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Half of the questions here are what controller to buy. Here is my definitive list as to which controllers are the best through each price range, and remember, gently used or open box options are basically free money.
For casual DJs: DDJ SB3
For aspiring club DJs: DDJ 400
For aspiring turntablists: Traktor S2 Mk3
Pioneers two entry level controllers, the DDJ SB3 and the DDJ 400 are two excellent pieces of hardware for 250 dollars. Traktor has excellent options with their new Mk3 line of controllers, finally competing with Pioneer.
The SB3 is similar to the 400 but has a slightly different layout. The largest is the FX, with the SB3 using a different style of FX controls that is not used in club CDJs but is present in many other older controllers. The SB3 also has larger jogs than the 400, giving a slight advantage to scratching, but they still feel very flimsy and plasticky. However, for 250 dollars, it is a solid option and should be considered for any entry DJ.
The DDJ 400 uses a central FX unit that is styled like a club mixer beat FX unit, making it a better option to learn on for DJs planning to eventually go to nightclubs. While it has smaller jog wheels than the SB3, it makes up for this with larger tempo faders that make beatmatching much easier.
The Traktor S2 has the best jog wheels out of any controller close to its price range. They are 5.5 inches and metal, unlike the light plastic of Pioneer’s entry controllers. However, there is no beat FX unit, with the controller relying solely on filter FX. This is a turning point for many DJs, however for scratch DJs the jog wheels certainly make up for it. A new one will run you for 350 USD, but due to its more durable construction it is easy to find an unblemished used one to save money.
For casual DJs: DDJ SR2 or DDJ RR
For scratch DJs: Traktor S4 Mk3
For aspiring club DJs: DDJ 800
The SR2 or RR are identical controllers apart from software compatibility (the SR2 is for Serato, the RR for Rekordbox). They both have full 1 parameter controller beat FX, meaning that in addition to the master knob present on their little brother, the SB3, there is a parameter knob for each effect controlling things like flanger beats, reverb size, etc. The controllers also both have much larger faders, featuring long tempo faders that tend to be expected with higher end gear, larger and more spaced channel faders, and a looser crossfader. The controllers also have metal jogs, a huge step up from the plastic feel of the SB3. Both controllers sit in at 700 dollars.
The Traktor S4 Mk3 pushes the boundaries of jog wheel functionality. The famous haptic motorized jogs simulate turntables and have an incredible feel. The controller has full 1 parameter beat FX as per the standard as well as the high quality mixer FX of Traktor, which surprisingly occasionally use bpm functions set to the master tempo. The controller also has STEM capability. STEMs are a special file tech that may just change the face of DJing. Stems allows you to actually activate and mute the drums, bass, synth, and vocals of songs separately. While the tech hasn’t quite caught on as stem files are quite uncommon, it is a great thing to use for DJs who make a.cappellas and instrumentals of tracks as the instruments and vocals can be set up as a two channel stem file.
The DDJ 800 is the middle child of the Rekordbox Nexus-style controller setup. It has the onboard FX of the DDJ 1000 and the two channel setup of the 400. It has the same jogs as the other pioneer controllers mentioned. This baby has a great feel, proper FX, and should be enough to teach you how to work the style of gear found in clubs.
Best controller for club DJs: DDJ 1000 Best controller for turntablists: S4 Mk3
The DDJ 1000 is something of a revelation in the DJ industry. It perfectly mimics a nexus setup, from the four channel mixer to the identical jogs as compared to Nexus players to the tanklike feel, this absolute unit of a controller has every feature of a club standard setup. Perfect to practice your mixes or learn club gear.
I already talked about the S4, but if you’re a turntablist wanting a controller I got nothing else. Get a DVS setup for crying out loud.
Numark mixtrack pro
The numark mixtrack pro is the best controller for 150 dollars, but the shortcomings are notable. It uses a strange deck setup that can be very confusing to learn from. It is very flimsy and thin. I didn’t include it in entry level because of these problems as it is important to have a controller that lasts for as long as possible.
Denon MCX8000 This controller is LIKE a DDJ 1000 but it isn’t, not quite. It’s around the same price but the jogs aren’t as big, it’s not as durable, and it has a radial deck setup, which can be very confusing.
DDJ200 This is pioneers ultra entry level option. I don’t like to use this term but it’s practically a toy. If it’s all you can afford that’s fine but it is Bluetooth for some reason, it works with IPad apps, and it has no onboard FX selection. It’s designed to be used equally with the IPad and thus it is very very lacking with its controls. I would recommend saving more until you can get a 400 because of these downfalls.
Traktor S8 This thing is hardly a DJ controller so much as a live controller. It has no jogs or tempo faders. It relies entirely on sync, which is a turning point for many DJs. But it makes up for it with full stem deck control. It has individual faders and filter knobs for each stem channel on each deck. It’s a very fun and unique way of performing but it isn’t close to being state of the art.
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