Pioneer cues up DDJSX Serato controller, adds performance pads to the mix

Pioneer's had a little bit of a new-product spree of late, and it isn't over yet. The latest slab-o-buttons? The DDJ-SX. For those of you familiar with the firm's naming convention, this means it's a software controller with a Serato flavor. As such, integration with the popular DJ application is tight, and includes dual deck, slip mode, FX mode and hot cue functionality. The four-channel mixer section can be used with external hardware, which you can hook up via a pair of phono inputs, and, as usual, the DDJ-SX can be used as a MIDI controller with other software should you so desire. As for outputs, you've the choice between XLR and RCA, as well as a separate output for the DJ booth, and as it has its own audio interface, there's no need to bring anything else in there with you. The DDJ-SX will be ready to play in November for a bass-heavy $1,199, but if you're quick to the game, the first 10,000 buyers can snag a free license for the Serato Video plug-in. Nice. Bewildered by all those pots and faders? Then shuffle past the break for the official tour.

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Pioneer Builds Advanced Dedicated Controller for the New Serato DJ Software

DDJ-SX is the Industry's First Controller Designed for the Newest Serato DJ Software

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division continues to provide the most innovative DJ products in the industry by offering an advanced performance DJ controller designed specifically for the newly released Serato® DJ Software. Pioneer's DDJ-SX DJ controller utilizes the Serato software as the basis for its control layout and ergonomic design, taking advantage of the software's features and integrating special trigger pads and controls. Pioneer has also implemented larger jog wheels for precise mixing and scratching, multiple inputs for expandability, and 4-channel mixing flexibility.

"Serato's newest software lets DJs be more creative with their music, so we've built a dedicated controller that enables them to access the software's features with a precision similar to that in our Pro DJ gear"

"Serato's newest software lets DJs be more creative with their music, so we've built a dedicated controller that enables them to access the software's features with a precision similar to that in our Pro DJ gear," said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "The DDJ-SX is the first controller in the industry that is designed to take full advantage of Serato DJ's powerful new capabilities."

Mixing with Serato

Sold as a complete system that includes the controller and new Serato DJ software, the DDJ-SX provides additional features to provide direct, tactile control of the software's capabilities, which include a four deck sampler function, dual deck control, slip mode, FX mode and more.

Dual Deck – The DDJ-SX enables two tracks to be controlled at the same time, allowing scratching or setting and recalling hot cues on both tracks as if they were performed on a single track.
Slip Mode – While activated, Slip Mode silently continues song playback during a performance loop, scratch or hot cue and resumes audible playback when the loop, scratch, or hot cue operation is ended, creating smoother and more seamless transitions.
FX Mode – Provides access to two types of effect modes, Multi FX and Single FX
Multi FX Mode – Allows multiple effects to be applied simultaneously
Single FX Mode – Allows a single effect to be controlled with numerous parameters
Additional Functions
Up to eight hot cue points can be set for each deck
Vertical waveform display for fast tempo syncing

Customized Control Layout Works as Great as it Looks

The DDJ-SX can quickly access the multitude of features Serato DJ offers through its buttons, knobs, sliders and performance pads. Thoughtfully laid out to deliver the best DJ controller experience, its buttons and knobs are designed to match the applicable software functions perfectly:

Performance Pads – Pioneer added eight "performance pads" located below the jog wheel for four different functionalities – HOT CUE, ROLL, SLICER and SAMPLER. Each soft-touch rubber pad illuminates in blue to enable users to quickly tap the pad(s) for each effect, with the output volume varying depending on the strength of each tap.
Large Jog Wheels – The jog wheels on the DDJ-SX are enlarged for more precise scratching and mixing. The resistance for each jog wheel was fined tuned to provide users with the best "feel" and the shortest latency. The unit also features an "On Jog" display located on the center of each wheel to provide instantaneous visual feedback of playback status and the position of playing tracks.
4-Channel Mixer – The DDJ-SX features an independent 4-channel mixer that can be used with other external sources such as turntables. Its master level meter provides instantaneous sound level adjustment as well as independent output controls with a display indicator for each channel when used as a standalone mixer.
Aluminum Finish – The DDJ-SX sports an aluminum top panel and a brushed aluminum finish for the jog wheels for optimal look and feel.

Additional Features

Serato DJ Software – The new Serato software is bundled with the DDJ-SX for an easy out-of-the-box experience.
Multiple Connection Options – The DDJ-SX offers dual CD and phono/line inputs for external devices as well as two microphone inputs, two master outputs (XLR and RCA) and a booth out terminal.
High Quality Audio – A low-jitter clock and high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are used for accurate audio playback.
Built-in Sound Card (audio interface)
Needle Search – Users can immediately jump to a specific part of a music track with a simple touch of the Needle Search pad.
Adjustable Cross-fader Curve to suit any type of mixing style.
Channel Fader Start – Enables the use of the channel fader to control and play/cue tracks.

The DDJ-SX will be available in November 2012 with a suggested retail price of $1,199.

The first 10,000 units of the DDJ-SX sold worldwide will be bundled with a free license for the Serato Video plug-in (worth $149).

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