail address) and password specified when you registered.
  • Page 20: Introduction

    Beat Sync The beat positions and BPMs of tracks played on multiple DJ equipment can be automatically synchronized by analyzing music files by rekordbox. This will enable you to perform a wide variety of effect and mixing techniques. 2.1.2...
  • Page 21: Consolidate Management Of Music Files And Data By Linking Pioneer Dj Products

    Consolidate management of music files and data by linking Pioneer DJ products Sync Manager You can export music files to devices always in an updated status by synchronizing rekordbox with iTunes and USB device. DJ performance with storage media (SD & USB EXPORT) Export prepared tracks and playlists to USB devices (flash memory or hard drive) and SD memory card.
  • Page 22: Dj Performance Using Rekordbox

    If you connect a computer to the DJ equipment r with a LAN cable, the rekordbox music files and data can be loaded onto up to four DJ equipment in real time. Enjoy DJ performance using rekordbox Connect DJ units and a computer with rekordbox installed using a USB cable. You can enjoy DJing using rekordbox controlled by the DJ units.
  • Page 23: Contents

    You can record, playback and store the sequences you played at the sampler deck. Slicer rekordbox slicer function divides a specified range into eight equal sections, and these 8 sliced sections are assigned to respective performance pads. While one of the performance pads is clicked and long-pressed, the sound divided and assigned to that pad is played in a loop.
  • Page 24: Export And Performance Mode

    Contents and go to the page of the topic. EXPORT and PERFORMANCE mode rekordbox provides two types of application for your DJ set preparation and liver DJ performance. EXPORT mode You can export tracks and playlists to USB device/SD card, and enjoy DJ performance via...
  • Page 25: Performance Mode

    Library of music files and playlists managed in rekordbox can be exported to USB device/SD card. Inserting USB device/SD card to players supporting rekordbox, you can use exported track/playlists on the device. You can also transfer music files directly from your computer to compatible CDJ/XDJs using PRO DJ LINK.
  • Page 26: Using Performance Mode

    PERFORMANCE mode will become available by activating rekordbox dj Plus Pack with a license key. You can try PERFORMANCE mode for 30 days for free without a license key. Using PERFORMANCE mode To use PERFORMANCE mode (mode to use DJ performance function), activation (license authentication) of rekordbox dj Plus Pack is required.
  • Page 27: Activation

    The activation window automatically appears when it is the first time you launch the rekordbox after installation. In this case, start from Step 1. When it is not the first time to launch rekordbox and the activation window does not appear automatically, please start from Step 2.
  • Page 28 Click [Help] > [Activate] in the application menu. -> The following window appears. Account name Enter your e-mail address and password you used for rekordbox account setup, and click [OK]. -> A screen to input a license key is displayed.
  • Page 29: Downloading And Installing Sampler Plus Pack

    Once you activate rekordbox, you can download audio files called “Sampler Plus Pack” which can be used for the rekordbox sampler. Select [Download Sampler Plus Pack] from [Import] at [File] menu. After downloading, select [Import Sampler Plus Pack] to import the downloaded...
  • Page 30: Cautions For Activation

    Make sure that the computer is properly connected to the internet, then follow the instructions bellow to deactivate the license. Deactivation Launch rekordbox on the old computer. Click [Preferences] to open. Click the [License] tab. Write down the license key shown in the License Key section.
  • Page 31: Trial Of Performance Mode (Trial Mode)

    Starting trial Select [Help] > [Activate] from the application menu. Click “Try rekordbox dj for 30 days” on the screen. You will be asked if you would like to start trial. Click “Yes”. If you are asked the password of the administrator’s password, input the password.
  • Page 32: Common Features Of Export/ Performance Mode

    Adding music files to Collection [Collection] is a list of all the tracks organized by rekordbox. Music files in your computer will be analyzed and stored to create Collection of rekordbox. 3.1.1 Adding music files to Collection Click [Collection] in Tree View.
  • Page 33: Editing Information On A Music File

    The artwork image is added to the music file. 3.1.4 Reloading tag information of a music file When an external application software is used to update tag information of the music file, you need to update the tag information by reloading it in rekordbox.
  • Page 34: Searching For Music Files

    Click on the upper right of [Information] window. The tag information of a music file is reloaded. You can reload the tag information by selecting the track you wish to reload tag info and click [Reload Tag] in context menu (right-click menu). When tag information of a music file is reloaded, the contents previously edited at the [Info] and [Artwork] tabs are replaced with the reloaded tag information.
  • Page 35: Searching For A Music File Using The Category Filter

     This display will be reset when characters are deleted or the button is clicked. 3.2.2 Searching for a music file using the category filter Click [Collection] in Tree View. Music files in [Collection] are displayed in the track list. Click on the top of the track list.
  • Page 36: Organizing Music Files By Using Playlists

    Organizing music files by using playlists You can organize the music collection on rekordbox by creating playlists prior to DJ performance. 3.3.1 Creating a new playlist Click on the right side of playlists or a playlist folder. New playlist ([Untitled Playlist]) is created under [Playlists].
  • Page 37: Adding Playlists By Importing An External File

     To delete a playlist, select the playlist then press the [Delete] key on the computer’s keyboard.  To remove a music file from a playlist, select the music file then press the [Delete] key on the computer’s keyboard. 3.3.2 Adding playlists by importing an external file The playlist file formats which can be imported are M3U and M3U8 (extensions: “m3u”, “m3u8”).
  • Page 38: Browsing External Library

    Browsing external library iTunes library and music files stored in your computer can be used on rekordbox. You can also use rekordbox xml library. 3.4.1 Browsing iTunes Library If iTunes is installed to your computer, iTunes library can be used on rekordbox.
  • Page 39: Use Folders And Music Files In Your Computer And Usb Flash Drive

    [Playlists] as a rekordbox Playlist. Reloading the iTunes library information You can reload your updated iTunes library information to reflect it in rekordbox. Click [Collection] in Tree View. Music files in [Collection] are displayed in the track list.
  • Page 40: Rekordbox Xml

    A playlist is created with the name of the folder. 3.4.3 rekordbox xml You can import files in rekordbox xml format and use them in rekordbox xml library. Select rekordbox xml. Open [Preferences] > [Advanced] > [Database] tab, and click at [Imported Library] in [rekordbox xml] section, and specify an xml file.
  • Page 41: Efficient Dj Set Preparation Using Various Features Of Rekordbox

    Efficient DJ set preparation using various features of rekordbox This section provides you how to efficiently use many features to support preparation for DJ performance. 3.5.1 Shortcuts to instantly navigating Tree View If you create a shortcut of a folder or a playlist in Tree View and click it, the folder or the playlist is shown and highlighted instantly.
  • Page 42 The shortcut column appears. Drag a folder or a playlist in Tree View to an empty field of the shortcut column. A shortcut for a folder or a playlist is created there.  If you drag a folder or a playlist to an already created shortcut, the shortcut is overwritten with the newly dragged one.
  • Page 43: Playlist Palette To Display Multiple Playlists For Easier Track Selection

     Assign Playlists to a Palette. Maximum 4 Playlists can be displayed simultaneously in the Palette and the Playlists can be edited there.  The Playlists in the Palettes will remain as they are even after you exit rekordbox. Selecting a Palette Three palettes on the right among the four palettes are the Playlist Palettes.
  • Page 44 Adding tracks to the Palette Drag a track in the track list to a Playlist of the Palette. The track is added to a playlist in the Palette. When a track is dragged to [blank list], [Untitled Playlist] is created. Type the playlist name on your computer keyboard.
  • Page 45 Loading a track in the Palette to player/deck panel. Drag a track in the Palette and drop it to a player panel. The track in the Palette is loaded to the player/deck. Sorting tracks in the Palette Click on the right side of the playlist name bar of the Palette. A drop-down menu appears.
  • Page 46: Organizing Music Files Using Intelligent Playlists

