updated 03:37 pm EDT, Thu August 7, 2014
Serato Flip integration allows 'hot cue combination' loops, builds on previous deck
Pioneer Electronics announced a new DJ controller today, one that the company touts as being the first to include Serato Flip functionality. The new DDJ-SX2 controller contains purpose-designed buttons, improved reaction time of the jog wheel, and multi-colored performance pads. Additionally, the DDJ-SX2 brings some additional features to the table, including a built-in sound card, assignable settings, and multiple connection options behind its aluminum top panel.
Serato Flip is a function that allows users to record "hot cue combinations" then play the sequences back as a loop. On the DDJ-SX2, users will trigger the cues through the performance pads, then have them automatically loop on command. Pioneer's new controller allows sizable sequences to be made, with record, slow and start/stop buttons to access to the Serato Flip function.
"The release of our first-generation DDJ-SX made a huge impact in the DJ community, and we expect nothing less with this next version," said Professional Sound and Visual Division Director of Marketing David Arevalo. "The DDJ-SX2 features the latest updates, including Serato Flip capability, that enable DJs to be more creative with hot cues, as well as multi-colored Performance Pads found on the flagship DDJ-SZ."
The DDJ-SX2 builds on the previous version of the device, holding onto the same functionality while adding some new toys. The unit keeps the independent four-channel mixer, which can be used with external sources. Performance pads now include multi-colored lights to indicate the different functions the pads are taking on. Eight pads are located below the jog wheel.
The jog wheel itself was improved, giving it better a better output reaction time with the help of a reduction in latency. The wheel features a "Hot Cue Countdown" timer on the jog Display. An improved amplified microphone input has been added, giving a clearer sound at higher levels thanks to an improved signal-to-noise ratio and increased headroom.
Expansions are possible for the DDJ-SX2 as well, as it has four inputs that allows connections to CD players, microphones, PA systems and turntables. The deck supports Serato DJ DVS as well, but requires the purchase of the DVS expansion pack. It can also act as a standalone mixer. Some smaller features include an adjustable cross-fader curve, slip mode, a high performance digital-to-audio converter, needle search and channel fader start.
Pricing for the DDJ-SX2 is set at $1,200. While the DJ unit isn't available right now, it is expected to be out in October. The first 10,000 units sold will come with a free license for the Serato Video plug-in.