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The DJS-1000 has become a key part of my DJ live sets and is great for live performances. The pads are accurate and have a tight but forgiving feel. The Tempo slider is the same as the CDJ but adds two 'nudge' buttons to fine tune. I use this in 4 distinct modes. 1. A step sequencer - samples can be added from USB and 16 parts can be stepped into a sequence of 2,4, or 8 bars. In a single project you can have up to 4 patterns of any combo. 2. A performance sampler - triggering the pads indvidually lets me add richness and saturation to a track that needs that little something extra. 3. A Sampler-Sequencer that lets me sample up to 32-seconds of a track, for immediate replay. This feature makes this essentially another CDJ where i can mix out of a track, let the sample spin, and mix into a different track while that sample plays. 4. An effects filter- I can add filters and sound color to any or all parts of each of the sounds being played. For performance this is great because as I turn knobs for pitch or crush my audience sees me interacting live with a sound and adds engagement. The only drawback to this unit is to keep it in SYNC mode, i also have to SYNC my other decks. For dynamic DJing this creates a tough workflow. Ableton LINK combined with Rekordbox 6 now allows this unit to SYNC using Rekordbox in HID mode (USB connect). It's notchy but it works. I love the DJS-1000 and see keeping it around for years to come.