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DJ Controllers: Juno Plus Ultimate Buyer's Guide

In this ultimate buyer's guide to DJ controllers, Juno Plus experts have tested and reviewed every major model on the market. We've given every DJ controller in the list a rating out of five; these ratings take into account versatility, ease of use, durability, creative options and price. The controllers have been divided into three price brackets and come replete with all the specifications you need, making it easier for you to find the perfect unit within your budget.

Allen & Heath Xone 4D

Allen & Heath's impressive 4D DJ controller has two jog wheels - its professional finish is designed for the serious DJ. Ships with Traktor, Ableton and blank overlays.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: Trakotr/Ableton/Most popular DJ Software

£1079.00 Buy   Read more

American Audio Encore 2000

With two inputs for either USB thumb sticks or portable hard drives as well as built-in CD players and DJ mixer, the Encore 2000 is an incredibly versatile controller for its price. It's the sort of handy machine that could find its way into any number of small bars, and is ideal for someone new to DJing who wants access to both the physical (via CD) and the digital world.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE   Recommended Software: Not Specified

£399.00 Buy   Read more

American Audio VMS4

Weighing in a whole kilogram heavier than its CD playing counterpart, the VMS4 controller falls down on the portability front, but makes up for this shortcoming by being packed with functionality. The two mic channels also have control over the gain as well as three bands of EQ. There is also a very small mouse tracking touch pad to help you load your music onto the required platter. This machine is probably best served for the bedroom DJ or the mobile DJ.

Included Software: Traktor VMS edition   Recommended Software: Traktor

£348.00 Buy   Read more

American Audio Versadeck

American Audio's Versadeck has the ability to play from USB thumb sticks and can control music on your DJ software of choice. Virtual DJ LE is included in the package. Another decent option for the mobile digital DJ.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE, American Audio Database Manager   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE

£319.00 Buy   Read more

Denon DNMC6000

A comprehensive and well built DJ controller, premapped to NI's Traktor LE. This controller will handle anything thrown at it and is aimed at the semi pro and pro DJ market. The only quibble here is that its intuitive design hasn't been completely mapped to Traktor.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: NI Traktor LE   Recommended Software: NI Traktor LE

£629.00 Buy   Read more

Denon MC3000

The MC3000 is a no-nonsense pro built comprehensive controller with Traktor 2 LE mapped out of the box. This well thought out and intuitive unit is hard to beat - well worth checking out.

Included Software: Traktor 2 LE   Recommended Software: Traktor 2 LE, Virtual DJ

£329.00 Buy   Read more

EKS Otus Matte

EKS's forward thinking controller has the wow factor, allowing control over two decks at the same time via one 7.5" jog wheel and incorporating soundcard technology. The sleek design will appeal to the busy resident DJ.

Included Software: XMAP MIDI mapper   Recommended Software: Traktor Pro / Decadance

£498.00 Buy   Read more

Native Instruments Kontrol S2

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 is a complete 2.1 channel DJ System allowing 2 deck mixing as well as an additional channel to introduce samples triggered from the sample decks into the mix. It also includes a full version of the Traktor Pro 2.5 software package.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor Pro 2.5   Recommended Software: Traktor Pro 2.5

£409.00 Buy   Read more

Native Instruments Kontrol S4

Custom-tailored for Traktor, the S4 fuses a premium-quality four channel DJ mixer, a built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, an intuitive controller and Traktor Pro 2.5 software into one fully professional solution. It is a good package for DJs who want pro features, instant usability and go-anywhere portability.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor Pro 2.5   Recommended Software: Traktor Pro 2.5

£699.00 Buy   Read more

Numark 4 Trak

A top of the line controller and mixer from Numark that allows you to integrate your digital set up with your analogue turntables or CD players. It works out of the box with Traktor Pro 2 but will also work with most MIDI mappable software. Allows full control of your software in a professionally built unit.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor Pro 2   Recommended Software: Traktor Pro 2

£499.00 Buy   Read more

Numark MixMeister Control

Shipping with Fusion Live DJ software, the MixMeister Control allows you to rock the party without having to worry about the minutiae of DJing technicalities - you can mix, loop and EQ your music on the fly. Packed with features, this controller is suited for beginner and intermediate DJs.

Included Software: Fusion Live   Recommended Software: Fusion Live

£319.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Mixdeck Express

The Mixdeck Express is not only a DJ controller but also a CD/MP3 player, and you can plug in a USB memory stick and play your music from there. Its versatility in this price range is good, with loop and EQ features as well as the possibility to set up cue points. A good all round machine.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE 2   Recommended Software: Traktor DJ LE 2/Most major DJ software

£479.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Mixdeck Universal

A DJ station that also serves as a CD player; it will also play from a USB memory stick and has a large integrated dock for an iPod. It offers three channels of audio from the internal sources, computer or turntables/external CD players, with gain and EQ controls. Beat synced DSP effects are also available. A comprehensive mix station for all types of DJs.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: N/A

£699.00 Buy   Read more

Numark N4

The N4 is Numark's sturdily built comprehensive DJ solution which allows you to integrate your analogue and digital set ups seamlessly, with full control over your DJ software of choice. Ideal for the travelling DJ.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE/ Serato DJ Intro   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE/Serato DJ Intro/ Most popular DJ software

£329.00 Buy   Read more

Numark NS6

Numark present a comprehensive four channel DJ controller and mixer in the shape of the NS6. It's ideal for integrating a traditional analogue set up, with a laptop based one in one semi professional unit. Strip search functions and large sensitive jog wheels also feature on this spacious, well built design.

