Ddj Rb Price

i tested out the SB2 in local guitar center and ended up buying this blind, since they didnt have one in stock.As a complete beginner, i Love this controller as a beginner bedroom DJ, even tho this has the capability to play small medium house parties etc as you learn.

I read tons of info on the reddit beatmatch forums for beginner controllers.

and youtube videos by ellaskins and the ddj rb, he has some great reviews/tutorials etc.Why i chose this over the more popular DDJ-SB2, some pro's and cons with 3 main reasons that decided my choosing this one.Cons: Sort of a con how you look at it.

Compared to the ddj sb2 it only has 2 decks to mix with, on the SB2 you can hit a button and switch to a 3rd and 4th deck to control (which i believe is locked out unless you have paid version of serato), but i find this tedious as it only has the 2 channel mixer to control it which i think would get confusing as a beginnerno headphone mix control knob on the controller just volume, but as a beginner, im fine with just cueing which track i wanna listen to on the controller.

(you can set the control volume mix level on the software with your mouse)also you can only control 2 FX (unless you are quick with the mouse, or possible map the on off to a keyboard shortcut in the software), at a time instead of the 6 on the SB2.

seems like a big difference, but by the time you need to start going crazy with multiple FX layering, you'll be looking at a higher level controller anyway.thats about it for the Cons,Pros!!!1: DEDICATED hard plastic PLAY/CUE buttons similar to a standard CDJ setup, this made a huge difference compared to the mushy square pads on the SB2 for play/cue/etc.

on this you get to use the 8 dedicated pads for fx/looping/sampler/cue points in a song, and all those features are individually editable.

I find this makes a better tradeoff for losing a couple FX controls at the top.
(the SB2 gives you 4 pads, since the bottom row of pads are for play cue pause etc.

The Pioneer DDJ-RB – First impressions

you CAN hit shift on the SB2 to use those bottom 4 pads on it as extra cues/looping/sampling etc BUT you HAVE TO HAVE THE PAID LICENSE of serato to use this feature and the SB2 only comes with the free intro version.2: the DDJ SB2 comes with an intro version of it's software and is pretty locked down, fx's locked down to minimum, you cannot even record your mixes with the trial software.

THIS DDJ-RB comes with a FULL license of rekordbox DJ, comes with FX pack. you can download a 30day trial before you buy the controller to test it out. this is 130$ value just by itself. Yes the controller is pretty much locked into Rekordbox, the SB2 can use multiple software, but i absolutely love the rekordbox software.

Think of it like this. the license is linked to the computer, and not the controller.

and can be used on 2 computers at a time. So when you are ready to upgrade to say, a DDJ SX2 that is a serato controller yes it will come with a full serato license to use bound to that controller but it will also work with rekordbox DJ so now you have your choice to choose from since now you have both.

Or you can deactivate the license from the computers and now you can sell the controller with the full license if you do not need it after upgrading, or if you just don't stick with the hobby.Also the Rekordbox music management is pretty much the standard for actual clubs and pros, so all your que points and such you can export your tracks to a usb and use on other equipment and your good to go.3: a pro and a con.

you can choose to play your music through your computers speakers/soundcard via the usb cable connected. i liked this feature since i use a desktop with decent speakers/woofer. the only problem is that you cannot cue headphones to haer a track and mix with.

to use headphones you have to use the RCA connections instead and use the mixers internal soundcard. so i bought a 5$ adapter that female 3.5mm to RCA males plugged into back of controller . (maybe if you have a better soundcard than a standard motherboard soundcard that would be a feature available, but i do not know.)they are almost identical controllers.

so it boiled down to the buttons layout setup and full license after i trialed the software.picked up the 15$ amazon basic on ear headphones and they work great. im a beginner, so not dropping a ton of cash until i know the hobby will stick.

Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB Terminals

AmazonBasics Lightweight On-Ear Headphones - Blackyueton 2 Pack Gold 3.5mm 6" Stereo Female Mini Jack To 2 Male RCA Plug Adapter Audio Y Cablelove it love it love it, learning to mix DnB dubstep/trap breakbeats..any questions ask i'll try to answer.running on an 3.5ghz fx6300 8gig ram, and an old hd7850 1gb ram GPU.

250gb SSDit uses about 10-15%cpu while in use on my setup and about 800-900MB ram round it up to 1gig ramit will hit 50-60% CPU when analyzing and importing tracks to your collection which is no big deal.

just select all your tracks and hit import, and walk away for a bit and let it do its thing...

