Beyond control: the entry level DDJ-SB2 controller for Serato DJ

With trim pot and Pad Trans effect

Posted on 10 Aug, 2015, by Pioneer India

10th August 2015: Aspiring DJs now have uncompromised control, with the launch of the DDJ-SB2 entry-level controller for Serato DJ Intro and Serato DJ. The two-channel DDJ-SB2 boasts all the features of the original DDJ-SB – including Filter Fade, Performance Pads and advanced features not usually available at this price point – and adds a trim pot, level meters, the Pad Trans beat effect and 4-deck control.

The DDJ-SB is hugely popular with beginners and hobbyist DJs, thanks to its intuitive, plug-and-play control of Serato DJ Intro (free) and Serato DJ (Paid upgrade), which offers features including iZotope FX, Slip Mode, record and a host of expansion packs. The controller’s innovative Filter Fade lets DJs mix seamlessly, adjusting the volume and bass filter with just one hand. So they’ve got a spare hand to unleash their creativity – using the tactile Performance Pads and buttons to trigger samples, FX, loops and cues.

Now the DDJ-SB2 adds pro-DJ features usually found on top-flight controllers, including a trim pot and level meters to control the volumes on each channel. Also new at this price point are four-deck control and the Pad Trans Pad beat effect, which cuts the volume in time with the BPM when the DJ hits the Performance Pads.

The USB-powered DDJ-SB2 is more compact and portable than its pro-DJ stable mates, the DDJ-SX2 and DDJ-SZ, but offers the same intuitive layout, high-quality build, and many advanced features.

The DDJ-SB2, bundled with Serato DJ Intro, is available from August 2015.

Official Introduction Video & For more information, click here


1. Intuitive controls for a physical performance

The DDJ-SB’s layout mirrors Serato DJ Intro and Serato DJ interface, so getting hands on with the controller’s buttons and dials soon becomes second nature. Tactile controls include:

  • Performance Pads: four rubber pads enable DJs to trigger Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Manual Loop and Sampler – while a further four give immediate access to Play, Cue, Sync and Shift functions.
  • Large jog wheels: two 112-mm aluminium jog wheels for precision scratching.
  • New trim pot and level meters: the DDJ-SB2 is the first controller at his price point to feature a trim pot and level meters, putting control of the volume of each track at DJs’ fingertips.
  • Manual filters on each channel: independent low/high pass filter dials for each channel are inherited from the premium DDJ-SX2 and DDJ-SR controllers.

2. Filter Fade and Trans effect take beginners beyond mixing
The DDJ-SB2 is packed with features to help beginners hit the ground running, such as:

  • New Trans beat effect: DJs use the Performance Pads to trigger the Pad Trans effect and cut the volume in time with the beat.
  • Filter Fade: makes mixing effortless by adding two high pass filters to the crossfader – so DJs can manipulate the volume and the bass filter with just one hand.

3.Plug-and-play with Serato DJ Intro and Serato DJ Upgrade Ready, including 4-deck control
The DDJ-SB2 is the first controller at this price point to let DJs perform with all four of Serato DJ Intro’s decks. Deck 3 and Deck 4 have their own buttons to allow seamless switching.

Plus there are dedicated controls for all of Serato DJ Intro’s features including four Hot Cues and four samples. The controller has two FX units per channel, with six FX to choose from, and DJs can manipulate the parameters using a central Level/Depth dial. 

DJs can upgrade to Serato DJ for intuitive control of even more cue points, samples and loops – plus advanced features including Slip Mode, record, and FX Powered by iZotope.

4. Professional design and build
Made with premium materials and audio circuitry, the DDJ-SB2 is both stylish and built to last.

5. Other features

  • USB powered
  • Built-in sound card
  • MIC input
  • MIDI compatible

Main Specifications


Serato DJ Intro (free, bundled) Serato DJ (paid upgrade)

Input ports

Mic x 1(¼-inch TS jack x 1)

Output ports

Master Out x 1 (RCA x 1)

Headphone Monitor Out x 2(¼-inch TRS jack, 3.5mm stereo mini jack)

Other ports

USB B type x 1

Frequency response

20Hz ~ 20kHz

Total Harmonic Distortion ratio

0.005% or less

S/N ratio

90 dB (PC)

Maximum dimensions
(W x D x H)

487 x 58.5 x 271.2 mm

Unit weight

2.1 kg

Serato DJ Intro System Requirements

Applicable OS (Windows)

Windows 8.1/ Windows 8/ Windows 7 with Service Pack 1

CPU: Intel processor Core Duo 2.0GHz or higher, Intel processor Core i3, i5 and i7

Memory: RAM 1 GB or higher

Applicable OS (Mac)

Mac OSX v10.10, 10.9, 10.8T

CPU: Intel processor Core Duo 2.0GHz or higher, Intel processor Core i3, i5 and i7

Memory: RAM 1 GB or higher

Display resolution

1,024 x 768 or higher

About Pioneer India

Pioneer India Electronics Pvt. Ltd. is the Distributor of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in India. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan.


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