Review: Pioneer DDJ-SX Controller for Serato DJ

Behind every good DJ software, there is a great controller. Was that not written in stone? Along with the recent release of Serato DJ, Pioneer has launched its flagship controller, the monstrously sized and devilishly fun DDJ-SX controller and audio interface. Besides just high-end, great-feeling controls, it unlocks from the software Dual Deck Control, Slip mode, Loop Roll, Slicer, and other powerful performance tools.

Editor’s Note: The DDJ SX was updated in August, 2014. Check out the new controller here.

Reviewed: Pioneer DDJ-SX Controller for Serato DJ
Manufacturer: Pioneer, with collaboration from Serato
Price: $1,199 (MSRP), $910 in the DJTT webstore
Availability: Now
Weight: 12.8 pounds (5.8 kg)
Dimensions: 26.1 x 14.1 x 2.8 inches (66.3 x 35.8 x 7.1 cm)

The Good: Awesome pad performance section. Dedicated filter per channel. High-quality, responsive jog wheels. Robust construction. Needle Search touchstrip. Slip Mode. XLR and RCA main outputs, Booth Out, level meters for each channel. Two headphone outputs; two microphone inputs. Cool light show ensues after sitting idle.

The Bad: Its sheer size can cause problems integrating it into a performance space. Have to be careful not to touch Needle Search when playing the effects section. No kill switches for the EQs.

The Bottom Line: While size and price may be detractors, the DDJ-SX uses every inch of its surface to ensure maximum effectiveness over the new Serato DJ software. With the effects sections, Slip mode, Dual Deck mode, 8 cue points and loops each per track, Loop Roll, Slicer, and a Sampler launcher, the DDJ-SX sets the stage for you to go off on a Serato controller like never before.

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE INTERTWINED

Although you can use the 4-channel mixer portion of the DDJ-SX to connect turntables, CD decks, and other external sources and pass through audio to the main outs without connecting to a computer, obviously the main attraction to the DDJ-SX is its integration with the new Serato DJ software. Virtually every button and other control on the Pioneer unit correspond directly with a Serato DJ function.

Serato has also worked with Pioneer to program Serato DJ compatibility with the DDJ-SX’s Dual Deck Control and Slip Mode. Dual Deck Control turns on with the Dual Deck button on each DDJ-SX deck, and it means that the two tracks playing on the deck (either tracks 1 & 3 or 2 & 4) will be controlled simultaneously, so you could, for example, scratch both tracks or hot cue both tracks at once.

With Slip Mode engaged from the Slip button on either DDJ-SX deck, the track playing in Serato keeps its linear play position active while you scratch, perform hot cues or loops, and then snaps back to the linear position when you are finished (see a simple demo in this clip on YouTube). This can be really fun and sound very cool when used with accurate timing. So for example, if you have cue points set up marking distinct sounds such as a crash, kick, snare, or any good vocal drop or sound effect, in Slip Mode you can drop those sounds in rhythmically at any point during playback, and then playback continues as normal when you take your finger off the pads, or the jog wheel in the case of scratching in Slip Mode.

You can have Dual Deck Control and Slip active at the same time, and when I did, even after getting really busy with cue points and loops, the software reacted in lock step with the hardware, offering no noticeable latency. (Tested the DDJ-SX on a 2012 MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, and OS 10.8.2 , the same machine used for the DJTT review of Serato DJ.)

BIG LOVE

Seemingly, every big new DJ software iteration needs a big ol’ flagship controller with which to welcome it into the world. Traktor Pro S4 had the Kontrol S4, and Serato Itch had the Queen Mary of all DJ controllers, the Numark NS7. Pioneer landed on a size between those two units for the DDJ-SX, but nevertheless, it’s big—quite big. At 26.1 x 14.1 x 2.8 inches, it was actually too big to take to either of the DJ gigs I had while testing it. In fact, it’s probably too big to comfortably take to any of the last four DJ booths I’ve performed in. However, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try. T he surface area of the DDJ-SX doesn’t go to waste. Every inch of it squeezes out the ample potential power of Serato DJ, and makes performing with the new software a real treat.