Included Software: Serato Itch   Recommended Software: Serato Itch/Most popular DJ Software

£749.00 Buy   Read more

Numark NS7FX

This high end controller from Numark has motorised platters that actually spin to give a more realistic digital control experience. It also features strip search functions as well as the looping, cueing and EQing that you would expect from a unit in this price range. This unit ships with the NSFX bridge for added access to Serato's FX capabilities. For serious digital DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Serato Itch /Scratch Live Library   Recommended Software: Serato Itch/Most popular DJ Software

£699.00 Buy   Read more

Numark V7 Motorized Turntable controller

Based on the motorized platter technology found in the NS7 dual platter controller, the V7 Motorized Turntable controller is a cut down version with all of the quality still intact. For serious digital DJs.

PC specific system requirements: 32-bit Windows 7/Vista/XP

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Serato Itch   Recommended Software: Serato Itch

£549.99 Buy   Read more

Pioneer DDJ ERGO K

The DDJ-ERGO-K brings simplicity into both setup and performance, without compromising sound quality or features. Portable dimensions and sharp styling are complemented by a single bus powered cable connection to your laptop. All controls are pre-assigned for all the main functions required including four-deck control, filters, FX, Hot Cues and sample banks with loop sampling too. The DDJ-ERGO-K also adds a visual dimension to DJing through Pulse Control, which uses lights to highlight what features are in play, how accurate your beat matching is and which track is loaded.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor 2 LE   Recommended Software: Traktor 2 LE

£429.00 Buy   Read more

Pioneer DDJ ERGO V

The DDJ ERGO V brings simplicity into both setup and performance, without compromising sound quality or features. Portable dimensions and sharp styling are complemented by a single bus powered cable connection to your laptop. All controls are pre-assigned for all the main functions required including four-deck control, filters, FX, Hot Cues and sample banks with loop sampling too. The DDJ ERGO V also adds a visual dimension to DJing through Pulse Control, which uses lights to highlight what features are in play, how accurate your beat matching is and which track is loaded.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Virtual DJ Limited Edition   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ

£379.00 Buy   Read more

Pioneer DDJ-S1

The DDJ-S1 offers familiar layout to other Pioneer products, with all functions fully assigned to Serato ITCH 2.0 software (which is included). A plug-and-play connection via USB, a unique XLR input/output to connect directly to professional PA equipment, and a microphone talk-over feature makes the DDJ-S1 the perfect home or mobile DJ set-up.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Serato Itch 2.0   Recommended Software: Serato Itch 2.0

£569.00 Buy   Read more

Pioneer DDJ-T1

The DDJ-T1 offers the same operability and layout as Pioneer's pro-DJ equipment, while enabling DJs to play music files from the computer via dedicated TRAKTOR DDJ-T1 edition software (which comes included). All buttons are pre-assigned to the software functions, and the controller can be connected to the computer via USB cable, meaning DJs can truly "plug and play" and the optimised audio circuitry, borrowed from Pioneer's pro-DJ equipment, ensures high quality sound.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor Pioneer DDJ-T1 Edition 2   Recommended Software: Traktor

£499.00 Buy   Read more

Pioneer XDJ AERO

The XDJ-AERO allows DJs to load music wirelessly from smartphones, tablets and laptops, instantly taking the hassle out of set up. A multipurpose unit, the XDJ-AERO also works with Pioneer's new mobile application, functions as a standalone mixer and can be used as a MIDI and HID controller.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

£809.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop Contour Interface Edition + Traktor Pro 2 Upgrade Bundle

Optimized for Traktor Pro Software this controller will allow you to control up to four decks on the one unit. With an impressive sounding audio interface built in and the option of use without a mixer gives this light and function filled unit a real edge. This version is bundled with Traktor Pro 2 software.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE/Traktor Pro 2 Upgrade   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£347.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition +Traktor 2 Pro upgrade Bundle

Reloop's interface version of the popular DJ controller. With a single physical channel for integration with an MP3 player/CD player. If your used to using CD players in your set then the transition to this machine will be easy. With powerful mapping abilities and a shift button to give controls dual function, it's possible to control up to four decks with the one unit. It ships with Traktor LE with an upgrade to Traktor 2 Pro and has a mic input with tone control, making it a popular choice for mobile DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/Traktor Pro 2 upgrade

£349.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Master Edition

This is Reloop's integrated solution for the digital and physical DJ. It offers the possibility of controlling up to four decks and either two vinyl decks or CD players using the soundcard technology built into this unit. It's a mixer/controller with a mic input, and there's no need for a separate soundcard. In short, you can integrate a digital set up and physical one with this simple design. Popular with mobile DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/most popular DJ software

£334.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop Digital Jockey 3 Master Edition

The Digital Jockey 3 master edition is Reloop's extended integrated solution for both digital and analogue DJs, offering DJs the ability to mix two turntables or CD decks as a standalone unit, with a laptop or even both. There is an added 3.5mm stereo output, it's fully mappable and ships with Traktor LE. With a mic input too, it's good for professional mobile DJs.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£439.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Terminal Mix 4

Reloop's Terminal Mix 4 allows you to get control of four decks with their all inclusive controller with soundcard technology. It boasts high grade platters with a plethora of controls that are all MIDI mappable. This unit ships with a cut down version of Serato and Virtual DJ LE (4 deck version). It also works with most popular DJ software, but is let down slightly by the fact that you cannot integrate it fully into an analogue set up.

