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Operating Instructions


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Summary of Contents for Pioneer DDJ-RZ

  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    DJ controller DDJ-RZ The Pioneer DJ site shown above offers FAQs, information on software and various other types of information and services to allow you to use your product in greater comfort. For the latest version of the rekordbox software, access and download the software from there.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents How to read this manual ! Thank you for buying this Pioneer DJ product. Be sure to read this manual and the “Operating Instructions (Quick Start Guide)” included with the unit. Both documents include important information that you should understand before using this product.
  • Page 3: Before Start

    This unit retains the control panel layout of the Pioneer DJM series, the world stan- This unit is an essential part of DJ performance in clubs and home party scenes.
  • Page 4: What's In The Box

    7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate (latest service pack) 64-bit version Checking the latest information on the driver software For the latest information on this unit’s dedicated driver software, see the Pioneer DJ site below.  Obtaining the driver software 1 Launch a web browser on the computer and access the Pioneer DJ site below.
  • Page 5 Program and Documentation in Your possession, confirming to NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THE PROGRAM AND MUST STOP INSTALLING IT OR Pioneer DJ in writing that You have done so. Sections 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 UNINSTALL IT, AS APPLICABLE.
  • Page 6: Connections And Part Names

    Connections and part names Connections ! Connect the power cord after all the connections between devices have been completed. Be sure to turn off the power and unplug the power cord from the power outlet whenever making or changing connections. Refer to the operating instructions for the component to be connected.
  • Page 7 Connecting the input/output terminals  Connecting input terminals Rear panel DJ player DJ player DJ player Portable audio Analog player device AUDIO OUT CONT To power outlet Power cord (included) Microphone Microphone Computer Portable audio Analog player device DJ player  Connecting output terminals Rear panel Front panel...
  • Page 8: Part Names And Functions

    Deck section Part names and functions This section is used to control the four decks. The buttons and controls for operating decks 1 and 3 are located on the left side of the controller, those for operating decks 2 and 4 are located on the right side of the controller. 1 Browser section 2 Deck section 3 Mixer section...
  • Page 9 9 AUTO BEAT LOOP button i PAD FX1 mode button Press: Press: Turns manual loop and auto beat loop on or off. Sets the pad FX1 mode. = Using the pad FX (p. 16 ) [SHIFT] + press: The loop registered in [rekordbox] can be set as the active loop. [SHIFT] + press: Sets the pad FX2 mode.
  • Page 10 v GRID ADJUST button 3 USB (A) button Press: When lights, the USB-A terminal is used in communication with the computer. When the jog dial is turned while pressing the [GRID ADJUST] button, the beat ! The [USB (A)] button and [USB (B)] button located at the left side are used to grid interval can be adjusted.
  • Page 11 k SAMPLER VOLUME control Effect section Adjusts the sound level of sampler. This section is used to control the two effect units (FX1 and FX2). Controls and but- l EQ (HI, LOW) controls tons used to operate the FX1 unit are located on the left side of the controller, those These adjust the tone quality of the [MIC1] and [MIC2] channels.
  • Page 12 Jog dial display section 1 Operation display This works in synchronization with the rotation display of the rekordbox dj deck. 2 Cue point display Displays the cue point. ! You can switch between the current cue display and hot cue countdown display in the environment settings of rekordbox.
  • Page 13: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Connecting this unit and computer 6 Press the [u] switch on this unit’s rear panel to turn this unit’s power on. 1 Connect headphones to one of the [PHONES] terminals. Turn on the power of this unit. ! For Windows users The message [Installing device driver software] may appear when this unit is first connected to the computer or when it is connected to a different USB port 2 Connect powered speakers, a power amplifier,...
  • Page 14: Starting The System

    Starting the system Launching rekordbox For Windows 7 Click the [All Programs] > [Pioneer] > [rekordbox] icon from the Windows [Start] menu. For Windows 8.1/8 From [Apps view], click the [rekordbox] icon. For Mac OS X Open the [Applications] folder in Finder, then double-click the [rekordbox] icon.
  • Page 15: Quitting The System

    Monitoring sound with headphones Set the positions of the controls, etc., as shown below. Names of controls, etc. Position HEADPHONES MIXING control Center HEADPHONES LEVEL control Turned fully counterclockwise 1 Press the headphones [CUE] button for the channel 1. 4 CD, USB selector switch 2 Turn the [HEADPHONES LEVEL] control.
  • Page 16: Advanced Operation

