Pioneer DDJ 1000 Review. Detailed Guide and SetUp

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Review

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 Professional DJ 4 channel controller is a four-channel controller for record box deejay. I had it in the studio, tried it out, tested it.

Absolutely love it. And I can tell you right now, this is one of my all-time favorite controllers without moving platters.

I prefer turntables. And when it comes to controllers, normally I will go for the controllers with the moving platters. This is definitely not a controller with moving platters. It has normal jog wheels, but the job wheels are definitely a special feature when it comes to this controller.

Specifications

Width27.87 in
Height2.89 in
Depth14.23 in
Weight13.23 lb
Soundcard24 bit/44.1 kHz
Frequency Range20 – 20000 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio112 dB
Distortion< 0.002 % (USB)
Inputs2 LINE (RCA)
2 PHONO/LINE (RCA)
2 MIC (XLR & 1/4 inch TRS Jack, 1/4 inch TRS Jack)
USB2 USB B ports
Outputs2 MASTER (XLR, RCA)
1 BOOTH (1/4 inch TRS Jack)
2 PHONES (1/4-inch stereo jack, 3.5-mm stereo mini-jack)

First Glance

At first glance, you can tell that these jog wheels look a lot like the jog wheels on the CDJ 2000 and that is because they are the same size, same type of jog wheels.

But there’s a lot more going on in that center display. And it’s one of the many features that I truly like about this controller.

So I want to talk about all the things I like. Some of the things I didn’t really like.

I really like the Pioneer DDJ 1000 designs. It’s a midsize controller. It’s just a little bit bigger than the SX3, but not a lot bigger. It has these large jog wheels, which I love, but that means that it doesn’t have the same amount of real estate to place extra buttons asked some of the other controllers.

If your jog wheels are smaller, you’re going to have more space for buttons and knobs and touch strips and all of that stuff.

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Front View

So, for instance, this controller does not have an effects roll on top that you see what a lot of controllers to control effects inside the software. But I don’t really mind because they have a solution for that.

I’m actually a fan of having fewer knobs and buttons on a controller. You already have your mixer section, which you EQ of filters, you have your faders, you have your performance pads. I don’t need to have extra stuff everywhere.

It gets a little bit overwhelming, but that’s me personally. I would prefer a bigger jog wheel over more buttons any day.

Player Section

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Jog Wheel

So let’s take a closer look at this Pioneer DDJ 1000. And let’s start with the player section.
The jog wheels, of course, already talked about him a bit with the display in the middle. Let’s just start at the top. At the top, you have your manual control for a loop.

There is your loop in and loop out or you can activate a for a belt loop. So you have your all the loop right there.

During playback of a track and I hit that for loop, this is gonna give me a for loop and I can make that loop shorter, two beats, one beat or make it longer. And if I hit it again, it will exit the loop, same as on the CDJ.

Quantized

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Quantize Feature

Next, to that, we have quantized, I don’t use quantized. I like to have total freedom. But if you have quantized activated, it will only activate or trigger certain things on the beat. So, for instance, if I start a band on these pads with the hop cues.

It will still only give me that on the beat, I don’t like that so I’ll turn it off.
I want to have that freedom when I’m triggering my hockey. But for some of you, you want to make sure that everything is on the beat you could use quantized for that.

Next, to that, we have the slip feature.
Once you activate that. That’s pretty cool. The display will turn red so you can tell straight away like, hey, slip is still active. Turn it off again and then it’s gone.

Now, what slip does it?

It lets the track play on in the background. Even if you’re playing with the jog wheel. If I stop and hold this, you can actually see that the track is continuing to play in the background. And once I let it go, it’ll go straight back to where the track is still playing.

A very important knob.
This is what you used to go through your track. So you scroll through your playlist. If you hit back, you can go through the rest of your playlists so you can see what else is here and find a playlist that you want to use for whatever you’re doing. Hit it and then you’re back in.

Now, if this is not enough for you, so you want to see more of your playlist. You can hit view and then the entire real estate becomes just a view of what’s in your playlist. And once you’ve found what you’re looking for, hit you again and then you’re back to senior virtual players.

Related Tracks Feature

Now you have some secondary features here as well. So Underneath View is related tracks within record box. You have that related tracks feature. So if you’re playing a track, you won’t record box to show you some tracks that are similar to it.

That will work with it. It really tracks and will show you that you can also use the back feature. The secondary feature is the playlist, Paulette, and it will let you go through all the different sorts of playlists looks that you have. I don’t really use that record, but has a lot of those features, but they may sure that a lot of it is controlled from right here.

You have the slip reversal on that side.
Slip reverse is something you can use if you want to. Just take out a couple of words. So for instance, let’s say you don’t have a clean version of a track. You know, there’s a cuss word coming. It’ll reverse.

But again, in the background, the track is still playing. If you go to the secondary feature, you have a normal reverse and then it’ll play the trackback.

