Getting Started With The Pioneer DDJ-REV1

Beginners Guide To The REV1

Getting Started With The Pioneer DDJ-REV1

DDJ-REV1 Beginners Guide

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV1 is Pioneer DJ’s latest entry-level controller for those wanting to take their first steps into the world of DJ’ing. Compatible with Serato DJ Lite, the DDJ-REV1 is compatible with Windows and Mac computers. In this beginners guide, we are going to show you how to set up the DDJ-REV1 on both platforms, getting you mixing as soon as possible!

Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV1 Guide

How to set up the DDJ REV1

Connecting headphones and speakers to the DDJ REV1

The DDJ-REV1 features simple audio connections. Headphones connect to the front of the controller using a smaller 1/8th TRS connection. Speakers connect to the two RCA line-level outputs on the rear, labelled master. These are colour coded with the red connection for the right speaker and white being for the left.

DDJ-REV1 Ports

Finally, the TRS microphone input with dedicated volume control is found on the rear of the controller. It is worth noting that the microphones audio is sent to the computer over USB, meaning you can use it in recordings or streams. A first for an entry-level DJ controller of this size!

DDJ-REV1 Front

Setting up the DDJ-REV1 on a computer with Serato DJ Lite

Before connecting the Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV1, ensure you have the latest version of Serato installed on your computer, available here.

  • Connect speakers and headphones to DDJ-REV1
  • Then Launch Serato DJ Lite
  • Finally, connect DDJ-REV1 to the laptop using supplied USB cable

If you’re using Windows and no sound comes from the computer after connecting the DDJ-REV1, change the output of your computer back to your built-in speakers.

Using computer speakers with the Pioneer DDJ-REV1

Serato DJ Lite allows users to use the default computer speakers alongside the speakers connected to the DDJ-REV1. This can be especially useful if the DJ doesn’t own a pair of speakers or when on the move. To use the computer’s speakers alongside the connected speakers, head into the preferences. Under the audio tab, check the box “Use Laptop Speakers”.

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Getting started with Serato DJ Lite

In this video, founder and tutor Jamie Hartley explains how to get started with Serato DJ Lite. Learn how to get started importing and managing your music library!  To learn more about using Serato, read our beginners guide found here!


At the start of your journey as a DJ, one of the main things you will need is music! That’s why we have created a music pack specifically for DJs with extended edits of songs perfect for practising with. The music is exclusive, and better yet, it’s free to download and mix with on your DDJ-REV1.

And if you are serious about making it as a DJ, consider fast-tracking your way with our amazing value Complete DJ Package!

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Learn to DJ with the DDJ-REV1

Learn to DJ with our dedicated beginner DJ lessons for Serato DJ Lite and the DDJ-REV1!


Join The Discussion

  1. The Photog

    How do I get the mic to work clearly on the DDJ-REV1. The mic sound horrible but I’m sure it’s operator error

    • Jamie Hartley

      You should be able to plug your mic in and then adjust the level control next to where you plug your mic in to make sure it’s not too loud. In what way does it sound horrible? If it’s distorted, it could be just that it’s set too loud on the level adjust.

  2. Aidan

    I just bought this today. Plugged it in and the lights never turned on. Downloaded the serato lite and my controller won’t even show up?

  3. Sammy Elkas

    hey I just got a DDJ-REV1 and basically I hooked it up to my macbook air with the USB and now, when I go to Serato to play music and press play, there’s no sound coming out. I don’t own any speakers that connect to the controller. I have headphones that I plug in to the controller but there isn’t any sound coming from them either so i dont know what songs are being cued. Basically, I plugged in my controller to my laptop and now I have no sound coming from the laptop but it says the track is playing.

  4. Michael Vick

    I just bought the Pioneer DDJ-REV1. I have sound coming out of the laptop speakers but when I connect the DDJ-REV1 to the computer theres no sound to the computer speakers nor the powered sound board.

    • Jamie Hartley

      This could be to do with the soundcard you have activated on your laptop. When you plug the REV1 in it may be taking over the soundcard. You might need to switch this over manually.

  5. DJ Grim

    Im trying to download the software for the Serato Dj lite. I have it downloaded but its says that I need the Mac OS update to support the program. Or do I need a newer mac book computer?

    • Jamie Hartley

      This may be the case. What operating system are you running on the mac currently?

  6. Dj.Chrome

    this is helping. thanks crossfader dj. for this


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