Five Reasons For DJs To Use Pioneer Rekordbox 5

Rekordbox has made waves in the DJ world, but not everyone is on board quite yet. Noah Pred gives you 5 reasons why you really should be using the latest version 5.  

As Pioneer’s Nexus CDJs become increasingly ubiquitous in DJ booths worldwide, their deceptively deep proprietary music organization tool, Rekordbox – designed with features to prepare your collection specifically for use with their hardware – has advanced accordingly. The latest version of their free Rekordbox software delivers a number of enhancements and features that make it essential for anyone who might be using their industry-standard hardware. 

1. Advanced USB Support

A feature that should be welcome to all Rekordbox users is noticeably faster USB export and sync times. Another complaint from certain users was that you couldn’t store your master Rekordbox collection on an external drive or USB stick – that’s now been fixed, and while it remains a potentially risky idea, you can keep your master collection on an external storage device for somewhat easier transfers between computers, if need be.

2. Interface Redesign

Rekordbox 4 wasn’t particularly lacking in this department, but a number of design tweaks, subtle color changes and layout improvements have made it easier to navigate the software’s basic and advanced functions alike. 

Using the Related Tracks feature with the new Rekordbox design.

Using the Related Tracks feature with the new Rekordbox design.

3. Better Analysis and Grid Editing

Quicker and more accurate track analysis makes the latest version of Rekordbox easier than ever to prepare your collection. Additional Grid editing tools such as half and double-time make it a snap to customize beat grids as needed. Enhanced key analysis makes the Related Tracks feature even more useful when using Related Key as a criteria, while a new audio engine delivers the highest quality output your audio interface can muster.

4. Automatic Recording 

For vinyl lovers who want to convert their collection but dread the chore, Rekordbox has a helpful recording feature built right in. With automatic silence detection, you don’t have to start and stop recording manually: Rekordbox will start recording when sound reaches a specified threshold volume, and splits into new files after a preferred duration of silence. You can even turn on auto-normalization for optimal gain on the recorded files, and input track metadata on the way in to streamline the file naming process.

Rekordbox recording preferences

Rekordbox recording preferences 

5. Half-time & Double-time Sync

Not everyone uses Pioneer’s sync function, and with good reason – letting a computer or CDJ do all the beat-matching can suck a lot of the excitement out of a mix. But for the more versatile DJs who do use it, the restriction of only being able to sync tracks at the same tempo range could be frustrating. Now, tracks that are either half or double the tempo of the Master deck can be synchronized without pulling doubling or halving their speed – huge news for those who like to experiment with layering or switching disparate genres on the fly.

All of these features are included in the free version of Rekordbox 5, while additional features available in the paid Performance version include Key Shift, Beat Loop, advanced Beat Effects, and more. Get it now from 

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Noah Pred is a Canadian record producer, sound designer, technologist, DJ, and Ableton Certified Trainer living in Berlin, Germany. Releasing dozens of records and touring extensively since the '90s, he currently teaches a wide variety of techniques for stage and studio at the BIMM Institute. For more information, please visit: http://... Read More


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