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Topic: pioneer DDJ SZ22
any body using pioneer DDJ SZ2 ?
hi guys
Just got my looks like is not native support for it? any body ?

Posted Thu 23 Mar 17 @ 11:05 pm
It's not supported yet as you already know. And I don't see it on the "coming soon" list

But if you have the unit maybe you could help get the mapping done?
Atomix often like to get help testing the VDJ mappings for new controllers by people who have already bought the units

Posted Mon 10 Apr 17 @ 9:25 pm
It looks like the Pioneer DDJ-SZ2 is now supported in the latest Early Access release (b3734)

Posted Wed 10 May 17 @ 1:34 am
hello all

yea DDJ-SZ2 is detected now and is kind of working with VDJ but there are ALOT of things that aren't yet properly mapped such as:
-sampler volume: not working
-instant doubles: not working
-pitch play: not working
-trim knobs: work only when aligned with the virtual knobs on VDJ
-tempo faders: work only when aligned with the virtual faders on VDJ
-color FX (filter): sometimes it works when pressed (blinking) and turning the corresponding channel knob and sometimes it doesn't, moreover; the filter sounds very weak compared to the filter in Serato DJ software where it sounds more deep
-Sound effects banks: Sound effects buttons 1 & 2 which are located above each channel to allow you choose which bank to affect the individual channel (1,2 or both) are inactive, not lit and not working at all
-Default decks: When opening VDJ, the default lit decks are 3&4 instead of 1&2, which is not right
-Parameters nob (Beats nob): The beats nob which affects the parameters of the sound effects in the banks is not working (not active)
-Flip function: The flip function is not working at all (rec/loop, start on/off, save)
-Headphone cue: it is reversed on channel one and headphone cue is not lit automatically when loading a track into a deck which causes a trouble just switching the cues manually every time I load a track
and some other more things
I hope that DDJ-SZ2 will be natively and fully supported by VDJ soon :)
thanks for the support team they already helped a lot :)

have a nice day guyz

Posted 7 days ago @ 10:56 pm
blacknoiz wrote :
hello all

yea DDJ-SZ2 is detected now and is kind of working with VDJ but there are ALOT of things that aren't yet properly mapped such as:
-sampler volume: not working
-instant doubles: not working
-pitch play: not working
-trim knobs: work only when aligned with the virtual knobs on VDJ
-tempo faders: work only when aligned with the virtual faders on VDJ
-color FX (filter): sometimes it works when pressed (blinking) and turning the corresponding channel knob and sometimes it doesn't, moreover; the filter sounds very weak compared to the filter in Serato DJ software where it sounds more deep
-Sound effects banks: Sound effects buttons 1 & 2 which are located above each channel to allow you choose which bank to affect the individual channel (1,2 or both) are inactive, not lit and not working at all
-Default decks: When opening VDJ, the default lit decks are 3&4 instead of 1&2, which is not right
-Parameters nob (Beats nob): The beats nob which affects the parameters of the sound effects in the banks is not working (not active)
-Flip function: The flip function is not working at all (rec/loop, start on/off, save)
-Headphone cue: it is reversed on channel one and headphone cue is not lit automatically when loading a track into a deck which causes a trouble just switching the cues manually every time I load a track
and some other more things
I hope that DDJ-SZ2 will be natively and fully supported by VDJ soon :)
thanks for the support team they already helped a lot :)

have a nice day guyz


I don't have the units, but here are a few comments that my help you

-trim knobs: work only when aligned with the virtual knobs on VDJ
-tempo faders: work only when aligned with the virtual faders on VDJ
That's the way it should be by default, but you can change it in the settings.
Look for controllerTakeOverMode and controllerTakeOverModePitch

- the filter sounds very weak compared to the filter in Serato DJ software where it sounds more deep
You can change how you want the filter to sound in the settings.
Look for filterDefaultResonance

-Flip function: The flip function is not working at all (rec/loop, start on/off, save)
There is no flip function in VDJ at the moment. That's a pay-extra-for option of Serato
But if you like that kind of stuff you could try install Routine from the download plugin section

