Pioneer DDJ-SZ

4-Channel Controller with Serato DJ & Virtual DJ Pro 8

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Pioneer DDJ-SZ Product Description

Pioneer DDJ-SZ 4-Channel Controller with Serato DJ & Virtual DJ Pro 8

The DDJ-SZ is Pioneer’s flagship model. The controller design draws upon the influences of Pioneer’s world-renowned CDJ digital players, and is ideal for the committed controller DJs, looking for unbeatable quality in a practical, all-in-one controller.  

The Pioneer DDJ-SZ retains the familiar classic Pioneer controller layout, ensuring that you can intuitively mix, scratch and play without a second thought. However Pioneer have included some serious upgrades to the DDJ-SZ that place this controller in a league of its own.

The controller is 35% bigger than its little brother, the widely popular DDJ-SX, allowing it to accommodate for the EXTRA LARGE (8.1inch) Jog Wheels. The Jog Wheels are top of the range and provide the smoothest scratches and fastest response times possible. The unit features a JOG FEELING ADJUST to enable the DJ to adjust the wheel resistance to light or heavy depending upon personal preference, just a small touch that can elevate your set above the rest. In addition, the ON JOG display illustrates playback status, position and cue point, ensuring that you never slip up mid mix!

Below the Jog Wheels sit the large LED performance pads. These pads possess the four effects – SLICER, SAMPLER, HOT CUE and ROLL, which allow you, the DJ to get creative and original with your tracks. When used in “Sampler Mode”, the output volume of the sampler effects differ, depending upon the strength with which the pad is pressed, again allowing you to be more natural and intuitive when playing. And if this is not enough, the pads also illuminate with different LED colours in different modes, providing you with a sense of failsafe confidence and certainty in the midst of a sweaty set.

Pioneer has designed the DDJ-SZ so that the mixing area almost mimics that of its DJM range of professional controllers. One of these many mixing functions is the Sound Colour FX. This function incorporates audio effects (Echo, Filter, Jet and Pitch), which can be used in many audio blends, accessible through only the turn of a knob.
In addition to this, the Pioneer DDJ-SZ features a new Oscillator. This feature provides four sound effects; Horn, Siren, Cymbal and Noise, which allow you to add your own specific flare to your mixes.
The Pioneer DDJ-SZ can run with DVS (Digital Vinyl System), allowing an external player to be used as a Serato DJ deck.

One of the most high range features of this kit is the Magvel Cross Fader, used for unbelievable slick transitions between DDJ-SZ’s players. The DJ can customize the cross fader’s cut in time to suit their own personal preference and style. And on top of all of these great features, the Magvel Cross fader operates on a contact-free magnetic system and can bear 10 million operations.  

 The Dual USB port feature means that you can get your mate up on stage with you with simultaneous connection. DJs can also play back to back from separate devices; the transition will be completely professional, seamless and slick.

Pioneer’s DDJ-SZ Controller is a very high-end controller, with every feature that a DJ, entry-level or professional could ever desire. The DJ can personalise many features to suit their own personal style and technique, and that is what places this device at the top of it’s game. 

