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PIONEER DJ DDJ-800 £779

The DDJ-800 is Pioneer’s latest controller for its rekordbox software (the price of the hardware includes a licence for the software), sitting between the rather basic DDJ-400 (£250) and four-channel flagship DDJ-1000 (£1,129) in the company’s range.

rekordbox has grown into a large and potentially quite confusing software suite. Originally launched alongside the CDJ-2000 players in 2013, the program began as a way of sorting and organising files, essentially a library system for tagging music, preparing sets and transferring files to USB sticks. Pioneer DJ expanded the package recently to include the optional rekordbox DJ, a £120 digital DJ’ing solution controllable via the company’s own CDJs and controllers, third-party options or control vinyl. There’s also a rekordbox app for iOS and Android, which is a basic mobile DJ’ing solution in its own right.

For DDJ users, rekordbox can be seen as a rival to the likes of Serato, Traktor

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