In a new face-to-face article, we’ll take a look at two entry-level controllers from Pioneer DJ – the DDJ-RB, the starter solution for Recordbox, and and came to replace him DDJ 400, new for this season. These devices offer similar functionality, but there are still several important differences between them that you should know before making a choice in one direction or another.
One of the main differences between the DDJ 400 and the DDJ RB is the effects section. The DDJ-RB offers a standard solution for all Pioneer controller lines: each deck has its own effect section, which consists of three buttons and one nob and works independently of each other. In the DDJ 400, the developers took a different route, making an effects section similar to the DJM lineup and placing it next to the mixer. You can cycle through the effects of Rekordbox and select which channel the effect will be applied to.
In the DDJ-RB, the loop controls are located next to the “performance pad”, as in many other controllers in the DDJ line. However, in the DDJ-400, the loop control sections have moved to the top of each deck, making them position similar to what you’d see on a CDJ or XDJ turntable. Also, the DDJ-400 has somewhat expanded the functionality of loop control, adding to the usual Loop In and Loop Out buttons keys to increase and decrease the length of the loop, as well as to move it forward or backward.
Pitch sliders are essential for manually adjusting the pitch and tempo of a song, and generally the longer these sliders are, the more accurately they are positioned. The DDJ-RB’s ultra-short pitch sliders are considered one of its main drawbacks. The DDJ-400 has longer pitch sliders, making it an order of magnitude more accurate and positioning than the RB.
In the DDJ 400, the developers decided to abandon the usual pad effects – Slicer, Slicer Loop and Sequence, instead of which they added Pad FX2, Keyboard and Key Shift modes, which are new and appeared with the release of Rekordbox version 5.0. Unfortunately, the pads themselves on the DDJ-400 are slightly smaller than those on the DDJ-RB.
Headphone preview control
The DDJ-RB has one significant drawback in the monitoring section – the lack of the possibility of smooth mixing of the master channel and preview. The DDJ 400 corrected this issue by adding a CUE / MASTER mixing knob. This is especially useful when you have to play in a place where there is no monitoring system, and there are no other options other than mixing with headphones.
The DDJ 400 is a great entry-level controller that will help you easily master the interface of the world’s most common professional DJ equipment from the DJM and CDJ lines. At the same time, if you already own a DDJ-RB controller, then there is no particular point in changing it to the DDJ 400, as we said above, the functionality of these controllers is practically similar and both options have their pros and cons. We hope this material will be useful for you and will help you make the choice before buying a new device easier.