A pattern emerges, where Pioneer release a new piece of gear, and not too long after, a pearly white version comes along to try and pull that plastic out of your wallet. This time, it’s the immensely successful Pioneer DDJ-SX Serato DJ controller. Like the rest of Pioneer’s top end offerings, you can now grab it in pearl white.
Not that it really needed it, but there’s a quick demo from the UK’s DJ Blakey. And here’s the somewhat unecessary PR, but that’s what we do:
Choice and control: Pioneer DJ adds a pearl white model to the Digital DJ SX series of controllers for Serato DJ
10th September 2013: Pioneer DJ is adding a new colour option to its popular Digital DJ SX (model name: DDJ-SX) controller for Serato DJ software: cool pearl white.
Like the original black model, the Digital DJ SX-W (model name: DDJ-SX-W) comes with Serato DJ in the box and pre-mapped buttons and dials for all the software’s exciting features. So DJs can just plug-and-play, with intuitive control of Serato DJ’s four decks, eight Hot Cues, six samples, and more than thirty high-quality FX Powered by iZotope.
The DDJ-SX-W has tactile performance features to put the DJ centre stage. Sixteen rubber LED Performance Pads can trigger four modes – Hot Cue, Slicer, Roll and Sampler – and control the volume of samples by how hard the DJ hits the pad. Dual Deck Control enables live edits on two decks simultaneously; and Slip Mode silently continues playback while DJs perform loops, scratches and reverses without affecting the original track direction.
With its aluminium jog wheel and cool, white gloss finish, the DDJ-SX-W is both stylish and durable. And it can be used as a four-channel stand-alone mixer, giving DJs the flexibility of connecting to CDJs or turntables for even more performance options.
The DDJ-SX-W, bundled with Serato DJ, is available from September at an SRP of EUR 999/ GBP 809, including VAT.
KEY FEATURES OF THE DDJ-SX SERIES
1. Native control of all Serato DJ’s amazing features
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. The DDJ-SX series has dedicated controls for all the software’s features including:
• Four deck control
• More than 30 high-quality sound FX Powered by iZotope
• Eight cue points on each deck
• Syncable six slot sample bank
• Auto Loops, Manual Loops and Loop Roll
• Slicer to chop up tracks and create new arrangements
• Dual deck control
2. Enhanced performance features for truly hands-on live performances
Pro-DJs can use a combination of buttons, dials, faders, jog wheels and Performance Pads to stamp their mark on every set.
• Performance Pads make mashing up tracks even more fun
The DDJ-SX series’ large, rubber Performance Pads are assigned to four modes – Hot Cue, Roll, Sampler and Slicer – while Velocity Mode means DJs can control the sample volume by how hard they hit the LED pads.
• 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 series has the industry’s lowest latency jog wheel, which 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 series 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 with two colour options
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 choice between black or white top plate give the DDJ-SX series a premium look that will fit right into any booth.
4. Multiple input and output options for every DJ set-up
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 sound card, 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
CD x 2 (RCA)Combined LINE/PHONO x 2 (RCA)MIC x 2 (XLR & .-inch combined PHONE x 1, .-inch jack x 1)
MASTER OUT x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1)BOOTH OUT x 1 (.-inch jack)HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT x 2 (front .-inch jack, MiniPin)
USB B terminal x 1
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Total harmonic distortion
0.003% or less
105 dB (PC)
Supplied AC adapter
Power source AC 220-240 V 50/60 Hz, rated output DC5 V
External dimensions(W x H x D)
664 mm x 70.4 mm x 357 mm
That’s it — nothing more to see. The DDJ-SX comes in pearl white. Move along.