Despite the size of the DDJ-SX, it weighs less than 13 pounds, which is still more than most all-in-one DJ controller/soundcards, but nothing compared to the 35 pounds of the beastly NS7. To save weight, the DDJ-SX doesn’t go crazy with the metal construction. It’s solidly built, but the aluminum elements are saved for the top panel and jog wheel face plates. It’s also made to be a truly all-in-one controller that you don’t need to fortify with secondary controllers (although you can, as per Serato DJ’s new capability), so that’s another plus in the consideration.

BROWSING TRACKS

At the top of the DDJ-SX’s center mixing section, a push-button encoder and six buttons with Shift functions make of the efficient track-browsing section. The encoder scrolls through your folder tree on the left or the main track browser, and pushing the encoder or the Back button beneath it toggles between the two areas. The four Load buttons at the top of each mixer channel load a selected track to any deck (or any number of decks) quickly. Using the Shift keys, the Load buttons work to organize the tracks in the browser by Track#, BPM, Song, or Artist.

The Load Prepare button beneath the encoder loads a selected track to the Prepare area of the Serato DJ browser, which can be used as a holding area for tracks or for dragging tracks into crates. With Shift, the Load Prepare button scrolls through the Serato DJ browser: Files, Browse, Prepare, and History. Using Shift with the Back button scrolls through the different Serato DJ layout views.

With just a small sliver of the overall DDJ-SX footprint, you can quickly find and load your music and toggle the look of the Serato DJ software without ever touching the computer.

Check out our Serato DJ review to read more about how the software performs!

THE MIXER

Pioneer draws upon many years of experience making revered DJ mixers, as well as industry standard digital audio players, so it’s not too surprising that DDJ-SX hardware could hold its own even outside of the controller space.

There’s no pulling of double-duty on the mixer portion of the DDJ-SX. Each of the four decks supported by Serato DJ have a full channel strip on the mixer, and these channels can also work for two additional external sources each. Even the SP-6 software sampler gets its own volume fader in the center of the mixer section.

Each mixer channel strip starts at the top with FX assign buttons that glow red when activated. Each channel is assignable to FX1, FX2, both, or neither. The Trim (gain) and three EQ-band knobs per channel have a rubber grip, and the EQ knobs and a dedicated channel Filter knob both have center detents.

The EQs don’t have kill switches, but potting them all the way to the left effectively kills that frequency band (when all three EQ knobs are turned fully left, no sound emits). The channel Filters are lowpass to the left and highpass to the right, with no filter in the center position. Every channel has its own LED level meter in addition to the master level meter in the center, which is a nice touch.

Each channel’s Cue button also doubles as a Tap tempo button for that deck with the Shift key. The 50mm channel fader throws are actually a bit short, but the faders have a nice middle-of-the-road action to them—not too stiff or too loose. You can also use Fader Start with the channel faders: with a Cue assigned to a track, turn the fader all the way down, and then press Shift and turn up the fader to begin the track.

With switches as the bottom of the channel strips, you can assign any of the channels to the A or B position of the crossfader, or designate it as “Thru,” where the channel ignores the crossfader and goes straight to the master out. The crossfader itself has a nice smooth and loose action to it as well, but it’s not super high-end and it is replaceable. A crossfader curve knob on the front panel adjusts from smooth to quick cuts, and the button pushes in to stay out of the way when not needed.

Down the center of the mixer, you have a Master Level, Booth Monitor Level, and Headphones Mix, all with rubber knobs. The Master Cue button sends everything to the headphones cue, including external sources like analog hardware or the computer’s system output.

Those external sources have plenty of input options on the back panel of the DDJ-SX. Channels 1 and 2 have Phono/Line RCA jacks, with a grounding post between them for turntables. Channels 3 and 4 both have line-level RCA inputs for CD players, iPods, etc. and Mic inputs. Mic 1 is an XLR/1/4″ combo input, while Mic 2 is a 1/4″ only input. To select the input sources for the four channels, front panel switches for each channel select from the PC source to either of the two external sources per channel.

AUDIO INTERFACE & SOUND QUALITY

We were not able to find the official Pioneer specs for the audio resolution of the DDJ-SX’s built-in soundcard, but it does sound quite good, and there is a well-appointed output section. Dual headphone jacks on the front panel (1/4″ and 1/8″ sizes) can be used simultaneously and have a push-in Level knob.

On the back panel, 1/4″ Booth Outs accommodate either balanced or unbalanced TRS connections, and there are two Master Outs: one for unbalanced RCA and one for balanced XLR cables. I definitely appreciated the professional touch of XLR outputs, and with the right cables, the XLR connectors lock into place for safety.

