DJ MIXER
DJM-S3
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http://serato.com/
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Operating Instructions (Quick Start Guide)
Thank you for buying this Pioneer DJ product. Please read through these operating instructions so you will know how to operate your model properly.
After you have finished reading the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future reference.
In some countries or regions, the shape of the power plug and power outlet may sometimes differ from that shown in the explanatory drawings.
However the method of connecting and operating the unit is the same.
IMPORTANT
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol,
within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the product’s
enclosure that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
The exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
9) or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or
10) pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
WARNING
This equipment is not waterproof. To prevent a fire or
shock hazard, do not place any container filled with
liquid near this equipment (such as a vase or flower
pot) or expose it to dripping, splashing, rain or
moisture.
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WARNING
To prevent a fire hazard, do not place any naked flame
sources (such as a lighted candle) on the equipment.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
12) Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
14) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply
cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
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CAUTION
The switch on this unit will not completely shut off
all power from the AC outlet. Since the power cord
serves as the main disconnect device for the unit,
you will need to unplug it from the AC outlet to shut
down all power. Therefore, make sure the unit has
been installed so that the power cord can be easily
unplugged from the AC outlet in case of an accident.
To avoid fire hazard, the power cord should also be
unplugged from the AC outlet when left unused for a
long period of time (for example, when on vacation).
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Operating Environment
VENTILATION CAUTION
When installing this unit, make sure to leave space
around the unit for ventilation to improve heat radiation
(at least 5 cm at rear, and 3 cm at each side).
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Operating environment temperature and humidity:
+5 °C to +35 °C (+41 °F to +95 °F); less than 85 %RH
(cooling vents not blocked)
Do not install this unit in a poorly ventilated area, or in
locations exposed to high humidity or direct sunlight (or
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Contents
How to read this manual
Thank you for buying this Pioneer DJ product.
Be sure to read this manual and the Operating Instructions that is
available on the Pioneer DJ site. Both documents include important
information that you should understand before using this product.
In particular, be sure to read “IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.”
Furthermore, be sure to keep this manual together with “Warranty” on
the last pages.
! In this manual, names of channels and buttons indicated on the
product, names of menus in the software, etc., are indicated within
square brackets ([ ]). (e.g. [MASTER] channel, [ON/OFF], [Start]
menu)
! Please note that the screens and specifications of the software
described in this manual as well as the external appearance and
specifications of the hardware are currently under development and
may differ from the final specifications.
! Please note that depending on the operating system version, web
browser settings, etc., operation may differ from the procedures
described in this manual.
! Please note that the language on the screens of the software
describes in this guide may differ from the language on your
screens.
This manual provides brief descriptions regarding the names of parts
of this unit and the connections between this unit and peripherals.
For more detailed instructions on using this unit, see the Operating
Instructions for this unit.
! For how to obtain the Operating Instructions for this unit, see Viewing
the Operating Instructions on page 6.
Before start
Features......................................................................................................... 6
What’s in the box.......................................................................................... 6
Viewing the Operating Instructions............................................................ 6
Part names and functions
Rear panel..................................................................................................... 7
Control Panel................................................................................................ 8
Connections
Connecting input terminals....................................................................... 10
Connecting output terminals.................................................................... 11
Operation
Basic Operation.......................................................................................... 12
Additional information
Troubleshooting.......................................................................................... 13
Changing the settings................................................................................ 14
About trademarks and registered trademarks........................................ 14
Cautions on copyrights.............................................................................. 14
Specifications............................................................................................. 14
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Before start
Features
This unit is a 2-channel DJ mixer which can be used with the Serato DJ
software, and is designed for optimal DJ performances. It has a sound
card compatible with Serato DJ. It allows you to do DJ performances
with the DVS system controlled by turntables or CDJs. Additionally, it
has the best panel layout for scratching and includes a Magvel Fader.
These features support various DJ performances.
What’s in the box
! Power cord
! AC adaptor
! USB cable
! Operating Instructions (Quick Start Guide) (This document)
!Warranty*
* ‌The corresponding information is provided on the last page.
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Viewing the Operating Instructions
Various instructions are sometimes provided as files in the PDF
format.
Adobe® Reader® must be installed in order to view PDF format files.
1 Launch a web browser on the computer and access
the Pioneer DJ site below.
pioneerdj.com/
2 Click [Support].
3 Click the [FIND TUTORIALS & MANUALS].
4 Click the [DJM-S3] in the [DJ MIXER] category.
5 Click on the desired language from the list.
Part names and functions
Part names and functions
Rear panel
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1Cord hook
Hook the power cord of the AC adaptor to avoid accidentally
disconnecting it from the unit.
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5MASTER1 output terminals (page 1
​ 1​)
Connect your equipment, such as a power speaker or a power
amplifier, to the analog input terminal.