    Changing the order of the playlist in Palette Drag and drop the playlist name of the Palette to another column in the palette. The order of the 4 playlists in the Palette can be arranged. Highlighting the playlist in Tree View Click a playlist name of the Palette.
  • Page 47 Select a filter. Select how to narrow down your search.  [=]: Music files which fully match the text or value you entered are shown in the list.  [≠]: Music files which do not match the text or value you entered are shown in the list. ...
  • Page 48: Customized Browsing Using My Tag

    Click the [OK] button. An Intelligent Playlist is created below [Playlists] in Tree View folder.  Right-click the Intelligent Playlist in Tree View and select [Edit the Intelligent Playlist] to show and edit the filters to narrow down the search. ...
  • Page 49 Category: You can add category names you wish.  My Tag has 4 categories and the category names can be changed as you wish. My Tag: You can attach tags to music files. You can change tag names as you wish. My Tag checkbox: Tick this checkbox to attach or remove a tag to the music file selected in the track list.
  • Page 50 Refining search using My Tag Click on the left side of the search filter. Track filter is displayed. In addition to My Tag, you can refine your search BY BPM, KEY, RATING and COLOR. Select BPM. Music files whose BPM is in the selected BPM range are displayed at the track list. ...
  • Page 51  When multiple tags are selected, the music files containing all My Tags are displayed in the track list.  Click [RST] to reset conditions set by My Tag filters.  Tick/untick the checkbox to enable/disable the search filter. Deleting My Tag Click on the right edge of the screen.
  • Page 52: Display Related Tracks

    3.5.5 Display related tracks You can retrieve a list of tracks related to a selected track. How they are related can be set as you wish, based on the criteria of track information such as BPM, key, color setting, rating and My Tag, etc.
  • Page 53 Current track: Specify a track you wish to know its related tracks EXPORT mode  PLAYER A: Track loaded to [PLAYER A] is specified.  PLAYER B: Track loaded to [PLAYER B] is specified.  MASTER PLAYER: Track loaded to [MASTER PLAYER] is specified. ...
  • Page 54: Sub Browser

     History: Suggested tracks are shown based on your playback history on CDJ stored in rekordbox.  Matching: Tracks you previously selected by clicking icon as a good match combination in 2 Players mode are shown. When [BPM/Key, etc.] are selected, the following parameters can be selected.
  • Page 55: Export Mode

    Store music files on your computer.  rekordbox does not allow you to import music files from audio CDs or purchase music files over the internet. It is recommended to have music files ready on your computer which have been imported by other applications.
  • Page 56 (e.g. iPhones, Android ™ devices). Also, music data that has been edited on mobile devices can be reflected to rekordbox.  rekordbox must also be installed on the mobile device. The mobile device version of rekordbox can be downloaded onto the mobile device from online software markets, such as App Store and Google Play.
  • Page 57: Using Rekordbox With Dj Equipment

    DJ performance with a USB device (USB EXPORT) You can load music files and data prepared with rekordbox to DJ equipment via USB devices (flash memory or hard disk).  In addition to USB devices, SD memory cards can be used for some DJ equipment (e.g.
  • Page 58 DJ performance with LAN connection (LINK EXPORT) You can load music files or data from rekordbox onto DJ equipment in real time if you connect the computer to the DJ equipment with a LAN cable or wireless LAN.  For instructions on connections, see the Operating Instructions for each DJ equipment and computer.
  • Page 59 For instructions on connections, see the Operating Instructions for each specific DJ equipment. When you connect a computer with rekordbox to PRO DJ LINK wired LAN, rekordbox music files and data can be loaded in real time on up to four DJ equipment.
  • Page 60: Names And Functions Of Parts

    Names and functions of parts 4.3.1 Player panel 1-Player mode Click to jump forward from the current playback position. Click to jump backward from the current playback position. Moves to the beginning of a track (track search). Click to move to the beginning of the next track. Click to jump to the beginning of the currently playing track.
  • Page 61 Track information display Displays the title, artist and key of the music file loaded to the player. Mode Switch button Select Export/ PERFORMANCE mode. Enlarged waveform display The playing position can be moved backwards or forwards by dragging the displayed waveform left and right.
  • Page 62 Displays BPM (Beats Per Minute) of the track now playing. Player panel display selector Click the player panel display.  : One player is displayed in the Player panel.  : Two players are displayed in the Player panel.  : A simple player is displayed in the Player panel.
  • Page 63 Preferences Opens the [Preferences] screen. Time display Displays the current time on your computer clock. Audio dropout meter Audio will dropout if it reaches to 100%. The sub-panel for the loaded track Displays information of the track now loaded to the player and comments for [MEMORY] and [HOT CUE].
  • Page 64 Starts or pauses playback. Beat Jump  Select the beat length to jump from the current position when clicking 2-Player mode  Please see “1 Player mode” for the contents which are not explained here. Function panel show/hide button Click this icon to show or hide the Function panel. MEMORY Saves cue and loop points that have been set.
  • Page 65 Tracks of good match combination Click this icon if two tracks in Player A and B are in good match combination. BEAT SYNC Click it to turn on the beat sync function. Pitch bend Keep pressing these buttons for pitch bend while playing the track. Hold to speed up and hold to slow down.
  • Page 66: The Sub-Panel For The Loaded Track

    4.3.2 The sub-panel for the loaded track MEMORY panel Lists all the saved cue and loop points. When you save a loop point, this icon appears. Saving cues or loops Click this icon to set an active loop (4.6.1 ); then, the icon turns red. MEMORY Click this icon to show the [MEMORY] panel in the sub-panel.
  • Page 67 HOT CUE panel All the saved hot cues are listed. [A], [B], [C], [D], [E], [F], [G], [H] Displays HOT CUE [A]-[H]. If a green icon is lit, a cue is saved there, if an orange icon is lit, a loop is saved and if an icon is dimmed in gray, it is empty.
  • Page 68: Function Panel

    Comment Shows a comment of stored hot cues. You can edit them. INFO panel Displays information of a track loaded to the player. Track information display Displays detailed information of the track loaded to the player. INFO Click this icon to show the INFO panel in the sub-panel for the loaded track. 4.3.3 Function panel Click the buttons to switch the function panel between [CUE/LOOP] and [GRID].
  • Page 69  Hover the mouse curser on the button to display the [×] button. Click the [×] button to delete the saved HOT CUE. LOOP IN/LOOP OUT Sets real-time cues and loop in/out points. RELOOP/EXIT Cancels or resumes loop playback. Click this icon to halve the length of the currently playing loop. Auto Beat Loop (1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 4, 8, 16, 32) Sets the loop length by the specified number of beats.
  • Page 70 GRID panel Adjusts beat grid. GRID Click this icon to open the [GRID] panel. Metronome sound comes with the playing track in sync with the beat grid. Click this button to adjust volume of metronome in three levels. Enable/disable re-analysis, KEY detection and GRID edit. When disabled, the icon changes to You can right-click the track and select [Analysis Lock] from the drop-down menu to enable/disable re-analysis.
  • Page 71 Widens beat grid distance by 1 msec. Moves the beat grid 1 msec to the left. The entire beat grid is slid to match the nearest beat position to the current playback position shown in a white vertical line at the center of the waveform. Moves the beat grid 1 msec to the right.
  • Page 72: Browser Panel

    Click this icon to manually set BPM. 4.3.4 Browser panel Shortcut Drag a folder or a playlist in Tree View, and drop it in a slot to make a shortcut. Playlist path This icon will appear if a track highlighted in the track list is stored in playlist(s). Click show a list of playlist path(s).
  • Page 73 Search filter Searches for music files using the search filter. Display/hide playlist palette Displays/hides playlist palette. Column header Sorts information and searches music file information. You can display/hide the column headers and change their order. My Tag Click the icon to display My Tag settings pane on the right side of track list. Related tracks Click the icon to show tracks suggested to be played next in the right side of track list.
  • Page 74 Whether [Hot Cue Bank Lists], [iTunes], [rekordbox xml] and [Explorer] are displayed or hidden can be selected in [View] > [Layout] in the [Preferences] screen. Sync Manager Click this icon to open the Sync Manager panel to sync rekordbox with external libraries. LINK Enables communications with DJ units (e.g. CDJ-2000NXS2, CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-2000, CDJ-900NXS, CDJ-900, XDJ-1000, XDJ-RX, XDJ-AERO) connected by LAN cable or wireless LAN.
  • Page 75: Link Status Panel

