Battle Style DJ Controller
Pioneer DJ return this time with DDJ-REV series. A new spin (pun intended) on scratch dj setups. The DDJ REV-1 delivers an new open-format feel for both scratch and battle DJs. Yes, you guessed it... the tempo sliders have been moved to the top of the deck sections and turned horizontally to emulate turntables arranged in a battle configuration.
This is a huge step forward for the scratch community offering a vinyl feel in a digital box (so to speak). You get the full range of performance pads that have been placed in the mixer section along with Lever FX paddles, sharing similar locations on DJM-S series mixers, making it easy to rip between sounds during performances.
Scratching feels like never before on a controller with so many opportunities for over hand mixing techniques on this spacious layout. Bigger jogs feel like they should have always been that way when scratching on a controller. There are so many helpful features as well as the DDJ-REV1 has things like Tracking Scratch.
This feature 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. Some people will be up in arms about this but lets be real - if technology can continue to create new ways to be more creative we say embrace it!
Here are some more reasons why we think the DDJ REV-1 is going to shake up the scratch community..
1. Brand-new layout design: Perform intuitively: Get hands-on with an interface designed to emulate 2 x PLX turntables and a DJM-S series mixer – the kind of setup used by pro battle DJs.
Battle-style setup: There’s plenty of space to perform mixing and scratching techniques thanks to the new arrangement of the controls on the DDJ-REV1. The tempo sliders are 60mm longer than those on the DDJ-SB3 – giving you finer control – and they run horizontally above the decks while the Performance Pads have been moved into the mixer section so you can intuitively combine effects, trigger samples, and scratch your tracks.
Bigger jog wheels: The bigger the jog wheels, the better for scratching. The jogs on the DDJ-REV1 are the same size as the ones on the DDJ-SR2, a popular controller that’s higher up in the Pioneer DJ range. Lever FX: Dynamically add texture to the music with Lever FX in the mixer section. Pull the levers down and hold them to apply effects from Serato DJ Lite in short bursts or push them up to lock on effects
2. Tracking Scratch: Get a helping hand with scratching: The DDJ-REV1 can help you have fun scratching without doing it all for you. You’ll still need to hone your skills, but the Tracking Scratch feature will silently take the music back to the cue point the moment you move the jog wheel backward or lift your hand away – saving you from closing the fader and finding the right place in the music to start the scratch again. All you need to do is to select the Tracking Scratch Pad mode, press a Performance Pad to choose the Scratch Crossfader Cuts pattern you want to use, then start moving the jog.
3. Mixed microphone audio: Easily add your voice while you’re streaming For the first time in a Pioneer DJ controller at this level, the output of the master audio is mixed with the sound from the microphone if you have one plugged in. This means you don’t need any external equipment such as a soundcard or separate mixer if you want to add speech or vocals to your performance and route it through your computer. All sounds are sent to Serato DJ Lite so you can stream from there.
4. Serato DJ Lite integration: Enjoy full use of the free software: As soon as you’ve downloaded Serato DJ Lite to your PC/Mac for free, you can simply connect the DDJ-REV1 via the supplied USB cable and start DJing. Enjoy tactile control of various features and effects in the software by manipulating the buttons, knobs, faders, and jog wheels on the controller.
With the Scratch Bank pad mode, you can instantly load scratch samples from 4 banks that you’ve assigned in Serato DJ Lite or Pro by simply tapping the dedicated Scratch Bank button. You can load from a specific start point too – handy if you want to use this feature to drop in full tracks during a routine.
Other features include:
Deck 3/4 control: Play tracks and sounds loaded on any of the 4 decks in Serato DJ Lite
Support for Serato DJ Pro: Take your performances to the next level with a free trial of Serato DJ Pro (paid permanent upgrade available separately)
Serato DJ Lite
Serato DJ Pro (license/subscription not included)
20 Hz - 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion:
MASTER x 1 (RCA x 1)
Power Supply AC 100 V – 240 V, 50 Hz / 60 Hz
W x D x H) 526.0 × 255.5 × 59.2 mm / 20.7” × 10.06” × 2.33”
2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs.
Warranty (for some regions) Quick Start Guide Precautions for Use
Starting the reviews off from the heart of the store. Sam from Pioneer DJ brought in the unit last week for a tutorial and we loved it. The battle style players and mixer for Serato lite, in the style of a DDJ 400 is an absolute Winner :)