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Can’t Decide Which DJ Controller To Buy? Get It All With the Pioneer XDJ-R1

The Pioneer XDJ-R1 is a DJ controller with built-in CDJs, features USB playback, and a midi controller for DJ software plus the XDJ-R1 can be controlled remotely with an Apple IOS device like and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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It took Pioneer a little while to get into the DJ controller game but now that they’re in, there’s no stopping them from creating the best and most innovative products for new and pro DJ’s alike. The new Pioneer XDJ-R1 is no exception. Now instead of having to decide between a DJ controller or CDJs and a mixer, Pioneer gives it all to you on a silver platter in the form of the new Pioneer XDJ-R1.

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Making Sure Your Music Taste Fits the Venue

Guest Post by Greg Davis

In 2012 a number of well-known DJs were “kicked off the decks” at a couple different high class night clubs.

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Big names like DJ Shadow, Tommie Sunshine, Dennis Ferrer, and Mark Farina to name a few were all asked to leave for one reason or another but the main theme was that someone didn’t think their music fit the venue. Although the vast majority of us would side with the DJs in each of these cases their experiences bring up the opportunity to learn a good lesson. While the main job of a DJ is typically defined as playing music or running the decks, an equally important responsibly is to play music in such a way that you enhance the club atmosphere. Here are a few tips I’ve come up with to help any aspiring DJ better fit their set to the club or venue they intend to play.

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New DJ Controllers from Numark – Mixtrack Pro II, NS7 II, iDJ Live II and Orbit

Numark, maker of easy to use and affordable DJ gear, has opened up a whole new bag of tricks.

Numark Mixtrack Pro II

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The world’s most popular DJ controller just got better. Numark has just introduced the new Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller, rebuilt, reshaped and revamped for todays DJs. It’s the latest and greatest version of the ever popular Mixtrack Pro, designed for beginner DJ’s who don’t want to break the bank. The new Numark Mixtrack Pro II excels with a new sleeker design and better build quality with pro features including sixteen backlit rubber performance “drum” pads and new illuminated capacitive touch large jog wheel platters. You also get hot cue, looping and effects controls as well as a built-in professional sound quality audio interface.

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Is the Pioneer DDJ-SX the best Serato DJ Controller?

In collaboration between Pioneer, leaders in pro DJ gear, and Serato, makers of DJ software, a new super-tool for DJing has been engineered.

Pioneer-DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller

The Pioneer DDJ-SX is the first four-channel Performance DJ Controller / Mixer built specifically for the new Serato DJ software.

What Pioneer has done with the new Pioneer DDJ-SX is taken and combined all the best features of prior DJ controllers like the Pioneer DDJ-S1, Traktor Kontrol S4, Novation Twitch and Vestax VCI-380 with all the best features and build quality of Pioneer Pro DJ gear, rolled it all up into one and created the ultimate Serato DJ Controller. You get features like velocity touch performance pads, needle search and even the totally new large capacitive touch sensitive jog wheels.

Not only is the Pioneer DDJ-SX a software DJ controller for the new Serato DJ software but it’s also a DJ mixer with inputs for CD players and vinyl turntables. So if you want it all, you can run four-channels, two with Serato DJ, one with a CDJ and another with a vinyl turntable or play four decks in Serato DJ or two CDJs and two vinyl turntables or any combination that’s suits you and your style of DJing.

Click to see: Pioneer DDJ-SX at Amazon.com or Juno.co.uk

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Best Budget DJ Controllers

With these new budget DJ controllers, there has never been a better or easier time to start DJing than now.

Denon MC2000 - Best Budget DJ Controllers

With the new high quality, low to mid-range priced DJ controllers featured here, beginner DJs and pros looking for a portable solution are ready to roll with high quality sound and the latest features like trigger pads for samples, hot cues and loops and high resolution, high sensitivity jog wheels. Now, with these best budget DJ controllers, it’s easy and affordable for you to put just the right spin on your music.

I wish it would have been so easy when I was a beginner DJ. I started out with Traktor on my laptop and then went to a Pioneer CDJ and mixer set-up. Had these new and best quality budget DJ controllers been available then, I would have gone with a Denon DJ controller or Pioneer DJ controller and saved quite a few bucks.

Nowadays, you can get a high quality DJ controller for a fraction of the cost of a standard CDJ or vinyl turntable DJ set-up. In fact, for less than the cost of one Pioneer CDJ-350 you can get any of the high quality DJ controllers featured on this page.

Dig in, find the one that’s right for you, and start mastering your mix!

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Pioneer XDJ-AERO – DJ with Music from your Smartphone or Tablet via WiFi

The Pioneer XDJ-AERO is a new all-in-one DJ system – DJ controller for playing and mixing your music directly from your smartphone, tablet or laptop wirelessly via wifi.

But that’s not all — the Pioneer XDJ-AERO can also play music files from usb, from your laptop with DJ software like other DJ controllers, or connect turntables or CDJs and use it as a standalone mixer.

As a DJ performance tool, the XDJ-AERO is a major innovation in wireless connectivity and input versatility. It’s the first DJ system in the world to give DJs the capability to DJ with music connected wirelessly.

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Is the Traktor Kontrol S2 the Best DJ Controller for You?

From a beginner DJ just starting out to a seasoned pro looking for a portable solution, the Traktor Kontrol S2 is the best value DJ controller available today.

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The Traktor Kontrol S2 is being offered at discounted price. Click to see it at: Amazon.com or Juno.co.uk

The two deck, 2.1 or 2+1 set up means that you’ve got two decks on two channels and a mixer with a dedicated third channel for Traktor Pro 2’s powerful sample decks.

The Traktor Kontrol S2 stands out as the best two deck DJ controller with awesome features like:
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Best DJ Mixers

The Best DJ Mixers are the DJ Mixers that produce high quality sound, can create seamless mixes, are intuitive to use, and encourage DJs to perform to their maximum creative potential.

Pioneer DJM-900 Set

Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus DJ Mixer with two Pioneer CDJ-900′s

A DJ Mixer is one of the most important elements of DJing for mixing tracks and sounds together to create DJ sets, mixes and performances. The most popular DJ Mixers are two-channel DJ Mixers for beginners or scratch mixing and four-channel DJ mixers for clubs and advanced mixing with multiple audio sources.

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Ideal DJ Setup

In 2012, today’s professional DJs tend to be equally practiced in music production and the creation of their own tracks and sounds as in DJ mixing itself.

Mixing has quickly moved from vinyl turntables to CDJs and now, the latest DJ Controllers are proving to be highly creative, popular and useful tools.

2012 Ideal DJ Setup

So as the new year dawns so does the new age of the Digital DJ where the ideal DJ Setup is part mixing, with a high quality DJ Controller like the Traktor Kontrol S2 or S4 and part music production with Ableton Live and a Keyboard Midi Controller like the Novation SL MkII.

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Is the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO the best DJ Controller for Beginners?

There is a lot to love about the new Pioneer DDJ-ERGO DJ Controller and if I were a beginner DJ just starting out, I can easily see the ERGO being my first DJ hardware purchase.

Pioneer DDJ-ERGO

Let’s start with the overall look. It’s really cool and beautiful looking and I can easily see the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO selling like hotcakes out of Apple stores everywhere. In fact, it’s designed with a laptop dock so that it sits over the keyboard with the screen in the same view as the controller itself. That’s a real space saver and I think it just really makes sense for ease of use for the controller to integrate with the laptop so well.

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