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.
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.
The smooth space-age design with contoured edges, white lower and black slanted upper is really attractive and ergonomic at the same time. The illuminating pulse control LED lights aren’t there just to look cool but actually make it easier to learn to mix, so easy – even an amateur can be sounding good in no time.
Virtual DJ – Serato
Virtual DJ Limited Edition is the DJ software included with the ERGO. Virtual DJ is one of the easiest DJ Software programs to learn and very popular with beginners. You can also go with Serato DJ Intro that can be downloaded for free to work with the DDJ-ERGO perfectly. Serato is well known and loved by professional DJ’s for its ease of use and stability.
The DDJ-ERGO is a fully compatible MIDI Controller and will also work well with Traktor DJ Software if you already have it – as it’s not included.
Pioneer DDJ-ERGO Walkthrough
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The Pulse Control adds a visual dimension to your mixing and performance that not only looks cool but also helps you to get your mixing just right.
- Mix Pulse – The pulse of the blue LED on the jogwheel helps you to get the pitches (speed) matched when mixing. The closer the pitches are to matching the stronger the light pulse.
- Beat Pulse – The LED lights in the channel faders with glow stronger with the increase of output levels.
- Launch Pulse – When a track is loaded properly, the pulse will travel from the load button to the jogweel.
- FX Pulse – When FX are in play light movements on the jog wheel will illuminate.
Layout – Feel & Play
I really love the layout of the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO DJ Controller – maybe because it’s Pioneer so there are no surprises. Pioneer is the most respected maker of club standard DJ equipment so if you start with Pioneer, transitioning to club equipment will feel pretty natural.
The jog wheels are large 115mm platters similar to Pioneer Pro DJ equipment and the layout is similar to the premium pro level DDJ-T1 and DDJ-S1 DJ controllers. Everything is well-spaced, metallic play and cue buttons on the left with the pitch control, vinyl mode, keylock and sync buttons on the right.
Above the jog wheels you have all the effects, cue and sample controls you could want. In the center there are all the mixing controls, faders, filters, hi, mid, low, gain and even the ability to flip between four decks. There is a dial and load buttons to navigate and access your music library without touching your laptop.
- Take anywhere USB plug and play capability
- Stylish, attractive design with all the right curves in all the right places
- Virtual DJ Software included – Serato DJ Intro available for free download
- Pulse Control looks great, makes mixing more fun, and helps you master your mixing
- High Quality Audio output utilizing the same technology used in Pioneer Professional DJ gear.
- Laptop dock integration
- Built-In audio interface
- Line in and Mic inputs
Learn to DJ with the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO
The Pioneer DDJ-ERGO is definitely a very cool DJ Controller. I’m absolutely thrilled with it and wish the DDJ-ERGO would have been around when I started DJing. In fact, I’m in the process of selling my Pioneer Mixer and CDJ’s and would be perfectly happy using the DDJ-ERGO as a replacement. Especially since you can pick up a DDJ-ERGO for less than the price of one Pioneer CDJ-350. It has all the features of professional Pioneer gear but in a compact and affordable package.
I really like the idea of the pulse control as a visual aid and love the cool and stylish look and feel of the ERGO. The USB plug and play makes it easy to move around and take anywhere on the go. So go ahead, pick up an ERGO and play out more!
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You may also want to check out: Best DJ Controllers and Is the Traktor Kontrol S2 the Best DJ Controller for You?
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