Included Software: Serato DJ Intro & 4-Deck Virtual DJ 7 LE (Reloop edition)   Recommended Software: Serato DJ Intro & 4-Deck Virtual DJ 7 LE (Reloop edition)

£420.00 Buy   Read more

Stanton SCS1d

Stanton's celebrated motorized DJ controller has a rotating deck with a slipmat and a piece of vinyl for the ultimate in realistic control surfaces. But that's not all; it comes with a host of MIDI mappapble knobs, buttons and pads, and is equipped for use with the DJ software of choice. With none of the latency problems found when using timecode, the Stanton SCS1d is a high end controller for the more advanced and discerning user. It's only drawback is that the set up process is a little complex.

PC specific system requirements: Firewire

Mac specific system requirements: Firewire

Included Software: Da Router (Stanton MIDI Software)   Recommended Software: Most popular DJ Software

£329.99 Buy   Read more

Stanton SCS4DJ Digital DJ Mix Station

One of the key features of this well thought out DJ station is that you can dispense with your laptop altogether if you so desire: simply plug in a portable hard drive or a USB memory stick and the SCS4DJ workstation does the rest. (There is a handy wave display on the front panel if you feel that you would miss it.) Taking you away from your laptop also has the benefit of allowing the use of an Android or iPhone. For beginners and veterans alike.

PC specific system requirements: Firewire

Mac specific system requirements: Firewire

Recommended Software: Most popular DJ Software

£349.99 Buy   Read more

Vestax VCI380

The VCI-380 is a two channel DJ controller with a built-in digital DJ mixer. It is powerful and creative, opening the door to limitless possibilities: you can mix, scratch, cue, effect, sample, trigger, loop and slice. Every feature of the VCI-380 is optimized to enhance the DJs performance and take a new approach in manipulating music. Designed hand in hand with Serato, the VCI-380 is bundled with ITCH, providing an arsenal of musical craft tools, straight out of the box.

Included Software: Serato Itch   Recommended Software: Serato Itch/Most popular DJ Software

£589.00 Buy   Read more

Vestax VCI400

The VCI-400 is the hardware solution for DJs who have been seeking an instrument that adapts to their style of performance. Along with its excellent potential for customizing control assignments, the VCI-400 and its ergonomic 4-channel lay out provides perfect control for standard DJ software operation such as cueing, pitch control, looping, FX control, track browsing/loading, triggering samples and scratching. The latest v2.0 firmware enables channels C and D to function as a stand-alone mixer, thus offering more flexibility and setup options.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Included Software: Serato DJ/Virtual DJ LE (4 deck version)   Recommended Software: Serato Itch /Traktor Pro + Most popular DJ Software

£628.95 Buy   Read more

Vestax VCM600

The VCM-600 is a controller specialized for mixing, offering excellent performance to DJs/producers who mix digitally with computer based systems. It has a solid build quality which lends itself well for durability but not portability.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Included Software: Ableton Live Lite   Recommended Software: Ableton Live/Traktor, etc.

