All new, one of our favorites over at Korg Music has come out with a nifty DJ controller for a relatively affordable price point. We’ve seen a lot of high-quality, professional controllers hike up there to around a grand per, but what about the middle-priced DJ gear? With two high-quality platters for some responsive control, an overall stable build and a free copy of Serato DJ Intro included, you’re getting a pretty complete package for a decent price tag here. The ins and outs are relatively solid as well. Let’s check out the DJ controller in-depth.
We have a nifty little DJ controller at our hands here made by one of our favorite brands, Novation Music. If you’re a digital-based DJ looking to have a super convenient visual feedback of your cue points and loops, the Novation Dicer may be something worth looking at. It was actually a result of a collaboration between Novation and the creator of DJ Tech Tools. With some nice aesthetics for those of us who perform or merely like a slick looking setup in our studio, MIDI assignment and compatibility with most DJ software out there, it may be a piece of gear you can’t live without from now on.
The geniuses over at Pioneer DJ equipment have again been steadily at work and have brought forth a brand new DJ player\deck that features a high quality touch screen with a GUI replacing a lot of their physical components often seen in their DJ gear. It’s specifically wired and more importantly advertised to us to work seamlessly with (the relatively unknown) rekordbox DJ software (best for performing), so if you’re looking for a program to use it is plus, but this thing also works with the DJ software we’ve all come to love (Serato, Traktor, etc). Whether the touch screen features are worth it depends on how you like spinning, as I’ve heard individuals use the physical components of their mixers\decks\DJ controllers for memorization so they can feel around without looking while performing to focus on more important DJ tasks. Let’s review the Pioneer XDJ-1000.
The gear kingpin Native Instruments has just dropped a bomb on us with an all new DJ controller specifically made for Traktor! The Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller is an absolute beast, bringing us control over 4-channels and a seamless integration with their Scratch Pro software. The two LED’s on each side of the controller is crucial for those performing in terms of giving us some navigation control — Some are saying that ‘future DJ’s will no longer look at their laptop or computers’ — and although we think that could be the case, it all depends on your personal preference. With the S8, NI also bring us their new signature touch-sensitive knobs and faders, high-quality performance pads, some analog inputs and more. Let’s get into the Traktor Kontrol S8 in more detail.
One of the top creators of DJ equipment, Pioneer Electronics, has given us a bit of a surprise with a new piece of gear to drop before Christmas, the DDJ-SX2 DJ controller. As a lot of companies are doing so nowadays, the DDJ-SX2 is stated to be ‘made for Serato DJ’, which won our best DJ software a while ago. It seems like this is the trend nowadays — you’re either making gear for Serato or Traktor, although Pioneer’s controllers typically work with most software we’ve come in contact with. The DDJ-SX2 is a four-channel controller jam-packed with a bunch of features, not to mention they’ve made this one of their most colorful (another trend?) piece of DJ gear we’ve seen by them. Let’s review it and see how it holds up.