Pioneer Announces The New DDJ-S1 Itch Controller!


Turnkey Solution Offers Software and Hardware Integration for DJs Mixing Beats with Serato ITCH DJ Software

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (January 11, 2011) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s Professional Sound and Visual Division today announced its DDJ-S1 DJ controller specifically designed for use with the popular Serato® ITCH™ DJ software. The DDJ-S1 controller is designed for the next generation of DJ entertainers who leverage digital music files at home or on the go. DDJ-S1 features the same operability and functionality of a professional player and mixer setup in addition to exceptional audio quality.

“Use of the laptop computers for DJ performances continues to be prevalent and the demand for quality controllers combined with an instinctual software interface is growing,” said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The DDJ-S1 paired with Serato ITCH DJ software fully maximizes the ‘Pioneer DJ experience’, giving users of our products the necessary tools to create the best performance possible.”

The DDJ-S1 allows for easy transfer of music from the user’s laptop with a USB connection for simplicity and quick “plug-and-play” capability. For additional convenience, the controller also comes with a space saving computer dock that allows a laptop’s keyboard to slip directly under the controller, enabling its monitor to be closer to the DJ to provide fast visuals of song information while mixing. The device adopts Pioneer’s “P-LOCK Fader Cap,” designed to prevent the fader caps from slipping. 

Key Features Include:

  • Plug-and-Play USB Connectivity – All buttons and knobs have been pre-assigned, so users can quickly connect the controller to their laptops with the use of a USB cable, enabling them to start their performances without having to adjust any complicated settings. Additionally, the DDJ-S1 can be powered through the laptop’s USB port.*1 

  • Multiple Input and Output Options – The controller is equipped with various inputs and outputs including a balanced XLR output and 2 Microphone inputs (XLR, 1/4 inch PHONE) for connection to professional PA equipment.*2

  • Designed Specifically for Serato ITCH DJ Software with Advanced Pioneer Functionality – The DDJ-S1 offers tight integration with Serato ITCH DJ software and is loaded with original functionality. Unique features include song progression status on a LED display; an alphabetic search function for quick song selection from large music collections; and a slip mode for looping, reversing, and scratching without changing the song tempo. The DDJ-S1 also includes needle search functionality to quickly skip through songs to a preferred playback point.

  • Specially Designed User Interface – The controller layout and Serato ITCH software interface are the same, ensuring ease-of-use and precise control. The DDJ-S1 is modeled after the established design of the professional Pioneer DJ player and mixer and integrates centrally placed level meters and an effect control area, so DJs can add Serato ITCH DJ FX to the mix.

  • Highest-Quality Sound - The controller is optimized for Serato ITCH DJ software and incorporates technology from Pioneer’s professional line of DJ equipment to ensure the highest quality sound output.

    Additional Features Include:
  • Proprietary lock mechanism called the P-LOCK Fader Cap designed to prevent fader caps from slipping. *3 
  • Premiere built-in sound card.
  • Both microphone inputs are equipped with a talk-over function to lower the music volume when receiving voice input from the microphone.

    The Pioneer DDJ-S1 will be available in March 2011 with a suggested retail price of $1599.

    Included Software: Serato ITCH
    Input Terminals: Mic x 2 (top XLR / 1/4" Phone, front 1/4" Phone), AUX x 1 (RCA)
    Output Terminals: Master Out x 2 (XLR & RCA), Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (front 1/4" Phone, Mini-pin)
    Other Terminals: USB-B Connector x 1
    Frequency Range: 20Hz to 20kHz
    Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01 % or less
    Included AC Adaptor: 120V (60 Hz), rated output 5V DC
    External Dimensions: 26.8in (W) x 12.5in (D) x 3.7in (H)
    Weight: 11 lbs
    Compatible OS: Mac OS X (10.4.11, 10.5.11, 10.6 or later), Windows® 7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate, Windows® Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business (SP1 and later), Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional (SP3 and later). (Note: Not compatible with Windows® XP Professional x64 edition)

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    *1 Some functions are limited. Furthermore, depending on the power supply of the USB port of the computer, the controller of may not operate on bus power. If this occurs, connection of the included AC adapter is required. 
    *2 Devices to amplify sounds such as microphone, amplifier, or speaker.
    *3 According to research by Pioneer as of November 2010. Patent pending.

    PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
    SERATO and ITCH are registered trademarks of Serato Audio Research.


    Pioneer offers a complete line of professional DJ Equipment through its Professional Sound & Visual Division. Its DJM series of mixers has become an industry standard at clubs, studios, mobile rigs and homes around the world, known for its high quality sound and reliability. For more information, visit
    Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, established in Tokyo in 1938, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets. 


    Pioneer DJ Official DDJ-S1 Product Page

    Katie Gerber
    AtomicPR for Pioneer Electronics

    Jaed Arzadon
    Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
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