Pioneer DDJ-SX — official info, real prices and opinion


Pioneerr DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller (1)

After last night’s Serato induced hullaballoo, it’s time to have a proper look at Pioneer’s new mothership of a controller. The DDJ-SX has been rumoured within the industry for a while. I was led to believe that it was the one controller to rule them all, with no details whatsoever. Then I was informed that it would run Serato’s new software, but still no details. But last night, the rumours took shape and form. And the DDJ-SX really does look to measure up beyond expectations.

Firstly, let’s have Pioneer’s Dave Eserin give us a most welcome walkthrough of the DDJ-SX and all that it purveys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSWRDR6K8xM

Some really glossy mouth watering shots:

Pioneerr DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller (2)

 

Pioneerr DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller (3)

 

Pioneerr DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller (4)

 

Pioneerr DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller (5)

 

And finally the official Pioneer Europe words:

Make way for the Pioneer DDJ-SX

 – the first native controller for today’s other landmark launch: Serato DJ

4th October 2012: Serato users: prepare to be awed as Pioneer launches the DDJ-SX the world’s first native controller for the brand new Serato DJ professional software, also launched today.

The DDJ-SX has been carefully designed and developed in partnership with Serato to deliver intuitive control of the included software’s exciting features. Dedicated buttons and dials give pro-DJs plug-and-play control of Serato’s four decks, up to eight Hot Cues, six samples, and ten high-quality FX Powered by iZotope.

Pro-DJ performance is even further enhanced with the debut of Performance Pads: sixteen rubber LED pads that add a new dimension to mashing up tracks. DJs can trigger four modes: Hot Cue, Slicer, Roll and Sampler. And the new Velocity Mode lets them control the volume of samples with how hard they hit the pad.

The DDJ-SX takes performance pleasure even further with Dual Deck Control, which allows DJs to perform live edits on two decks simultaneously; so scratching on Deck A can be applied to Deck C at the same time. Slip Mode silently continues playback while DJs perform loops, scratches and reverses without affecting the original track direction. And the new FX Mode enables sound effects to be applied to two decks at once.

The club-standard DDJ -SX has been built to withstand the rigours of the booth; the aluminium jog wheel and top plate are both stylish and durable. And the unit can be used as a four-channel standalone mixer, giving DJs the flexibility of connecting to CDJs or turntables for even more performance options.

The DDJ-SX, bundled with Serato DJ, is available from November at a SRP of EUR 999/ GBP 809, including VAT.

PLUS the first 10,000 units come bundled with a free licence for the Serato Video plug-in, worth around EUR 116/ GBP 92.

KEY FEATURES

1.      EXCLUSIVE: native control of the new Serato DJ software

Serato DJ combines the popular features of Serato ITCH and Serato Scratch Live, and adds new features that will be popular with lovers of both. Pioneer worked closely with Serato to combine the features of the software with the operability of the hardware to create true plug-and-play compatibility and intuitive control.

In addition to four-deck control, the DDJ-SX has dedicated controls for new features including:

NEW: FX engine Powered by iZotope

Serato DJ’s FX engine, now powered by popular manufacturer iZotope, features ten high-quality sound effects, including REVERB, ECHO and PING PONG DELAY.

Dual Deck Control for advanced live edits

DJs can push a button to enter Dual Deck mode and apply scratches, recall Hot Cues, perform loops, use the Slicer and Slip Mode – all on two decks at the same time. Trigger a Hot Cue on Deck A and one will also trigger on Deck C.

Plus old favourites such as:

  • Eight cue points on each deck
  • Syncable six slot sample bank
  • Auto Loops, Manual Loops and Loop Roll, for even more loop options
  • Slicer to chop up tracks and create new arrangements*

2.      Enhanced performance features for truly hands-on live performances

The DDJ-SX inherits the familiar layout from Pioneer’s popular controller range, with a few updates to make the DJing experience even more enjoyable. Pro-DJs can use a combination of buttons, dials, faders, jog wheels and Performance Pads to stamp their mark on every set.

NEW! Performance Pads make mashing up tracks even more fun

The DDJ-SX’s large, rubber Performance Pads are assigned to four modes: Hot Cue, Roll, Sample and Slicer. The LED illuminated pads’ Velocity Mode means sample volume is controlled by the pressure applied, giving even more control and really putting the DJ back in the performance.

