Pioneer DDJ Series DDJ-SX Digital Performance DJ Controller
- 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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|Item Dimensions||17.7 x 29.9 x 6.9 inches||13.94 x 26.14 x 2.76 inches||6.9 x 29.9 x 17.7 inches||20.6 x 38.5 x 8.6 inches|
|Item Weight||16.50 lbs||13.45 lbs||11.02 lbs||32.00 lbs|
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'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.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 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.
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.
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.The DDJ-SX has front adjustments and selectors such as Input select, Cross Fader Curve, and Jog wheel sensitivity. View larger
Pro-level build quality with oversized jog wheels feat. CDJ-type on jog display. View larger
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.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
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.
The DDJ-SX sports an aluminum top panel and a brushed aluminum finish for the jog wheels, for an optimal look and feel.
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2013
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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).
Build quality - The knobs and buttons are all solid, I have no worries or qualms about them. The oversized and metallic filter knobs are a great change from other controllers and each of the selector knobs have just the right amount of give. The rubberized knobs feel great too. The play/pause and cue buttons seem to read your mind, they are that responsive. The other buttons are solid and functional and the drum pads located below are very cool to use and make this controller really versatile, from a controllerist standpoint especially.
The faders, however are suspect, with all of them showing plenty of wiggle room going side to side. The volume faders have a little too much friction and thus are awfully built for throws or quick cuts in volume. The crossfader feels cheap and has no friction or weight to it, making it liable to be accidentally hit or float easier. Also with less than ideal friction, the pitch control faders have very little friction, which makes fine adjustments a real pain. Worse than that, they are placed so close to the jog wheels (and channel 3's eq/filter knobs for deck 1/3) that it makes it way too easy to knock one of the them while trying to fine tune a beatmatch.
The other big issue is it was given a plastic bottom, which is very odd for a controller you'll spend upwards of $800 on. I would have loved for an all metal construction, but alas, I suppose this is what those hefty flight cases are for.
Conclusion - A very good, full-featured controller whose pros mightily outweigh its few cons. Standalone mixer-capable and perfect integration make this a great buy for a DJ looking to take a big step out of the introductory realm and towards the 'big leagues'. Watch out for those faders though!
After using this thing for a few months, one really horrible thing has become clear... Serato does not allow you to adjust pitch independently of BPM, making it impossible to match keys for harmonic mixing. This is a standard feature on other platforms (Torq, etc.) which severely limits the awesomeness of the DDJ-SX. While it's still a good unit, I'm really frustrated by this feature gap. I'd gladly pay extra for a plugin that would enable pitch shifting, but it just doesn't exist. Wack.
This is an incredible piece of hardware, but you should consider any review to be of the DDJ-SX and the Serato software (they're inseparable). The unit itself is solid and feels professional grade. Performing on this bad boy is a joy. The mixer itself feels just like a DJM-500, with very flexible input configurations. Controlling 4 decks at once (virtual or physical) is a breeze.
There are only a few very minor points that could have made this the perfect controller. One, the power adapter is bulky and is a straight plug (not an L-shaped one) to go in the back of the unit. Two, they should have gone the extra mile and put position and cue indicators in the needle search above each platter. Three, I don't care for the headphone volume placement (on the front vertical panel). Those are all super minor, and I wouldn't deduct a star for it.
Just for comparison, I started DJ'ing with Pioneer CDJ-800's back in the day. I switched to an M-Audio XPonent with Torq for about 8 years, but since they're out of business I finally took the plunge. Learning Serato takes a little bit of work, especially figuring out how Serato treats the beat grid. Overall, if you're a Torq user the switch isn't too bad.
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.