    4.3.5 Link status panel When rekordbox is connected to DJ units via LAN, Link Status panel appears. LINK Terminates communications with DJ units (e.g. CDJ-2000NXS2, CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-2000, CDJ-900NXS, CDJ-900, XDJ-1000, XDJ-RX, XDJ-AERO) connected by LAN cable or wireless LAN. Sync master Synchronizes using the master BPM (tempo) specified by rekordbox when you use DJ equipment (e.g.
  • Page 76: Launching Rekordbox

    Launching rekordbox Log on as the user which was set as the computer’s administrator before using rekordbox. For Mac OS X Open the [Application] folder with Finder, then double-click [rekordbox]. For Windows Double-click the [rekordbox] icon (shortcut) on the desktop.
  • Page 77: Listening To Music Files

    Listening to music files Playback music files in the player panel and check its beat and tempo (BPM). 4.5.1 Playing a music file Drag and drop a music file to the player from the track list. The track is now loaded to the player. Click [ Playback starts.
  • Page 78 Listening to music files easily on browser panel Playing a music file by clicking the waveform in the [Preview] column Click the waveform to start playback from the position you clicked. Click the stop button to the left of the waveform to stop it. When the playback begins in the [Preview] column while another track is played in the player panel, the playback in the player panel pauses.
  • Page 79 Using the mouse on the enlarged waveform will trigger the same behavior as clicking the [ and [CUE] buttons.  Click anywhere within the enlarged waveform to trigger the same behavior as clicking on the [ ] button.  Right click anywhere within the enlarged waveform to trigger the same behavior as clicking the [CUE] button.
  • Page 80: Checking The Beat (Beat Grid)

    Displays the number of beats from the current playback position to the next Memory Cue. If the nearest Memory Cue does not exist, nothing is displayed. 4.5.2 Checking the beat (beat grid) Click among on the upper right of the screen. One player is shown in the Player panel.
  • Page 81 This means information of the music file is insufficient or old. Right-click the music file and click [Analyze Missing Data], then the information is updated and disappears.
  • Page 82: Beat Grid Adjustment Menu Icons

    Other icons (beat grid adjustment menu) Moves the beat grid 1 msec to the left. Moves the beat grid 1 msec to the right. Reduces beat grid intervals by 1 msec. Expands beat grid intervals by 1 msec. Doubles the BPM value. (The length of each beat grid interval is reduced by half.) Halves the BMP value.
  • Page 83: Analysis Lock

    During playback, click the [TAP] button several times to manually set BPM. Re-analyzing tracks to detect beat positions and BPM Open [Preferences] > [Analysis], then select analysis mode Select [Normal] or [Dynamic] mode for analyzing waveform information of music files. Right-click the music file you wish to analyze, then select [Analyze Track] The waveform data of the music file is analyzed.
  • Page 84: Detecting The Key

    Set cue or loop points Playing on CDJ/XDJ/DJM with the quantize function You can use music files’ beat grids that were detected and adjusted using rekordbox and enjoy quantize function when you perform using cues, loops on particular DJ equipment (e.g.
  • Page 85: Setting Cue Or Loop Points

    Setting cue or loop points This section describes how to set cue and loop points. Setting cue points Click [ ] during playback. Playback pauses. Click [CUE]. The cue point is set. The [CUE] button lights up.  To start playback from the cue point, click [ ...
  • Page 86 When the [QUANTIZE] button is clicked, it lights up. When a real time cue is set after turning on [QUANTIZE], the cue point is automatically set to the nearest beat grid when [LOOP IN] is clicked. Starting loop playback Click [IN] during playback at the position where you wish to start loop playback.
  • Page 87: Saving Cues Or Loops

    [Export Loop As Wav].  Exported loops are saved as WAV files (48 kHz sampling frequency, 16-bit quantization) and added to the rekordbox music collection. The specified file name when it was saved is shown in the title in [Collection].
  • Page 88 CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-2000, CDJ-900NXS, CDJ-900, CDJ-850, XDJ-1000, XDJ-700, XDJ-RX or MEP-4000). Setting and saving cue and loop points Set cue or loop point. Click [MEMORY]. The time of saved cue/loop points in (minute/second/millisecond) are shown in the sub-panel for the loaded track. ...
  • Page 89 Using rekordbox, you can check how active loop is performed on CDJs and XDJs. ・For instructions on active loops, see the Operating Instructions of each DJ equipment...
  • Page 90 (e.g. CDJ-2000NXS2). Adding comments to cue and loop points Your comment can be added in the column on the right side of the Cue/Loop Call button in the sub-panel for the loaded track. Click the Comment column to enter your comment. Then, press [Enter]. Changing colors of cue markers displayed above the waveform The color of the cue markers displayed above the waveform can be changed.
  • Page 91: Using Hot Cues

    Using hot cues When cue and loop points are saved as hot cues, they can be played instantaneously. You can choose up to 8 hot cues per music file. Hot cues can be called out and played on DJ equipment (e.g.
  • Page 92 Calling and playing saved hot cues Click the Hot Cue Call button. Playback starts from the point recorded in the button.  To delete the saved point, click [ Adding comments to hot cues You can add your comment in the Comment column of the HOT CUE panel in the sub-panel. Click the Comment column to input your comment and press [Enter].
  • Page 93: Organizing Hot Cue By Using Hot Cue Bank List

    Organizing hot cue by using Hot Cue Bank List The cue/loop point information for different music files can be stored in Hot Cue Banks. The combination of the 8 hot cue banks (A-H) is called Hot Cue Bank List. multiple Hot Cue Using Bank Lists, you can raise the bar on your DJ performance with a variety of hot cue combination.
  • Page 94 Checking saved Hot Cue Banks Click the Hot Cue Bank button of the saved cue/loop point. Playback starts from the cue/loop point saved at the button.  To delete a cue/loop point saved in the Hot Cue Bank List, click [ ] in the Hot Cue Bank.
  • Page 95: Using 2-Player Mode To Prepare For Mixing

    The artwork image is added to a Hot Cue Bank List. The artwork image appears when the Hot Cue Bank List is right-clicked. Using 2-Player mode to prepare for mixing Enjoy mixing tracks to check good match combination or adjust beat grids. A good match combination of tracks can be saved in the library and they can be called as related tracks when selecting the next track to play.
  • Page 96 Displaying the function panel Click on the left side of the player to show/hide the function panel to save cue points, playing loops and adjusting the beat positions. Click again to hide the function panel. Adjusting the playback speed of the music file (Tempo control) You can match the playback speed of two music files.
  • Page 97 Adjusting the playing speed without changing the pitch (Master Tempo) Click the [MT] (Master Tempo) button. The mater tempo button lights up. Click the TEMPO adjustment button.  The pitch of the track does not change even when you change the playback speed by the TEMPO adjustment button.
  • Page 98 Click The icon changes to , and the two tracks are stored as a good match combination to mix.  If music files loaded to Player A and Player B are already set as a good match combination, is automatically shown. o list up and display tracks of good match combination for a particular track, see 3.5.5 Display related tracks.
  • Page 99: Sync Manager

    4.10 Sync Manager Sync Manager will allow you to export playlists in iTunes and rekordbox to USB devices in an updated status. Synchronizing with iTunes library Once iTunes library is synchronized, information in iTunes library can be used seamlessly on rekordbox.
  • Page 100 Selecting iTunes playlists to synchronize with rekordbox Tick the checkbox of [Synchronize iTunes playlists]. You can select iTunes folders or playlists to synchronize with rekordbox. Tick the checkboxes on the right side of iTunes folders or playlists. Click on the right side of iTunes playlists.
  • Page 101 Playlists in the device you selected are now displayed. Tick the checkbox for [Synchronize playlists with a device]. You can select rekordbox folders or playlists to synchronize with the device. Tick the checkboxes on the right side of rekordbox folders or playlists to sync with the device. Click on the left side of the [Device].
  • Page 102 Tree View after launching rekordbox. Reflecting information including cues, beat positions and ratings updated on DJ equipment to rekordbox Connect a device which is synchronized with rekordbox to your computer and launch Sync Manager.
  • Page 103: Playback With A Usb Device

