for VirtualDJ 8.5 Last Update : June 2022
Install the latest ASIO driver
You don't have to install the driver software. Mac OS standard audio driver will be automatically installed when you DJM is connected to your Mac with a USB cable.
However, it is recommended to install the Mac Driver that allows you to change the settings of the DJM https://www.pioneerdj.com/en/support/software/mixer/djm-s5/#drivers
Update the firmware
of the device to the latest available version from https://www.pioneerdj.com/en/support/software/mixer/djm-s5/#firmware-update
VirtualDJ SetupDownload and install VirtualDJ from https://www.virtualdj.com/download/index.html (in case you have not done already)
Once VirtualDJ is launched, a Login Window will appear. Login with your virtualdj.com account credentials.
A Pro Infinity or a Pro Subscription License is required to use the Pioneer DJM-S5. Without any of the above Licenses, the mixer will operate for 10 minutes each time you restart VirtualDJ.
A window will appear next, to verify the proper detection.
Click on the “DJM-S5” button and VirtualDJ will automatically create and apply the pre-defined audio configuration using the built-in audio interface of the Pioneer DJM-S5
Click to OK.
The unit is now ready
to operate with VirtualDJ.
The unit should be visible in the CONTROLLERS tab of Config and the “factory default
” available/selected from the Mappings drop-down list.
The factory default Mapping offers the functions described in this Manual, however those can be adjusted to your needs via VDJ Script actions.
Find more details at https://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/VDJscript.html
The unit has a pre-defined Audio setup and a special button in the AUDIO tab of Config to provide that. Alternative setups can be applied in the same window. See Advanced Setup
For further software settings please refer to the User Guide of VirtualDJ. https://www.virtualdj.com/manuals/virtualdj/index.html
Even though the Pioneer DJM-S5 is capable of sending MIDI signals from all faders, buttons and knobs, the mixer part of the unit is not controlling the internal mixer of VirtualDJ. The audio mixing is operated from the hardware
The Crossfader, Equalizer, Filter, Volume faders etc. will move the relative faders of the VirtualDJ GUI, but not vice versa (Fake mixer mode)S. SHIFT
. Press and hold this button to access secondary functions of other controls on the DJM-S5
The functionality of each button, knob and connection per section (as shown in the image above) will be explained in detail in the next chapters A. Mixer Controls B. Pads C. Effects D. Browser E. Equalizer F. Front & Rear Panels
SHIFT (SECONDARY) ACTION1 CROSSFADERBlends audio and video between the left and right assigned ChannelsStarts/Stops Deck when moved from one edge to any other position (Crossfader Start/Stop)
Requires Fader Start/Stop/Sync feature enabled from Preferences 2 VOLUMEAdjust the Output Volume of Left/Right ChannelStarts Deck when moved from minimum position to any other. Stops Deck at Cue point when moved from any position to minimum (Fader Start/Stop)
Requires Fader Start/Stop/Sync feature enabled from Preferences3 VU METERIndicate the Pre-Fader output level of the Left/Right assigned Channels. The middle VU-meters indicate the overall Master Output levell 4 CUE CROSSFADERBlends pre-fader signals from Left/Right assigned channels to the Headphones Channel. When in left/right position, only the signal from Left/Right assigned channel will be routed to the Headphones Channel respectively. 5 CUE VOLAdjust the Output Level of the Headphones Chanel 6 CUE MIXINGBlends audio signal in the Headphones Chanel between the Master Output (when in MIX) and the Channels depending on the CUE CROSSFADER position Additional note
- The entire mixer section of the unit is Hardware operated. The VirtualDJ internal mixer is not used, even thought the knobs on the GUI follow the actual ones (fake mode)
16 different modes can be selected for the Pads. When a Pad mode is selected a relative VirtualDJ Pad page will be loaded on left/right deck. The pre-selected VirtualDJ Pad pages can be changed to your preferences from the Pad mode drop-down.
SHIFT (SECONDARY) ACTION7 MODEHold MODE button down and then press PADS 1 to 4 to select one of the following modes.
PAD 1 - HOT CUE :
Single press : HotCues (led magenta)
Double press : GateCue (led yellow)
PAD 2 - ROLL :
Single press : Loop Roll (led magenta)
Double press :CueLoop (led yellow)
PAD 3 - AUTO LOOP :
Single press : Loop (led magenta)
Double press : Saved Loops (led yellow)
PAD 4 - SAMPLER :
Single press : Sampler (led magenta)
Double press : Scratch Bank (led yellow)
Selection behavior depends on the selected option from Preferences
Hold SHIFT and MODE button down and then press PADS 1 to 4 to select one of the following modes.
