I highly suggest getting the Pioneer DDJ-SX as well as a Pioneer head set they work like new and i have had them for over 2 years now! This product to me is a must have for my work and give me its all every time!!
I had never even touched a DJ controller before I got this and started learning on it. A really good friend of mine hooked me up with some set lists and the rest has just been a breeze. It is extremely easy to use, very well documented and supported by the community, and even though I got mine used, it is so sturdy and nothing is even showing signs of wear.
A rock solid controller that has proved the test of time. Originally using it with Serato DJ, I now use it with Rekordbox. While it was not designed with Rekordbox integration in mind (with the DDJ-RX being the dedicated Pioneer RB version), the implementation of the SX within Rekordbox is extremely intuitive. Obviously the Mk2 and Mk3 versions have built on the success of the original SX but save for the multi-coloured performance pads, I'm still really happy with how this unit performs even when put against it's more modern counterparts.
The controller gives you a great insight of what DJ'ing should mean. To me; combining loops, triggering samples in a different deck, doing a little resampling with live-set cue points and make sure the crowd goes wild with the right tracks easily found in the Serato Library. For those who are using the latest Serato (1.8), the mixing techniques for mixing in key is just marvelous with this controller. It's very intuitive. The controller features the possibility to use the beat grid for loop rolls, and you can download a free FX pack featuring some awesome FX that in fact are pretty useable, on one of the two FX decks on the upper side of the controller. The DDJ SX has also a touch-sensitive strip for searching in your track to the right point of start. This all, combined with another tap-device (as I call it) e.a. Launchpad or any other drumpad is just the right setup for an evening filled with originality and great live performances to me.
I really like this one. First I bought the DDJ-SB (long time ago) but I felt if was way to easy, and had like not enough knobs or features etc. So I saved up for a long time for this. Controllers are excellent when you don't own a lot of money! I can definitely recommend it!