It’s been a busy time of late for Pioneer with the launch of a smorgasbord of new DJing tech arriving in the last few months that has seen both bedroom and club DJs alike writing up a fresh wishlist of the brands new kit on offer. Following on from their re-entry into the vinyl turntable market Pioneer have now presented us with the DDJ-SX2. It is the industry’s first controller to give DJs native manipulation of the software’s latest upgrade – Serato Flip – unveiled this week. The four-channel DDJ-SX2 aims to build on the popularity of its predecessor, but inherits two must-have features from the top-flight DDJ-SZ: Performance Pads with multi-coloured cue point LEDs and on-jog digital cue point markers. On top of that, this controller is Serato DJ DVS upgrade-ready and boasts improved jog wheel latency, making it ideal for all of you scratch DJs out there.
Now let’s take a look at Serato Flip. Serato Flip is a paid Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that gives you the power to record and re-play hot cue sequences on the fly. The DDJ-SX2 is currently the only controller with designated buttons – Record, Start, and Slot – to put intuitive Serato Flip performances at your fingertips. The DDJ-SX2, with free Serato Flip expansion pack voucher, is available from October at an SRP of EUR 999/ including VAT with the first 10,000 units come bundled with a free voucher code for the Serato Video Expansion Pack worth around EUR 129 / GBP 119.
Check out a list of the key features and the shiny new demo video below.
Serato Flip lets you record hot cue combinations and replay them on loop. This way, you can record yourself triggering cues with the Performance Pads and automatically loop the sequence back on demand. The six slots allow you to store up to six sequences to be played back later. Three buttons cover all the functions of Serato Flip: Record (start/stop recording), Start (start/stop loop) and Slot (store).
Instantly trigger Quantized Hot Cues, Roll, Slicer and Sampler, or hit Shift to save and activate Cue and Slicer Loops. At the same time, Velocity Mode lets you control the sample volume with the amount of pressure you apply. The multi-coloured backlit LEDs give a visual reference to which modes are in play and will reflect cue points that you have preset in Serato DJ.
The DDJ-SX2 has improved low-latency jog wheels for perfect scratch response every time. In addition to the backlit-LED On-Jog display, which shows the playback status of tracks, this model gains illuminated cue point markers and an accurate countdown for even greater scratch and reverse precision.
Like its predecessor, the DDJ-SX2 has four inputs, allowing you to connect it to DJ players and/or turntables and use it as a four-channel stand-alone mixer. Moreover, it’s Serato DJ DVS upgrade-ready, so you can buy a Serato DJ DVS Expansion Pack and scratch with CDJs/analogue turntables using Serato NoiseMap Control CD/vinyl. Two master outputs – XLR and RCA – and a booth output enable connections directly to professional PA equipment. And the two MIC inputs have been improved to eliminate distortion.