Slip Mode for precision edits

Inherited from the new club-standard CDJ-2000nexus, Slip Mode silently continues track playback during a loop, reverse or scratch and brings the music back at the right point when the DJ exits the performance.

Improved jog wheel enhances scratching pleasure

The DDJ-SX has the industry’s lowest latency jog wheel that has been fine-tuned to ensure DJs always get the scratch response they expect. Plus the controller borrows the backlit-LED On-Jog Display from the club-standard CDJs, showing the playback status of the current track for even greater scratch and reverse precision.

Sound Colour Filters on every channel

Like the DJM-900nexus professional mixer, the DDJ-SX boasts a Sound Colour Filter for each channel. DJs twist the dial left for Lo Pass Filter and right for Hi Pass Filter, for even more creative sweeps, blends and FX manipulation. This works with the software and external sources, with a hardware filter built-in.

3.      Professional build quality and design

The controller has been built with the rigours of professional use in mind. The high-quality faders are robust and durable, while the push-button style knobs were designed with portability in mind. And the aluminium jog wheels and top plate give the DDJ-SX a premium look that will fit right into any booth.

4.      Multiple input and output options for every DJ set-up

The DDJ-SX is equipped with a variety of inputs and outputs, for ultimate flexibility. Four inputs allow DJs to connect the controller to DJ players and/or turntables, to use it as a stand-alone mixer. Two master outputs (XLR and RCA) and a booth output enable connections direct to professional PA equipment. And two MIC inputs open up possibilities for MCing and announcements.

5.      High audio quality 

The controller inherits its high-quality audio circuitry from Pioneer’s pro-DJ equipment. A built-in 24-bit soundcard, low-jitter clock and high-performance DAC ensure a clean, powerful sound with no degradation.

6.      Other features

    • Channel Fader Start: use the channel fader to control Cues
    • Needle Search: touch strip for intuitive, fast searches
    • Master level and channel level meters: instantly identify levels on each channel
    • MIDI Compatible: control any DJ software
    • Crossfader curve adjust: to suit any type of sound

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Software Serato DJ
Input terminals CD x 2 (RCA), combined LINE/PHONO x 2 (RCA)
MIC x 2 (XLR&1/4 inch combined PHONE x 1, 1/4 inch PHONE x 1)
Output terminal MASTER OUT x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1)
BOOTH OUT x 1 (1/4 inch PHONE)
HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT x 2 (front 1/4 inch PHONE, MiniPin)
Other terminals USB B terminal x 1
Frequency range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Total harmonic distortion 0.003% or less
S/N ratio 105 dB (PC)
Supplied AC adapter Power source AC 220-240 V     50/60 Hz, rated output DC5 V
External dimensions 664 mm (W) x 70.4 mm (H) x 357 mm (D)
Weight 5.8 kg

Serato DJ System Requirements

Applicable OS Windows 7
(Windows) 32-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 2GB
64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 4GB
Applicable OS Mac OS X 10.7.4/10.6.8
(Mac) 32-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 1GB
64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 4GB
Display resolution 1,280 x 720 or higher resolution

Last night, in a state of utter tiredness bordering on hysteria, I thought I wanted the DDJ-SX sooo bad. But I’ve since slept, showered and had a suitable amount of tea to make a better decision. I now KNOW I want the DDJ-SX more than I’ve wanted a controller since the Numark NS7. I have a list of actual needs, which is small and serviced perfectly by any number of controllers out there. But the DDJ-SX seems to have covered every hankering desire I could have wished for in a new lump of digital shiny.

I’m looking over the specs, and Pioneer seem to have thought of everything. All the cool things you find on other controllers like velocity pads, slicer, touch strips, built in mixer etc etc seem to be included. But then they go a few steps further and add slip mode, a CDJ style centre display, dual deck mode and channel fader start. Open question – has anything obvious been missed? Or are there less obvious things that you’d like to see?

Parkinson’s Law

No, not Rik off of Pioneer, but the law that dictates that stuff expands to fill the space available. And there’s no denying that the DDJ is a big controller, crammed to the gills with controls. Beautifully organised of course, but it’s hard to imagine adding anything into this unit, or indeed making it any bigger to accommodate more features.

