The days of a DJ turning up with a bag full of records to play on a pair of turntables are long gone. Today, digital music has largely taken vinyl's place and you don't even need the files on your computer any more. The new Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 allows DJs to mix tracks directly from Spotify.
The DDJ-WeGO3 isn't the first DJ controller that allows users to mix tracks from Spotify. When the Pacemaker iPad app was released in February, Spotify called it the first of its kind, whilst Numark has also released a physical controller for those who prefer a more tactile DJing experience.
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The original DDJ-WeGO and its successor the DDJ-WeGO2 were aimed at beginners or budget users as a physical controller that would provide the functionality of CD decks or vinyl-emulation software. The DDJ-WeGO3 is still designed with these groups in mind, but is increasingly feature-loaded and slick-looking.
The new model has an understated and solid-looking design, with a new aluminum top plate. Thick curved edges and chunky buttons have given way to a tidier and more minimalist layout.
Pioneer has included a variety of features that you would expect to see on a professional product, such as loop, sound effect and sample controls, with a beat-syncing button also available to give a helping hand. Light effects are used to show when a track has loaded or when different modes are being used.
Users can mix on PCs and Macs from their MP3 libraries using third-party software including djay, Virtual DJ Limited Edition and Serato DJ Intro. Alternatively, it is possible to mix from an iTunes or Spotify library using Algoriddim’s djay 2 app on iOS. The device provides a dock for iOS devices that will charge them while they are in use to allay any concerns about their running out of power mid-set.
The DDJ-WeGO3 will be available from September with a suggested retail price of €299 (US$390).
The video below provides an introduction to the Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3.