Best New DJ Controllers

Best New DJ Controllers aka Best DJ Controllers 2015

Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Setup

DJ Controllers have moved up in their evolution with Native Instruments and Pioneer offering the best new dj controllers of club quality construction, seamless software integration and a plethora of new and exciting functions and features to keep even the best digital DJs on their toes and the dance floor on their feet moving to the beat.

Ever since the Traktor Kontrol S4 hit the scene and DJ controllers began to be taken seriously for the additional creative functionality they offered, so many exciting developments have taken place in both software and hardware. Now, we see greater maturation, refinement and so many additional features integrated with Native Instruments introducing the all new Traktor Kontrol S8 and the MK2 versions of their popular Kontrol S4 and Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ controllers and Pioneer developing a comprehensive line of DJ controllers that take Serato DJ to new heights.

DJ Shiftee, two turntables, and the power of TRAKTOR KONTROL S8

It really depends on your style of mixing and software preferences to decide which one to choose, but you really can’t ask for more than what you can get today with these new developments in hardware and software. For DJ’s that simply want to smoothly mix one record to the next to producer, remixer style DJs that want the freedom and technology to create on-the-fly remix style performances, Pioneer and Native Instruments have got you covered.

Pioneer-DDJ-SZ-DJ-Controller

At the pinnacle, it’s amazing to see what is now being offered from Pioneer’s super-club quality DDJ-SZ with full-sized CDJ style jog wheels to Native Instrument’s digital display, touch strip, four channel mixer, DVS ready, Traktor Kontrol S8.

 

Traktor Kontrol S8

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The future of DJing is here again with the Traktor Kontrol S8, Native Instrument’s new ultimate DJing machine. Like nobody else, NI has been busy building it’s own vision and ecosystem of digital DJ products. The new Traktor Kontrol S8 is the ultimate culmination of hardware and software developed up to now – S4, X1, F1 – it’s all here!

The Kontrol S8 is big and bold with high quality, solid construction, featuring a plethora of controls, high-resolution screens, touch strips instead of jogwheels, and a spacious four-channel mixer featuring analog FX and replaceable fader section.

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Fully control all of Traktor’s features with this premium DJing, remixing, high performance machine!!!

Features:

  • Software included: Traktor Scratch Pro 2
  • High quality four-channel mixer featuring analog FX
  • Two 4.7” full color high-resolution screens for view of waveforms, library and remix decks
  • Integrated DVS – Digital Vinyl System, full timecode control with turntables or CDJs
  • Touch strips plus additional controls replace jogwheels
  • Performance pads for hot cues, loops and the new freeze mode
  • Robust construction with dynamic controls over all of Traktor’s advanced features

Click to see: Traktor Kontrol S8 at Amazon.com

 

Pioneer DJ Controllers

Pioneer is totally rocking the DJ Controller world these days with an offering for just about any type of DJ. Whether you’re a total beginner on a budget or a seasoned pro who wants super-club quality, Pioneer’s got you covered.

 

Pioneer DDJ-SB – Best Budget and Beginner DJ Controller

 

Pioneer DDJ-SB Budget DJ Controller

The Pioneer DDJ-SB closely resembles the more expensive, professional level Pioneer DDJ-SR and DDJ-SX but sells for less than half the price. While it feels solid and functional, it seems Pioneer has cut costs by using less expensive materials to deliver a similar product for a very reasonable price. You still get great functionality including the performance pads and the cool filter fade feature. It’s also lightweight and portable and ready for plug and play with Serato DJ Intro.

This is my pick for the best beginner, budget DJ controller presently available.

Features:

  • DJ Software included: Serato DJ Intro – upgradable to Serato DJ
  • Large aluminum touch-sensitive jog wheels
  • Performance pads
  • 2-channel performance mixer
  • Dynamic, intuitive design similar to high-end Pioneer Pro DJ gear
  • Comes in black, silver, blue, red

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-SB at Amazon.com

 

Pioneer DDJ-SR – Two-channel Professional Quality DJ Controller

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The Pioneer DDJ-SR is perfect for DJ’s looking for a portable DJ solution that want professional, high quality sound that comes in a two-channel mixer package. However, just like the SX, you can control up to four decks featuring sync function and slip mode. It also incorporates the performance pads and PAD PLUS where the pads are transformed to control hot cue, roll, trans, combo fx and sampler roll.