    4.11 Playback with a USB device You can load tracks and track lists saved in rekordbox Collection to your DJ equipment by using USB devices (flash memory or hard disk).  For music files (file formats) that can be loaded and played on Pioneer DJ’s DJ equipment, see the Operating Instructions for each DJ equipment.
  • Page 104 Mac. Connecting mobile devices supporting wireless LAN (Wi-Fi ® rekordbox music files can be transferred not only to USB devices and SD memory cards, but also to mobile devices (e.g. iPhone, Android ™ devices) that support wireless LANs (Wi-Fi ®...
  • Page 105: Transferring Music Files To Usb Devices

    USB device settings The settings can be changed for individual USB devices. Sets the name to be displayed when the device is Device Name connected to the DJ equipment. General Background Sets the background color to be displayed when the device Color is connected to the DJ equipment.
  • Page 106 For some DJ equipment (e.g. MEP-4000, XDJ-R1) it is necessary not only to transfer the music files to the USB device, but also to create an exclusive library (database such as Collections, Playlists, etc.) on the USB device. Exclusive library will be created when the device is removed.
  • Page 107: Dj Performance Using A Usb Device Connected To Dj Equipment

    DJ performance, see the Operating Instructions for each DJ player. DJ performance using quantize function on CDJ/XDJ/DJM The beat grid of music files you detected and adjusted beat grids using rekordbox can be used through Quantize function on CDJ/XDJ when cueing and looping on CDJ/XDJ (e.g. CDJ- 2000NXS2, CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-2000, CDJ-900NXS, CDJ-900, XDJ-1000, XDJ-700, XDJ-RX, XDJ-AERO and XDJ-R1).
  • Page 108 Using the beat sync function between multiple CDJ/XDJs for DJ performance If you detected and adjusted beat grids of music files using rekordbox, you can sync tempos (BPM) and beats of multiple CDJs (e.g. CDJ-2000NXS2, CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-900NXS) connected via PRO DJ LINK. You can also sync them of the left and right decks of all-in-one type XDJ (e.g.
  • Page 109 The saved play history is displayed in the [Histories] folder with saved date.  The saved play history is deleted from the USB device. Tracks in the play histories must be the ones exported from Collection in your rekordbox. Tracks exported from different version of rekordbox or tracks deleted from your rekordbox cannot be saved in the play histories.
  • Page 110 Updating information of music files saved on DJ equipment Connect the USB device used during DJ performance to the computer. Right-click on the USB device and select [Update Collection]. The [Update Collection with USB Device] screen opens when updating of the music file information begins, then closes once the update is completed.
  • Page 111  If there is already a playlist with the same name in [Playlists], a number is added to the end of the playlist’s name. (e.g. playlists (1)) Tracks in the playlist must be the ones exported from Collection in your rekordbox. Tracks exported from different version of rekordbox or tracks deleted from your rekordbox cannot be...
  • Page 112: Dj Performance On Dj Equipment Connected To Lan

    If you connect a computer to the DJ equipment with a LAN cable or by wireless LAN, you can directly load the rekordbox music files and data and use them on the DJ equipment. No need to export tracks and data to USB device.
  • Page 113 To monitor rekordbox music files through headphones connected to the DJ mixer, open [Preferences] > [Audio] > [LINK MONITOR] and tick [Use “LINK MONITOR” of Pioneer DJ Mixers]. Drag the music file from the browser panel to the player panel.
  • Page 114  Music files in [Devices] cannot be loaded to the DJ equipment via PRO DJ LINK. DJ performance using quantize function on DJ equipment If you detected and adjusted beat grids of music files using rekordbox, you can use them with quantize function of DJ equipment when performing cue operations and playing loops on DJ equipment (e.g.
  • Page 115 Instructions of each DJ equipment. You can sync tempos (BPM) and beats of multiple DJ equipment (e.g. CDJ-2000NXS2) by specifying tempos (BPM) on rekordbox. Using hot cues on DJ equipment The hot cue (A-H) information of music files can be called and used on DJ equipment (e.g. CDJ- 2000NXS2, CDJ-2000NXS, CDJ-2000).
  • Page 116 Tag List is a list allowing you to perform real-time browsing from each of the DJ equipment which are displayed in the link status panel. When music files are added from rekordbox to the tag list, the music files on the tag list can be loaded onto the DJ equipment and played by operating the DJ equipment.
  • Page 117: Setting Preferences

    900NXS, CDJ-900, DJM-2000NXS, DJM-2000, DJM-900NXS2, DJM-900NXS, XDJ-1000, XDJ-700, XDJ-RX, XDJ-AERO) connected by LAN cable or wireless LAN are terminated. 4.13 Setting preferences To change rekordbox settings, select [Preferences] from the [File] menu to open the [Preferences] screen. Preferences: View Language Sets the language to be used in the display.
  • Page 118 COLD2: Displays in blue gradation COLORFUL: displays in multicolor mode Preferences: Audio Sets whether or not to monitor rekordbox music files over the LINK MONITOR headphones of the DJ mixer connected by PRO DJ LINK. Sets the tone of the metronome while you are monitoring beat grids Metronome of music files.
  • Page 119 Sets Memory Cue at the first beat when Tick the checkbox if you wish. analyzing “PIONEER” Folder Sets where to store the wave information of the analyzed (analysis files) music files. Enable Key Analysis Tick the checkbox if you wish to detect keys when adding on import music files to Collection.
  • Page 120 DJ equipment (e.g. CDJ-2000NXS). The settings of DJ equipment can be saved in rekordbox and reflected to DJ equipment through a USB device, a mobile device or PRO DJ LINK. This lets...
  • Page 121 Sets whether or not to create libraries (databases such as Collections, Playlists, etc.) exclusively for certain devices. When the device is Create library disconnected from the computer, Library exclusively for a exclusive library is created on the selected device device. When [Create 320×320 pixels size image] is ticked, you can export track information with 320 x 320 pixel artwork to a device (only for XDJ-R1).
  • Page 122 Collection. Sets whether or not to export the beat position information Export Beat Grid information of rekordbox to an xml file when the rekordbox library information is exported. Database Specifies the playlist library (the...
  • Page 123 [CDJ & Device]. You can change the setting by each USB device. Preferences: License This is for activation of added application to rekordbox or purchase license. Up to two computers can be activated with one license. You can also deactivate it after activation.
  • Page 124: Menu List

    Playlists, etc.), analysis information and music files. Backup library can be transferred to another computer and restored. Exports the information for all the playlists in the rekordbox library Export Collection in xml (database such as Collections, playlists, etc.) and the information format for the music files in these playlists to a single file in xml format.
  • Page 125 Selects On/Off for auto analysis for imported tracks. Reads value of the ID3 tag from a selected track and adds it to the track Reload Tag information of rekordbox library (database such as Collections, Playlists, etc.). Add To Playlist Adds a selected track to a playlist.
  • Page 126 Relocates the file path of a music file. [Playlist] menu Export Playlist Exports selected playlist(s) to a device. Imports selected playlist(s) in [iTunes] or [rekordbox xml] Import Playlist to rekordbox. Adds a new playlist in the same hierarchy of a selected playlist or a Create New Playlist folder.
  • Page 127 [Help] Menu User’s Manual Opens the Operating Instructions for this software. Online support Connects to the online support site for this software. rekordbox Update Connects to this software’s update site. Manager Activate Displays purchase of license key and activation window.
  • Page 128: Managing Music Files