£390.00 Buy   Read more
  Price Juno verdict Colour I/O Ch. Mic In
(XLR/
1/4")
JW F B P K E Dim. (cm) Wg (kg) Power XLR Out 1/4" Out RCA (In/
Out)
3.5mm (In/
Out)
HT MIDI TI SR/BR (kHz/
bit)
Allen & Heath Xone 4D
£1079.00 G 10/10 4.8 1/0 2 12 58 0 16 10 43x9x36 5 AC 2 0 20/12 0 6.35 1 96/24
American Audio Encore 2000
£399.00 BK/SL 4/4 2 1/1 2 3 42 0 12 0 45x29x11 5 AC 2 0 2/4 2/0 6.35 0 N/A
American Audio VMS4
£348.00 BK 4/4 4 2/2 2 7 42 0 44 0 48x33x4 6 DC 2 0 4/4 0/0 6.35 2 24bit
American Audio Versadeck
£319.00 BK 4/4 2 1/1 2 5 42 0 10 4 42x30x9 4.4 DC 2 0 2/4 0 6.35 0 N/A
Denon DNMC6000
£629.00 BK/SL 6/4 4 1/2 2 7 44 0 41 0 46x26x5 7 DC 2 2 4/4 0 6.35 0 48/16
Denon MC3000
£329.00 BK 4/4 2 0/1 2 5 29 8 22 2 57x14x35 3 DC 0 2 2/2 0 N/A 0 96/24
EKS Otus Matte
£498.00 BK 0/6 2 0 1 1 23 0 14 0 37x34x7 2 USB 0 0 0/4 0 6.35 48/24
Native Instruments Kontrol S2
£409.00 BK 4/4 2.1 0/1 2 5 40 0 27 0 4x29x44 2.7 DC 0 2 0/2 0 N/A 0 96kHz
Native Instruments Kontrol S4
£699.00 BK 4/4 4.1 0/1 2 7 66 0 40 0 32x5x50 3.4 DC 0 2 5/2 0 6.35 0 96kHz
Numark 4 Trak
£499.00 SL 8/4 4 0/2 2 9 0 0 28 5 61x38x9 7.17 USB 2 0 6/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 44.1/24
Numark MixMeister Control
£319.00 BK/SL 0 4 0 1 0 53 0 40 0 52 x 28 x 8 3.2 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark Mixdeck Express
£479.00 BK/SL 4/4 3 0/2 2 4 18 0 2 2 61x29x8 8.4 USB/DC 2 0 2/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 N/A
Numark Mixdeck Universal
£699.00 BK/SL 4/4 2 0/2 2 4 41 0 11 4 73x30x10 5.48 USB/DC 2 0 4/10 0 6.35 0 24bit
Numark N4
£329.00 BK/SL 4/4 4 0/1 2 7 54 0 28 1 57x30x6 3.2 DC 2 0 4/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 24bit
Numark NS6
£749.00 BK/SL 6/4 4 0/2 2 7 50 0 20 3 60x33x7 9.4 DC 2 0 8/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 44.1/24
Numark NS7FX
£699.00 BK 3/4 2 0/1 2 5 42 0 14 1 61x31x94 25 DC 2 0 2/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 44.1/24
Numark V7 Motorized Turntable controller
£549.99 BK 0/4 2 0 1 1 30 0 3 1 45x48x24 10.5 USB/AC 0 0 0/4 0 N/A 1 44.1/24
Pioneer DDJ ERGO K
£429.00 BK 1/2 2 0/1 2 5 55 0 26 3 56x28x10 3 USB 0 2 1/1 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Pioneer DDJ ERGO V
£379.00 BK/W 1/2 2 0/1 2 5 55 0 26 3 56x28x10 3 USB 0 2 1/1 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Pioneer DDJ-S1
£569.00 BK 3/4 4 1/2 2 5 53 0 29 3 68x32x10 5 USB/AC 1 1 1/1 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Pioneer DDJ-T1
£499.00 GRP 2/4 4 0/1 2 7 78 0 29 3 68x32x10 4.9 USB/AC 0 2 1/1 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Pioneer XDJ AERO
£809.00 BK 3/4 2 0/1 2 5 36 0 19 4 62x29x7 3.7 AC 0 2 2/1 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Reloop Contour Interface Edition + Traktor Pro 2 Upgrade Bundle
£347.99 BK 0/4 4 0 1 4 32 1 8 1 12x5x29 2.6 USB/DC 0 0 0/8 0 3.5/6.35 0 24bit
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition +Traktor 2 Pro upgrade Bundle
£349.00 W 4/4 2 0 2 5 42 0 14 6 37x4x30 2.65 USB/AC 0 0 2/2 0 6.35 0 48/16
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Master Edition
£334.00 BK 4/4 4 0/1 2 5 42 0 18 6 37x4x30 2.65 USB/DC 0 2 4/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 96/24
Reloop Digital Jockey 3 Master Edition
£439.99 BK 4/4 4 0/1 2 5 60 0 15 13 42x4x30 4.5 USB/DC 0 2 4/4 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 96/24
Reloop Terminal Mix 4
£420.00 BK 3/4 4 0/1 2 7 60 0 31 7 52x34x6 4.8 USB/DC 0 0 0/2 0 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Stanton SCS1d
£329.99 BK 0 2 0 1 1 46 4 4 0 52x51x18 8.7 DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Stanton SCS4DJ Digital DJ Mix Station
£349.99 BK 0/4 2 0 2 5 28 0 13 0 44x29x7 2.27 DC 0 2 0/2 0 6.35 0 44.1/16
Vestax VCI380
£589.00 BK 4/4 2 1/1 2 5 30 16 11 3 43x30x6 3.5 USB/DC 2 0 4/2 0 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Vestax VCI400
£628.95 BK 6/4 4 2/2 2 7 45 24 27 5 46x32x6 4.5 USB/DC 2 0 4/2 0 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Vestax VCM600
£390.00 BK/SL 0 8 0 0 11 78 0 62 0 48x31x40 5 DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 1 N/A
Prices correct at time of publishing.

Akai APC20

Akai's APC20 is a cut down version of the APC40 without the encoders and transport. It takes up less space and is more portable than its bigger brother and ships with a special Akai APC edition of Ableton Live.

Included Software: Ableton Live APC edition   Recommended Software: Ableton, Traktor

£169.00 Buy   Read more

Akai APC40

The APC40 is a comprehensive Ableton controller that comes fully mapped out of the box. This will undoubtedly appeal to DJs and producers who want to take their sound into the live arena or get more hands-on with their sounds in the studio.

Included Software: Ableton Live APC edition   Recommended Software: Ableton, Traktor

£289.00 Buy   Read more

Allen & Heath Xone K2

The Xone K2 is handy, lightweight, and ideal for the digital DJ who travels a lot. With the X link protocol you can link two controllers together with one USB cable controlling both units. The carry case also doubles as a stand.

Included Software: Xone K2 resources disk   Recommended Software: Traktor

£159.00 Buy   Read more

American Audio VMS2

This is a slightly cut down version of the four deck VMS4, and comes with two assignable channels and only one mic input. This version also doesn't have the mouse track pad but ships with Virtual DJ LE. Like the VMS4, the VMS2 is aimed at the mobile DJ or bedroom DJ, albeit one on a slightly tighter budget.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ, Traktor

£229.00 Buy   Read more

Beamz Player C4 BSB Pro

The Beamz Player C4 BSB Pro is a laser-beam based gadget that allows control via hand movements. In practice though, it's a rudimentary unit that only allows command of very few parameters. One to avoid.

Included Software: Beamz DJ, Beamz Studio   Recommended Software: Serato Scratch Live, Traktor, Virtual DJ, Ableton Live

£191.99 Buy   Read more

Denon DJ MC2000

The Denon MC2000 DJ controller combines quality, reliability and top-notch professional features and implements them into a performance and creativity tool that is accessible to everyone.The "plug and play" link up with Serato DJ Intro and the intuitive layout and controls combined with superb build quality make this a great choice and a tough contender to beat in this price range.

