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  • Brand: Pioneer
  • Product: DJ Gear
  • Model/name: DDJ-SX
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: Dutch, English, Italian

Table of Contents

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DJ Controller
DDJ-SX
Operating Instructions
http://pioneerdj.com/support/
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.
http://serato.com/
For the latest version of the Serato DJ software, access Serato.com and download the software from there.
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful interference, and (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: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com
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For US customer only
Information to User
Alterations or modifications carried out without appropriate authorization may invalidate the user’s right to operate
the equipment.
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CAUTION
This product satisfies FCC regulations when shielded cables (with Ferrite-cores attached) and connectors are used
to connect the unit to other equipment. To prevent electromagnetic interference with electric appliances such as
radios and televisions, use shielded cables (with Ferrite-cores attached) and connectors for connections.
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NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15
of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
— Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
— Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. D8-10-1-2_A1_En
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Contents
How to read this manual
!	 Thank you for buying this Pioneer product.
	 Be sure to read both this leaflet and Read Before Use (Important)/
Quick Start Guide! Both documents include important information
that you must understand before using this product.
	 For instructions on obtaining the Serato DJ software’s manual, see
Acquiring the manual (p.31).
!	 In this manual, names of screens and menus displayed on the prod-
uct and on the computer screen, as well as names of buttons and
terminals, etc., are indicated within brackets. (e.g.: [CUE] button,
[Files] panel, [VINYL] mode, [AUX IN] terminal)
!	 Please note that the screens and specifications of the software
described in this manual as well as the external appearance and
specifications of the hardware are currently under development and
may differ from the final specifications.
!	 Please note that depending on the operating system version, web
browser settings, etc., operation may differ from the procedures
described in this manual.
This manual consists mainly of explanations of functions of this unit as
hardware. For detailed instructions on operating the Serato DJ soft-
ware, see the Serato DJ software manual.
!	 The Serato DJ software manual can be downloaded from “Serato.
com”. 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........................................................................................................ 4
What’s in the box......................................................................................... 5
About the AC adapter.................................................................................. 5
Installing the software................................................................................. 6
About the driver software and setting utility software.............................. 8
Connections and part names
Connections................................................................................................. 9
Part names and functions........................................................................ 11
Basic Operation
Connections............................................................................................... 16
Starting the system.................................................................................... 18
Quitting the system................................................................................... 21
Advanced Operation
Using the performance pads.................................................................... 22
Using the slip mode................................................................................... 23
Using the dual deck mode........................................................................ 24
Using the channel fader start function.................................................... 25
Using the sampler velocity mode............................................................. 25
Analyzing tracks......................................................................................... 25
Utility settings............................................................................................ 25
Using external inputs................................................................................ 27
Additional information
Troubleshooting......................................................................................... 29
Block Diagram........................................................................................... 31
Acquiring the manual............................................................................... 31
Using as a controller for other DJ software............................................. 31
About trademarks and registered trademarks....................................... 33
Cautions on copyrights............................................................................. 33
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Before start
Features
This unit is an all-in-one DJ system combining a Pioneer DJ device with
high operability and an excellent reputation among professional DJs
with Serato DJ, a DJ software program by Serato. This unit is equipped
with an control interface optimized for operating Serato DJ. The interface
controls are positioned on a large body with room to spare, so the vari-
ous functions of Serato DJ can be operated intuitively and accurately.
Furthermore, this unit has an internal sound card, so a computer can be
connected with a single USB cable.
“BIG JOG” & “ON JOG DISPLAY”
This unit is equipped with large jog dials for smooth operability, so users
can scratch with the feel of an analog player. There is also an on-jog
display at the center of the jog dial, indicating the track’s playing status
and the currently playing position. The jog dial can be operated with the
feel of watching the surface of an analog record.
“PERFORMANCE PADS”
This unit is equipped with large performance pads allowing the four
functions of Serato DJ (Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer and Sampler) to be operated
with dynamic actions (tapping, tapping repeatedly, etc.). The pads are in
rubber, so they can be operated without getting tired, even during long
performances. When using the Sampler mode, users can select one of
four velocity curves to achieve dynamically inflected performances.
“4-CHANNEL MIXER”
This unit is equipped with a 4-channel mixer for mixing the tracks played
on the four decks in Serato DJ independently. The four tracks can be
mixed simultaneously to achieve even more unique DJ mixes.
Professional Build Quality & Design
Aluminum materials are used for the top panel and jog plate, making
for a design with a sense of solidity and high quality that adds class
to DJ performances in clubs or at home parties. Also, rubber is used
for the knobs and pads to achieve not only a sense class but also high
operability.
“Serato DJ” Supported
This unit supports the Serato DJ software, which offers a great number
of functions required for DJ performances. All of the buttons and con-
trols on this unit are preset to associate them with the software, so DJ
performances can be held immediately, simply by connecting this unit to
a computer. Furthermore, the Dual Deck Control and Slip functions have
been developed in cooperation with Serato.
“DUAL DECK CONTROL”
The two tracks currently playing on the two decks can be operated
simultaneously with a single player interface. This enables performances
using such player functions as scratching and hot cueing with the two
tracks seemingly a single track.
“SLIP MODE”
This unit is equipped with a Slip Mode function by which the sound
continues in the background while such operations as looping, scratch-
ing and hot cueing are being performed. This allows DJ performances
without changing the original track’s development after such playback
operations as looping, scratching and hot cueing are completed.
Flexible Connectivity
This unit is equipped with four sets of external inputs for connecting CD
players, analog turntables, etc. This unit’s 4-channel mixer can be oper-
ated on a stand-alone basis, so the externally input sound can be mixed
without passing through a computer. There are two microphone inputs.
For the outputs, this unit has two sets of master out terminals (one set
of XLR terminals and one set of RCA terminals), allowing connection of
professional PA equipment, and one set of booth out terminals. This unit
supports all types of party scenarios and DJ performance styles.
“LEVEL METER”
A master level meter is provided at the center of the mixer, with chan-
nel level meters positioned near the control interface for the respective
channels. This lets users see the levels of the respective channels as
they operate this unit, for more comfortable DJ performances.
“NEEDLE SEARCH”
Points can be searched for simply by touching the touch pad with a
finger. This makes for intuitive, speedy searching with the sense of
touching the music directly.
HIGH SOUND QUALITY
The audio output circuitry uses a low-jitter clock and high performance
DAC to reproduce the original sound faithfully and achieve clear club
sound. In addition, the sound quality technology Pioneer has developed
with its professional series is used to achieve the industry’s highest level
of sound quality for a DJ controller.
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Before
start
What’s in the box
!	 CD-ROM (Installation Disc)
!	 AC adapter
!	 Power plug1
!	 USB cable
!	 Warranty (for some regions only)2
!	 Read Before Use (Important)/Quick Start Guide
1	 The number of power plugs included differs depending on the
region.
2	 Japanese and European models only. (For North American models,
warranty information is provided at the end of the “Read Before Use
(Important)/Quick Start Guide” booklet.)
About the AC adapter
Safety instructions
To ensure your personal safety and to maximize the full operating poten-
tial of your unit, read and follow these safety instructions.
Read & Retain Instructions
Read all operating and user information provided with this product.
Cleaning
Use a damp cloth to clean the exterior housing. Avoid using any fluids
including liquid, aerosol or alcohol-based cleaning products.
Water or Moisture
Avoid operating or locating this product near water or other sources of
fluid.
Accessories
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The prod-
uct may fall and be seriously damaged.
Ventilation
Do not block or cover this product in use. This unit should not be placed
in a built-in installation unless properly ventilated.
Environment
Avoid placing this product in a location with exposure to large quantities
of dust, high temperatures, high humidity, or subject to excessive vibra-
tions or shocks.
Power Sources
Operate this product only from the recommended power sources. If
you are unsure of the power source, consult an authorized Pioneer
representative.
Power-Cord Protection
When unplugging the unit, pull on the plug – not on the cord. Do not
handle the cord or plug with wet hands; doing so could cause an electric
short or shock. Do not allow anything to pinch or rest on the power cord
and do not place in a walkway.
Power
Turn OFF the system before installing this or any other hardware device.
Overloading
Avoid connecting too many devices to a single wall socket or power
source as this can cause fires or short circuits.
Object & Liquid Entry
Never push inappropriate objects in to the device. Avoid spilling any
liquids in to or on the outside of the drive.
Servicing
Opening or removing the cover exposes you to possible electrical shock
or other danger. Contact a Pioneer authorized service representative for
repairing this product (refer to the enclosed Service & Support Card).
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the unit and refer servicing to qualified service personnel in the
following situations:
%	 When the power cord, plug, or chassis is damaged.
%	 If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the product.
%	 If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
%	 If the product does not operate normally when the operating instruc-
tions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the
operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage and can require extensive work by a qualified tech-
nician to restore the unit to its normal operation.
%	 When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance – this
indicates a need for service.
Check that there are no irregularities with the AC adapter or power plug,
then insert the power plug into the specified position of the AC adapter
using the specified procedure until a click is heard. For details, see
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.
!	 Do not use this unit with a coin, paper clip or other metal object
stuck between the AC adapter and power plug. Doing so could cause
a short circuit, leading to fire or electric shock.
!	 When mounting the AC adapter on a wall outlet, make sure there is
no space between the AC adapter and the wall outlet. Faulty contact
or a coin, paper clip or other metal object getting stuck in the space
could cause a short circuit, leading to fire or electric shock.
Coin, paper clip or other metal object
Top
Side
!	 The power plug could come detached from the AC adapter and
remain in the power outlet if someone trips on the AC adapter’s
power cord or if something hits the AC adapter. If this happens,
remove the power plug remaining in the outlet with dry hands, hold-
ing it as shown on the diagram below and without touching metal
parts. Do not use any tools to remove it.
Do not touch.
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Mounting the power plug
Slide the power plug along the guide rails in the AC
adapter unit as shown on the diagram below, then press
in until a click is heard.