Posted 5 days ago @ 9:49 am
We had to support the unit by working remotely on it. Therefore some issues may arise. However please respond on my following questions:


blacknoiz wrote :
-sampler volume: not working

Does it work if you move the sampler volume knob all the way to the right and then back ?


blacknoiz wrote :
-instant doubles: not working

Will be fixed on next mapper update


blacknoiz wrote :
-pitch play: not working

Which button(s) combo enable this mode ?


blacknoiz wrote :
-trim knobs: work only when aligned with the virtual knobs on VDJ
-tempo faders: work only when aligned with the virtual faders on VDJ

As clusmogensen said above, this is the default behavior of VirtualDj.
Also keep in mind that SZ2 features a MIDI controlled hardware mixer (It's hard to explain, but it's not a true hardware mixer, nor a classic MIDI mixer either)


blacknoiz wrote :
-color FX (filter): sometimes it works when pressed (blinking) and turning the corresponding channel knob and sometimes it doesn't, moreover; the filter sounds very weak compared to the filter in Serato DJ software where it sounds more deep

The sound of the filter can be adjusted by changing it's resonance. For the other issue (working sometimes only) can you find a pattern that will help us understand when the filter is not working ?
We made a change for the next mapper update that we hope it will prevent this issue from happening again, but we can't be 100% sure since we don't know when this issue occurs.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Sound effects banks: Sound effects buttons 1 & 2 which are located above each channel to allow you choose which bank to affect the individual channel (1,2 or both) are inactive, not lit and not working at all

Since VirtualDj 8.2 on ALL controllers that have FX assign buttons, the assign buttons clone the selected decks from one deck to another. The same behavior should occur on SZ2 as well. So, if you press FX2 button on deck 1, the selected effects from deck2 should be copied to deck 1.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Default decks: When opening VDJ, the default lit decks are 3&4 instead of 1&2, which is not right

We are investigating this issue. There's nothing on the mapper that should force the decks to change. However we made a few changes for the next mapper update, so please try again.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Parameters nob (Beats nob): The beats nob which affects the parameters of the sound effects in the banks is not working (not active)

The beats encoder that controls the number of beats for effects, works ONLY on selected effects that support this function (such as Echo)


blacknoiz wrote :
-Flip function: The flip function is not working at all (rec/loop, start on/off, save)

There's no FLIP function on VirtualDj yet.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Headphone cue: it is reversed on channel one and headphone cue is not lit automatically when loading a track into a deck which causes a trouble just switching the cues manually every time I load a track

For the PFL led on deck 1 being inverted, please start VirtualDJ with all PFL buttons OFF.
For the fact that auto-cue is not working, that's a limitation of DDJ-SZ2 firmware and it's hybrid MIDI/Analog mixer.
We are investigating other possible solutions, but for the moment you have to start VirtualDj with ALL PFL buttons off (default controller state after boot) and switch PFL manually.


blacknoiz wrote :
and some other more things

Such as ?

Posted 5 days ago @ 7:59 am
PhantomDeejay wrote :
We had to support the unit by working remotely on it. Therefore some issues may arise. However please respond on my following questions:


blacknoiz wrote :
-sampler volume: not working

Does it work if you move the sampler volume knob all the way to the right and then back ?


blacknoiz wrote :
-instant doubles: not working

Will be fixed on next mapper update


blacknoiz wrote :
-pitch play: not working

Which button(s) combo enable this mode ?


blacknoiz wrote :
-trim knobs: work only when aligned with the virtual knobs on VDJ
-tempo faders: work only when aligned with the virtual faders on VDJ

As clusmogensen said above, this is the default behavior of VirtualDj.
Also keep in mind that SZ2 features a MIDI controlled hardware mixer (It's hard to explain, but it's not a true hardware mixer, nor a classic MIDI mixer either)


blacknoiz wrote :
-color FX (filter): sometimes it works when pressed (blinking) and turning the corresponding channel knob and sometimes it doesn't, moreover; the filter sounds very weak compared to the filter in Serato DJ software where it sounds more deep

