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Pioneer DJ DJ Controller, Black, (DDJSB3)
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- Intuitive layout, all of the features were designed to be where you need them, when you need them
- Add scratch effects to cued and currently playing songs without a turntable thanks to Pad Scratch
- Mixing is Seamless with the FX Fade feature. 5 inch durable aluminium jog wheel. Weight-4. 6 pounds
- Constructed from premium materials and audio circuitry
- Large, low-latency jog wheels to give you great scratch response and accuracy
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Start from scratch
We’ve combined the popular features of the DDJ-SB2 with our leading Serato DJ controllers to make learning to DJ more accessible than ever. The ideal tool for beginners looking to hone their skills, this 2-channel controller is easy to navigate, featuring a professional-style layout inspired by our top DDJ-S range. Master Serato DJ Lite, then when you’re ready, purchase Serato DJ Pro to progress on the one machine.
Transition between tracks with ease thanks to the added FX Fade feature and experiment with scratch effects without using turntables via the new Pad Scratch function. Co-developed with DJ Jazzy Jeff, this technique adds scratch recordings to tracks at a touch of the Performance Pads.
All of the features were designed to be where you need them, when you need them. The layout inherits elements from our DDJ-S series with jog wheels, Performance Pads, play and cue buttons, independent Auto Loop buttons and all knobs and fader positions arranged in an easy-to-reach way that mimics professional gear.
Add scratch effects to cued and currently playing songs without a turntable thanks to Pad Scratch. This new effect lets you reproduce, and create patterns from, eight of hip hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff’s different scratch recordings. As the speed automatically matches the BPM, you won’t need to worry about breaking rhythm.
Whether you’re an experienced DJ or beginner, mixing is seamless with the FX Fade feature. By reducing the volume and applying FX at the same time, FX Fade smoothly blends tracks – even those from clashing genres. Choose eight combinations of the following four FX patterns – high pass filter, low pass filter, loop playback and back spin.
The DDJ-SB3 is constructed from premium materials and audio circuitry. Its robust build ensures durability, while the distinctive styling and aluminium jog wheel deliver a professional feel.
Large jog wheels
It may be compact, but the DDJ-SB3 features large, low-latency jog wheels to give you great scratch response and accuracy.
Take this controller with you wherever you go thanks to the easy grab handles and lightweight design. Simply connect the USB cable to begin playing.
On-board Serato sound card
Simply connect to your PC/Mac via USB to get plug-and-play control of Serato DJ Lite, no need for an external sound card.
Paid upgrade to Serato DJ Pro
Purchase Serato DJ Pro for control of dedicated buttons for FX, along with advanced features such as Beat Jump, Slip mode, 8 Hot Cues and 8 Sample buttons. Simply connect your PC/Mac and start playing.
The mic input circuit produces clear audio without distortion to ensure crystal-clear sound even at high input levels.
What's in the box
- USB cable
- Operating Instructions (Quick Start Guide)
- Width : 482.6 mm.
- Height : 58.5 mm.
- Depth : 272.4 mm.
- Weight : 2.1 kg .
- Soundcard : 24 bit/44.1 kHz.
- Frequency Range : 20 - 20000 Hz.
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio : 103 dB.
USB Bus Powered: Yes.
Compatible DJ Software (not included) : Unlocks Serato DJ Lite.
Paid upgrade to Serato DJ Pro.
Inputs 1 MIC (1/4 inch Jack)
USB 1 USB B port
Outputs 1 MASTER (RCA)
1 HEADPHONE MONITOR (Mini-jack)
- Channels : 2 .
- Deck Control : 4 .
- Trim knob : Yes .
- Jog Wheel : 128 mm durable aluminium jog wheel .
- Filter : High & Low Pass filter .
- FX Fade : Yes .
- Pad Scratch : Yes .
- Trans : Yes .
- Hot Cues : 4 .
- Manual Loop & Autoloop: Yes.
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Pioneer DJ DJ Controller, Black (DDJ-SB3)
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Comes with Serato DJ Lite which offers a few improvements from Serato DJ Intro such as monitoring line meters for volume management.
The unit has a good weight and offers grip ridges for handling.
I'm very satisfied with this product and strongly recommend it.
As a controller, I like it; it was what I was looking for control-wise. The layout is familiar, and most controls can be mastered if you spend some quality time reading and experimenting.
The faders are quite light, with little resistance to movement. This is convenient for abrupt changes, but feels cheap. The tempo fader in particular on the right half also isn't mounted well and slants to the side, adding to the cheap feel. All bottom pads are the same color on this unit, while on the more expensive decks they are a variety of colors, which really would aid in operation and hardly add cost to the unit. Seems a stupid way to differentiate product pricing tiers (this is one of the cheapest models in the line), but Serato does the same thing to a greater degree (more on that in a minute). The platters feel sufficiently hefty so I'm glad at least that feels like it has decent construction and quality of material there. Time will tell. Knobs and pads feel just fine.
Serato has a clever scheme which only allows their software to output to a sound card in a Serato-branded controller. No using this controller for only control with Serato software. I bring this up because the sound card in this DDJ-SB3 really sucks. Tons of electronic noise when not playing anything (or playing something really quiet), which is particularly noticeable when the controller initializes (when loading/clearing a play deck, starting/closing out of Serato, etc). Poorly shielded and crappy sound card (with only RCA outs) drives me bananas when setting up in the studio with headphones on.
