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Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 Portable 2-channel controller for Serato DJ
- Hit the top 4 rubber pads to trigger Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Manual Loop and Sampler, and the bottom 4 for immediate access to Play, Cue, Sync and Shift
- The DDJ-SB2 features large, low-latency jog wheels to give you great scratch response and accuracy
- Use the trim knob and level meters to quickly check and adjust the input volume on each channel
- Independent low/high pass filter dials are inherited from the premium DDJ-SX2 and DDJ-SR controllers
- Hit Filter Fade to add 2 high pass filters to the crossfader so you can manipulate both the volume and bass filters with one hand for effortless mixes. That leaves the other hand free to get creative with loops, cue, samples and FX
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|Item Dimensions||10.68 x 19.17 x 2.3 in||10.71 x 18.98 x 2.28 in||9.2 x 1.2 x 21.6 in||13.5 x 23 x 7.1 in||6.9 x 29.9 x 17.7 in||10 x 22 x 2 in|
Portable 2-channel controller for Serato DJ. DDJ-SB2 boasts all popular features from DDJ-SB, and adds some amazing new functions. This controller has been upgraded with 4-deck control and dedicated buttons to switch between channels effortlessly, plus a trim knob and level meters to master the input volume, and Pad Trans beat effects will uplift your DJ skills.
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Until I upgraded to my MacBook Pro.
DJ-1800 could no longer keep up with the new hardware. I tried using every other software I could find (Traktor, Serato, Deckadance, and decided on Algoriddim's djay Pro. I say this all first, because I believe if you are going to go digital, the software should be the primary consideration, then finding a controller that works with it, as well as your budget. Picking your DJ application is a preference, and best decided what's best in another forum, rather than here.
As a professional since 1985, I have learned one thing: there is a delicate balance in how much you should spend on gear. Especially being a mobile DJ. Things break. I've gone through dozens of microphones, scads of headphones, and thrown away more equipment than I care to even imagine. I just don't put much stock in electronics, and don't see the need to waste $$ on things that are going to take a beating every weekend.
That said, I had a target budget of >$300. Which, I understand limits a lot of great controllers.
So, I began the process of looking for a suitable controller for my needs. Actually, I had been eyeballing several of them over a couple of years. The Hercules RMX2 was at the top of my list, but the low quality/high latency I experienced while testing it out never seemed enough to justify $300 for a new one. Numark has some popular ones, but none of them seemed solidly built in the price range I was looking for.
I had owned Pioneer equipment in the past, and was familiar with their reputation for quality stuff. I had certainly played around with their controllers, and loved them, but wasn't willing to pull the trigger for $600-2000. These controllers, in my opinion, should never leave the bedroom, or the club. They are AWESOME, but I just couldn't see lugging something that hefty and expensive back and forth.
I guess I was a little late to the party, because when the original DDJ-SB was released, I didn't even know about it. I remember seeing them released in colors (the silver one is really cool looking). And I had read that Algoriddim had officially supported the SB, so I was about to purchase it.
I played with it at Guitar Center a few times, and decided, despite the lack of gain controls and LED meters, that it would be suitable for my needs. Or so I thought.
When the DDJ-SB2 was announced, I knew I had to wait. It has the above-mentioned features that the original SB was lacking. I figured I should go ahead and get it, along with a case from Amazon, pictured here.
I have used it live 3 times now, and I have grown to absolutely love this controller. It has made setup lots easier, a heck of a lot lighter than my previous set up, and with the case, it feels absolutely solid and stable.
The first time I hooked it up to my powered speakers, I was blown away at the quality of the sound card. I will say the only thing I was hesitant about the controller was the Master Out connections. They are RCA, unbalanced. I suspect it was a cost-saving move on Pioneer's part. I have always used balanced XLR outputs for my setups. But I purchased short RCA-to-XLR cables with metal connectors, and I haven't experienced significant signal loss.
For weeks on end, I have practiced, played, tweaked and rode hard on this controller. I'm not a scratchmaster, but the latency is almost zero, and in the right hands could be a deadly weapon for aspiring Battle DJs.
The jog wheels are plenty large, considering the mid-size style of the layout. The only drawback is they don't light up, like their bigger, more expensive Pioneer brothers, but I haven't found it to be a real problem yet.
The headphone output is pretty standard. In fact, it gives you the option of 1/4 or 1/8 inch jack. You can't use both at the same time. The mic input, I was skeptical about. Because my old mixer, again, used balanced XLR outputs. And I had 3 of them.
This controller has a side, single 1/4 inch input with a very small gain knob on the side. No meters. No EQ. No effects. It does sound great, though, and is very loud, if you need it to be. I guess you could bypass it, and go straight into a powered mixer, if that's your preference.
As I write this, I'm trying to think of anything negative about it. There are a couple of things that I would change, but overall its a wonderful little controller. Unless they upgrade the inputs/outputs, add backlit jog wheels, or anything groundbreaking, I see no reason to upgrade for a long time. I never take it out of the case, so I don't have to worry about dropping it.
The biggest drawback I ran into, has actually been fixed. Algoriddim, while supporting the SB, hadn't mapped the SB2 officially when I purchased it. I unknowingly assumed that it would work the same way. Wrong!
It was originally designed for Serato DJ (intro is included) but I am far from a Serato fan. I was afraid I'd have to return the controller, or convert to Serato.
More than a few people were having the same problem in the forums online. And to Algoriddim's credit, within a couple of weeks, they had it natively working, without any tweaks whatsoever. It runs perfectly! I would definitely buy this thing again without hesitation. It has made my job a lot easier. And a lot more fun!
With that being said, I'd give this deck 6 stars if I could. Build quality, function, everything is perfect & the price is right on. This is an awesome beginner deck that you can sink hundreds of hours into without feeling like you're being held back by hardware. Any serious DJ would be looking to upgrade their deck eventually to get more control, but this deck will keep a noobie going for a while, while they learn they basics and begin to progress into the intermediates of DJ-ING. Highly recommend upgrading to the full version of serato safer you've played with this for a month or two on serato intro.
-Doesn't come with software
If the controller had come with the full version of Serato software it would have easily gotten 5 stars. They offer a trial for the software but don't actually include it in the bundle.
Other than that, wonderful controller! Pioneer really hit the spot on this one.
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