Pioneer DDJ-SB3

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (schematic view)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (schematic view)

The Pioneer DDJ-SB3 is a 4 deck USB DJ controller.

New in version 2.3.2.

Audio Setup

The mapping relies on the following channel assignments:

Output Channels

Assigned to

1-2

Master

3-4

Headphones

This controller mapping does not support any inputs. The controller itself has a microphone input, but that cannot be controlled via MIDI or routed to the computer.

Controller Mapping

A schematic drawing with the control numbers that are used here can be found on the specified page in the User Manual in the Links section.

Deck section (p. 6)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (deck section)

Deck section (p. 6)

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Control

Function

1

TEMPO slider

Adjust track playing speed (can be adjusted via SYNC)

2

Jog Wheel (top)

Pitch bend (nudge) or scratch when vinyl mode is enabled

2

Jog Wheel (outer)

Pitch bend (nudge)

2

SHIFT + Jog Wheel (top)

Fast-forward or fast reverse track

3

HOT CUE

Set hot cue mode

3

SHIFT + HOT CUE

Set BEAT JUMP mode

4

FX FADE

Set FX fade mode

4

SHIFT + FX FADE

Set roll mode

5

PAD SCRATCH

Set pad scratch mode

5

SHIFT + PAD SCRATCH

Set slicer mode

6

SAMPLER

Set sampler mode

6

SHIFT + SAMPLER

Set trans mode

7

VINYL

Toggle vinyl mode

7

SHIFT + VINYL

Toggle slip mode

8

AUTO LOOP

Toggle auto loop

8

SHIFT + AUTO LOOP

Cancel loop or reloop

9

2X

Double loop length

10

1/2X

Halve loop length

11

Pad 1 - 8

Perform different functions depending on current mode

12

PLAY/PAUSE button

Play / pause

12

SHIFT + PLAY/PAUSE button

Return to temporary cue point

13

CUE button

Set, play and call out cue points

13

SHIFT + CUE button

Return to the beginning of the song

14

SYNC button

Match tempo and phase to currently playing deck

15

SHIFT + button

Switch function of controls

16

DECK X

Switch deck

17

KEY LOCK

Toggle key lock

17

SHIFT + KEY LOCK

Toggle tempo slider range

Mixer section (p. 8)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (mixer section)

Mixer section (p. 8)

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Control

Function

1

TRIM knob

Adjust individual channel output gain

2

HI/MID/LOW knobs

Adjust high/mid/low-frequencies

3

FILTER knob

Low pass / high pass filter for each channel

4

HEADPHONE CUE 1 button

Toggle headphone pre-fader listening of left deck.

4

HEADPHONE CUE 2 button

Toggle headphone pre-fader listening of right deck.

5

Channel faders

Adjust the output level for each channel

5

SHIFT Channel faders

Fader start and adjust the output level for each channel

6

Cross fader

Fade between left and right deck

7

MASTER knob

Adjust master output level. This changes the master output level directly on the controller’s audio interface. The MAIN knob on the Mixxx UI will not change.

8

HEADPHONES knob

Adjust headphones output level. This changes the headphones” output level directly on the controller’s audio interface. The HEAD knob on the Mixxx UI will not change.

9

MASTER button

Output master to headphones

Effect section (p. 8)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (effects section)

Effects section (p. 8)

No.

Control

Function

1

1 button

Turns the effect on/off

1

SHIFT1 button

Focuses the effect

2

2 button

Turns the effect on/off

2

SHIFT2 button

Focuses the effect

3

3 button

Turns the effect on/off

3

SHIFT2 button

Focuses the effect

4

LEVEL knob

Adjusts the mix of the dry and wet signal of the effect unit

Browser section (p. 13)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (browser section)

Browser section (p. 13)

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Control

Function

1

LOAD button

Loads track highlighted in the library to the left or right deck

2

BROWSE knob (rotate)

Rotate the knob left or right highlights the previous or next track in the library

2

BROWSE knob (press)

Starts / stops track preview of highlighted track

Performance Pads

You can use the Pad Mode Select buttons to select a mode for the performance pads. Performance pads are numbered from top left to bottom right. First row is 1-4 and the second row is 5-8. Press shift and the pad mode select button to access other pad modes.

Hot Cue Mode

Hot Cue mode is enabled by pressing the HOT CUE button. The button will light up when selected.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in hot cue mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in hot cue mode)

Bookmark positions in the track and jump to them.

