Pioneer DJ, a world-class manufacturer of DJ equipment, has announced the launch of the DDJ-REV1 – a 2-channel controller from the brand-new DDJ-REV series of DJ controllers. Accompanied with the free Serato DJ Lite software, the controller boasts a brand-new battle-style layout that’s easy to use and perfect for playing like a pro DJ. With unique features, the DDJ-REV1 is the ideal piece of kit for any beginner wanting to kickstart 2022 with a new hobby for National Hobby Month by learning the art of scratching and mixing, that’s suited for all types of music. Whether you’re mixing from hip-hop to pop, battling it out in a DJ scratch competition or just laying on some epic tunes – the DDJ-REV1 has it all.
Launched as part of the DDJ-REV series – a fresh range of DJ controllers with layouts emulating a professional mixer and turntable setup such as the popular DJM-S mixer and PLX turntable respectively – the DDJ-REV1 includes specialised features for open-format and scratch DJs. For the first time ever on a Pioneer DJ controller, the tempo sliders have been moved to the top of the deck and turned horizontally to imitate PLX turntables arranged in a battle configuration. Not only that, but the Performance Pads have been placed in the mixer section along with Lever FX paddles, exactly where they’re found on DJM-S series mixers, enabling you to energetically change the sound during performances. This layout will have any hobbyist or music lover feeling like a superstar DJ, with all the controls designed in harmony.
With plenty of room to try out mixing techniques, the DDJ-REV1 has a spacious layout and its jog wheels have been sized up so that scratching will feel as effortless as possible. If you’re thinking about getting into battle mixing and scratching – and streaming your sets too – the DDJ-REV1 is the perfect piece of kit to start your journey with.
For those wanting to learn how to scratch or hone this skill, the DDJ-REV1’s Tracking Scratch feature will come in handy. This easy-to-use function returns the track to the cue point automatically when you move the jog wheel backward or take your hand away, so you don’t need to use the crossfader or worry about winding the jog back to the start point of your scratch. In addition, you can also choose the Scratch Crossfader Cuts pattern you want to use by pressing the relevant Performance Pad and push the jog forward to scratch – you’ll be able to achieve some fantastic sounding techniques when scratching. Not only that, but, you can also use the Performance Pads to instantly trigger your favourite samples or tracks that you’ve loaded into the Serato DJ Lite software.
When you feel ready to stream your sets to friends and social media followers, you can easily incorporate speech and vocals if you plug a microphone into the controller. There’s no need for an external soundcard or mixer – the audio goes straight to your laptop and into the stream. You’ll be set up and ready to become the ultimate bedroom DJ in no time.