• Bald Guy Brit

    Love this unit as I’ve been playing on it since it came out. I grew up on technics & prefer this over my dvj’s & cdj’s. Why ? It’s quicker to do instant remixing with the hot cues, 4 saved loops, slip mode, effects. No, it’s not cheap & it’s made very well. Anyone that says different has not given it a chance. CPU usage is very low on my Macbook pro (i7 chip) even with another DJ program open, plus heavy effect use with the Serato video plugin & another video program open. I’ve been in the business for 25 years & love this unit. I’ve actually had other friends switch from the Numark midi controllers after playing with this. Another good friend prefers to use this, for the same reasons I do, over his tables & Rane mixers.

  • Trisrist1442

    Nigel
    Bleau
    metal cards

  • Michaelvaquera0

    hey yo this dj mik3-o how do i record on pioneer ddj s1?

  • DJ joe Boss

    But The S1 has a good sound card?

  • Sollygaya

    I just love it , if only the jog wheel could be larger ,that’s my only quarel, but otherwise its a good stuff with real time scratch and the general pioneer cdj functions

  • http://umove.net Andrew Northern

    I bought the S1 and I havn’t been more happy with a unit.  I used my djm-800 for 5 years 3/4 nights a week with cdj’s and SSL.  Moving to this unit really feels like a huge step up.  2 weeks ago I played with SSL on my friends CDJ 100 MK II and it felt like i went back in time.  The response wasn’t there, i instantly missed the ease of use of the cue points and the slip mode.

    I run a pretty popular dance music night in KC and all of my guest DJ’s who have played on this unit since i have bought it have been really impressed.

    For a great video review of this unit check out Aeroplane’s run with it on youtube.  Obviously he got paid to do it, but beyond that he make some seriosly good points about the functionality of it.

    Occationally I will play some hip/hop-dubstep nights with this thing too and as far as quick blending, scratching goes im happy with it as well.

    My major complaints have been the synch issue(which is no big deal if you turn of beat gridding and don’t use auto doubles).  The other is I would have preffered a more buttery fader like on the Rane units.

    But all in all I would recommend this unit.

  • Edd Croft

    stop whinning about it, its the first step of many! what will you be saying when they replace the cdj 400/ djm 350 combo with the cdj 2000/ djm 900, with a better sound card/ outputs etc. its th first in a generation of things to come from pioneer 

  • bigbarca

    Exactly! More than
    anything, the people that are saying that it’s an amateur device or that it doesn’t’
    fit on a dj booth or that it looks cheaply made are simply fanboys that need to
    stop. I have the S1 and I have to say that the built and along with the looks
    is not cheap at all and even if I take it to a Dj booth at a night club, it
    works great and it can take a hell of a beating than the S4. Sure, the lights
    should be brighter and as stated by Ean the sync button is an issued that I
    also dislike, but the device is much durable than the S4 and it has the
    professional durability that’s known famously by Pioneer that the S4 lacks. Sure,
    the S4 has a lot of bells and whistles and is a superb device, but not all of
    us cared about those features and some of us would like to scratch in our
    devices instead of dependent on effects or pressing buttons. Then again, some
    of us don’t need 4 channels. In the end, not all of us are fans of Traktor or
    the S4 (I had it and personally I didn’t like it), but it doesn’t mean that
    Itch is better either. In the end, people will go for what they want and what
    they need and both controllers are great in giving people what they want. Some
    of you on the other hand need to stop being fanboys and enjoy the technology
    that we’re being presented at this moment instead of taking sides with
    companies. In the end, it’s just
    simply stupid.

  • bigbarca

    Personally I have the DDJ-S1 and I love it. Not only is a great device to scratch (unlike the S4 with that toy jog wheel) and even though it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that the S4 has, it still a great 2 mixer option for those that aren’t into dance or techno like most of you here. In the end, everyone has a choice and there are many options around and the DDJ-S1 is definitely a great buy and also, not having to deal with a headache as Traktor is (sorry, not all of us are Traktor fans out here).

