Pioneer looks to the future of DJing with launch of new smartphone-enabled controller
Hot off the heels of the unexpected news that music hardware titan Pioneer could be stepping out of the DJ equipment game, they’ve decided to quell any industry rumors, if not temporarily, with the reveal of a new streaming-enabled controller.
The Japanese manufacturer wants the future of DJing to be accessible from any location with arguably their most affordable product to date, the DDJ-200. Priced at a mild $149, Pioneer DJ’s latest controller is designed to be utilized not only through the conventional laptop setup, but through a smartphone via Bluetooth or cable. Beginner DJs can play host to their next pregame event in tandem with a variety of DJ apps by hand selecting tracks from major streaming sources including Spotify premium, SoundCloud Go+ and Beatport‘s newly launched LINK platform.
The DDJ-200 is one of the first DJing tools of its kind to allowing streaming accessibility, and also marks another notable benchmark in the emerging union between Serato and SoundCloud, which made waves towards the end of 2018 with anintegration partnership. While veteran turntablists may remain hesitant to the idea of ditching their traditional equipment, Pioneer is providing further evidence that music streaming is here to stay.
Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-200 is now available starting at $149/£139.