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Pad Section

Let’s go below the jog wheel.
Now, the shift button is very important on all controllers because most controllers will have secondary features underneath the knobs and buttons because you want to take advantage of all the space you have.

So like I said, you have these secondary features with back and view slip, reverse and reverse. So if you want to get to that secondary feature that’s underneath his shift, then hit that button and then you’ll get that secondary feature.

You have your search if you work with tracklists. So you know that the next track in your playlist is the track where you’re going to play. You don’t have to use the knob to scroll because there’s no scrolling involved.

You can just hit search and it’ll take you to the next track. Load that into the deck and you can use that. And that’s faster than using that one.

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Pads Photo

Pads
Now, this is what you find most controllers. You have your performance pads, eight pads for pad modes and for secondary pad most or eight pad modes in total. You have your hot cues used to trigger a few points. I have them in different colors.

If you have the Pioneer DDJ 1000 and yours are all green, you can go into the settings and you can change that. So you go into view, into preferences. And if you scroll down, you go here, you see color and hot cue.

Normally that is set the CDJ. And then as you see, they all turn green. But I have them all colorful. And you can choose which colors you use. I like to have that so I can put names with the cue points and colors if they’re all green.

Hot Cue
So you have your hot cues. If you hit that shift, you go to the secondary feature. That’s the keyboard. When the track is playing. You can take the cue points and play them in different keys. And the white one is always your normal key. So go back.

The second one is the Pad effects. The pad effects are the solution to the fact that you don’t have your effect section at the top. So the pads are used to activate the effects. I believe you can rearrange these. I haven’t done that.

Effects
Next one is a crush. You have a filter. Backspin, a delay at one eighth. And echo.
So now it has slipped one a quarter half or beat a delay at a quarter. Another filter, reverb and a break.

So you have a lot of different effects in there. You can rearrange those. So for me, I don’t use a lot of effects. I’ll put my main effects under those pads and control them right there from pad effects. I’ll probably won’t even get further than pad effects one and not even used to.

I’m perfectly fine with a couple of effects. I’ll place those right there and then I’m good. Now the fact is you don’t actually need more because you also have onboard effects.

You have some beat jump options that will allow you to go through the beats shift beats. So one beat or to beat or for a beat or eight beats ahead and back. Then you have the sampler. Just give you a couple of banks filled with samples.

You have a dedicated sample volume right here. And you can go to the banks and then find some stock sounds.

You can change if you want to hear the entire sample just by hitting it once or just to hear to sample as long as you hold it. I know some of you still want that air horn is there. Then you also have key shifts or the shift and hit.

Right there you have a lot of features to control, a lot of the functions inside the software. Everything I need is basically right here. I don’t mind to have fewer buttons and knobs and the larger job wheels. And I love the fact that they have so much information within that jog wheel.

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Display

Jog Wheel

So you have your BPM, you current BPM, but change the pitch. You can see that BPM changes well at the bottom. You can see how much time you have left. I like the fact that you see the wave file, would have been cool if you had an option to maybe zoom in a bit.

But I understand this way you do have the total view and you can easily spot when you’re going to hit a break or anything like that.

You can see the number of Q points. You can see where you few points are at.
I like the fact that I have the tempo range inside the display so I can see that.
I love the fact that you have that little red warning that slip is activated.
But I also like the fact that if you have your fader set to a certain deck. So it also tells you which deck is actually able to send out the volume.

It’s a Pioneer DDJ 1000 four-channel controller, two jog wheels. So you have your option to switch here from deck to the deck four. And they also added that it doesn’t just show deck four, but it also gives you a different color. So, again, a nice visual indicator to let you know, hey, I’m playing in my first deck or in a secondary deck like that.

Now, for me personally, as someone who likes to scratch, do a little beat juggling. I love the fact that I have my sticker right here. And even if it moves, it shows me exactly where my cue point was. So I know how far I have to take it back to get back to the start of that cue point. I can see how far I have to take it back.

Display

In the CDJ you also have that little marker that actually shows you how you’re moving, but it’s not as clear as this one. And I love the fact that the cue points have different colors. So you can also tell which cue point you’re in straight away.

I just really, really like that display and I can tell already. Normally, if I had a controller and my computer, I would probably spend a little more time looking there for certain information with this controller is really not that necessary.

One thing maybe for the future that could be even cooler is if you also had the option to see your tracklist. I know it’s a small display. I prefer large displays.

But just to have that as an option, that would be really cool. Even if you only see like four or five tracks that you could scroll see him here. Maybe that will happen in the future.

The Mixer

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Mixer Part

Now let’s go to the middle. This is the mixed part of the Pioneer DDJ 1000 and this is a standalone mixer. So you use it as your mixer when you’re using the controller.

But you also have the option to just plugin 4 different devices and have audio for those devices. Use the filters on those devices and also the onboard effects because this has the normal onboard effects that you find, though, your DJM 900 mixer.

