• Kc Supreme

    Hi! Can anybody say anything about xone:dx controller? Compare it with ddj-s1?

    • Sideroomjunkie

       Don’t get the DX. That’s why I’m shopping around and looking into the S1.

  • Emranogilvy

    Why haven’t you mapped your custom settings for ddj t1??

  • dj mettrax

    my next controller is the 4 deck ddj s4!!! with vdj pro7 i play with the vms4 controller from american audio and the controler is fine ore soo heavy to go to a gig!!! i wont a controller 4 deck and 5kg maximum and not 13kg with the traktor ore the vms 4 ore the ddj s4 all have 10-18kg its heavy to go to the gig!!!

  • Stinger_831

    What about an input for booth monitor

  • Mark

    Aah… oops… RIP Solomon… =(

  • Mark

    Strange that the real leaders in Itch hardware have not been mentioned…. V7 (if you want motorised platters) & NS6 (if you don’t).

  • Jherr11

    RIP DJ am and Solomon, that sucks..

  • I remember when I saw Solomon demoing Final Scratch on Tech TV back in the day. Always moving forward with technology. He will be missed.

    The only thing holding me back from buying a DDJ T1 is the lack of booth and XLR outs. Other than that, it’s exactly what I want. If they would make two of the four channels standalone and scratch enabled for my turntables, it would be a huge plus and I would most certainly be willing to pay for that. I would replace my mixer at home with one of these and probably just use the midi controller/mixer combo itself to gig. But in all honesty booth and XLR outs please. I was actually quite disappointed Pioneer didn’t refresh this line for Winter NAMM 2012. Come on Pioneer, this isn’t the first professional device you’ve ever made.

  • SmiTTTen

    Solid article. Solid individual. This planet could do with a lot more like him. 

  • Bubu

    I have had the s1 for one year, and this equipment also started my dj hobby, (although I bought the numark mixtrack pro to get started) I never had so much joy and creativity in mixing music. Yes I’m a Noob but with the s1 I achieved one of the hardest obstacles in my life, my first gig! It was music to everyone’s ears as to mine and it was spectacular. I love music and I have always wanted to dj but never before never could afford turntables. The s1 was very sacrificial to me at my worst of times but I will never have regrets. It’s been a pleasure to have even embarked with pioneer knowing that this was their first controller specifically born for a new computer driven digital era, Serato itch, that I can bet every dollar that the next one will be an even greater beast! The s1 is has been heavenly for me to touch, and i cherish it like my baby. yes there are some flaws but honestly there are not many, and its going to be the same quality as it was born to be, many years later. The only other way to go is SSL from here on, but i believe that this controller can definitely suffice and there is no way a party will suffer with this equipments efficiency to perform. Only thing I really wish to see in the new s2 whenever its released is the filter effects and wish there was a knob just like the new pioneer djm 250, for hpf/lpf instead of having to sacrifice my effects especially while on the fly. Anyways just my 2 cents as a Noob, most likely gonna be laughed at cuz I’m a Noob, just wanted to express my gratitude and unconditional love for this equipment and what it has brought to me and my dj crew, RIP Dj Solomon, and god bless his soul…. He will definitely be mashing it with DJ AM!

  • Markku Uttula

    I haven’t used DDJ-S1, but I seem to recall that on every Pioneer mixer before the DJM-800 the internal fx were only “post fader”. On those, if you wanted to use the echo like is described in the article, was to fade the song out using the gain/trim knob. I wonder if this could be achieved similarly on the DDJ-S1, since it apparently also has trim controls?

  • The T-1 looks like junk in comparison to the itch offering, shame this controller isn’t available to T2, it’s not for me but I’m sure it would be well recieved by traktor users.

    “Anyone who’s ever lugged a pair of 1200s in flight cases or a coffin from point A to point B, knows that this is a cumbersome and frustrating process of schlepping around 30+ pound giant electromagnet driven turntables, all for the sake of accurate turntable control. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like a worthwhile cause.”

    Exactly the reason why I’ve had and soon to be getting a controller back in my life, on controllers with hi res jogs I can virtually achieve up to 80% of what I can do on a battle set up any way, besides none of the gig’s I do require me to do 5min scratch solos. So a controller usually wins over lugging TT, mixer and all the DVS faff.  
    RIP Soloman, 34 is far to young for anyone to pass to the other side,

  • Haze324

    Good article on DJ Solomon.  Encourage you to read it.