    • Lperez123

      I agree, I also own one. I mostly mix Latin & Hip-Hop in Miami. I used Traktor for 3 years. I loved the beat grid, but everyone Iet at parties kept saying that I had to gey Pioneer just because it’s industry standard and I hated that but I had to give in and now I love it. As soon as i set the controller everyone comes over to see it. The remarks are incredible. Itch has beat grid and it’s only going to gey bettet. Timecode will disapear together with CDs. Midi & HID is the fuure and now with Apple thunderbolt the sky is the likit. I haven’t loaded a cd since the past 2 years, well only to Rio that is.

      • Lperez123

        Sorry for sloppy writing from iphone keyboard sucks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525319342 Federico Ciapi

    no booth output.
    toy.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adam.obratil Adam Obrátil

    Vinyl “start/stop” adjust is a single control knob:
    it’s like on the CDJ800, but if you are on the CUE point, it’s starting instantly, also if you have your knob set to delayed start/stop ;)

  • http://www.djkoopa.co.uk DJ Koopa

    Don’t get all the people bashing this controller saying it’s not pro standard and it’s for bedroom DJ’s – have to disagree. I’ve been DJ’ing in clubs for 7 years and for me nothing will beat a pair of 1210′s and some vinyl, but for gigs where the equipment is crap/old/broken etc this is perfect. The club I’m currently working in has two cdj 1000′s and a DJM 600. One of the cdj’s don’t work properly and the mixer sounds horrible. Rather than struggle with this set up I can just turn up with my S1, plug it in and away I go. Been using it here for the last 5/6 weeks, had no problems with it at all. Sound quality is great, and not a single person has once said to me the equipment looks “amateur”. The only real criticism I have is that the jog wheels are a little bit too light, I’d prefer it if they were slightly larger and a bit heavier.

    • bigbarca

      Exactly. More than anything, the people that are making this ludicrous statements sound like they are fanboys and clearly are being harshly unbiased. Yes, Pioneer came on the game late, but the device is pretty damn good and well built. Sure, the jog wheels feel a little loose, but the quality of those jog wheels remains superior and more durable than the S4. Plus, it’s not that heavy and in addition to that, it fits perfectly in a dj booth. If you’re into scratching, the S1 is great because the jog wheels will give you the freedom to scratch and for a 2 mixer controller it’s a damn good controller. But to make it sound as the worse thing out there it’s just exaggerated. In the end, not all of us can get into Traktor just as much as people can’t get into Itch. The S4 is a great device, but unfortunately, it never completely did it for me and i know others that feel the same way. 

  • Djar3

    It was a big letdown by Pioneer to make a controller geared towards bedroom DJs. I own the Traktor S4 aswell as the Denon DN-MC6000, and they are in my opinion the top 2 controllers out there. The S4 is the Best for Traktor, it is amazing and has the most control over Traktor Pro. While the DN-MC600 is the best for mobile gigs and has the best sound card, due to the fact that it’s an actual mixer. You do not need a laptop to use it and also works flawless with Trakor Pro aswell as Virtual DJ7 which has video. Wish Pioneer would just get off their high horse and make something we want and can all use instead of what they think we need. I’ll stick with the S4 and DN-MC6000.

  • Djar3

    It was a big letdown by Pioneer to make a controller geared towards bedroom DJs. I own the Traktor S4 aswell as the Denon DN-MC6000, and they are in my opinion the top 2 controllers out there. The S4 is the Best for Traktor, it is amazing and has the most control over Traktor Pro. While the DN-MC600 is the best for mobile gigs and has the best sound card, due to the fact that it’s an actual mixer. You do not need a laptop to use it and also works flawless with Trakor Pro aswell as Virtual DJ7 which has video. Wish Pioneer would just get off their high horse and make something we want and can all use instead of what they think we need. I’ll stick with the S4 and DN-MC6000.

  • Djar3

    It was a big letdown by Pioneer to make a controller geared towards bedroom DJs. I own the Traktor S4 aswell as the Denon DN-MC6000, and they are in my opinion the top 2 controllers out there. The S4 is the Best for Traktor, it is amazing and has the most control over Traktor Pro. While the DN-MC600 is the best for mobile gigs and has the best sound card, due to the fact that it’s an actual mixer. You do not need a laptop to use it and also works flawless with Trakor Pro aswell as Virtual DJ7 which has video. Wish Pioneer would just get off their high horse and make something we want and can all use instead of what they think we need. I’ll stick with the S4 and DN-MC6000.

