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How to switch control decks in HID mode on Pioneer CDJ s ?

Vincent Fries 4:57 PM - 13 September, 2017
Hi everybody!
I have troubles with changing the control deck of a Pioneer CDJ in HID mode. Is it possible to change e.g. one CDJ from control deck 2 to control deck 3?
How does it work to switch between the HID mode and e.g. using the CDJ as normal player with USB sticks. When i am in the club and setup everything from scratch all is fine. As soon as another dj plays with usb sticks i canĀ“t switch the CDJ to HID mode and select a control deck. Is there any good tutorial / tricks anywhere?
Thanks for help!
938MyDJ 8:43 PM - 13 September, 2017
Pess "LINK" on the CDJs... then press "BACK" multiple times (or long press)...

This is where you see the "Control Mode"

After you press ENTER, you will be asked to turn the rotary knob (to confirm exit on the current mode).

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After choosing a deck on HID mode, I can't find a way to choose a different deck without turning off the unit and re-select again.

Maybe some other CDJ users can chime into this.
katmoda 12:41 PM - 14 September, 2017
ON the CDJ900 I was unable to change the deck assignment once selected.
The only way to change the assignment that I found was to power cycle the CDJ
Vincent Fries 7:12 PM - 14 September, 2017
Looks like we have a bug or missing feature / function here. I always have troubles with setting up my club kit when a dj with usb sticks plays before me... :(
938MyDJ 8:04 PM - 14 September, 2017
If you know the ways, that shouldn't be a problem at all.
Nigel J 4:37 AM - 15 September, 2017
I have a DJM900 & CDJ2000 setup and swap between USB/SD Card/CD and Laptop without issues - If using the laptop, on the non playing CDJ I can select the USB and then play tracks from there, once the mix is complete I can link up the USB device and continue, then do the same in reverse but hit the Link button and select the PC.....works well when doing club sets with multiple DJ's.
What type of mixer are you running the CDJ's thru??
SimoneRainer 2:39 AM - 23 April, 2018
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I have a DJM900 & CDJ2000 setup and swap between USB/SD Card/CD and Laptop without issues - If using the laptop, on the non playing CDJ I can select the USB and then play tracks from there, once the mix is complete I can link up the USB device and continue, then do the same in reverse but hit the Link button and select the PC.....works well when doing club sets with multiple DJ's.

If I want to play a song from Serato using a CDJ that was previously playing a USB stick (either directly or from the link), how do I do this without problems - I had so much drama last night!!! Is there a process I must go through to add and remove a CDJ to HID mode in Serato.
I worked out that when removing a CDJ from HID mode, remove all USB cables from the CDJ ... is there anything else I'm missing?
I also worked out that when add a CDJ to HID mode, before reinserting the USB cable into the CDJ - make sure I remove any ethernet cabling that might interfere with the link function. What else could I do?
Aptidda 5:03 PM - 23 April, 2018
Grab gallon of water, pour on equipment. Voila!
dj_soo 4:18 AM - 25 April, 2018
Hid on cdjs feels buggy as all shit. Sometimes it connects, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it give you an option for deck assignment, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes its easy to switch between USB sticks and hid other times you have to restart the cdj everytime you want to go back to hid.

Not sure if the fault lies in serato, pioneer, or just that some cdjs I've used don't have the latest firmware, but anytime I need to play on cdjs, I always make sure to bring usb keys with the control tone and my sp1 just in case.
BOOGIEFROMCUR 2:02 AM - 28 April, 2018
First of all use always a powered hub, usually the problem originates there.
second, dont power off the CDJ, just remove the usb in the back of the cdj temporarily so it will recognize it again.
Make sure your firmware is up ta date on the cdj's
katmoda 5:52 PM - 29 April, 2018
@dj_soo
I would say its Serato's HID implementation that's buggy as I don't have an issue when selecting decks using Traktor and using cdj2000's whereas changing deck assignment in Serato usually means I often need to power cycle the CDJ to get the deck assignment to show up again. the latest firmware on the CDJ's
SimoneRainer 4:48 AM - 30 April, 2018
As my Serato works without fault with the Pioneer DJM 900 Nexus, but fails when trying to disconnect or reconnect to the CDJs - I will give up using HID with the CDJs and will use timecode.

It will mean I don't get all the features on the CDJ but nothing is worse than trying to DJ in a packed house and troubleshoot at the same time!!! So much for my

I'm disappointed with Serato at
1) the lack of video tutorials on how connecting, disconnecting, troubleshooting, best practises
2) the lack of videos watching various DJs in actual work situations before, during and after using their product and giving their advice
3) the 1990s style forum layout of Serato forums
Really guys! I know you live in my old home of NZ but do you really have to charge so much but deliver something so backwards
SimoneRainer 4:52 AM - 30 April, 2018
As my Serato works without fault with the Pioneer DJM 900 Nexus, but fails when trying to disconnect or reconnect to the CDJs - I will give up using HID with the CDJs and will use timecode.

It will mean I don't get all the features on the CDJ but nothing is worse than trying to DJ in a packed house and troubleshoot at the same time!!! So much for my investment in various expansion packs

I'm disappointed with Serato at
1) the lack of video tutorials on connecting, disconnecting, troubleshooting, best practises
2) the lack of videos following various DJs in actual work situations before, during and after using their product and giving their advice
3) the 1990s style forum layout of Serato forums where you can't delete or edit a comment

Really guys! I know you live in my old home of NZ but do you really have to charge so much but deliver something so backwards
dj_soo 4:59 AM - 30 April, 2018
I'd say grab an SP-1 - will give you all the controls you miss from HID and more. Only thing you really lose is being able to select tracks directly on the CDJ.
SimoneRainer 6:24 AM - 30 April, 2018
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I'd say grab an SP-1 - will give you all the controls you miss from HID and more. Only thing you really lose is being able to select tracks directly on the CDJ.


Yeah ... bought one a few years ago but never had to use it because of my controllers functions.
Used it last week and worked like a charm
SimoneRainer 6:37 AM - 30 April, 2018
I might be wrong but I also didn't find any functionality to get the video crossfader working using the Pioneer DJM900 nexus and Club Kit.
I ended up having to get an extra cable - Midi to USB cable and configuring it to move the serato video fader using the mixers audio fader

so I actually had six usb cables going into my laptop via a powered USB hub
2 x cdjs, mixer, hdd, midi, minidisplay port adapter ... wow!!!
SimoneRainer 6:38 AM - 30 April, 2018
sorry ... 7 counting the SP1
DJ Marv the Maverick 10:52 AM - 30 April, 2018
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I might be wrong but I also didn't find any functionality to get the video crossfader working using the Pioneer DJM900 nexus and Club Kit.
I ended up having to get an extra cable - Midi to USB cable and configuring it to move the serato video fader using the mixers audio fader

so I actually had six usb cables going into my laptop via a powered USB hub
2 x cdjs, mixer, hdd, midi, minidisplay port adapter ... wow!!!


Did you link the crossfaders in the video panel?

Did you try Mixemergency, you can get the demo to see if the x-fader works.
DJ Marv the Maverick 10:59 AM - 30 April, 2018
The inability to change Deck assignment once selected in HID using Pioneer CDJs might be a limitation.

I have the Denon SC5000 and i can switch decks easily on those. You can see ABCD decks on the touchscreen or use the Deck Selector button on the hardware.

Basically one SC5000 can control 4 Serato decks.

Might be why Denon called it "Controller Mode" rather than just HID mode.