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Pioneer DDJ Series DDJ-SX Digital Performance DJ Controller (OLD MODEL)
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. Keep in mind this is all while running from the same SD card and have never experienced a hickup or lag. Very impressive, I thought I would have to write music to my SSD in my Macbook to run 4 tracks and samples simultaneously, not that I do it in a live situation very often but its good to know that it can handle it. This way I have my whole library for serato on a 64gb Sandisk Ultra card and can pop that same card into a single CDJ when I change setups to save the space on my macs internal HDs and maintain my library in as few places as possible to keep my setup simple.
Sorry this is so long but I think I touched on some new things, so I hope this helps you.
[future in depth video review to come soon]
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)
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!
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.