No.

Control

Function

1-8

Pad (unlit)

Save current position as hot cue.

1-8

Pad (lit)

Jump to hot cue.

1-8

SHIFT + Pad (lit)

Clear hot cue.

Beatjump Mode

Beatjump mode is enabled by holding SHIFT down and pressing the HOT CUE button. The button will flash when selected. Use beatjump mode to jump back or forward on the track by a certain number of beats.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in beatjump mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in beatjump mode)

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Control

Function

1

Pad

Decrease beatjump size

2

Pad

Increase beatjump size

3

Pad

Jump left

4

Pad

Jump right

5

Pad

Go back to beginning of track

6

Pad

Search left

7

Pad

Search right

8

Pad

Censor

FX Fade Mode

FX Fade mode is enabled by pressing the FX FADE button. The button will light up when selected. FX fade is a set of functions built-in to the controller.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (Fade mode performance pads)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (Fade mode performance pads)

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Control

Function

1

Pad (unlit)

Applies a high-pass filter from off to max

1

Pad (blinking)

Turn off filter

2

Pad (unlit)

Applies a low-pass filter from off to max

2

Pad (blinking)

Turn off filter

3

Pad (unlit)

Apply 1 beat auto-loop and lower volume

3

Pad (blinking)

Turn off loop and restore volume

4

Pad

Perform a back-spin and resume

5

Pad

Same as pad 1 but over more time

6

Pad

Same as pad 2 but over more time

7

Pad

Auto-loop with exponential size reduction

8

Pad

Same as 4 but with a longer back-spin

Loop Roll Mode

Loop roll mode is enabled by holding SHIFT down and by pressing the FX FADE button. The button will blink when selected. Press one of the pads to trigger a momentary loop roll. Once the pad is released, the track will resume playing.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in loop roll mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in loop roll mode)

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Control

Function

1

Pad

1/16 beat loop roll

2

Pad

1/8 beat loop roll

3

Pad

1/4 beat loop roll

4

Pad

1/2 beat loop roll

5

Pad

1 beat loop roll

6

Pad

2 beat loop roll

7

Pad

4 beat loop roll

8

Pad

8 beat loop roll

Pad Scratch Mode

Pad scratch mode is enabled by pressing the PAD SCRATCH button. The button will light up when selected. Press one of the pads to trigger one of the built in scratches.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in pad scratch mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in pad scratch mode)

Slicer Mode

Slicer mode is enabled by holding SHIFT down and by pressing the PAD SCRATCH button. The button will blink when selected. In this mode every pad represents a marker in the beat grid. Each pad will light up as each slice is played. Press a pad to repeat the slice and hold the pad down to loop it.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in slicer mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in slicer mode)

Sampler Mode

Sampler mode is enabled by pressing the SAMPLER button. The button will light up when selected.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in sampler mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in sampler mode)

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Control

Function

1

Pad

Play sample 1

1

SHIFT + Pad

Stop sample 1

2

Pad

Play sample 2

2

SHIFT + Pad

Stop sample 2

3

Pad

Play sample 3

3

SHIFT + Pad

Stop sample 3

4

Pad

Play sample 4

4

SHIFT + Pad

Stop sample 4

5

Pad

Load sample 1

5

SHIFT + Pad

Unload sample 1

6

Pad

Load sample 2

6

SHIFT + Pad

Unload sample 2

7

Pad

Load sample 3

7

SHIFT + Pad

Unload sample 3

8

Pad

Load sample 4

8

SHIFT + Pad

Unload sample 4

Trans Mode

Trans mode is enabled by holding SHIFT down and by pressing the SAMPLER button. The button will blink when selected. Press one of the pads to trigger one of the built in cut effects. This mode is driven entirely by the controller’s firmware, so there is no equivalent in the Mixxx UI. In this mode, pressing and holding a pad triggers a Cut Effect, where the deck’s fader volume is toggle from 0 to max at the rate described in the table below. For example, pressing and holding pad 5 will cause the volume to toggle from max to min every one beat.

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads trans mode)

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 (performance pads in trans mode)

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Control

Function

1

Pad

1/16 beat cut effect

2

Pad

1/8 beat cut effect

3

Pad

1/4 beat cut effect

4

Pad

1/2 beat cut effect

5

Pad

1 beat cut effect

6

Pad

2 beat cut effect

7

Pad

1/3 beat cut effect

8

Pad

Manual cut effect