5 of the best DJ controllers 2021
As DJ Controllers become a more popular choice of DJ equipment for home and live use we look at 5 of the best DJ controllers 2021 to suit all budgets.
Pioneer DDJ-400 Rekordbox Controller
Compact and versatile DJ controller. The Pioneer DDJ-400 Rekordbox Controller is an affordable two-channel DJ controller designed for use with Rekordbox DJ software (included). The DDJ-400 is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to get into DJ’ing whilst not compromising on versatility.
The controller features an integrated sound card acting as an audio interface as well as performance controls such as the 16 pads designed for triggering samples and finger-drumming. The mixer section features a 3-band EQ on each channel, allowing you to blend between music seamlessly.
The ergonomic layout makes mixing fun and easy, with in-depth controls such as a loop section and cue/loop call buttons. You can now also mix your favourite songs from your Spotify collection via the Algoriddim djay app.
- Ideal for beginner and intermediate DJs
- 2-channel DJ controller designed for rekordbox DJ software (free licence copy included)
- Integrated mixer with 3-band EQ
- Club-style layout
- Built-in sound card (audio interface) with plug and play compatibility
- Mic input circuit
- USB bus powered – class compliant
- Grab handles on both sides for easy transportation
- Ultra-responsive jog wheels for low-latency mixing
Denon DJ Prime Go 2-Deck Smart DJ Console
Ready to play when you are. The Denon DJ Prime Go Portable Standalone DJ System packs features from across Denon’s acclaimed Prime series into a portable, standalone 2-channel smart DJ console. This offers a range of benefits, allowing you to create your music on the road and setup in an instant. The Prime Go offers an intuitive workflow, with a range of features that can elevate your DJ performance.
The Prime Go offers a range of parameters allowing you to get hands-on with your audio. These include 2 channel line faders, crossfader, capacitive touch jog-wheels and expressive 3-band EQ. These can be implemented on audio loaded using the USB or SD inputs, both of which can be used to simultaneously record your performance. Alternatively, connect to mobile data or Wi-Fi and you’ll gain access to millions of songs streamed directly to the Prime Go. This can all be achieved for up to four hours without power, meaning wherever inspiration strikes, you’ll be ready.
- Fully-featured, backpackable 2-deck smart DJ console
- 7-inch HD touchscreen with gestures
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 4 hours of unplugged performance
- Built-in Wi-Fi and wired internet connectivity for music streaming
- Dual-bank performance pads for triggering hot-cues, loops and rolls
- No-compromise, pro-grade audio and connectivity
- RCA aux input for media players, tablets and phones
- Touch-capacitive jog wheels
- Internally analyse music files & Rekordbox™ collections direct from USB
- Standalone Track Preview to pre-audition songs prior to loading
- Assignable FX module, 3-Band EQ and Filter/Sweep FX
- (2) dedicated XLR (¼-inch combo) mic inputs with level and talkover
- USB and SD media source input
Numark Mixtrack Platinum FX DJ Controller
Incredible DJ performances begin here. The Numark Mixtrack Platinum FX DJ Controller has all the necessary elements to make you a world class DJ. At the heart of the Pro FX lies a 24-bit, 4-deck digital controller. Feel empowered by its vast range of features. This includes premium quality 6-inch capacitive-touch jog wheels with in-built high resolution displays.Performance is made easy by the Pro FX’s 16 multi-functional performance pads. Thanks to this you’ll have the party up and running in no time. The Numark Mixtrack Pro is ideal for those who wish to enhance their performance skills. It will also be an invaluable asset for DJs who regularly play small corporate events and parties and want a compact, powerful rig without breaking the bank.
- 4-deck layering DJ controller
- 6 Fun, quick-launch effects with dual paddle triggers
- Large 6-inch, high-resolution capacitive-touch jog wheels with colour displays
- Stream millions of tracks within Serato DJ Lite from
- leading providers including SoundCloud and TIDAL
- Dedicated instant loop control with multiplier buttons
- Full 3-band EQ and filter knobs to create audio sweeps
- 8 Performance pads per deck to access cues, loops, fader cuts and samples
- 24-bit audio output
- Microphone input, RCA output and headphone output
- Includes Serato DJ Lite download
- Two months free access to SoundSwitch lighting software
- Includes Prime Loops remix tool kit
- Free 3-month subscription to TIDAL Premium upon product registration*
Pioneer XDJ-XZ Professional all-in-one DJ system for rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro
All-in-one system for rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro. The Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ Hybrid Controller bridges the gap between DJ and performer, incorporating everything you could possibly need to get your performance to the next level.
The Pioneer XDJ-XZ is jam-packed with useful features including full-sized jog wheels with built-in colour screens, velocity-sensitive pads, built-in FX and a whole lot more. This professional-grade DJ controller is made for the stage, incorporating design aspects from the CDJ-2000NXS2 for a familiar and natural feel. Each of the four channel features its own dedicated three-band EQ. The centre of the controller features a 7-inch LED touch screen, making navigating settings and songs easier than ever before.
You can play from a wide range of media including USB drives, laptops and even smartphones. The XDJ-XZ delivers superior sound thanks to the ultra-wide frequency range. The ultra-portable design and robust construction make it the perfect choice for professional DJs.
- Advanced features and user experience from NXS2 setup for pro performances
- Support for various media and different performance styles
- High-quality sound and multiple EQs
- Pro DJ link seamlessly syncs external equipment for expanded creative options
- Touch screen and color on jog display
- Three USB inputs (two top-loading for USB devices and one laptop connection) for smooth back-to-back performances and DJ handovers
- 16 multicolored Performance Pads (8 per deck)
- Mic input circuit produces clear audio, even with high input level
- Robust, high-quality design
- Single unit with grab handles for easy carrying and setup
Pioneer DDJ-FLX6 DJ Controller
Become the master of mixing all genres. The Pioneer DDJ-FLX6 is a four-channel DJ controller with a brand-new design for the DDJ series including large redesigned jogwheels and a featured-packed interface that allows you to explore new mixing capabilities.
The DDJ-FLX6 features a unique way to blend between genres seamlessly. Using Merge FX you can create a crescendo and switch between different genres, no matter the BPM or style. The compact yet intuitive design uses the familiar DDJ layout with a new look including fresh features like Jog Cutter pad mode. Jog Cutter allows you to access premium-quality scratch sounds without having to know how to scratch. The jog wheels also feature track displays so you can keep an eye on your track’s position.Although designed for rekordbox, you can also enjoy plug and play compatibility with Serato DJ Pro. Add in performance pads and a built-in audio interface and this is one of the most comprehensive and versatile DJ controllers on the market.
- Four-channel DJ controller with familiar club-style layout
- Merge FX allows you to create build-ups and transitions between different genres for seamless mixing
- Eight performance pads on each deck including Hot Cues, Beat Jump, Pad FX and Sampler pads
- Import and scratch your own sounds using Sample Scratch
- Jog Cutter provides you with up to 10 different scratch patterns that are triggered by moving the jog wheel
- Built-in audio interface with high-resolution audio fidelity
- USB bus powered
- Complete with free licenses for FX Pack and Pitch ‘n Time DJ Expansion Pack for Serato DJ Pro
- Intuitive design with large jog wheels and built-in track displays