5 Reasons Why The SB3 Is Still Amazing in 2021!
The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3 was first released in March 2018 to great acclaim. Three years on and Pioneer’s little controller is still one of the most popular choices for Serato DJ Lite. But what makes this controller so popular and why is it still one of our favourites, even when surrounded by fresh competition. In this article, we take a look at why the DDJ-SB3 is still a superb choice in 2021!
1. FX Fade
The DDJ-SB3 includes eight effects that are applied via the performance pads. Known as FX Fades, the eight modes allow a DJ to automate effects, allowing for a smoother mix. With automated filters, backspins and loops available it’s never been easier to create smooth transitions. You can learn more about FX Fades and how to use them in our dedicated guide found here!
2. Pad Scratch
A controversial feature upon launch, the pad scratch is a completely unique feature to the SB3. Activated by the performance pads, the feature will perform one of eight scratch patterns, recorded by Jazzy Jeff. Pad Scratch isn’t a cheating method of scratching however, it’s more of a learning tool. The ability to hear one of the worlds best DJ’s scratching on your own music easily allows you to replicate his patterns. Want to learn more about scratching, click here for a free lesson!
3. DDJ-SB3 Multi FX
Built and designed for use with Serato, it’s no surprise that the effects controls are mapped out perfectly. Being able to activate and control up to three effects at once is a powerful tool. Using the shift button, the DDJ-SB3 allows for full control of the effect banks beat division and wet/dry control as well as changing the selected effect. Combining all three effects banks creates amazing build-ups and these effects can also be combined with the FX Fade feature for that extra flair.
4. Four Decks with Dual Layer
Although not obvious when first looking at the SB3, it is in fact a four-channel controller. A simple press of the deck 3 and deck 4 buttons and the controller flips to control Serato’s secondary layers. With full control over the secondary layers, DJ’s are able to mix up to four tracks at once. Admittedly, using the same up faders for two layers isn’t as intuitive as using a dedicated four-channel mixer. However, given the SB3’s entry-level price point, this is incredibly impressive.
5. Autoloop FX Fade
Again, another advantage of being designed specifically for Serato is the inclusion of dedicated auto loop buttons. Simpler to use than manual In/Out controls, we’re big fans of Serato’s beat perfect looping system. That said, the autoloop feature that really impresses in the SB3 is that found in the FX fade section. Performing pretty much the same role as the trancifier easter egg (learn more here), this function automatically halves an active loop. Starting with a four-beat loop and ending with a quarter beat, this feature can be combined with crossfader stabs for added effect!
Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3 Lessons
Want to learn more about the Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3? We have another DJ tutorial on the Pioneer DDJ SB3 for you! This tutorial is taken directly from our Beginner Online DJ Course for the DDJ SB3. You can take a sneak peek at the course as well as learn some new tips. Just click here to watch more!