 Removing the power plug
While pressing the [PUSH] button on the AC adapter
unit, slide the power plug away from the adapter as
shown on the diagram below to remove it.
Once the power plug is mounted, there is no need to remove it.
Installing the software
Before installing the software
For the latest version of the Serato DJ software, access Serato.com
and download the software from there. A software download link is
also provided on the included CD-ROM.
!	 For details, refer to “Installation Procedure (Windows)” or
“Installation procedure (Mac OS X)”.
!	 The user is responsible for preparing the computer, network
devices and other elements of the Internet usage environment
required for a connection to the Internet.
About the driver software (Windows)
This driver software is an exclusive ASIO driver for outputting audio
signals from the computer.
!	 There is no need to install the driver software when using Mac OS X.
Checking the latest information on the driver software
For detailed information on this unit’s designated driver software, see
the Pioneer DJ support site below.
http://pioneerdj.com/support/
About the Serato DJ software
Serato DJ is a DJ software application by Serato. DJ performances are
possible by connecting the computer on which this software is installed
to this unit.
Minimum operating environment
Supported operating systems CPU and required memory
Mac OS X: 10.6.8 and
10.7.4
32-bit
version
Intel
®
processor, Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
or better
1 GB or more of RAM
64-bit
version
Intel®
processor, Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
or better
4 GB or more of RAM
Windows: Windows 7
32-bit
version
Intel
®
processor, Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
or better
2 GB or more of RAM
64-bit
version
Intel®
processor, Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
or better
4 GB or more of RAM
Others
Optical drive Optical disc drive on which the CD-ROM can be read
USB port
A USB 2.0 port is required to connect the computer
with this unit.
Display resolution Resolution of 1 280 x 720 or greater
Internet connection
An Internet connection is required for registering
the “Serato.com” user account and downloading 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.
	http://pioneerdj.com/support/
!	 Operation is not guaranteed on all computers, even if all the required operating
environment conditions indicated here are fulfilled.
!	 Depending on the computer’s power-saving settings, etc., the CPU and hard
disk may not provide sufficient processing capabilities. For notebook comput-
ers in particular, make sure the computer is in the proper conditions to provide
constant high performance (for example by keeping the AC power connected)
when using Serato DJ.
!	 Use of the Internet requires a separate contract with a provider offering Internet
services and payment of provider fees.
About the installation procedure
The installation procedure depends on the operating system (OS) on the
computer you are using.
For Windows
After installing the driver software, install the Serato DJ software.
For Mac OS X
Only install the Serato DJ software.
Installation Procedure (Windows)
Do not connect this unit and the computer until installation is
completed.
!	 Log on as the user which was set as the computer’s administrator
before installing.
!	 If any other programs are running on the computer, quit them.
1	 Insert the CD-ROM into the computer’s optical drive.
The CD-ROM menu is displayed.
!	 If the CD-ROM menu does not appear when the CD-ROM is inserted,
open the optical drive from [Computer (or My Computer)] in the
[Start] menu, then double-click the [CD_menu.exe] icon.
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Before
start
2	 When the CD-ROM menu appears, select [Install
Driver Software (Pioneer_DDJ_SX_Driver_x.xxx.exe)],
then click [Start].
!	 To close the CD-ROM menu, click [Exit].
3	 Proceed with installation according to the instructions
on the screen.
If [Windows Security] appears on the screen while the installation is
in progress, click [Install this driver software anyway] and continue
with the installation.
When the installation program is completed, a completion message
appears.
After installing the driver software, install the Serato DJ software.
4	 Select [Install DJ Software (Serato DJ/Download)]
from the CD-ROM’s menu, then click [Start].
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.
[Serato DJ Support Information] is displayed.
7	 Click the link to the Serato DJ download page.
The Serato DJ download page is displayed.
8	 Log in to your “Serato.com” user account.
!	 If you have already registered a user account on “Serato.com”,
proceed to step 10.
!	 If you have not completed registering your user account, do so
following the procedure below.
—	 Following the instructions on the screen, input your e-mail
address and the password you want to set, then select the
region in which you live.
—	 If you check [E-mail me Serato newsletters], newsletters
providing the latest information on Serato products will be
sent from Serato.
—	 Once user account registration is completed, you will receive
an e-mail at the e-mail address you have input. Check the
contents of the e-mail sent from “Serato.com”.
!	 Be careful not to forget the e-mail address and password speci-
fied when you performed user registration. They will be required
for updating the software.
!	 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.
9	 Click the link in the e-mail message sent from “Serato.
com”.
This takes you to the Serato DJ download page. Proceed to step 11.
10	Log in.
Input the e-mail address and password you have registered to log in to
“Serato.com”.
11	Download the Serato DJ software from the download
page.
Unzip the downloaded file, then double-click the unzipped file to launch
the installer.
12	Read the terms of the license agreement carefully,
and if you agree, select [I agree to the license terms and
conditions], then click [Install].
!	 If you do not agree to the contents of the usage agreement, click
[Close] to cancel installation.
Installation begins.
The message of successful installation appears once installation is
completed.
13	Click [Close] to quit the Serato DJ installer.
Installation procedure (Mac OS X)
Do not connect this unit and the computer until installation is
completed.
!	 If any other programs are running on the computer, quit them.
1	 Insert the CD-ROM into the computer’s optical drive.
The CD-ROM menu is displayed.
!	 If the CD-ROM menu does not appear on the screen when the
CD-ROM is inserted, open the optical driver from Finder, then dou-
ble-click the [CD_menu.app] icon.
2	 Select [Install DJ Software (Serato DJ/Download)]
from the CD-ROM’s menu, then click [Start].
3	 “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.
4	 Click [Software Info] under [DDJ-SX] on the Pioneer
DJ support site.
[Serato DJ Support Information] is displayed.
5	 Click the link to the Serato DJ download page.
The Serato DJ download page is displayed.
6	 Log in to your “Serato.com” user account.
!	 If you have already registered a user account on “Serato.com”,
proceed to step 8.
!	 If you have not completed registering your user account, do so
following the procedure below.
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—	 Following the instructions on the screen, input your e-mail
address and the password you want to set, then select the
region in which you live.
—	 If you check [E-mail me Serato newsletters], newsletters
providing the latest information on Serato products will be
sent from Serato.
—	 Once user account registration is completed, you will receive
an e-mail at the e-mail address you have input. Check the
contents of the e-mail sent from “Serato.com”.
!	 Be careful not to forget the e-mail address and password speci-
fied when you performed user registration. They will be required
for updating the software.
!	 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.
7	 Click the link in the e-mail message sent from “Serato.
com”.
This takes you to the Serato DJ download page. Proceed to step 9.
8	 Log in.
Input the e-mail address and password you have registered to log in to
“Serato.com”.
9	 Download the Serato DJ software from the download
page.
Unzip the downloaded file, then double-click the unzipped file to launch
the installer.
10	Read the terms of the license agreement carefully,
and if you agree, click [Agree].
!	 If you do not agree to the contents of the usage agreement, click
[Disagree] to cancel installation.
11	If the following screen appears, drag and drop the
[Serato DJ] icon on the [Applications] folder icon.
About the driver software and
setting utility software
This unit functions as an audio device conforming to the ASIO
standards.
Using the settings utility software
This function can only be used by those using a Windows operating
system.

 Launching the settings utility software
Click the Windows [Start] menu>[All
Programs]>[Pioneer]>[DDJ_SX]>[DDJ_SX ASIO Settings
Utility].

 Adjusting the buffer size
In the same way as the buffer size setting in the Serato DJ software,
decreasing the value of the [Kernel Buffers] setting lowers the transfer
delay (latency) of the audio data, while increasing the value reduces the
tendency for dropouts in the audio data (breaks in the sound).
The setting at [USB BUFFER SIZE (LATENCY)] in the Serato DJ soft-
ware’s [SETUP] menu has priority for the buffer size. (The default setting
is 512 samples/10 ms.)
!	 For details on making the settings on the DJ software, see the Serato
DJ software manual.
!	 If the [Buffer Size] or [Kernel Buffers] number is made large, drops
in the data (breaks in the sound), etc., occur less easily, but the time
lag due to transmission delays in the audio data (latency) increases.

 If breaks in the sound occur with the default
setting
1	 Launch [DDJ_SX ASIO Settings Utility] and change
[Kernel Buffers] to [4].
2	 Set [USB BUFFER SIZE (LATENCY)] in the Serato DJ
software to the minimum buffer size at which no breaks
in the sound occur.

 If no breaks in the sound occur with the default
setting
1	 Set [USB BUFFER SIZE (LATENCY)] in the Serato DJ
software to the minimum buffer size at which no breaks
in the sound occur.
2	 Launch [DDJ_SX ASIO Settings Utility], change [Kernel
Buffers] to [2], and check that no breaks in the sound
occur.
3	 If no breaks in the sound occur, set [USB BUFFER SIZE
(LATENCY)] in the Serato DJ software to the minimum
buffer size at which no breaks in the sound occur. If
breaks in the sound do occur, change [Kernel Buffers] in
the [DDJ_SX ASIO Settings Utility] to [3].
Checking the version of the driver
software
Click the Windows [Start] menu>[All
Programs]>[Pioneer]>[DDJ_SX]>[DDJ_SX Version Display
Utility].
!	 You can check the firmware version of this unit on the screen.
!	 The firmware version is not displayed when this unit is not connected
to the computer or when this unit and computer are not properly
communicating.
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Connections
and
part
names
Connections and part names
Connections
!	 Wait until all connections between devices have been completed
before connecting the AC adapter.
	 Be sure to turn off the power and unplug the AC adapter from the
power outlet before making or changing connections between
devices.
	 Refer to the operating instructions for the component to be
connected.
!	 Only use the AC adapter included with this unit.
!	 Power is supplied to this unit by the AC adapter.
!	 Connect this unit and the computer directly using the included USB
cable.
!	 A USB hub cannot be used.
!	 Refer to the operating instructions for the component to be
connected.
CAUTION
Due to the product’s specifications, the display may be turned off
completely by operating switches on the main unit or remote controller
(if included) so that the product may appear the same as when the AC
adapter is unplugged from the power outlet, but power is still being
supplied. To completely isolate the product from the power supply, the
AC adapter (shutoff device) must be unplugged from the power outlet.
Install the product near an outlet with the AC adapter (shutoff device)
within easy reach, and when not using the product for long periods of
time, such as when traveling, unplug the AC adapter from the power
outlet. Failure to do so may cause fires.
Names of Parts

