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.