Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller

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The Pioneer 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.

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 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 multi-color illumination, DJM style mixer, dual USB ports and a MAGVEL cross fader.

Big JOG Wheel
The most noticeable CDJ PRO gear integration to the DDJ-SZ is its large 8.1-inch 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.

Performance Pads
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.

Dual USB Ports
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.

High-End Mixer
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.

Magvel Cross Fader
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.


Features:
  • Serato DJ Software – Bundled with the DDJ-SZ for an easy out-of-the-box experience.
  • Slip Mode – While activated, Slip Mode silently continues song playback during a performance loop, scratch or hot cue and resumes audible playback when the loop, scratch, or hot cue operation is ended, creating smoother and more seamless transitions.
  • Needle Search – Users can immediately jump to a specific part of a music track with a simple touch of the Needle Search pad.
  • High Quality Audio – A low-jitter clock and high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are used for accurate audio playback. In addition to a 24-bit digital signal processor to minimize digital noise, its balanced hybrid operational amplifier and balance output circuit also reduce analog circuit noise.
  • Built-in Sound Card (audio interface)
  • P-LOCK Fader Cap – Prevents the fader knob from slipping off during extreme use.
  • Auto Standby – Automatically switches to standby mode when no activity or input is detected for a period of time.


Things You Will Get:

    DDJ-SZ Controller
    Serato DJ Software
    Power Cable
    Owner's Manual
Series DDJ
Model DDJ-SZ

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PioneerDDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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  • Professional features (17)
  • Consistent (15)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Versatile (12)

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    • Performances (18)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (17)
    • Outdoor events / games (14)
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    5.0

    Professional - Yes

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    from Phoenix, AZ

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Professional Features
    • Versatile

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      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

      The Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller adopts a professional DJ equipment design with excellent operational feel. It also comes with two USB sound-cards for smooth DJ handovers and various performance functions deliver diverse music arrangements and smooth mixes. It also comes with the latest DJ software Serato DJ for a truly unique experience. It Supports DVS control and can be used as a stand-alone mixer. This Professional DJ Controller has everything you'd need, want and more. This is a real hands-on product review from Rick @ Sam Ash Phoenix.

       
      5.0

      The Granddaddy of all controllers!

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      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Professional Features
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
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      Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

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      5.0

      Best DJ Contoller Ever

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      from Queens,NYC.

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Professional Features
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

        The Pioneer ddj-sz is becoming the new club industry standard. It eliminates having separate cdj's and mixer. It's an all in one powerful unit with the ability to control everything including triggering back cue points, samples and intensive effect control. It also has 2 usbs allowing for 2 deejays to play at the same time which also eliminates the silence or talking on the mic in between changing deejays. It has a great quality mixer that derives from the pioneer djm series. It also has big job wheels similar to that of the cdj-2000's.

        "This is a real hands on product review from Regan@ Sam Ash Queens"

         
        5.0

        Pro Controller

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        from Sam Ash Music Ontario

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              Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

              This is the top of the line for Pioneer's DJ controllers. Being the largest controller that Pioneer makes, it comes with big jog wheels that come with adjustability so that the user can change the resistance from light to heavy. Performance pads with cue, roll, slicer and samplers. An awesome 4 channel mixer. Effects and more. Great investment for the gigging DJ. This is a real hands on product review by EpR@ Sam Ash Music Ontario.

               
              5.0

              The Next Step in DJing

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              from Canoga Park, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Professional Features
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                Just like when DJing shifted from vinyl to CD players, this is the next step. Any self respecting DJ these days is using a laptop and a controller, and this is the best one, especially if you're used to using 2 IDJs.

                This is a hands-on product review from Josh @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

                 
                5.0

                Last controller you'll ever buy!!!!

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                from san antonio

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                      Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                      The new industry standard of software controllers!!!!! The sx was killer, but the SZ takes it to the next level. Wheels like the cdj2000's, tons of control over your software (pretty lights!) unparalleled accessibility and control over serato dj.....Taking over baby!!! A few issues with the first batch shipped... but pioneer corrected all issues!!!

                      this is a hands on review from jon @ sam ash san antonio

                       
                      5.0

                      Pro Style

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                      from Cincinnati,OH

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Professional Features
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                        A very responsive controller with it's larger plate size. Durable pads with easy to use functions makes this one real fast. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

                         
                        3.0

                        Top Notch Controller!!!

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                        from Huntington, NY

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                              Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                              Great controller for any DJ. Portable and affordable!

                              "This is a real hands on product review from Scott @ Sam Ash Huntington"

                               
                              5.0

                              King of the Contollers

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                              from Indianapolis, IN

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Professional Features
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                                This is the best controller I have used so far. Pioneer did a very good job of applying the nexus quality to this controller. The platter size is identical to the CDJ's so the transition was fairly easy. If you are in the market for a new controller I would recommend this one for sure.

                                This is a hands-on product review from Andy @ Sam Ash Indianapolis

                                 
                                5.0

                                The new gold standard

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                                from Cleveland, OH

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Staff Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Professional Features
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                                  Pioneer is at it again. This follow-up to the already successful DDJ-SX is definitely a huge step up in features, quality, and versatility. The platters are actually full CDJ size and have adjustable resistance, so scratching will feel very natural. The dual USB ports can allow 2 computers to be connected at once, which means you can have seamless transitions between DJs all night long with one piece of hardware. The multicolor pads take the guessing out of which cue point is which, meaning much more complex loop rolling and sampling is possible. And the crossfader feels very smooth and is incredibly accurate, so your cuts and scratches will come through even cleaner. As always, the integration with the Serato DJ software is perfect, so you will be ready to go right out of the box!

                                  I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

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