Use these terminals as balanced output.
Do not accidentally insert the power cord of the supplied AC
adaptor or the power cord of the equipment.
Do not connect to a terminal which can supply phantom
power.
6PHONO input terminals (page 1
​ 0​)
Connect to a phono level (MM cartridge) output device. Do not input
line level signals.
7LINE input terminals (page 1
​ 0​)
Connect to a DJ player or a line level output component.
2 switch (page 1
​ 2​)
This switch is between off and on for this unit.
3DC IN terminal (page 10)
Connect the DC plug of the supplied AC adaptor. Connect all other
equipment, then connect the power cord.
Only use the power cord and AC adapter supplied with this unit.
4MASTER2 output terminals (page 1
​ 1​)
Connect to the analog input terminals of a power amplifier, etc.
8SIGNAL GND terminal (page 1
​ 0​)
Connect an analog player’s ground wire. This helps reduce noise
when the analog player is connected.
9MIC input terminal (page 1
​ 0​)
Connect a microphone.
aUSB terminal (page 10)
Connect to a computer.
bKensington security slot
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Control Panel
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1PHONES terminal (page 1
​ 1​)
Connect headphones.
This unit supports 1/4” stereo phone plugs and 3.5 mm stereo mini
plugs.
2PARAMETER control
Adjust the SOUND COLOR FX parameter.
3MIC TONE control (page 12)
Adjust the sound quality from the microphone.
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4MIC LEVEL control (page 1
​ 2​)
Adjust the volume to output from the microphone.
5AUX TRIM control
Adjust the volume from the AUX input.
6Input selector switches (page 1
​ 2​)
Select an input source on each channel.
7TRIM control (page 1
​ 2​)
Adjust the volume from each channel.
8ISO (HI, MID, LOW) controls (page 1
​ 2​)
Part names and functions
Adjust the sound quality of the respective channels.
9Master Level indicator (page 1
​ 2​)
It shows the volume from the MASTER output.
When the volume is too loud, the [CLIP] indicator flashes. In this
case, turn down the volume.
— Slow flashing: sound will become distorted.
— Fast flashing: sound is distorted.
aChannel Level indicator (page 1
​ 2​)
It shows the volume before passing the channel fader.
bSTANDBY indicator
This indicator is lit when the unit is in the standby state.
cCOLOR control
Change the parameters of the SOUND COLOR FX of the different
channels.
dFILTER button
Turn on/off the SOUND COLOR FX effects.
— WAKE UP: Press this button to cancel the standby state.
eCUE button (page 1
​ 2​)
Press the [CUE] button for the channel you want to monitor.
fChannel Fader (page 1
​ 2​)
Adjust the volume of each channel.
gCROSS F.CURVE (THRU,
(page ​12​)
,
) selector switch
This switches the cross fader curve characteristics.
hCROSS F. REVERSE switch (page 12)
Turn on/off the cross fader reverse function.
iCross fader (page 1
​ 2​)
Sound outputs following the curve selected by the [CROSS F.CURVE]
selector switch.
jHEADPHONES LEVEL control (page 1
​ 2​)
Adjust the level of audio signals output from the headphones.
kHEADPHONES MIXING control (page 1
​ 2​)
Adjust the monitor volume balance of the sound of channels for
which the [CUE] button is pressed and the sound of the [MASTER]
channel.
lMASTER LEVEL control (page 1
​ 2​)
Adjust the level of audio signals from the [MASTER1] or [MASTER2]
output.
Do not pull on the channel fader and cross fader knobs with excessive
force. The knobs have a structure by which they cannot be pulled off
easily. Pulling the knobs strongly may result in damaging the unit.
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Connections
Be sure to turn off the power and unplug the power cord from the power outlet whenever making or changing connections.
Connect the power cord after all the connections between devices have been completed.
Be sure to use the included power cord.
Refer to the operating instructions for the component to be connected.
! Connect this unit and the computer directly using a USB cable.
! Use USB cables that conform to USB 2.0.
! USB hubs cannot be used.
Connecting input terminals
Analog player
Analog player
Microphone
Rear panel
Computer
AC adaptor
Pioneer DJ’s DJ player
To power outlet
Pioneer DJ’s sampler, etc.
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Connecting output terminals
Front panel
Rear panel
Connections
Power amplifier 1
Headphones
Power speakers 1
1 Be sure to use the [MASTER1] output terminals only for a balanced output. Connection with an unbalanced input (such as RCA) using an XLR to
RCA converter cable (or converter adapter), etc., may lower the sound quality and/or result in noise.
For connection with an unbalanced input (such as RCA), use the [MASTER2] output terminals.
