Start from Scratch: Meet the DDJ-SB3 – improved DJ controller designed for Serato DJ Lite

March 1, 2018 by Mobile Beat

TORRANCE, CA (1st March 2018): We’ve upgraded one of our popular Serato DJ controllers to create the 2-channel DDJ-SB3, designed for dedicated use with Serato DJ Lite (previously known as Serato DJ Intro). The new controller offers an intuitive interface for beginner DJs to craft professional performances and improve their skills.

The DDJ-SB3 improves on the renowned DDJ-SB2, which gained a strong reputation with a wide range of DJs – from beginners to pros – thanks to its combination of professional features and easy portability. The interface of the DDJ-SB3 is even more intuitive to use than its predecessors, inheriting traits from the layouts of the top models in the DDJ-S series, including the introduction of the dedicated play and cue buttons and the independent Auto Loop button.


In collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff, we’ve created Pad Scratch. The brand-new feature on the DDJ-SB3 enables you to reproduce scratches based on the legendary hip hop DJ’s own recordings by simply pressing the Performance Pads. Plus, smooth mixing is a breeze thanks to another new feature, FX Fade. You can use these features to create a professional performance, even if it’s your first time behind the decks.


The DDJ-SB3 will be available mid-March 2018 at an MAP of $249. Watch the introduction video or find out more about the DJ controller.


The DDJ-SB3 unlocks Serato DJ Lite when connected to a computer running the software. Download Serato DJ Lite for free.




  1. Designed for use with Serato DJ Lite for intuitive DJ performances

The layout design of the DDJ-SB3 is inherited from the top models in the DDJ-S series. The jog wheels, Performance Pads, play and cue buttons, independent Auto Loop buttons and all the knobs and fader positions in the mixer section are arranged in a way that enables intuitive, professional DJ performances.


  1. World’s first Pad Scratch for easy, professional scratch performances*1

By simply pressing the Performance Pads on the DDJ-SB3, you can use the Pad Scratch feature to imitate eight different scratch techniques recorded by DJ Jazzy Jeff. Any track that you’re playing or have cued up will be scratched, and the scratch speed automatically matches the track’s BPM. So even if you have no experience, you can create professional scratch performances without breaking rhythm. Use the feature in isolation or combine it with your own scratching on the other deck for limitless creative possibilities.


  1. FX Fade for smooth mixing

Using the new FX Fade feature, you can reduce the volume and apply FX to a track at the same time. Whether you’re an experienced DJ or a beginner, this enables you to smoothly transition to your incoming track, even if you’re playing with different genres of music. There are eight FX patterns to choose from, with two of each of the following types: high pass filter, low pass filter, loop playback and back spin.


  1. Visual design enables intuitive performances

The DDJ-SB3 feels natural to use thanks to the clear visual division of the player and mixer sections, which feature a hairline and glossy finish respectively. The aluminium jog wheels create a quality look and feel.


  1. Other features
  • Built-in sound card (audio interface) – plug and play by simply connecting the controller to your laptop using a single USB cable.
  • Class compliant – no need to install a driver.
  • Mic input circuit clear audio without distortion, even with high input level.
  • USB bus powered.
  • Grab handles on both sides – easy to carry.
  • Paid upgrade to Serato DJ Pro (previously known as Serato DJ) for more professional DJ performances (available separately).


*1 World’s first feature of this type in the DJ controller category (according to internal investigation as of 21st February 2018).


DDJ-SB3 specifications

Software Serato DJ Lite (previously known as Serato DJ Intro)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.005%
S/N Ratio 103 dB (USB)
Input / Output Terminals Inputs MIC x 1 (1/4-inch TS jack)
Outputs MASTER x 1 (RCA x 1)

HEADPHONES x 1 (3.5-mm stereo mini jack x 1)

USB USB (Type B) x 1
Power Supply USB bus power (DC 5V)
Power Consumption 500 mA
Maximum Dimensions (WxDxH) 482.6 × 272.4 × 58.5 mm
Weight 2.1 kg
Accessories USB cable
Quick Start Guide


System requirements

Compatible OS Mac macOS High Sierra 10.13 (updated to the latest version)

macOS Sierra 10.12 (updated to the latest version)

OS X 10.11 (updated to the latest version)

Windows Windows® 10, 8.1, 7 (the latest service pack)

32-bit, 64-bit

CPU Intel® processor CoreTM i7, i5, i3: 1.07 GHz or above
Memory 4GB or more of RAM


* Serato DJ Lite, Serato DJ Intro, Serato DJ Pro and Serato DJ are registered trademarks of Serato Limited.

* Mac, OS X or macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries.

* Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries.

* Intel and Intel Core are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the US and other countries.

* The names of companies, product names and technology names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


About Pioneer DJ

Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North, Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community and has recently launched a new range of musical instruments for production and live performances. Its portfolio includes brands such as TORAIZ, Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. The company is led by Chairman Yoshiaki Ide, and CEO and President Akio Moriwaki.

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