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Pioneer DDJ Series DDJ-SX Digital Performance DJ Controller (OLD MODEL)

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  • Industry's first 4-channel performance DJ controller/mixer for Serato DJ software
  • Performance DJ controller with pro-level build quality
  • Oversize jog wheels featuring CDJ-type on jog display
  • 8 soft-touch rubber controller/trigger pads per deck for loop/sample
  • Includes Serato DJ software featuring 4 decks, dual deck control, slip mode, sync-able sampler and high-quality FX. Can be used as a standalone 4-channel mixer to connect CDJs and/or turntables
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Product Description

Product Description

The Pioneer DDJ-SX is an advanced performance DJ controller designed specifically for the Serato DJ Software. Pioneer's DDJ-SX Serato based DJ controller utilizes the software as the basis for its configuration and ergonomic design, taking advantage of its features and integrating special trigger pads and controls. Pioneer also implemented larger jog wheels for precise mixing and scratching, multiple inputs for expandability, and 4-channel mixing flexibility.

From the Manufacturer

Pioneer DJ

Pioneer's DDJ-SX DJ Controller utilizes the Serato software as the basis for its control layout and ergonomic design, taking advantage of the software's features and integrating special trigger pads and controls. Pioneer has also implemented larger jog wheels for precise mixing and scratching, multiple inputs for expandability, and 4-channel mixing flexibility.

Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ Controller
First 4-channel performance DJ controller/mixer for Serato DJ software. View larger
Mixing with Serato DJ

Sold as a complete system that includes the controller and new Serato DJ software, the DDJ-SX provides additional features to provide direct, tactile control of the software's capabilities, which include a four-deck sampler function, dual deck control, slip mode, FX mode and more. Serato DJ has a brand new look and a greatly improved software layout, optimized for simplicity and a great experience.

Serato DJ

Serato DJ Software
Serato software is bundled with the DDJ-SX for an easy out-of-the-box experience. View larger

The new interface also offers two and four deck view modes for four deck controllers, alongside improvements to the cue point and looping controls, which now allow you to display either 8 cues, 8 loops or a combination of both depending on how you perform. MIDI mapping opens the software up to be mapped to a secondary MIDI controller to take full advantage of all Serato DJ's features in your performance and create your own unique workflow. 4-deck mixing has never been better with the ability to easily create your own special blends of tracks, instrumentals, and vocals without the pressure of keeping everything in time. Less time making it work, more time at the party.

Dual Deck

The DDJ-SX enables two tracks to be controlled at the same time, allowing scratching or setting and recalling hot cues on both tracks as if they were performed on a single track.

Slip Mode

While activated, Slip Mode silently continues song playback during a performance loop, scratch or hot cue and resumes audible playback when the loop, scratch, or hot cue operation is ended, creating smoother and more seamless transitions.

FX Powered by iZotope

High quality FX newly developed by iZotope are available in Serato DJ. With the new effects, any DJ can apply more creative and more unique arrangement to their music. Additional functions include up to eight hot cue points can be set for each deck, as well as vertical waveform display for fast tempo syncing.

Customized Control Layout Works as Great as it Looks

The DDJ-SX can quickly access the multitude of features Serato DJ offers through its buttons, knobs, sliders and performance pads. Thoughtfully laid out to deliver the best DJ controller experience, its buttons and knobs are designed to match the applicable software functions perfectly.

Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ Controller
The DDJ-SX has front adjustments and selectors such as Input select, Cross Fader Curve, and Jog wheel sensitivity. View larger

Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ Controller
Pro-level build quality with oversized jog wheels feat. CDJ-type on jog display. View larger
Performance Pads

Pioneer added eight "performance pads" located below the jog wheel for four different functionalities: HOT CUE, ROLL, SLICER, and SAMPLER. Each soft-touch rubber pad illuminates in blue to enable users to quickly tap the pad(s) for each effect, with the output volume varying depending on the strength of each tap.

Large Jog Wheels

The jog wheels on the DDJ-SX are enlarged for more precise scratching and mixing. The resistance for each jog wheel was fine-tuned to provide users with the best "feel" and the shortest latency. The unit also features an "On Jog" display located on the center of each wheel to provide instantaneous visual feedback of playback status and the position of playing tracks.

Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ Controller
Dual CD and phono/line inputs, two mic inputs, two master outputs (XLR and RCA) and a booth out terminal. Can be used as a standalone 4-channel mixer. View larger
4-Channel Mixer

The DDJ-SX features an independent 4-channel mixer that can be used with other external sources such as turntables. Its master level meter provides instantaneous sound level adjustment as well as independent output controls with a display indicator for each channel when used as a standalone mixer.

Aluminum Finish

The DDJ-SX sports an aluminum top panel and a brushed aluminum finish for the jog wheels, for an optimal look and feel.

