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
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Professional features (11)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

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    4.0

    Pioneer!

    By 

    from Las Vegas, NV

    About Me Experienced

    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 best DJ controller on the market! Pioneer has really out done themselves with all the added features on this latest controller!

       
      5.0

      fun DJ controller

      By 

      from huntington

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

        This is it, boys and girl. The pinnacle Serato controller. Pioneer's crown jewel! It's everything you ever wanted your tables to do and more. The feel is authentic, the sound is monstrous and it looks cool as hell. This is what a controller should feel like, sound like and look like. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music!

         
        5.0

        Another great controller from Pioneer!!

        By 

        from Orlando,Fl

        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 has done it again with this controller.
          Easy to use and sounds amazing!!
          Best controller on the market for the professional DJ.
          Comes with serato DJ and works great!!
          This is a real hands on product review from Billy@ Sam Ash Orlando"

           
          4.0

          Best controller on the market

          By 

          from Manhattan, NY

          About Me Novice

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

            This unit is an all star! Simple to use, high quality feel and finish. Quite simply the best controller on the market. A bit large but totally worth it. Staff reviewer @ Sam Ash

             
            5.0

            GREAT CONTROLLER!!!!!!

            By 

            from Orlando, Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified 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:

              The DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller by Pioneer is an amazing controller for all levels of DJ's. Great size and sound quality at a great price point. "This is a real hands on product review from Cristian@ Sam Ash Orlando"

               
              5.0

              great product

              By 

              from DALLAS TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              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:

                this product is great for home recording or live dj gigs
                toby sam ash dallas

                 
                4.0

                great controller

                By 

                from cherry hill nj

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                  big platters and great colors to make your DJ setup look great and sound great. No delay issues and the the songs are easy to load. Software is great and def inproved. If your a working DJ I would add this to your set up.

                   
                  5.0

                  Best controller on the market.

                  By 

                  from Cleveland

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Features
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                    The DDJ-SZ is everything you could possibly ask for in a controller. The platter size is identical to the CDJ line so if you are familiar with those this will have you right at home. The platters are smooth and all of the faders and knobs have a very fluid and true response. The buttons are robust and feel durable. The controller has the audio interface built right in and sounds great! I am a reviewer for Sam Ash Music, Cleveland.

                     
                    4.0

                    Sweet controller

                    By 

                    from KOP

                    Verified 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:

                      Cool controller for the DJ types. Lots of knobs and switches to move around. Easy to use and easy to setup. I am a samash reviewer.

                       
                      5.0

                      The Best controller by far

                      By 

                      from White Plains

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Professional Features

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Pioneer DDJ-SZ Professional DJ Controller:

                        This controller is by far the best in the market. Basically its a Dj Booth made mobil. The platter is made to be felt like a the cdj player. This controller has all he features that can be found on the ddjsx plus more. It also has 2 usb connectors so that you don't have to stop the music during the party . Come in to any of our locations for a hands on experience. This is a real hands on product review from Fernando@ Sam Ash White Plains"

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