The Pioneer DDJ-SR is the smaller, two channel version of the DDJ-SX but you can expect the same top quality construction, performance, feel and functionality.

Features:

  • Full version Serato DJ included
  • Big touch-sensitive, accurate aluminum jog wheels for precise mixing and scratching
  • High velocity performance pads including PAD PLUS
  • 2-channel high performance mixer
  • Robust, dynamic, intuitive Pioneer Pro design
  • Perfect for at home or on-the-road creative mixing

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-SR at Amazon.com

 

Pioneer DDJ-SX2 – Updated Four Channel Pro Performance DJ Controller

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The new updated Pioneer DDJ-SX2 integrates super-cool new Serato features Flip and Quantize with new brilliant multi-colored performance pads. Serato Flip gives DJ’s the power to record and re-play hot cue sequences on the fly. Like the flagship Pioneer DDJ-SZ, the DDJ-SX2 features new velocity sensitive LED performance pads and on-jog digital cue point markers. The Pioneer DDJ-SX2 is also Serato DJ DVS ready.

The Pioneer DDJ-SX2 is the perfect choice for full-featured, Serato DJ four-channel, performance pads, remixing on-the-fly, at half the price of the flagship DDJ-SZ

Features:

  • Full version Serato DJ included
  • Dedicated functionality with new Serato Flip & Quantize
  • 4-channel high performance mixer
  • Velocity sensitive, multi-colored LED performance pads
  • Serato DJ DVS upgrade ready
  • High performance, robust Pioneer Pro design and construction
  • Perfect for at home or in the club 4 channel performance mixing

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-SX2 at Amazon.com

 

Pioneer DDJ-SZ – Super Club Quality, Ultimate Serato DJ Controller

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The Pioneer DDJ-SZ is Pioneer’s top-of-the-line flagship DJ controller. It’s built to mimic Pioneer Pro DJ gear like the DJM mixers and pro CDJ’s in size and performance while incorporated the best a DJ controller can offer with features like multi-colored high velocity performance pads and Serato features Flip and Quantize.

Full-sized, full-power Serato DJ controller built for the super club or super DJ that wants to combine the best of Pioneer Pro DJ gear with Serato DJ

Features:

  • Full version Serato DJ included
  • 4-channel high performance mixer
  • Velocity sensitive, multi-colored LED performance pads
  • Dedicated functionality with new Serato Flip & Quantize
  • Standalone mixer with Pioneer hardware FX
  • CDJ-sized jog wheels with center LED
  • Dual laptop USB connections
  • Serato DJ DVS ready

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-SZ at Amazon.com

 

IOS DJing with iPad and iPhone

 

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3

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The new Pioneer WeGO3 has been redesigned and reconstructed with high quality brushed metal and full integration for DJing with iOS Algoriddim djay for iPad and iPhone of which it can also serve as a charging station with and AC adapter included with the Pioneer WeGO3. The Wego3 can also be used with Serato DJ Intro, Virtual DJ or Traktor on your laptop.

Perfect for fun and portable iPad DJing

Features:

  • Works with djay, Serato DJ Intro, Virtual DJ
  • 2-channel mixer
  • iPad, iPhone charging via Lightning connection
  • Illuminated jog wheel with pulse Control and Jog FX
  • Hot cues for loops and samples
  • Portable, sturdy and compact design

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 at Amazon.com in Silver -or- in Black

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 MK2

Traktor has stepped up their game with a number of improvements and iOS compatibility for controlling the iOS version of Traktor for iPad and iPhone DJing.

Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

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The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 features new aluminum touch sensitive jog wheels, backlit color performance pads and new controls for the remix decks and flux mode buttons. Since the inception of the first Traktor Kontrol S4, Native Instruments has been busy developing powerful tools for on-the-fly DJing and remixing creating new ways to enhance any DJ’s performance requiring a refresh with the incarnation of the Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2.