  • Kraal

    those saying it is coming out too late…. it is coming out for itch and itch does not have a controller like that so it really isnt too late

  • Kraal

    those saying it is coming out too late…. it is coming out for itch and itch does not have a controller like that so it really isnt too late

  • Kraal

    those saying it is coming out too late…. it is coming out for itch and itch does not have a controller like that so it really isnt too late

  • KTRSHKN

    The funniest thing ever..

    Me and a friend of mine attended this release on the DJM 900, The speakers that recently came out and those two controllers. The Pioneer product specialist told everybody that; “You cannot use those controllers in a bigger gig. Then you will look unprofessional”. Not put in those words exactly but you get the point. He also got confronted by people using timecoded solutions and controllers asking why not? Then he explained why people with laptops did not integrated enough with the audience and spent too much time starring in to the computer. That being said, He was not a DJ, he had just experience about talking to people like Axwell, SHM etc. Since he worked as a Pioneer Product specialist. Almost the whole presentation was about defending the CDJS as a only bigger venues solution….

    And there you have it! The reason why Pioneer wont sell you a Midicontroller with DJM900 opertunities, Slip mode on both models, XLR, Booth out, CDJ 2000 platters, midi reasignable knobs in both controllers, 24 bit soundcards integraded,,is, what should then happen to all the expensive CDJs?DJMs? NO sale, less money in the bag.

    Stay away from this crap. Its not healty.

  • KTRSHKN

    The funniest thing ever..

    Me and a friend of mine attended this release on the DJM 900, The speakers that recently came out and those two controllers. The Pioneer product specialist told everybody that; “You cannot use those controllers in a bigger gig. Then you will look unprofessional”. Not put in those words exactly but you get the point. He also got confronted by people using timecoded solutions and controllers asking why not? Then he explained why people with laptops did not integrated enough with the audience and spent too much time starring in to the computer. That being said, He was not a DJ, he had just experience about talking to people like Axwell, SHM etc. Since he worked as a Pioneer Product specialist. Almost the whole presentation was about defending the CDJS as a only bigger venues solution….

    And there you have it! The reason why Pioneer wont sell you a Midicontroller with DJM900 opertunities, Slip mode on both models, XLR, Booth out, CDJ 2000 platters, midi reasignable knobs in both controllers, 24 bit soundcards integraded,,is, what should then happen to all the expensive CDJs?DJMs? NO sale, less money in the bag.

    Stay away from this crap. Its not healty.

  • KTRSHKN

    The funniest thing ever..

    Me and a friend of mine attended this release on the DJM 900, The speakers that recently came out and those two controllers. The Pioneer product specialist told everybody that; “You cannot use those controllers in a bigger gig. Then you will look unprofessional”. Not put in those words exactly but you get the point. He also got confronted by people using timecoded solutions and controllers asking why not? Then he explained why people with laptops did not integrated enough with the audience and spent too much time starring in to the computer. That being said, He was not a DJ, he had just experience about talking to people like Axwell, SHM etc. Since he worked as a Pioneer Product specialist. Almost the whole presentation was about defending the CDJS as a only bigger venues solution….

    And there you have it! The reason why Pioneer wont sell you a Midicontroller with DJM900 opertunities, Slip mode on both models, XLR, Booth out, CDJ 2000 platters, midi reasignable knobs in both controllers, 24 bit soundcards integraded,,is, what should then happen to all the expensive CDJs?DJMs? NO sale, less money in the bag.

    Stay away from this crap. Its not healty.

  • Raymonddominguez

    I got one, and returned it 3 days later. What a Piece of crap! What the he’ll was Pioneer thinking when making this? Pioneer is going to loose a lot of consumer confidence from this “so called” controller. Even the Traktor version is horrible. I ended up getting the Traktor S4. If I’m going to spend that much $$ I might as well get a controller that has it all!

