FIVE OF THE BEST DJ CONTROLLERS FOR 2019
On the eve of 2019, the market for DJ controllers has become more mature, and therefore the latest devices that we have seen recently, from the cheapest to the best on the market, are all exponentially ahead of controllers released just two or three years ago.
Here is our choice. Whatever you are looking for, you will not go wrong with any of them in 2019.
1.Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk3
The Kontrol S4 tractor from Native Instruments, one of the biggest new products this year, appears with the Mk3 version. It is equipped with new jogs thanks to the patented Haptic Drive feedback switches and a streamlined section of work sites that allow you to run hot cues and Remix Set loops easier than ever. Each deck now has a small high-resolution display that shows waveforms, track metadata and other information. For more info about music, check https://bluebuzzmusic.com/
It is designed for use with the new Traktor Pro 3 software and allows you to take full advantage of the new Traktor Mixer FX feature with one pen right on the device itself.
2. Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
The DDJ-1000 created a new ground for the constant “reformatting” of its controllers with Rekordbox DJ, which now accept the club’s standard CDJ / DJM configuration. This means that on the DDJ-1000 you get two full-size mechanical jogs and looping controls that are identical to those found on the CDJ-2000NXS2 media player, as well as the Beat FX section in the mixer, similar to the
Its distinguishing feature is the built-in displays in the center of each jog, which display track data, label position and needle position, as well as the album cover and waveform. What else is cool is that, despite the fact that it looks impressive, it is not as big as the huge DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RZX, but closer to the size of the DDJ-RX.
3. Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3
Scratch had a great year, and he seemed to be constantly on the news thanks to remarkable performances at the Red Bull 3Style and DMC championships, as well as new developments in DJ technology (for example, Phase Wireless Timecode). Another technological development was DDJ-SB3 from Pioneer DJ, which he did in collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff. It seems that before him DDJ-SB2 (which is still a very popular controller), but it has a new feature called Pad Scratch, which allows you to run scratch in Serato DJ using pads.
We argue that this is a worthy tool for learning how the real scratch sounds, plus it's just a reliable controller for new DJs and as a backup replacement.
4. Rane Twelve
Vinyl toner players are starting to become optional for digital DJs: the Rane Twelve controller for the Serato DJ contains a 12-inch rotating disc that simulates the feel and physics of rotation on the player. It is equipped with a tone fader, buttons and a touch pad for rearranging needles that replace the tone arm, and it works tightly with Rane's own Seventy-Two mixer.
5. Hercules Starlight
This tiny Hercules Serato DJ dual-channel device complements our list of top controllers, because we like the fact that it is quite functional for its size. It has a built-in sound card, so you can connect speakers and jogy-sensitive headphones, which you can use to scratch, as well as filter / bass controls per channel and work pads.
In fact, there is a necessary minimum for trainings and even performances at parties and small concerts. It is miniature, fun and cheap.
In conclusion I’ll add that while CDJ media players continue to be de facto club standards, club grounds are increasingly recognizing the fact that DJs they order should be allowed to play on any equipment they want because it is music that really matters.