The sound of the filter can be adjusted by changing it's resonance. For the other issue (working sometimes only) can you find a pattern that will help us understand when the filter is not working ?
We made a change for the next mapper update that we hope it will prevent this issue from happening again, but we can't be 100% sure since we don't know when this issue occurs.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Sound effects banks: Sound effects buttons 1 & 2 which are located above each channel to allow you choose which bank to affect the individual channel (1,2 or both) are inactive, not lit and not working at all

Since VirtualDj 8.2 on ALL controllers that have FX assign buttons, the assign buttons clone the selected decks from one deck to another. The same behavior should occur on SZ2 as well. So, if you press FX2 button on deck 1, the selected effects from deck2 should be copied to deck 1.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Default decks: When opening VDJ, the default lit decks are 3&4 instead of 1&2, which is not right

We are investigating this issue. There's nothing on the mapper that should force the decks to change. However we made a few changes for the next mapper update, so please try again.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Parameters nob (Beats nob): The beats nob which affects the parameters of the sound effects in the banks is not working (not active)

The beats encoder that controls the number of beats for effects, works ONLY on selected effects that support this function (such as Echo)


blacknoiz wrote :
-Flip function: The flip function is not working at all (rec/loop, start on/off, save)

There's no FLIP function on VirtualDj yet.


blacknoiz wrote :
-Headphone cue: it is reversed on channel one and headphone cue is not lit automatically when loading a track into a deck which causes a trouble just switching the cues manually every time I load a track

For the PFL led on deck 1 being inverted, please start VirtualDJ with all PFL buttons OFF.
For the fact that auto-cue is not working, that's a limitation of DDJ-SZ2 firmware and it's hybrid MIDI/Analog mixer.
We are investigating other possible solutions, but for the moment you have to start VirtualDj with ALL PFL buttons off (default controller state after boot) and switch PFL manually.


blacknoiz wrote :
and some other more things

Such as ?


Dear George :)
Good day, you aleady have been very supportive thanks for that,please note the following:
-sampler volume knob on DDJ-SZ2 moves the corresponding virtual knob on VDJ but with no effect on the actual sound at all..its always full volume even when i try yo lower the sound from VDJ by mouse on the virtual knob itself it doesn't go down..also i tried turning the knob all the way lef and right but with the same result

-pitch play can be initiated by holding shift and pressing sampler button [SHIFT + SAMPLER]

-as for the trim knobs and the faders they are real time in Serato.. in other words; trim knob on the controller controls the virtual knob son whenever the knob is the sound is corresponding accordingly and i don't have to alighln the controller knob with the virtual one to have control over it..i believe it has sth to do with autogain maybe i really don't know

-actually for the filter issue i dont know when it happens; but somtimes i press filter and VDJ acts as if i never pressed even though it starts blinking but no filter effect is there until i repress it to deactivate then again to activate then it will work..not sure why!

-about the effect buttons 1&2: it doesn't have to be cloned it should work like this:
There is FX1,FX2 buttons upside of each channel,their job is that you can assign FX1 bank ,which is upleft of the left jogwheel, to the corresponding channel by pressing the button FX1 above the channel...you can also press FX2 button located upside the same channel to assign FX2 bank,located on the right side above the jogwheel, for FX2 bank to control the same channel too! Leaving you with 6 possibilites of effects per channel, and of course you can pressFX2 only to make FX2 bank control the chanel alone if FX1 is not lit...all of that is not working VDJ has only left FX1 bank for deck1/3 and right FX2 bank for deck 2/4
-about PFL i tried to start VDJ with all PFL on the controller off..same result
As for the auto PFL this issue is also in Serato DJ btw
-other things such as whats written in the email i sent you about some options not being there such as sampler touch sensitive mode(am not sure if it is working which is the harder you hot the sampler pad the higher the sound is) and also slicer loop is not there..parameter1 button is not lit when pressed but it is functional ..not sure if parameter2 is there though

I am now in Dubai for a work meeting..unfortunately i dont have the SZ2 with me here but please leave me a comment on ehat exactly you want me to try and i will do it on wednesday 24th on which i will be back to Jordan i hope

Thanks alottt

Posted 4 days ago @ 1:55 pm