The Best DJ Controllers for 2018
Shopping for the very best DJ controller on the market these days means anything but struggling for options. If anything, it’s the fact that there are so many outstanding controllers up for grabs that makes the whole thing challenging.
As always, exactly what makes for the most outstanding DJ controller money can buy is somewhat subjective. That being, it depends who you ask and what they prioritise personally. That said, there are certain examples of DJ controllers that have scored consistently exceptional ratings among experts and everyday users alike. Are not to mention, the folks behind the scenes here at DJkit!
So if looking to pick up a truly exceptional DJ controller you won’t be disappointed with, we’d highly recommend checking out any (or all) of the following:
Pioneer DDJ-RB 2-Channel Rekordbox DJ Controller
First up, don’t let the fact that the DDJ-RB is technically an ‘entry-level’ DJ controller put you off. Inspired by Pioneer’s most advanced industry-standard hardware, this deceptively capable controller really is the perfect introduction to the brand’s iconic Rekordbox DJ performance software. Brilliant for travelling DJs and home setups, the DDJ-RB is compact and lightweight yet incredibly feature-rich - responsive jog wheels, tactile Performance Pads, Hot Cues, Pad FX, Slicer, Sampler just to scratch the surface. A snip at just £219. And of course, there’s always the option of completing the kit with DM-40 Monitors & HDJ-700 headphones for the exceptional all-in price of just £439.
Pioneer XDJ-RX2 with 7-inch Touch Screen & Multicoloured Performance Pads
A little higher up the ladder comes the Pioneer XDJ-RX2, which for £1,529 buys you the number-one ranked digital DJ setup in our entire collection. Supercharged from top to bottom with the kinds of features professional DJs demand when playing on the biggest world stages, it’s that enormous new 7-inch touchscreen that serves as the centrepiece for the extraordinary XDJ-RX2. If looking for the kind of all-in-one DJ system you’ll by counting on for decades to come, this is it.
Pioneer DDJ-SB2 DJ Controller with Serato DJ Intro Software
Once again at the outright bargain end of the spectrum, the Pioneer DDJ-SB2 DJ Controller is a compact package that delivers far more than the sum of its parts. Packed with the kinds of features that aren’t usually available at this kind of price point – which happens to be just £219 – the Pioneer DDJ-SB2 combines the best of the original Pioneer DDJ-SB with an array of professional-quality add-ons. 4-deck tactile performance pads, dedicated buttons to switch channels effortlessly, four colour coordinated pads and large jog wheels – just a few of its largely endless points of appeal.
Pioneer DDJ-SX2 Serato DJ Controller
The all-singing, all-dancing Pioneer DDJ-SX2 is a marvel of modern engineering with an extraordinarily low purchase price of just £879. A top-seller among pro DJs and recording artists alike, the DDJ-SX2 is practical, portable and a worthy successor to the iconic DDJ-SX. All with the addition of significantly improved jog wheels and the epic “Hot Cue Countdown” feature you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
Numark Party Mix DJ Controller
Last up, when it comes to the kinds of sub-£100 bargains that seem almost too good to be true, the Numark Party Mix DJ Controller tops the table. Aimed at newcomers looking to give DJing a try for the first time, the Numark Party Mix DJ Controller is a simple yet highly effective and intuitive plug and play device, complete with its own built-in light show. With the Numark Party Mix DJ Controller, it’s all about good old-fashioned fun – and plenty of it!