Pioneer Beefs up Its DJ Controller Lineup with the Introduction of the Flagship DDJ-SZ

  Pioneer Beefs up Its DJ Controller Lineup with the Introduction of the
  Flagship DDJ-SZ

         DDJ-SZ Integrates Professional Look and Feel of Pro DJ Gear

2014 NAMM Show

Business Wire

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- January 22, 2014

NAMM Booth #5810 Hall B – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today expanded its
family of Serato^® DJ software compatible controllers with the introduction of
the DDJ-SZ, its flagship model that strongly emulates the look and feel of
Pioneer’s world-renowned CDJ digital players. The DDJ-SZ is designed for the
serious “controller” DJs who are inspired by the performance specifications of
Pioneer’s professional DJ products but also want the convenience of an
all-in-one system. The new controller is 35 percent bigger than the widely
popular DDJ-SX, sporting additional functionalities and features including
extra large JOG wheels (the same size available on CDJ players), large
performance pads with multi-color illumination, DJM style mixer, dual USB
ports and a MAGVEL cross fader.

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Serato DJ compatible controller (Photo: Business Wire)

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Serato DJ compatible controller (Photo: Business Wire)

“The DDJ-SZ is the ‘Big Daddy’ of our controller lineup meant for those
professional-type software DJs who really love our CDJ gear but like the ease
of having everything in one unit,” said David Arevalo, director of marketing,
Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
“We’ve given the DDJ-SZ a similar look and feel of our PRO gear, including
large JOG wheels with a display that makes every performance even better.”

Similar to its smaller DDJ-S counterparts, the DDJ-SZ is optimized to work
with the latest Serato DJ software.

  *Big JOG Wheel – The most noticeable CDJ PRO gear integration to the DDJ-SZ
    is its large 8.1-inch JOG wheels. The JOG wheels provide instantaneous
    response and excellent operability for accurate and smooth scratching and
    mixing performance. The center of each JOG wheel also features “ON JOG
    display” to illustrate playback status, cue points and position. In
    addition, the unit offers a JOG FEELING ADJUST to enable users to change
    the resistance of the wheel from light to heavy for a customized feel.
  *Performance Pads – Directly below each JOG wheel are four effects buttons
    – HOT CUE, ROLL, SLICER and SAMPLER. Under the effects buttons are eight
    extra large velocity sensitive “performance pads” that DJs can quickly
    access to insert different modified effects to music playing. In Sampler
    mode, the output volume of the sampler effects also varies depending on
    the strength of a user’s tap of the pad. An update from the current DDJ-S
    controllers, the performance pads on the DDJ-SZ illuminate in different
    colors to quickly communicate the effect mode it is in.
  *Dual USB Ports – The DDJ-SZ includes two USB ports to enable simultaneous
    connection of two computers. Users can instantly switch between two
    computers for seamless transitions between two DJs or as additional music
    sources.
  *High-End Mixer – The mixing area of the DDJ-SZ also closely mimics
    Pioneer’s DJM series of professional mixers, utilizing a generous number
    of controls and effects with features including Sound Color FX and new
    Oscillator functions to deliver more creative music arrangements. The
    mixer can also be used as a standalone 4-channel mixer for outboard
    players and turntables.

       *Oscillator – The new Oscillator on the right side of the mixer
         provides four types of sound effects: Noise, Siren, Cymbal and Horn.
         A quick touch of the buttons activates the effect(s), which can also
         be modified in amplitude (volume) to add to the music currently
         playing.
       *Sound Color FX – The mixer includes four Sound Color FX functions
         (Pitch, Jet, Echo and Filter), which add numerous audio effect
         combinations and arrangements to currently playing music with a
         simple twist of the knobs. Through Serato DJ’s beats per minute (BPM)
         analysis, users can also synchronize Echo effects to the BPM of
         currently playing music.
       *DVS Functionality – The controller can support DVS (Digital Vinyl
         System)^1 using control tone to enable an external player to be used
         as a Serato DJ deck.

  *MAGVEL Cross Fader – For extremely smooth transitions and high durability
    between the DDJ-SZ’s players, the unit features a MAGVEL cross fader (the
    same component used in Pioneer’s DJM-900SRT) that utilizes a contact-free
    magnetic system that can withstand more than 10 million operations. The
    “cut in” time of the cross fader can also be customized to the user’s
    preference.

Additional Features

  *Serato DJ Software – A new Serato DJ software^2 is bundled with the DDJ-SZ
    for an easy out-of-the-box experience.
  *Slip Mode – While activated, Slip Mode silently continues song playback
    during a performance loop, scratch or hot cue and resumes audible playback
    when the loop, scratch or hot cue operation is ended, creating smoother
    and more seamless transitions.
  *Needle Search – Users can immediately jump to a specific part of a music
    track with a simple touch of the Needle Search pad.
  *High Quality Audio – Two built-in 24-bit soundcards, low-jitter clock and
    a Wolfson high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are used for
    accurate audio playback. In addition to a 32-bit Digital Signal Processor
    to minimize digital noise, its balanced-hybrid operational amplifier and
    balance output circuit also reduce analog circuit noise.
  *Built-in Sound Card (audio interface)
  *P-LOCK Fader Cap – Prevents the fader knob from slipping off during
    extreme use.
  *Auto Standby – Automatically switches to standby mode when no activity or
    input is detected for a period of time.

The Pioneer DDJ-SZ will be available in March 2014 with a suggested retail
price of $2,399.

The first 5,000 units of the DDJ-SZ sold worldwide will be bundled with a free
license for the Serato Video plug-in (worth $149).

For a video demonstration, please click here.

Pioneer offers a complete line of professional DJ Equipment through its
Professional Sound & Visual Division. Its DJ products are industry standards
at clubs, studios, mobile rigs and homes around the world, known for their
high quality sound and reliability. For more information, visit
www.pioneerdjusa.com.

^1 Serato time code vinyl/disc sold separately.
^2 Visit http://pioneerdj.com/support/ for details (update available beginning
of March).

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
SERATO is a registered trademark of Serato Audio Research Ltd.

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Contact:

For Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Jaed Arzadon, 310-952-2451
jaed.arzadon@pioneer-usa.com
or
Katherine Harbeston, 310-952-2388
katherine.harbeston@pioneer-usa.com
or
Cara Smith, 310-496-4454
cara@allisonpr.com
 
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