Pioneer DJ DDJ-XP2 — a banging box of bright buttons for Serato and rekordbox

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve seen this before. And I would have to agree, as the new Pioneer DDJ-XP2 is more or less the old DDJ-XP1, but has been opened up to work with Serato DJ Pro as well as the original rekordbox.

I’m going to let the PR and other media outlets talk about the features, because I’m more interested in related things:

Double Trouble: Meet the DDJ-XP2 DJ controller for rekordbox dj and Serato DJ Pro software

Low-latency, highly robust unit maximizes new versions of both applications

October 1, 2019: Raise your game with the DDJ-XP2. Whether you use rekordbox dj or Serato DJ Pro, you can get the most from the new features in the latest versions of both DJ applications – released today – with this upgraded DJ controller. The DDJ-XP2 adds to the functionality of the popular DDJ-XP1 but retains the solid build quality and intuitive layout of the original unit. 

Let your fingers fly at 32 robust, multicolored Performance Pads (16 on each deck) and enjoy lightning-fast responses. Thanks to its sturdy construction, with a non-slip rubber surround, the DDJ-XP2 allows you to hit as hard as you like. Get creative with tactile control of the Key Shift and Key Sync features in either of the compatible applications and dynamically apply your chosen effect by running your finger along the Slide FX touch strips. 

The DDJ-XP2 ushers in powerful new pad modes in rekordbox dj and Serato DJ Pro. Make full use of Transport mode, which assigns transport controls such as play, pause, cue, and pitch up/down to the Performance Pads on the DDJ-XP2. And, for the first time ever, use 16 pads to control a single mode in Serato DJ Pro. Until now, Serato DJ Pro has only supported up to eight pads in any mode. 

If you’ve used the DJM-S9 before you’ll be pleased to know the DDJ-XP2 inherits the looping section from the flagship scratch mixer. It’s a small upgrade, but an important one that will help you feel more comfortable and confident during performances. Plus, the new Silent Cue feature in Serato DJ Pro works the same way as the existing feature for rekordbox dvs (license key included) – enabling you to silently cue up tracks with the faders open on the mixer and trigger them instantly from Hot Cue points. 

The DDJ-XP2 will be available from October 2019 at an SRP of £299/€329 including VAT. To use the DJ controller with rekordbox dj/dvs, update to the latest version of the application and activate the included license keys, worth a combined €248. To unlock Serato DJ Pro, you’ll need to use Serato supported hardware and update to the newly released version of the application. Serato DVS is also supported (Expansion Pack available separately).

The sturdy DJC-STS1 DJ stand is perfect for holding the DDJ-XP2, or a laptop, at an ideal height during performances. And you can protect your DDJ-XP2 from bumps and scrapes by carrying it in the DJC-XP1 BAG. Constructed with an EVA Durashock molded body, ballistic polyester, fleeced lining, and eggshell foam, it’s a hard-wearing but lightweight solution. The fit is perfectly snug and there’s a built-in compartment for your cables. 

Want to know more? Watch the DDJ-XP2 introduction video or find out more about the controller. 


  1. Seamless compatibility with rekordbox dj and Serato DJ Pro 

Feel at home using the DDJ-XP2 with rekordbox dj or Serato DJ Pro. You’ll be able to easily trigger popular features such as Hot Cues, Beat Jump and Slicer, bringing more creativity to your performances no matter which DJ performance application you choose. 

  1. Highly responsive, robust and portable design

Put all your energy into your performances and the DDJ-XP2 will handle everything you throw at it. Built to withstand energetic finger drumming on the 32 tactile multicolored Performance Pads, the robust construction and non-slip rubber surround ensure that the DJ controller stays in place and keeps performing. You can also use the upper section to control key and beat sync status, and to select tracks. 

  1. Slide FX

Dynamically control your chosen pad effect in rekordbox dj, or a combination of effects in Serato DJ Pro, by touching the Slide FX strips and moving your finger up and down. 

  1. Serato DJ Pro’s first-ever 16-pad modes

The DDJ-XP2 introduces Serato DJ Pro’s first ever pad modes that support 16 pads per deck. These modes assign eight pads each to two different features, e.g. Hot Cue mode and Sampler mode, so you can trigger Hot Cues and samples at the same time, without switching modes. The other new modes expand the creative possibilities of powerful features such as Pitch Play, which you can now use to trigger cue points in twice as many semitones as before (Pitch ‘n Time DJ Expansion Pack required – available separately).