 Rear panel
4 5 6
2
1 3 7 6 5 8 a b c d
9
1	MASTER OUT 1 terminals
Connect powered speakers, etc., here.
!	 Compatible with XLR connector type balanced outputs.
2	MASTER OUT 2 terminals
Connect to a power amplifier, etc.
!	 Compatible with RCA pin-jack type unbalanced outputs.
3	BOOTH terminals
Output terminals for a booth monitor, compatible with balanced or
unbalanced output for a TRS connector.
The master channel sound can be output from the [BOOTH] termi-
nals regardless of the audio level set for the master channel.
!	 The sound will be distorted if the level is raised too high when
using unbalanced outputs.
4	MIC2 terminal
Connects a microphone here.
!	 The [INPUT SELECT] switch on the main unit’s front panel must
be set to [MIC2].
5	CD terminals
Connect to a DJ player or other line level device.
!	 The [INPUT SELECT] switch on the main unit’s front panel must
be set to [CD].
6	PHONO/LINE input terminals
Connect a phono level output device (analog player (for MM car-
tridges), etc.) or a line level output device (DJ player, etc.) here.
Switch the terminals’ function according to the connected device
using the [INPUT SELECT] switch on this unit’s front panel.
7	SIGNAL GND terminal
Connects an analog player’s ground wire here. This helps reduce
noise when the analog player is connected.
8	MIC1 jack
Connects a microphone here.
!	 The [INPUT SELECT] switch on the main unit’s front panel must
be set to [MIC1].
!	 Either an XLR connector or a phones plug (Ø 6.3 mm) can be
used.
9	Kensington security slot
a	 USB terminal
Connect to a computer.
!	 Connect this unit and the computer directly using the included
USB cable.
!	 A USB hub cannot be used.
b	STANDBY/ON switch
This switches this unit’s power between on and standby.
c	DC IN terminal
Connect to a power outlet using the included AC adapter (with the
power plug mounted).
!	 Wait until connection of all equipment is completed before con-
necting the AC adapter.
!	 Only use the included AC adapter.
d	Cord hook
Catch the AC adapter’s power cord and USB cable on this hook
when using this unit.
!	 The sound will be interrupted if the AC adapter or USB cable is
disconnected during playback.
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 Front panel
1 6
2 5
3 4 3
4
1	PHONES jacks
Connect headphones here.
Both stereo phone plugs (Ø 6.3 mm) and stereo mini phone plugs (Ø
3.5 mm) can be used.
!	 There are two input jacks, both a stereo phones jack and a mini
phones jack, but do not use both simultaneously. If both are used
simultaneously, when one is disconnected and/or connected, the
volume of the other may increase or decrease suddenly.
2	HEADPHONES LEVEL control
Adjusts the audio level output from the [PHONES] terminal.
!	 The control can be stowed away by pressing it into the main unit.
When pressed again, the control pops out.
3	INPUT SELECT switch
Selects the input source of each channel from the components con-
nected to this unit.
—	[PC]: Select this to use the track loaded in the Serato DJ soft-
ware’s deck.
—	[MIC1] or [MIC2]: Select one of these to use the microphone con-
nected to the [MIC1] or [MIC2] jack.
—	[CD]: Select this to use a line level output device (DJ player, etc.)
connected to the [CD] terminals.
—	 The sound is muted for approximately 3 seconds when
switched to [PHONO].
4	INPUT SELECT switch
Selects the input source of each channel from the components con-
nected to this unit.
—	[PC]: Select this to use the track loaded in the Serato DJ soft-
ware’s deck.
—	[PHONO]: Select this to use a phono level (for MM cartridges)
output device (analog player, etc.) connected to the [PHONO/
LINE] input terminals.
—	[LINE]: Select this to use a line level output device (DJ player,
etc.) connected to the [PHONO/LINE] input terminals.
5	Crossfader curve selector switch
This switches the crossfader curve characteristics.
!	 The further the control is turned clockwise, the sharper the curve
rises.
!	 The further the control is turned counterclockwise, the more
gradually the curve rises.
!	 The control can be stowed away by pressing it into the main unit.
When pressed again, the control pops out.
6	TOUCH SENSOR LEVEL control
This adjusts the sensitivity of the jog dial’s touch sensor.
Connecting the input/output terminals

