Pioneer USA brings another surprise to the end of the year in the form of a new DJ controller called the Pioneer DDJ FLX6. And it has some interesting new functions up its sleeve for DJs who play the cross-genre or who rely on live remixing and mashup in their sets. For example, self-definable macro-effect combinations or the jog-cutter function, with which you can fire automatic scratch salvos. But not all Pioneer’s DJ controllers have to offer in terms of innovations.
And that starts right away with the fresh design: The flat, dark gray, matt FLX6, a 4-channel controller DJ system with an integrated audio interface for SeratoDJ and Pioneer rekordbox, is a real eye-catcher. It offers four-channel strips for your decks, whereby 4 channels can be switched to the sampler using a switch. Each channel is equipped with three-band EQs and combination filters, including the fader battalion and crossfader. On the right-hand side is a quite extensive Beat-FX section in DJM design.
The two-player units have imposed, large jog wheels with an integrated needle position indicator. The new jog cutter function makes it possible to fire automatic scratch routines by simply moving the plate back and forth without having to use the crossfader. And not only with the current track, but also with your samples, which can be transported to the decks using the new “sample scratch function”. Four mixer channels should be enough for this.
Another novelty: Merge FX. In other words, effect combinations that you can put together in a special editor and then conduct by tweaking a single knob. In this way, you realize individual build-ups and break-downs and can easily transition to the next track. For example, from a different genre or with a high tempo variance. A loop section, performance pads, and other ingredients that a DJ has come to appreciate over the years round off the FLX6.
On the front, there are two headphone jacks in 3.5 mm and 6.3 mm, next to them are the controls for level and mix as well as the level control for the microphone. In addition to the obligatory USB socket for the computer, a 6.3 mm microphone socket, and a Kensington lock recess, the rear connection panel only offers two pairs of cinch outputs for the master and booth. Against the background that the DDJ-FLX6 is USB-powered and does not have a standalone mixer function for external devices, this is understandable, but it is a shame anyway. The integrated audio interface works with 24 bit / 44.1 kHz.
Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX6 price and availability
The Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX6 is now available to buy on Amazon and Bhphotovideo stores at $599. New DJ controllers work with rekord box plug ‘n’ play, we don’t need to purchase an additional license. Also part of Serato DJPro and on-top we will get vouchers for the Serato FX-Pack and Pitch ‘n Time DJ.