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The 3 Best DJ Controllers and Why


When you are still finding your way as a beginner DJ, it’s important for you to diversify and gain experience with all kinds of gigs. Be it indoors in a club or a friend’s house you need to be ready and willing whenever an opportunity comes your way.

In such cases, you have to make sure your equipment is suitable for any kind of use; you want your DJ set up to be as mobile as possible. Which brings me to our topic of the day the digital DJ controller basically DJ controllers can either function as MIDI controllers or USB to analog devices. Either way, they help control computer based DJ software that are installed on PCs and laptops where you manage your music libraries, playlists and crates.

In review:  be bought up to speed with 3 of the more user-friendly and advanced DJ controllers available today.

Pioneer DDJ-T1 / Pioneer DDJ-S1

It’s certainly got the trademark Pioneer look and functionality. The mixer, the shiny five inch jog wheel,  in fact the entire controller has that addictive Pioneer feel which you would hope and expect from Pioneer DJ equipment.

The Pioneer DDJ controllers are quite solid and take up more room than other controllers, bother the T1 and S1 measure just less than 27 inches wide, which is a good 8 inches wider than the Traktor Kontrol S4. The “needle search” functionality is taken directly from the Pioneer DJM mixer and gives you the ability to easily browse your music libraries, playlists and crates from the controller without having to touch your laptop.

Traktor Kontrol S4

This controller is touted to be the perfect system designed to fuse DJ software and hardware in perfect harmony. It has been custom made for Traktor’s DJ software with its four channel DJ mixer and in built 96 kHz soundcard.

The Traktor S4 controller comes with the PRO 2 software with Remix decks. It has nice rotary knobs that offer precise status feedback. Further, its illuminated level meters, robust faders and high end three band EQs make it the ideal solution for DJs looking for pro features coupled with the portability we discussed earlier in this article.

Numark iDJ Live (for Djay iPhone app)

This is the most incredible portable solution to transform even your iPad or iPhone into a DJ rig. It exploits the processing power of your iPhone, iPad or even your iPod and allows you to DJ with the music already stored on these devices.

Algoriddim, the makers of this widely popular djay app, have brought in the necessary support system for iDJ Live. It allows you to mix tracks from the music stored in your iPad or iPhone on a very realistic turntable interface. You can also opt to perform live or use the “Auotmix” mode that mixes your favorite tracks.

Digital DJ controllers are a definite option when starting out learning how to DJ. Finding the one best suited for your use is sure to help you enhance your performances.

Ben Drohan

About the Author: Ben Drohan is the original founding partner and creator of DJ Master Course. His entrepreneurial skills have been recognised by major music industry leaders including CEO’s, A&R label executives and some of the world’s most prolific DJ talent including the Stafford Brothers.

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