Best Beginner DJ Controllers

Ready to start DJing, create your own mixes, DJ for parties and in clubs?

Well there’s no better way to start DJing than with a new DJ controller, especially one that’s easy to learn for beginners, and easy on your budget.

In this article, I’ve decided to cut to the chase and narrow it down to the top three best beginner DJ controllers that I’d recommend for anyone.

Pioneer DDJ-SB2


The Pioneer DDJ-SB2 in an awesome compact and capable DJ controller, packing the punch of the top flight Pioneer DJ controllers for a fraction of the price. You get large, high-quality, touch-sensitive, aluminum jog wheels for ultimate accuracy along with excellent response for scratching, and rubber tactile performance pads to trigger samples, effects, and loops.

The Pioneer DDJ-SB2 offers concise and intuitive plug and play control of Serato DJ Intro and Serato DJ. Some of the other cool features you can count on with the Pioneer DDJ-SB2 are high quality build, intuitive layout, and many advanced features including high pass filter, trim pots, level meters and four deck control.

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 Official Introduction

“Hitting the decks has never been easier and more intuitive – even for first-time DJs.”


  • High quality aluminum touch sensitive jog wheels
  • Rubber backlit performance pads
  • Four deck control
  • High quality build
  • Intuitive layout
  • Advanced features from Pioneer top flight equipment
  • Serato DJ Intro plug and play

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-SB2 at -or-

Numark Mixtrack Pro 3


The new Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 is a greatly improved version of an already mega-popular beginner DJ Controller. The quality of build and features have greatly stepped up. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Numark bought Denon and it seems they’ve combined the best of both worlds.

The controller is wider, similar to the Numark NV, and now features 100mm long pitch sliders and metal jog wheels. There is also a cool new touch strip for dynamic FX control and track search as well as some nice backlit performance pads. Check out the following videos for more details.

Mixtrack Pro 3 Performance Video ft. DJ AP


NUMARK MIXTRACK PRO 3 Tutorial Walk Through

“The Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 offers great bang-for-the-buck and it’s a snap to take anywhere.”


  • Metal jog wheels – dual touch sensitive
  • Multi-function backlight performance pads
  • Improved build and layout
  • Serato DJ Intro plug and play
  • Remix toolkit from Prime Loops and Toolroom

Click to see: Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 at -or-


Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2


The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is an ultra high quality DJ controller and descendent of the DJ controller that changed everything – the Traktor Kontrol S4. The perfect hardware–software integration will totally rock right out of the box. Precision engineering has gone into every element from the aircraft grade aluminum plate high resolution jog wheels to the bright, color coded RGB buttons for firing off samples and remixing on the fly. Ergonomics feature an intuitive layout and excellent playability.

And if that wasn’t enough, the new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is plug and play ready to work with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone.

Mad Zach Rocks the New Traktor S4 and S2

“Here’s a complete DJ system that’s going to totally change the way you DJ. The tricks you can pull off with this system will blow your mind.”


  • High resolution, touch sensitive aluminum jog wheels
  • Bright, color coded performance pads
  • 2+1 deck control including powerful remix decks
  • Precision quality construction featuring tight hardware – software integration
  • Plug & play with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone
  • Traktor Pro 2 for Mac or Windows

Click to see: Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 at -or-


Best Beginner DJ Controller

For best budget DJ controller, I would personally go for the Pioneer DDJ-SB2, however the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 has been a very popular choice for beginners and the new model is greatly improved.

For a few more bucks, tight hardware–software integration, plug and play with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone, and a full version of Traktor Pro 2 software, the Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is an excellent choice.

For the overall Best Beginner DJ Controller, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

Find the one that suits you best, and go for it!

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  • Comments (2)
    • Martin Swift
    • November 17th, 2016

    Hi. Like a few others I stumbled across your blog while trying to figure out which controller to buy. This will be my first controller so I’m in the beginner category. I really like the Denon MC 2000 but realise it’s a few years older now (like me) I also like the Pioneer DDJ SB 2 So I was hoping you could give me your opinion as to which I should get. I’d really appreciate it thank you.