Included Software: Serato DJ Intro   Recommended Software: Serato DJ Intro

£249.00 Buy   Read more

Denon SC2000

Denon's SC2000 is a professional grade deck controller, which comes at an affordable price. It ships with instructions on how to obtain a free downloadable version of Cross DJ LE and has instructions on how to map the unit to Traktor Pro. This control surface is designed for tactile deck control rather than more complex mix, effects and sample control.

Included Software: Cross DJ LE (free download)   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ/NI Traktor Pro

£169.00 Buy   Read more

Faderfox LV3

Specifically, but not exclusively, mapped for use with Ableton Live, the LV3 controller has some useful features. There are two joysticks for controlling X-Y type parameters and the basic scene navigation is simple. This machine is geared towards intermediate or advanced users as there are some complicated key combinations to get used to.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation CD   Recommended Software: Ableton Live

£218.99 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul DS3

The DS3 from Faderfox is the ideal controller for getting to grips with your samples, loops and hot cues. This version of the thrid generation of Faderfox controllers features 12 large key pads for triggering your music. With a small, robust build, these controllers are ideal for busy and well travelled users.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Not Specified

£169.99 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul FT3

The Faderfox FT3 is a comprehensive and compact controller unit. Ideal for use by Ableton and Traktor DJs offering control over volume faders, transport controls, EQ and even effects parameters. A crossfader is also included to suit conventional software DJs, whilst intuitive deck selection and LED feedback allow DJs to operate as they would with any other controller or mixer.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Not Specified

£199.99 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul LX2

The LX2 is designed to control Ableton Live using the 56 buttons included here. The unit talks to the software using MIDI - not USB - so you will need a MIDI interface. One of the handy features is the mini keyboard layout at the bottom - it's mappable so you can also use it with other software and is designed with the intermediate user in mind.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor/Ableton Live

£159.00 Buy   Read more

Gemini CNTRL7

Gemini's fully mappable CNTRL7 DJ controller comes complete with sound card technology and ships with Virtual DJ LE. This controller is filled with functionality for those on a budget and is aimed at the entry level DJ.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE/Traktor/Algoriddim/Mixvibes

£189.00 Buy   Read more

Gemini CTRL Six

The Gemini CTRL Six provides a cost effective way of incorporating a laptop into your DJ set up. It ships with a cut down version of Virtual DJ and includes a mic input, hinting at possible use in a mobile DJ set up. It is also possible to integrate a traditional vinyl turntable into this set up as the controller features a line input and a ground screw that are essential in getting a functioning sound.

Included Software: Virtual DJ   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE/Traktor/Algoriddim/Mixvibes

£218.00 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Console 4 Mx

Lightweight, small and uncramped, the 4mx console allows control over four decks as well as looping and FX. It's a solid work station but flimsy faders let it down.

Included Software: Virtual DJ7 LE   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ7 LE

£263.00 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Console Mk2

The Hercules DJ Console Mk2 comes in two versions, on of which is bundled with Virtual DJ 3 software. It's an entry level controller that will get you started into the world of digital DJing. The jog wheels are a little on the small size and this lets it down a bit.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor 3 LE   Recommended Software: Traktor/Virtual DJ

£169.00 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Console Rmx

The Hercules DJ Console Rmx is a sturdy and comprehensive controller that is portable and ideally suited to the mobile DJ.

Included Software: Virtual DJ RMX edition   Recommended Software: Traktor, Mixvibes, Deckadance

£171.99 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Control Steel

Built with portability in mind. This controller is for the DJ who already has a good audio interface and is looking for rugged control over his digital set up. Let down by poor jog wheel and unimaginative design.

Included Software: Virtual DJ   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ, Traktor, Serato, Mixvibes

£166.99 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ4 Set

A professional level deck control and functionality at entry level prices. The DJ4 Set is a solid controller with audio interface for the serious entry level DJ.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Virtual DJ 7   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ7/Traktor/Serato

£183.99 Buy   Read more

Kam Digi One

Kam's Digi One is a robust enhancement to the Digi Mini. With mic input and separate RCA output, it's ideal for beginner and intermediate DJs.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE   Recommended Software: All major DJ software

£163.99 Buy   Read more

MIDI Fighter DJ Controller

The MIDI Fighter is a popular controller that comes with some arcade style buttons that are both fun to use and practical. A nice choice for the intermediate DJ.

Included Software: MIDI mapping software   Recommended Software: All MIDI compatible software

£199.99 Buy   Read more

Native Instruments Kontrol F1

The Kontrol F1 from Native Instruments is a dynamic MIDI controller that allows you to create remixes while you are mid DJ set, and its compact size and robust build make it perfect for taking out on the road. If you're new to computer based DJing then you'll be glad to hear that this unit ships with Traktor PRO 2.5 as standard. This controller is designed to allow DJs to make the best use of the sample deck feature of Traktor 2.5 software; play loops or one shot samples on any of the four sample decks, and with easy on the eye communication with the software it's easy to get to grips with. This unit is good for beginners and advanced users alike.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor Pro 2.5   Recommended Software: Traktor

£159.00 Buy   Read more

Native Instruments Kontrol X1

The Traktor Kontrol X1 is a fully featured DJ controller designed for use with the Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2.5 (which comes included) and is fully plug and play compatible - no setup required. The controller features eight knobs and eight buttons for simultaneous access to all effect parameters of both decks, precision designed with high-end buttons, knobs and encoders. It can also be re-mapped to work with any other MIDI compatible software. Highly recommended.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor Pro 2.5   Recommended Software: Traktor

