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Pioneer Serato DDJ-SX Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 DJ Controller DDJ-SX The Pioneer DJ support site shown above offers FAQs, information on software and various other types of information and services to allow you to use your product in greater comfort. For the latest version of the Serato DJ software, access and download the software from there.
  • Page 2 (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Product Name: DJ Controller Model Number: DDJ-SX Responsible Party Name: PIONEER ELECTRONICS (USA) INC. SERVICE SUPPORT DIVISION Address: 1925 E. DOMINGUEZ ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90810-1003, U.S.A. Phone: 1-800-421-1404 URL:
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    For details, see Downloading the Serato DJ software manual (p. 31). ! The latest version of these operating instructions can be down- loaded from the Pioneer support site. For details, see Downloading the latest version of these operating instructions (p.31). Before start Features .......................
  • Page 4: Before Start

    Flexible Connectivity This unit is equipped with four sets of external inputs for connecting CD This unit is an all-in-one DJ system combining a Pioneer DJ device with players, analog turntables, etc. This unit’s 4-channel mixer can be oper- high operability and an excellent reputation among professional DJs ated on a stand-alone basis, so the externally input sound can be mixed with Serato DJ, a DJ software program by Serato.
  • Page 5: What's In The Box

    About the AC adapter Mounting the power plug on page 6. If there are irregularities with the AC adapter or power plug, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work. Safety instructions ! Do not use this unit with a coin, paper clip or other metal object stuck between the AC adapter and power plug.
  • Page 6: Installing The Software

    For the latest information on the required operating environment and compat- ibility as well as to acquire the latest operating system, refer to “Software Info” under “DDJ-SX” on the Pioneer DJ support site below. Operation is not guaranteed on all computers, even if all the required operating environment conditions indicated here are fulfilled.
  • Page 7 5 “An internet environment is required to access the site. Connected to the internet?” is displayed. Click [Yes]. The web browser is launched and the Pioneer DJ support site is displayed. 6 Click [Software Info] under [DDJ-SX] on the Pioneer DJ support site.
  • Page 8: About The Driver Software And Setting Utility Software

    ! Be careful not to forget the e-mail address and password speci- Click the Windows [Start] menu>[All fied when you performed user registration. They will be required Programs]>[Pioneer]>[DDJ_SX]>[DDJ_SX ASIO Settings for updating the software. Utility]. ! The personal information input when registering a new user account may be collected, processed and used based on the privacy policy on the Serato website.
  • Page 9: Connections And Part Names

    Connections and part names Refer to the operating instructions for the component to be Connections connected. ! Only use the AC adapter included with this unit. ! Wait until all connections between devices have been completed ! Power is supplied to this unit by the AC adapter. before connecting the AC adapter.
  • Page 10  Front panel 1 PHONES jacks 4 INPUT SELECT switch Connect headphones here. Selects the input source of each channel from the components con- Both stereo phone plugs (Ø 6.3 mm) and stereo mini phone plugs (Ø nected to this unit. 3.5 mm) can be used.
  • Page 11: Part Names And Functions

     Connecting output terminals Part names and functions Rear panel 1 Browser section Components, amplifiers, 2 Deck section powered speakers, etc. 3 Mixer section Power amplifier Power amplifier, 4 Effect section (for booth monitor), powered speaker, etc. powered speaker, etc. Browser section Front panel 1 LOAD button...
  • Page 12 3 BACK button 3 NEEDLE SEARCH pad Press: By touching the pad, you can jump to the desired position in the The cursor moves between the [CRATES] panel and library each time track loaded in the deck. the button is pressed. 4 TEMPO slider The cursor on the [Files] panel moves to a higher layer.
  • Page 13 ! When the [PLAY/PAUSE f] button is pressed during cue This will be used with future function enhancements of the Serato sampling, playback continues from that point. DJ software. ! For function enhancements, see the Pioneer DJ support site below. [SHIFT] + press: Loads the previous track in the track list.
  • Page 14 r CENSOR button 5 Channel Level Indicator Press: Displays the sound level of the respective channels before passing The track is played in the reverse direction while the [CENSOR] but- through the channel faders. ton is pressed, and normal playback resumes when the button is 6 FILTER control released.
  • Page 15 f HEADPHONES MIXING control Adjusts the balance of the monitor volume between the sound of the channels for which the headphones [CUE] button is pressed and the sound of the master channel. g MASTER CUE button Turns monitoring of the master output’s sound on and off. h SAMPLER VOLUME fader Adjusts the sampler’s overall sound level.
  • Page 16: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Connections 3 Connect this unit to your computer via a USB cable. 1 Connect headphones to one of the [PHONES] terminals. 4 Turn on the computer’s power. 5 Connect the power plug to the AC adapter. Slide the power plug into the AC adapter’s guide rails as shown on the diagram and press in until a click is heard.
  • Page 17 6 Connect the AC adapter. To power outlet AC adapter (included) 7 Press the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear panel to turn this unit’s power on. Turn on the power of this unit. ! For Windows users The message [Installing device driver software] may appear when this unit is first connected to the computer or when it is connected to a different USB port on the computer.
  • Page 18: Starting The System