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Technical Specs

The DDJ-SZ is the first Pioneer controller to closely match the CDJ-2000NXS set-up for the most intuitive, physical scratch performances yet. Features
include full-sized jog wheels inherited from the CDJ-2000NXS, illuminated cue point markers,
large Performance Pads with customisable multi-coloured Hot Cue LEDs, and two USB
sound cards for ultra-smooth DJ handovers.
The Pioneer DDJSZ takes all the best features of its stable mate the Pioneer DDJ-SX and enhances them to
deliver the best live performance experience available. It is the only controller with an On Jog
Display – which introduces a unique digital sticker illumination with cue point countdown and
track playback position – so DJs can perform precision scratches without looking at their
laptop screen. Plus the full-sized jog wheels feature Jog Feeling Adjust, brake speed, and conductive technology for a lighter, smoother faster response.
DJs can finger-drum with confidence thanks to the larger, velocity-sensitive Performance
Pads, which give instant access to quantized Hot Cues, Slicer, Roll and Sampler. The
multi-coloured LEDs show which mode is in play and will match cue point colours that DJs
have pre-set in Serato DJ.
The DDJ-SZ has DVS control and more than holds its own as a stand-alone mixer, with four
mixer channels and two dedicated MIC channels. DJs can instantly trigger four Sound Colour
FX – which can also be applied to the sampler, MICs and Master channel – and manipulate
them with a high/low pass filter on each channel. Further hands-on controls include Oscillator
FX, Slip Mode and Reverse, and dedicated plug-and-play access to all Serato DJ’s exciting
The most elegant solution for the modern scratch DJ, the Pioneer DDJ-SZ Controller should be part of any
professional set-up.
Spacious layout with large controls for scratch performance perfection Full-sized jog wheels with digital sticker and cue countdown The DDJ-SZ is the first controller to inherit 206-mm jog wheels from the flagship CDJ-2000NXS to make it the best digital controller for scratch DJs. Features include:
On Jog Display:
white backlit track playback position
Digital cue point marker: illumination accurately counts down cue points
Jog illumination: LED ring shows which deck is in play in Blue or White
Jog Feeling Adjust: dedicated dials for jog wheel tension control and brake speed to create longer or shorter backspins and brake effects.
Enhanced operation:
conductive technology for smoother, faster performance Performance Pads with multi-coloured cue point LEDs The club-standard 30mm x 30mm Performance Pads are the largest in Pioneer DJ’s Serato controller range, enabling a greater level of control and physicality. DJs can instantly trigger Quantized Hot Cues, Roll, Slicer and Sampler, or hit Shift to save and activate Cue and Slicer Loops – while Velocity Mode lets them control the sample volume with the amount of pressure they apply. The multi-coloured backlit LEDs give a visual reference to which modes are in play, and will reflect cue points that DJs have pre-set in Serato DJ.
PIONEER EXCLUSIVE: magnetic crossfader for enhanced operability and durability The DDJ-SZ is equipped with Pioneer’s own magnetic crossfader for smooth, steady control. Two metal shafts support the fader knobs, while the contact-free magnetic system is designed to last for millions of performances. The operational load, fader curve and cut lag can be adjusted to suit the DJ’s preference.
2.Two USB sound cards for smooth DJ handovers Two sound cards and USB ports enable two computers to be connected at the same time. A dedicated A/B button on each side of the controller enables DJs to split the controller and assign each half between the two USB ports for seamless DJ handovers with no more awkward gaps in the music.
3. Supports DVS control and can be used as a stand-alone mixer
The four external inputs allow DJs to connect CDJs and turntables and use the DDJ-SZ as a stand-alone four-channel mixer. In addition, the unit has two dedicated MIC inputs with Hi/Low EQ, enabling voice MCing without sacrificing mixer channels. Plus two Master Out ports (balanced and RCA) and one balanced Booth Out port mean DJs can connect to a variety of PA set-ups.
The DDJ-SZ is DVS-ready, so DJs can connect CDJs/turntables to the DDJ-SZ and use a timecode CD/vinyl to control Serato directly through the mixer – there’s no need for an external sound card.
4.High-quality FX and filters on every channel, including MICs and sampler DJs can enjoy even more creative freedom thanks to a high/low pass filter on every channel, including the two MIC channels and sampler, plus Master channel, while each effect can be fine-tuned using the large rotary parameter dial. High-quality FX include the popular Sound Colour FX – Pitch, Echo, Jet and Filter – while the new Oscillator adds Noise, Siren, Cymbal and Horn samples.
5.Slip Mode for precision scratching Slip Mode
silently continues track playback during a loop, reverse or scratch, and brings the music back at the right point when the DJ exits the performance. It also adds a further level to the Performance Pads, enabling tricks such as Slip Hot Cue.
6.High-quality audio circuitry delivers a professional sound The DDJ-SZ inherits high-quality audio circuitry from Pioneer DJ’s pro-DJ equipment, including two built-in 24-bit sound cards, and a precision engineered Wolfson DAC providing a signal-to-noise ratio of 111 dB on the Master Out to ensure incredibly pure sound reproduction.
7.Professional build quality with a stylish finish to suit any environment The top plate and jog wheels are built with an aluminium finish that looks great and yet is tough enough to withstand the rigours of frequent use. Plus Pioneer DJ’s P-LOCK Fader Caps are impossible to pull off in the heat of a mix.
8.Other features Meters next to the Master and every channel mean DJs are always aware of input and output levels, while the peak limiter prevents distortion from the Master Out – even at very high outputs.
Needle Search:
touch strip for intuitive, fast searches
MIDI compatible:
control any DJ software

