This is the Pioneer DDJ-SB, it’s probably the cheapest controller out right now that uses Serato DJ. This was on sale for $199.00 at Guitar Center. Now I didn’t really plan on buying this.. I just went in to Guitar Center looking for a mic clip for my lapel mic and of course I had to “look” around too. What’s funny is I was thinking about buying the DDJ-SB while I was there, but I just made myself leave the store… and after I drove two blocks. I made a U-turn and came back to buy it! haha I’m sooo indecisive it’s sickening!
I bought this controller for a few reasons…..
#1 I’m leaving on a cruise next week for a month and I really wanted something in my cabin so I can still practice on my sets during my downtime on my cruise.
#2 Since I do a lot of mobile gigs my turntables & mixer are always packed up. It’s such a pain having to set them up at home to practice and then break them down the next day for a gig.
#3 Since my mixer is being fixed at the moment this saved me during a wedding last weekend. I brought my fiancé’s Vestax mixer thinking it worked.. and 30 minutes before the wedding started. His mixer decided to not turn on! Good thing I brought this to my gig.. I would have been so ass’ed out! So its great to have for backup at gigs incase you have any technical difficulties like I had! haha
Now don’t get it twisted I’m not switching over to being a “Controller” Dj, I still love my Technics to death and I’ll never get rid of those. I don’t think anything can replace those, but just for convenience I think having one of these comes in handy at times. I know some of you are against these controllers, but I mean it’s not like I “learned” how to Dj using one of these.
After using the DDJ-SB for a few hours last weekend, the only thing that’s still tricky for me is the pitch. The pitch is so sensitive! Also when trying to slow down or speed up the song using the platters I just can’t get it right, but I’m up for the challenge! I’m sure after putting in some hours mixing on it I’ll get it right.
Overall I’m happy I bought this. I can practice more often and get to know my music! Plus now I have something my nephew can play with without breaking my needles! lol Now what’s next on the shopping list is the Raiden Fader! 🙂
Do you own a controller? I would love to know your thoughts on the whole new controller “Dj” era and if you have any tips please share!