  • Noelflava

    RIP Solomon. Awesome DJ, awesome mixes, and inspiring in so many ways. 
    Sad to see such a talented soul pass. 

  • JulioSparkz

    I bet it’s a lot easier getting gigs in heaven anyways… RIP!

  • The picture in the obituary is crazy… He has a DJ AM sticker on his laptop.. spooky

    • Sambo

      I thought the exact same thing.  That’s some creepy pasta right there.

      Also, well-written unbiased article genuinely meant for review and not for the sale of goods.  We need more reviews like this!

  • Haze324

    RIP Solomon.

    I recently got the S1, and I have previously owned an S4, VCI300 and NS7. By far my favorite is the S1. All of the highlights in this review are dead on.

    A few notes thought.
    The effects are not native to the mixer, they are native to the software. They are not “pioneer” effects, the are serato itch effects. The echo out can be accomplished, but I agree it’s not as good as traktors or the DJM 800. I will add that the S1 soundcard is awesome and the effects sound much better on this controller than others.

    Also the start/stop is the same set up as higher end CDJs (900 and 2000) it works very well, same as slip mode.

    I think a few more updates to Itch and this thing will only get better.

  • Jimibarrz

    rest in peace bro, and journey well in Heaven!

  • Rest In Peace.

    All the best to you where you’re spinning now.

  • Djjordan3g

    Rest in peace! God bless you and your family!

  • xoduzz

    respect. rest in piece, thank you for the article

  • Capro

    Wanted to mention that none of the knocks on the VCI-300 apply for me. Extremely happy with it even though I got it just before the price drop. 

    RIP Solomon.

  • Geoff Manch

    I too have owned this controller for almost a year, and my complaints are few and far between. I DJ with a friend and can definitely relate to the ‘sync’ button being haphazardly placed…it’s messed us up a number times. I agree 100% with your echo EFX beef..the trail isn’t nearly long enough to justify a clean paused + echo effect in dramatic moments on a mix. 

    The DDJ-S1 also presents a competitive advantage to DJs in that its set-up time is virtually zero. Takes me seconds to set up, unlike other DJs with myriad hardware. My biggest complaint is that the sync feature isn’t nearly as reliable as Pioneer advertises. My partner bought an S4 a month back, and the sync feature has outperformed the S1. Otherwise, it’s a great controller that deserves praise. 

  • Jfd6812

    Damn dude. I thought that was a great review before I even realized Solomon had passed. So crazy. Thoughts and prayers to Solomon’s family and friends.

  • Mr. V

    Great Review & My condolences to the Solomon’s & The Dj Techtool’s Family, Sounded like Solomon was a great guy R.I.P.

    – Mr. V.

  • Deecodameeko

    damn, RIP DJ Solomon…

  • Anonymous

    Puts it all into perspective, doesn’t it? RIP fellow DJ, deepest sympathies to your family and friends.

  • Zoshik

    ?? ?? ????? ?? ??? ??????????,? ????????? DDJ S1 ? ??? ???????,? ?????? 400 ??? 350 ?????!!

  • guest

    dude you are such winer when reviewing products. a real dj can use any gear and can adapt. saying the ns7 is heavey? are you 5? what do you expect, it’s solid. sucking from traktors teet you will always be biased.

    • guest

      damn do i feel like an ass. i didn’t see till after that solomon posted the review. if i seen that at the top i would have been more respectful. my apologies. respect to solomon. rip. although i do agree with my post, and its my opinion, i do apologize. damn it.

      • PlayRitePrado

        Your an Idiot… 

    • Spacecamp

      Dude, have you felt the NS7? I’d prefer to just lug 1200s at that point. 

  • RIP DJ Solomon! Such an awesome guy who contributed so much to the DJ scene, community, and the future of what we do! 

  • Estling

    Nice article, I was so into buying this when I got started, but I chose the S4 instead because of better marketing. But maybe this is what I’m getting next 😀

  • firestormjosh

    damn thats terrible news. my thoughts go out to his family and the community.

  • Anonymous

    Rest In Peace… Now you Spin from up high. Bless

  • Anonymous

    RIP Solomon! Informative indeed.

  • r.i.p. solomon kahn i hope you are in a better place. 

    my heart goes out to your fiancee and family.