Software Serato DJ
Number of channels 4 audio channels, 2 MIC channels
Input ports CD/LINE x 4 (RCA), PHONO x 2 (RCA)MIC x 2 (XLR & ¼-inch combined jack x 1, ¼-inch jack x 1)
Output ports Master Out x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1) Booth Out x 1 (¼-inch jack)Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (front panel ¼-inch jack, Φ3.5mmMiniPin)
Other ports USB B port x 2
Sampling rate 44.1 kHz
D/A converter 24-bit
A/D converter 24-bit
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Total HarmonicDistortion ratio 0.002% or less
S/N ratio 111 dB or above (USB)
Head room 19 dB
Maximum dimensions(WxDxH) 870 x 419.5 x 98.4 mm
Unit weight 10.4 kg


Applicable OS (Windows) Windows® 732-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 2GB64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 4GB32-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 2GB64-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 4GB
Applicable OS (Mac) Mac OS X v10.8/10.7/10.632-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 2GB64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo/(Memory) 4GB2-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 2GB64-bit: (CPU) Core i3, i5 or i7 1.07 GHz Duo/(Memory) 4GB
Display resolution 1280 x 720 or higher resolution

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13 July, 2015
Great bit of kit
Fantastic bit of kit. Have had no issues since day one, and the only thing to remember is how big this thing is. It is not for small DJ booths..
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31 March, 2014
Great Product
Pioneer have thought of everything when it comes to this controller. Works like a treat. My only negative view on the unit is the software effects aren't post fader but you can't have everything.
2 found this helpful
8 November, 2016
Great piece of kit!
Very happy with this unit, exceeded my expectations even for pioneer
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18 October, 2016
This is the best piece of DJ kit I have ever used
I went from 2 CDJ-900 and a DJM S9 to this controller and it feels like a huge upgrade. I love being able to mix 4 tunes at the same time with it, or having one specifically dedicated to scratching. I miss the echo effect and switches from the S9 but there is so much more to do with the SZ that it's not really a problem. I have had a few issues connecting it, but only after updating windows or needing to update windows, re-installing the drivers has fixed it every time though. I blame windows
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10 May, 2016
Best controller I've used, so many great features.
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20 November, 2015
Great Service and exact description of the product
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8 October, 2015
This controller has everything I love it so much when my first one got damaged I had no hesitation to go buy another despite knowing there was other products out there on the market. Simply the best.
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mr andrew
8 October, 2015
best supplyer
perfect best supplyer
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18 August, 2015
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14 March, 2015
Great piece of equipments
As soon as I seen this controller I knew I had to get it, currently just waiting on delivery but after watching loads of video reviews on this I will mostly not be disappointed.
1 found this helpful
19 January, 2016
absolutely outstanding.
I'll try and be detailed with this controller. there really is too much to talk about. from the looks and lights of the buttons right down to the inputs and sound quality, this controller is absolutely perfect. i upgraded to this controller as i wanted the best, i wanted to have more functions on one unit than i knew what to do with. i love every single detail of this controller, everything is laid out nicely and i never find myself accidentally knocking a fader or brushing the jog wheel. on the subject of the jog wheels, they are better than 2000s in my opinion. i don't know why, they just are. i'm mainly a mix dj and my brother in law is a scratch dj, the jogs deliver in both scenarios. the touch sensitive plate on them really give you a responsive scratch from the second you touch it. the display in the middle is helpful to help you avoid looking at your computer when beat juggling etc. the beat pads (as well as literally EVERYTHING else) on this controller are bigger than on the sx and are very comfortable to use in all modes. the