Pioneer DDJ-SX3 – the new flagship Serato DJ controller
Pioneer DDJ-SX3 is out, it looks like a spitting image of the SX2 but there’s a load of features under-the-hood.
With some minor visual updates, most of the new features on the Pioneer DDJ-SX3 come in the form of functionality and usability. One of the major updates that Pioneer and Serato are flaunting with the new controller is hugely reduced latency, although because of the nature of latency on different system – it’s an unquantifiable claim that a lot of manufacturers seem to throw around lately – that being said reports have come in saying that the jog-wheels on the Pioneer DDJ-SX3 have an incredibly realistic feel.
We also see the introduction of Pioneer’s “Colour FX” similar to some of Pioneer’s flagship high-end analog mixers. The Colour FX include Filter, Jet, Echo and Noise, great ways of adding some variation to transitions and well-known tracks. The Pioneer DDJ-SX3 features balanced main and booth outputs and offers users a paid upgrade path that unlocks Serato DVS, it’s safe to say that the DDJ-SX series of controllers is stepping into the pro leagues.
Pioneer and Serato upped the game.
The new Pioneer DDJ-SX3 features a standalone analog DJ mixer at its core, it allows you to freely transition between digital mixes and turntable or CD player sources. Another highly-anticipated feature making its way into the new DDJ-SX is the dual USB ports, allowing two laptop DJs to transition between sets or unparalleled back-to-back/DJ-battle setups.
Pioneer have also added a third microphone input, at the front of the unit. This is a great addition for MC battles, or quick shoutouts where you don’t want to climb into the back of the unit to plug anything in – in fear you might disrupt something.
The Pioneer DDJ-SX3 is set for release in early June 2018, the retail price is set at USD $999 (Around R13 000 excluding duties) which is around the same price of the SX2 – not bad!
To find out more, visit Serato’s website.