 Connecting input terminals
Rear panel
AUDIO OUT
R L
CONT
Analog player Analog player
DJ player
DJ player
Computer
Portable audio
device
Portable audio
device
Microphone Microphone
DJ player DJ player
AC adapter
(included)
To power outlet
R L R L
R L R L
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Rear panel
Components, amplifiers,
powered speakers, etc.
Power amplifier,
powered speaker, etc.
Power amplifier
(for booth monitor),
powered speaker, etc.
R L
Front panel
Headphones
Cord hook
Hook the AC adapter’s power cord in the top of the cord
hook, the USB cable in the bottom.
Fasten the AC adapter’s power cord and USB cable in place by hooking
them on the cord hook. This prevents the power cord and USB cable
from being accidentally pulled and the plugs from being disconnected
from the terminals.
!	 Do not fasten with the base of the AC adapter’s power cord bent.
If used continuously under these conditions, the power cord may
be damaged, resulting in faulty contact.
!	 The sound will be interrupted if the AC adapter or USB cable is
disconnected during playback.
USB cable
AC adapter’s power cord
Cord hook
Part names and functions
1	Browser section
2	Deck section
3	Mixer section
4	Effect section
Browser section
1 1 2 1 1
3 4
1	LOAD button
Press:
The selected tracks are loaded to the respective decks.
!	 When the [LOAD] button is pressed twice, the tracks loaded in
the selected deck on the opposite side are loaded into the deck
whose [LOAD] button was pressed. When this is done while
a track is playing, the track is played from the same position.
(Instant Double)
[SHIFT] + press:
The library’s track list is sorted when one of the [LOAD] buttons is
pressed.
: Sorts by track number.
: Sorts by BPM.
: Sorts the track names in alphabetical order.
: Sorts by album.
2	Rotary selector
Turn:
The cursor in the library or on the [CRATES] panel moves up and
down.
Press:
The cursor moves between the [CRATES] panel and library each time
the rotary selector is pressed.
If there are sub crates for the item currently selected in the [CRATES]
panel, those crates are expanded or collapsed.
The cursor on the [Files] panel moves to a lower layer.
The cursor on the [Browse] panel moves to the next category.
!	 For details on the [CRATES] panel, see Importing tracks (p.19).
3	BACK button
Press:
The cursor moves between the [CRATES] panel and library each time
the button is pressed.
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The cursor on the [Files] panel moves to a higher layer.
The cursor on the [Browse] panel moves to the previous category.
[SHIFT] + press:
Switches the Serato DJ layout.
4	LOAD PREPARE (AREA) button
Press:
Loads tracks to the [Prepare] panel.
[SHIFT] + press:
The panel display switches each time the button is pressed.
Panel display off l Files l Browse l PREPARE l History l
Panel display off.
Deck section
This section is used to control the four decks. The buttons and controls
for operating decks 1 and 3 are located on the left side of the controller,
those for operating decks 2 and 4 are located on the right side of the
controller.
1	Jog dial
Turn top:
When the vinyl mode is on, the scratch operation is possible.
When the vinyl mode is off, the pitch bend operation (adjustment of
the playing speed) is possible.
Turn outer section:
The pitch bend operation (adjustment of the playing speed) is
possible.
[SHIFT] + Turn top:
The playback position skips in sync with the beat. (Skip mode)
!	 The skip mode cannot be used with tracks for which no beatgrid
is set. For details on setting beatgrids, see the Serato DJ software
manual.
2	VINYL button
This switches the vinyl mode on/off.
3	NEEDLE SEARCH pad
By touching the pad, you can jump to the desired position in the
track loaded in the deck.
4	TEMPO slider
Use this to adjust the track playing speed.
5	KEY LOCK button
Press:
Turns the key lock function on and off.
When the key lock function is on, the key does not change even when
the playing speed is changed with the [TEMPO] slider.
The sound is digitally processed, so the sound quality decreases.
[SHIFT] + press:
The [TEMPO] slider’s range of variation switches each time the but-
ton is pressed.
±8% ±16% ±50%
Press for over 1 second:
Sets the tempo (BPM) of the currently playing track back to its origi-
nal tempo.
6	TAKEOVER indicator
When decks are switched while the sync function is off, the position
of the controller’s [TEMPO] slider may not match the software’s
tempo (pitch). To regain control of the tempo from the controller,
adjust using the [TAKEOVER] indicator as reference. Slowly move
the [TEMPO] slider in the direction in which the [TAKEOVER] indica-
tor lights. When moved to the position at which the [TAKEOVER]
indicator turns off, the [TEMPO] slider’s position matches the soft-
ware’s tempo (pitch) and the tempo can once again be controlled
with the [TEMPO] slider.
7	AUTO LOOP button
Press:
Turns the auto looping mode on and off.
!	 During loop playback, this operation cancels looping.
[SHIFT] + press:
Switches looping between active and non-active. (Loop Active)
!	 Even if looping is active, if there is no playback position in that
loop, loop playback is not performed.
!	 When the playback position enters the active loop, loop playback
starts.
!	 During loop playback, this operation cancels looping.
8	LOOP 1/2X button
Press:
Select the auto loop beat.
During loop playback, the length of loop playback is split in half each
time this button is pressed.
[SHIFT] + press:
During loop playback, moves the loop to the left by the amount equal
to its length. (Loop Shift)
9	LOOP 2X button
Press:
Select the auto loop beat.
During loop playback, the length of loop playback is doubled each
time this button is pressed.
[SHIFT] + press:
During loop playback, moves the loop to the right by the amount
equal to its length. (Loop Shift)
a	LOOP IN button
Press:
Loop In Point is set.
When this button is pressed during loop playback, the loop in point
can be fine-adjusted using the jog dial.
[SHIFT] + press:
The loop slot switches. (Loop Slot)
When loops are stored in loop slots ahead of time, they can be called
out later.
!	 Up to eight loops can be set in the loop slots.
!	 When you select the number of the loop slot at which you want to
store the loop then set a loop, the loop is automatically stored.
!	 When a new loop is set after a loop has been stored, the loop is
overwritten and the slot is updated.
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!	 When the number of the loop slot whose loop you want to call out
is selected and the LOOP OUT button is pressed while pressing
the [SHIFT] button (reloop), playback of the stored loop starts.
b	LOOP OUT button
Press:
The loop out point is set, and loop playback begins.
When this button is pressed during loop playback, the loop out point
can be fine-adjusted using the jog dial.
[SHIFT] + press:
Cancels loop playback. (Loop Exit)
After loop playback is canceled, playback returns to the previously
set loop in point and loop playback resumes. (Reloop)
c	HOT CUE mode button
Press:
Sets the hot cue mode.
[SHIFT] + press:
This will be used with future function enhancements of the Serato
DJ software.
!	 For function enhancements, see the Pioneer DJ support site
below.
	http://pioneerdj.com/support/
d	ROLL mode button
Press:
Sets the roll mode.
[SHIFT] + press:
This will be used with future function enhancements of the Serato
DJ software.
!	 For function enhancements, see the Pioneer DJ support site
below.
	http://pioneerdj.com/support/
e	SLICER mode button
Press:
Sets the slicer mode.
!	 The mode switches between slicer mode 1 and slicer mode 2
each time the button is pressed.
!	 To cancel the slicer mode, press one of the [ROLL] mode,
[SAMPLER] mode or [HOT CUE] mode buttons.
[SHIFT] + press:
This will be used with future function enhancements of the Serato
DJ software.
!	 For function enhancements, see the Pioneer DJ support site
below.
	http://pioneerdj.com/support/
f	SAMPLER mode button
Press:
Sets the sampler mode.
Press for over 1 second:
Turns the sampler velocity mode on and off.
!	 For details on the sampler velocity mode, see Using the sampler
velocity mode on page 25.
[SHIFT] + press:
This will be used with future function enhancements of the Serato
DJ software.
!	 For function enhancements, see the Pioneer DJ support site
below.
	http://pioneerdj.com/support/
g	Performance pads
The performance pads are used to control the hot cue, loop roll,
slicer and sampler functions.
=	 Using the performance pads (p.22)
h	PARAMETERc button, PARAMETERd button
Use these to set the loop roll, slicer and sampler parameters.
=	 Using the performance pads (p.22)
i	PLAY/PAUSE f button
Press:
Use this to play/pause tracks.
[SHIFT] + press:
The track returns to the temporary cue point and playback continues
from there. (Stutter)
!	 This function (Stutter) cannot be used with Serato DJ Ver. 1.0. It
is scheduled to be supported in a future version upgrade.
j	CUE button
Press:
This is used to set, play and call out temporary cue points.
!	 When the [CUE] button is pressed while pausing, the temporary
cue point is set.
!	 When the [CUE] button is pressed during playback, the track
returns to the temporary cue point and pauses. (Back Cue)
!	 When the [CUE] button is pressed and held after the track
returns to the temporary cue point, playback continues as long
as the button is pressed in. (Cue Sampler)
!	 When the [PLAY/PAUSE f] button is pressed during cue
sampling, playback continues from that point.
[SHIFT] + press:
Loads the previous track in the track list. (Previous Track)
!	 If the current playback position is not the beginning of a track,
the track returns to the beginning.
!	 This function (Previous Track) cannot be controlled from this unit
with Serato DJ Ver. 1.0. It is scheduled to be supported in a future
version upgrade.
!	 Operations on the computer’s screen using the mouse are pos-
sible. For details, see the Serato DJ software manual.
k	SYNC button
Press:
The tempos (pitches) and beat grids of tracks on multiple decks can
be synchronized automatically.
[SHIFT] + press:
Cancels the sync mode.
l	SHIFT button
When another button is pressed while pressing the [SHIFT] button, a
different function is called out.
m	DECK button
Switches the deck to be operated.
n	DUAL DECK button
Turns the dual deck mode on and off.
=	 Using the dual deck mode (p.24)
o	GRID ADJUST button
Press:
When the jog dial is turned while pressing the [GRID ADJUST] but-
ton, the beat grid interval can be adjusted.
[SHIFT] + press:
Sets a beat marker. (Grid Set)
!	 Beat markers can be set at multiple points.
p	GRID SLIDE button
Press:
When the jog dial is turned while pressing the [GRID SLIDE] button,
the overall beat grid can be slid to the left or right.
[SHIFT] + press:
Clears the beat markers. (Grid Clear)
q	SLIP button
This turns the slip mode on/off.
=	 Using the slip mode (p.23)
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r	CENSOR button
Press:
The track is played in the reverse direction while the [CENSOR] but-
ton is pressed, and normal playback resumes when the button is
released.
!	 Even during playback in the reverse direction, normal playback
continues in the background. When the button is released, play-
back resumes from the point reached in the background.
[SHIFT] + press:
The track is played in the reverse direction. When the [SHIFT] and
[CENSOR] buttons are pressed again, reverse playback is canceled
and normal playback resumes.
s	PANEL SELECT button
The panel display switches each time the button is pressed.
Panel display off l [REC] panel l [FX] panel l [SP-6] panel l
[VIDEO] panel l Panel display off ...
!	 When Serato-Video is installed and enabled on the [SETUP]
menu, the [VIDEO] panel is displayed.
Mixer section
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e
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1	FX 1 assign button
Turns effect unit FX1 on and off for the respective channel.
2	FX 2 assign button
Turns effect unit FX2 on and off for the respective channel.
3	TRIM control
Adjusts the individual channel output gain.
4	EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls
Boosts or cuts frequencies for the different channels.
5	Channel Level Indicator
Displays the sound level of the respective channels before passing
through the channel faders.
6	FILTER control
Applies the filter effect for the respective channel.
The original sound is output when the control is at the center
position.
Turn counterclockwise: Gradually decreases the low-pass filter’s
cutoff frequency.
Turn clockwise: Gradually increases the high-pass filter’s cutoff
frequency.
7	Headphones CUE/MIC TALK OVER button
Press:
The sound of channels for which the headphones [CUE] button is
pressed is output to the headphones.
!	 When the headphones [CUE] button is pressed again, monitoring
is canceled.
When the [INPUT SELECT] switch for channel 3 or 4 is set to [MIC1]
or [MIC2], the talkover function can be turned on or off.
When the talkover function is on, the headphones [CUE/
MIC TALK OVER] button flashes. When a sound of over -15 dB is
input to the microphone, the sound other than that of the micro-
phone is attenuated by approximately 20 dB.
!	 The talkover function for both the microphone connected to the
[MIC1] terminal and the microphone connected to the [MIC2]
terminal can be turned on and off by pressing the headphones
[CUE/MIC TALK OVER] button for either channel 3 or channel 4.
[SHIFT] + press:
The track’s tempo can be set by tapping the button. (Tap function)
!	 When the Tap function is used, the display of the deck section on
the computer’s screen switches to the [Beatgrid Editer] display.
Click [Edit Grid] on the computer’s screen.
8	Headphones CUE button
Press:
The sound of channels for which the headphones [CUE] button is
pressed is output to the headphones.
!	 When the headphones [CUE] button is pressed again, monitoring
is canceled.
[SHIFT] + press:
The track’s tempo can be set by tapping the button. (Tap function)
!	 When the Tap function is used, the display of the deck section on
the computer’s screen switches to the [Beatgrid Editer] display.
Click [Edit Grid] on the computer’s screen.
9	Channel fader
Move:
Adjusts the level of audio signals output in each channel.
[SHIFT] + move:
Use the channel fader start function.
For details on the channel fader start function, see Using the channel
fader start function on page 25.
a	Crossfader Assign Switch
Assigns the channel output to the crossfader.
[A]: Assigns to [A] (left) of the crossfader.
[B]: Assigns to [B] (right) of the crossfader.
[THRU]: Selects this when you do not want to use the crossfader.
(The signals do not pass through the crossfader.)
b	Crossfader
Outputs the sound assigned with the crossfader assign switch.
c	MASTER LEVEL control
Adjusts the master sound level output.
d	Master level indicator
Displays the master output’s audio level.
e	Booth monitor level control
Adjusts the level of audio signals output from the [BOOTH] terminal.
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.
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h	SAMPLER VOLUME fader
Adjusts the sampler’s overall sound level.
Effect section
This section is used to control the two effect units (FX1 and FX2).
Controls and buttons to operate the FX1 unit are located on the left side
of the controller, those to operate the FX2 unit are located on the right
side of the controller. The channels to which the effect is to be applied
are set using the effect assign buttons .
1 1 1 2
3 3 3 4
1	Effect parameter controls
These adjust the effects’ parameters.
2	FX BEATS control
Adjusts the effect time.
3	Effect parameter buttons
Press:
Turns the effect on and off or switches the parameter.
[SHIFT] + press:
Switches the effect type.
4	TAP button
Press:
The BPM used as the base value for the effect is calculated by the
interval at which the button is tapped with a finger.
When the button is pressed and held, the effect time is reset.
[SHIFT] + press:
Switches the effect mode.
!	 This function (Effect Mode Switching) cannot be used with
Serato DJ Ver. 1.0. It is scheduled to be supported in a future
version upgrade.