    Regular back-up is recommended to prevent data from being lost due to computer failure or other potential disasters. Data in rekordbox such as Collection, playlists, analysis data and music files can be backed up. The backup function can also be used for migrating data from the current computer to a new one before replacing your computer with a new one.
  • Page 129 The dialog [Do you wish to back up music files as well?] appears. Click [Yes] or [No]. Backing up your music files is recommended when you migrate data in the current computer to a new one even though it may take time. Music files will be backed up in “rekordbox_bak” folder to be created at the same place as specified backed up files.
  • Page 130: Replacing Data With The Backup Data Using The Restore Function

    4.15.2 Replacing data with the backup data using the Restore function Your data is replaced with the backed up data. Click on the [File] menu and select [Library] > [Restore Library]. Restoring many tracks stored in the backup data may take long depending on your computer’s performance.
  • Page 131: Updating The File Paths Of Missing Music Files

    Updating the file paths of missing music files rekordbox manages information on where music files are stored (file paths). If file and folder names are changed or if files or folders are moved or deleted, it may no longer be possible to play the music file.
  • Page 132: Performance Mode

    PERFORMANCE mode Enjoy DJ performance with DJ units You can use rekordbox with DJ units (e.g.DJ controllers and CDJ/XDJ) by plugging it with your computer using USB cable. For rekordbox compatible DJ units, check our website: https://rekordbox.com/en/support/link.php For more information, see Operating Instructions of each DJ unit.
  • Page 133: Using Rekordbox With Cdj/Xdj

    Controlling four decks by adding CDJs 5.1.2 Using rekordbox with CDJ/XDJ For connection and operation instructions for each DJ unit, see “Connection Guide for PERFORMANCE mode (CDJ/XDJ/DJM)” at the Pioneer DJ support site (https://rekordbox.com/en/support/manual.php).
  • Page 134 Example of connection of a computer, 4 CDJs and a DJM Using Pioneer DJ’s DJM series DJ mixer, computer can directly put audio out to the DJM, so you do not have to connect CDJs/XDJs and DJM via audio cables.
  • Page 135: Part Names

    Part names This section describes part names. 5.2.1 Global section Menu to switch application mode Select EXPORT/PERFORMANCE mode. (If not activated, this drop-down menu does not appear.) Panel selection Click each button to display/hide panels for FX, CFX, sampler, mixer and recording. Deck layout Select Deck layout (2deck/4deck, horizontal/vertical or browse screen).
  • Page 136 See compatible hardware at rekordbox website > support > FAQ > Operation/Hints. (https://rekordbox.com/en/support/faq.php?c=184) MIDI Learn Click this button to open MIDI setting window. See MIDI LEARN Operation Guide for MIDI Learn at rekordbox website > support > Manual. (https://rekordbox.com/en/support/manual.php) Preferences Click to open [Preferences].
  • Page 137 Split Screen Split screen button (the right bottom of the screen) Open another window to display browser panel. Switch active window This icon is only appears when you use split screen function. Load button (for split screen) To load a track to a deck: 1) Select a track.
  • Page 138: Enlarged Waveform

    5.2.2 Enlarged waveform Display (2Deck horizontal) Beat count Indicates the number of bars or beats from the start to currently playing position or from the current position to the nearest cue point. You can select [Current Position] or [Count to the next Memory Cue] at [Preferences] >...
  • Page 139: Functions Assigned To Deck Section

    5.2.3 Functions assigned to Deck section Around JOG You can change information associated with the virtual deck at [Preferences].  [Current Cue / Slip] Red marker indicates position of Cue point. When [SLIP] is ON, the inner ring turns red and yellow market indicates the position of the Cue point.
  • Page 140 ↓ ↓ [A] -> [B] -> Selection of loop mode Click the to the right of the beat size display of the [LOOP] section (above the CUE button) to select auto/manual loop. Loop setting (auto loop) Click the button to select the length of the loop. Click the beat size display to enable/disable the loop.
  • Page 141 SLIP Click this to toggle slip mode. Slip mode enables scratching and other performances without breaking the rhythm of the track. QUANTIZE Click this to toggle quantize mode. Quantize enables cue and loop position automatically adjusted exactly to the beat position. MASTER TEMPO MASTER TEMPO On/Off button (toggle this to enable/disable to adjust playback speed without changing pitch)
  • Page 142 Auto Cue When Auto Cue is enabled, a cue point is set at the beginning of a track (the position of the first audio input) according to the selected Auto Cue Level (threshold of sound pressure). When a track is loaded, the track will pause at the position. is shown on the deck.
  • Page 143 Track name/Artist Displays track name/artist name Displays the key of the track. You need to select the [Analyze key] in the drop-down menu of the track beforehand. Elapsed time / Remaining time Click the time to toggle the way of time display (elapsed time/remaining time). TEMPO RANGE (Playing speed adjustment range) Displays adjustment range for playing speed.
  • Page 144: Performance Pad

    5.2.4 Performance pad Switching the mode, you can perform various functions here. HOT CUE mode Click this and the pads are in the HOT CUE mode. Click the bottom of deck number (▼) to select PAD MODE1/ PAD MODE2. PAD MODE1 If you select PAD MODE1, the following buttons will appear to switch the PAD mode.
  • Page 145: Hot Cue Mode

    PAD MODE2 If you select PAD MODE2, the following buttons will appear to switch the PAD mode. ACTIVE CENSOR SEQUENCE CALL 5.2.5 HOT CUE mode When hot cues are stored, they can be played instantaneously and marked on full/ enlarged waveform.
  • Page 146: Pad Fx Mode

    5.2.6 PAD FX mode PAD button While pressing the button, the assigned FX is applied. You can change the operation style (release FX turns on/off every time the pad is pressed) only for release FX button. Switch Banks You can store number of PAD FXs to switch the banks. EDIT button You can change FXs and FX parameters assigned to each performance pads.
  • Page 147: Slicer Mode

    5.2.7 SLICER mode PAD button As long as the pad is being pressed, Roll playback of a sliced and assigned section occurs. (Playback of the section is repeated only when the pad is being pressed.) SHIFT button The range of the slicer is moved using [shift]. Slicer loop button Click to enable slicer playback of the same section.
  • Page 148: Active Censor

    PAD button If you click the PAD button, playback position will jump according to the displayed length (beat or bar) and direction. If you click it during Loop, the Loop section will jump. Page switching button Click to change the length to jump (beat or bar) You can select from the followings;...
  • Page 149 IN point button Specifies the beginning of the section you wish to apply FX. A marker is shown on the enlarged waveform. OUT point button Specifies the end of the section you wish to apply FX. Clear button Clears the specified section. The Clear button is enabled when the playback position is in the specified section.
  • Page 150: Sequence Call

    5.2.10 SEQUENCE CALL PAD button Click to start playback of saved sequence. 5.2.11 Memory CUE Memory button Save cues or loops. Memory Cue display Click time display to enter comments.
  • Page 151: Grid Edit

    Click the left of the time display, or right-click the pane to show the menu to change the color of cue markers. Select color in the menu as you wish. Delete button Click to delete the respective memory cue. 5.2.12 Grid edit Metronome ON/OFF To enable/disable metronome Metronome volume...
  • Page 152 Beatgrid transfer Transfer beatgrid 1msec/3msec Make the distance of beatgrid narrower/ wider Make the distance of beatgrid shorter/ longer by 1msec/3msec Double/halve the number of beatgrid Use this to double/halve the number of beatgrid and BPM Cancel adjustment benchmark of beatgrid Cancel temporally marked benchmark to adjust beatgrid.
  • Page 153: Mixer

    5.2.13 Mixer TRIM knob Adjusts the level of audio input in each channel. TRIM/ AutoGain switch button Click the blue button next to TRIM , then the button changes to orange and then name changes to A.GAIN (AutoGain). EQ/ISO (HI, MID, LOW) knobs Adjust the volume of each frequency band.
  • Page 154: Effector

    Crossfader assign button Assign channel output to either the left or right of the crossfader. Crossfader Output audio assigned by crossfader assign button comes out according to the characteristics of the curve selected at [Preferences] > [Controller] > [Crossfader Curve]) MIXING knob Adjusts the monitor volume balance of the sound of channel for which the [CUE] button is clicked and the sound of the [MASTER] channel.
  • Page 155: Recording

