Battle-style DJs looking to make the move into the digital realm will be spinning in virtual circles with the announcement of this new pair of two-channel controller decks from Pioneer DJ, both with scratch-ready, battle-mount arrangements of the faders, wheels, and pads. The DDJ-REV7 for Serato DJ Pro software is the flagship model, designed with a maxed-out feature set for professionals, while the DDJ-REV1 is the streamlined, entry-level model that works with Serato DJ Lite software.
A quick glance at the DDJ-REV7 instantly reveals the new control configuration, with the tempo faders now placed horizontally above the jog wheels and deck sections to make the controls easier to access for serious scratching, just like a pair of PLX turntables set up in battle mode. In addition, the trigger pads and FX paddles have been moved to the center mixing section, just like the layout on the DJM-S Series mixers popular with turntablists.
The 7" motorized jog wheels are engineered to provide a stable rotational feel similar to spinning vinyl―the surface even has a vinyl-like texture to provide a better finger grip. The speed can be instantly adjusted between 33-1/3 and 45 RPM, while the stop time setting allows you to set the time it takes for the music to end when the pause button is pressed. The adjustable torque and included slip sheets for both decks ensure DJs can customize the action of the platters to fit their individual styles. In the center of each jog wheel is a 3.5" LCD screen that shows critical information such as playback positions, track waveforms, and hot cues on an omnidirectional display that’s easy to see in the booth.
The Instant Scratch buttons put four original built-in samples at your disposal with no need for a computer. Add sounds to the Serator DJ Pro Scratch Bank and tap the Performance Pads to put custom samples and even full tracks at your fingertips. To ensure a smooth scratching experience, the DDJ-REV7 also features Pioneer’s Magvel Fader Pro. This durable crossfader is highly customizable, allowing you to set the feel that works well for your moves.
The DDJ-REV1, for use with Serato DJ Lite, boasts the same battle-ready, open-format deck configuration and offers 60mm tempo sliders but scales back some of the bells and whistles for a more budget-friendly model aimed at newer DJs and enthusiasts. The jog wheels don’t have LCDs or rotate but are still large and scratch friendly. What’s more, the unit’s Tracking Scratch feature makes scratching vastly easier by eliminating the need for the crossfader and a precise jog wheel wind back—simply moving the jog wheel backward or removing your hand from the controller will automatically put the track at its cue point.
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