Testing the DDJ-SX against other interfaces such as the Kontrol S2, M-Audio Conectiv and Stanton DJC.4, the DDJ-SX pretty much held its own as far as sound quality, not distinguishing itself much and so by default earning good marks for sound. I’m finding lately that the playing field for mid-priced soundcards (which is what these all are, considering the price differences are for the controller features) seems awfully level. The noticeable differences are slight ones when it comes to the overall fullness or “roundness” of the bass and some small differences in stereo image width.

Where the DDJ-SX really stood out were its enormous output levels. All other things being equal, the headphone Level and Master Level knobs on the DDJ-SX sat a little further to the left than on the S2 and DJC.4 to get the same big sound. Keep in mind that the DDJ-SX must be run with an AC adapter (there’s no USB bus power option), so Pioneer didn’t have to concern itself with limits to the audio output levels on bus power.

STACKED DECKS

Unlike some controllers that feature “mirror image” decks, the two decks of the DDJ-SX have the same layout from left to right. The only difference is that Deck 1 has a Panel Select button, which scrolls through the Record, FX, and SP-6 sampler panels in Serato DJ (again, see our Serato DJ review for more on those).

Going up the left side of the decks, there are buttons for Play/Pause, Cue, Sync, Shift, deck select (1, 3, Dual Deck or 2, 4, Dual Deck) and the Censor/Reverse button. A two-button Grid section handles commands for beat grid adjustment. If you press Grid Adjust and move the jog wheel, you adjust the beat grid interval, and pressing Grid Slide while moving the jog wheel slides the whole beat grid left or right. Shift + Grid Set sets a beat marker in the beat grid, and Shift + Grid Clear clears all beat markers.

Parts of the DDJ-SX’s deck resemble a Pioneer CDJ unit, but the operation of the jog wheel definitely harkens back to the CDJs, which were the original digital scratch wheels. Pioneer was the first to convince turntablists to scratch with CDs more than a decade ago, so you know that the DDJ-SX jog wheels will be responsive and accurate for scratching.

With the Vinyl button activated (glowing red) the top of the touch-sensitive jog wheel can be used for scratching, while the outer edge works for pitch bending. Shift + turning the jog wheel utilizes Skip Mode, where the playback position skips in sync with the beat. An LED display in the center of the jog wheel shows a spinning playback position, so that skilled turntablists can use it with a similar feel to watching a vinyl record.

You can control track pitch with a generous 100mm Tempo fader with center detent on both decks. A Key Lock/Tempo Reset button above it toggles Key Lock for the deck, and with Shift, it selects a tempo range for the deck from the limited ranges of ±8, 16 or 50%.

Above the jog wheels, each deck has a long horizontal touch strip called the Needle Search. This lets you skip very quickly to any point in the song by sliding your finger across it. The touch strip is responsive, and this feature provides an advantage; the only problem is that you have to be careful to not inadvertently touch the Needle Search while playing with the FX units, which are situated just above it.

EFFECTS SECTIONS

Both the FX1 and FX2 units consist of four encoders and four buttons with Shift functions. These eight controls let you operate the entire FX Unit within the Serato DJ software. The buttons generally control FX on/off, Tap tempo, and two other effect-specific parameters that have stepped values. The knobs generally control the Level or Mix ratio of the effect, the timing of the beat syncing from 30 values (16th note triplet up to 32nd note dotted), and two other effects-specific parameters.

With the Shift key, the first three FX Unit buttons all go to an effects-select menu, while Shift + the 4th FX Unit button toggles the beat syncing from the track’s analyzed tempo to a Tap tempo function.

Again, the DDJ-SX effects sections and Panel Select buttons let you open the FX Units, select their effect from a list of 10, and then operate the FX Unit completely and ergonomically without ever touching the computer. They are an important performance element to the DDJ-SX. (See our Serato DJ review for more on the specific effects offered in the software.)

LOOP SETTING

Within the compact but powerful Loop section, you can set the chosen length of loops, set and cancel auto loops, manually choose loop In and Out points, move the position of loops forward and backward in a track, choose the location out of 8 slots for a loop to be stored, and Reloop a cancelled loop.

If you have any loops already set an stored within a track, using Shift + Loop Active will activate the next upcoming loop in a track, so playback will begin to loop once the playhead gets there.