The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 is the refresh of the DJ controller that made everybody stand up and take notice of just how fun and powerful DJing with a controller could be. The seamless integration of hardware and software is hard to beat.

Features:

  • Traktor Pro 2 software included
  • 4-channel mixer
  • Aluminum touch sensitive jog wheels
  • Color RGB backlit performance pads
  • Direct access to Remix Decks
  • Flux Mode buttons
  • iOS Compatibility – DJ with Traktor App on iPad or iPhone

Click to see: Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 at Amazon.com

 

Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2

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The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is basically the 2-deck version of the game changing S4. If you’re looking for lighter weight, better portability, and lower price, this one’s for you – especially if you simply like to mix one track to the next with some occasional hot cue, loop and FX play.

Perfect two-deck controller for DJ’s that want to explore the full power of Traktor.

  • Traktor Pro 2 software included
  • 2-channel mixer
  • Aluminum touch sensitive jog wheels
  • Color RGB backlit performance pads
  • Direct access to Remix Decks
  • Flux Mode buttons
  • iOS Compatibility – DJ with Traktor App on iPad or iPhone

Click to see: Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 at Amazon.com

 

Best New DJ Controllers Conclusion

So let’s start at the top of the line. I think it’s rather clear that if you prefer jog wheels and CDJ style mixing that the Pioneer DDJ-SZ is the best money can buy while the Pioneer DDJ-SX2 is not far behind for a lot less bucks.

The Traktor Kontrol S8 is the newest and best innovation from Native Instruments fully integrating all prior developments like the S4, X1 and F1 in one piece of serious top-of-line hardware. The mixer is solid and can be used standalone with CDJs and turntables. I’s definitely for DJs that want to get the most of Traktor’s feature arsenal. For those who want more traditional control, mixing from one track to the next, may be better served with the Pioneer DDJ-SR or the Pioneer DDJ-SB for those on a budget or just starting out.

I would love to own and master the Traktor Kontrol S8 but it’s obvious that there’s going to be a learning curve to really get the most out of it. But, absolutely, the potential for outstanding super-dynamic, creative performances is there. The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 and Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 are both excellent controllers and a great way to get into DJing and exploring the potential of Traktor.

It also comes down to whether you prefer Traktor or Serato. Obviously for Traktor the Traktor gear has seamless hardware/software integration while the Pioneer and Serato partnership has come a long way. In fact, the Pioneer/Serato integration is so tight that I lack the enthusiasm to mention other controllers for Serato, although they may be fine, solid pieces of hardware.

Since the rise of DJ controller popularity and acceptance, such a massive evolution has occurred that we’ve come to a whole new era of DJing, mixing, remixing, and dynamic, creative DJ performances.

It time to get busy!!!


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    • diegogiuseppeaguilar
    • February 2nd, 2015

    would you recommend the newest dj pioneer system Pioneer DDJ-SZ – Super Club Quality, Ultimate Serato DJ Controller. i will be running my own radio station mixing live for radio internet 100% salsa.Please provide any more information i am interest in buying the best quality for my music profession environment.

    • Yes, of course, if you want to control Serato from a DJ controller, then the DDJ-SZ is the best possible-highest quality solution. Also, as you’re not concerned about mobility, the large size will suit you best.

      If you wanted to play from CD or USB, then you would want to consider Pioneer DJM-900NXS mixer with two Pioneer CDJ-900NXS cd/media players.

    • DAmon Lee
    • July 30th, 2015

    I think if you are a turntable dj the Numark NS7II 4-Channel Motorized DJ Controller and Mixer is the best option for you.

    Numark-ns7ii

  1. Numark or Pioneer is the best choice.

    • Personally, I go for Pioneer but a lot of beginners like Numark for their cheap and cheerful DJ controllers like the Numark Mixtrack Pro.

    • Peter Guga
    • January 11th, 2016

    Personally i feel this is the best Dj controller that i have come across, bought it a couple of months ago and i have been using it since then but am able to do things that i was not able to do previously. It just makes my work easy and enjoyable at the same time, thanks to Pioneer and Serato for a wicked combination.

  2. I love the new traktor S4. It purpose a lot of options and easy to use. I assume that other brands offer the same options, but … I love my little toy 🙂

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