How to update firmware on Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS (Nexus) tabletop digital DJ turntable

Guide for updating firmware on Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS (Nexus) Multiplayer digital DJ turntable.

 
This guide is for updating the firmware on the Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS only.

For information on updating similar devices: Pioneer CDJ-2000, Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2.

1. Check if your CDJ-2000NXS requires a firmware update.

  • Power on the CDJ-2000NXS (button located on back of device, at the right)
  • Press and hold the Menu/Utility button until the Utility screen appears.
  • Scroll down to “VERSION No.” by turning Rotary knob clockwise.
  • Compare against the most recent firmware version number in Step 2.

Note: Firmware version is also visible in bottom right of CDJ-2000NXS screen while it powers on.

2. Download the most recent firmware version from Pioneer

3. Extract (unzip) the firmware file

  • Unzip the downloaded file (eg. CDJ2000NXS_v140.zip) to get the actual firmware update file with the following name:
    C2KNXS.UPD

4. Copy the C2KNXS.UPD file onto a USB drive

  • USB drive must be formatted in FAT or FAT32 (mass storage class)
  • Do not change the name of the extracted file (C2KNXS.UPD)

5. Power off the CDJ, disconnect devices and remove media

  • Power off the CDJ-2000NXS (button is on rear right of device)
  • Ensure no devices are connected (ie. no USB memory, no SD card, no LINK, no computer)
  • Ensure no disc/CD is loaded

6. Power on CDJ while holding USB and Exit/Reloop buttons

  • Power on the CDJ-2000NXS while holding down the USB and Exit/Reloop buttons.
  • Continue holding both buttons (USB and Exit/Reloop) until the message “Connect the USB storage device to the USB port” appears on the CDJ screen.

7. Insert the USB device (from Step 3) into the CDJ

  • Insert USB device containing firmware update (from Step 3) into the CDJ-2000NXS
  • The update process will begin and a progress bar will be displayed on the screen.
  • Update will take approximately 2 minutes.
  • Once complete, the following message will appear:
    “Firmware update is completed. Turn the power off before using.”

Note: If you already have the most recent version, no update will take place.

8. Power off the CDJ again and remove the USB drive

  • Power off the CDJ-2000NXS again (button is on rear right of device)
  • Remove the USB drive containing the firmware update from the device.

Repeat process for any additional CDJ-2000NXS units you have.

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How to burn replacement timecode/control CDs for Serato DJ & Serato Scratch Live (SSL)

It’s always a good idea to keep a few extra timecodes on hand. This explains how to burn replacement/backup Serato Control CDs for free.

1. Download the Serato Control CD

Download the control signal from one of the following sources:

ISO File Format (recommended)

This is a disc image file, for burning to a CD.

After downloading the ISO file, open the folder containing the file and:

  • Mac: Right click on the file and select “Burn to disc” from the context menu.
  • Windows: Right click on the file and select “Burn disc imge” from the context menu.

If you don’t see an option to burn, you may need to download 3rd party software capable of burning .iso files.

WAV File Format

Serato Control CD.wav is a 15-minute stereo 44.1KHz wave file that you can drop into any CD burning application, or run directly off a removable storage device such as a USB key or removable hard drive.

When burning the .wav file to a CD, ensure you burn as an Audio CD (not a data CD), do not adjust the audio levels, make sure any audio auto-levelling features are turned off, and do not down-sample the audio or use a different audio format. In short, burn it exactly as is.

Note: When burning the .wav file to a CD, you won’t have Track 2 (Scroll/Select) which is used to scroll through your songs for track selection. If you require this, please burn using the ISO file instead.

For more information:

Copyright information

The Serato Control Tone, the audio pressed on Control Vinyl and the Control CDs, is copyright Serato Audio Research.

The Control CD download is licensed for personal use only. The creation of personal backups of the Control CD is allowed, however duplicating Control CDs for commercial benefit is strictly prohibited.

For avoidance of doubt the duplication or creation of Control Vinyl for any use is strictly prohibited.

Using ‘Mixed In Key 7’ to perform automatic key detection on MP3s

Mixed In Key is the most accurate program for determining the keys your tracks are in. Great if you’re a DJ interested in harmonic mixing, probably pointless otherwise.

Post is coming soon… in the meantime:

Key Detection Software Comparison< (2015 Edition)/a> @ DjTechTools.com