PAD 1 - HOT CUE :
Single press :Keycue (led green)
Double press : HotCues 9-16 (led orange)
PAD 2 -ROLL :
Single press : Slicer (led green)
Double press : BeatJump (led orange)
PAD 3 - AUTO LOOP :
Single press : Stems (led green)
Double press :Scratch (led orange)
PAD 4 - SAMPLER :
Single press : Transport (led green)
Double press :Custom (led orange)
Selection behavior depends on the selected option from Preferences8 PADSRGB Pads operate different function depending on the selected Pad modeDifferent function depending on the selected Pad mode9 5-8When enabled, Pads 1 to 4 will trigger the assigned actions of Pads 5 to 8Trigger the selected Loop size. Can be adjusted to trigger specific size from Preferences
In this mode each one of the 8 pads offers a different functionality as below:
SHIFT (SECONDARY) ACTION
1Temporary slow down (while pressed)Same action
2Temporary speed up (while pressed)[/subtitle]Same action
3Decrease Tempo by 0.1%Slowly reset Tempo
4Increase Tempo by 0.1%Instantly set Tempo to original
5Enable/disable Key-Lock (Master Tempo)Enable/disable Quantize
6SYNC Synchronize BPM and CBG to the opposite Deck.Same action
7CUE: Set a temporary Cue point when paused and preview while pressed, or jump to the Temporary Cue point if playingJump to the beginning of the track
8PLAY: Play/pauses TrackPlay/Stutter
Transport Page - VirtualDJ Pro default skin
Transport Page when SHIFT is pressed - VirtualDJ Pro default skin
In this mode the 8 Pads will trigger Hotcues 1 to 8 , same as the Hotcues Page, but only while the pad is held down
. When the Pad is released, the deck will be muted
until the next HotCue point is pressed. Hold SHIFT and then a pad to trigger the HotCue point normally.
For more info about Pads , see /manuals/virtualdj/interface/decks/decksadvanced/pads.html
With the EFFECTS section of the DJM-S5 you can apply software VirtualDJ Effects, select an Effects Bank, apply a Scratch Cutter Pattern, choose a Crossfader Curve etc The Effects assigned to the 6 FX Slots of VirtualDJ can be selected from the GUI. VirtualDJ - 6 Fx Slots layout
SHIFT (SECONDARY) ACTION10 FX1 | CUT1Select the 1st FX SlotInvert the Volume Faders11 FX2 | CUT2Select the 2nd FX SlotSelect Smooth/Linear Curve for the Crossfader12 FX3 | CUT3Select the 3rd FX SlotSelect Scratch/Cut Curve for the Crossfader13 FX1 | CUT4Select the 4th FX SlotEnable/disable the Crossfader Hotcue mode. When enabled, Track will jump to the selected Hotcue each time the Crossfader moves from one side to the other.14 FX2 | CUT5Select the 5th FX SlotLoads the Effects saved to FX Bank A15 FX3 | CUT6Select the 6th FX SlotLoads the Effects saved to FX Bank B16 LEVERApply the selected (from the FX|CUT buttons) VirtualDJ Effects to the assigned Left/Right deck. 17 BEATHalf/double the Beats of the VirtualDJ Effects of all 6 FX Slots simultaneously (if available) 18 FX LEVEL/DEPTHAdjust the 1st Parameter of the VirtualDJ Effects of all 6 FX Slots simultaneously
Multiple Effects can be selected and applied when more than 1 FX|CUT button are pressed
Press and hold one of the 6 FX | CUT buttons for more than 1 second to enable the Scratch Cutter mode and select one of the 6 pre-defined patterns. The led of the selected Scratch Cutter will be lit solid, while all other 5 buttons will be turned off.
While Scratch Cutter mode is enabled, use the 6 FX | CUT buttons to select a different pattern.
To disable the Scratch Cutter mode, press and hold any of the 6 FX | CUT buttons.
Apply the selected Scratch Cutter pattern to Left/Right Deck by turning on
the Left/Right LEVER
Start scratching - moving the platter back and forth
on beat (or other timing). For some patterns, you can select the BEAT < for double speed or BEAT > for normal speed.
The Scratch Cutter patterns can be applied using any controller with touch-sensitive jogwheels or DVS (Timecode Vinyl/CD).
While Scratch Cutter mode is selected, you can also apply VirtualDJ Effects by holding MODE button and selecting a FX Slot with the FX | CUT buttons.
SHIFT (SECONDARY) ACTION19BROWSEScroll through the content of the selected Browser List .
Push to toggle focus between Folders and Songs ListScroll fast (-/+ 10 per step) though the content of the selected Browser List.