£159.00 Buy   Read more

Novation Twitch

The Novation Twitch comes with Serato ITCH DJ software, and has unique Touchstrip controls and trigger pads that enable you to do amazing things with ITCH's new performance tools. It can also be MIDI-mapped to other DJ software such Traktor or Ableton Live. A very portable and compact DJ solution.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Serato Itch   Recommended Software: Serato Itch / Traktor Pro / Ableton Live

£299.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Mixtrack Pro

Numark's Mixtrack Pro features two large, sensitive jog wheels. It it ships with Traktor LE and gives the user total control over FX, looping and EQing. Good for veterans and beginners alike.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE (Traktor Pro 2 upgrade)   Recommended Software: Traktor/Almost all MIDI DJ software

£159.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Mixtrack Pro + Traktor Pro 2 upgrade bundle

This unit features 2 large sensitive jog wheels. With control over FX , looping and EQing, it ships with Traktor LE with an upgrade to Traktor Pro 2 if required. Good for veterans and beginners alike.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE (Traktor Pro 2 upgrade)   Recommended Software: Traktor/Almost all MIDI DJ software

£159.00 Buy   Read more

Numark NUVJ VJ Software & Controller

This flexible control surface is designed to work with Numark's very own VJ software, although it's still compatible with any MIDI mappable DJ software, and its dual purpose functionality guarantees a multitude of uses. It's let down by the fact that it's not compatible for videos with their own sound. Suited for intermediate users.

Included Software: NUVJ   Recommended Software: NUVJ will work with popular DJ software

£299.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Omni

The Numark Omni gives you control over Traktor 3 LE and Fusion Live. With two jog wheels and the ability to access the software extended FX and loop functions from the front panel, this is a good controller for a keen beginner.

Included Software: Traktor 3 LE/Mixmeister Fusion Live   Recommended Software: Traktor 3 LE/Fusion Live/ most popular DJ software

£169.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer DJ Performance Deck

This unit is well built and sturdy enough for the rigours of gigging life. It's primarily for DJs who already have a soundcard as there isn't one present here. If you have a soundcard and are looking to upgrade your controller then this might be for you. If not, then you may want to look at the Numark Omni as it has a built in headphone port.

Included Software: Traktor 3 LE/Mixmeister Fusion Live   Recommended Software: Traktor 3 LE/Fusion Live/ most popular DJ software

£219.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Total Control

The Numark Total Control is an ideal controller for entry level DJs who are learning to become competent. With no built in soundcard and no way of cueing the headphone mix then you would be wise to invest in a separate soundcard to get the best results from this machine.

Mac specific system requirements: Mac OSX 10.4 or higher Traktor LE Not compatible with Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£219.00 Buy   Read more

Pioneer DDJ-WeGo

The DDJ-WeGO is Pioneers entry level controller which is easy to use and is configured for Virtual DJ Limited Edition straight out of the box, and will work with other popular DJ software. The console's Pulse Control lights guide beginners through their performances by showing when beats are matched, which effects have been activated, and which decks are in use. There's also a range of advanced features inherited from Pioneer's professional, industry-leading products - such as Beat Sync, sound effects and looping.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Virtual DJ Limited Edition   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ

£249.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop Contour Controller Edition + Traktor Pro 2 upgrade bundle

The controller only version of this well received and flexible controller, without the extensive soundcard technology available on the interface version, but including the dual headphone jacks. This is a serious controller for advanced users. Ships with Traktor Pro 2 Upgrade.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/Traktor Pro 2/ Most popular DJ software

£247.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Controller Edition

This is the controller version of Reloop's popular Digital Jockey 2 doesn't have a soundcard, so you will need a separate piece of equipment to be able to use the headphone cue functions properly. If you're used to using CD players in your set then the transition to this machine will be easy; with powerful mapping abilities and a shift button to give controls dual function, it's possible to control up to four decks with the one unit. It ships with Traktor LE and is a solid option for intermediate DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£199.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition

Reloop's interface version of the popular DJ controller. With a single physical channel for integration with an MP3 player/CD player. If you're used to using CD players in your set then the transition to this machine will be easy. With powerful mapping abilities and a shift button to give controls dual function, it's possible to control up to four decks with the one unit. It ships with Traktor LE and has a mic input with tone control, making it a popular choice for mobile DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE

£218.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition (limited edition white version)

The Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition has a single physical channel for integration with an MP3 or CD player. If you're used to using CD players in your set then the transition to this machine will be easy. With powerful mapping abilities and a shift button to give controls dual function, it's possible to control up to four decks with the one unit. It ships with Traktor LE and has a mic input with tone control, making it a popular choice for mobile DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE

£259.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Mixage Interface Edition Mk2

This interface/controller with built-in soundcard won't integrate with an analogue system, meaning you can't plug a CD deck or a turntable into it. However as a solid solution and cut down version of the Digital Jockey series, you can't go far wrong with this unit. It has a mic input and makes for a good solution for a mobile DJ.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE / any MIDI learnable software

£199.99 Buy   Read more

Stanton SCS 3 Series Pack DJ Controller

Tight integration with Traktor software gives this Stanton digital control solution the edge. With its portability and unique surface, it gives DJs access to several levels of control. It has touch technology and a built-in 4 hub USB port, allowing you to connect several devices to your computer using just one USB cable. It's just a controller - no soundcard - and is suited to intermediate DJs.

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor DJ Studio 3.4

£249.00 Buy   Read more

Stanton SCS1m Mix Controller

The SCS1m is Stanton's mixer control solution for use with SCS1d (not exclusively, however, as it can be used with other controllers). It has a single line input for hooking up a CD player, vinyl turntable or MP3 player but doesn't allow for fully integrated analogue mixing using four channels. Stanton provide well respected equipment for serious DJs and users and this is no exception.