And this is why Serato DJ allows secondary controller mapping. There’s simply no more room for expansion without turning controllers from portable playthings to draggable mission controls. So should users need more control, they’ll be able to plug in more knobs and buttons to fulfil their complex needs. And this will be the trend for the future too. Now that Serato have wedged the formerly closed door open a little, I’d like to see a new crop of small controllers appearing – ones that service existing needs in different ways, but also offer future expansion.

Ones To Watch

With the Vestax VCI-400 and Reloop Terminal Mix 4 having a large number of controls, perhaps we can expect them to blossom into the controllers that we expected them to be at launch. Obviously at the time, the decision to add a cropped down 2 channel software to controllers capable of so much more made little sense – I hope it does now.

But there’s one company missing in this equation, and that’s Numark. Clearly they’re capable of making ITCH dance, and I have no doubt that the same will be true of Serato DJ. I would keep a keen eye on the next couple of trade shows, as I’m certain they’ve been just as busy as Pioneer.

I’m still pretty solid on my assertion that controller club standards will never happen though. Even with a Pioneer logo on it, this technology is such a fluid concept what you’re reading about today will be seen as old in 2-3 years time, with the masses baying for more and ebaying their old stuff.

The Bottom Line

Yeah I know I always do this, but with Pioneer products, we can read about all the new stuff and want it all very badly indeed, but it’s always about just how much we’ll have to fork out for the “overpriced lump of shitty plastic fanboy junk” or similar comments that proliferate the forums.

So here’s the thing – given everything you’ve seen and read, the Pioneer DDJ-SX will come in at $1199/€999/£809 and should be in your favourite retailer from November 1st. Even amongst we industry types, a much higher price tag had been expected. And even without the Pioneer logo, that’s a very fair price. But with it, it signifies a marked change in price points for Pioneer, one that has me wondering if people won’t just save that little bit more and not look at the the lower controllers in the Pioneer food chain at all.

I recently described Pioneer as the company people love to hate and hate to love. But with this new controller, the price and the opening free Serato Video offer, Pioneer are about to win a lot of new fans, and maybe some of those could be the haters. I hope it measure up to expectations.

 

  • DJ SPARK

    Would like to jump into this ship, but hope that Numark will have something nice for SeratoDJ

    • Candy Monstr

      Yup! competition is always good… I wonder if they have something cooking up for BPM…

      • http://www.facebook.com/DJDJTReInOkinawa Jeffrey Tedder

        Of course Numark does. lol

  • http://www.mobiledjforums.com/ GroovinDJ

    I like it – a lot. I’m surprised it’s £800 as yesterday I was imagining it to be maybe £200 above the Aero. Very good to see a mic input on XLR with full EQ (even if it does gobble up a channel). So many other contenders fail on that point. I can see this taking over from the Denon MC-6000 very rapidly. The only thing missing IMO is the standalone media playback from the Aero. Would have been nice to be able to use the decks without a computer, rather than just the mixer section.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sizero Si Brown

    I know your feeling towards this controller Mark, i’ve never been a Pioneer fanboy at all, before I even knew the price I really want this controller, probably more exciting than any other controller on or has been on the market., The price has blown me away even more! I expected it to be £1500 or so when i first saw it, as it has more features than Pioneers existing Itch controller. This is definately going to be a game changer for Pioneer in the controller market.

  • cheeba

    reserving proper comment until after BPM but im guessing the fact there is elements of CDJ platters to this thing then its still no good for juggles. retractable dials is a great touch though… wish the Rane 62 had that for transit!

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      No doubt, but if juggling is key for you (which I know it is), then turntables will continue to be your chosen weapon of choice.

      • cheeba

        ah, i could be swayed if Rane made an all in one controller with vinyl feel spinning platters like the denon decks and mixer features like a 62. stylii are still the weak element in my set up (especially on huge festival stages) and i’d like to see progression to save me the little prayer i have to do when soundchecking at every show.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/PaulHolland-DoubleDutchdj/100001027166218 PaulHolland DoubleDutchdj

          Shame more scratch jocks of your fame & pedigree are not as open minded when it comes to modern gear. If that was the case then moving platter controllers would be more commercially viable. Respect for Denon and Numark for having the appropriate nuts, but to many stubborn minds need to change before we’re likely to see a 2 channel, button laden, 10inch revolving platter based controller.