THE AMAZING PAD-O-MATIC

Saving the best for last, we arrive at the eight rubber performance pads at the bottom of each deck. These pads are of dedicated drum controller quality, and feel very firm and sturdy across their entire area, even out to the corners. You can play them with one or two fingers in rapid-fire succession.

What makes the pads so incredibly useful are the four pad modes you can choose with the buttons above them: Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, and Sampler.

Hot Cue mode is straightforward: you set and trigger the up-to 8 cue points per track with the pads, and use Shift + a pad to delete a cue point.

The Roll button enters the Loop Roll pad mode, which is a ton of fun. First you can use the Parameter1 arrow buttons to select the loop length ranges for the pads, which will show up in the deck display of the software. I like to use the lower loop lengths, because the way Loop Roll works is that the track plays back continuously, but when you hold down a pad, it triggers a loop for as long as you hold it down, and after which the track playback continues (as if you were in the Slip Mode mentioned earlier). This is a really fun way to add some expressive riffing to your DJing without much consequence for mistakes. If you do have a timing error in your Loop Roll triggering, the playback will continue afterward unaffected, so the damage is minimal.

Things get even more insane in Slicer mode. This mode slices a section of the playing track into 8 equal parts assigned to the pads. By using Shift + the Parameter buttons, you can choose the length of the section to be divided from 2 to 32 beats. Now when you hit the pads, the slices will play in looped fashion until you release the pad and playback resumes. With the Parameter keys, you can choose if the pads loop the entire sliced section, or if they loop only 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 of the sliced section. The shorter the slices and the shorter the portion of the slices that loop, the buzzier the loop sounds will be.

There are also 2 Slicer modes, that you toggle with the Slicer button. In the first mode, the track playback continues, and a new sliced section is created as playback passes by the old one. In the second Slicer mode, the sliced section loops back around to the beginning until you exit the mode. Unless you’re a prodigy, really masterful Slicer performances should take some time and practice. However, for highly rhythmic and minimal tracks, you could probably jump right in with some impromptu slicing. Doing that on tracks that follow traditional pop song structure could be disastrous though.

Finally, the pad Sampler mode works in conjunction with the Serato DJ SP-6 sampler. With the software sampler open and the pads in Sampler mode, you can choose between the 4 banks of samples — Banks A, B, C, and D — with the Parameter1 buttons. Each bank has four sample slots that you can fill with audio from your Library (mouse required for that).

The first six pads of the DDJ-SX decks launch the samples, while the last two pads work as back select buttons.

TO RECEIVE MAY BE BETTER THAN TO GIVE

While it may be the season of giving, if you’re as enticed by the DDJ-SX as we are, good luck finding someone in your life to give you this $1,000 all-in-one controller. You may have to tighten up on your overall gift giving, and give this one to yourself.

With that noted, however, considering the price of a single CDJ-2000 Nexus is about $2,000, the DDJ-SX doesn’t seem all that bad in the face of Pioneer’s notoriously pricey hardware. And there’s no skimping on quality here, either. The DDJ-SX isn’t all metal, but doesn’t need to be in order to be solid. Its controls — most importantly the pads, jog wheels, faders and knobs — feel of the utmost quality.

Serato DJ added a great deal of performance functionality, and the DDJ-SX exploits every bit of it and then some. Who knows if we’ll see other Serato DJ controllers with the same options for Dual Deck Control, Slip Mode, Slicer, Loop Roll, and Needle Search. It could be that Serato is storming out of the gate with the most comprehensive Serato DJ controller that we’ll see in a while.

If that proves to be the case, it’ll be just a bit too bad that for all the many qualities of the DDJ-SX, you can’t escape the concern over its sheer bulk. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so for every DJ who finds it annoying to haul around the chunky unit (after finding a suitable case for it) and has problems fitting it into the cramped performance spaces they sometimes play, there may be just as many thrilled jocks who are blown away by the creativity afforded by the DDJ-SX/Serato DJ combination.

That hardware/software tandem goes out of the way to make sure that even some wild controllerist outbursts don’t stray too far from a coherent musical consistency and that nearly every software function meets its match on the controller.

New Zealand’s Serato has been working on replacing ITCH with Serato DJ for quite some time, maybe even as long as Peter Jackson has worked on The Hobbit, another New Zealand product. I’m not sure which one I’m more excited about (nerd alert), but for Serato, all that work has definitely paid off with a creatively liberating piece of software and a monumental DDJ-SX collaboration with Pioneer for controlling it. At the end of 2012, everything’s coming up Kiwi!

