November 6, 2014
The Pioneer DDJ line has evolved tremendously over the years. Starting with Pioneer’s first foray into the digital DJ controller market, the Pioneer DDJ-T1 and DDJ-S1 were among the first professional quality DJ controllers to control both Traktor and Serato respectively. Since then Pioneer have been consistent in releasing new DJ controllers every year which run the gamut in terms of price and functionality. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced DJ, Pioneer now have plenty of options for you to choose from.
This year Pioneer released four controllers in their DDJ line which were designed to work with Serato DJ. The line includes controllers like the Pioneer DDJ-SB, DDJ-SR, DDJ-SX, and the behemoth Pioneer DDJ-SZ. We have done a review of the Pioneer DDJ-SR previously but felt that the DDJ-SZ deserves the same treatment considering the incredible amount of function and control you have on this very large …
October 29, 2014
Serato is not slowing down when it comes to innovation, especially when their competition remains stiff and creative at the same time. The next update is usually around the corner, and as always, people are warned to keep a backup of their older versions just in case the new one destroys their computer somehow. I have never seen that happen though. I have lost playlists and that was the worst case scenario. The newest update to Serato is something we can all enjoy, and that is really an update to the quality of the program – not any extra features per se.
One of the biggest gripes of any DVS is what happens to the quality of music when it is pitched down up or up past a certain point. An analog record would simply change the key of the music, but a key locked file would actually begin to …
September 2, 2014
The popular Pioneer DDJ-WeGO has arrived at its third iteration with the aptly dubbed DDJ-WeGO 3. This two deck DJ controller is best met with an iPad and the Algoriddim djay2 app, but it can also be used with Mac or PC to control Virtual DJ, Serato DJ, or Traktor Pro 2. Serato DJ and Virtual DJ should work out of the box, but Traktor Pro 2 will require you to download or create your own TSI mapping file. You can also connect the DDJ-WeGO 3 to your iPhone or iPod touch. You can load tracks into the app via your iTunes Library or, as Pioneer’s website notes, you can load tracks via your Spotify account. This is mostly an entry level controller and more advanced DJs might find this a bit limiting for certain gigs. This might serve better as a mobile solution for smaller gigs, but it is …
July 30, 2014
Released in the Fall of last year, the Pioneer DDJ-SR is the more portable and compact answer to the behemoth flagship digital DJ controller the DDJ-SX. Pioneer has made this version much smaller and more affordable for those DJs that want a quality controller but are on a budget. There are some features that have gone missing when you compare the DDJ-SX to the DDJ-SR. These include the absence of strip search and dual deck mode amongst others but Pioneer has included a feature specific to the DDJ-SR with the Pad Plus mode.
We decided to take a look at the layout and features of the DDJ-SR and give our impressions of how this controller performs.
The general construction of the DDJ-SR is a combination of metal and plastic throughout. The jog wheels feel great and are built out of a sturdy and lightweight aluminum. The majority of the …
February 18, 2014
Truthfully, a DJs job is to actually mix existing music together to create something new – without altering the original sources of music. When we heard the word “DJ” this what most of us will infer here. On the other side of that phrase there are production artists and tablists that actually take individual elements of a song and create something new without assigning credit to the original. What about DJs who actually edit and create their own tracks for use? Some would look at them as cheaters – but most of us will see them as creative. Editing tracks does not necessarily mean that they are making their mixes easier, or that they are detracting from the art form.
Edited tracks offer many things that original versions do not. Perhaps a song you look does not keep a consistent BPM, or maybe it lacks and sort of break to …