· The DDJ-SB2 is a serious portable performer that should appeal to any digital DJ who’s had to endure space set-up and transport issues with larger controllers. The best entry-level “pro” controller just got better, with switchable four-deck controls, level meters, and trim pots (always handy folks, believe me).

Since their highly successful excursion into the DJ controller world, Pioneer has cranked out a few ‘entry’ level DJ controllers now, namely the DDJ-SB, the DDJ-SB2, and the DDJ-SB3. Formerly, Pioneer was the name everyone shied away from if they didn’t have the cash to splash.

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 is a super-compact, 2-channel 4-deck controller. The DDJ-SB2 builds on the layout of the original DDJ-SB with a dedicated filter and gain knob per channel, filter fade crossfader setting and pad transform FX.


 · At the same time, Pioneer has launched their own DJ software, Rekordbox DJ – which works with all of their hardware. Based on industry sales data, Pioneer has dominated the DJ markets over the last year – with the DDJ-SB-2 , SX , and SR taking the top three slots for most popular DJ …

So Pioneer DDJ-SB3, while being a cheaper option, tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than the $699 Pioneer DDJ-SR2, as seen on the chart below. On top of that, it's fairly safe to say that Pioneer DDJ-SB3 is a more popular dj controller, based on its 1,000+ reviews. It's also worth mentioning that the $240 alternative...

I've just switched from a Numark Mixtrack Pro FX to a Pioneer DDJ 400 because I wanted to use Rekordbox. In Germany the Numark was around 200 EUR and the Pioneer around 250 EUR. To me and my friends' ears the Numark sound quality is much better, through the headphones and the speakers.

A type of knob that has a push button functionality built in. Encoders are for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.

Behold the Pioneer DDJ-SR, a 2+2 channel controller to compliment the 4 channel SX, which has more going for it that you might expect. Here’s what Pioneer have to say on this fine but incredibly busy last-day-before-heading-to-BPM: Pioneer launches the compact and portable Digital DJ …


 · More costly than the controller setup (I do have a $2K budget) Pioneer SX2 Pros: -Seemingly more durable and reliable than the SR (not USB-powered)-4 channel mixer instead of 2, allowing me to add an additional deck if need be.-more mobile DJ friendly as there’s an XLR output that I could attach to all external sound systems-

Pioneer SR2 - initial thoughts. (warning: wall of text, scroll down for the tl;dr final thoughts). So my little Vestax VCI 380 is starting to go and I decided to grab an open box Pioneer DDJ SR2 as a replacement to test out as I need a new controller for certain gigs.. A long-awaited update to the popular 2 channel DDJ SR, it adds a ton of new functionality to the aging SR.