Big, big news out of the Pioneer and Serato camps today, as it was announced that the CDJ-2000 Nexus will now be able to run Serato Scratch Live 2.5 without control CDs. Basically you'll be able to use the CDJ-2000 as a controller for Scratch Live. You still need to have a Serato interface like a SL2 or Rane 62 mixer, but its definitely a big step in the right direction for the two titans of digital DJ'ing.
Here's the Pioneer press release:
Pioneer today announced its collaboration with Serato to ensure compatibility of the latest CDJ-2000nexus professional series multi player with the Scratch Live software. Pioneer’s CDJ-2000nexus player (updated with firmware Version 1.13) will work in sync with the Scratch Live software Version 2.5.0 for intuitive DJ performance using music files stored on a computer without the need for a control disc.
In Online Mode, Scratch Live functions will automatically link to the corresponding buttons and keys of the CDJ-2000nexus player when a computer running the software is connected through the players’ USB connection. In addition, functions such as tempo adjustment, play/cue and loop can be made without a computer keyboard or mouse.
The built-in color display of the Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus will also indicate detailed track information from the Scratch Live software. Text, album artwork, waveform, cue/loop points and other information of a track will be shown on the CDJ-2000nexus color display, resulting in quicker visual communication and enhanced DJ performance for the user. In addition, checking playback status and selecting tracks can all be done directly on the CDJ player, minimizing the need to browse through a computer screen.