    FX selection menu Use this to switch FX DRY/WET level knob Adjusts volume balance between the original sound and the sound with effect. FX ON/OFF button To enable/disable FX. Parameter adjustment knob Adjusts parameter for each effect. FX BPM AUTO button Automatically detects BPM.
  • Page 156: Sampler

    Adjusts the recording level. Recording level meter Displays recording level. REC button Starts/Stops the recording. Display for elapsed/remaining time for recording Displays elapsed/remaining time for continual recording. 5.2.16 Sampler Sampler playback button Click this to start playback of the sample. Shift click to stop playback.
  • Page 157: Sequencer

    Sampler deck Quantize To enable/disable quantize setting Sampler deck SYNC Apply SYNC to the sampler deck (SYNC is only applied to the slots where [SYNC] is enabled in the loop mode). Sampler deck MASTER Set the sampler deck as master in Beat Sync mode. Sampler GAIN Adjust volume of sampler deck.
  • Page 158 Sequence SAVE button Save sampler sequence. Sequence Slot Indicates how sequence is saved. Sequence name in white indicates the sequence is saved. Gray out sequence name indicates the sequence is not saved. Gray out sequence name with red circle indicates the sequence is temporarily recorded. Up to eight sequences can be saved.
  • Page 159: Basic Operation

    Basic operation 5.3.1 Launching rekordbox For Windows 7 Open Windows [Start] menu > [All programs] > [Pioneer] > [rekordbox 4] > and click [rekordbox] icon. For Windows 8.X Click [rekordbox] icon in Apps view. For Mac OS X Open [Applications] folder at Finder and click [rekordbox] icon.
  • Page 160: Loading Tracks

    5.3.2 Loading tracks Select Collection/Playlist from Tree View in the browser section. Select a track from a track list or selected playlist palette. Drag & drop the selected track to any of the deck (1-4) you wish to load to. The track is loaded to the selected deck.
  • Page 161: Adjusting The Playing Speed (Tempo Control)

    5.3.4 Adjusting the playing speed (Tempo Control) Move the Tempo slider upward or downward. The tempo increases when you move the slider downward (to the [+] direction) and decreases when you move it upward (to the [-] direction). The changed rate is indicated on the display. Adjustment range of the playing speed Click the [TEMPO RANGE] button next to the master button.
  • Page 162: Setting Current Cue Point

    Click the [MT (MASTER TEMPO)] button. The [MT] button lights up. The pitch of the track does not change even when you change the playback speed by the Tempo slider. The sound quality may differ because the sound is digitally reprocessed. 5.3.5 Setting current cue point The current cue point is to temporally memorize playback position and can be set per deck.
  • Page 163: Setting Loop

    Setting cue point during playback (Real time cue) Click [LOOP IN] at the point you wish to set a cue to set a cue while playing a track. 5.3.6 Setting loop You can play repeatedly a specified section by setting a loop. You can start a loop in two ways: 1) Manual loop –...
  • Page 164: Setting Hot Cues

    Setting a manual loop Hover the cursor to the right of the [LOOP] button (or the AutoBeat button) in the Loop display section (above the CUE button); then, ▼ button shows up. Click ▼ button to select auto loop or manual loop. The drop-down menu opens.
  • Page 165: To Use Slip Mode

    Saving hot cue Click the [HOT CUE] mode button. The panel is changed to Hot Cue mode. Move the current playback position to the point you wish to set a hot cue. Click a performance pad where no hot cue is assigned. A hot cue is assigned to the pad you clicked.
  • Page 166 Scratch (JOG operation) Playback/Pause Loop Reverse playback (only using a controller) To enable/disable slip mode The slip mode can be set per a deck. Click button on the deck to enable the slip mode. The button turns Click button to disable the slip mode. The button returns to Slip hot cue When the slip mode is on, hot cues behave as follows: While clicking a performance pad, playback starts from the saved hot cue...
  • Page 167 Pause and Playback in slip mode While the slip mode is on, pause and playback behave as follows: Click the [PLAY/PAUSE] during playback Playback pauses. When pause speed is set at [Preferences] > [Controller] > [Vinyl Speed Adjust], the playback pauses slowly.
  • Page 168: Using Beat Sync Function

    The playback resumes from the position the track was playing in the background. 5.3.9 Using Beat Sync function When Beat Sync is turned on, BPM and beat positions of tracks playing can automatically be in sync with a track playing on the deck or the sampler deck set as sync master. Note: Before using Beat Sync function, you need to analyze music files to obtain beatgrid information.
  • Page 169: Using Quantize Function

    Click the [EDIT] button of the sampler slot you wish to enable SYNC. Click the [SYNC] button in the edit display to enable SYNC. Changing deck or sampler you wish to set as sync master You can switch sync master deck or sampler as follows: Relocate the track in the sync master deck to another deck.
  • Page 170: Using Instant Double Function

    Click the quantize button on a deck where you wish to turn on the Quantize function. The button turns and the Quantize function is turned on. Setting Quantize function to a sampler deck Click the Quantize button at a sampler deck The button turns and Quantize function is turned on.
  • Page 171: Using Beat Jump

    5.3.12 Using beat jump You can instantly jump backwards or forwards from current playback position by a pre- determined number of beats/bars Click the [BEAT JUMP] mode button to turn on the beat jump mode. Switch the page by clicking the [<] or [>] button to select the beats/bars. ・The range is as follows: FINE(=1/16 beat), 1/8 beat, 1/4 beat, 1/2 beat,1 beat, 2 beats, 8 beats, 16 beats, 8 bars, 16bars.
  • Page 172: Monitoring Of Audio

    To switch [EQ/ISO (HI, MID, LOW) ] function at the knobs You can switch [EQ]/ [ISOLATOR] at [Controller] -> [Mixer] -> [EQ] at [Preferences]. [EQ]: Equalizer mode [ISOLATOR]: Isolator mode When EQ is selected, the following EQ types can be selected. ...
  • Page 173: Using Mic Section

    5.3.15 Using MIC section When a hardware* is connected, the following MIC (microphone) section will appear. *Only when the hardware supporting this feature is connected. See compatible hardware at rekordbox website > support > FAQ > Operation/Hints. (https://rekordbox.com/en/support/faq.php?c=184) Turn on MIC Click button.
  • Page 174 Apply effects to MIC sound Click drop-down menu and select FX. Click (FX ON button). The button changes to Adjust FX level using LEVEL knob. Turn on MIC TALKOVER. Click (MIC TALKOVER button). The button changes to MIC TALKOVER.  MIC TALKOVER is a feature to automatically attenuate the sound of channels other than the MIC channel when the MIC is inputted a sound of a set value or greater.
  • Page 175: Changing Graphical User Interface (Gui)

     You can set the LEVEL for TALKOVER at [Preferences]. See rekordbox website FAQ for compatible hardware. FAQ: (https://rekordbox.com/en/support/faq.php?c=184) Changing graphical user interface (GUI) You can change GUI layout according to your DJ style. The number of the decks displayed, horizontal/vertical display of enlarged waveforms and size of browsing area can be changed at your choice.
  • Page 176: To Display/Hide Mixer, Effector, Sampler And Rec Panels

     For scratching, we recommend the vertical layout as waveforms are displayed vertically.  Choose [Browse] for wider browse screen. It will be easier to select tracks. 5.4.2 To display/hide mixer, effector, sampler and REC panels. You can display/hide mixer, effector, sampler and REC panels. Analysis Lock You can disable analysis function to prevent mistakenly analyze a track and edit its grid that was already edited.
  • Page 177: Recording

    Click the REC button in the global section on the top of the screen to display/hide REC panel. To select recording source In rekordbox, various recording sources exist such as output from each deck, virtual DJ mixer output in software. You can select a recording source from drop-down menu. Click drop-down menu.
  • Page 178 Select the one you wish to record. Recording source is changed. To record from the software mixer mode, choose [Master Out]. Adjustment of recording level We recommend you to adjust recording level properly. If the level is too low, the audio volume of the recorded file is small and noisy.
  • Page 179: Effect (Fx)

