Pioneer CDJ-400 CD Media Player
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- Media Player Controller with USB Integration and MP3 Playback from Disk, USB port or Computer
- DJ Software compatibility and MIDI Controller
- 6 built in jog wheel effects; 3 in Vinyl Mode, 3 Digital Mode
- Scratching capability with World's first scratch Jog Effects
- Auto Beat Looping with Loop Divide for a variety of looping functions
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With USB Integration & MP3 Playback, the CDJ-400's cosmetic design is simple and compact yet elegant with all of its various controls and features located directly on top of the unit. A USB port found on the face of the player allows DJs to play their MP3 music collection from a wide variety of portable music devices such as thumb drives, MP3 players or external hard drives. With the use of a multi-function selector knob/button and its large, bright, dot-matrix LCD display, locating and accessing of files from these types of music devices as well as MP3 music files on CD and CD-R/RW through the CD slot are done with a turn and press of the knob. DJ Software Compatibility and MIDI Control With more of today's DJs utilizing different DJ software for their performances, the CDJ-400 is also equipped with a PC mode. In this mode, the CDJ-400 is a native controller for software such as Pioneer DJS computer software and Serato Scratch Live. For example, the movement of the pitch slider on the CDJ-400 can control the pitch slider on the computer software and no time code CD is required for audio control. The player can also act as a MIDI controller were you can assign virtually every button on the player to trigger functions of various DJ software programs. World's First Scratch Jog EffectA highlight and an advancement of the CDJ-400 is its scratching capability. In addition to traditional vinyl" mode scratching, Pioneer implemented the World's First Scratch Jog Effect. Three highlighted buttons, each assigned to a special effect, Bubble, Trans and Wah, creates unique scratching sound effects that can be enabled by the DJ on the fly. A hold" button was also added to retain the different effects throughout the session or until its release, which can also be triggered at any point of play.
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What more can I say?. Its pioneer, there products are good. When it comes to cdjs,pioneer is the name. If you can't get the expensive ones like cdj 800,850,900,2000, get this one..it basically does what the expensive ones do.
It's small but it packs a punch. I will love to own the expensive ones but for now this is what's affordable for me.
You can also use it with software like the serato.
Compact size, full of features. +/- 100% pitch adjustment & Master Tempo (allows the tempo to be sped up or slowed down while keeping track's original pitch). CD/Vinyl Modes allowing the tracks to be "scratched" as well as switches between the onboard effects like. Seamless looping with loop effects. Multi function jog wheel scratch/break and pitch adjust, also can be used to "fast forward" through a track or CD to quickly find a what you're looking for. USB Connectivity to your iPod, memory stick, external hard drive, or PC (via DJS software or other MIDI enabled DJ software). Reads CD and MP3 CD audio. Navigating through digital music libraries is made simple through the use of the multi-function knob. Tracks names and information highly visible on easy to read display including a visual representation of track. My favorite feature is the jog wheel illumination halo which has several different patterns that give a visual representation of the track's movement. Also has stereo RCA and Digital Coaxial Outputs.
AMAZING value! You get tons of features that you wouldn't expect to find in a Pioneer player of this price. USB sticks and hard drives mean not having to bring CDs to the gig with you, and not having to rely on a computer means less of a chance for equipment failure! Very easy to use an intuitive design which takes absolutely no time to master. Smaller footprint than CDJ 800-2000, if space is an issue. Very fast track load, so you are ready to go even faster! Add custom artwork to the Jog wheel!
Jog/Break Wheel is pressure activated for scratch mode and must be compressed several millimeters to activate it which could translate to a botched scratch if you let off of the wheel. DJS software has considerable lag (for a DJ) which makes using the PC with this piece of hardware more difficult if you want to have the perfect mix. More plastic-y feeling than I would like.
If you don't have the money for the CDJ-900, CDJ-1000, or CDJ-2000 - the CDJ-400 is a great alternative with many of the features of the players double and triple the price. What you don't get with the CDJ-400 is the super high fidelity processors, some of the quality and tacility of the jog/break wheel and some other minor features I don't think add up to several thousand dollars. So, save your money and buy this Pioneer CDJ-400. If you are like 90% of the DJs out there, you will be more than pleased with it!
I've had my 400's for a year now and I still love them. In the past I've had laptops fail and external hard drives crash on me. Now I play all of my music from flash drives and play every weekend with no problem.
I am an industry veteran and I'd tell anyone in the market for a media player to check these out. Sure you could spend a lot more money, but why?