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.
When you think of DJ software, Serato DJ is one of the biggest names out there. We’ve used numerous workstations and can say it is one of our favorites out of the handful that are worth looking at. Through research and word of mouth, you’ll hear most people pride themselves for using Serato — you just can’t beat the quality and overall features it gives us, not to mention the huge community that’s there to help with anything you have questions about. However, in order to get the best out of the software, you need a proper DJ controller to pair it up with. Most controllers out there in the market will work, but there are specific models that Serato includes in their ‘compatible gear’ list that have specific functions built-in dedicated to the software. They’ve partnered with some major gear brands in order to collaborate for flawless integration, some even having both the Serato and their brand logo on the thing. We review the best DJ controllers for Serato available today below.
Technology continues to change the world around us, and the realm of DJ’ing has definitely not been an exception to this. Back in the day when I first started out with a Stanton mixer and two turntables I received for Christmas which my parents purchased at a garage sale, I thought I had it made. Although now that I think about it, it was much more difficult than I thought it would be — watching the DJ’s at Scribble Jam had me thinking I could be like them in no time. Boy was I wrong, but through practice I eventually got the hang of it. Flashback to now, with the rising popularity of digital based setups, we’re met with some more convenient and versatile DJ tools especially for those who were like us first starting out. Today we did some research and found the best controller for beginners. [Read more…]
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.