    Otherwise, select [Delete] in the drop-down menu (right-click menu). Effect (FX) There are three effect modes in rekordbox; BEAT FX, SOUND COLOR FX and RELEASE FX. PAD FX is equipped for the operations of these effects using the pads. Various effects, quite popular ones in our DJ mixer DJM series and remix station RMX series, are pre-installed in rekordbox, opening the door to a wide variety of DJ performance.
  • Page 180: To Select Decks To Apply Effect

    Open [FX] panel Click the [FX] panel button The [FX] panel button lights up and [BEAT FX] and [RELEASE FX] are displayed. Open [CFX] panel Click the [CFX] panel button The [CFX] panel button lights up and [SOUND COLOR FX] is displayed. Open [FX+CFX] panel Click the [FX] panel button and [CFX] panel button...
  • Page 181: Beat Fx

    Apply FX to sampler deck Click The [S] button lights up and FX is applied to the sampler deck. Click again to cancel the assignment. Assign FX to master out Click The [M] button lights up and FX is applied to the master out. Click it again to cancel the assignment.
  • Page 182: To Use Beat Fx

    Set BEAT FX to single-mode Click button. The mode is switched to single-mode. 5.7.5 To use BEAT FX Use BEAT FX in multi-mode You can use up to three effects simultaneously per effect unit. Each effect unit is equipped with [LEVEL/DEPTH] knob and [Effect ON] button. Select a deck to assign effect ・See 5.7.2 To select decks to apply effect.
  • Page 183 - When you select beat-based FX and non-beat-based FX and turn them on at the same time, both of the beat and parameter values are displayed. Use BEAT FX in single-mode One effect can be selected per effect unit. Up to 3 parameter knobs and up to 2 parameter buttons are available.
  • Page 184 Click the [Beat] button to apply the effect in sync with BPM. For FXs such as non-beat FXs, the [Beat] button does not work. Save parameters Click effect unit number (FX1/FX2) and click [Save Snapshot] in the menu. You can save multiple parameter settings (position of parameter knobs and parameter button setting).
  • Page 185: Release Fx

    You can set the BPM manually. Click the button several times in rhythm, the BPM is set as the base value for the FXs. Select AUTO/TAP mode Click “BPM” on the computer screen and select the mode. 5.7.6 RELEASE FX RELEASE FX is a function to apply effects while canceling BEAT FX, enabling smooth transition of the current playing track and the effect sound.
  • Page 186: Sound Color Fx

    5.7.7 SOUND COLOR FX SOUND COLOR FX enables users to change the intensity of various effects according to the position of its COLOR knob. Just select a type of the effect and turn the knobs, and you can easily arrange tracks. You can select single- or multi-mode for SOUND COLOR FX.
  • Page 187 [DEFAULT mode] If you click DEFAULT, SOUND COLOR FX equipped to the connected hardware will be shown on the screen. When connecting the DDJ-RX, the display will be shown as follows.  FILTER is displayed when connected with a hardware not equipped with SOUND COLOR FX or no hardware is connected.
  • Page 188 Open the pull-down menu and select FX. Click the EDIT button and close the pull-down menu. Click the EFFECT button. FX is turned on.  The same FX will be applied to Channel 1 to Channel 4. Turn the COLOR knob. The FX is applied to the channel you turned the knob.
  • Page 189: Pad Fx

    Click the EDIT button and close the pull-down menu. Click the EFFECT button. FX is turned on. Turn the COLOR knob. The FX is applied to the channel you turned the knob.  If the COLOR knob is in the center position, the FX is not applied. ...
  • Page 190 Click button to switch the page. PAD FX has two pages, and a different preset can be set to each page. Click the button to go back to the page 1. How to use PAD FX (mouse operation) Keep pressing the mouse at the [PAD FX] button Once the [PAD FX] button is long-pressed, the PAD page lights up and the effect turns on.
  • Page 191 Press the performance pad at which the RELEASE FX was set. The RELEASE FX effect turns on. Other effects in PAD FX turn off. Release all your fingertips from the performance pads The light of all the performance pads turns off and the sound returns to the original sound. How to change beats temporally at PAD FX (operation with a controller) You can temporally change the beat size while pressing a performance pad.
  • Page 192: Sampler

    Sampler rekordbox sampler deck has 16 sampler slots (or simply, “slots”). You can use the sampler in various ways, from the basic One-Shot mode to SYNC mode with a track on the deck. You can extract a section of a track on the deck and load it to a sampler slot by our CAPTURE function.
  • Page 193: To Use Sampler

    5.8.2 To use sampler Load sample audio to a sampler slot Drag and drop a track from a track list and load to a sampler slot Waveform and the title of the track are displayed. The play mode is set to One-Shot mode. The loaded track is stored even after you exit the application.
  • Page 194 Click the [EDIT] button The edit button lights up and the edit subpanel opens. Edit subpanel is displayed next to the sampler slot. Change the Play mode Click the One-Shot mode button or the Loop mode button The display of [Slot Playback] button is changed One-Shot Click the button to continue playback till the end of the track and then pauses.
  • Page 195 GATE mode Click the GATE mode button in EDIT mode. The GATE mode button lights up and the GATE mode is applied. When the GATE mode is applied, playback continues only when you keep pressing the [Play] button in the slot. When the [Play] button is released, the playback pauses. When you click GATE mode button again, GATE mode turns off.
  • Page 196 BPM. Playback of samples in the slot while switching banks In rekordbox, switching the banks behaves as follows. The sample playback does not stop when you switch the banks. However, when you playback a sample in the slot in the same slot position of the previous bank, the playback of the sample in the previous bank pauses and the playback of the sample in the currently displayed bank starts.
  • Page 197 (Bank1) shown in pauses. SYNC sampler deck with player deck In rekordbox, you can playback samples in the slots set in the Loop Playback mode in sync with player deck. The following shows an example of this: Check the [SYNC] button of the EDIT sub screen...
  • Page 198 When a sample in the slot is played back, its BPM is set at 82.25. And the BPM subpanel of the sampler deck displays the BPM value of the MASTER deck for SYNC. Click the [MASTER] button in the sampler deck to set it as MASTER. To adjust the BPM of the sampler deck, use to change the value.
  • Page 199: Color Setting Of Sampler Slots

    Click the [SAMPLER] panel button in the global section and the [MIXER] panel button Both of the button light up, and sampler deck and mixer panel show up. The sampler volume slider and the sampler monitor CUE are shown only when both of the [SAMPLER] panel and the [MIXER] panel are open.
  • Page 200: Sequencer

    Sequencer rekordbox has a sequencer function, allowing you to record, playback and store the sequences you played at the sampler deck. Enjoy various DJ performance with this sequencer. You can create original rhythm loop or vocal loop that are prepared in advance for the track you are playing, use overdubbing function to add samplers such as improvised finger drums, or use mute function to arrange the track by removing particular sounds.
  • Page 201 The length of the sequence recording is fixed. Click the [REC] button The REC button starts blinking and sequence recording turns in the stand-by mode. Click the [Play] button of the slot at the sampler deck. Recording of the sequence begins at the moment of the clicking. During overdub recording, the sequence of the playback is temporally recorded.
  • Page 202 The bank is automatically switches to the bank of the sampler slot of the saved sequence. Click the [Play] button again to stop the sequence. Click the [Rec] button during the playback of the sequence to enable further overdubbing. The bank cannot be switched while playing back/recording of the sequence. If you call a sequence, sampler slots which had been playing before calling will pause.
  • Page 203 Click the MUTE button of the slot to toggle between on and off the MUTE. Click the MUTE mode button again to cancel the MUTE mode. Sequence ERASE mode In the sequence ERASE mode, you can erase a sequence per sampler slot during playback of a sequence or overdub recording.
  • Page 204: Sequence Load (Loading A Sequence To A Deck)

