Pioneer DJ has announced the new Pioneer DDJ-SB3, the latest iteration of their popular intro-level Serato controller. This is also the first new controller to be launched under the Serato DJ LITE umbrella.
The DDJ-SB3 has all the features of the DDJ-SB2 and adds a few more nice touches, such as new play/pause and cue buttons that are separate from the performance pads, a dedicated Loop section, FX fade pad mode, and pad scratch mode.
The separate transport controls are self-explanatory, but they allow DJ's to use more pads in their performance modes as opposed to using pads for playing the music. The dedicated loop section is more in line with the auto and manual looping found on more expensive Pioneer DJ controllers and media players like the CDJ series.
The biggest news on this controller is the FX fade mode and pad scratch modes. The FX fade mode gives different transitions from one track to another making it easier to get to the next track in a mix. They have different effects like backspin or brake that will allow the user to perform the effect and go to the track playing on the opposite deck automatically.
The pad scratch mode has authentic scratches and scratch patterns from the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff that are "digitized" and placed into the pads so users can easily perform these scratches on the fly. It makes for a good learning tool to practice scratching and performance tool for those who can't do it themselves. The scratches are in sync with the track when in playback.
Check out the full video rundown below and stay tuned for our own review coming soon.
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