On the back you’ll also find two RCA master outputs. And a 1/4″ Jack microphone input with a level control knob.

The front of the unit offers just a single 1/8″ jack input for your headphone. A little underwhelming but this is a budget controller after all. And don’t worry if your headphones have a 1/4″ plug. Adaptors are easy enough to get hold of and are very cheap to buy online.

Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB Features

Back up on top you’ll see a nice easy on the eye layout. It may look minimal but once you start playing around with its features it really comes to life. You’ll also find that it’s a very well thought out and intuitive design offering more than meets the eye.

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB Deck Section

The deck section offers large 128mm jog wheels. These may seem oversized considering the size of the controller, but for me large jog wheels are a bonus.

You’ll also appreciate the size of the jog wheels if you enjoy scratching. The jog wheels are more than capable and feel very responsive to every movement. They’re also very sensitive to the touch and have no lag when used in conjunction with Rekordbox.

Props to Pioneer for including large jog wheels on a smaller controller, not many manufacturers do!

Below the jog wheels you’ll see 8 performance pads. This is one of the standout upgrades from the DDJ-SB2 which only had 4 performance pads. The other 4 were used for play/pause, cue, sync, and shift.

The DDJ-RB will let you use these 8 pads to assign up to 8 hot cue points, FX, slicer, samples, loops, and beatjump.

You’ll also see the loop enter/exit function to the side. And a set of play/pause, cue, and shift buttons.

There’s also a sync button that will do the beatmatching for you. Perfect for those that like the extra time to play with the controllers functions. Or a great option that will help beginners, or people that simply don’t wish to manually beatmatch.

For those that do need the ability to manually beatmatch you have pitch control sliders at the top. These are used to change the speed of the track you’re playing. These are fairly small and make manual beatmatching tricky at first.

This could be a big change if you’re coming from a controller with longer sliders. But I find these easy to get the hang of after a few mixes.

Lastly you have the effects panel with a parameter adjustment knob. Using Rekordbox you’ll have a bank of different effects that you can use to give your set something extra.

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB Mixer Section

The DDJ-RB 2 channel mixer section is uncluttered and simple to use. Here you’ll be able to control 2 decks from the Rekordbox interface.

You have a nice loose crossfader, again great for scratching and mixing alike. And the up faders feel great, not too loose but not overly tight.

Up above you’ll see the low/high pass filters and a 3 band EQ with trims, these also feel solid.

At the top you have your library search function. This allows you to find and select a track within the Rekordbox music library. This makes choosing your next track simple without messing with your mouse or track pad. You can then assign it to the deck of your choice using the load buttons.

In the middle you get a master volume for your main volume level. A headphone section with volume level and cue adjust. And lastly a set of separate channel VU meters. These will help you to set the levels correctly to avoid clipping, distortion, and equipment damage.


Overall the DDJ-RB is a great little controller. It’s made by a company with a great reputation for building good solid, long lasting DJ kit.

The DDJ-RB comes as the full package, ready to mix. This is fantastic considering the price of this unit and will open the doors for many aspiring DJ’s.

Although very similar to the DDJ-SB2 there are some great additions to the RB. These additions make this controller work perfectly in conjunction with Rekordbox. It also gives more flexibility working with samples, loops, and effects by including 8 performance pads.

But there is one thing certain DJ’s will need that was present on the DDJ-SB2 that isn’t present on the DDJ-RB. This is the ability to control 4 decks by simply switching the channels over on the controller.

But still a great solid controller for DJ’s that don’t need the 4 deck option.


  • Awesome price! Now at less than $250 the last time I checked!
  • Light but durable, well suited for working DJ’s.
  • Simple enough for beginner DJ’s.
  • Comes bundled with software making set-up easy.
  • Excellent jog wheels, great for scratching.
  • Easy on the eye layout.
  • PC master out allows for easy computer set-up without the need for extra speakers..


  • Only includes one 1/8″ headphone socket. A 1/4″ socket would be nice.
  • No ability to use the 2 channels for 4 deck control like the DDJ-SB2 has. All it needed was a simple switch.

Check the the current price and availability on Amazon here – Pioneer DDJ-RB

Thanks for checking out my review, if you’re after a more advanced controller check out the Pioneer DDJ-1000. It’s the controller I’m currently using and I think you’ll like it, see the full review >HERE

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