      • nmngh

        You could also juggle on the V7/NS7’s.

  • DJ K-Ceaser

    It’s looks Like the Vestax VCI 380 on Steroids!!! Ohhhh Myyyyyy!

  • DJ FoodMMAn

    The one miss for my preference is no DVS control option of Serato’s DJ deck players (i.e. 3&4). But that’s probably more Serato’s decision.

    • Wes Wunder

      From the PR video, it appears to control decks 3 & 4

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  • http://www.facebook.com/henri.abrahams Henri H-Bomb Abrahams

    I gotta say, it looks like it ticks all of the boxes and then some. I was also surprised by the price point, but I’ll hold judgement until I see what it costs here in South Africa.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/samshuffleshrd Sam Moore

    The first mixer that comes close to my VCI 400…. Still no standalone though.. VCI 400 still wins there! Solid price point too, i think it will be a very popular choice among Serato DJ’s. i mean unless their using DVS, this unit is worthless to them.

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      It says right there in the PR – use as a standalone mixer.

      • http://www.facebook.com/samshuffleshrd Sam Moore

        missed that.. Its a competitor for sure!

  • Slak Jaw

    This looks pretty amazing, but it’s HUGE! 207mm (8.15″) longer than my VCI-400 and 1.4kgs (3lbs) heavier. Awesome looking controller, but I can’t imagine packing this thing around and trying to find room in the booth for it.

    • Guest

      Not that it solved the issue, but it has some nice carry recesses on the side

      • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

        Those recesses are incredibly useful.

  • Marco Garcia

    Now that’s what im F-ing talking about!! About damn time! I’m in no way a Pioneer fanboy, I am a Denon fanboy but I will give props to great gear no matter who makes it and this looks really good. How many arms and legs is it gonna cost me?

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      It’s all there in the story.

      • Marco Garcia

        I didn’t read the story in all my excitement! Wow 1200 US dollars, I thought I was going to have to put my wife and kids for sale to be able to afford it. Did Pioneer finally get off their high horse and start listening to the people?

        • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

          Looks like it is going to retail for $999 USD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      it has all the design flaws of a Denon or Numark, which is one of the reasons I will never buy one (the other is I am not a Serato user, but if Pioneer’s next Traktor controller is designed like this I also will not buy one, and I can’t wait for them to update the DDJ-T1).

      • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

        I’m interested in what you consider to be flaws. Your idea of a flaw could be someone else’s killer feature.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

          I understand that completely and know what I consider a design flaw is
          something people like. Which is what my above (way above, near the top
          of the thread) comment was referring to.

          I see the looping buttons below the pitch being a horrible design flaw for deejay gear.
          Especially for people that do a lot of long mixing that tend to ride the
          fader. For almost 20 years I
          could let my wrist hit/rest on the lower right corner of the Technics
          or CDJ, with things like this (and many Denon, Numark, Vestax
          controllers) I can’t because someone thought it was a good idea to put
          buttons there. Put those buttons somewhere else and move the pitch control down.

          The
          8 banks of pads below the platter couldn’t be worse either. I
          understand some people might think that is an amazing feature, but for
          me it couldn’t make less sense. TBH I wouldn’t want them above the
          platter either (4 per deck would be plenty), but at least above they wouldn’t be in the way.

          I fixed it for them here.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/PaulHolland-DoubleDutchdj/100001027166218 PaulHolland DoubleDutchdj

            Different strokes for different folks I guess, I’m a keen finger drummer and would be gutted if those pads were where you placed them as the last thing I’d wanna do is reach above the jogs while taping out rapid 16th note hi hats. Also as a scratch dj I prefer the jogs to be higher as it gives for a more natural distance from fade to platters. Like I said in the previous article, Pioneer couldn’t of done a better job for my own needs. I think its a well educated risk too, there’s a lot of gear already on the market that fits the “traditional” esq layout, its about time some one brought out equipment that’ll help towards the physical aspects of live performance rather than traditional mixing or somewhere to rest ya wrists ;)

  • RogueDJ

    I made a CAD model comparing the S4 and SX size as I was curious myself. http://specialedit.com/post/dj/S4vsSXsize.png

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      Cool. Now do one for all the other big controllers too. It would be interesting.

