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Pioneer DDJ-400 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions



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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    DJ Controller DDJ-400 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. Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    About trademarks and registered trademarks ........23 Cautions on copyrights ................23 How to read this manual ! Thank you for buying this Pioneer DJ product. Be sure to read both this manual and the “Operating Instructions (Quick Start Guide).” Both contain important information that you should understand before using this unit.
  • Page 3: What's In The Box

    Before start Getting started for rekordbox What’s in the box If you are using rekordbox for the first time, or rekordbox Ver. 4.x or DJ Controller DDJ-400 Contrôleur pour DJ DJ Controller DJ Controller DJ Controller lower is used currently, install rekordbox with the following procedure.
  • Page 4  Installing (Windows) Do not connect the unit to your PC until the installation has completed. ! Log into your PC as administrator before starting the installation. ! If a program is opened on your PC, close it. 1 Unzip the downloaded rekordbox software file. 2 Double-click the unzipped software file, and then start the installer.
  • Page 5: Top Panel

    Part names and functions Top panel 1 Browser section Selects tracks, and then load them to each deck. 2 Deck sections Control two decks. There are knobs and buttons on the left side to control deck 1 and the right side to control deck 2. 3 Mixer section Control the level adjustment for each channel, track mixing, etc.
  • Page 6: Browser Section

    Browser section Deck section 1 LOAD button Press: Loads the selected tracks to the respective decks. Press twice: Loads the tracks, loaded in the deck that is not in operation, into the deck that is in operation. If this is done while a track is playing, the track is played from the same position.
  • Page 7: Tempo Slider

    Cancels the loop playback. c TEMPO slider Adjusts the track playing speed. [SHIFT] + press: d Performance pads Switches the active/inactive status of the loop saved in a track. (Active loop) Various performances are possible using the performance pads. ! During playback, the loop closest to the playback position saved ...
  • Page 8: Mixer Section

    9 Headphone [CUE] button (CH) Mixer section Press: Turns on to output the sound of the channel for which Headphone [CUE] button is pressed from the headphones. [SHIFT] + press: Sets the tempos of the respective deck by tapping the button. (Tapping function) a Channel fader Adjusts the level of audio signals output in each channel.
  • Page 9: Effect Section

    Effect section 1 BEAT  button Press: Decreases the beat fraction for synchronizing the beat FX effect sound each time the button is pressed. [SHIFT] + press: Sets the beat FX tempo mode to the BPM auto mode. The track’s BPM value is used as the basis for the effect’s tempo.
  • Page 10: Rear Panel

    Rear panel 1 Kensington security slot 4 MIC input terminal (1/4” TS jack) Connects a wired lock for the theft prevention. Connects a microphone. ! Only unbalanced input from a phone plug (Ø 6.3 mm) is 2 USB terminal supported. Connects to PC/Mac.
  • Page 11: Connections

    Connections Before connecting to the device or changing the connection, disconnect the USB cable. Only use the USB cable included with this unit. Refer to the operating instructions for the component to be connected. Power is supplied by the USB bus power. You can use the unit with only connecting to your PC/Mac. Connect the connecting cable correctly after checking the place of the terminal on this unit.
  • Page 12: Basic Operation

    For Mac [Audio]: [DDJ-400] [Output channels]: [Master Output]: [DDJ-400 : MASTER + audio device name on Mac] [Headphones Output]: [DDJ-400 : PHONES] ! When [PC MASTER OUT] is off, [Master Output] in the [Audio] setting is [DDJ-400 : MASTER].
  • Page 13: Monitoring The Sound With Headphones

    PC/Mac instead of using the [MASTER LEVEL] knob. ! If the sound is not output from the [MASTER] output terminals or this unit is not recognized on your PC/Mac, access to the Pioneer DJ support site, and then refer to [FAQ].
  • Page 14: Advanced Operation

    Advanced operation Using the 4 beat looping Changing the starting position (Loop In point) of the loop playback Press the [IN/4BEAT] button during playback. The 4 beat loop starts automatically from the position at which the Press the [IN/4BEAT] button during loop playback, button is pressed and loop playback starts.
  • Page 15: Using The Sampler Function

    3 Press the performance pad to set a loop during 2 Press the pad 7 or pad 8 while pressing the [SHIFT] loop playback. button to change the number of beats assigned to the performance pad. 4 Press the performance pad at which the loop is set. When the pad 7 is pressed while pressing the [SHIFT] button, the Loop playback starts from the Loop In point of the set loop.
  • Page 16 3 Turn [GAIN] on the sampler deck of rekordbox dj 4 Press a performance pad. The hot cue is played by the sound pitch assigned to the pad that was screen. pressed. 4 Press a performance pad. ! To delete the hot cue selected for the keyboard mode, press one of pad 1 through 6 while press the [SHIFT] button.
  • Page 17: Setting And Calling Out A Cue Point

     Using the release FX of the pad FX Setting and calling out a cue point The release FX has to be assigned to the performance pad in advance. 1 Press and hold the performance pad to which an effect other than the release FX is assigned, or press Setting a cue point and hold a performance pad while pressing the You can set a cue point or loop point to the track loaded on the deck.
  • Page 18: Analyzing Tracks

    Using the crossfader start function Switching the tempo mode of BEAT FX rekordbox dj has two ways to set BEAT FX tempo: with “BPM auto mode” 1 Set the cue point. and “BPM tap mode”. Pause at the position from which you want to start playback, then press ! By default, the BPM auto mode is set.
  • Page 19: Changing The Settings

    Changing the settings Launching utilities mode Forcefully using the unit as the general MIDI controller If the utilities mode is launched while the DJ application is opened, the The unit automatically changes operation as follows depending on set status may not be displayed properly. whether rekordbox is running.
  • Page 20: Changing The Settings On Rekordbox

    Changing the settings on rekordbox On rekordbox, you can change the setting you want for DJ play. Change the setting items under [Controller] of [Preferences]. When connecting the unit to rekordbox, following settings can be changed. [Controller] > [Deck] tab [Back Spin Length] setting When operating the back spin on the jog wheel, the back spin is made in longer than the actual jog rotation.
  • Page 21: Additional Information

    Additional information Troubleshooting ! If you think that there is something wrong with this unit, check the items below and access Pioneer DJ support page and check [FAQ]. 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 22 Problem Check Remedy Operation of rekordbox dj becomes unstable. Are you using the latest version of the application? If you have installed rekordbox Ver.5.x already, update it to the latest version from the Update Manager displayed when starting rekordbox. If you are installing rekordbox for the first time or are upgrading from rekordbox Ver.4.x or earlier, access “”, and download the latest version.
  • Page 23: Using As A Controller For Other Dj Application

    About trademarks and registered <DRI1551-A> trademarks ! Pioneer DJ is a trademark of PIONEER CORPORATION, and is used under license. rekordbox and KUVO are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Pioneer DJ Corporation. ! Mac, macOS, OS X and Finder are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S.