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The KDJ-ONE is a handheld all-in-one music production device for beginners and professionals alike.
The KDJ-ONE is a handheld all-in-one music production device for beginners and professionals alike.
398 backers pledged $158,449 to help bring this project to life.

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We're offering the KDJ-ONE in 5 different colors! Pre-order your favorite color now for the Super Early Bird value!

 (2014.12.24 NEW!)

DIGITAL WALLPAPERS! (5 USD)

Happy Holidays! Thank you for supporting our project! As a token of our gratitude, we wish to send all backers these exclusive digital wallpapers of the KDJ-ONE! It comes in multiple sizes to fit your PC, Android, and iPhone. We hope you like it!

Here are samples:

These will be available in following sizes:

For PC : 1600 x 1200 (4:3), and 1920×1200 (16:10) 

For iPhone : 320x480, 640x960, 640x1136, and 744x1392 

Android : 1440×1280, and 2160×1920

The KDJ-ONE is more than capable of creating music from all sorts of genres. Whether you're interested in making game music, chiptunes, dubstep, hip-hop, or any other kind of EDM, the KDJ-ONE will handle it all. We've partnered up with a number of artists to provide exclusive tracks, preloaded on every device! Scroll down for sample presets!

 Yasunori Mitsuda - Phantasm (created with KDJ-ONE)  

This New Age track delicately lays out clear notes together to create a beautiful harmony.

 NEW! Yasunori Mitsuda - MITSUDA3 (created with KDJ-ONE)

Hiroki Kikuta - KIKUTA (created with KDJ-ONE)

A complex arpeggio backing bass synth makes a catchy and surprisingly melodious short tune.

Nobuyoshi "sanodg" Sano - SANODG 04 (created with KDJ-ONE)

An energetic mixture of Eastern and Western musical elements in one unique electronic synth package.

 

Kimitaka Matsumae - DARKNESS87 (created with KDJ-ONE)

Dark ambience with industrial undertones. Effective use of distortion and delays with the noise generator creates a wave of darkness that slowly washes over you.

 NEW! Kimitaka Matsumae - DUUBUUDEE (created with KDJ-ONE)

Takeshi Yokemura(YMCK) - CHIPGROOVE (created with KDJ-ONE)

A prime example of chiptunes. With light and airy notes, it's somehow remniscient of the soundtrack to an old video game. 

 Professor Sakamoto - PSKMT 01 (created with KDJ-ONE)

Let's hope that he's got couple of more lives to continue.

 SQUID_sideM - DRIVE ONE! (created with KDJ-ONE)

Lyrics: "Mirai ni hirogaru uta wo kimi no te de tsukuri dashite! Mugen ni hirogaru yume to, kibou, watashi ni misete!" (Shape your song with your own two hands and let it bring you to the future! Grasp your dreams and show me your world!)

While we'd be the first to admit that the OP-1 is a cool device, we're confident that the KDJ-ONE will prove itself to be a completely different beast. Check out the chart below:

We'd like to thank all backers and potential backers, we successfully reached the $100,000 goal! We have decided to set a stretch goal seeing that there is more we can do with the product going through this wonderful project! 

Reach 150,000 USD and get... X-Y Pad Mode for Intuitive Sound Creation! Use your finger as an instrument! Utilizing the touch panel, we will create a X-Y pad mode where users can generate sounds intuitively using their fingers.

Check out this KDJ-ONE walkthrough video by one of our developers.

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1. Everything you need for music production is already included

The KDJ-ONE includes a synthesizer, sequencer, and sampler.

You have 6 tracks for any combination of instruments or sounds you wish to use.

Choose your sounds
Choose your sounds

Use the synthesizer to change and mix wave forms, toggle ADSR parameters, select effectors to use, and add LFOs to spice things up.

If that doesn't make any sense to you, don't worry. You can use any of the several hundred preset instruments as-is. Each was created by industry leading sound designers Davide Carbone and Josh Abrahams, plus the synth master Katsunori Ujiie.

Synthesizer editing the ADSR
Synthesizer editing the ADSR

Once you've selected a sound, you can lay notes down on an intuitive piano roll using the sequencer. There are various ways to record your sound; real time recording, step recording, or by just tapping on the touchscreen as if using a pen. Use whichever method you're most comfortable with to make the music that you want to make.

Sequencer with a piano roll
Sequencer with a piano roll

If you need to change the sound parameters at a particular time, you can use automation. Various parameters including volume, pan, and more may be changed according to the timing you want.

Need vocals on your track? Attach an audio interface via the USB port, connect your microphone, and turn on the sampler. You will get the vocal audio data, and you can even change the pitch or tempo without affecting the actual data, thanks to the ACIDized wav format.

2. Create sound continuously for 10 hours

With its small size, light weight, and 10 hour battery life, you can bring it along with you anywhere you go. Whether you want to kill time during that long flight or you're overcome by sudden inspiration, the KDJ-ONE will be there for you.

3. Intuitive controls with the Touch Panel, Jog Dial, Keypads,  Analog Stick, and D-Pad

When it comes to making music, there's nothing like having a good set of keys in front of you. That's why the KDJ-ONE was designed with a velocity-sensitive keyboard, allowing for unparalleled precision when recording or performing live. Of course, there's no need to limit yourself to a single interface; the touchscreen, jog dial, and d-pad are all there to help you control your notes in a manner that's comfortable for you. For example, you can start out by laying down your notes with the keypad and then use the touchscreen or d-pad to shift them around. Select individual notes or a sequence and lengthen them or copy the pattern and have it repeat. No matter how you work, the KDJ-ONE aims to accommodate you.