2 Be careful not to accidentally insert the power cord of another unit to the [MASTER1] output terminals.
Do not connect a terminal which is supplied with phantom power to the [MASTER1] output terminals.
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Operation
Basic Operation
Setting the fader curve
Outputting sound
Switch the [CROSS F.CURVE (THRU,
switch.
1 Press the  switch.
Turn on the unit.
2 Set the input selector switches.
Select the input source for the different channels from among the
devices connected to this unit.
—[
]: Audio from a computer connected to the [USB] terminal is
selected.
—[LINE]: Audio from a device connected to the [LINE] input
terminal is selected.
—[PHONO]: Audio from analog players connected to the [PHONO]
input terminals is selected.
3 Turn the [TRIM] control.
Adjust the level of audio signals input for each channel.
The corresponding channel level indicator lights when audio signals are
being properly input to that channel.
4 Move the channel fader up.
Adjust the level of audio signals output for each channel.
5 Set the cross fader.
This operation is not necessary when the [CROSS F.CURVE] selector
switch is set to [THRU].
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)] selector
—[THRU]: Set to this option when not using the cross fader.
—[
]: The curve is increased slowly.
—[
]: The curve is increased steeply. (If the cross fader is moved
from the extreme left or right position, output sound is changed
to the opposite side immediately.)
Using the fader reverse function
Turn on the [CROSS F.REVERSE] switch.
When turning on the [CROSS F.REVERSE] switch, the operating
direction of the cross fader is reversed.
Using AUX
1 Set the input selector switch for AUX.
—[
]: Audio from a computer connected to the [USB] terminal is
selected.
—[LINE]: Audio from a device connected to the [LINE] input
terminal is selected.
2 Turn the [AUX TRIM] control.
Adjust the level of audio signal input for the AUX channel.
6 Turn the [MASTER LEVEL] control.
Audio signals are output from the [MASTER1] and [MASTER2] output
terminals.
The master level indicator lights.
Using a microphone
Adjusting the sound quality
2 Turn the [MIC LEVEL] control.
Turn the [ISO (HI, MID, LOW)] controls for the
respective channels.
The adjustable ranges for the respective controls are as shown below.
—[HI]: –∞ dB to +6 dB (20 kHz)
—[MID]: –∞ dB to +6 dB (1 kHz)
—[LOW]: –∞ dB to +6 dB (20 Hz)
Monitoring sound with headphones
1 Connect headphones to the [PHONES] terminal.
2 Press the [CUE] button(s) for the channel(s) you
want to monitor.
3 Turn the [HEADPHONES MIXING] control.
Adjust the monitor volume balance of sound from channels for which
the [CUE] button is pressed and the [MASTER] channel.
4 Turn the [HEADPHONES LEVEL] control.
Adjust the level of audio signals for the headphones.
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1 Connect a microphone to the [MIC] input terminal.
Adjust the volume from the [MIC] input terminal.
! If the control is turned to the extreme right position, the sound
output will be too loud.
3 Turn the [MIC TONE] control to adjust the sound
quality.
— When turning the control to the [LOW] position, the high
frequency is attenuated.
0 to -12 dB (10 kHz)
— When turning the control to the [HI] position, the low frequency
is attenuated.
0 to -12 dB (100 Hz)
Additional information
Troubleshooting
Problem
Check
Remedy
There is no sound or the volume is
too low.
Is the input selector switch set to the proper
position?
Set the input selector switch to the input source for the channel. (page ​12​)
Are the connection cables properly connected?
Connect the connection cables properly. (page ​10​)
Are the terminals and plugs dirty?
Clean the terminals and plugs before making connections.
Is [MASTER OUT ATT.] set to [-6 dB], etc.?
Set [MASTER OUT ATT.] on the [UTILITY].*
Is the sound level output from the [MASTER]
channel appropriately set?
Adjust the [MASTER LEVEL] control so that the master level indicator lights at
around [0 dB] at the peak level. (page ​12​)
Sound is distorted.
Set [MASTER OUT ATT.] on the [UTILITY] to [-6 dB] or [-12 dB].*
Is the level of audio input to each channel properly
set?
Adjust the [TRIM] control so that the channel level indicator lights at about [0
dB] at the peak level.
Cross fade does not work.
Is the [CROSS F. CURVE] selector switch set
properly?
If [THRU] is selected, cross fader does not work. Set the [CROSS F. CURVE]
selector switch properly. (page ​12​)
Sound is distorted when an analog
player is connected to this unit’s
[PHONO] terminals.
Or, lighting of the channel level
indicator does not change even when
the [TRIM] control is turned.
Have you connected an analog player with a
built-in phono equalizer?
