A Short History of Pioneer DJ's Rekordbox

Posted on 13th August 2019

When discussing digital DJ mixing software, Rekordbox seems to be a software frequented by the pros. With many high-tech and advanced features that place it at the premium end of mixing platforms, Pioneer’s Rekordbox software has developed an unprecedented reputation over the years.

With the first version of Rekordbox becoming available in 2009, development continued as Pioneer unveiled the first mobile version of their Rekordbox software (version 1.5.2) back in April 2012. Prior to the expansion of this software, Pioneer specialised in hardware controllers, audio-visual entertainment, and general DJ equipment; releasing their first Pro DJ rack mount mixer under the name DJM-3000 back in November 2001. Over the following years, they turned their emphasis towards software development and began the process of growing Rekordbox DJ. Compared with other major digital DJ mixing programmes, Rekordbox has been around for a relatively short period of time, making Pioneer’s ability to cultivate the Rekordbox software into a leading mixing platform with an unparalleled reputation for professional quality and consistently high standards all the more impressive.
 


The Rekordbox software began its journey towards international acclaim following a major update in July 2014 when Rekordbox 3.0 was launched. This update built on the original features and made for a more intuitive software, with Related Track tools queuing all tracks that met a certain tag, improved import and export capabilities, and a handy 2-player mode. With these updates, Pioneer proved the innovative and professional nature of their Rekordbox software.

Rekordbox took an interesting turn following Pioneer’s announcement of the XDJ-RX all-in-one controller in January 2015. Utilising this controller alongside the Rekordbox software allowed users to be liberated from the confines of their laptop screens, permitting DJs to queue tracks, access BPM and beatgrids, beat sync, quantise cuepoints, edit loops and load tracks directly from Rekordbox using only the controller and its accompanying LCD screen. This meant users could now own an all-in-one solution for their performances, making the XDJ-RX controller and Rekordbox software a hugely impressive and appealing development in the world of digital DJing.


From October 2015, Rekordbox DJ with Pro Plus packages was launched to users across the globe. With Rekordbox DJ, artists could complete all of their set preparation – including loops, beatgrids and cuepoints – and access all performance tools necessary for a set using Rekordbox DJ. In short, Rekordbox was now fully operational by simply plugging any controller into a laptop and playing, marking Pioneer’s evolution of the Rekordbox software towards a complete and reliable DJ mixing package.

From October 2015, Rekordbox DJ with Pro Plus packages was launched to users across the globe. With Rekordbox DJ, artists could complete all of their set preparation – including loops, beatgrids and cuepoints – and access all performance tools necessary for a set using Rekordbox DJ. In short, Rekordbox was now fully operational by simply plugging any controller into a laptop and playing, marking Pioneer’s evolution of the Rekordbox software towards a complete and reliable DJ mixing package.

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