Pioneer CDJ-850 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions



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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    MULTI PLAYER CDJ-850 The Pioneer website listed above provides answers to frequently asked questions, information about software, and other up-to-date data of assistance to our customers. For inquiries on rekordbox, please see the support site indicated above. Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read through these operating instructions so you will know how to operate your model prop- erly. After you have finished reading the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future reference.
  • Page 3 WARNING This equipment is not waterproof. To prevent a fire or shock hazard, do not place any container filled with liquid near this equipment (such as a vase or flower pot) or expose it to dripping, splashing, rain or moisture. WARNING Before plugging in for the first time, read the following section carefully.
  • Page 4 (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Product Name: MULTI PLAYER Model Number: CDJ-850 Responsible Party Name: PIONEER ELECTRONICS (USA) INC. SERVICE SUPPORT DIVISION Address: 1925 E. DOMINGUEZ ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90810-1003, U.S.A. Phone: 1-800-421-1404 URL:
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents How to read this manual The names of displays, menus, and buttons in this manual are enclosed in brackets. (e.g. [MASTER] channel, [ON/ OFF], [File] menu) ! The Operating Instructions of rekordbox can be viewed from the rekordbox [Help] menu after installing rekordbox. Before start Features ...6 Before you start...
  • Page 6: Before Start

    Features This unit is a DJ player that carries over the technology of the Pioneer CDJ series, the world standard in club players. It is a multi player for DJs supporting a variety of sources, enabling full-fledged DJ play easily.
  • Page 7: Before You Start

    CD standards is not guaranteed.  About 8 cm single CDs 8 cm single CDs cannot be played on the CDJ-850. Do not mount 8 cm adapters on CDs and play them on the CDJ-850. The adapter could fall...
  • Page 8: Playable Music File Formats

    MP3 files can have a constant bit rate (CBR) or a variable bit rate (VBR). Both types of files can be played on the CDJ-850, but the search and super fast search functions are slower with VBR files. If your prior- ity is operability, we recommend recording MP3 files in CBR.
  • Page 9: Functions Usable In Combination With A Computer

    Pioneer irreparable harm for which money damages alone would be inadequate. In addition to damages and any other remedies to which Pioneer may be entitled, You agree that Pioneer may seek injunctive relief to prevent the actual, threatened or continued breach of this Agreement.
  • Page 10: About The Rekordbox Music Management Software

    About the rekordbox music management software rekordbox is a software program for purchasers of the CDJ-850 or other Pioneer DJ players to manage the music files they use for DJ play. — rekordbox may be used for classifying and searching for —...
  • Page 11: About The Driver Software (Windows)

    About the driver software (Windows) This driver software is an exclusive ASIO driver for outputting audio signals from the computer. To use the CDJ-850 connected to a com- puter on which Windows is installed, install the driver software on the computer beforehand.
  • Page 12 The [CONNECTED] screen appears on the main unit display. ! The message [Installing device driver software] may appear when the CDJ-850 is connected to the computer for the first time or when it is reconnected to the computer’s USB port. Wait until the [Your devices are ready for use] message appears.
  • Page 13: Part Names And Functions

    VINYL TEMPO MASTER TEMPO TEMPO CDJ-850 MULTI PLAYER 8 LOOP IN/ CUE (IN ADJUST) (page 21) Use this to set and fine-adjust the loop in point. 9 BEAT SELECT (page 22) Use this to set the number of beats for auto beat loop playback.
  • Page 14: Rear Panel

    — When pressed once, the main unit display’s time display mode (remaining time display or elapsed time display) switches. — When pressed for over 1 second, auto cue turns on and off. i Main unit display (page 15) j BROWSE (page 17) Press this to display the [BROWSE] screen.
  • Page 15: Main Unit Display

    Main unit display 1 Playing address display The track is displayed as a bar graph. Turns off from the left side when the remaining time is displayed. The entire graph flashes slowly when the remaining track time is under 30 seconds, then flashes quickly when the remaining track time is under 15 seconds.
  • Page 16: Connections

    Be sure to use the included power cord. Basic style When connected to a Pioneer DJ mixer using the control cord (included), operations such as starting playback on this unit can be controlled using the DJ mixer’s fader (page 24).
  • Page 17: Operations

