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The Pioneer DDJ-SB is an all-in-one 2 deck USB MIDI controller with a built in soundcard. Mixxx allows it to control 4 decks. It is compatible with Mixxx since version 1.12.
Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are supported. You can download the latest drivers and firmware from http://www.pioneerdj.com/en/support/software/ddj-sb.
IMPORTANT for Windows users: If you are having issues getting both sound outputs to work properly, please try using a different Sound API (see the Preferences menu). DirectSound seems to have issues with this controller. WASAPI seems to work fine, as does MME, although only with higher latencies. On Windows 10, only MME works.
You don't need any drivers on Mac OS X and Linux.
The controller supports Mac OS X 10.6 and up.
The controls for library browsing can be found in the center top of the controller.
|Rotary knob||Track selection|
|Load buttons||Loads currently highlighted track to the corresponding deck|
|Pushing rotary knob||Push: Loads currently highlighted track to the preview deck and plays it. – Release: jump to 30% position – Push again without rotary: Stop preview|
|Shift + rotary knob||Library section selection|
|Shift + pushing rotary knob||toggle expanding library section|
Pressing shift + “key lock / tempo range” allows the left deck to switch between decks 1 and 3 and the right deck to swicth between decks 2 and 4.
Between the decks the usual faders, crossfader and EQ knobs can be found. A filter knob is also available.
Knobs are available for the master and headphones level. These are functional but are not reflected in Mixxx, as they control the controller's soundcard directly.
The filter fade button allows to use the crossfader in an innovative way that fades accross songs through filtering instead of fading.
There is no trim/gain knob, but the same effect can be achieved by using the filter knobs while holding shift.
When a deck is paused, the jogwheel allows you to browse through a track. If you want to browse faster, hold shift while using the jogwheel.
When a deck is playing, using the jogwheel allows you to temporarily change the tempo of the playing track. Again, holding shift exaggerates this effect.
The tempo slider allows changing the tempo of each deck. This normally changes the pitch of a track, you can make the pitch stay constant by pressing the “key lock / tempo range” button.
Vinyl mode makes the jogwheels emulate the way turntables work. Vinyl mode can be toggled by pressing the “vinyl / slip” button. Touching the outer plastic ring of the jogwheel will make it behave as with vinyl mode off. Touching the metal disc simulates touching the vinyl record, so just putting your hand on it will stop the “vinyl”. You can scratch in a similar way as with turntables in vinyl mode.
By pressing shift + “vinyl / slip” you can toggle slip mode. When entering slip mode, Mixxx remembers what point exactly of the track should be playing even if, for example, you scratch or make a loop. This allows to return to the original pace of the track.
The play and cue pads should be self-explaining. The sync pad toggles master sync for a deck, which tries to beatmatch the deck with the others, and also syncs the tempo between them, even when the tempo of one deck is changed.
Additional functions can be accessed by holding shift
|Shift + play||Plays the track in reverse and enables slipping (see slip mode)|
|Shift + cue||Brakes the track as if the power of the motor on a turntable was turned off|
|Shift + sync||Enables quantize mode (this makes most actions, e.g. setting the cue point, fall to the nearest beat)|
In hot cue mode the upper row of pads control the hotcues. Pressing a pad that is not lit sets a hotcue. Pressing a pad that is lit makes the track jump and play from that hotcue. Pressing a pad while holding shift deletes that hotcue.
You can control a set of 4 more hotcues by pressing shift + hot cue. The hot cue button will start blinking. The pads will behave in the same way, but controlling hotcues 5 to 8.
Pressing the pads in auto loop mode will make loops of a specific length measured in beats.
|Pad 1||1 beat loop|
|Pad 2||2 beat loop|
|Pad 3||4 beat loop|
|Pad 4||8 beat loop|
|Shift + pad 1||16 beat loop|
|Shift + pad 2||32 beat loop|
|Shift + pad 3||64 beat loop|
This mode will make the pads control looping in the way labeled on them.
|Pad 1||Set loop in|
|Pad 2||Set loop out|
|Pad 3||Toggles loop|
|Pad 4||Halve loop length|
|Shift + pad 4||Double loop length|
|Shift + pad 1||Move loop one beat backward|
|Shift + pad 2||Move loop one beat forward|
In sampler mode the sampler can be controlled. To load a file into a sampler, first press the sampler button while holding shift, so that the sampler button starts blinking. Now pressing a pad will load the currently highlighted track on the library into the corresponding sampler. Pressing a pad while holding shift will eject the sample.
To play samples, press the sampler button without holding shift (it should not blink). Pressing a pad will start playing the corresponding sample, pressing a pad while holding shift will stop it.
By pressing the auto loop button while holding shift (it should start blinking) you can make loop rolls. This mode combines auto loops with slip mode. The pads will start a loop in the current position with a determinate beat length while simultaneously enabling slip mode, so that when releasing the pad the track will continue playing as if the loop never happened.
|Pad 1||1/16th beat loop roll|
|Pad 2||1/8th beat loop roll|
|Pad 3||1/4th beat loop roll|
|Pad 4||1/2 beat loop roll|
|Shift + pad 1||1 beat loop roll|
|Shift + pad 2||2 beat loop roll|
|Shift + pad 3||4 beat loop roll|
|Shift + pad 4||8 beat loop roll|
By pressing the manual loop button while holding shift (it should start blinking) you can make the pads behave as kill switches.
|Pad 1||Kill low|
|Pad 2||Kill mid|
|Pad 3||Kill high|
Over the jogwheels there are sections allowing to control effects.
Turning the knobs will control the wet/dryness of an effect.
Turning the knobs while holding one of the three FX buttons will control the first, second or third parameter of an effect, respectively.
If holding shift when using the knobs the “super” parameter can be controlled.
Pressing the central FX button (number 2) while holding shift will toggle the effect for the headphones, while the left and right buttons (number 1 and 3) will toggle the effect for the active deck in the left and right sides of the controller respectively.
You can choose between effects by entering “kill mode” and using pads 1 and 2 while holding shift.
By moving a channel fader up from the very bottom while holding shift when a deck is paused, the deck will start playing. Moving the fader back to the bottom without releasing shift stops the deck and moves it back to its original position.