Pioneer DJ DJ Controller DDJSB3
- Intuitive layout, all of the features were designed to be where you need them, when you need them
- Add scratch effects to cued and currently playing songs without a turntable thanks to Pad Scratch
- Mixing is Seamless with the FX Fade feature. 5 inch durable aluminium jog wheel. Weight-4. 6 pounds
- Constructed from premium materials and audio circuitry
- Large, low-latency jog wheels to give you great scratch response and accuracy
Start from scratch
We’ve combined the popular features of the DDJ-SB2 with our leading Serato DJ controllers to make learning to DJ more accessible than ever. The ideal tool for beginners looking to hone their skills, this 2-channel controller is easy to navigate, featuring a professional-style layout inspired by our top DDJ-S range. Master Serato DJ Lite, then when you’re ready, purchase Serato DJ Pro to progress on the one machine.
Transition between tracks with ease thanks to the added FX Fade feature and experiment with scratch effects without using turntables via the new Pad Scratch function. Co-developed with DJ Jazzy Jeff, this technique adds scratch recordings to tracks at a touch of the Performance Pads.
Pioneer DJ DJ Controller DDJSB3 Key Features
All of the features were designed to be where you need them, when you need them. The layout inherits elements from our DDJ-S series with jog wheels, Performance Pads, play and cue buttons, independent Auto Loop buttons and all knobs and fader positions arranged in an easy-to-reach way that mimics professional gear.
Add scratch effects to cued and currently playing songs without a turntable thanks to Pad Scratch. This new effect lets you reproduce, and create patterns from, eight of hip hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff’s different scratch recordings. As the speed automatically matches the BPM, you won’t need to worry about breaking rhythm.
Whether you’re an experienced DJ or beginner, mixing is seamless with the FX Fade feature. By reducing the volume and applying FX at the same time, FX Fade smoothly blends tracks – even those from clashing genres. Choose eight combinations of the following four FX patterns – high pass filter, low pass filter, loop playback and back spin.
The DDJ-SB3 is constructed from premium materials and audio circuitry. Its robust build ensures durability, while the distinctive styling and aluminium jog wheel deliver a professional feel.
Large jog wheels
It may be compact, but the DDJ-SB3 features large, low-latency jog wheels to give you great scratch response and accuracy.
Take this controller with you wherever you go thanks to the easy grab handles and lightweight design. Simply connect the USB cable to begin playing.
On-board Serato sound card
Simply connect to your PC/Mac via USB to get plug-and-play control of Serato DJ Lite, no need for an external sound card.
Paid upgrade to Serato DJ Pro
Purchase Serato DJ Pro for control of dedicated buttons for FX, along with advanced features such as Beat Jump, Slip mode, 8 Hot Cues and 8 Sample buttons. Simply connect your PC/Mac and start playing.
The mic input circuit produces clear audio without distortion to ensure crystal-clear sound even at high input levels.
Pioneer DJ DJ Controller DDJSB3 Main Features
- USB Bus Powered: Yes.
- Compatible DJ Software (not included): Unlocks Serato DJ Lite.
- Paid upgrade to Serato DJ Pro.
- Inputs 1 MIC (1/4 inch Jack)
- USB 1 USB B port
- Outputs 1 MASTER (RCA)
- 1 HEADPHONE MONITOR (Mini-jack)
- Channels: 2
- Deck Control: 4
- Trim knob: Yes
- Jog Wheel: 128 mm durable aluminium jog wheel
- Filter: High & Low Pass filter
- FX Fade: Yes
- Pad Scratch: Yes
- Trans: Yes
- Hot Cues: 4
- Manual Loop & Autoloop: Yes
- Width: 482.6 mm
- Height: 58.5 mm
- Depth: 272.4 mm
- Weight: 2.1 kg
- Soundcard: 24 bit/44.1 kHz
- Frequency Range: 20 – 20000 Hz
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 103 dB
What’s in the DDJ-SB3 box
- USB cable
- Operating Instructions (Quick Start Guide)
Pioneer DJ DJ Controller DDJSB3 customer reviews
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Cool DJ Controller! This is a great little controller! They say it’s for begginers but I started out DJing in the late 90’s with 2 Technic 1200’s and carrying crates of vinyl. I sold all my old dj gear and stopped going to clubs and got more into music production but now got the itch again just to just mess around and do some mixes. I wont use it too much so didnt need something too expensive and fancy but this thing actualy has a lot of features! I use this with Djay pro which intergarates Spotify. Some claim it isnt compatible but it is, its just not mapped out by default yet so you have to do it yourself and it works great. I’m sure Algoriddim will officially have it fine tuned soon but again it does work. I have this connected with a 2016 version Macbook Pro and Rokit 6 studio monitors with no sound or humming issues if you’re curious. 5 Stars!! Highly recommend!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Great, affordable, full featured DJ controller. This is a great affordable DJ controller. Very solid build quality. Buttons are very responsive, jog wheels feel just as sensitive as the higher end Pioneer controllers. Pad scratch feature is cool, not overpowered lol. Cross fader moves smoothly for clean cuts and scratches. Mixer section has all the features for professionally sounding performances. Pitch sliders are a bit short ranged, these could have been longer like the similarly priced Numark Mixtrack Pro 3.
Comes with Serato DJ Lite which offers a few improvements from Serato DJ Intro such as monitoring line meters for volume management.
