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Reviewed: Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-1000-OW – high-fashion combines with unwavering performance

The extremely limited Off-White model of one of Pioneer DJ’s most sought after controllers went on sale earlier this year via a raffle process at selected stores around the globe.

Reviewed: Pioneer DJ's DDJ-1000-OW - high-fashion combines with unwavering performance

You may have remembered seeing our post about a visually stunning spin-off piece from Pioneer DJ earlier this year, as they launched a must-have for fashion appreciators and music lovers alike. 

Thanks to our friends at Pioneer DJ, we got our hands on one of the coveted Off-White pieces – which didn’t disappoint in the slightest. 

If you’re in the market for a cheap controller or practice unit to play around with for a bit of fun, this probably isn’t the review or choice of equipment for you. However, if you’re serious about your music and you are looking for a high-level, all-in-one home or mobile solution, then you have come to the right place!

Apart from the much-revered XDJ models, the DDJ-1000-OW is as close as you can get to a club set up in one convenient unit. It looks and feels like Pioneer DJ’s well-known premium CDJs and Mixers, wrapped beautifully in a striking visual aesthetic – like no other unit on the market.

Here’s what we cover in this Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000-OW 4-channel performance DJ controller review:

  • Specifications
  • Features
  • Final Verdict

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000-OW Specifications

Width -708 mm

Height -73.4 mm

Depth -361.4 mm

Weight -6 kg

Signal-to-Noise Ratio -110 dB

Distortion – < 0.002 % (USB)

Inputs:

  • 2 LINE (RCA)
  • 2 PHONO/LINE (RCA)
  • 2 MIC (XLR & 1/4 inch TRS Jack, 1/4 inch TRS Jack)

Outputs:

  • 2 MASTER (XLR, RCA)
  • 1 BOOTH (1/4 inch TRS Jack)
  • 2 PHONES (1/4-inch stereo jack, 3.5-mm stereo mini-jack)

Compatible DJ Software:

  • Rekordbox
  • VirtualDJ 2021
  • + Others (after correct mapping)

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000-OW Features

When we talk about individual features, the difference between the standard and Off-White models appear to be only cosmetic. Nevertheless, that isn’t to say it isn’t an incredible piece of kit with a wealth of creative possibilities and capability. 

DDJ-1000-OW

Design

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000-OW 4-channel performance DJ controller was already a visually stunning piece before the collaboration came into place. Unique in so many visual touchpoints and individual characteristics, the Off-White model takes things one step further with a dazzling traffic cone orange and matte white contrast. Inheriting the layout of the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 combination, the unit offers an almost unparalleled level of performance and portability – making it undoubtedly one of the best controllers on the market at face value. 

DDJ-1000-OW

Jog Displays

One of the instant standouts on the DDJ-1000-OW is its jog displays. Incorporating as much of the NXS software familiarity within each of its two screens, each platter can deliver an impressive amount of information and visual feedback – enabling you to focus on the finer details of what you are doing (if needed). They are just generally really nice on the eye and a pretty sweet feature that many other controllers have failed to introduce as subtly as the DDJ-1000 has. 

DDJ-1000-OW

Club Standard Functionality

One of its strongest USPs and perhaps the most enjoyable factor of the DDJ-1000 is its likeness to Pioneer DJs top-tier individual performance units. Whether you are practising for a club environment, taking it to a club to play on or want a club-worthy setup at home, this is a more than worthy option. 

The controller comes with four channels and two decks that can play independently across four channels – needing just the tap of one button to switch from 1-3 & 2-4, respectively. They come with a lot of the individual features of the CDJ-2000NXS2 features, allowing you to stay in control of every record and access cues, loops, tempo changes and much more with ease. 

The mixer is equally as impressive, sporting all of the below features: 

Beat FX: Echo | Multi-Tap Delay | Spiral | Reverb |Trans |Flanger | Phaser | Pitch | Slip Roll | Roll | Enigma Jet | Mobius (Saw) | Mobius (Triangle) | Low Cut Echo

Colour FX:

Dub Echo | Filter | Noise | Pitch

Coming down to the bottom of the mixer – it also sports a newly improved Magvel Fader, which is competent to over 10 million movements – making it one of the most durable to ever feature on any mixer! Whether you’re a scratch artist or a smooth transitioning DJ, the mixer can take whatever you throw at it, whenever you want to throw it. 

DDJ-1000-OW

Performance Components

Aside from the robust and steadfast reliability of its bread and butter features, the DDJ-100-OW offers a seemingly endless variety of creative options.  

It has 16 reactive backlit performance pads, allowing you on the fly access to Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler, Keyboard Mode, Beat Loop, Key Shift & more. This section of the controller is especially great for the more creative performance artists and people who like to put on an engaging show – again, showing pioneers broad acceptance and catering to different styles and genres. 

DDJ-1000-OW

Connectivity

Last but not least, the DDJ-1000-OW also has an impressive range of connection possibilities. Its four inputs allow you to connect to CDJs or analogue turntables and use it as a stand-alone mixer. You can also connect directly to professional PA equipment thanks to a Booth, 2 Master, and 2 MIC inputs. In short, the unit can be as simple or complex as you want or need your setup to be – *hold for applause*.

Final Verdict

Now, the bit that you have all been waiting to hear. What do we really think of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000-OW 4-channel performance DJ controller at a simplified level? Well, it can be translated quite easily into a set of pros and cons:

Pros

  • Just as good as a CDJ/DJM combo
  • Variety of connection options
  • Stunning visual appeal
  • Endlessly interactive
  • Collector’s item

Cons

  • Not currently on general sale
  • Resale can be rather pricey
  • Not necessary for beginners or infrequent use
  • Restricted integration outside of Rekordbox & Virtual DJ

If we’re being explicitly honest, this is an incredible unit. It’s a real shame that this particular unit is so hard to come by without paying a small fortune at present. That being said, the standard version does all of the above and is on sale for around £1,100-1,200. It is an absolutely solid investment if you are a regular DJ or want to be one. 

The only question it leaves is: “how can Pioneer DJ possibly improve further on this and the XDJ range for all-in-ones?”

Who knows, but the thought alone is nothing short of exciting!

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