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Pioneer DJ expands its family of Serato DJ Software controllers with the DDJ-SZ, its flagship model that strongly emulates the look and feel of Pioneer's world-renowned CDJ digital players. The DDJ-SZ... Read More

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Pioneer DJ expands its family of Serato DJ Software controllers with the DDJ-SZ, its flagship model that strongly emulates the look and feel of Pioneer's world-renowned CDJ digital players. The DDJ-SZ is designed for the serious "controller" DJs who are inspired by the performance specifications of Pioneer's professional DJ products but also want the convenience of an all-in-one system. The controller is 35 percent bigger than the widely popular DDJ-SX, sporting additional functionalities and features including extra large JOG wheels (the same size available on CDJ players), large performance pads with multicolor illumination, DJM style mixer, dual USB ports and a MAGVEL cross fader.

The most noticeable CDJ PRO gear integration to the DDJ-SZ is its large 8.1" JOG wheels. The JOG wheels provide instantaneous response and excellent operability for accurate and smooth scratching and mixing performance. The center of each JOG wheel also features "ON JOG display" to illustrate playback status, cue points and position. In addition, the unit offers a JOG FEELING ADJUST to enable users to change the resistance of the wheel from light to heavy for a customize feel.

Directly below each JOG wheel are four effects buttons - HOT CUE, ROLL, SLICER and SAMPLER. Under the effects buttons are eight extra large "performance pads" that DJs can quickly access to insert different modified effects to music playing. In Sampler mode, the output volume of the sampler effects also varies depending on the strength of user's tap of the pad. An update from the current DDJ-S controllers, the performance pads on the DDJ-SZ illuminate in different colors to quickly communicate the effect mode it is in.

The DDJ-SZ includes two USB ports to enable simultaneous connection of two computers. Users can instantly switch between two computers for seamless transitions between two DJs or as additional music sources.

The mixing area of the DDJ-SZ also closely mimics Pioneer's DJM series of professional mixers, utilizing a generous number of controls and effects with features including Sound Color FX and new Oscillator functions to deliver more creative music arrangements. The mixer can also be used as a standalone 4-channel mixer for outboard players and turntables.

Oscillator - The new Oscillator on the right side of the mixer provides four types of sound effects: Noise, Siren, Cymbal and Horn. A quick touch of the buttons activates the effect(s), which can also be modified in amplitude (volume) to add to the music currently playing.

Sound Color FX - The mixer includes four Sound Color FX functions (Pitch, Jet, Echo and Filter), which add numerous audio effect combinations and arrangements to currently playing music with a simple twist of the knobs. Through Serato DJ's beats per minute (BPM) analysis, users can also synchronize Echo effects to the BPM of currently playing music.

DVS Functionality - The controller can support DVS (Digital Vinyl System)1 using control tone to enable an external player to be used as a Serato DJ deck.

For extremely smooth transitions and high durability between the DDJ-SZ's players, the unit features a MAGVEL cross fader (the same component used in Pioneer's DJM-900SRT) that utilizes a contact-free magnetic system that can withstand more than 10 million operations. The "cut in" time of the cross fader can also be customized to the user's preference.

  • Flagship controller designed for Serato DJ Software
  • Large 8.1" JOG wheels with center display and JOG FEELING ADJUST
  • Large, multi-colored illuminated velocity-sensitive Performance Pads
  • High-end mixer with generous controls and effects
  • Bundled with Serato DJ Software
  • Slip Mode for smoother and more seamless transitions
  • Immediately jump to a specific part of a track with Needle Search pad
  • Built-in Sound Card (audio interface)
  • P-LOCK Fader Cap
  • Auto Standby
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I have a few gripes but an over all great piece of equipment


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Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ DJ Controller:

My biggest gripe and probably the only major flaw: On board and Serato effect are not post fader
another gripe thats not really a big deal is that its a huge unit, if you're going to pair this with CDJ's or turntables you're going to need A LOT of room. Other than that this unit is excellent

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Pricey but worth it

By Robert

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Comments about DDJ-SZ DJ Controller:

I was hesitant to spend the money on this controller, worried that I would not like it as much as my Rane TTM-57 mixer, Denon DN-HC1000S midi controller and vinyl turntables (Technic's SL-1200's). I have not been disappointed. I absolutely LOVE this Pioneer controller. The turntables give me pinpoint accuracy. The cue pads feel great and are very sensitive. It really has taken my mixing to a higher level. I wish it was a little more compact but it doesn't stop me from giving a well deserved 5 stars. Pricey but worth it. - Ryan Kellinghaus

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No competition

By marvin

from Schaumburg, IL

Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ DJ Controller:

First, I have to thank Hawon & Kevin B for their great customer service & product knowledge. I ordered my SZ late March got it next day delivered. I did experience jog wheel issues like many others that ordered the first wave of units. I sent mine for repair in April, I wasn't happy by the lack of communication & misinformation between warranty & customer service (wait time 4 weeks). Given the circumstances I'm glad I didn't rush to get a refund from GC. When I received it back not only was the jog wheels & cross fader more responsive, Pioneer also updated my SZ with the new firmware. For anyone that's on the fence about buying it, don't be alarmed. Pioneer has worked out the kinks & raised the bar with the SZ. I would've given a 5 if the jog wheel fiasco was addressed before they originally shipped out. Pros: DVS control (major selling point for me) MAGVEL cross fader 2 USB sound cards Large 8.1 inch jog wheels Sound Color FX Oscillator FX Cons: Size (roughly 3 ft) No post fader FX Lack of USB stick ports

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Excellent Pro Controller for Serato DJ

By Brandon Zemel

from Morristown, NJ

Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ DJ Controller:

There's very little that isn't awesome about the DDJ SZ. The platters are the same size as CDJ's, the new built-in samples like horns noise cymbals and sirens are perfect and they don't take up sample slots in Serato, The crossfader is great for scratching, the pads are highly responsive, and the needle drop is an excellent high-end feature normally only found on the CDJ2000's. Having two sound cards built in means you can connect two laptops at the same time and have each one control a deck, which makes for easy transitions and great back to back sets. The whole setup really is like having two CDJ2000's and a DJM900 mixer all in one affordable package. The only con here is that the technology in the platters is different from the CDJ's. Where the CDJ's use pressure sensitivity to operate, the DDJ uses conductive touch, which senses the heat from your fingers to activate. 99% of the time it works perfectly, but occasionally if you only have the tip of your finger on it instead of the whole pad of your finger, it won't recognize it. I recommend that Pioneer puts out a firmware update that can fix that. But in no way does that change my opinion on this incredible product. Buy it!

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ALMOST perfect!!!

By Jay Friese _

from Providence RI

Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ DJ Controller:

Coming from the SX the SZ was the natural choice for a new unit. it is amazing! the mixer section feels more stable etc. a few CONS: -Platter issue needs to be fixed via a firmware update -No post fader effects -HPF does NOT 100% cut sound like the SX does I like mine and will gig with it as soon as the cases are released!

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