Pioneer Launches RMX-500 Effects Unit and DDJ-SZ Controller

Big offerings from Pioneer are starting off the first soft launch day of NAMM with a brand new effects unit that builds off of the RMX-1000 workflow and a new DJ controller that takes the DDJ-SX to the next level. Read on for details on both:

Pioneer RMX-500

The RMX-500 takes the best features of RMX-1000 but with a simplified layout and lower price:

  • Scene FX section: 10 total effects separated by Build Up and Break Down sections.
  • Rhythm FX add looping, chopping, delaying and offsetting effects, with a timing knob in the middle. At the bottom, a simple drum machine gives you kick snare, clap, and hi-hat sounds that repeat at a speed you set with the knob. You can add Rhythm FX to the drum sounds and save a sequence of the resulting pattern.
  • Release FX button cuts the music and effects and adds a vinyl break, echo, or backspin; releasing the button brings the music back.
  • Onboard soundcard with USB.
  • Comes with an AU, VST, and RTAS plug-in version of the effect processor; the hardware works as a controller for the plug-in. Also supports MIDI control.

Borrowing heavily from the RMX-1000 in design and function, the new RMX-500 is an entry-level multi-effects unit, with the best effects from the 1000. Instead of isolator knobs, the effects are split into Rhythm Effects (Roll, Trans, Add, Dev Delay, Offset and a Four Beat Sequencer) and Scene Effects (Breakdowns and Builds: Mod, Echo, Noise, Spiral Up, Reverb Up, HPF, LPF, Spiral Down, Reverb Down)  as well as pressure sensitive knobs on both sections that allow for additional modulation of the effect. There’s also the familiar Release Effects – triggered with the center button. Watch all of them in the performance video here:

The RMX-500 is expected to launch in February 2014 for a price of $499.

DDJ-SZ Controller: The Ultimate DDJ-S

Since the launch of the DDJ-SX in 2012, we’ve seen two other controllers join the family at more affordable price points – the DDJ-SR and DDJ-SB – but Pioneer has decided to go the other direction with the latest controller. The DDJ-SZ is designed to be as close to an emulation the CDJ / DJM workflow as possible in a controller – with resistance-adjustable jogwheels that match the CDJs identically (8.1 inches) with a central display in the middle that shows playback position, cue points, etc.

A big new feature – the DDJ-SZ has dual USB ports – a first for Pioneer on any mixer or controller – which allows two computers to control the unit and trade off very easily. We suspect we’ll see this integrated into some of their high-end mixers very soon.

The SZ also steals a number of the DJM mixer series effects and features, including a the contact-free MAGVEL crossfader found the the DJM-900SRT, as well as and Oscillator, Sound Color FX , and DVS functionality detailed below:

Oscillator – The new Oscillator on the right side of the mixer provides four types of sound effects: Noise, Siren, Cymbal and Horn. A quick touch of the buttons activates the effect(s), which can also be modified in amplitude (volume) to add to the music currently playing.

Sound Color FX – The mixer includes four Sound Color FX functions (Pitch, Jet, Echo and Filter), which add numerous audio effect combinations and arrangements to currently playing music with a simple twist of the knobs. Through Serato DJ’s beats per minute (BPM) analysis, users can also synchronize Echo effects to the BPM of currently playing music.

DVS Functionality – The controller can support DVS (Digital Vinyl System) using control tone to enable an external player to be used as a Serato DJ deck.

The DDJ-SZ comes bundled with a Serato DJ license, expected to launch in March 2014 with a suggested retail price of $1,399 Editor’s Update: Prices were all over the place around the web this morning – official confirmation from Pioneer that MAP Street Price will be $1999 ($2399 MSRP) – and the first 5,000 units will get a free copy of Serato Video.

Keep an eye out for all of the latest NAMM news by watching the DJTT Twitter – we’ll be posting new products, videos, and photos straight from the NAMM convention floor all week.

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  • H8er

    RMX 500 looks cool, you get an extra pair of hands or a blowup doll in the package so you can look cool and riding back to back, as that is a must today, if your not a duo you are not A DJ,

    Before one dj did all the work and got all the credit for it, today its just look cool and press the right button.

    And with RMX 500 you even wont needing that!

    Welcome to the professional lamestation

  • H8er


  • Jason Sweet

    I’m building a DJ hardware unit that can do more than this, and will be available for under $100.

    • H8er

      Made 100% by chinese students and children!

    • Sarcasm

      LMAO…again, you are better than all other professionals. We are in the presence of a genius people!

