I am fascinated by the DJ controller; the Pioneer DDJ is the second generation in the series of DJ controllers. One of the greatest attributes of the controller is the fact that the unit is a self-contained system; two playing decks with mixer, input for external devices, and microphone inputs.
I really enjoy the fact that I can transport my light weight controller in the Pioneer Utility Backpack with convenience and ease anywhere I travel. For example I live in Mission District of San Francisco and at times my gigs are located just a few blocks from my home. I can walk to the event or jump on the public transit in a jiffy knowing that all my music and controller is on my back. I appreciate the idea that my system is always ready to go.
Transporting my unit in my hatchback is also easy and I have any taken the DDJ-SR on airplanes as carry-on luggage. I am always ready to spin rather it be for friends, family, the street corner, city parks of San Francisco and or a professional gig.
Another import factor for me having a personal devise such as a DJ Controller is that it eliminates the incompatibility issues that may arise when I spin at clubs or a venue that provides their own DJ equipment. Walking into a gig, I never knew what to expect when I played at an unfamiliar venue. Before controllers I would work at a nightclub with mixed matched CDJ’s or Turntables. It was frustrating to work on inferior units and not have any option to improve the conditions of the DJ gear. When I worked on equipment I had no connection with, it made a long night seem longer.
The challenges that may arise using non personal devices is connectability issues such as DJ software and hardware, low quality, warn, outdated, dirty, damaged and missing DJ equipment. Even during the days of turntables or CDJ’s, I just never knew what to expect.
I have gain the confidence to know when I spin using my DJ controller the unit is ready to perform at its optimum best. If a technical issues does surface I can isolate the trouble by either focusing on my computer and controller or the sound system that the venue provides. Using a controller is an efficient means to assure an evening of quality performance, programming and always being in control.
Investing in a DJ Controller of any style, make, or model is a sure bet you can trust in. You can focus on your passion that will fuel and inspire your performance rather than distract and unsettle yourself just before you start your event or in the middle of a gig trying to be an I.T. (information technology) specialist or tech person. I am a DJ, you are a DJ, and we are DJ’s.
I purchased 2 Pioneer Controllers: DDJ-SR & DDJ-SX2
The DDJ-SX2 is the larger robust model with all the features to challenge a seasoned DJ like myself. I have been spinning music for 35 years now. I have spun using Reel to Reel, Cassettes, 8-Tracks, Turntables, Dural CD Players, DJ Apps, and now DJ Controllers. I use the DDJ-SX2 in the Fingersnaps Home Music Studio to practice my skill set, record my music mixes, edit audio and songs, remix tracks, and teach DJ Lessons.
The DDJ-SX2 is an amazing system with technological advances that summarizes the history of the art form. All makes and models of DJ Controllers are the culmination and linage of the past 50 years of DJ performance, audio recording and audio playback from a DJ perspective and discipline.
Think about it, having a light weight DJ device that you can carry almost anywhere that is equipped with the capabilities of sampling, looping , programming, scratching, remixing, and tons of special effects is a tireless consideration of creative possibilities.
The DDJ-SR is the smaller sibling to the DDJ-SX2. The DDJ-SR was the first within its model and class. The DDJ-SR became the standard and base quality brand for the Pioneer DJ Controller series with in the past few years.
The DDJ-SR has many of the features the DDJ-SX2 has but the most important element is the USB power source. The Pioneer DDJ-SR is USB powered via laptop, tablet, and or desktop computer. I appreciate the idea that I can set up my controller almost anywhere and start spinning music creating a live activated space.
I acquired the DDJ-SR as a quick lightweight unit I can carry and set up in a flash. I use the Alesis Trans-Active Mobile PA System (this unit maneuvers like a roll-away luggage bag), the DDJ-SR, and my laptop computer. The laptop powers the DDJ-SR and I am good to play for up to 5 hours at a city park in San Francisco or a small social gathering at a friend’s house. The USB powered feature is one of the major definitive variables of the Pioneer DDJ-SR Controller and for any controller within its class.
There are many makes and models of DJ Controllers of all price points on the market. What every unit you start with just know will be ready to rock your world!
For information contact DJ Lamont at Fingersnaps Media Arts
415 370 3014