PC specific system requirements: Firewire

Mac specific system requirements: Firewire

Included Software: Da Router (Stanton MIDI Software)   Recommended Software: Most popular DJ Software

£199.00 Buy   Read more

Vestax Typhoon USB/MIDI/Audio DJ Controller

Although not appropriate for professional DJs, this simple DJ solution works pretty admirably for its size and price range. DJs used to vinyl who want to take the plunge into the world of digital performing would find this an easy to use early starter. Set up is easy and it has the well regarded Vestax jog wheels.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/most popular DJ software

£199.00 Buy   Read more

Vestax VCI100 Mk2

The first professional DJ controller that was ever put on the market in 2006 is here, only this is the improved "Mark 2" version. With the trademark Vestax jog wheels and Japanese electronics, its ease of use and integration with Traktor software are attractive, although it can also be used with other software. For serious beginners and veteran DJs alike.

PC specific system requirements: Supports 64bit versions of Windows Vista & Windows 7, but not 64bit Windows XP.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Macs not supported

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£289.00 Buy   Read more

Zomo MC1000

Zomo's chunky and weighty controller is ideal for those DJs who don't need a jog wheel and want to get straight into the looping, FX and EQ functions of their software of choice, in this case Virtual DJ LE. One of the most solidly built controllers on the market, it has eight RCA outputs and also some mini pitch bend paddles for tightening mixes. There's no need for external power either as this one will work straight off your USB bus. Suitable for experienced users.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Vritual DJ LE   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE/ Most popular DJ software

£168.00 Buy   Read more
  Price Juno verdict Colour I/O Ch. Mic In
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Akai APC20
£169.00 BK 0 8 0/0 0 9 37 40 1 0 41x14x40 2.8 DC 0 0 0/0 0/0 N/A 0 N/A
Akai APC40
£289.00 BK 0 8 0/0 0 10 47 40 16 0 14x40x54 2.6 DC 0 0 0/0 0/0 N/A 2 N/A
Allen & Heath Xone K2
£159.00 BK 0/4 4 0/0 0 4 30 0 18 0 14x3x36 1 USB 0 0 0/2 0/0 3.5 0 48/16
American Audio VMS2
£229.00 BK 4/4 2 1/1 2 5 42 0 44 0 40x30x7 5 DC 2 0 2/4 0 6.35 2 24bit
Beamz Player C4 BSB Pro
£191.99 BK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 74x23x39 3.6 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Denon DJ MC2000
£249.00 BK+SL 1/1 2 0/1 2 5 48 0 17 3 40x24x5 2.7 USB 0 0 1/1 0 6.35 0 48/24
Denon SC2000
£169.00 BK 0 2 0 1 1 27 0 5 1 17x22 2 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox LV3
£218.99 BK/SL 0 8 0 0 8 29 0 5 0 18x11x7 0.35 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul DS3
£169.99 BK/SL 0 4 0 0 0 20 12 4 2 18x11x7 0.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul FT3
£199.99 BK/SL 0 4 0 0 5 20 0 8 1 18x11x7 0.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul LX2
£159.00 BK/SL 0 3 0 0 0 56 0 0 0 18x11x7 0.4 3xAA/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Gemini CNTRL7
£189.00 BK/SL 0/4 2 1/1 2 5 45 0 19 0 36x26x45 1.8 DC 2 0 4/6 0 3.5/6.35 0 44.1/16
Gemini CTRL Six
£218.00 BK/SL 0/4 2 1/1 2 5 46 0 18 0 36x26x45 1.8 DC 2 0 4/6 0 3.5/6.35 0 N/A
Hercules DJ Console 4 Mx
£263.00 BK/SL 4/4 4 0/2 2 5 52 0 14 0 40x25 2 USB 0 4 4/4 0 6.35 0 N/A
Hercules DJ Console Mk2
£169.00 BK/SL 4/4 2 0/1 2 3 26 0 11 0 24x20x7 1.15 USB/DC 0 0 2/4 0 6.35 N/A
Hercules DJ Console Rmx
£171.99 SL 0 2 0/1 2 6 42 0 12 0 35x25 4.7 USB 0 4 4/4 0 6.35 0 44.1/16
Hercules DJ Control Steel
£166.99 BK/SL 0 2 0 2 6 46 0 13 0 35x25x7 4.7 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Hercules DJ4 Set
£183.99 BK 0/4 4 0/1 2 3 35 0 10 0 35x25 2 USB 0 0 0/4 0 6.35 0 N/A
Kam Digi One
£163.99 BK 1/4 2 0/1 2 5 23 0 19 0 32x21x5 0.5 USB 0 0 0/2 0 6.35 0 44.1
MIDI Fighter DJ Controller
£199.99 BK/SL 0 4 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 15x4x4 0.45 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Native Instruments Kontrol F1
£159.00 BK 0 4 0 0 4 28 0 5 0 12x5x29 0.73 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Native Instruments Kontrol X1
£159.00 BK 0 2 0 0 0 30 0 12 0 12x5x29 0.691 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Novation Twitch
£299.00 BK 2/4 2 0/1 0 3 54 0 21 0 35x28x7 1.8 N/A 0 2 2/2 0 3.5/6.35 0 48kHz
Numark Mixtrack Pro
£159.00 BK 0/4 2 0/1 2 6 29 0 12 3 48 x 28 x 4 2.3 USB 0 0 0/4 0 6.35 0 N/A
Numark Mixtrack Pro + Traktor Pro 2 upgrade bundle
£159.00 BK 0/4 2 0/1 2 6 29 0 12 3 48 x 28 x 4 2.3 USB 0 0 0/4 0 6.35 0 N/A
Numark NUVJ VJ Software & Controller
£299.00 BK 0 2 0 2 3 29 0 9 0 29 x 6 x 27 1.8 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark Omni
£169.00 SL 1/4 2 0/1 2 5 31 0 20 0 30x48x41 4.9 USB/DC 0 0 0/4 0 6.35 0 88.2/24
Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer DJ Performance Deck
£219.00 BK 0 2 0 2 5 23 0 19 1 31x28x6 3.1 USB/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark Total Control
£219.00 BK/G 0 2 0 2 5 31 0 20 0 17x40x46 2 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Pioneer DDJ-WeGo
£249.00 BK 1/1 2 0/1 2 5 32 0 10 2 38x21x7 1.6 USB 0 0 0/1 0/1 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Reloop Contour Controller Edition + Traktor Pro 2 upgrade bundle
£247.99 BK 0 4 0 1 4 32 1 8 1 16x6x38 2 USB 0 0 0 0 3.5/6.35 0 N/A
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Controller Edition
£199.99 BK/G 0 2 0 2 5 42 0 14 6 37x4x30 2.65 USB/AC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition
£218.00 BK 4/4 2 0 2 5 42 0 14 6 37x4x30 2.65 USB/AC 0 0 2/2 0 6.35 0 48/16
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Interface Edition (limited edition white version)
£259.99 W 4/4 2 0 2 5 42 0 14 6 37x4x30 2.65 USB/AC 0 0 2/2 0 6.35 0 48/16
Reloop Mixage Interface Edition Mk2
£199.99 BK 1/4 4 0/1 2 5 30 0 16 1 37x4x26 1.9 USB 0 0 0/2 0 6.35 0 48/16
Stanton SCS 3 Series Pack DJ Controller
£249.00 BK/G 0 2 0 0 0 8 47 0 0 22x36x4 3.1 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Stanton SCS1m Mix Controller
£199.00 BK 4/4 4 0/1 0 5 29 0 24 0 8x28x43 2.71 DC 0 2 2/2 0 6.35 1 96/24
Vestax Typhoon USB/MIDI/Audio DJ Controller
£199.00 BK/R 2/2 2 0/1 2 13 25 0 3 0 36x24x4 1.5 USB/DC 0 0 0/2 0 6.35 0 44.1/16
Vestax VCI100 Mk2
£289.00 SL 2/4 2 0 2 5 36 0 20 0 37x27x6 2 USB 0 0 2/4 0 6.35 0 44.1/16
Zomo MC1000
£168.00 BK 0/8 4 0 0 0 16 2 10 5 32x7x13 1.8 USB 0 0 0/8 0 N/A 0 N/A
Prices correct at time of publishing.