4. USB enables Wi-Fi, MIDI controllers, Audio Interface, PC, and storage connections

The KDJ-ONE is able to connect to various devices and networks via USB. Plugging in a Wi-Fi card will get you online to share your pattern data with others using SoundCloud, Facebook or Twitter, or download samples. While connecting a MIDI controller will allow you to control the KDJ-ONE with your favorite device. Audio interfaces can be connected to record from an external audio sources such as guitars or microphones. The KDJ-ONE also uses a USB connection to connect to your PC or storage device, allowing you to backup and secure your work or import/export samples and audio data such as vocals, guitar, or recordings of other live instruments.

5. Win/Mac App & VSTi/AU Plugin support

The KDJ-ONE can be used in conjunction with DAWs such as ProTools or Cubase as a VSTi Plugin, or with Logic as an AU Plugin.

Computer App - Plays nice with others
Computer App - Plays nice with others
Included with every purchase of a KDJ-ONE device is a copy of the KDJ PC application, which serves as an interface between your computer and the device. Using this tool you will be able to save and back up any work you've done onto your computer and, if you so desire, export the music to any other DAW you may own.

The PC application also features its own editing mode with a user interface optimized for keyboard & mouse control. For those of you experienced in creating music on your computers, we are confident that this solution will give you the tools you need.

6. Perform live as a DJ!

If your creativity needs an output and you're no stranger to performing in front of crowds, hook up your KDJ-ONE to some speakers and try your hand at the (currently in-development) live performance mode. We're looking into using all of those handy buttons and dials to give you a device that can emulate common functions assigned to MIDI controllers. Some features on the drawing board include the ability to assign samples and loops to each key on the keypad.

You can program your sounds too
You can program your sounds too

7. SDK to create your own Apps

Code-savvy musicians will be able to take advantage of the KDJ-ONE's open-platform SDK, which will allow them to modify the KDJ-ONE to their liking. Write and add apps as you need them or share them with friends!


The KDJ-ONE is the brainchild of Rui Sato, Yutaka Oowada, and Shinnosuke Asahara; the founding members of CyberStep and college buddies from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. To make their project into reality, they've gathered excellent illustrators and designers from across Japan and taken on an international team of community relation managers and support staff.  

Meet our staffs:

Rui Sato - CEO of CyberStep  
Yutaka Owada - CTO of CyberStep
Shinnosuke Asahara - R&D Director of CyberStep
Masashi Futada - Hardware Engineer  
Michitaka Kawabe - Hardware Engineer  
Keizo Maeda - Former tutor of TIOT, Hardware/Software Engineer
Shigeru Hiraki - Head of the System Engineering Department
Ryota Takahashi - Global Sales and Support
Aaron Hearn - Composer & Programmer
Byron Blakeman - US Sales and Support
Keiichi Sueta - Designer
Yumi Tsukuda - Designer
Yasutomo Morita - Designer
Anna Morozova - Web Designer


CyberStep is a Japanese publicly traded company established in 2000. While the KDJ-ONE is CyberStep's first foray into developing commercial electronics, we have the personnel and connections to make this project into reality. To ensure that our supporters receive a device that they’ll be satisfied with, we will oversee the setup and maintenance of the infrastructure from start to finish before starting production. All funds put towards the KDJ-ONE will be devoted to securing the proper facilities and materials required to ensure that the KDJ-ONE project is a success. As such, the KDJ-ONE will be available on Kickstarter at-cost. Every cent you spend towards your unit will go towards its production.



We'd like to give a special big hug to people who helped us bring this project come alive on the Kickstarter campaign!

* Mr. Sid Wilson / DJ Starscream, #0 of Slipknot
* Mr. Simon "Sy" Meads / Manager of DJ Starscream
* Mr. Davide Carbone / Composer/Producer/Sound Designer of samplify
* Mr. Josh Abrahams / Composer/Producer/Sound Designer of samplify
* Mr. Shinji Hosoe / CEO of SuperSweep, composer of Ridge Racer
* Mr. Keiji Inafune / CEO of COMCEPT, Designer of Mega Man & Producer of "Mighty #9"
* Mr. Kazuhiro Kubota / CEO of KOTO LABORATORY
* Mr. Yasunori Mitsuda / CEO of Procyon-Studio, Game Music Composer
* Mr. Hiroki Kikuta / CEO of Norstrilia & Co., Ltd. , Game Music Composer
* Mr. Denji Sano / CEO of DETUNE, Game Music Composer
* Mr. Takeshi Yokemura / Member of YMCK, Chiptune Artist
* “Prf. Sakamoto” / Chiptune Performer & Artist
* Mr. Katsunori Ujiie / Synthesizer Specialist
* Mr. Kimitaka Matsumae / Synthesizer Specialist
* “Ika-P” (SQUID_sideM) / Vocaloid Artist
* Saya (SRASH NOTES GARDEN) / Visual Kei Artist


 TBA.



Risks and challenges

The biggest issue the KDJ-ONE project currently faces is the manufacturing process. As the KDJ-ONE is CyberStep’s first commercial electronic device, we are new to the process and are faced with a seemingly endless list of suppliers and parts, with no assurance concerning quality or reliability. CyberStep has already begun correspondence with factories in these regions in order to ensure a swift transition from parts selection, to manufacturing & assembly, and finally to distribution.

Currently, there is a possibility that some of the necessary parts may take up to 6 months to ship, which is why the shipment date has been tentatively established at July 2015. We will be providing our backers with updates as we progress through each step of the development process.

CyberStep prides itself on embracing innovative ideas and looks forward to seeing the KDJ-ONE project become reality. A lot of resources have been invested into redeveloping the device, and with your help, we’d like to make the final drive to bring these long-held dreams to fruition. Thank you for your support. We eagerly look forward to seeing what you’ll make with your KDJ-ONE!

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