The DDJ-SR2 controller for Serato DJ is Pioneer DJ’s first update to the original DDJ-SR two-channel DJ controller which was released back in 2013. It’s a great two-channel controller for the serious beginner DJ who wants to use Serato DJ, or as a backup for the gigging professional. With a nice set of features and top-notch reliability, the DDJ-SR2 is a solid update to the original.
First Impressions / Setting up
The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 is a two-channel portable controller with strong integration with Serato. It has an RCA and mic input as well as a USB jack, XLR or RCA outputs and two headphone jacks. An update to the original DDJ-SR, the SR2 maintains most of the original’s features.
The DDJ-SR2 has multi-coloured performance pads for triggering hot cues, rolls, Slicer and other features, plus a dedicated control section for Serato DJ’s Key Sync. The two channels have their own three-band EQs and trim knobs. The build quality is as you’d expect from a Pioneer DJ controller.
The DDJ-SR2 feels great during play and the bright pads help especially in dimly lit venues. The needle search feature is handy for scrubbing through a track. The level meters have both the master and the channel’s signal which is convenient. With its tight integration with Serato, the DDJ-SR2’s controls are easily mapped out after you plug it into your computer.
At around US$620, the Pioneer DDJ-SR2 is not a budget option but the extra features and inputs / outputs are worth it for gigging DJs, and the build quality cannot be understated. Amazon reviewers say that the DDJ-SR2 is a great update to the original citing reasons such as ease-of-use, reliability as well as its portability.
The Pioneer DDJ-SR2 is a great two-channel controller for the serious beginner DJ who wants to use Serato DJ, or as a backup for the gigging professional. With a nice set of features and top-notch reliability, the DDJ-SR2 is a solid option.