    • Raymonddominguez

      If your wanting a Serato controller, wait for the Novation Twitch.

    • Raymonddominguez

      If your wanting a Serato controller, wait for the Novation Twitch.

    • Raymonddominguez

      If your wanting a Serato controller, wait for the Novation Twitch.

  • Raymonddominguez

    I got one, and returned it 3 days later. What a Piece of crap! What the he’ll was Pioneer thinking when making this? Pioneer is going to loose a lot of consumer confidence from this “so called” controller. Even the Traktor version is horrible. I ended up getting the Traktor S4. If I’m going to spend that much $$ I might as well get a controller that has it all!

  • http://www.d-jam.com D-Jam

    I still think more would opt for the Traktor version of this setup. Maybe it’s just because if I had to choose between ITCH or Traktor, I’d choose Traktor.

  • http://www.d-jam.com D-Jam

    I still think more would opt for the Traktor version of this setup. Maybe it’s just because if I had to choose between ITCH or Traktor, I’d choose Traktor.

  • Paul

    anyone knows does ddj-s1 work with different software other then serato itch

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Pieters/100000505967991 Tom Pieters

    pioneer should just stick with making headphones and mixers….

  • Keeping It Real

    Why is everyone being such a dumbass in regard to the laptop placement? It’s not a requirement. NEWS FLASH…the unit still works if you use it with a laptop stand. The feet are removable as well.

    The unit rocks and is 100% better quality then the S4. Yes I know what I am talking about. My S4 was sold immediately after my S1 arrived.

    • Kraal

      exactly it is a choice

    • Kraal

      exactly it is a choice

    • Kraal

      exactly it is a choice

  • http://twitter.com/djarclyte Arclyte

    To me there are two big take-aways for other manufacturers from this review…

    1. Form factor matters! Smaller controllers will always have their place but there will continue to be a push towards the larger more logical layout being considered more “professional”.

    2. It’s a two horse race! Traktor or Itch for your products or else its going to be viewed as amateurish. I’m sorry to VDJ, Mixvibes, or Torq (etc.) users but it’s true.

    Like it or not, looking the part IS a key selling point. I know this implies a bit of snobbery but while we are still in this transitionary phase, controller DJs still struggle with the perception they are not as talented as their turntable/CDJ counterparts. I don’t like it either, but it’s true.

    While it’s easy to trash Pioneer for coming late to the game you have to respect the way they continue to try to push the industry standards.

  • http://profiles.google.com/djchristianlee Christian Cicarini

    FADERSS ARE WAYY TO CLOSE TO THE TEMPO SLIDE….

    —-HUGE EPIC FAIL—–

    DJ CHRISTIAN LEE~

  • djHenryk

    Honnestely, i love Pioneer gear, and Pioneer products, but i do have to say that this controller is coming out a year late. Nothing new on this controller, and it’s very expensive for what it really is! I tried it out at a tradeshow, and i was very disapointed by the controller!

  • Anonymous

    Can you please write a review of the DN MC6000? I think this controller is pretty solid and i havent seen a write up of it yet.

    Thanks

    Voido

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.kennedy2 Josh Kennedy

    i compared this with an S4 and a cdj400 in a shop last week. the pioneer S1 feels like a toy. feels sooo cheap, the 400′s felt slightly better and they are some of the worst kit pioneer has ever made.

    • WT

      The CDJ400s one of the worst kits ever made? How so? They paved the way for Pioneer’s foray into USB sticks & HID connectivity for the CDJ900/2000s. They offer great value IMO.

      • cubbi

        lol key words there are “they paved the way” as in they are out of date man

      • cubbi

        lol key words there are “they paved the way” as in they are out of date man

  • Anonymous

    Is nice but with that price u get a couple of turntables, a decent mixer, a timecode system and rock and roll :P

  • Flik

    No option for additional controllers, that is so lame!!

  • aviatorman

    I will stress it again 60 days later…
    There is no way in hell that this design concept by Pioneer, to eliminate the use and function of the keyboard, will fly with DJ’s who want to get the most out of their software.
    Yes, it is designed for CDJs, but why would you want a CDJ design if you already own a CDJ setup. It is purely redundant and a waste of money, especially for the ridiculous asking price by Pioneer!