MIXXX, on the other hand, (free software!) allows you to direct the sound anywhere you want, bypassing the DDJ-SB3, while still keeping control over the trim, EQ, filtering, and playback control from the DDJ. This is possible because they have a plug-in for the SB2 (hopefully soon the SB3), which is almost a shoe-in (tempo fader is backwards, and a number of features Serato DJ Pro enables such as beat matching don't work).
Serato DJ Lite (included with the controller) is a sad application which goes out of its way to be a money grab and get you on DJ Pro. Don't buy from them direct at $129, it's $99 elsewhere. The two aren't even the same application; I have both installed and I hope all the audio analyzing I did in my library for DJ Lite wasn't a waste. With DJ Pro, you're allowed two installs (a desktop and laptop, for instance), but only one can run at a time. A number of things that DJ Pro gets you come free with MIXXX, and DJ Pro is $49 if you're on Mac. Serato has it in their head they own the business and everybody else is an also-ran. They constantly remind you they "are legendary".
I would in hindsight probably have led with DJay Pro, not Serato DJ Pro (I could always buy DJay and have both). With how crappy the sound card is in this thing, I will only plan on using it with Serato for dancing, not for other events/functions.
My issue is this. It unlocks Serato DJ lite. Not serato DJ pro. Even though I have DJ pro which works with the sx3. Serato says I still have to purchase an upgrade licences to use it with this controller. I guess I didn't read the fine print. Serato DJ lite is a bit too limited for me.
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I've been mixing/dj-ing for 20 years and had a good idea of what I needed and what I wanted. Not having to lug vinyl around was what finally made me look seriously at these things. The Numark controllers at the same kind of price are worth looking at, and there's a Roland with drum sequencer that I liked the sound of. In reality though sequencing on it sounds like it's a slow nightmare, and I have my Roland MC-505, so I don't think I would have ended up using it. I liked the idea of the Numark that displays the BPM on each channel, but seeing as this is already prominently displayed on any software you'll use it's really just a gimmick. I originally bought a Numark, but changed to, and stayed with, this Pioneer because I preferred the build quality, design and functionality.
They are in the minority, but I saw a few reviews that flagged up potential problems which made me hesitate on getting this. Some of these things proved to be just wrong, some were things I haven't personally experienced, and some are just opinion (and misleading).
So, some things you may have read in some user "reviews".
"The SB3 doesn't have a headphone volume control, but the SB2 does". Of course the SB3 has this. The knob for it is LITERALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DECK. It goes up very loud and you could make yourself deaf with it.
There's a few people saying they got "electrical noise" because of casing and grounding issues. Maybe this was production issue that's been resolved. I don't have this issue.
I saw a review saying the cross-fader didn't have much resistance to it, and therefore it felt "cheap". I wonder how much actual mixing this person has actually done outside of their bedroom. The cross-fade needs to be light and on many mixers IS lighter than, say, the separate channel volume sliders. When mixing any dance music your fingers should be constantly jumping from the fader to gain/trim, and edging up the channel volume and tweaking the EQ. You blend tunes with all these things and then you need, or certainly I do, a light fader you can quickly slap to the side to finish a transition. I don't scratch, but I still want my cross-fader to be exactly like this.
The fader is light to move, but it's solid. It reacts how it's designed to react. I like that it's very responsive, but I can also smack it around. My old, very metal, very large and very heavy Numark mixer is tighter on the cross-fade but it's still light. I don't want to have to fight my cross-fader when I'm mixing.
Another review said it "feels like a toy" because it's light. Ugh. It IS light. But it's really really well made, very robust. You could throw it at a wall or drop it from a height and it feels like it would still be fine. It feels bomb-proof. The design and feel of everything is high-quality. It's very nice to use.
The jog wheels impressed me with how sensitive and reactive they are - they feel "right".
The headphone out being 3.5mm is a little weird, but adaptors cost pennies. It's a non-issue for me.
It could maybe be a little bigger (using it doesn't feel cramped, though), but I also like the portability. And larger devices often need dedicated power supplies. I've been in situations where being able to power this just from the laptop is ideal (change-overs/setting up is quick and painless). At home it can be stashed away easily, but you can just grab this and plug in one cable and be mixing within seconds.
I can't give any opinions on the Serato software - I just wanted decent hardware and something that would work well with Mixxx, and this does both. Check Mixxx out if you haven't. It's free, fully featured, and intuitive. Put it in vinyl mode and set headphone output to channels 3-4 to get the monitor function working. Serato Pro seems expensive when Mixxx does everything, and well, for no money.
It's Pioneer. Pioneer don't make junk. This is a very nice piece of kit. However, on the edge facing you is printed "Pioneer" on the right, which i like, and on the left "Serato", which I wasn't aware of and I don't like. I'll be sticking electrical tape over it. Some software tie-in product branding for something I don't even use DOES look cheap. It's a minor thing though.
It took some research, and messing around with other controllers, to find what I wanted. I'm actually surprised this is as good as it is. Managed to buy this at £250, but even at £300+ it's still far better than a £300 Numark I tried and it's still a good deal at this higher price.
Just found out that the bundled Lite version of Serato doesn't even let you record your mixes. A lot of people won't know this, and they won't know there's other software solutions - so they'll end up paying even more cash on the "upgrade" just to get basic functionality. Get Mixxx instead.
And delivery is very slow even though I have paid extra for fast delivery , tracking information shows Bangalore for 2 days
I've played some show snad learned a lot on this thing and don't have any reason to upgrade yet.
La pueden cambiar o como aplico la garantia?
I just love this product.