I don’t know if they’re exactly the same, but you have a low cut echo, echo. You have a delay, spiral, reverb, transform, enigma jet flanger your phaser pitch slip, roll, roll and Mobius.

They are beat effects. Another option is to switch the beats. You can do an auto a tap too. You can assign them to all different channels. So to me, that’s just great that you have those onboard effects.

And for me personally, when a mixer has that, I hardly get around to use the effects inside deejay software. So for me, I’m good right here. I’ll use my filter. You have your normal filter. Hi-pass low pass. You have a pitch. You have your dub echo and you have the noise. So you have a lot going on.

Ports

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Ports I/O

Now, let’s continue with some of the good things about this controller. If you look at the top right, you have the option to go USB A. In the middle you have a line and two channels that have line phone also.

Yes, you can connect two turntables, but if you take it all the way to the other side, you have your USB B, and that’s because this has dual USB B ports.

That means that two deejays can connect at the same time either to play together or just to make that transition between deejays just seamless. I feel modern-day controllers need to have a dual USB. It’s just such a relief to have that.

So if you’re playing, this is the main unit to be used that night and you have to switch deejays. You don’t have to have someone start CD or bring out an iPod to play a track when the deejays are switching. No second deejay can just come in, plugin and you’re good to go.

It has the Manville fader, and I really like the way this fader feels and works. It feels like the DJM 900 the fader that I have on my SRT. I can really work with this. It’s definitely not a turntablism device. The way you would not have the knobs, but it works really well.

You have you’re assigned for all the channels, same as on the DJM. You have A, B or through, sample volume, your headphone volume. Choose between master and Q, everything that you’re used to if you’re working with pioneer equipment in the clubs as well.

That’s why I feel this feels so familiar. I truly enjoy the way this feels and looks.

What I Dislike
Now, the one thing that you get with a design like this, the one thing I didn’t really like as much as the fact that your channel faders are a bit short. They feel pretty good, but they are short and the view meter is also very short.

And I’ve noticed that before you know it you’re already going into the orange and red because it’s that short. I know that’s just something you have to get used to. But if I use it for a second, that’s the first thing on those like, hey, would have been cool if it wasn’t longer.

But then again, if you want to make that long, you’re going to have to make the entire control a bigger. So that’s always going to be a compromise that branch will have to make.

Are we going to go big and all loud or do we want to keep it a little bit smaller?

But then you have to make certain sacrifices. I can live with that sacrifice, but it is something I noticed that would have been cool if it could have been different.

I/O

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Rear Ports

When it comes to the rest of the ins and outs, it’s pretty standard. But everything you need is there. You have your master out, XLR or RCA, you have your booth out that’s a jack output and you have a microphone input, an XLR input, and a second input. That’s only a jack input so you can add two mikes.

Pioneer DDJ 1000 Setup Diagram

A special feature that I like
So basically, that is what you have on this controller. There is one more thing I want to show you real quick because to me, that’s exciting. So what I want to show you is not new. There are other controllers that have this feature. But I just love the fact that this controller also has that feature.

As I said, you can use the mixer to just plug in extra equipment. So I have one of the line focal ports and I just connected a turntable. If you have your record back, deejay, DVS license, you can use this mixture right here as your DVS mixer for record box deejay.

It also means that you could use these to jog wheels in the middle to control decks 1 and 2. You could use two turntables on the side to control deck 3 and 4.

Conclusion

So when it comes to the conclusion, you already know what I’m going to say because I told you in the beginning, this is one of my all-time favorite controllers with nonmoving platters.

I really, really like the look. Love the feel of the Pioneer DDJ 1000. The jog wheels are amazing.
They all CDJ jog wheels they feel the same, they act the same.

Only thing is they have a lot more information for me to look at and I love that. The fader on this is the same as that DJM.

So it gives me the feeling of using a CDJ DJM set in a smaller package, but definitely not so small that it feels like I don’t have enough room to move. So for me, that feeling is very important when it comes to whatever device I use.

I have the onboard effects, which I love. I have my filter, the knobs, the channel faders are a little bit short, but I can work with that.

When it comes to the performance pad, their performance pads that’s what I’m used to. All controllers have them. My S9 has them. I love them, especially for my hot cues. Mine will be mostly used for the hot cues, but I like the fact that I can set whatever effect I want to in the software and activate that from here as well.

But besides that, I don’t use that a lot. I’ll spend most of my time finding my tracks, having the track here, using my cue, do my mix, adding a little fact here and there, and then I’m good to go.

Display Critics
Hopefully, in the future, they’ll get even more in this display. Maybe the option to browse or zoom in a little bit, but we’ll see what happens.

Maybe some of those things could be done with future firmware updates. But besides that, I really love it.
The DVS capability adding turntables, plenty of inputs. If you want to add extra devices, microphones on the other side, you have your headphones small and big, Jack.

So everything I need is basically here and I can carry this under my arm if I have to take it to a gig. It’s not that heavy. I’m definitely very excited when it comes to this control.

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