      • RogueDJ

        Which controllers do you want to see next to this?

        • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

          VCI-400, Reloop Terminal Mix 4, NS7, NS6, DDJ-S1/T1, VMS4 – the larger ones if you’d been so kind. :)

          • RogueDJ
            • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

              Sir – you are officially my reader of the week. There is no prize but my humble thanks.

              • http://www.facebook.com/deserin David Eserin

                I love that, how about size order? only joking

              • http://www.facebook.com/serjoka Sergio Pantaleo

                Hey, you sure that you’re comparing Kontrol S4 and not Kontrol S2. It looks to me too small to be a S4.

            • Gareth Jones

              perhaps include weights? Then it’s perfect. Really helpful thanks man !

  • http://www.facebook.com/DjAntonis Antonis Stylianou

    Vestax vci-300 soundcard cannot be used with Vdj unless you use asio4all and it sounds like shit. So if they do the same mistake with this Pioneer controller, as a Vdj user I will not buy it. So mr pioneer do not make a closed soundcard only for serato but for other software too

    • http://www.facebook.com/deserin David Eserin

      Hi, it comes with a custom ASIO driver for PC, which makes it available for whatever software you want. As for Mac users, it’s Core Audio, so no install needed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deserin David Eserin

    Thanks for the press Mark, i’ll try to answer any questions that pop up as best i can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eoin.lyons.5 Eoin Lyons

    Can anyone tell me if this will be able to map to traktor and if so would it be any use ?

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      Serato tell me that their Serato DJ based controllers are MIDI mappable. But the success rate with non-Serato software, especially with the jog wheels is likely to be patchy at best. A classic example is how well the Numark NS6 worked with Traktor. If you’re a die-hard Traktor user, I’d wait and see how other people approach it. If you’re not fixed, why not give Serato DJ a try? It sounds pretty good on paper.

  • Shishdisma

    That pricepoint makes me think that Serato and Pioneer have worked something out regarding the “Serato tax,” as Pioneer really don’t seem to be looking at very high costs with making this unit. For all the nice design and features, it’s really just a controller, with some costly parts albeit, but not very much in the way of actual processing power, the real guns are in the software. Thus Im not really surprised it’s at this low of a pricepoint.

  • Dj Honest

    I’m having trouble justifying my cdjs.

  • Andre

    This thing seems amazing both in specs and looks, I totally want
    one, but since I am a very happy DN-X1600 owner I would wet my pants if they break
    down that deck section of the unit and crate a standalone deck controller.

    • Dj Honest

      Concur.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

    This looks really nice for the “new breed” that is more interested in triggering samples on all-in-one boxes than traditional deejaying (the majority of the commentors here and places like DJTT), but for the rest of us Pioneer couldn’t have missed the mark any more if they tried.

    • http://www.mobiledjforums.com/ GroovinDJ

      Missed the mark how? Add a few pads and the rest becomes useless???

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

        Not useless. Pointless. Why would I want something I don’t want just because some of it is useful? That logic would make me want pretty much every DJ product ever made. Because everything is somewhat useful.

        & adding a few pads has nothing to do with me not wanting this.

  • tony

    no split cue on the mixer,so if you plug anything into the standalone mixer without sync you have no split cue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      If there is no split cue wouldn’t you have no split cue regardless of if anything is plugged into the mixer or not?

  • bulge

    I agree with you. Would love some little complimentary controllers to show up. Makes for easier transport and a modular rig if you don’t need everything with your, just like the VFX-1 was for the VCI-300.

    This pioneer looks nice, but it’s too big for regular transport. I am really looking forward to seeing what DJ does with VCI-380/400, which I think are the best compromise / size vs. function… (Reloop now also look very attractive).

  • Dj L-Biz

    Looks like an awesome bit of kit, but still not regretting my fairly recent VCi380 purchase. Looks like a lot of features could be transferable with future updates.
    One thing i though of was and extra usb (output) for connecting a further external controller. Other than that it seems like they have cover most options with this.
    Looks like a bulky fella though – i’m looking to go lighter/more compact rather than bigger an heavier)

    finally managed to upgrade my work browser so i can comment on djworx again :-)

  • http://twitter.com/skinnymanmusic DJ Skinny

    Thanks for making me ALMOST feel bad about purchasing my Rane 62. VERY close to it…like…inches. I had to quickly conjure up some form of VALID excuse as to why my purchase of the 62 is still relevant!

