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Thursday, August 07, 2014
Pioneer Launches The Next Generation DDJ-SX2 Controller


As controllers continue to rise in popularity among consumers and DJs alike, Pioneer’s Professional Sound and Visual Division continues to develop today introduced its latest DDJ-SX2 controller for Serato DJ with "Serato Flip" functionality.

The new DDJ-SX2 is the first controller to use Serato Flip, which can record and playback a user’s hot cue operations. In addition, the model features specially designed operation buttons, multi-colored Performance Pads, and improved JOG wheel reaction time.

With Serato Flip, DJs can record themselves triggering cues using the Performance Pads and automatically loop the sequence back on demand. Up to six recordings (slots) of Hot Cue sequences can be made for playback at a later time. Pioneer added Record (start/stop recording), Start (start/stop loop), and Slot (store) buttons to quickly access the Serato Flip operation.

The DDJ-SX2 provides the same functional layout of its predecessor with quick access to a multitude of Serato DJ features:

Multi-colored Performance Pads – Introduced in the top-of-the-line DDJ-SZ, the DDJ-SX2 now incorporates the multi-colored Performance Pads that control eight types of Serato DJ functions. The various illumination colors provide quick identification of the different actions/commands such as beats and drum rolls. The eight pads located below the Jog wheel offer HOT CUE, ROLL, SLICER and SAMPLER functionalities. While in velocity SAMPLER mode, the output level from the pad can vary depending on the strength of each tap from the user.

Amplified MIC Input – Improved from the first generation, the controller features a balanced microphone (MIC) input circuit to provide clear audio output with no distortion regardless of the type or brand of microphone used. The controller can deliver clear audio even at high volume levels because of increased headroom and improved signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio.

High Accuracy Jog Wheel – The output reaction time of the JOG wheels is significantly improved, further cutting down on latency -- very important during "scratch" performances. The model also features "Hot Cue Countdown" providing users, via its JOG Display, with the time remaining to a Hot Cue point, helpful in quickly arriving to a specified position in the music playing.

4-Channel Mixer – The DDJ-SX2 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.

The DDJ-SX2 features four external inputs for connection with CD players, analog turntables, microphones and more, with the ability to act as a stand-alone mixer (without the need to connect to a PC/MAC). The controller includes two Master Out and one Booth Out outputs for connection to external public address (PA) equipment. The controller also features support for the Serato DJ DVS function. Users will have the ability to purchase Serato’s DVS Expansion Pack and perform Serato DJ deck control on the DDJ-SX2 with Pioneer CDJ players or analog turntables.

Additional Features

  • Audio - A low-jitter clock and high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC) provide accurate audio playback
  • 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 transitions
  • The DDJ-SX2 sports an aluminum top panel and a brushed aluminum finish on the JOG wheels
  • Connection Options - The DDJ-SX2 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
  • 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 - Suits any type of mixing style
  • Channel Fader Start - Enables use of the channel fader to control and play/cue tracks.
  • Assignable Settings - Pioneer offers a TSI file for use with the Native Instruments TRAKTOR PRO2 software

The DDJ-SX2 will be available in October with a suggested retail price of $1,199. The first 10,000 units of the DDJ-SX2 sold worldwide will be bundled with a free of charge license to the Serato Video plug-in.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Software Serato DJ
Input ports CD x 2 (RCA), Line/Phono x 2 (RCA)
MIC x 2 (XLR & ¼ inch combined jack x 1, ¼ inch jack x 1)
Output ports Master Out x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1)
Booth Out x 1 (¼ inch jack)
Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (front panel ¼ inch jack, MiniPin)
Other ports USB x 1 (B terminal)
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion ratio 0.003% or less
S/N ratio 107 dB (PC)
Maximum dimensions
(W x D x H)
664 x 353.4 x 70.4 mm
Unit weight 5.8 kg

SERATO DJ SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Applicable OS (Windows) Windows® 8.1/ Windows® 7
32-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 2GB
64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 4GB
32-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 2GB
64-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 4GB
Applicable OS (Mac) Mac OS X v10.9.4/10.8.5/10.7.5
32-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 2GB
64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 4GB
32-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 2GB
64-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 4GB
Display resolution 1280 x 720 or higher resolution




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