 To monitor the effect sounds
When the [HEADPHONES MIXING] control is turned to the [CUE] side,
the Serato DJ software’s effect sounds are not output in the sound of
channels whose headphones [CUE] button is pressed. To monitor the
Serato DJ software’s effect sounds, turn the [HEADPHONES MIXING]
control to the [MASTER] side, turn on the [MASTER CUE] button and
monitor the effect sound with the master output’s sound.
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Basic Operation
Connections
1	 Connect headphones to one of the [PHONES]
terminals.
2	 Connect powered speakers, a power amplifier,
components, etc., to the [MASTER OUT 1] or [MASTER
OUT 2] terminals.
R L
Power speaker, etc
!	 To output the sound from the [BOOTH] terminals, connect speak-
ers or other devices to the [BOOTH] terminals.
!	 For details on the connections of the input/output terminals, see
Connections (p.9).
3	 Connect this unit to your computer via a USB cable.
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.
!	 For detailed cautions on the AC adapter, see “About the AC
adapter” (p. 5).
!	 The shape of the plug differs according to the region in which the
unit is sold.
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6	 Connect the AC adapter.
AC adapter
(included)
To power outlet
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. Wait a while
until the message [Your devices are ready for use] appears.
8	 Turn on the power of the devices connected to the
output terminals (powered speakers, power amplifier,
components, etc.).
!	 When a microphone, DJ player or other external device is con-
nected to input terminals, the power of that device also turns on.
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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
A A
C
B
Computer screen when a track is loaded in the Serato DJ software
A A
C
B
A	 Deck section
The track information (the name of the loaded track, artist name, BPM, etc.), the overall waveform and other information is displayed here.
B	 Waveform display
The loaded track’s waveform is displayed here.
C	 Browser section
Crates in which tracks in the library or sets of multiple tracks are stored are displayed here.
This manual consists mainly of explanations of functions of this unit as hardware. For detailed instructions on operating the Serato DJ software, see
the Serato DJ software manual.
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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.
1	 Click the [Files] key on the Serato DJ software screen to open the [Files] panel.
The contents of your computer or the peripheral connected to the computer are displayed in the [Files] panel.
2	 Click the folder on the [Files] panel containing the tracks you want to add to the library to select it.
3	 On the Serato DJ software’s screen, drag and drop the selected folder to the crates list panel.
A crate is created and the tracks are added to the library.
a
b
a	 [Files] panel
b	 Crates panel
Loading tracks and playing them
The following describes the procedure for loading tracks into deck [1] as an example.
1	Rotary selector
2	BACK button
3	LOAD button
1	 Press this unit’s [BACK] button, move the cursor to the crates panel on the computer’s screen, then turn the rotary
selector to select the crate, etc.
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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.
a
b
a	 Library
b	 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
sound as an example.
!	 Set the volume of the devices (power amplifier, powered speakers,
etc.) connected to the [MASTER OUT 1] and [MASTER OUT 2]
terminals to an appropriate level. Note that loud sound will be output
if the volume is set too high.
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4	TRIM control
5	EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls
6	FILTER control
7	Headphones CUE button
8	Channel fader
9	Crossfader Assign Switch
a	MASTER LEVEL control
b	BOOTH MONITOR LEVEL control
c	HEADPHONES MIXING control
d	MASTER CUE button
e	Crossfader
f	HEADPHONES LEVEL control
g	INPUT SELECT switch
h	Crossfader curve selector switch
1	 Set the positions of the controls, etc., as shown
below.
Names of controls, etc. Position
MASTER LEVEL control Turned fully counterclockwise
TRIM control Turned fully counterclockwise
EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls Center
FILTER control Center
Channel fader Moved forward
Crossfader Assign Switch [THRU] position
INPUT SELECT switch [PC] position
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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.
Adjust the sound level output from the [MASTER OUT 1] and [MASTER
OUT 2] terminals to an appropriate level.
Monitoring sound with headphones
Set the positions of the controls, etc., as shown below.
Names of controls, etc. Position
HEADPHONES MIXING control Center
HEADPHONES LEVEL control Turned fully counterclockwise
1	 Press the headphones [CUE] button for the channel 1.
2	 Turn the [HEADPHONES LEVEL] control.
Adjust the sound level output from the headphones to an appropriate
level.
Note
This unit and the Serato DJ software include a variety of functions
enabling individualistic DJ performances. For details on the respective
functions, see the Serato DJ software manual.
!	 The Serato DJ software manual can be downloaded from “Serato.
com”. For details, see Downloading the Serato DJ software manual (p.
31).
Quitting the system
1	 Quit [Serato DJ].
When the software is closed, a message for confirming that you want to
close it appears on the computer’s screen. Click [Yes] to close.
2	 Press the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear
panel to set this unit’s power to standby.
3	 Disconnect the USB cable from your computer.
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Advanced Operation
The descriptions from this point on are for functions not described in
the Serato DJ software manual that are specifically for when this unit
and Serato DJ are used in combination.
Using the performance pads
The performance pads are used to control the hot cue, loop roll, slicer
and sampler functions.
These functions are switched using the respective pad mode buttons
(the [HOT CUE] mode button, [ROLL] mode button, [SLICER] mode but-
ton and [SAMPLER] mode button).
Using hot cues
With this function, playback can be started instantaneously from the
position at which a hot cue is set.
!	 Up to eight hot cue points can be set and saved per track.
1	 Press the [HOT CUE] mode button.
The [HOT CUE] mode button lights and the mode switches to the hot
cue mode.
2	 In the play or pause mode, press a performance pad
to set the hot cue point.
The hot cue points are assigned to the respective performance pads as
shown below.
Hot cue1 Hot cue2 Hot cue3 Hot cue4
Hot cue5 Hot cue6 Hot cue7 Hot cue8
3	 Press the performance pad at which the hot cue point
was set.
Playback starts from the hot cue point.
!	 Set hot cue points can be cleared by pressing a performance pad
while pressing the [SHIFT] button.
Using the Loop Roll function
When a performance pad is pressed, a loop with the number of beats
assigned to that pad is set, and the loop is played while the button is
being pressed.
During loop roll playback, normal playback with the original rhythm con-
tinues in the background. When loop roll playback is canceled, playback
resumes from the position reached in the background at the point loop
roll playback was canceled.
1	 Press the [ROLL] mode button.
The [ROLL] mode button lights and the mode switches to the roll mode.
2	 Press the [PARAMETERc] or [PARAMETERd] button.
The loop roll beats assigned to the performance pads switch each time
one of the buttons is pressed.
The following four settings can be made:
1	 4 beats from 1/32
2	 8 beats from 1/16
3	 16 beats from 1/8
4	 32 beats from 1/4
For example, with the “8 beats from 1/16” setting, the pads’ settings are
as shown below.
1/16 beat 1/8 beat 1/4 beat 1/2 beat
1 beat 2 beats 4 beats 8 beats
The range of beats set for the loop roll is displayed on the computer’s
screen.
3	 Press and hold one of the performance pads.
A loop roll with the number of beats assigned to the pad that was
pressed is played. Playback continues in the background during loop roll
playback.
!	 The number of beats of the currently playing loop roll can be
changed by pressing the [LOOP 1/2X] or [LOOP 2X] button dur-
ing loop roll playback.
4	 Release the performance pad.
Loop roll playback is canceled, and playback resumes from the position
reached in the background.
Using the Slicer function
The specified range is divided into eight equal sections, and these eight
sliced sections are assigned to the respective performance pads. While
one of the performance pads is pressed, the sound for the section
assigned to that pad is played in a loop.
During loop playback of the pad’s sound, normal playback with the
original rhythm continues in the background. When the pad is released
and loop playback ends, playback resumes from the position reached at
that point.
!	 The slicer function cannot be used with tracks for which no beatgrid
is set. For details on setting beatgrids, see the Serato DJ software
manual.
—	 Beatgrids can also be set using this unit’s [GRID ADJUST] and
[GRID SLIDE] buttons. (p.13)
1	 Press the [SLICER] mode button.
The [SLICER] mode button lights and the mode switches to slicer mode
1.
2	 Press the [SLICER] mode button to select the slicer
mode.
The mode switches between slicer mode 1 and slicer mode 2 each time
the button is pressed.
=	 About slicer mode 1 and slicer mode 2 (p.23)
3	 Press the [PARAMETERc] or [PARAMETERd] button
while pressing the [SHIFT] button.
Set the domain for the slicer function. The value set for the domain
switches each time one of the buttons is pressed while pressing the
[SHIFT] button.
The domain can be set to one of five settings: 2 beats, 4 beats, 8 beats,
16 beats or 32 beats.
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Advanced
Operation
The eight equal sections into which the range specified with the domain
setting have been sliced are assigned to the respective performance
pads as shown below.
Sliced sections 1 to 8
Domain
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Section1 Section2 Section3 Section4
Section5 Section6 Section7 Section8
4	 Press the [PARAMETERc] or [PARAMETERd] button.
Set the quantization for the slicer function. The value set for the quanti-
zation switches each time one of the buttons is pressed.
The quantization can be set in four ways: 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 1.
The length of the loop which is played while the pad is being pressed
can be changed with the “QUANTIZATION” setting. For example, when
“QUANTIZATION” is set to “1”, the entire section assigned to the pad is
played in a loop, and when “QUANTIZATION” is set to “1/2”, only the first
half of the section assigned to the pad is played in a loop.
5	 Press and hold one of the performance pads.
When the pad is pressed and held, the sound is played in a loop.
!	 The length of loop playback differs depending on the quantization
setting.
When the pad is released, the track returns to the position that is playing
in the background.

 About slicer mode 1 and slicer mode 2
Slicer mode 1
When the playback position advances to the end of the range that has
been sliced into eight equal sections, the range shown on the display
switches to the next eight sliced sections, and these sliced sections
are assigned to the respective pads, replacing the previously assigned
sections.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 1
2 2
3 4 5 6 7 8
Slicer mode 2
When the playback position advances to the end of the range that was
sliced into eight equal parts, the playback position returns to the begin-
ning of the range that was sliced into eight equal parts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Using the sampler function
Tracks loaded in the sampler slots of the sampler (SP-6) can be played
with the performance pads.
1	 Press the [PANEL SELECT] button to open the [SP-6]
panel on the computer’s screen.
2	 Press the [SAMPLER] mode button.
The [SAMPLER] mode button lights and the mode switches to the sam-
pler mode.
3	 Press the [PARAMETERc] or [PARAMETERd] button.
Switch the sampler (SP-6) bank. The sampler has four banks, A, B, C and
D, and each bank has six slots.
When the bank is switched, the pads light to indicate the currently
selected bank.
Bank A
Left deck
Bank B Bank C
Right deck
Bank D
4	 Operating the mouse on the computer’s screen, drag
and drop tracks to load them into the [SP-6] panel’s slots.
The sampler settings and loaded tracks are saved.
5	 Press a performance pad.
The sound for the slot assigned to the pad that was pressed is played.
Slot1 Slot2 Slot3 Slot4
Slot5 Slot6
Using the slip mode
When the slip mode is turned on, normal playback with the original
rhythm continues in the background during scratching, looping and hot
cue playback. When scratching, looping or hot cue playback is canceled,
normal playback resumes from the position reached up to the point at
which the operation was canceled.
Various performances can be achieved without breaking the rhythm.
!	 The [SLIP] button lights when the slip mode is set and flashes while
the sound is being played in the background.
Slip scratching
1	 Press the [VINYL] button.
2	 Press the [SLIP] button.
The mode switches to the slip mode.
3	 During playback, operate the top of the jog dial to
scratch.
Normal playback continues in the background even while scratching.
4	 Release your hand from the top of the jog dial.
Playback starts from the position reached in the background.
!	 To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again.
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Slip hot cue
1	 Press the [HOT CUE] mode button.
Set the hot cue mode.
2	 Set the hot cue.
Press a performance pad to set the hot cue.
3	 Press the [SLIP] button.
The mode switches to the slip mode.
4	 During playback, press and hold a performance pad.
Playback starts from the position at which the hot cue was set. Playback
continues as long as the performance pad is pressed.
Normal playback continues in the background while the hot cue is
playing.
5	 Release your finger from the performance pad.
Playback starts from the position reached in the background.
!	 To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again.
Slip braking
1	 Adjust the [BRAKING] — [STOP TIME] setting in the
[SETUP] menu’s [DJ Preference] tab.
The [BRAKING] setting adjusts the speed at which the track stops from
the play mode.
When using slip braking, adjust the [BRAKING] control on the com-
puter’s screen to about the 9 o’clock position and set so that the sound
stops slowly.
2	 Press the [SLIP] button.
The mode switches to the slip mode.
3	 During playback, press the [PLAY/PAUSE f] button.
Playback slowly stops while the button is being pressed. Normal play-
back continues in the background while playback is slowly stopping.
4	 Press the [PLAY/PAUSE f] button again.
Playback starts from the position reached in the background.
!	 To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again.
Auto slip looping
1	 Press the [SLIP] button.
The mode switches to the slip mode.
2	 Press the [LOOP 1/2X] or [LOOP 2X] button.
Select the auto loop beat.
3	 Press the [AUTO LOOP] button.
A loop with the specified number of beats is set and loop playback starts.
Normal playback continues in the background during loop playback.
4	 Press the [AUTO LOOP] button again.
Looping is canceled and playback starts from the position reached in the
background.
!	 To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again.
Manual slip looping

 Creating a loop and slipping it
1	 Press the [SLIP] button.
The mode switches to the slip mode.
2	 Press the [LOOP IN] button, then press [LOOP OUT]
button.
Loop playback starts.
Normal playback continues in the background even during loop
playback.
3	 Press the [LOOP OUT] button while pressing the
[SHIFT] button.
Looping is canceled and playback starts from the position reached in the
background.
!	 To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again.