    But if I did not, I would be gung-ho for this device (if the jog wheels feel like 800s and up and not the flimsy 400 nonsense). Only thing I feel they left off (based on pics) is the jog wheel customization knobs that you would find on (preferably all the bells and whistles from the 2000, but at least the 800s).

    In any case, the only thing I could come up with for saving grace, was that I play with other DJs fairly often and I’m normally the first one there setting up the equipment, and they don’t have Serato DJ (though not like it’d be a problem for them to grab it, but switching DJs on the 62 is way cleaner).

    Yeah, I don’t have much, ‘cuz I can find a solution to it…I want 1…I really do…especially after setting up the other night for a practice gig, and my friend (not a DJ) looks at me and asked “and this is your “small” setup?”

  • daflex

    If there was a DDJ-TX to follow, at this price point (and scratch certified!) I would be in!!!!!!

  • mixfiend

    I was about to pick up a NS6 on my birthday. Looks like that has changed. Great job Pioneer.

  • http://twitter.com/gabivegas Gabi Vegas

    WTF ?! i want pre-order

  • ace

    I really like that they moved the jog’s further back. I feel like my NS6 is a bit too cramped with the jogs right next to the x-fader. I’m not too bothered about the size. Coming from carting a coffin around to this is child’s play. Im actually surprised so many have an issue with the size, but if it were any smaller, then they’d moan that it’s too cramped?

  • Nightzel

    Looks very reminiscent of the NS6, which I own. after reading everything about the controller, thats all it really is, plus traktor style effects knobs and the performance pads (which i am truly jealous of). The filter knobs on each channel are a welcome addition as well.

    Although this looks like an awesome piece of kit, I wont be selling my ns6 anytime soon. I am waiting for a serato controller to come out with native DVS support built in. it seems like a no-brainer. the kontrol S4 has DVS support, why hasn’t serato jumped in as well?

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      Because Rane have the exclusivity on Scratch Live, and Rane make the necessary hardware, thus excluding controllers from having Scratch Live support. In theory, grafting an SL2 inside a controller is more than doable, and I have no doubt that it exists in a locked room inside an R&D lab somewhere.

      • daflex

        I refer again to my comment about a scratch certified DDJ-TX, pioneer have the HID integration on their standalone kit, scratch certification on their mixers, do you think NI would allow them to make the one device ‘to rule them all’? Would Pioneer want to? (I may be quite picky, alright I am picky, but what I would like is an S4 with pioneer build quality! I just think those small, micro switch jogs on the S4 just wouldnt be for me…….)

  • Freddy

    -28db in other words NO FULL KILL EQ’s???? Wtf pioneer on a unit this expensive leaving out full kills demands explanation

  • DJ STU-C

    Mark, can you tell me if i can hook up my existing cdj and use it in hid mode to control this new serato software????

    and id like a full review of the mixer section when you get your hands on one… pretty much a comparison to the djm800/900, the reason being i am seriously considering selling my djm800, packing my technics back in their boxes (i know im one of the geeks that has kept the original boxes) and using this controller with an additional cdj attached, it would be my perfect setup

    if the quality of the mixer section is the same id be sold

    • Verko

      Im thinking of doing the same. Need HID for it all to work though.

      • DJ STU-C

        it would actually be perfect if the software had hid support, and if those pots and faders are as good as the djm800 its a no brainer really

        • http://twitter.com/danjahnz Dennis

          It’s been confirmed by serato on their FB page that this will not be an available function, with cdj or TT : was looking forward to it myself

  • Maiki Vince

    60 comments and only two people have talked about the price. Normally when Pioneer release some gear all you hear is people whine about how high the price is. Now here comes along some real heavy weight contender controller, (I really like this unit, I was really smitten by the NS6 but this has totally blown me off), competitively priced and nobody asks, ok Pioneer, you are kidding, right? Or at least show some gratitude.