The unit has a good weight and offers grip ridges for handling.
I’m very satisfied with this product and strongly recommend it.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)
The headphone jack is for a 1/8 plug and not a 1/4 like the rest of the controllers. There’s a lot of controversy about this controller. I got it simply because I wanted to learn a new platform and search for a new hobby. This controller so far has been really easy to use. There’s a good decent amount of features to use even with the Serrato Dj Lite software. I love it. I plan on mastering this to upgrade later. But i would highly recommend this to anybody trying to get in the dj scene.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)
AWESOME!!! I’ve been a DJ for 25+ years, and been using Numark, Traktor & Gemini. my latest was Traktor S2 with Traktor Pro, but started to have issues with S2 controller not connecting to my laptop. so, I searched for something similar to what I have and came across the Pioneer DDJ-SB3. I tell ya what… I Love It!! Very easy to use and I am using it with VDJ8 program. Its just a tad bit longer in length (about an 1.5 inches), but so many more features when compared to my previous controller! I just wish that the soundcard in the controller had TRS/XLR outs instead of the RCA. but other than that… This controller is truly AWESOME!!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Might be the best at this price-range. I did a lot of research before going for this deck. Go much cheaper and you’re getting inferior quality construction and fewer functions and inferior design; go higher and you could be paying for things you’re not going to use and you lose portability.
I’ve been mixing/dj-ing for 20 years and had a good idea of what I needed and what I wanted. Not having to lug vinyl around was what finally made me look seriously at these things. The Numark controllers at the same kind of price are worth looking at, and there’s a Roland with drum sequencer that I liked the sound of. In reality though sequencing on it sounds like it’s a slow nightmare, and I have my Roland MC-505, so I don’t think I would have ended up using it. I liked the idea of the Numark that displays the BPM on each channel, but seeing as this is already prominently displayed on any software you’ll use it’s really just a gimmick. I originally bought a Numark, but changed to, and stayed with, this Pioneer because I preferred the build quality, design and functionality.
They are in the minority, but I saw a few reviews that flagged up potential problems which made me hesitate on getting this. Some of these things proved to be just wrong, some were things I haven’t personally experienced, and some are just opinion (and misleading).
So, some things you may have read in some user “reviews”.
“The SB3 doesn’t have a headphone volume control, but the SB2 does”. Of course the SB3 has this. The knob for it is LITERALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DECK. It goes up very loud and you could make yourself deaf with it.
There’s a few people saying they got “electrical noise” because of casing and grounding issues. Maybe this was production issue that’s been resolved. I don’t have this issue.
I saw a review saying the cross-fader didn’t have much resistance to it, and therefore it felt “cheap”. I wonder how much actual mixing this person has actually done outside of their bedroom. The cross-fade needs to be light and on many mixers IS lighter than, say, the separate channel volume sliders. When mixing any dance music your fingers should be constantly jumping from the fader to gain/trim, and edging up the channel volume and tweaking the EQ. You blend tunes with all these things and then you need, or certainly I do, a light fader you can quickly slap to the side to finish a transition. I don’t scratch, but I still want my cross-fader to be exactly like this.
The fader is light to move, but it’s solid. It reacts how it’s designed to react. I like that it’s very responsive, but I can also smack it around. My old, very metal, very large and very heavy Numark mixer is tighter on the cross-fade but it’s still light. I don’t want to have to fight my cross-fader when I’m mixing.
Another review said it “feels like a toy” because it’s light. Ugh. It IS light. But it’s really really well made, very robust. You could throw it at a wall or drop it from a height and it feels like it would still be fine. It feels bomb-proof. The design and feel of everything is high-quality. It’s very nice to use.
The jog wheels impressed me with how sensitive and reactive they are – they feel “right”.
The headphone out being 3.5mm is a little weird, but adaptors cost pennies. It’s a non-issue for me.
It could maybe be a little bigger (using it doesn’t feel cramped, though), but I also like the portability. And larger devices often need dedicated power supplies. I’ve been in situations where being able to power this just from the laptop is ideal (change-overs/setting up is quick and painless). At home it can be stashed away easily, but you can just grab this and plug in one cable and be mixing within seconds.
I can’t give any opinions on the Serato software – I just wanted decent hardware and something that would work well with Mixxx, and this does both. Check Mixxx out if you haven’t. It’s free, fully featured, and intuitive. Put it in vinyl mode and set headphone output to channels 3-4 to get the monitor function working. Serato Pro seems expensive when Mixxx does everything, and well, for no money.
It’s Pioneer. Pioneer don’t make junk. This is a very nice piece of kit. However, on the edge facing you is printed “Pioneer” on the right, which i like, and on the left “Serato”, which I wasn’t aware of and I don’t like. I’ll be sticking electrical tape over it. Some software tie-in product branding for something I don’t even use DOES look cheap. It’s a minor thing though.
It took some research, and messing around with other controllers, to find what I wanted. I’m actually surprised this is as good as it is. Managed to buy this at £250, but even at £300+ it’s still far better than a £300 Numark I tried and it’s still a good deal at this higher price.
Just found out that the bundled Lite version of Serato doesn’t even let you record your mixes. A lot of people won’t know this, and they won’t know there’s other software solutions – so they’ll end up paying even more cash on the “upgrade” just to get basic functionality. Get Mixxx instead.