 Slipping using a loop in a loop slot
1	 Press the [SLIP] button.
The mode switches to the slip mode.
2	 Press the [LOOP IN] button while pressing the [SHIFT]
button to select the loop to be played.
3	 Press the [LOOP OUT] button while pressing the
[SHIFT] button.
Loop playback starts.
Normal playback continues in the background even during loop
playback.
4	 Once again, press the [LOOP OUT] button while
pressing the [SHIFT] button.
Looping is canceled and playback starts from the position reached in the
background.
!	 To cancel the slip mode, press the [SLIP] button again.
Using the dual deck mode
The dual deck mode is a function allowing you to control both decks
simultaneously when mixing two different tracks on deck 1 and deck 3
(or on deck 2 and deck 4).
A feature of this function is that it enables such operations as scratch-
ing, looping and hot cueing of two different tracks that have been mixed
by mashing them up or blending them, as if they were a single track.
Status display in the dual deck mode
!	 In the dual deck mode, the status of the deck selected directly before
the dual deck mode was turned on is displayed.
The explanation below describes an example of the operation for con-
trolling decks 1 and 3 simultaneously.
1	 Press the [DECK 1] button.
Deck 1 is selected and the [DECK 1] button lights.
2	 Press the [DUAL DECK] button.
The dual deck mode turns on, and the [DECK 1] and [DUAL DECK] but-
tons light.
The controller displays the status of deck 1.
3	 Press the [DUAL DECK] button.
The dual deck mode turns off, and the [DECK 1] button lights.
Under these circumstances, deck 1 is selected on the controller.
!	 When the [DECK] button is pressed while in the dual deck mode,
the dual deck mode turns off and the unit switches to the deck
selected with the [DECK] button.
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Advanced
Operation
Functions that can be controlled in the
dual deck mode
The functions below can be controlled on the two decks simultaneously
in the dual deck mode.
Button or control
that is operated
Function
Jog dial Scratch, pitch bend, skip mode, slip scratch
VINYL button Vinyl mode
KEY LOCK button Key lock, tempo reset
AUTO LOOP button Auto loop, active loop, auto slip loop
LOOP 1/2X button Auto loop beat selection, half loop, loop shift
LOOP 2X button Auto loop beat selection, double loop, loop shift
LOOP IN button
Loop in, loop in adjust, loop slot selection, manual slip
loop
LOOP OUT button Loop out, loop out adjust, reloop/eject, manual slip loop
HOT CUE mode button Hot cue mode
ROLL mode button Roll mode
SLICER mode button Slicer mode
SAMPLER mode
button
Sampler mode
Performance pads
Hot cue trigger, hot cue delete, slip hot cue, loop roll
trigger, slicer trigger
PARAMETERc button,
PARAMETERd button
Loop roll beat selection, slicer quantization selection,
slicer domain selection
PLAY/PAUSE f
button
Play, pause, slip braking
CUE button Cue setting, back cue, cue sampler
SYNC button Sync, sync off
SLIP button Slip mode
CENSOR button Censor, reverse
NEEDLE SEARCH pad Needle search
Functions that are limited in the dual deck mode
For the following functions, only the deck that is displayed can be oper-
ated when in the dual deck mode.
Button or control
that is operated
Function
TEMPO slider Tempo adjustment
KEY LOCK button Tempo range
Deck status mirroring function
When the statuses below differ on the respective decks, they are auto-
matically set to the same statuses as on the deck whose [DECK] button
is lit.
!	 Vinyl mode status, pad mode status, slip mode status
Using the channel fader start
function
1	 Set the cue.
Pause at the position from which you want to start playback, then press
the [CUE] button for the corresponding deck.
!	 Cues can also be set by moving the channel fader from the back
to the position nearest you while pressing the [SHIFT] button in
the pause mode.
2	 While pressing the [SHIFT] button, move the channel
fader from the position nearest you towards the back.
Playback of the track starts from the set cue point.
!	 When the channel fader is moved back to the position nearest you
while pressing the [SHIFT] button during playback, the track moves
instantaneously back to the set cue point and the pause mode is set.
(Back Cue)
!	 If no cue is set, playback starts from the beginning of the track.
!	 It is also possible to change the setting in the utility settings so that
the sync mode is set simultaneously when playback is started with
the channel fader start function.
!	 When the channel fader is moved from the back to the position near-
est you while pressing the [SHIFT] button when standing by at a cue,
track playback starts from the set cue.
Using the sampler velocity mode
When the [SAMPLER] mode button is pressed for over one second, the
sampler velocity mode turns on and off.
When the sampler velocity mode is on, the sample volume level changes
according to the strength with which the performance pads are tapped.
The volume level increases when the performance pads are tapped
strongly, decreases when they are tapped weakly.
When the sampler velocity mode is off, the sound is triggered at the
volume level set with the Serato DJ software, regardless of the strength
with which the performance pads are tapped.
!	 The sampler velocity mode’s on/off setting is reset each time the
power is turned on; this unit starts up with the sampler velocity mode
turned off.
!	 The velocity curve can be set in the utility settings.
Analyzing tracks
When one of this unit’s [LOAD] buttons is pressed and tracks are loaded
onto the decks, the tracks are analyzed, but some time may be required
until analysis is completed and the BPM and waveform are displayed.
When the Serato DJ software is used as an offline player, tracks can be
analyzed ahead of time. For tracks whose analysis has been completed,
the BPM and waveform are displayed immediately when the tracks are
loaded onto the decks.
For details on using the Serato DJ software as an offline player and
instructions on analyzing tracks, see the Serato DJ software manual.
!	 Depending on the number of tracks, some time may be required for
analysis.
Utility settings
The following settings can be changed:
!	 Setting for using DJ software other than Serato DJ
!	 Channel fader start setting
!	 Changing the master attenuation setting
!	 Slip mode flashing setting
!	 Demo mode setting
!	 Setting of the velocity curve in the sampler velocity mode
!	 MIDI settings in the sampler velocity mode
!	 Jog dial illumination mode setting
Launching the utility settings mode
When the utility settings mode is started up while this unit and a com-
puter are connected by USB cable, the set status may not be displayed
properly.
1	 Disconnect the USB cable from your computer.
2	 Press the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear
panel to set this unit’s power to standby.
Set this unit’s power to the standby mode.
3	 While pressing both the [SHIFT] and [PLAY/PAUSE
f] buttons on the left deck, press the [STANDBY/ON]
switch on this unit’s rear panel.
The utility settings mode is launched.
4	 After setting this unit to the utility settings mode,
operate the controller for the item whose settings you
want to change.
See the explanations below for the settings that can be changed.
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5	 Press the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear
panel to set this unit’s power to standby.
To save the settings, set the [STANDBY/ON] switch on this unit’s rear
panel to standby and quit the utility settings mode.
Changing the settings

 Using DJ software other than Serato DJ
To use this unit as a controller for operating DJ software other than
Serato DJ, change this setting.
!	 By default, the unit is set to use Serato DJ.
Press the [KEY LOCK] button on the left deck.
!	[KEY LOCK] button off: Setting to use Serato DJ
!	[KEY LOCK] button lit: Setting to use DJ software other than
Serato DJ

 Changing the channel fader start setting
The channel fader start function’s setting can be changed.
!	 By default, the channel fader start mode functions without the sync
mode set.
Press one of the effect parameter buttons for the left
deck.
!	 Effect parameter button (left) lit: Channel fader start with sync
mode set (The sync function is activated simultaneously when
playback is started with the channel fader start function.)
!	 Effect parameter button (center) lit: Channel fader start without
sync mode set (The sync function is not activated when playback
is started with the channel fader start function.)
!	 Effect parameter button (right) lit: Channel fader start function is
disabled

 Set the master output’s attenuation level.
!	 The default is 0 dB.
Press one of the left deck’s [HOT CUE] mode, [ROLL]
mode or [SLICER] mode buttons.
!	[HOT CUE] mode button lit: 0 dB (no attenuation)
!	[ROLL] mode button lit: –3 dB
!	[SLICER] mode button lit: –6 dB

 Disabling the slip mode flashing setting
When the slip mode is on, the buttons that can be operated in the slip
mode (jog dial indicator, [AUTO LOOP] button, [PLAY/PAUSE f]
button, etc.) flash. This setting can be used to disable the flashing of
these buttons.
!	 By default, slip mode flashing is enabled.
Press the [SLIP] button on the left deck.
!	[SLIP] button lit: Slip mode flashing enabled
!	[SLIP] button off: Slip mode flashing disabled

 Disabling the demo mode
If no operation is performed on this unit for 10 minutes during normal
use, the demo mode is set, but this demo mode can be disabled.
!	 By default, the demo mode is enabled.
!	 When any control or button on this unit is operated while in the
demo mode, the demo mode is canceled.
Press the [TAP] button.
!	[TAP] button lit: Demo mode enabled
!	[TAP] button off: Demo mode disabled

 Changing the sampler velocity mode’s velocity
curve setting
Use this procedure to set the sampler velocity mode’s velocity curve.
One of four velocity curves can be selected, and different velocity curves
can be set for the left and right decks.
!	 By default, curve 1 is set for both decks.
Press one of the [PARAMETERd] buttons on the deck
whose setting you want to make.
The velocity curve setting changes each time the [PARAMETERd] but-
ton is pressed.
The currently set value is indicated by how the [LOOP 1/2X], [LOOP 2X],
[LOOP IN] and [LOOP OUT] buttons light.
Curve 1
MIDI
code
Strength which
performance pad is pressed
Min. Max.
Curve 2
MIDI
code
Strength which
performance pad is pressed
Min. Max.
Curve 3
MIDI
code
Strength which
performance pad is pressed
Min. Max.
Curve 4
MIDI
code
Strength which
performance pad is pressed
Min. Max.
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Advanced
Operation