    • DJ SPARK

      If nobody complains about the price, it’s certainly because the price seems right for what is on the table. ;-)

  • DJQA

    Three things come to mind that are missing for me: 1. pitch (key) adjust, which Serato doesn’t support, 2. split (L/R) cue, which would need to be a hardware mixer feature, and 3. deck stop speed adjust. Otherwise, it looks great! Not great enough to switch from my Numark 4Trak though…

  • yeahdef

    I’ve already preordered, but I wanted to see if anyone had answers to a few questions.

    1. are the effect post fader?

    2. is the FX beat knob notched?

    3. is the tempo fader notched at zero?

    4. can the FX be applied to microphone input?

    5. will it fit in the UDG ddjs1/t1 bag? http://www.amazon.com/UDG-U9104BL-OR-Ultimate-Controller/dp/B0055CKCBA

    I applaud the addition of on board grid adjustment buttons. That’s a huge deal for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

    I’m curious, are the pads multi-color LEDs? The videos only show blue.

    • http://www.poweronplay.com J.J. Gonzales

      It doesn’t look that way. Bummer because the color pads on the VCI-380 are not a gimmick but useful feedback. In Traktor: Green for Loop, Turquoise for Cue, White for Grid, Orange for Load, Yellow for Fade-In/Out. http://www.poeronplay.com/VCI-380/

  • http://www.facebook.com/serjoka Sergio Pantaleo

    If they’re going to have something like this for Traktor, then I will definitively sell my S4!!!

    • http://www.poweronplay.com J.J. Gonzales

      Besides the high resolution platter, LED needle feedback and proper slicer, everything else works in Traktor. Slip (flux mode) was just announced. More powerfull than loop roll. You can even do dual deck or quad deck for that matter. I always say, buy the Itch controller then create your customized TSI.

      • http://www.facebook.com/serjoka Sergio Pantaleo

        That’s the point. Kontrol S4 thanks to its native communication can operate at 512 steps on High resolution platter. If I’m gonna miss this on pioneer platter then I won’t change. Doesn’t matter if it’s also a standalone mixer or not.

  • dAni fOxwell

    I’ve already pre ordered one…
    An obvious upgrade on the ddjs1 ( witch ive had for a year now) has come along… The only thing I would have put is a send & return for use in the stand alone mixer part… I like my kaos pro… Another thing is: what bag/(light)case will fit it????

    • http://www.poweronplay.com J.J. Gonzales

      I noticed no send/return as well. You could use the booth RCA output as a SEND and 1 of the 4 channels as a RETURN. It will have no volume Return though, just Send (booth) pre effect volume control.

  • Larac0

    So does the sx have full eq kills? That was one of the reasons I didn’t like traktor s4. When do we get to see the new Serato dj software?

  • Jack

    -26dB attenuation on Low/Mid/High channel EQs is unfortunately a deal breaker in my book. What would posses Pioneer to make them think this is a good idea and not full kill EQs is baffling.

    • larac0

      hi jack, how do you know that its not full eq, its a deal breaker for me too. i had full eq kill on my vci 300 and its the reasons i sold my s4. how can i find out if its a full kill or not? thanks

      • Jack

        -26dB printed right on the control panel next to each EQ pot. Also worth noting is nowhere on the unit does it show an option to switch EQs to full kill like Pioneer does on the DJM-850/900. Serato software may have option for full kill EQs, but that does not necessarily mean the DDJ-SX hardware will support it and allow users access to that feature and Pioneer/Serato has not responded with exact answers to direct questions about this issue. Time well tell, but seems strange it’s not printed on control panel and that they’re staying hush hush about it if they want presales to start.

  • Jack

    Another deal breaker is if Pioneer doesn’t include traditional looping and has stored loops behave like Twitch or VCI-380 where the playhead jumps to the loop like a hot cue.

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  • TEE

    Let’s see, a controller is as only good as the software it controls.
    I’m an itch user and now messing around with tracktor 2.5 .
    Vci 300- Kontrol s4-iMac-MBP

  • Florante T. Cruz

    hi! six synchable sampler? each deck or total or six? thank you so much!

  • Florante T. Cruz

    total of six synchable sampler? or six each deck for a total of 12 synchable sampler? thank you so much!

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  • shannan

    does wit work with mac osx 10.7.5 ?

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  • djkalakuta

    wat is d price? how can i buy? cos am in nigeria

  • Russell

    How do I upload my mix to a mp3 format so I can send it to friends ?

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      Do you mean record it?