Expert review of the Pioneer XDJ-RX2
I lift the DJ controller out of the box and place it on the desk. What strikes me immediately is that the XDJ-RX2 has twice as many drum pads as its predecessor. I feel the buttons, faders and jog wheels. This is quality. Next to the color screen is a rotary knob with which you navigate through the menu. Previously it was between the equalizers. I think this is an improvement. I remove the power and USB cable from the box and connect the controller.
Apart from some minor changes, the XDJ-RX2 looks a lot like its predecessor. The layout feels familiar because the layout is the same as that of a Pioneer DJ set. I think the touch-sensitive color screen is a big plus. With the rotary knob next to the screen I navigate through my music collection. Can it be easier? Hell yes. I switch on the QWERTY keyboard and key in the name of an artist. Then I choose a number and load it on deck A.
One of the most important plus points for me is that the controller can also be used as a standalone. This means that you connect all kinds of sources to the controller. With many other DJ controllers you need a laptop to play with. This is not necessary with the XDJ-RX. Laptops, USB sticks, external hard drives, record players and CD players can be connected directly to the controller. I found that the built-in sound card clearly reflected the sound.
Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox Video are included with the XDJ-RX2. Before I start spinning, I first analyze my music collection with Rekordbox DJ. The music loads faster than before the analysis and I can now zoom in on the sound waves. I see exactly when a part with a lot of energy or a break is coming. Are you a VJ? Then Rekordbox Video is for you. With the VJ software you add visual material to your DJ set.
The XDJ-RX2 has 2 effect sections that are both slightly thinned compared to a Pioneer DJM-900 mixer. Is this bad? I do not think so. The most important effects are in my eyes. I play a song and test all effects. They sound good, but something strikes me. They are different from those of the XDJ-RX. There is now a dub echo effect. It sounds different from the echo and delay and is therefore a strong addition to the effects section.