    Use the included disc force eject pin. (Do not use anything else.) The included disc force eject pin is mounted on the CDJ-850’s bottom panel. When the pin is inserted all the way into the insertion hole, the disc is ejected 5 mm to 10 mm out of the disc insertion slot. Grasp the disc with your fingers and pull it out.
  • Page 18: Using The [Tag List] Button

    ! When a playback history is stored as a playlist using rekordbox, the playback history is deleted. Load an SD memory card/ USB device in the CDJ-850. Play tracks. The track being played is recorded and displayed in the playback history.
  • Page 19: Using The [Info] Button

    The next track is not played. ! When a medium is removed from the CDJ-850, all the tracks recorded on that medium are removed from the tag list.
  • Page 20: Playback

    ! When such operations as track searching and loop playback are performed during reverse playback, the audio memory status dis- TEMPO play on the jog dial display section flashes and scratch play may CDJ-850 MULTI PLAYER not be possible. Setting Cue During playback, press [PLAY/PAUSEf] 1.
  • Page 21: Setting Loop

    Adjusting the cue point position While paused at the cue point, press [SEARCH m, n] 3. The [PLAY/PAUSEf] and [CUE] indicators flash. Press [SEARCH m, n] 3. The cue point can be fine-adjusted in units of single frames. ! The same operation is possible using the jog dial. Press [CUE] 2.
  • Page 22: Storing Cue And Loop Points

    [DISC CUE/ LOOP DATA-DELETE? PUSH MEMORY] appears on the main unit display. All cue and loop points for the disc currently loaded in the CDJ-850 are deleted. UTILITY ! The deletion mode is canceled when any button other than...
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Playing Speed (Tempo Control)

    The sound is played according to the direction and speed at which the TEMPO jog dial is spun by spinning the top of the jog dial while pressing it. CDJ-850 MULTI PLAYER Release your hand from the top of the jog dial A.
  • Page 24: Operations In Combination With A Dj Mixer

    ! It may not be possible to use some buttons to operate the DJ software. ! For messages output by the CDJ-850, see List of MIDI Messages on page 27. Changing the MIDI channel setting Press [MENU (UTILITY)] m for over 1 second.
  • Page 25 When the auto standby function is turned on, the standby mode is set automatically if no operation is performed on this unit for 4 hours. ! When the CDJ-850 is operated, the standby mode is canceled. ! This unit is shipped with the auto standby function turned on.
  • Page 26: Additional Information

    ! Irregularly shaped discs other than standard 12 cm discs cannot be played on the CDJ-850 (doing so will lead to damage or accidents). ! The BPM measured by the CDJ-850 may differ from the BPM indicated on the disc or that of a Pioneer DJ mixer, etc. This is due to the differ- ent methods used for measuring the BPM, and is not a malfunction.
  • Page 27: Error Messages

    Error messages When the CDJ-850 cannot operate normally, an error code appears on the display. Take the necessary measures, referring to the table below. If an error code not indicated on the table below is displayed or if the same error code appears after the indicated action has been taken, contact your store of purchase or nearby Pioneer service station.
  • Page 28: List Of Icons Displayed On The Main Unit Display Section

    Carefully wipe the water droplets off the surface of the disc before loading it. Disclaimer ! Pioneer and rekordbox are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Pioneer Corporation. ! Microsoft are registered trademarks or trademarks in the United States and other countries of the Microsoft Corporation of the United States.
  • Page 29: Cautions On Copyrights

    Also, be sure not to forget the login name (your e-mail address) and the password specified for your user registration, as well as the license key. ! Pioneer Corporation collects your personal information for the following purposes: To provide customer support for your purchased product...
  • Page 31: Limited Warranty

    Pioneer, without charge to you for parts or labor for actual repair work if such products fail to function properly under normal use due to a manufacturing defect.
  • Page 32 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936 TEL: 65-6472-7555 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. 178-184 Boundary Road, Braeside, Victoria 3195, Australia, TEL: (03) 9586-6300 PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. Blvd.Manuel Avila Camacho 138 10 piso Col.Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, D.F. 11000 TEL: 55-9178-4270 K002_B1_En