Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX3 review

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX3 review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Earlier this year, Version 3 was released, further refining the already successful formula. A lot of the features on this DDJ-SX3 are similar to its predecessors. Despite its small size, the controller is pretty easy to transport, but with a sturdy chassis and aluminum top, it also feels rugged, so it should be able to withstand regular club use without issue. Its jog wheels are small but are responsive and sturdy, not unlike Pioneer’s CDJs. For such a compact controller, each has a central display showing cue point information and a countdown timer.

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX3: Features

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DDJ-SX3 has four channels. Each channel of the mixer can be switched between digital inputs from Serato DJ or analog RCA, and the control decks can be switched to control up to four Serato decks simultaneously. Therefore, the SX3 can function as a hub/mixer for four digital decks, four external players, or any combination thereof.

With the SX3, you’ll get vouchers to unlock Serato Flip and Pitch N’ Time. On the one hand, the former allows users to edit tracks on the fly by using sequenced cue points, while on the other, users can adjust the pitch of the track independently of the speed, and hot cues can be triggered at a variety of pitches. With the SX3, all of this can be controlled via the front panel, triggered and controlled by the bright, responsive performance pads below each jog wheel.

Performance

SX3 offers two levels of effects, from Serato’s built-in effects section to the onboard Color FX. The latter are four quick punch-in effects that offer various types of dance music-friendly builds or sweeps: Echo, Jet, Noise, and Filter.

Adding these can make your presentation a little more interesting, but they could get old pretty fast if overused. The rotaries above Serato’s jog wheels can be used to control its digital processors for a bit more depth of the effect.

On the connectivity front, version 3 has the most improvements. As with the SX2, here we get three mic inputs – two on the rear and one on the front panel with its own level controls. The mic inputs have their own effects, including reverb, compression, EQ, and a low-cut filter. Additionally, the SX3 provides a second USB input, which allows multiple Serato DJs to switch between sets without having to disconnect and reconnect laptops.

Pros Cons
Serato Flip and Pitch N’ Time included. Color FX could get old quickly.
Jog wheels feel great for their size.

Conclusion

It isn’t a major upgrade, but it refines one of the smartest DJ controllers in the sub-£1,000 price range. Small clubs, bars, and regular parties or events will benefit from the additional connectivity. This is definitely one of the best digital DJ solutions on the market right now.