Markkus Rovito is DJ TechTools’ tech editor. Have a piece of gear you want to see reviewed? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • jj

    when u buy the ddj-sx. does it come with the necessary output wires? or are these sold seperately?

  • ricks

    Hey! Does anyone know where the master tempo key is on the DJJ-SX?

  • DJVaage

    “It’s sheer size” is listed as a bad thing????
    Really? The size of this controller is exactly what i LOVE about it. Not just does this give me more space to work on but it also looks a lot more professional when performing instead of using a small controller that makes you look like you’re playing with a kids toy.

    If I was to perform using CDJs and a mixer (A very common standard DJ Setup) this would take up more space than this controller (here referring to using CDJs 2000 + DJM900).

    This controller takes almost as much space as any traditional setup would and it is to me one of the biggest positive things to say about it. It is a much nicer transition to using controller when the workspace is almost equal than to moving over to something much smaller.

  • dj flyer

    Just got Traktor pro2 for my DDJ-SX and it’s working amazingly good!
    Didnt like serato dj, too much manual work and awfull waveforms among others…
    Been using virtual dj for ages but now it’s bye bye

  • Patrick Dennis

    I’m crazy about the controller, but I look forward to the traktor version of this controller, and the size, pioneer has used the right scale , I really do not walk around with a toy, so I find this size the right one,even for my part i want it slightly larger.

  • Dean

    Can I use it with tractor I would prefer not using serato ?

  • Dean

    Can I use it with tractor I would prefer not using serato ?

  • DJ KNIX

    The best dj controller Pioneer DDJ SX definitely is worth the $$$, The guys at SIX STAR DJ they have it a very low price.

  • Mike

    It’s a video to show different effect of DDJ-SX very easy to use … Enjoy my friends 😉

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2pCFQG47gI

  • Damo

    I want to replace my DDJ SX Deck 1 or 3 to my CDJ 900; How do I do that? Do I have to also link my CDJ 900 to my laptop via USB?

  • Elgatovacomomoto

    Hi,
    Im planning to get one, but I I’m trying to find out a couple of things about it first.

    Besides from using it for djing, I’ll use it as a sound card in ableton live.

    Can anyone confirm some of the folIowing questions please!?

    -Are the channel inputs terminal equal to soundcard inputs?

    I mean,
    Can I record a mic, a turntable or a line input signal?

    -How many outputs it has as a soundcard?

    2? 4?

    -is it fully mappleable in other softwares than serato?

    If yes:

    are the pads velocity sensitives if mapped in ableton live?

    I can’t found this info anywhere, so, someone that already got one, please a little help here!

    Thanks in advance!!!
    G.-

  • arturo

    could you connect a launchpad to this and mix live ?

  • Want to use my turntables as an extention. If connected , will the Serato control vinyl work as well?

    Curious if there is any glitch, proper digital to analog sound conversion, latency issues etc.

  • looks as if novation twitch and s4 had a baby who consumes a lot of steroids

  • where can I find the TSI for Traktor 2.6? (No mapping vipers, I know)

  • denyto

    hi, does serato dj have a beat jump function, like traktor pro?

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  • will

    ok!! I’m stuck between the Numark NS6 and the Pioneer DDJ-SX. Which one is better?

    • Simon Lee

      DDJ-SX for sure now.

  • So if you hook up two turntables to use in combination, can you play and control MP3’s like scratch live through the SX? Or does the analog inputs not convert to a digital signal ?

  • jjsproductionz

    The BEST!!!

  • IMO Big controller = good. Playing a show on a dinky little VCI-300 or what have you looks like you’re using a little kids toy compared to a traditional cdj/tech12/mixer setup. If you have something that actually looks like pro gear I think it lends itself to a more serious looking performance to the average clubgoer. Plus it is the first controller that i would consider buying, coming from tech12/mixer/ssl. Seriously droolworthy.

  • From a guy who travels with an s4 and F1… the size of this thing would make it very hard for me to travel with… it looks awesome but A. I’m a tracktor guy and B. the S4 in a flight case is difficult enough through airports etc… having to cary somehting bigger just isnt a good idea (for me).