Product Information

Item Weight 16.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 17.7 x 29.9 x 6.9 inches
Shipping Weight 16.5 pounds
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Item model number DDJ-SX
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #28,003 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#6 in Musical Instruments > DJ, Electronic Music & Karaoke > DJ Equipment > Turntables > Digital Turntables
#9,966 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com November 1, 2012

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A little insight to who I am, I have been djing for nearly a decade and have used all the industry standards from then to now. I scratch often and started beatmatching off vinyl on techniques as a teen. I use Denon 3700 and CDJ 2000 nexus players so I am used to high feature set and solid build quality. I was in need of a controller for when I travel to smaller parties or mix sessions with other dj friends when I dont want to pack up my larger setups. I used serato on Techniques for awhile a couple years ago and decided for my software return to come back and try serato dj and purchased the Pioneer DDJ-SX. I could not be happier with my new purchase as the new deck is built to the standards of my $6k pioneer setup and is nearly as feature rich (more so with the slicer and sampler functions).

A couple years ago I went through a attempted controller stage and purchased three differant units from Vastex, Numark and Hurcules, they felt like toys then, skip a couple years and I dare say that the SX is the first real professional level controller on the market (I owned the ns6). You would still never catch me in a club environment with it as I just bring my USB sticks and stick to the CDJ lineup but I can see someone wanting professional level features, construction, ergonomics and name making this their go to dj unit.

One amazing thing that I was not sure would work is when I loaded all my music onto a class 10 SD card that I use with Rekordbox. This is the same SD card that I plug into the CDJs when I am at a club. To make this also compatable with serato I put this same SD inside of my laptop (mac pro) and imported all the songs into a organized iTunes library. I can mix with serato and the pioneer DDJ SX and spin four songs simultaneously with scratching and using samples.
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I run a mobile dj business and own the NS7FX, NS6, DDJ-S1, and Traktor S4. This controller is my top pick, hands down.

The new Serato DJ interface is very similar to Itch and Live. crates automatically import over and are ready to use.

Pros: Lightweight (so much lighter then the bulky NS7, as a mobile DJ weight/size matters)
Built Strong
Balanced XLR outs
4 Deck Mixer, can use all 4 in Serato or mix it up with mics and inputs
NEW Serato DJ (mine was one of the first 10,000 and i got a free licence to serato video)
Has Censor button (for making explicit songs clean on the fly)
the CDJ jog wheel is incredible, works perfect, touchsmart like a mac trackpad and feels great
the 8 soft trigger pads are great, works with Roll, slicer, samples and hot cues, really steps up the remixing on the fly
The nobs on the front of the unit pop out and pop back in for easy of transport
Having a dedicated knob for LPF and HPF on all 4 channels is great

Cons: there is no longer a knob for controlling the start/stop time effect, you can go into settings and chose it there
A Few more FX effects would be nice

Overal the controller is very well designed and is mapped and ready to use right out the box with Serato DJ.
I love it and will be picking up several more for my other djs to use. Im sure a traktor version is in the works. It's the new king!
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I used a Novation Twitch for 10 monts. It's a great controller, but it lacks of two things, compared to this one:
1. Output Gain. (almost -12dB less than a CDJ output)
2. Bigger knobs size.

Although, the Novation controller is portatile, it fits on almost any backpack.

This one, is bigger, more "transportable" than portatile,

But out stands:
1. Great Sound.
2. More versatile. (Thus more buttons, knobs)
3. Great value vs getting a Mixer and Turntables or CDJs.
4. Learning time is fairly quick (If you have used Serato before)
5. Great FX from Izotope.
6. Serato DJ software works excellent.
7. Great upgrade from Novation Twitch
(And I read in Blogs and Reviews, that upgrading from other controllers to this one, is highly praised).
8. If you use Serato, you'll love this controller.
9. You'll need a case. (Although the unit is big, but no "too big")
10. You can also connect 2 CDJs or Turntables (The Controller can operate 2 or 4 decks in Serato, but also is
a Stand Alone 4 Channel Mixer. -the FX wll work only in Serato, but still is a fully functional mixer for othre inputs-)
11. If not in budget range, the Novation Twitch is a great alternative (For profesional use, you'll need and additional mixer as a pre-amp for raising those 12dD)
12. For a Digital DJ, I believe this the best "profesional" controller in the market today.
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Overall this controller is very capable, reliable, well built, but is certainly not without its faults. Pioneer decided to skimp on a few of the components and as a result the potential durability - since I've had it for only a week or so now - suffers.

Features - As far as features go on a DJ controller, this is perfectly paired with Serato DJ (and it makes sense, seeing as they were developed together). It takes full advantage of the two effects units, library interface,, hot cues, rolls, slicer, and sampler. There simply isn't another controller that has the multitude of features that this one does. You can control both decks on a side (so cool if you're faux-scratching or doing a custom roll loop with two songs blended over top). The censor button is a useful effect, not only for censoring tracks but for making some interesting reverse noises, I just wish that it too would sync up with the master track as it plays backwards. Also another invaluable feature is it's capability to perform as a fully functioning mixer sans a computer, just plugin some RCAs and send out your booth and master outputs and you're set. The UV meters (LED stirps which show input gain) which are a first for a controller, contribute immensely with this aspect.

Layout - The controller's layout works well, even though the asymmetrical approach Pioneer takes can throw you off at first if you're used to other controllers. The only qualm: it is much too easy to accidentally knock one of the pitch faders about and screw up your beautifully matched cue track, just as you're bringing it in. Also, it would be great if the input select switch was on the face of the controller and not the front, but it could be worse (and be placed on the back).
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