Pi­o­neer DJ and DJ Jazzy Jeff make scratch­ing as easy as press­ing a pad on the DDJ-SB3


Scratch­ing used to be a DJing tech­nique that took years to per­fect, but with Pi­o­neer DJ’s DDJ-SB3, it’s as easy as press­ing a pad.

This new Ser­ato con­troller – which up­dates the DDJ-SB2 – of­fers a fea­ture called Pad Scratch, which was cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with DJ Jazzy Jeff. This en­ables you to ini­ti­ate eight of his trade­mark scratch tech­niques. The scratch is au­to­mat­i­cally matched to the track’s BPM which can be used alone or with your own scratch­ing.

The DDJ-SB3 is a two-chan­nel DJ con­troller de­signed for use with the Ser­ato DJ, bun­dled with the Lite ver­sion of the soft­ware. Its lay­out is like that of the more ex­pen­sive DDJ-S de­vices and in­cludes jog wheels, per­for­mance pads, play, cue and in­de­pen­dent auto loop but­tons.

There’s also the new FX Fade fea­ture, which lets you re­duce vol­ume and ap­ply FX si­mul­ta­ne­ously, mak­ing the process of cre­at­ing smooth tran­si­tions eas­ier. It in­cludes eight FX pat­terns that use high- and low-pass fil­ters, loop play­back and back spin. Other fea­tures in­clude a built-in au­dio in­ter­face, a mic in­put and bus pow­er­ing. RRP £229, avail­able now.

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