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I’ve been vinyl DJ since 2003. Having to move my gear (Pair of Technics SL-1200 along with cartridges and slipmats, Rane mixer, and all other necessary cables) between gigs was always challenge and tiring process. Enter: Controller DJing. I’ve always thought, CDJ and furthermore, Controllers are more toys than professional grade DJ gear. In recent years of growing market of controllers, I had few chances to try DDJ lines of Pioneer controllers at NAMM show and had amazing experiences with them. I’ve had my eyes on SX model since SZ was way too big and heavy for mobile gigs, and other SB, SR models were bit filmsy and bit toyish and did not have that professional look to it. SX models were perfectly sized, nicely weighted, does not feel cheap, Pioneer Pro grade built quality every other DJ relys on. SX2 eliminates lots of hassles on mobile gigs and saves me time preparing it. Coming from vinyl background, unit took little of getting used to times, but oh boy, what a rewarding experience. Digital could be so good. Let me list few quirks and disappointments here other than these everything else is top notch. 1. Compared to DDJ-SP1’s pads, SX2’s pads were bit non-responsive in my case, Same pressure I apply with SP1 to trigger, wouldn’t work with SX2, I have to hit it bit harder. No biggie. Just need some time to getting used to. 2. Pitch sliders are way too soft and hard to fine control. Wish it had some tension adjustments or similar tension as 1200s. but again, coming from vinyl, maybe i’m not just used to how pioneer does pitch controls. 3. I would appreciate dedicated microphone inputs (2 x XLR) other than having to sacrifice two channels.
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