Pioneer are on a roll lately with seemingly a new DJ controller announced every week. We’ve already had the launch of the Ergo and the Aero as well as the announced Wego. Now its time for yet another new controller from Pioneer, the just announced DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller. Made for, you’ve guessed it, Serato users. It’ll be the first controller to be launched with Seratos new software Serato DJ.
As well as featuring tight integration with Serato DJ it also includes a whole host of other functions. There is 8 Velocity sensitive performance pads to control cue points, loop rolls, slicer and SP-6. This looks and sounds very similar to the pads on the Vestax VCI-380 which is certainly no bad thing allowing you to drum away your samples into all sorts of funky ways.
There is Velocity mode that triggers the SP-6 Sample Player slots, the harder or softer you hit the performance pads, the louder or quieter the samples sound. A dual deck mode developed specifically for the DDJ-SX, this allows you to link two software deck layers and manipulate them as one. Go crazy and layer sounds!
Pioneer have brought back their touch sensitive platters again with platter illumination and a jog wheel display to allow for tight control of the virtual decks in Serato DJ. A 4 Channel mixer is also included so you can have the best of both worlds connecting up CDJs or turntables as well.
Slip mode has been introduced to allow for easier DJing. Turn this on and keep everything in time, trigger cue points, loops and scratches and once you are done the track will go back to the position it would have been had you done nothing.
Like we saw on the Vestax VCI-380, there is a slicer mode allowing you to chop sections of your tracks up and re-arrange them on the fly.
The DDJ-SX, will be bundled with Serato DJ and is available from November at a SRP of US$1,199 / £809 / €999, with the first 10,000 units bundled with a free licence for the Serato Video plug-in, worth around US$149 / £92 / €116.
This certainly looks like a very interesting unit. Pioneer have been playing with the style and look of their controllers lately from the plastic Ergo to this rather solid looking device. We rather like it, it looks tough and has the features to match and finally finger print hell looks to be gone with not a shiny surface in sight. Hopefully we can get a closer look at this at the BPM show in a few days and let you know what its really like.