    You can read my thread in the forum:
    “Pioneer DDJ-T1 – a slap in the face for Traktor users”

    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23640

    • Anonymous

      Yes but this is just another one of Pioneers’ cash cows. There seems to be a whole string of them waiting to be fattened. It just proves how gullible people are, and Pio is capitalising on exactly just that.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I also get the distinct impression, mostly from the DDJ-T1, that Pioneer wanted to make a last bit of money from Traktor Pro, to which the layout is hardwired. Basically confirming my statement above. Unless you don’t care much about the new sample decks, Traktor Pro 2 users will find themselves lacking some buttons on the controller. This is clearly a Pro1 controller.

        And then bam! Out comes the DJM-T1, rough and ready for Pro2. It is so obvious Pioneer knew about Traktor2 long before they developed the DDJ-T1, why couldn’t they just design the DDJ ready for Pro2 in the first place? Oh, right, because then they can’t milk us suckers for more money.

        And now ITCH 2? Looks like Pioneer just wanted to flash something at NAMM, at our expense.

        I’m sorry, I have ZERO respect for Pioneer, and I will never buy their products.

        (If Allen&Heath and Denon shaped up their marketing and PR efforts they could’ve been eating all the cake long time ago. Pioneer always adds bling to Denon’s concepts and then push it as industry standard AND GET AWAY WITH IT. A&H’s mixers are ten times better than Pioneer, yet Pioneer is the cheap standard at high prices – marketing.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=638366173 Lewis Fisher

    How can they justify the price? The controller is basically 400 series players and DJM stuck together with all the electrics taken out. I thought the whole idea of controllers is that they cost less than the hardware they are trying to emulate. Pioneers controller equipment is not far of its basic hardware. I wonder how much these controllers cost to manufacture as they are not far off the same technology as modern midi keyboard controllers that costs a fraction of the price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I think I wet my pants when I read: “I often feel like my professional DJ equipment should be large enough to look “professional”.”

    On a more serious note, can I just please get a VCI 100 styled machine in light weight material and smaller jogs? Tired of all these bells and whistles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661226832 Chris L Combe

    this should have come out from pioneer about 3 years ago instead of now which is just too late in my opinion… too little too late and even then not good enough considering the S4′s layout and design.

    the one thing I do like is the size of the controller and how it sits over the laptop but what happens if you want to search for a track by track name?

    • DjStream

      who says you HAVE to put it under the controller? :p.
      and the idea of the design, was that you wouldnt need a keyboard. i dont think they succeeded either XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Crayon/687300676 Barry Crayon

    not sure why you’d choose this over the NS7/NS6 or even two V7′s and a half decent mixer, I think the price point on this is way off

  • CryderSteez

    I had a chance to play with one along side my S4 a while back and I gotta say it looked and felt like a toy, the jogs felt like absolute junk, really made me appreciate the S4′s that much more. The only parts that felt good to the touch were the cue and play buttons, with their trademark Pioneer crispness. The hide-a-laptop thing is ridiculous, everyone I know uses their keyboard to find tracks at least once in a while. If you can deal with the weight the NS7 mops the floor with this thing, or if you can wait a little longer, the NS6 will no doubt be a better choice for a portable controller.

    • Keeping It Real

      Funny because I sold my S4 immediately after getting because it felt like a toy and had too many crashing issues. The added size of the jogs made it way better for scratching then the S4.

  • L’As

    Looks like very solid piece of gear and I do love ITCH, but I don’t dig the layout. More specifically, the size of of the buttons like the cue points. Too small to “bang” on when ur in the zone or juggling.

    Will have to play with it and see

  • tay740

    please oh please oh please do a super mega awesome review for the traktor DDJ-T1…

  • b2tf

    jogs are so 1970′s

  • Doug McPaulson

    my 14 year old son is going to love this thing for his skooooool dances!

  • Dxtr

    So….nobody uses their keyboard to find tracks by name then….

