DJ controllers that are apt for beginners

By Shrey Pacheco | Published on 12 May 2020
DJ controllers that are apt for beginners

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If you’re thinking of getting into the DJ scene, then you need to ensure you get a good DJ controller for you to get your start. That is because this might be the start of a whole new career path for you. As such, you need to ensure you have the best equipment for your needs without spending too much. Here are some DJ controllers available on Amazon, that beginners can consider. Do note that these products were selected based on the features and specifications that they offer. 

Denon DJ MC4000 Professional Serato Controller

The Denon DJ MC400 Professional Serato Controller is pretty versatile and can be used even beyond the beginner stages. It is a 2-deck Serato DJ controller with a robust steel chassis that should ensure durability. Another notable feature is the Balanced Booth Outputs. This feeds the program signal to a set of local monitor speakers. Another notable feature is the ability to upgrade the controller to the full Serato DJ software. The controller is also compatible with Traktor 2, Algoriddim djay Pro and Virtual DJ 8, as well as any other DJ application that supports MIDI mapping.

Native Instruments 22320 Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 DJ Controller

As its name would suggest, the Native Instruments 22320 Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 DJ Controller offers plug-and-play compatibility with the Traktor app. This means that you can plug in your iPhone or iPad and use that to help you make music. In fact, this version of the controller comes with the full version of Traktor Pro 2 software. It also features a 2+1 design with Remix Decks and a pro-grade mixer with multi-effects units. On top of this, the controller comes with RGB backlit buttons that make it look very premium. 

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3 2-channel DJ controller

The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3 2-channel DJ controller offers pretty good value as it comes with a Rekordbox DJ licence included with it. It also supports most of the software’s functions as well. Further, the controller is pretty compact and light at 2.1kg, making it easy to carry around. Like most controllers on this list, the controllers come with two turntables and full assignable controls. A nifty little feature is a dedicated button that scratches for the DJ. While this can be a handy little feature for beginner DJs, they should try to start learning how to scratch for themselves as soon as possible.    

Numark Mixtrack Pro 3

This two-deck controller from Numark comes bundled with Serato DJ for the Mac and PC. It also comes with large 5-inch capacitive jog wheels. The 16 multifunction backlit pads with multiple pad modes should offer greater control of cue-points, auto or manual looping and sample playback. As an added benefit, you also get six sample packs from Prime Loops that include over 380 instrumental loops, drum kits, one-shots and more.

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Shrey Pacheco

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