Pioneer cues up DDJ-SX 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.