Whether your buying your first controller or looking for an upgrade, you will want to do your research before you spend that hard-earned money. But finding the right DJ controller is no easy task. A quick trip down Amazon and Sweet Water will review just how many of these controllers there are. So we went ahead and compiled this list to help you make a more informed decision. In this article, I’m going to be running down our top 3 picks for best DJ controllers of 2019.
If you are new to this whole music thing you might be asking what a DJ controller is. A DJ controller is a mixing device used alongside computer software to create or fuse music. They often come with a slew of features such as programmable knobs, LED lights, touch strips, pressure pads, backlit buttons and more.
So without further ado, let’s get right into it as we break down the top DJ controllers of 2019.
The Best DJ Controllers of 2019
1. Numark Mixtrack Pro II USB DJ Controller with Integrated Audio Interface
Numark continues its line of Mixtrack pro with this little batboy, the Mixtrack Pro II. It’s got all the goodies from the previous model with, some new features and improvements the previous model was sorely lacking including a more compact design.
Features include a 16-backlit multifunction drumbeat and Low profile, touch-activated platters, hot cues, looping, and effects controls, a built-in professional DJ audio interface, and it even includes Serato DJ Intro software.
- Compatible with Serato DJ software
- Excellently engineered, feels strong and very durable
- Is equips with an auto loop features
- Lightweight perfect for travel
- No external audio interface required
This controller is perfect for DJs on the go and great for beginners and professionals alike. You just can’t go wrong with the Numark Mixtrack Pro II.
2. Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 Portable 2-channel Controller for Serato DJ
If you have been in the game for any amount of time, you know that pioneer has a history of making some of the finest DJ controllers out there. This entery is no different.
The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 is the successor to the DJ DDJ-SB. The DJ DDJ-SB took the world by storm when it was released and for good reason. It was considered the top entry-level DJ controller with pro Features. The second generation takes those features into overdrive. The DDJ-SB2 has all the bells and whistles of its predecessor but with some significant improvements and additional features.
- a tremendous amount of buttons and features
- It can be powered by USB
- It’s relatively small and compact design makes it great for portability.
- Has dedicated Serato DJ buttons
- Weighs only 4.6 pounds
This controller has been updated several times now and every time it just keeps getting better. And its the least expensive option on this list making it attractive for semi-professional DJs on a budget.
3. Pioneer Pro DJ XDJ-RX2 DJ Controller System
I know what you thinking, this is not an entry-level machine, and it is not exactly wallet-friendly, and you would be right. But this list is not about budget or ease of use, it’s about the best, with that said. I give you the Pioneer Pro Dj XDJ-RX2 DJ controller system.
Pioneer makes a second appearance on this list with the XDJ-RX2. This is probably one of my favorites for its built-in screen. You get the benefits of a digital touchscreen display without carrying around a laptop, making it a true all in one DJ controller. The touch screen lets you find tracks in a flash.
- Comes with includes Rekordbox DJ license key so you can get to mixing immediately
- Multicolor pads
- Multiple mic inputs
- Don’t need to use your laptop with it
- The built-in 7-inch LCD screen is an absolute joy
It has all the features you need to mix, all in one package. you don’t want to carry around a laptop this is for you. It’s not the simples controller to master and it certainly not the cheapest on our list but its certainly a top tier controller.
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