Push to set focus to the Folders List. If focus is on Folders list, open/close sub-folders20LOAD/VIEWLoad the selected track from the Browser to the Left Deck
Push the same button fast twice to clone the track from the opposite deck to the Left DeckSet focus to the Sideview list of Browser. If focus in on sideview, cycle through the available tabs of Sideview (Automix, Sidelist, Sampler etc)21LOAD/PREPARELoad the selected track from the Browser to the Right Deck
Push the same button fast twice to clone the track from the opposite deck to the Right DeckAdd the selected track from the Songs List to the Automix List of Sideview
ACTION22 SOURCE SELSelect the source for the Left/Right mixer channel. Set to USB, to control the Left/Right VirtualDJ Deck.23 TRIMAdjust the Pre-fader Output level (Gain) of the selected Left/Right deck 24 FILTERApply a Hardware High/Low Pass Filter to the selected Left/Right Channel. 25 3-BAND EQAdjust the High (Treble), Mid (Middle) and Low (Bass) frequencies of the Left/Right assigned Channels 26 MASTER VOLAdjust the Level of the Master Output27 BOOTH VOLAdjust the Level of the Booth Output (connection at the rear panel)Additional note
The entire Equalizer, Filter and Master section of the unit is Hardware operated. The VirtualDJ Equalizer (including Stems) and Filter are not used, even thought the knobs on the GUI follow the actual ones (fake mode)
FRONT & REAR PANELS Pioneer DJM-S5 - Rear panel
Operation28 * USB POWERUse this USB-C connection to power the device using a proper USB power device,29 * PC USB POWERUse this USB-C connection to connect to a USB port of a computer.30POWERPower on when all other connections are done31 MASTER OUTBalanced Master Output using XLR cables to connect with your amplifier/amplified speakers32 BOOTH OUTBooth Output using RCA cables to connect with your monitor speakers33 CH1/CH2 INPUTSUse these sockets to connect an external audio source. Depending on the type of the source, set the PHONO/LINE switch to the appropriate position. The sources connected to these Inputs can be selected from the Left (for CH1)/Right (for CH2) Source Selector at the top panel34 AUX INPUTConnect any Digital Media source to this additional input. Signal from this Input will directly routed to the Master Output. The level of this audio signal is controlled from the AUX LEVEL knob at the front panel of the unit35 MIC INPUTConnect a Microphone using a XLR or 1/4" TRS cable. The level of this audio signal is controlled from the MIC LEVEL knob at the front panel of the unit
* Use one or the other USB power connections. Pioneer DJM-S5 - Front panel
Operation36 MIC LEVELAdjust the Level of the Microphone Input (connection at the rear panel).37 AUX LEVELAdjust the Level of the Auxiliary Input (connection at the rear panel) 38 CROSSFADER FEELING ADJUSTAdjust the feeling of the Crossfader (how much strength is required to slide) 39 HEADPHONES SOCKETConnect your Headphones using a 1/8" or a 1/4" adapter. The level of this output is controlled from the top panel
ADVANCED SETUPHow to open the DJM-S5 Utilities:For Windows computer:
Click on the ASIO button you will find in the AUDIO tab of VirtualDJ Settings or ...
Click [START] menu
[Pioneer DJM-S5 Settings Utility]For Mac OSX computer:
(driver is required to be installed)
Click [MACINTOSH HD] icon
[Pioneer DJM-S5 Settings Utility]
VirtualDJ is offering DVS (Digital Vinyl System) support for the Pioneer DJM-S5. Pro Infinity license is required. https://www.virtualdj.com/buy/index.html
Up to 2 Timecode Inputs are available to control any software decks via Timecode CDs or Vinyls.
Both Mixer Channels CH1 and CH2 can accept PHONO (for Timecode Vinyls). CD/LINE (for Timecode CDs)Connect your Timecode devices at the rear panel of the Pioneer DJM-S5 using the LINE/PHONO RCA inputs depending on the Timecode device and set the top Source select switchers to USB .
Open the Pioneer DJM-S5 Setting Utility and make sure the USB 3/4 and 5/6 Channel Outputs to CH1/CH2 Control tone
Close the Settings Utility
Open VirtualDJ Settings->AUDIO tab and press the TIMECODE SIGNAL
button and press APPLY
to add the 2 timecode inputs to the Audio Setup as shown below. VirtualDJ Audio Setup for Timecode (DVS)
on your timecode CD and/or Vinyl device and VirtualDJ will automatically detect your Timecode type and make the appropriate adjustments for best performance.
Open the TIMECODE tab
of the VirtualDJ Settings and choose the CALIBRATE
button if for any reason the signal is not detected (possibly due to reversed phase connections).
Click on the ON
buttons from the TIMECODE panels of the Default Skin to enable the Timecode control to any of the 4 software decks.
Timecode buttons - Pro Layout
No adjustment is required in order to record (or/and broadcast) your mix with VirtualDJ. A record input is already pre-configured in the Audio Setup.. Just make sure the USB 1,2
Mixer Output from the DJM-S5 Utilities panel is set to REC
Open the MASTER
center panel of the VirtualDJ GUI and click to the REC
button (or BCAST for broadcasting) to record your mix.
The dedicated record input will include any Mixer Input such as Microphone, CH or AUX Inputs.The Pioneer DJM-S5 Setup Utilities offer a few advanced options to choose from, such as the behavior of the LOOP buttons, the Fader Start/Stop/Sync feature for the Volume and Cross faders, adjustment for the Crossfader behavior and how the Pad mode buttons will be selected.
Make your adjustments via the PREFERENCES tab of the Pioneer DJM-S5 Utilities
For further Technical features and specifications, visit Pioneer DJM-S5
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