  • ARTICAL

    My dislike about the DDJ SX there’s no Auto play like other units that’s one feature they forgot to include.
    Can this be included in the next software update

  • The CroudBoy

    We Would love to se a DDJ-SE!!!!! DJTT special edition!! with two mappings one for traktor and one for serato!!! that would be really dope!!

  • Greg4422

    Deal breaker…no FX on mic or extrenal inputs or ability to record those inputs.

    • DJKillDit

      LOL, Yet you have DDJ – SX in your Icon Image LOL

      • 🙂 I sold it on ebay…with the exception lack of FX on the mic or external inputs…I loved the controller.

  • Mike

    I have this controller and its amazing. The only reason why a DDJ-TX would be good is just for the effects traktor has(Serato DJ effects are good but meh). I like that I can overlap tracks in extended mode which in my opinion is better than traktors wave setup. I have tried the traktor mapping and it is terrible with the jogs. My favorite feature is the slicer which is pretty much almost the same thing as the slicer on the djm 2000 nexus.

  • DJ APA

    Hello guys, but there is already a bag ddjsx??

  • scoop

    I gotta ask – what booths are you playing in that can’t fit this? Are you saying they can’t even fit CDJs and a mixer? Or are they already installed and in the way?

    • most booths i play don’t even have even enough room for a S4 let alone this monster and most booths have stands installed on angles for the CDJS’s and the djm800/800 is built into a recessed surface.

  • jason e.

    the cross fader feels like garbage.

  • Jam-Master Jake

    This review says that you can “choose the location out of 8 slots for a loop to be stored”. I see that it’s possible to do that in-software, but is it possible to do this using the DDJ-SX hardware? And is it possible to fire off those stored loops using the SX?

    I’m absolutely LOVING my SX…I just wish (or hope) that I can figure out a way to trigger stored loops on my SX. If it’s not possible, hopefully Pioneer could be persuaded to add that functionality in a firmware update (if that’s possible). You could simply program the SX to give you control over the 8 loop slots by pressing Hot Cue twice for example. Doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to me.

    Excellent review!

  • Overtyme

    Need to know if Traktor version is coming? My S4 is almost had the bun and soon to be a piece of art on my wall of music.

  • R3production

    Hi all, i was Lucky enhough that i could purchase one last week in Las Vegas Guitar Center. Thanks to the super help i received from them…I have installed all but i am getting Poppings in my sound on the down beats. What i found out is if you use Key Lock and make a loop it creates this noise..Tried everything from latency and all other possible settings. Serato works fine if KEY lock is turned off..I want to say also big ups for Viper who has made a tremendous good mapping for this unit to use with Traktor 2.6.. I have purchased the version and loaded the TSI and all works fine.. Here i don’t get popping noise if Key Lock is on…I have 6378 songs Cue/loop and grid stored in TR, i have to do it all over if i want Serato as software..What i find the weakest on the DDJ SX is the Mic input.. it is straight through and no effects or processor can be run like the sound limiter or FX on the deks. For the rest the sound quality out put is real good as with all Pioneer mixers..
    I am waiting for the service department from Serato to give me a solution on the popping noise…
    Good review from DJTT, or maybe you guys can make a DJTT performance mapping for TR like i have on my VCI100SE…Would love to use fader effects and jog wheel effects…Than i might drop Serato again..
    R3Production

    • djkucha

      what’s up buddy … I found a solution for the mic input… and it works great .. its just doesn’t fit in my case. lol .. .info@djkucha.com

  • Anonymous

    Who actually uses EQ kill switches? I have never liked them and and always reprogram them on my midi controllers.

    • I use them sometimes, but this new snap feature with the Z2 kind of replaces that.

  • And the Ean Golden version is coming out when? Now if only Serato would just work on the look and feel of their software, we’d reach DJing 2.0.

    • KIO

      With Turntables >> CDJ’s >> Controllers >> DDJ-SX that would be DJing 4.0 :):)

    • Anonymous

      One of these days someone will actually post why/how the UI affects the software’s usability. Not today I guess.

