You may be surprised how much is included for free with rekordbox ver. 6.0
We recently released a fresh version of rekordbox with major new features and improvements. Ver. 6.0 is available via a new subscription structure, starting with a free option that's available to everyone – and you could be surprised by how much is included.
Depending on the features you want to use, and the hardware you DJ with, you might not need to spend any money to get everything you need from the application. So, let's take a look at what's on offer.
What's new in the Free plan?
Performance mode via PC/Mac
As well as free use of Export mode (for transferring tracks to USB drives and playing them on CDJs and XDJs), you now get access to Performance mode when you control it with your computer. This means you can try out mixes, cues, loops, FX, and more in a professional virtual DJing environment. You can even mix with tracks from Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+ if you have subscriptions to those streaming services.
Performance mode via Hardware Unlock devices
A number of Pioneer DJ units, called Hardware Unlock devices, can enable Performance mode for your entire setup. Simply connect one of these units and you can use Performance mode freely, even if your other products aren't Hardware Unlock devices.
Mobile library sync
Download rekordbox for iOS (ver. 3.0) and connect your computer and mobile device to the same network to export playlists, tracks, and folders between them via your shared library. You can also connect your iOS device to selected CDJ/XDJ models with a USB cable and play tracks directly from the unit.
If you use the Inflyte digital promo service, you can check out all the tracks in your Promo Locker without leaving rekordbox. Then, simply choose which files you want to import to your library or turn on automatic sync to make things even easier.
Support for Beatport LINK and Soundcloud Go+ in Performance mode
Access tracks from the Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+ streaming services (separate subscriptions required) in Performance mode. All your files will be analyzed by rekordbox, enabling you to view waveforms, set Hot Cues, and tag tracks. You can even create playlists with a mixture of tracks from either streaming service and those in your own collection, stored on your hard drive.
Beatsource LINK is now included
Want to add new sounds to your sets? Update to rekordbox ver. 6.0.1
and, in Performance mode, you can choose from millions of tracks from the Beatsource LINK catalog. This new music streaming service for open-format DJs has been built by music distribution website Beatport and record pool DJcity.
The newly designed waveform is as functional as it is good-looking. Understand how a track sounds without even listening to it. 3Band waveform uses different colors to indicate the volume of each frequency band.
Light option in Skin settings
If the sun's shining on your screen, switch the Skin setting to Light mode and you'll get a much clearer view of all the information in rekordbox.
Never "lose" a track again. If the track you want to play next is missing because you moved it, rekordbox will search all locations within a specific folder chosen by you (e.g. your Pioneer DJ folder) until it finds the track, corrects the path, and plays it from the new location.
Ableton Link support
Synchronize the tempo of the master rekordbox deck with other apps on your device, apps on external devices, and hardware that's compatible with Ableton Link technology.
What else is included?
Organise your tracks in different playlists, set cue points and loops, and prepare for your performances.
Performance Recording (with a Hardware Unlock device)
Capture your mixes, whether you're practising or livestreaming on a setup that includes a Hardware Unlock device (not available when playing tracks from streaming services).
Recording in Export mode
Enjoy free use of the recording function while you're using Export mode. It's perfect for making high-quality digital copies of your vinyl via the PLX-500 turntable, which features a USB output for easy connection to your computer. rekordbox even detects the silence between tracks, so you can play a whole album and the application will split the recording into separate files.
Transfer your playlists and rekordbox-analyzed tracks to USB drives and play them on CDJ/XDJ units.
Link Export mode
Use your computer like a giant USB drive. Connect it to a CDJ/XDJ setup and access your entire rekordbox library without needing to export files or playlists.
DVS mode (with selected Hardware Unlock devices)
Use the exclusive control vinyl (available separately) to scratch intuitively when selected Hardware Unlock devices are connected to your setup. The DVS system offers high-quality sound and responsive performance that feels just like you're playing with analog records.
Spend less time and effort preparing for performances. Exciting, editable lighting sequences are automatically created to sync with the phrases in each track. You can use these sequences to control lighting equipment via the RB-DMX1 – available separately.
Want to know more about the rekordbox Free plan? Check out all the details on the rekordbox website.
And if you're keen to see what else the application can do, read our guides to the Core plan and the Creative plan.