  • dj tony

    just wonder i have an extra fader from ttm 57 rane & have a vci 380 i know they are a to diferent because the brand, my question is some can make this fader work on my vci 380 ???? maybe this quiestion is stupid but some one can make this happen !!!

  • J Williams

    The ddj-sz looks cool, but for 2000!!!. I rather have a cdj/djm setup. You can get cdj 900 and cdj 2000/nexus for cheap, you just got to do the research. DJM 850 and 900 are always available at a discounted price. That’s how I got mine. Check craigslist, you can always catch a noob who wants the” NEXT BIG THING”, and get some great equip for cheap.

    • H8er

      you can buy a super hot multi featured DDJ SX for $500 and thats not even a year old, hahaha

  • Kalebbbb with a Kay

    I want this so bad :/

  • tr4gik

    2000 dollars …. Pioneer allow me to have a good laugh … LOL. might as well go to CDJ ?

    • H8er

      Why, where are u gona use it, in a club or venue, well give this a year or two and CDjs are gone completely from the higher end of clubs and djs, this will be the new tandard, for the lazy, cheap or comfortably owner of clubs and venues, no need for expensive cheap built gear, just buy a couple of this ones, tell you djs to stack up on computers, thats it!

      Pioneer killed their own line of gear, R.I.P Nexus!

  • jvc

    Thank God I still waited… I didn’t get the sx. Now I’m sure ready to get this bad boy.

  • me

    well this fucking dominates the ns7 II, its suppose to be the competitor, Right?

    • H8er

      wrong, NS7mk2 is in league of its own, pioneer wins as usual on hype though.
      just wait and see when people who bought ddjsz begin to rant on utube, cause of quality or firmware issues, just like cdj 2000 nexus.

      Pioneer will never learn, they are to greedy

  • Pat McDonald

    Taken from Pioneer in the DDJ-SZ video comments: “The DDJ-SZ will be available in March 2014 for SRP of £1749, €1999 and
    $2399. The first 5,000 units sold worldwide will be bundled with a free
    license for the Serato Video plug-in (worth $149)?”

  • ithinkmynameismoose

    Pioneer Website lists this at 1999 not 1400. Guess again DJTT.

    • Dan White

      Noted above: prices were falsely reported all over – corrected after talking to Pio in person today!

      • ithinkmynameismoose

        Glad to see the edit. Thanks for fixing it!

      • H8er

        $2399 or $2400 who gives a crap, its the same thing
        None sane person will ever look at CDJs or standalone mixers ever again, and Pioneer is gona loose

  • a.B

    Screw Pioneer…Why wont they make this baby for traktor too !?

    • A.F.

      It will work with Traktor as well, and there will be a .tsi file available for it.

      • ithinkmynameismoose

        True but if you look at the SX video there isn’t jog wheel control (just for pitch) and that’s a total deal breaker.

    • ithinkmynameismoose

      Native Instruments won’t give the license to make Traktor controllers anymore. I’m sure they would if they could.

      • H8er

        Nope, its inferior to serato, serato is the next big thing, traktor was the shit, now its just shit

    • Geegee

      It’s NI’s fault. They are not being innovative.


      I’ve got DDJ-SX and they make it about half year after.. Now you can download Traktor setings.. This baby I don’t know.. 😉

      • H8er

        But tht is not official TSI,s its from traktorbibible, a whole lot of a different ballgame, its cause of the third party enthousiasts that traktor will survive, not because of Native instruments, they will be gone from the dj gear market in 5-10 years, solely relying on hardwre for musicians and djs productionwise!

    • H8er

      Havent you done you homework?

      Pioneer, Numark, Denon, even Reloop have stopped supporting the native platforms as NI are egoistic and of lesser quality, just look at S4 and S4mk2, a Joke!

      So they stopped producing hardware for traktor, and have no plans for a collab ever agin as it looks now.

      So if you want traktor, bu S2 or S4mk2

  • J.J. Gonzales

    You better double check that, my friend.

  • simonbass

    Me playing the Drum Machine always sounds crap – even if it is from Pioneer 🙂

  • Polygon

    1399? I’ve been seing prices of 2399$ and 1999€ respectively.

    • The Mad Beaver

      if it’s only 1400, I’ll give away my S4mk1 almost for free.
      2400 sound far mor reasonable for this monster.

      • Polygon

        Yep… but i’ve seen very very discordant prices. Just saw $1799 somewhere. Prices are all over the damn place

      • ithinkmynameismoose

        I’ll take the S4!