Pioneer DJ DJM-S11 gets you armoured up for battle

Touch, trigger and chop your tracks on-the-fly.

Pioneer DJ DJM-S11

After recently unveiling the latest iteration of its flagship product, the CDJ-3000, Pioneer DJ has updated its two-channel scratch mixer with the DJM-S11. Primed for battles, mash-ups and beat juggling, the new mixer is said by Pioneer DJ to boast “never-before-seen features”.

With two channels and four decks to take control of, the DJM-S11 builds on the legacy of its predecessor, the DJM-S9. Keeping things colourful, you’ll immediately notice the bank of 16 performance pads – which can trigger Hot Cue, Roll, Slice and Loop – and the 4.3-inch touchscreen. The screen lets you keep your head in the mix, providing you with all the track info you need. Browse tracks, check playback positions and waveforms and apply effects using Touch FX.

Pioneer DJ DJM-S11

DJM-S11 features control over Deck 3 and 4, letting DJs flip between four tracks simultaneously. Decks 3 and 4 are shown on the touch screen with a host of effects so the tracks can be instantly selected, mixed and manipulated. This includes browsing, adjusting EQ, setting loops, triggering Hot Cues and more.

Serato DJ Pro users will also be able to transition from deck 1 to and 2 to 3 without a break in the music. Dual Deck lets you use one fader, knob or control vinyl to affect multiple tracks at once.

While the DJM-S11 sports a new look to its predecessor, some ergonomic enhancements have also been made. The performance pads are larger and the MAGVEL crossfader is stronger for more stability when scratching.

Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S11 has a built-in USB hub to hook up straight to CDJs and other supported devices. It’s compatible with Serato DJ Pro and comes with rekordbox with a plug-and-play approach that negates the need for license keys. If you’re planning on using another piece of DJ software, you can map all the knobs, faders and buttons to any parameter you like.

The brand says: “For DJs who want to add a distinctive look to their setup, the DJM-S11-SE is the ideal choice”. It won’t come cheap though – the mixer comes at an SRP of £1,809, with a special edition version available at £1,899.

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