DJ Equipment: Pioneer DDJ-SB Review

By | June 5, 2016

The DDJ-SB in a Nutshell:

The DDJ-SB is a great DJ controller in its category. While it doesn’t have as many features as some of its rivals, it does do its job well and is great for gigs. For those DJs who like having control over some parameters, you may want to look else where. If you want a good basic unit that will do the job, for a good price then pick up the DDJ-SB. Lets review it and see why it made the best DJ Controller guide.

Pioneer DDJ-SB Review

Pioneer was successful in making a lightweight and compact DJ controller. Weighing under 5 pounds, with a full plastic housing, the finish looks like its brushed aluminum but its not.

The jog wheels resemble the ones on the DDJ-SX but are missing the LED track position. None the less they are solid and feel great.

Also included in this DJ controller is some drum pads. 8 pads in total, the top row of buttons are purposed for either, hot cues, controls for looping, manual looping or as pads. The bottom row is for transport controls, so your play, cue, sync and shift buttons.

The FX features are controlled with 3 buttons. It doesnt give you a lot to work with for adjustability of FX but there’s something.

The mixer is made up of volume faders and a crossfader, it has the high, mid and low EQ controls as well. It also has a filter knob but not gain control.

The top of the controller has browse knobs so you can scroll through your serato software.

2 headphone jacks on the side of the unit, and also a mic jack.

Functionality:

For a DJ controller under 300, the DDJ-SB has some great functionality, The DDJ-SB has some large jog wheels that have some good torque on them, compared to the Traktor Kontrol S2 controllers which move easily. I personally prefer the DDJ-SB jog wheels better. They are responsive and nice to scratch on as well. As mentioned scratching can be done with the jogs or, move the track forward or back. Spinning the side of the jogs result in a pitch bending. If you hold down the shift and move the jog it will progress the track faster.

The pads are backlit but don’t change color. The pads you use for performance functions are strictly the top ones, the bottom ones are made for transport controls.

Conclusion:

The Pioneer DDJ-SB is a great DJ controller for beginner DJs. If you want a portable unit this is it, or even if you are in need of a backup for your main DJ setup. It has enough functionality to do the job, but don’t expect all the bells and whistles on this.

Of course for the price you cant go wrong, the jog wheels are great on this and give more expensive controllers a run for their money.