    • Wala

      Exactly what I was thinking. I don’t understand the point of getting rid of the keyboard. It has a lot of essential features that aid the controller. I still find it way easier to type in the name of a track than use the knob.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

        I think Pioneer’s idea was to use the needle drop strip to quickly get through your tracks by alphabet. Still I don’t like it.

  • http://twitter.com/BradCee brad cousins

    gonna try figure how to map slip mode in traktor…

  • http://www.djpc3.com DJ PC3

    Yea, if itch gets video mixing before Traktor, then I may have to make the “regretful” switch, having to switch between Serato (for VJ’ing) and Traktor for everything else is really a hassel I don’t want to have to go through…

    • iNSTiNKT

      Doesn’t Virtual DJ do both?

      • http://www.djpc3.com DJ PC3

        Yea… and crashes a bunch too. VDJ is the most unstable DJ software I’ve ever used, plus I use DVS and its even more unstable when using timecode. Not to mention when I am using VDJ my mac starts “breathing” hard (fans blow) like a fat kid running a marathon. Its just a horribly engineered piece of software that no true Pro Dj would ever use (unless he was sponsored by them)…

        • Keeping it Real

          VDJ is not that great on the OSX side but it stable on the PC side of things.

          Also…you might as well switch to itch because Traktor video integration is not happening anytime soon.

  • http://twitter.com/SamBenDavid SamBenDavid aka DJew

    Ah good post, i actually got to demo this on Sunday at The Gadget Show…I agree with Phil its a good all round controller with some good integration

  • Coldfuzion

    Great write up!

    Honestly the one key feature that will always keep the S4 above any of these Pioneer products is the fact that the S4 was built by the creators of the Traktor software. It was MADE for the Traktor software. Aside from that dropping $300 more than an S4… i’m not sure how I feel about that.

    • Martin

      it’s not the traktor controller

    • Keeping It Real

      You really have no idea what you are talking about. The Pioneer DDJ-S1 was made for Itch. It will not work with any other software. The S4 was designed by NI. It will work with any other software as it is midi mappable. It was not MADE by NI. It was made in China like most other electronics.

  • Spyder91730

    I have the DDJ-T1 and the sound quality sucks! Has like no bass

    • iNSTiNKT

      I have a DDJ-T1 as well and the sound quality for me is no different that audio coming straight from my computer. Louder than my computer actually due to the volume going to +db’s on the Pioneer controller. You might want to check your levels :)

      I use it with my JBL LSR series monitors and subwoofer.

      • Doug McPaulson

        If its the same quality as your computer then its probably pretty 5hitty…thats why DJs and producers use sound cards in the first place is to get better audio you know?

        • Spyder91730

          Out of curriosity, I hooked it up at a club system and compared it with an Audio 8. The NI Audio 8 spanked it.

        • Spyder91730

          Out of curriosity, I hooked it up at a club system and compared it with an Audio 8. The NI Audio 8 spanked it.

        • Spyder91730

          Out of curriosity, I hooked it up at a club system and compared it with an Audio 8. The NI Audio 8 spanked it.

  • Anonymous

    What are your thoughts regarding the quality of the components of this controller?. When the good guys at Skratchworx reviewed the DDJ-T1 the concluded that the quality of the components (Sound Card, Pots, Faders, buttons, etc) was definitely targeted at the amateur/bedroom DJ, and not to the Pro-doing-gigs DJ, and that at the price point of the controller there was a bit of a conflict because of that.

  • http://www.ali.dj Hedgehog

    I’ll stay with the NS7 and insist on being payed by weight I’ve got to carry around.

  • Anonymous

    Looks old

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Reynolds/748309866 Grant Reynolds

    I have nothing constructive to say about this slap together POS bit of hardware by Pooeneer so i will say nothing at all.

    • http://profiles.google.com/djchristianlee Christian Cicarini

      ;lsakdgjf

    • proben

      seems to me the above counts as saying something. just sayin…

  • jprime

    Hells yeah! Nice review :)

    Wicked product powering (imo) the best DJ software. With Bridge integration on the horizon look oowwwtt

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663316880 Phil Morse

    I see this as a great controller for mobile DJs who want something that looks good when they arrive at gigs, as it certainly has a form factor that commands respect.