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Best beginner DJ Controllers 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017 13:46:00 Europe/London

Best beginner DJ Controllers 2017

We have recognised the need for informative and useful information which would aid budding individuals who want to start out Djing.  As a result we have produced this guide with exactly that in mind.  A number of controllers have been hand selected by our knowledgeable team, which we believe are the best DJ controllers for beginners, along with an insight into the best beginner DJ software platforms.

The minimum set up you would require as a beginner DJ is:

  • < DJ Controller
  • < DJ Software
  • < Laptop/Computer
  • < Headphones
  • < Speakers

 

Best Beginner DJ Software

To start with, we think it best to discuss the most user-friendly, reliable, most used and industry recognised DJ software platforms available. We are going to talk briefly about Rekordbox DJ, Serato and Traktor Pro.  Each of them offers their own set of features and compatibility options. 

It depends upon which brand/model of controller you decide on that will determine what software you end up using. It is worth noting that most controllers are MIDI mappable (meaning other software can be used in conjunction with the named controller) however this is not recommended, as not all the features are fully compatible.

 

Rekordbox DJ software

The industry leading Rekordbox DJ software has been designed and created by Pioneer DJ.  Many of Pioneer’s products have been created purely for use with Rekordbox.  The software allows you to manage your music, prepare and perform sets.  It holds a music library which you can access through your connected controller.  There is the ability to export your music and playlists to an SD card or USB device to take with you to a club or wherever you go.  You are also able to modify music and settings on the go using the dedicated Smartphone app.  If you find yourself getting to grips with Djing and would like to take it the next level then Rekordbox Plus Packs are available.

Rekordbox DJ Video 



Serato DJ Software

Serato DJ is another industry leading software used by numerous professionals worldwide.  It is an award winning DJ software that provides high-quality features, that is reliable and is compatible with numerous leading brands.  It is easy to use and has extensive library options which include iTunes and Pulselocker.  Again if you find you have a flare and want to take it to the next level there are several expansion packs available to enhance your creativity.

Serato DJ Video



Traktor DJ Software

Traktor is a DJ software that has been created by Native Instruments and is fully integrated in to a number of their own products.  Again, Traktor is an industry leading DJ software platform that is well used and recognised amongst the professionals and the industry.  It has an intuitive layout, is very reliable and has the ability to mix whilst out and about using the specially created app for both iPad and iPhone.

Traktor DJ Video


 

Best DJ Controllers under £300

We appreciate there are a vast number of differing controllers on the market and that budgets, especially when starting out, are limited.  You don’t know right now if this is just for fun, not for you, a hobby or a potential career, so we have picked six DJ controllers that are easy to use and learn, yet provide you with top features and quality build.

 

Numark Mixtrack Platinum DJ Controller £219

The Mixtrack Platinum DJ Controller is a 4-deck 2-channel mixer which comes equipped with an audio interface and is USB powered. It comprises of eight sample buttons and eight hot cues per deck.  The headphone connection is 3.5mm mini jack or 6.3mm jack and the microphone connection is 6.3mm jack.  The Numark Mixtrack Platinum comes with a downloadable copy of Serato DJ Intro.

The unit has two 5-inch metal jog wheels with an in-built 1.75-inch LCD display, sixteen illuminated durable performance pads and a inbuilt 24-bit/44.1kHz audio interface.  The two channel mixer section includes a 3-band EQ, gain and crossfader.  It is compatible with MP3, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis and WMA file formats.

Mixtrack Platinum Video


 

Pioneer DDJ-RB DJ Controller £219

The DDJ-RB is a 2-deck 2-channel mixer which is USB bus powered and comes with an integrated audio interface.  There are four hot cue and four sample buttons per deck, along with two aluminium jog wheels and eight illuminated robust performance pads. The Pioneer RB controller is specifically designed for Rekordbox DJ and comes with a full copy of the software, including the Rekordbox DJ Plus Pack.

The headphone connection is 3.5mm mini Jack and microphone connection is 6.3mm Jack.  Additionally, there is a Master out RCA connection and Recording output.  The RB comes with an inbuilt soundcard and there are two FX units per channel with six adjustable presets.

DDJ-RB Video


 

Pioneer DDJ-WeGo4 DJ Controller £269

The Pioneer WeGo4 controller has been designed for beginner DJs; it includes all the features necessary for mixing tracks like a professional.  The DJ controller comes with a copy of Rekordbox, Virtual DJ LE.  It is a 2-deck 2-channel mixer with four sample and four hot cue buttons for each deck, two durable illuminated jog wheels, an incorporated audio interface and is USB powered.

There is a 3.5mm mini jack and 6.3mm jack headphone connection and a 6.3mm jack microphone connection.  There are a number of outputs available to suitably connect speakers to the DJ controller. In addition to using Rekordbox there is a WeDJ app that works with the iPad, also situated at the top of the face of the WeGO4 there a very handy slot to hold the iPad in place!

DDJ-WeGo4 Video


 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 DJ Controller £299

The Traktor S2 MK2 is a 2-deck 2-channel mixer with an in-built 24-bit/96kHz audio interface, four sample and four hot cue buttons, two pressure sensitive jog wheels, 3-band EQ and is USB bus-powered.  There is a 6.3mm jack microphone connection and a 6.3mm jack headphone connection.  The Traktor Kontrol S2 also includes both a recording and booth output.

This Native Instruments controller comes with a copy of Traktor Pro software and a plug-and-play capability with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone (not only that but both devices get charged during use).  There are a number of audio formats that are supported including MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audio CD, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, non-DRM WMA (windows only) and non-DRM AAC.

Traktor S2 MK2 Video


 

Pioneer DDJ-SB2 DJ Controller £219

The DDJ-SB2 has been specifically designed for use with Serato DJ, despite it being Pioneer DJ branded.  This is to cater for users who prefer the look and feel of Serato, as opposed to Rekordbox, however still like to use a Pioneer controller.  The SB2 comes with a copy of Serato DJ Intro and is a 4-deck 2-channel mixer.  There are two illuminated aluminium jog wheels, four sample buttons, four hot cues, built-in soundcard, and is also USB powered.

There are two FX units per channel with six adjustable presets, 3-band EQ, eight hard-wearing performance pads, a booth output, 6.3mm jack headphone connection and a 6.3mm jack microphone connection.

DDJ-SB2 Video


 

Reloop Beatmix 2 MK2 DJ Controller £190

This is the final DJ Controller we would recommend for beginners and is at the lower end of the price bracket.  The Beatmix 2 MK2 isn’t short of features though as it is a 2-deck-2channel mixer with dedicated 3-band EQ, sixteen multi-coloured performance pads, two robust jog wheels with pitch control, eight sample buttons and two hot cue buttons.

This Reloop DJ Controller features a built-in 24-bit/48kHz soundcard, is USB powered, has a 3.5mm mini jack and 6.3mm jack headphone connection, a 6.3mm jack microphone connection and an analogue input.  The Beatmix 2 comes with a copy of Serato DJ Intro software.

 

To Conclude

There are some top quality, and feature rich DJ controllers on the market perfect for beginner DJs.  The type of software you use will depend on which controller you decide upon.  Most well known DJ equipment outlets, including ourselves, will have a shop with a demo area incorporated within them.  Combine that with expert team knowledge and you can be sure to walk away with a controller that suits your needs and abilities.  We hope you found this article useful, and we are available to contact should you have any queries or questions.

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