 Enabling the sampler velocity mode’s after
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.
After touch setting enabled: The sampler volume changes according to
the strength with which the performance pad is initially pressed and the
strength with which the pad is held after it is initially pressed.
!	 By default, the after touch setting is disabled.
Press the [SAMPLER] mode button on the left deck.
!	[SAMPLER] mode button lit: After touch setting enabled
!	[SAMPLER] mode button off: After touch setting disabled

 Adjusting the jog dial’s MIDI message sending
interval
This unit is equipped with a mode for adjusting the jog dial’s MIDI mes-
sage sending interval.
Depending on your computer’s operating system and specifications, the
jog dial may not operate properly if the sending interval of MIDI mes-
sage for JOG dial is too short. In this case, follow the procedure below to
adjust the MIDI message sending interval.
!	 From a short MIDI sending interval, increase the interval to a length
at which no problems occur.
!	 The default is 3 ms.
Press the [SHIFT] button on the left deck.
The MIDI message sending interval setting changes each time the but-
ton is pressed. The currently set value is indicated by how the master
level indicator is lit.
3 ms 4 ms 5 ms 6 ms 7 ms 8 ms
9 ms 10 ms 11 ms 12 ms 13 ms

 Switching the jog dials’ illumination mode
The lighting pattern of the illumination at the center of the jog dial can
be switched.
!	 The same setting is applied to the jog dials on the left and right
decks.
!	 The default setting is pattern 2.
Press one of the performance pads on the left deck.
The illumination at the center of the jog dials lights once around. The
current setting is indicated by how the performance pads light.
Pattern 1
Pattern 2
Pattern 3
Pattern 4
Pattern 5
Using external inputs
This unit is equipped with four sets of external inputs for connecting CD
players, analog turntables, etc. This unit’s 4-channel mixer can be used
to mix externally input sound without passing through a computer. The
mixer functions below can be used without a computer connected.
Notes
!	 For details on the respective items, see Connections (p.9) and Part
names and functions (p.11).
!	 The functions below do not work with respect to external inputs.
—	 Track tempo setting (pressing the headphones [CUE] button
while pressing the [SHIFT] button)
—	 Channel fader start function (moving the channel fader while
pressing the [SHIFT] button)
—	 Applying Serato DJ software effects
!	 The values adjusted with the various controls for the Serato DJ soft-
ware differ from values adjusted for the external input.
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Mixer section
a
b
2 2
c
e
d
9
3
1
7
2
4
8
3 3
3
1
6
4
4
7
7
8
5
6
1	 TRIM control
2	 EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls
3	 Channel Level Indicator
4	 FILTER control
5	Headphones CUE/MIC TALK OVER button
6	Headphones CUE button
7	 Channel fader
8	 Crossfader Assign Switch
9	Crossfader
a	 MASTER LEVEL control
b	 Master level indicator
c	 Booth monitor level control
d	 HEADPHONES MIXING control
e	 MASTER CUE button
Front panel
1 4
2 3 2
3
1	 HEADPHONES LEVEL control
2	 INPUT SELECT switch
3	 INPUT SELECT switch
4	 Crossfader curve selector switch
Mixing the sound of the microphone
1	 Connect a microphone to the [MIC1] or [MIC2]
terminal.
2	 Start up the system.
=	 Starting the system (p.18)
3	 Set the [INPUT SELECT] switch to [MIC1] or [MIC2].
4	 Operate the [TRIM] control and the channel faders to
adjust the audio level output from the respective decks.
!	 The sound can be adjusted with the EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls,
and filter effects can be applied to the respective channels with
the FILTER control.
Mixing the sound of a DJ player, etc.
1	 Connect the DJ player or other line level output
device to the [CD] or [PHONO/LINE] terminals.
2	 Start up the system.
=	 Starting the system (p.18)
3	 Set the [INPUT SELECT] switch to [CD] or [LINE].
4	 Operate the [TRIM] control and the channel faders to
adjust the audio level output from the respective decks.
!	 The sound can be adjusted with the EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls,
and filter effects can be applied to the respective channels with
the FILTER control.
Mixing the sound of an analog turntable,
etc.
1	 Connect the analog player or other phono level (for
MM cartridges) output device to the [PHONO/LINE]
terminals.
2	 Start up the system.
=	 Starting the system (p.18)
3	 Set the [INPUT SELECT] switch to [PHONO].
4	 Operate the [TRIM] control and the channel faders to
adjust the audio level output from the respective decks.
!	 The sound can be adjusted with the EQ (HI, MID, LOW) controls,
and filter effects can be applied to the respective channels with
the FILTER control.
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Additional
information
Additional information
Troubleshooting
!	 Incorrect operation is often mistaken for trouble or malfunction. If you think that there is something wrong with this component, check the points
below. 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.
!	 This unit may not operate properly due to static electricity or other external influences. In this case, proper operation may be restored by turning the
power off, waiting 1 minute, then turning the power back on.
Problem Check Remedy
The power is not turned on. Is the [STANDBY/ON] switch for power supply
set to [ON]?
Set the [STANDBY/ON] switch for power supply to [ON].
Is the included AC adapter properly connected? Mount the power plug properly on the included AC adapter. (page 6)
Connect the included AC adapter properly to the power outlet. (page 6)
Connect the included AC adapter’s DC plug properly to this unit.
This unit is not recognized. Is the included USB cable properly connected? Connect the included USB cable properly.
Are you using a USB hub? USB hubs cannot be used. Connect the computer and this unit directly using
the included USB cable.
Is the driver software properly set? (Windows) Set the driver software properly. (With Mac OS X, no driver software is neces-
sary.) (page 6)
Tracks are not displayed in the library. Have music files been imported? Import the music files properly.
For details on importing music files, see the Serato DJ software manual.
Is a crate or subcrate that does not contain any
tracks selected?
Either select a crate or subcrate that contains any tracks or add tracks to the
crate or subcrate.
iTunes tracks are not displayed in
the library.
Is [Library + Display] at the [Library + Display]
tab in the [SETUP] menu checked?
Check [Library + Display].
For details on importing music files, see the Serato DJ software manual.
Is a crate or subcrate that does not contain any
tracks selected?
Either select a crate or subcrate that contains any tracks or add tracks to the
crate or subcrate.
Music files in the library cannot be
edited (changing track names, etc.).
Is [Protect Library] at the [SETUP] menu’s
[Library + Display] tab enabled?
Disable [Protect Library].
Recording is not possible. Is the recording level low? Adjust the gain control on the [REC] panel in the Serato DJ software.
Have you saved the recording after completing it? Save the recording after completing it.
For detailed instructions on recording, see the Serato DJ software manual.
No sound or small sound. Are the [TRIM] control, channel faders, crossfader,
[INPUT SELECT] switch and [MASTER LEVEL]
control set to the proper positions?
Set the [TRIM] control, channel faders, crossfader, [INPUT SELECT] switch and
[MASTER LEVEL] control to the proper positions.
Are the connected powered speakers, etc., prop-
erly set?
Properly set the external input selection, volume, etc., on the powered speakers,
etc.
Are the connection cables properly connected? Connect the connection cables properly.
Are the terminals and plugs dirty? Clean the terminals and plugs before making connections.
Is the driver software properly set? (Windows) Set the driver software properly. (With Mac OS X, no driver software is neces-
sary.) (page 6)
Distorted sound. Is the [MASTER LEVEL] control set to the proper
position?
Adjust the [MASTER LEVEL] control so that the master level indicator’s orange
indicator lights at the peak level.
Is the [TRIM] control set to the proper position? Adjust the [TRIM] control so that the channel level indicator’s orange indicator
lights at the peak level.
Sound being played is interrupted
when using DJ software.
Is the driver software’s latency value suitable? Set the driver software’s latency to a suitable value.
Set the DJ software’s latency to a suitable value.
Sound of an external device or micro-
phone cannot be output.
Is the [INPUT SELECT] switch set to the proper
position?
Set the [INPUT SELECT] switch to the proper position.
Sound is interrupted when the ASIO
driver is set.
Has the ASIO driver been set with Serato DJ
running?
Set the ASIO driver before launching Serato DJ. (page 6)
The indicator flashes and operation
is strange.
— Normal operation can be restored by disconnecting the AC adapter, waiting at
least 1 minute, then reconnecting the AC adapter.
If the same symptom persists, disconnect the AC adapter, then request repairs.
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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
the same time?
Quit other applications to decrease the load on the computer.
If operation continues to be unstable, try disabling the wireless network or other
wireless connections, antivirus software, the screen saver, the low power mode,
etc.
(page 6)
When other USB devices are connected to the
computer.
Disconnect other USB devices from the computer.
When another USB audio device is connected to the computer at the same time,
it may not operate or be recognized normally.
Are you using a USB hub? USB hubs cannot be used. Connect the computer and this unit directly using
the included USB cable.
There is a problem with the USB port to which this
unit is connected.
If your computer has multiple USB ports, try connecting this unit to a different
USB port.
Is this unit connected to a notebook computer
running on its battery?
Supply power to the notebook computer from an AC power supply.
(Depending on the notebook computer’s settings, the low power mode may be
set when the computer is running on its battery, automatically reducing the
performance of the computer itself.) (page 6)
The USB buffer size is too small. Raise the USB buffer size. (page 8)
The jog dial illumination does not turn
during playback. (It does turn when
scratching.)
The [TEMPO] slider does not work
when the deck is switched while the
sync mode is set. (The TAKEOVER
indicator lights.)
Are the utility settings wrong? Check that “Setting for using Serato DJ” is set in the utility settings.
The channel fader start function does
not work.
Is a cue set? Set a cue. (page 25)
Are the utility settings wrong? In the utility settings, set the channel fader start setting to “Channel fader start
with the sync mode set” or “Channel fader start without the sync mode set”.
The BPM is not displayed.
The sync and auto loop functions do
not work.
Has the track been analyzed? Analyze the file.
Is [Set Auto BPM] checked in the offline player
settings?
Re-analyze the track with [Set Auto BPM] checked.
For detailed instructions on analyzing tracks, see the Serato DJ software
manual.
The BPM is displayed but not the
beatgrid.
The slicer function does not work.
The skip mode does not work.
Are [Set Auto BPM] and [Set Beatgrid] checked
in the offline player settings?
Re-analyze the track with [Set Auto BPM] and [Set Beatgrid] checked.
For detailed instructions on analyzing tracks, see the Serato DJ software
manual.
Set the beatgrid. For detailed instructions on setting the beatgrid, see the Serato
DJ software manual.
Beatgrids can also be set using this unit’s [GRID ADJUST] and [GRID SLIDE]
buttons. (page 13)
The BPM and beatgrid are not dis-
played properly.
The beatgrid is off beat.
Is the BPM analysis range set appropriately in the
offline player settings?
Change the BPM analysis range then reanalyze the tracks. If the problem per-
sists, set the beatgrid and BPM manually.
Adjust the beatgrid. For detailed instructions on adjusting the beatgrid, see the
Serato DJ software manual.
The beatgrid can be adjusted using this unit’s [GRID ADJUST] and [GRID SLIDE]
buttons.
During playback of the track and while pressing the [SHIFT] button, tap the
headphones [CUE] or headphones [CUE/MIC TALK OVER] button in beat (Tap
function). The track’s BPM and beat grid can be adjusted. (page 14)
When the Tap function is used, the display of the deck section on the computer’s
screen switches to the [Beatgrid Editer] display. Click [Edit Grid] on the com-
puter’s screen.
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Block Diagram
Trim
CH3
CH1
CH2
CH4
PC
Trim
Trim
Trim
3BAND
EQ
MIDI
OUT
CH LEVEL
METER
MASTER
LEVEL
METER
FILTER
3BAND
EQ
FILTER
3BAND
EQ
FILTER
3BAND
EQ
FILTER
CH
FADER
CROSS
FADER
CURVE
CROSS
FADER
ASSIGN
CH
FADER
CH
FADER
CH
FADER
MIX LEVEL
LEVEL
LEVEL
CH1
CUE
CH2
CUE
MASTER CUE
HEADPHONES
(Ø 6.3 mm)
MASTER OUT1
(XLR)
BOOTH OUT
MASTER OUT2
(RCA)
HEADPHONES
(Ø 3.5 mm)
CH4 CUE/
TALK OVER
USB
PC
LINE
PC
PHONO
LINE
PC
PHONO
CD
MIC2
PC
CD
MIC2
PC
CH3 CUE/
TALK OVER
CROSS
FADER
CH3 CUE
CH1 CUE
CH2 CUE
CH4 CUE
Acquiring the manual
The operating instructions may be in a file in PDF format. Adobe®
Reader®
must be installed to read files in PDF format. If you do not
have Adobe Reader, please install it from the download link on the
CD-ROM’s menu screen.
Downloading the latest version of these
operating instructions
1	 Insert the CD-ROM into the computer’s optical drive.
The CD-ROM menu is displayed.
If the CD-ROM’s menu does not appear when the CD-ROM is inserted,
perform the operations below.
!	 For Windows
	 Open the optical drive from [Computer (or My Computer)] in
the [Start] menu, then double-click the [CD_menu.exe] icon.
!	 For Mac OS X
	 In Finder, double-click the [CD_menu.app] icon directly.
2	 When the CD-ROM’s menu is displayed, select [DDJ-
SX: Operating Instructions (PDF file/Download)], then
click [Start].
3	 “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.
4	 On the Pioneer DJ support site, click “Manuals” under
“DDJ-SX”.
5	 Click on the required language on the download
page.
Downloading of the operating instructions begins.
Downloading the Serato DJ software
manual
1	 Insert the CD-ROM into the computer’s optical drive.
The CD-ROM menu is displayed.
If the CD-ROM’s menu does not appear when the CD-ROM is inserted,
perform the operations below.
!	 For Windows
	 Open the optical drive from [Computer (or My Computer)] in
the [Start] menu, then double-click the [CD_menu.exe] icon.
!	 For Mac OS X
	 In Finder, double-click the [CD_menu.app] icon directly.
2	 When the CD-ROM’s menu is displayed, select [Serato
DJ: Searto DJ Software Manual (PDF file)], then click
[Start].
3	 “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.
!	 To close the CD-ROM menu, click [Exit].
4	 Click [Software Info] under [DDJ-SX] on the Pioneer
DJ support site.
[Serato DJ Support Information] is displayed.
5	 Click the link to the Serato DJ download page.
The Serato DJ download page is displayed.
6	 Log in to your “Serato.com” user account.
Input the e-mail address and password you have registered to log in to
“Serato.com”.
7	 From “More Downloads” on the right side of the
download page, click “Serato DJ x.x User Manual”.
Downloading of the Serato DJ software manual starts.
Using as a controller for other DJ
software
This unit also outputs the operating data for the buttons and dials in
MIDI format. If you connect a computer with a built-in MIDI-compatible
DJ software via a USB cable, you can operate the DJ software on this
unit. The sound of music files being played on the computer can also be
output from the DDJ-SX.
When using this unit as a controller for operating DJ software other than
Serato DJ, change the setting to use DJ software other than Serato DJ at
the utility settings. Also, make the audio and MIDI-related settings in the
DJ software.
!	 For details, see your DJ software’s operating instructions.
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About MIDI messages
For details on this unit’s MIDI messages, see “List of MIDI Messages”.
!	 “List of MIDI Messages” can be acquired from the following URL:
	http://pioneerdj.com/support/
About the driver software (Windows)
This driver software is an exclusive ASIO driver for outputting audio
signals from the computer.
!	 There is no need to install the driver software when using Mac OS X.
!	 First read the Software end user license agreement on page 32
carefully.
Operating environment
Supported operating systems
Windows
®
7 Home Premium/Professional/
Ultimate
32-bit version 1
64-bit version 1
1
Windows Vista
®
Home Basic/
Home Premium/Business/Ultimate
32-bit version 1
64-bit version 1
1
Windows
®
XP Home Edition/Professional
(SP2 or later)
32-bit version 1
1	 When using a 64-bit version of Windows, the driver software can only be used for
32-bit applications.
Checking the latest information on the driver software
For detailed information on this unit’s designated driver software, see
the Pioneer DJ support site below.
http://pioneerdj.com/support/
About the installation procedure
!	 For the operating procedure, see Installation Procedure (Windows).