  • Ricochet48

    I bought a VCI-100SE as soon as Ean had them available, but my schoolwork and subsequent career had prevented me from really delving into it’s creativity as much as I’d like. Years later I find myself with the cash and time to re-invest. Looking back I would have got an S4, but with the unit being dated at this time, the DDJ-SX seemed like the best option for me (not mobile) so I pulled the trigger at $775 (no tax/ship). I’ll be honest the effects are not that impressive and I’m dying for DVS ability (combine with SSL), but it seems like there are no other stellar options available. It they announced a DDJ-TX I’d be there in a heartbeat. I’m sure NI is going to ‘borrow’ some of the DDJ-SX’s features/build and make an S4 MKII in a year or so. In this case I’ll trade in my DDJ-SX for $700 and pay the difference. Oh and I also got a Midi Fighter 3D this weekend so I could hand it to girls at my apartment bangers 😉

  • I could see run of the mill clubs going to this as an in house set up. It’s essentially 2 cdjs and pioneer mixer all rolled into one, but for a fraction of the cost, and plays nice with Serato, so it will be good for their top 40 grinders.

    It’s similar enough to a cdj set up that the transition isn’t as huge of a leap as other set ups can be. The first time I played a gig with the S4, the club sound guy had never seen one in real life.. lol.

    • Jay

      No clubs are going to but this POS

  • Darilov

    Looks nice and stronger than the S4 and its also huge. There’s no carrying this beast around in a back pack. That’s for sure!!

    • Fits in the same backpack that was designed for the DDJ-S1 and DDJ-T1, so yeah you could.

  • nidi

    The only thing i dont like are the buttons with the lit text and lit outline.. maybe its the plastic they use but something about those buttons looks very low end to me. The rest looks awesome and professional!

  • tr4gik

    seems like an awesome piece of hardware… But … after seeing the size comparizon with the S4 i think this thing is way to big to put anywhere.

    • technicaltitch

      much as I love controller-porn, that was the genius photo of the article.

  • fachkraft

    Please Pioneer, I need this Controller without the wheels and for traktor, that would be awesome!! 🙂

    • ian.c

      ^^scope the novation twitch

      • Luca Pedonese

        I have Twitch. It is not a pro product. Bad level bars control and audio output very low. Don’t buy it.

  • pretty cool but the mapping my friend did for the vestax vci-400 for traktor works so good that shockingly i’m not really impressed by this other than it’s massive size and larger pads.

    • jprime

      Does his vci-400 mapping have loop roll and slicer?

      • Feroxz

        Interested in this aswell. Which functionality does this mapping have on top of the regular?

  • Phillip Diaz

    mappings are available for Traktor made by a DJTT forum member! and they seem to work flawlessly! just imagine erasing that pad’s option buttons and replace them with the functions of the VCI-400 EGE pads! sweeeeeet!

    • technicaltitch

      what is the jog wheel responsiveness like? the S4 doesn’t use MIDI for the jogs supposedly so that it can get a higher resolution.

  • i’d like an DDJ-TX

  • Loudist

    The build quality looks fantastic. Shame the GUI is so vomit-inducing…

    • Anonymous

      What aspects of the GUI are affecting the functionality for you?

    • I find the GUI to be very much standard Serato issue. Looks pretty much like Serato Scratch Live. If you don’t like it because you’re used to where things are on Traktor I get it, but to call it vomit inducing seems a bit exaggerated. This reminds me of the whole Windows vs. Apple deal, to each their own. Personally I like both, and it’s nice to have the option with Viper’s midi mapping for Traktor.

  • Rene

    Will there be a Traktor version as well?

    • Paco Loco

      I hope so!

      • same here. im pretty impressed. I would get this if it worked with traktor. I know this is a dedicated controller for serato but traktor is pretty friendly when it comes to sound cards and midi controllers. I would not be surprised if it did work with a lil midi mapping……or am I totally wrong?

    • As per usual, it will most likely be compatible with VDJ ages before they come out with a version for traktor. Keep Controllers Open Source!

    • Its MIDI compatible so you can use it with anything (According to product description); just waiting for mine so I can map it out to traktor.. Hopefully there is no issues with the sound card and jog encoder tho :S

    • there is already a Traktor tsi on this veerry site by Viper who also made one for Djay. Virtual DJ also has a maper for it. So now before many who pre ordered it even got it it works with most DJ software.

      a little demo I made showing looproll without and whit Flux mode on traktor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNDfNGClGDA&list=LLLKXb6yK5Om8e4VkxT1rX7A&feature=mh_lolz

  • Weyland

    Do Chroma Caps fit on them

    • Spacecamp

      They do on the EQ and FX knobs for sure.