Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 Review + Deep Test Drive with MaddJazz


Model: Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
Base Price: $1,199 (contact by livechat, phone or email for preferred pricing)
Released: Early 2018, Available Now.

This review produced by DJs Are Not Jukeboxes, a Chicago-based DJ advocacy group focused on progressing music culture and education.

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 is positioned as the king of Rekordbox controllers. Almost comically so. At a time when a newer, shinier, more expensive piece of DJ gear is released every few months, it appears Pioneer DJ’s product team decided to improve everything about the previous flagship DDJ-RZ and drop its price $800 at the same time.

It’s the kind of thing that makes you squint, “what’s the catch?”

Very rarely does a product come along that makes us ask, “is this a category killer?” But the DDJ-1000 does.

Several months after it’s release, many are in love while others aren’t swayed from tried-and-true Serato alternatives. We wanted to dig into the DDJ-1000 to see if it lives up to the hype or if it’s too good to be true.

We asked decorated DJ/Producer and Thre3Style competitor MaddJazz to put the DDJ-1000 through its paces and let us know his thoughts.

Watch the video above to see his performance. We’ve transcribed his review as well as our own DJs Are Not Jukeboxes review below.


MaddJazz’s DDJ-1000 Review


I really like the platters. They feel great. To me, they feel better than a lot of Serato Controllers.

If you’re familiar with Pioneer [DJM]-900, this is definitely really easy to use. It’s pretty much the 900. I love the fact that you have your [beat] effects on the side and the Color FX [on each channel] which you control with a knob. Pretty much just like a 900.

I also love the pads – the fact that you have different pages between pads so you can do more cue points. [You can also use them to control] the effects that are built in from the [Rekordbox DJ] software. You have your sampler, with different options you can go through.

Everything is pretty much setup like a [DJM]-900 with CDJ-2000s, but you have the advantage of [pad-based] cue points.


DJs Are Not Jukeboxes’ DDJ-1000 Review


The Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 Rekordbox controller is a performance-based piece of DJ technology. It’s an incredible value based on its $1,199 price point and is a great piece of gear for DJs and performers of all levels.

The first thing we noticed about the DDJ-1000 was the pads. Excellent feel, lightning response time, and are positioned perfectly under the jog Wheels. There are 8-pageable pads on each side, resulting in 16 cue points for each Channel.

As usual with Pioneer DJ, the build quality is stellar and will feel familiar to any DJ who has used the Nexus products in the past. The platters feel very solid and similar to the industry-standard CDJ-2000. The mixer section is laid out in the same vein as the DJM-900.

Familiarity is key in today’s DJ world so the fact that Pioneer DJ essentially combined their Nexus line into one portable unit is a major plus for any DJ looking to get into the game, move to controller, or simply pick up a new piece of gear for the road.

Speaking of portability, the DDJ 1000 is very lightweight making it perfect for mobile, tour, or Club gigs.


What Our Friends Say

Here’s what our friends at Digital DJ Tips, DJ Booth & DJ City think about the DDJ-1000


What About You?


What do you think? Will the DDJ-1000 find a home in your setup? Why or why not?
Any outstanding doubts or personal experiences? Let us know if the comments below.

Looking to pick up a DDJ-1000? Contact The DJ Hookup and ask for below advertised pricing by livechat, email or phone.

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Discussions from the Community.
  1. John says:

    It looks sweet for sure and the price is definitely better than I expected. I love my BPF Echo FX though, which is available through Rekordbox’s effects pack. I use it as one of my performance pads, but mostly use it as one of those three knobs at the top of my SZ and RR (I think they’re called cFX), which I like because I can adjust the intensity, which is something I don’t think my XP1 can do even if I added it to this controller or another controller without the cFX knobs. Also like the oscillator on the SZ and use the siren at the club strategically throughout the night… those Mobius effects are nice but I prefer the good old SZ oscillator siren. This does seem to have some features that the SZ doesn’t have though, like key sync and the nicer jog wheels, which look great. Might consider it someday.

  2. Jarvis says:

    I would love to do a review and have different djs i know that have not used one before come over and review the gear as well so i can put all of them together into a video.

  3. Xander says:

    Hey Jarvis, check your email.

  4. DJ 1luv says:

    Until they come out with a Serato version I wont be touching it. I dont have time to waste on transferring my trax to Record Box.

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