 Software end user license agreement
This Software End User License Agreement (“Agreement”) is between
you (both the individual installing the Program and any single legal
entity for which the individual is acting) (“You” or “Your”) and PIONEER
CORPORATION (“Pioneer”).
TAKING ANY STEP TO SET UP OR INSTALL THE PROGRAM MEANS
THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT.
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installing and using the Program.
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You by Pioneer under this Agreement.
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Pioneer grants to You a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable,
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a	 To install a single copy of the Program on the hard disk
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personal purpose complying with this Agreement and the
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b	 To use the Documentation in support of Your Authorized Use;
and
c	 To make one copy of the Program solely for backup pur-
poses, provided that all titles and trademark, copyright and
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You will not transfer, sublicense, rent, lease or lend the Program,
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service bureau use. You will not Yourself or through any third
party modify, reverse engineer, disassemble or decompile the
Program, except to the extent expressly permitted by applicable
law, and then only after You have notified Pioneer in writing of
Your intended activities. You will not use the Program on multiple
processors without Pioneer’s prior written consent.
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interest in and to all patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret
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THE PROGRAM AND DOCUMENTATION ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”
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relief to prevent the actual, threatened or continued breach of this
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5	TERMINATION
Pioneer may terminate this Agreement at any time upon Your breach of
any provision. If this Agreement is terminated, You will stop using the
Program, permanently delete it from the computer where it resides, and
destroy all copies of the Program and Documentation in Your posses-
sion, confirming to Pioneer in writing that You have done so. Sections
2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will continue in effect after this Agreement’s
termination.
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1	 Limitation of Liability. In no event will Pioneer or its subsidiaries
be liable in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter,
under any theory of liability, for any indirect, incidental, special,
consequential or punitive damages, or damages for lost profits,
revenue, business, savings, data, use, or cost of substitute pro-
curement, even if advised of the possibility of such damages or if
such damages are foreseeable. In no event will Pioneer’s liability
for all damages exceed the amounts actually paid by You to
Pioneer or its subsidiaries for the Program. The parties acknowl-
edge that the liability limits and risk allocation in this Agreement
are reflected in the Program price and are essential elements of
the bargain between the parties, without which Pioneer would
not have provided the Program or entered into this Agreement.
2	 The limitations or exclusions of warranties and liability contained
in this Agreement do not affect or prejudice Your statutory rights
as consumer and shall apply to You only to the extent such limita-
tions or exclusions are permitted under the laws of the jurisdic-
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3	 Severability and Waiver. If any provision of this Agreement is held
to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, that provision
will be enforced to the extent possible or, if incapable of enforce-
ment, deemed to be severed and deleted from this Agreement,
and the remainder will continue in full force and effect. The
waiver by either party of any default or breach of this Agreement
will not waive any other or subsequent default or breach.
4	 No Assignment. You may not assign, sell, transfer, delegate or
otherwise dispose of this Agreement or any rights or obligations
under it, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by operation of law
or otherwise, without Pioneer’s prior written consent. Any pur-
ported assignment, transfer or delegation by You will be null and
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void. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement will be binding
upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties and their respec-
tive successors and assigns.
5	 Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agree-
ment between the parties and supersedes all prior or contem-
poraneous agreements or representations, whether written or
oral, concerning its subject matter. 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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by and under the laws of Japan.
About trademarks and registered
trademarks
!	 Pioneer is a registered trademark of PIONEER CORPORATION.
!	Microsoft®
, Windows Vista®
, and Windows®
are either registered
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in the U.S. and other countries.
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and other countries.
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trademarks of Serato.
The names of companies and products mentioned herein are the trade-
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This product has been licensed for nonprofit use. This product has not
been licensed for commercial purposes (for profit-making use), such
as broadcasting (terrestrial, satellite, cable or other types of broadcast-
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types of networks or distributing of electronic information (online digi-
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licenses for such uses. For details, see http://www.mp3licensing.com.
Cautions on copyrights
Recordings you have made are for your personal enjoyment and accord-
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right holder.
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individual countries and by international treaties. It is the full respon-
sibility of the person who has recorded the music to ensure that it is
used legally.
!	 When handling music downloaded from the Internet, etc., it is the
full responsibility of the person who has downloaded the music to
ensure that it is used in accordance with the contract concluded
with the download site.
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All rights reserved.
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