Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 Portable 2-Ch Controller
Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 is a portable two-channel controller for Serato DJ with a variety of modern and popular set of features including an integrated sound card, large jog wheels, real dynamic DJ play, a MIDI controller, tactile performance pads, manual filters on each channel and large jog wheels. The minimum required versions of operating systems are Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and Mac OS X 10.8. It includes all the great functions of DDJ-SB like performance pads for cutting the volume on time with the beat (quantized pad trans) and filter fades, such as the 4-deck control panel and buttons to move between channels, level meters, and a trim knob, and Pad Trans beat effects to improve your DJ skills.
Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 weighs 6.7 pounds and measures 1.75 x 19 x 10.5 inches and feels like a 21.5-inch widescreen display. This is quite a professional unit that can be used at home or in clubs or concert halls and you can certainly play for thousands of people with the help of several speakers and a mixer board. You will get the Serato DJ Intro version as DJ software for free and you can use it as much and as long as you like- no time limit. It has a great build quality, is easy to install and operate without a long learning curve (download the Serato DJ Intro, hook up the controller to your computer and voila) even if you are a complete beginner and if you don’t have a large budget then this is a great intuitive option to consider, with decent features and functionality. You can simply press the four bottom rubber pads to Play, Cue, Sync and Shift and Play, Cue, Sync and Shift with the four rubber pads at the top. The low-latency large jog wheels will offer decent scratch response and accuracy despite the compact size.
You can quickly and easily turn up and down the volume on each channel by using the level meters and trim knob with the Dynamic DJ Play functionality. It scores 4.5 / 5 stars out of 163 customer ratings at the time of this review as a proof of its great build quality. Cons pointed out are usually about those specific units and the newbies not being able to operate it properly and pros seem to far outweigh the cons. You should honestly not spend too much on DJ equipment, headphones or microphones and there is no need to get the best and most expensive as they will most likely be used heavily especially if you’re a professional DJ. This one is solid, sturdy and stable with a great build quality and engineering but feels light, is easy to set up and control and includes some brilliant features and bells and whistles that make it ideal for both beginners and pro DJs as it will make their jobs much easier. It is one of the best compact DJ controllers on the market, a rock solid digital performer for both newbies and professionals.