Pioneer Silver DDJSZ Review
We recently had a look at the beautiful, silver-finish, DDJ-SZ. It's not only built like a tank, but features the superior audio quality that high-end Pioneer equipment is known for. They've thought of everything for this one and if you use Serato, its a no-brainer on picking one up to take your DJ sets to the next level.
This is a professional-quality controller/all-in-one system with 4 channels. Its not only specifically designed for Serato DJ Software, it also combines key features from Pioneer's CDJ and DJM series, making it the perfect choice for those experienced with CDJs looking to leave those ancient discs behind in favor of digital files. Side note, regardless of what system you use, TrainingSnacks urges all digital DJs to try and use Wav or 320kbps MP3s so that your audience not only hears what you're playing, but FEELS it!
Upon trying this unit, you'll feel the build quality. Every knob and fader is firm yet smooth. The CDJ-style jog wheel response was immediate and accurate, as is the display which shows the position of the track. The EQs are highly useable for killing frequencies to build momentum in your set, and the onboard effects feature a quality not found on less expensive solutions. We're talking lush reverbs and other-worldly delays.
Calling the DDJ-SZ fun is an understatement. Playing around with the 16 multi-color LED rubber pads (which can be assigned to a variety of on-the-fly remix functions), made us feel like improvisational musical masters. Chop up samples, play cue points like an MPC (the velocity sensitivity is super responsive) or perform tight rolls. The way it integrates with Serato will make you wonder why you didn't buy this the day it came out.
It was easy hooking this up to a computer and the built-in audio interface had no noticeable latency. This didn't surprise us as Pioneer is known for having the best audio quality in the DJ world. One thing to be said though is YOU DON'T NEED A COMPUTER to use this. It can be used as a standalone mixer, making it a great transition for old-school DJs.
Best of all is the silver finish is exclusive to AMS, so having one of these will set yourself apart from all the other DJs that own it in traditional black.
Here's a list of some of the features:
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