Connect the analog player with built-in phono equalizer to the [LINE] input
terminals. (page ​10​)
Additional information
! If you think that there is something wrong with this unit, check the items below, and check [FAQ] for [DJM-S3] on the Pioneer DJ site.
pioneerdj.com/support/
Also, check the connected devices. If the problem cannot be resolved, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out
repair work.
! This unit may not operate properly due to static electricity or other external influences. In such cases, normal operation may be restored by
unplugging the power cord then plugging it back in.
If the analog player with built-in phono equalizer has a PHONO/LINE selector
switch, set it to PHONO.
Is an audio interface for computers connected
between the analog player and this unit?
If the output of the audio interface for computers is line level, connect it to the
[LINE] input terminals. (page ​10​)
If the analog player has a PHONO/LINE selector switch, set it to PHONO.
* ‌For details on how to change the settings on the [UTILITY], see “Changing the settings” in the Operating Instructions.
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Changing the settings
Specifications
! For details on how to change the settings of this unit, see “Changing
the settings” in the Operating Instructions.
AC adapter
About trademarks and registered
trademarks
• Pioneer DJ is a trademark of PIONEER CORPORATION, and is used
under license.
The names of companies and products mentioned herein are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Cautions on copyrights
Recordings you have made are for your personal enjoyment and
according to copyright laws may not be used without the consent of the
copyright holder.
! Music recorded from CDs, etc., is protected by the copyright laws
of individual countries and by international treaties. It is the full
responsibility of the person who has recorded the music to ensure
that it is used legally.
! When handling music downloaded from the Internet, etc., it is the
full responsibility of the person who has downloaded the music to
ensure that it is used in accordance with the contract concluded
with the download site.
Power............................................................. AC 100 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz
Rated current.......................................................................................... 0.6 A
Rated output................................................................................ DC 12 V, 2 A
Power consumption (standby) ............................................................. 0.5 W
General - Main Unit
Power consumption............................................................. DC 12 V, 600 mA
Main unit weight........................................................................3.0 kg (6.6 lb)
Max. dimensions
............................ 230 mm (width) x 107.9 mm (height) x 319.5 mm (depth)
(9.1 in. (W) × 4.2 in. (H) × 12.6 in. (D))
Tolerable operating temperature.......... +5 °C to +35 °C (+41 °F to +95 °F)
Tolerable operating humidity....................... 5 % to 85 % (no condensation)
Audio Section
Sampling rate .......................................................................................48 kHz
MASTER D/A converter........................................................................24 bits
Other A/D and D/A converters.............................................................24 bits
Frequency characteristic
LINE.................................................................................. 20 Hz to 20 kHz
S/N ratio (rated output)
PHONO............................................................................................ 80 dB
LINE.................................................................................................. 94 dB
MIC................................................................................................... 77 dB
AUX.................................................................................................. 90 dB
Total harmonic distortion (LINE — MASTER1).................................0.005 %
Standard input level / Input impedance
PHONO............................................................................. –52 dBu/47 kW
LINE................................................................................... –12 dBu/47 kW
MIC................................................................................... –52 dBu/8.5 kW
AUX................................................................................... –12 dBu/47 kW
Standard output level / Load impedance / Output impedance
MASTER1................................................... +6 dBu/10 kW/1 kW or lower
MASTER2................................................. +2 dBu/10 kW/390 W or lower
PHONES...................................................... +8.0 dBu/32 W/2 W or lower
Rated output level / Load impedance
MASTER1.........................................................................+25 dBu/10 kW
MASTER2.........................................................................+21 dBu/10 kW
Crosstalk (LINE)..................................................................................... 90 dB
Channel ISO characteristic
HI.......................................................................–∞ dB to +6 dB (20 kHz)
MID..................................................................... –∞ dB to +6 dB (1 kHz)
LOW................................................................... –∞ dB to +6 dB (20 Hz)
Microphone tone characteristic
LOW.................................................................... 0 dB to –12 dB (10 kHz)
HI.........................................................................0 dB to –12 dB (100 Hz)
Input / Output terminals
PHONO input terminal
RCA pin jack..................................................................................... 2 sets
LINE input terminal
RCA pin jack..................................................................................... 2 sets
MIC input terminal
1/4” TS jack......................................................................................... 1 set
AUX input terminal
RCA pin jack....................................................................................... 1 set
MASTER output terminal
XLR connector................................................................................... 1 set
RCA pin jack....................................................................................... 1 set
PHONES output terminal
1/4” stereo phone jack....................................................................... 1 set
3.5 mm stereo mini jack.................................................................... 1 set
USB terminal
B type..................................................................................................1 set
! The specifications and design of this product are subject to change
without notice.
! © 2017 Pioneer DJ Corporation. All rights reserved.
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please go to one of following URLs :
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des accessoires, reportez-vous aux URL suivantes :
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