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Choosing Your First DJ Controller

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Spin it Right: Choosing Your First DJ Controller

Want to be a DJ but confused about all the controller options? Relax! This guide helps you pick the right DJ controller, even if you’re just starting out or already know your stuff. It’s like having a map to find your perfect DJ controller!

First Steps: Beginner Bliss

If you’re just starting out, your focus should be on ease of use and affordability. Here, two Pioneer DJ controllers shine:

  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-200: This compact and portable buddy is your gateway to DJing. It’s lightweight, intuitive, and integrates seamlessly with Pioneer DJs Rekordbox DJ software. Learn the basics of beatmatching and mixing with this user-friendly option.
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX4: Step up your game with the FLX4. It boasts larger jog wheels for smoother scratching and performance pads for triggering samples and hot cues. Plus, it’s compatible with both Serato DJ Lite and Rekordbox DJ, giving you software flexibility.

Feeling Confident? Level Up Your Mixing

Ready to push your boundaries without breaking the bank? These controllers offer more features and power:

  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX6-GT: This versatile controller bridges the gap between beginner and intermediate DJs. Dual jog wheels with customisable modes cater to both mixing and scratching, while advanced performance pads and FX controls let you unleash your creativity. It’s a solid choice for DJs who want to progress their skills without needing a pro-level investment.
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-800: Upgrade your setup with the DDJ-800. It features professional-sized jog wheels, a club-standard layout, and high-resolution jog displays for precise mixing and scratching. Plus, it unlocks additional features in Rekordbox DJ performance mode. This is a great option for DJs who want a controller that can grow with them.

Ready to Invest? Go All-in with Advanced Performance

For DJs with a larger budget and an eye on serious performance, consider these options:

  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX10: This controller is packed with advanced features, including dual LCD screens, large jog wheels with excellent response, and a built-in sampler. It offers a professional club-style layout and is perfect for DJs who demand high performance and sound quality. While it doesn’t have motorised jog wheels, the responsiveness and features still cater to advanced users.

Scratching the Surface? It’s All About the Cuts

For scratch DJs, Pioneer DJ offers dedicated controllers:

  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV1: This compact controller is perfect for honing your scratch skills. It features dedicated scratch jog wheels with fixed tension, performance pads for triggering samples, and a built-in microphone input.
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5: The REV5 takes your scratching to the next level with larger jog wheels and even more performance pads. It also offers advanced features like scratch banking and baby scratch for effortless routines.
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV7: This top-of-the-line controller is the ultimate scratch weapon. It boasts motorised jog wheels for a realistic turntable feel, dual displays, and customisable settings for personalised performance.

Remember: This is just a starting point! Consider your budget, desired features, and DJing style when choosing your first DJ controller. Do your research, read reviews, and try out different controllers if possible. Here at techformusic, we have loads out on demo to try, so give us a call now to find out more on 01604 641100 or email

Most importantly, have fun spinning your way to DJ mastery!

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