    Advanced Operation Using the performance pads 3 Press pad 1, pad 3, pad 5, or pad 7. The playback position moves in the reverse direction by the number of beats or Use the performance pads with the hot cue, beat jump, pad FX, slicer, sampler, and number of bars assigned to the pad that was pressed.
  • Page 17 ! The slicer function cannot be used with tracks for which no beatgrid is set. For  Preparing to use the sampler details on setting beatgrids, see the rekordbox software manual. — Beatgrids can also be set using this unit’s [GRID ADJUST] and [GRID SLIDE] Press the [FX PANEL] button while pressing the [SHIFT] button.
  • Page 18: Using The Slip Mode

    2 Press and hold the [PARAMETERc] button. Using the velocity sampler rekordbox dj remains in the sequence mute mode while the [PARAMETERc] button is pressed. In the velocity sampler mode, the sample volume level changes according to the ! If the [PARAMETERc] button is released, the sequence mute mode is amount of force used to tap the performance pads.
  • Page 19: Using The Dual Deck Mode

    Slip braking Functions that can be controlled in the dual deck mode 1 Adjust the [VINYL SPEED ADJUST] control. The functions below can be controlled on the two decks simultaneously in the dual The VINYL SPEED ADJUST setting adjusts the speed, etc. at which the track stops deck mode.
  • Page 20: Adjusting The Crossfader's Operating Load

    2 Press the [FX1] button or [FX2] button of channel 1 to select Using the crossfader start function the effect unit to assign. To use the crossfader start function, set the crossfader assign selector switch of the channel you want to move to [A] or [B]. 1 Set the cue.
  • Page 21: Using The Release Fx

    Using an effect in the beat FX single mode Switching the effect’s tempo mode The following describes how to assign an effect unit to channel 1. With rekordbox dj effects, there are two ways to set the beat FX tempo: with “BPM auto mode”...
  • Page 22: Using The Oscillator Function

    OSC SAMPLER PARAMETER Types of SOUND COLOR FX effects control (when using sound Effect Name Descriptions sources included in the rekordbox dj includes various SOUND COLOR FX. unit) When the software is connected with the unit, SPACE, JET, PITCH and FILTER are selected by default.
  • Page 23 ! When set to [TALK OVER], the sound of channels other than the [MIC1] channel 5 MASTER LEVEL control is attenuated by 18 dB (default) when a sound of –10 dB or greater is input to the 6 MASTER CUE button microphone.
  • Page 24: Changing The Settings

    Changing the settings Launching utilities mode Setting the master output’s attenuator level ! The default is 0 dB. If the utilities mode is launched while the DJ application is running, the set status may not be displayed properly. Press one of the left deck’s [HOT CUE] mode, [PAD FX1] mode, and [SLICER] mode buttons.
  • Page 25 Changing the velocity curve setting of velocity Adjusting the jog dial’s MIDI message sending sampler mode interval Set the velocity curve of the velocity sampler mode. The velocity curve can be This unit is equipped with a mode for adjusting the jog dial’s MIDI message sending selected from four types.
  • Page 26: About The Setting Utility Software

    — Checking the version of the driver software Displaying the setting utility For Windows Click [Start] menu > [All Programs] > [Pioneer] > [DDJ-RZ] > [DDJ-RZ Settings Utility]. For Mac OS X Click [Macintosh HD] icon > [Application] > [Pioneer] > [DDJ-RZ] > [DDJ-RZ...
  • Page 27 ! If the buffer size is made large, drops in audio data (breaks in the sound) occur 2 Click the [DDJ-RZ Audio Output] pull-down menu. less easily, but the time lag due to the delay in the transfer of the audio data Select and set the audio data to be output to the computer from the flow of audio (latency) increases.
  • Page 28: Additional Information

    Troubleshooting ! If you think that there is something wrong with this unit, check the items below and access the Pioneer DJ site and check [FAQ] for the [DDJ-RZ]. Sometimes the problem may lie in another component. Inspect the other components and electrical appliances being used. If the problem cannot be rectified, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work.
  • Page 29: Signal Flow

    About trademarks and registered Downloading the rekordbox software manual trademarks 1 Launch a web browser on the computer and access the ! "Pioneer DJ" is a trademark of PIONEER CORPORATION, and is used under rekordbox site below. license. rekordbox is a trademark or registered trademark of the Pioneer DJ Corporation.
  • Page 30: Cautions On Copyrights

    — The specifications and design of this product are subject to change without notice. © 2015 Pioneer DJ Corporation. All rights reserved. <DRI1319-A>...

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