New modes 

PAD MODE 1: Hot Cue mode and Sampler mode
PAD MODE 2: Auto Loop mode
PAD MODE 3: Slicer mode and Sampler mode
PAD MODE 4: Saved Loop mode and Manual Loop mode
PAD MODE 5: Pitch Play mode
PAD MODE 6: Roll mode
PAD MODE 7: Slicer Loop mode and Sampler mode
PAD MODE 8: Transport mode and Beatgrid Edit mode

  1. Support for new Transport mode in rekordbox dj

The Transport mode in Serato DJ Pro, also now accessible in rekordbox dj, enables you to use the pads on the DDJ-XP2 as transport controls for your music. Play, pause, cue, pitch up/down tracks, and more. 

  1. Support for new Silent Cue in Serato DJ Pro  

If you’re using rekordbox dvs (license key included) or Serato DJ Pro, switch on Silent Cue and the deck will be muted. This means you can silently cue up tracks with the faders open on the mixer and drop them into your mix instantly by hitting a Hot Cue – there’s no need to touch the faders. And, if you’re using rekordbox dvs or Serato DVS (Expansion Pack available separately) with turntables, press Silent Cue and the music will mute instantly, engage Hot Cue and the music will play again.

This avoids the sound of the music speeding up as the turntable starts to spin. Simply choose a Hot Cue, then hit play on the deck and it will sound the same as hitting a Cue on a DJ player.

  1. Other features
  • Loop section from the DJM-S9 – feel at home when using the looping controls
  • Bus power via USB no need to plug into an outlet
  • Includes rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs licenses – worth a combined €248
  • Kensington lock – keep your controller secure

DDJ-XP2 Specifications

Softwarerekordbox dj, Serato DJ Pro
Input / Output TerminalsUSBUSB (Type B) x 1
Power SupplyUSB Bus Power (DC 5V)
Power Consumption500mA
Unit weight 1.5 kg / 3.3 lb
Dimensions (W x D x H)333.0 x 235.0 x 42.0 mm / 13.1” x 9.3” x 1.7”
AccessoriesUSB cable

Quick Start Guide

rekordbox dj/ rekordbox dvs licence key card

System requirements (rekordox dj)

Compatible OSMacmacOS Mojave 10.14 (Updated to the latest version)

macOS High Sierra 10.13 (Updated to the latest version)

macOS Sierra 10.12 (Updated to the latest version)

WindowsWindows® 10/ 8.1/ 7 (latest service pack)
CPUIntel® processor Core™ i7, i5, i3
Memory4 GB or more of RAM

System requirements (Serato DJ Pro)

Compatible OSMacmacOS Mojave 10.14 (Updated to the latest version)

macOS High Sierra 10.13 (Updated to the latest version)

macOS Sierra 10.12 (Updated to the latest version)

WindowsWindows® 10/ 8.1/ 7 (latest service pack)
CPUIntel® processor Core™ i9, i7, i5, i3 1.07GHz or above
Memory4 GB or more of RAM

Pioneer DJ DDJ-XP2 Serato DJ Pro controller (2)


As is my purview, it falls upon me to read between the lines and dig beyond what these new boxes of shiny actually do. Having seen the almost identical XP1 before, and seeing no real updates beyond adapting the controller for new features in Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox, I’m far more interested in something else, and that’s the dual branding.

The relationship between Pioneer DJ and Serato has been interesting to say the least. Ups, downs, ons, and offs have proliferated their rocky path through the digital DJ age. And after a period of on (DDJ-SP1) and off (DDJ-XP1), both Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox appear on this revised DDJ-XP2 box.

Thus the same hardware can be used to service the evolving features in their respective software. But to use the same hardware means that the features aren’t exactly a million miles away from each other. To me this closing of the gap is Pioneer DJ signalling that rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro aren’t as different as you might think, and that you might just want to dip your toe in Pioneer DJ’s software pool.

To make this easier, Pioneer DJ has included full rekordbox DJ and DVS licences. So if for example you buy the DDJ-XP2 to complement the Serato based DJM-S9, you’ll get a free licence to try out rekordbox with control vinyl. While I haven’t tried it myself, YouTube videos show Serato vinyl working with rekordbox, so you have nothing to lose


What we have here is another easy non-boundary pushing release. There’s no new tooling, and both Serato and Pioneer DJ will make some money. And no word on if the DDJ-XP1 will work with these new features. The DDJ-XP2 will come in at $299/€329/£299 and is almost certainly available before I finish this sentence.


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