    Click the [Metronome] button The [Metronome] button lights up and the sound starts. Click the [Metronome Volume] button to adjust the volume The metronome volume can be adjusted by three levels. 5.9.2 SEQUENCE LOAD (Loading a sequence to a deck) Click the SEQUENSER section (GUI) and drag &...
  • Page 205: Slicer

    Click the below part of the deck number to show the drop-down menu to select PAD MODE1, PAD MODE2, MEMORY CUE and GRID. Save sequences Record a sequence and click the SAVE button on the Sequencer section.  PAD number corresponds to the saved sequence number. For example, a sequence named “PATTERN1”...
  • Page 206: To Use The Slicer Function

    ・The slicer function cannot be used with tracks for which no beatgrid is set. For details on setting beatgrids, see 5.2.122 Grid edit. 5.10.1 To use the slicer function Click the [SLICER] button of the track The panel is changed to the slicer mode. Click button to switch to the slicer loop mode.
  • Page 207 Long-press one of the performance pads While the pad is long-pressed, the sound of the assigned section plays in a loop. ・The length of loop playback differs depending on the setting at the [ROLL] ・The value at the [ROLL] depends on the [LENGTH] , and can be set at the range from 1/64 to 1/8 of the value of the [LENGTH].
  • Page 208: Differences Between Slicer Mode And Slicer Loop Mode

    5.10.2 Differences between slicer mode and slicer loop mode Slicer mode When the playback position reaches the end of the slicing range that has been divided into eight sections, the range shown on the display changes to the next slicing range that is to be divided in eight sections.
  • Page 209: Loop Capture

    5.11.1 LOOP CAPTURE Set a loop to the range you wish to extract. The Deck turns in the loop mode. Click to the right of the enlarged waveform. The color of the loop range changes and the range to extract is set. Drag the loop range and drop to the slot of the sampler deck.
  • Page 210 Extract the whole slicing range Click the [SLICER] mode button. (See 5.10.1 Slicer for how to use the slicer function.) The Deck turns in the slicer mode. Click to the right of the enlarged waveform. The color of the slicing range changes and the range to extract is set. Drag the waveform part of the slicing range and drop to the sampler deck of eight sampler slots in either right or left section.
  • Page 211 Extract one of the 8 divided slicer sections Click the [SLICER]. (See 5.10 Slicer for how to use the slicer function.) The Deck turns in the slicer mode. Click to the right of the enlarged waveform. The color of the slicing range changes and the range to extract is set. Drag the number part of the sliced section right below the waveform and drop it to a sampler slot.
  • Page 212: Active Censor

    5.12 ACTIVE CENSOR You can apply FX automatically to specified sections of a track in advance. For example, you can specify a “Dirty Word”. Turn on the ACTIVE CENSOR and play a track, and you can make the track “CLEAN”. Turn off the ACTIVE CENSOR, then the original track will come out.
  • Page 213 Turn on the ACTIVE CENSOR to apply the FX Click the ON/OFF button. The ON/OFF button is turned on. The IN point marker and the specified section are displayed in yellow on the enlarged waveform of the track. Only markers are displayed in yellow on the full waveform. icons appear on the track list in the Browse section.
  • Page 214  You can set different beat parameter for each specified section. Fine-tuning ACTIVE CENSOR section When the playback position is within the specified section, the [IN] and [OUT] points are displayed as [IN ADJ] and [OUT ADJ] respectively and then you can adjust the IN point and OUT point.
  • Page 215: Setting Preferences

    5.12 Setting preferences To change rekordbox settings, select [Preferences] from the [File] menu to open the [Preferences] screen. Preferences: View Language Sets the language to be used in the display. Browse Font Size Sets the size of the characters. Line Space Sets line space of track lists.
  • Page 216 Beat Count Sets the way to count the bars or beats: 1) from the start to the current Display playing position, 2) from the current position to the nearest cue point (bars/beats). Switch JOG Switch information on the virtual deck. ・[Current Cue / Slip] display Indicates cue point.
  • Page 217 A large buffer size reduces audio skipping (audio interruption). However, as the transmission delay (latency) increases, scratch and other performances may delay. Mixer Mode Sets mixer mode to Internal or External. Internal mixer mode: DJ mix mode using the software mixer function. Two-way output: Master Out and Headphone Out.
  • Page 218 beat when analyzing Enable Key Sets whether or not to detect the keys when importing music Analysis Analysis on files to Collection. import Write the value Detected key is saved to the ID3 tag. to the ID3 tag Sets concurrent process mode for track analysis. “Performance” mode allows high Analysis Process speed analysis, although CPU load increases.
  • Page 219 Auto Cue threshold: Select from the followings (common for all DECKs). -78dB/-72dB/-66dB/-60dB/-54dB/-48dB/-42dB/ -36dB JOG rotation speed: rotation speed of the virtual deck. Selects After turning on the CUE button and spinning the JOG, the track returns to the CUE point and pause. Continuous Automatically load tracks in a list and have them play Playing...
  • Page 220 Tick if you wish. [ Location of a Bank to save Slicer Capture] Select the number of the bank (Sampler) Selects [Enable/Disable] to display/hide rekordbox sampler Auto Panel deck when pushing [SAMPLER] button on a controller Mode compatible with rekordbox.
  • Page 221 Export BeatGrid Sets whether or not to export the beat information position information of rekordbox to an xml file when the rekordbox library is exported. Imported Library Specifies the playlist library (the location of the xml file) to browse in [rekordbox xml].
  • Page 222 Pioneer DJ products. Preferences: License This is to activate an application to add DJ function to rekordbox or purchase the license. Up to two computers can be activated with one license. You can also deactivate it after activation.
  • Page 223: Menu List

    Specifies a folder and imports music files in the folder to Collection. Folder Import > Import Imports playlist files (M3U and M3U8) as rekordbox playlists. Playlist Display All Missing Displays a track list in Collection that cannot be played because the Files music file has been deleted, moved, etc.
  • Page 224 Sets On/Off for auto analysis for imported tracks. Reload Tag Reads the ID3 tag information from a selected track again and reloads it to the track information of rekordbox library (database such as Collections, Playlists, etc.) Add To Playlist Adds a selected track to a playlist.
  • Page 225 [Playlist] menu Export Playlist Exports selected playlist(s) to a device. Import Playlist Imports selected playlist(s) in [iTunes] or [rekordbox xml] to rekordbox. Create New Adds a new playlist in the same hierarchy of a selected playlist or a folder. Playlist...
  • Page 226 Online support Connects to the online support site for this software. Connects to this software’s update site. rekordbox Update Manager Activate Displays windows for purchase of the license key and activation. About rekordbox Displays the version of this software.
  • Page 227: Legal Information

    Copyright warning  The use of rekordbox is restricted with regard to the playing and copying of copy-protected music contents. - The program may not operate properly if copy-protect encryption data is embedded in recorded media.
  • Page 228: Software End User License Agreement

    1.1 “Documentation” means written documentation, specifications and help content made generally available by Pioneer DJ to aid in installing and using the Program. 1.2 “Program” means all or any part of Pioneer DJ’s software licensed to You by Pioneer DJ under this Agreement.
  • Page 229 You have notified Pioneer DJ in writing of Your intended activities. 2.3 Ownership. Pioneer DJ or its licensor retains all right, title and interest in and to all patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and other intellectual property rights in the Program and Documentation, and any derivative works thereof.
  • Page 230 8. GENERAL TERMS 8.1 Limitation of Liability. In no event will Pioneer DJ or its subsidiaries be liable in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter, under any theory of liability, for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, or damages for lost profits, revenue, business, savings, data, use, or cost of substitute procurement, even if advised of the possibility of such damages or if such damages are foreseeable.
  • Page 231 This Agreement may not be modified or amended without Pioneer DJ’s prior and express written consent, and no other act, document, usage or custom will be deemed to amend or modify this Agreement.
  • Page 232: Trademarks, Licenses, Etc

    Trademarks, licenses, etc.  rekordbox is trademark or registered trademark of the Pioneer DJ Corporation.  Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  Apple, Finder, iPhone, iTunes, Macintosh, Mac OS and iOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S.