pitch fader is also a god send compared to smaller controllers. as for the mixer section, the faders feel sturdy and great to use, especially the Xfader. it has four samples and 4 effects built in with individual channel filters and a dedicated sampler and mic channel. the master volume is controlled by a knob in the corner out of the way rather than on a fader in amongst the others (which i hate) and the led output levels on each channel (including the master). the controller has 2 soundcards for switching DJs seamlessly from computer to computer or just using 2 computers simultaneously. it has both an rca and xlr master oututs, as well as a booth output through 1/4" jack. the 4 channels are rca and can be switched between phono/line. the mixer is standalone and works without being conneted to computer (although would obviously still need power. other extra features that set this unit ahead are: jog wheel stiffness adjustment brake effect on each deck DVS built in magvel x-fader there's plenty of other features that i've missed but all in all it's really worth it's price tag, it's a supreme controller capable of delivering exceptional performance in every situation.
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19 November, 2014
Fantastic kit for a newby to mixing away from a laptop
Although this product is high end, I must admit that mixing with this equipment was a lot easier to come to terms with than I originally imagined. I had been using software and a laptop to do pre-produced mixes with an effects unit up until now and took the plunge to learn proper beatmixing. Using Serato seems pretty simple and once you get used to the controls from a basic point of view in the software and also hardware you can start mixing proficiently within a few days i'd say. I am pleased with the effects and also ease of use with the jog wheels etc, the quality is high.... Ive yet to attach my RMX-500 unit which I used to use previously, but the amount of effects on the hardware is great even without it.... Iam still learning how to do a lot of these! Overall great product even if price is high.... but its great I could get this on finance so not to spend all in 1 go! Cant wait to learn more and hopefully use live in a set one day!
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2 October, 2014
Top Notch. Fits the controller well and has space underneath for cables ext.. Well built and feels strong.
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31 July, 2014
Pioneer ddj sz
Its a grate pis of dj equpmant
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Undisclosed Reviewer
22 July, 2014
Great Product packed with endless features
Super fast delivery and service ... Great Product ... haven't had a full play with it as yet but as usual packed with amazing pioneer features. Thanks for being my number one choice on this product.
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30 June, 2014
Amazing piece of kit! Powerful and professional! Was a lot more sturdy then I thought! 100% recommend this for any professional DJ
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24 June, 2014
pioneer ddj sz
These decks are excellent , so many features and works well will the free included serato dj , also first class service.
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15 April, 2014
So glad I bought these decks if you want something closer to the cdj2000 and djm 900 without spending the money this is the one you want! Yes its a controller but you still have to choice to beatmatch if you want and not use the sync buttons. Effects sound amazing. So much you can so on it! Would definitely recommend it!
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5 April, 2014
Pioneer hit the jackpot
Pioneer really have gone to the top with this controller - and trust me I can seriously recommend it - worth every penny just it's size justifys its price tag - not to mention the build quality of it- and then there's it's sound quality - again a winner - if like me you wanted dvs control with your ddj sx without boxes everywhere and two computers then it's a no brainer - not to say it looks nice in a rig with a pair of turntables - respect due pioneer
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2 April, 2014
What a beast!
It's like having a pair of CDJ 2000 Nexus, a DJM 900 Nexus and DDJ SX all welded together. Top build quality and sound quality from Pioneer. Excellent service from as usual as well.
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31 March, 2014
First class service
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