    Starting the system Launching Serato DJ For Windows From the Windows [Start] menu, click the [Serato DJ] icon under [All Programs] > [Serato] > [Serato DJ]. For Mac OS X In Finder, open the [Applications] folder, then click the [Serato DJ] icon. Computer screen directly after the Serato DJ software is launched 1 The [ACTIVATE/BUY Serato DJ] icon may appear on the right side of the screen that is displayed when Serato DJ is launched the first time, but there is no need to activate or purchase a license for those using DDJ-SX.
  • Page 19 Importing tracks The following describes the typical procedure for importing tracks. ! There are various ways to import tracks with the Serato DJ software. For details, see the Serato DJ software manual. ! If you are already using Serato DJ software (Scratch Live, ITCH or Serato DJ Intro) and have already created track libraries, the track libraries you have previously created can be used as such.
  • Page 20 2 Press the rotary selector, move the cursor to the library on the computer’s screen, then turn the rotary selector and select the track. Library Crates panel 3 Press the [LOAD] button to load the selected track onto the deck. Playing tracks and outputting the sound The following describes the procedure for outputting the channel 1 4 TRIM control...
  • Page 21: Quitting The System

    2 Press the [f] button to play the track. 3 Move the channel fader away from you. 4 Turn the [TRIM] control. Adjust [TRIM] so that the orange indicator on the channel level indicator lights at the peak level. 5 Turn the [MASTER LEVEL] control to adjust the audio level of the speakers.
  • Page 22: Advanced Operation

    Advanced Operation The descriptions from this point on are for functions not described in For example, with the “8 beats from 1/16” setting, the pads’ settings are the Serato DJ software manual that are specifically for when this unit as shown below. and Serato DJ are used in combination.
  • Page 23: Using The Slip Mode

    The domain can be set to one of six settings: 2 beats, 4 beats, 8 beats, 16 Using the sampler function beats, 32 beats or 64 beats. The eight equal sections into which the range specified with the domain Tracks loaded in the sampler slots of the sampler (SP-6) can be played setting have been sliced are assigned to the respective performance with the performance pads.
  • Page 24: Using The Dual Deck Mode

    2 Set the hot cue. ! To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again. Press a performance pad to set the hot cue.  Slipping using a loop in a loop slot 3 Press the [SLIP] button. The mode switches to the slip mode. 1 Press the [SLIP] button.
  • Page 25: Using The Channel Fader Start Function

    ! It is also possible to change the setting in the utility settings so that Functions that can be controlled in the the sync mode is set simultaneously when playback is started with dual deck mode the channel fader start function. ! When the channel fader is moved from the back to the position near- The functions below can be controlled on the two decks simultaneously est you while pressing the [SHIFT] button when standing by at a cue,...
  • Page 26  Changing the sampler velocity mode’s velocity 5 Press the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear panel to set this unit’s power to standby. curve setting To save the settings, set the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear Use this procedure to set the sampler velocity mode’s velocity curve. panel to standby and quit the utility settings mode.
  • Page 27: Using External Inputs

     Enabling the sampler velocity mode’s after Pattern 2 touch setting When the sampler velocity mode is turned on for this unit’s performance pads, the after touch setting can be turned on and off. After touch setting disabled: The sampler volume changes according to the strength with which the performance pad is initially pressed, but does not keep changing while the pad is held after it is initially pressed.
  • Page 28 4 Operate the [TRIM] control and the channel faders to Mixer section adjust the audio level output from the respective decks. ! The sound can be adjusted with the [EQ (HI, MID, LOW)] con- trols, and filter effects can be applied to the respective channels with the [FILTER] control.
  • Page 29: Additional Information

    Sometimes the trouble may lie in another component. Inspect the other components and electrical appliances being used. If the trouble cannot be rectified after checking the items below, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work.
  • Page 30 Problem Check Remedy Serato DJ operation is unstable. Are you using the latest version of the software? Free updates of Serato DJ can be downloaded from the website. Use the most recent version. (page 6) Are you using softwares other than Serato DJ at Quit other applications to decrease the load on the computer.
  • Page 31: Block Diagram

    3 “An internet environment is required to access the site. Connected to the internet?” is displayed. Click [Yes]. 1 Insert the CD-ROM into the computer’s optical drive. The web browser is launched and the Pioneer DJ support site is The CD-ROM menu is displayed. displayed.
  • Page 32 Program, except to the extent expressly permitted by applicable For details on this unit’s MIDI messages, see “List of MIDI Messages”. law, and then only after You have notified Pioneer in writing of ! “List of MIDI Messages” can be acquired from the following URL: Your intended activities.
  • Page 33: About Trademarks And Registered Trademarks

    This Agreement may not be modified or amended without Pioneer’s prior and express written consent, and no other act, document, usage or custom will be deemed to amend or modify this Agreement.

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