Behringer B Control Deejay BCD2000

Behringer's B Control Deejay BCD3000 will not only control your DJ software of choice but will also allow you to integrate physical turntables, as well making it ideal for DJs just starting out and getting used to laptop based performance.

PC specific system requirements: No support for 64bit Windows 7

Included Software: Behringer B-DJ   Recommended Software: Behringer B-DJ

£84.99 Buy   Read more

Behringer B Control Deejay BCD3000

Behringer's B Control Deejay BCD3000 will not only control your DJ software of choice but will also allow you to integrate physical turntables, as well making it ideal for DJs just starting out and getting used to laptop based performance.

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE

£126.99 Buy   Read more

Denon DNHC1000S

Denon's DNHC1000S is a simple plug and play controller pre mapped and approved by and for Serato Scratch Live. Built for the busy DJ who wants to take this unit out on the road.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: Serato Scratch Live.

£139.95 Buy   Read more

EKS XP10

The XP10 is a popular deck controller from EKS with simple and easy to use control. A professional grade controller that comes at an affordable price.

Mac specific system requirements: OSX

Included Software: Bison/MIDI driver   Recommended Software: Bison/Traktor

£124.99 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul DJ2

The Micromodul DJ2 is part of Faderfox's second generation of controllers. It's controlled via MIDI, not USB, so you will need a MIDI interface to go with this machine. Faderfox controllers are generally for intermediate or advanced users. This unit has a control joystick for interacting with FX parameters.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation CD   Recommended Software: NI Traktor DJ Studio/Ableton Live

£109.00 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul DJ3

The Faderfox DJ3 is designed to be a USB DJ controller. It's part of the third generation of compact controllers from Faderfox. Volume faders, EQ controls, FX knobs and play/cue buttons are all featured in the style of a traditional DJ mixer, ensuring sleek operation straight out the box without fuss.

Recommended Software: NI Traktor DJ Studio/Ableton Live

£144.99 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul DL3

The DL3 is a compact and comprehensive unit specifically designed for the intermediate or advanced user. You can get to grips with looping and FX sections of their preferred DJ software, in this case mapped to Traktor Pro/Duo.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor Pro/Duo

£145.00 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul DX2

The DX2 is a second generation DJ FX controller that works well in tandem with the Faderfox DJ2. A very compact design and suitable for the intermediate or advanced user.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor/Ableton Live

£74.25 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul DX3

This third generation DJ FX controller works well in tandem with Faderfox DJ3. The DX3 allows control of FX and looping sections of up to four decks and is suitable for the intermediate or advanced user.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor/Ableton Live

£145.00 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul FX3

The FX3 gives you complete control over the FX parameters of your DJ software of choice. The modular design of Faderfox products allows you to set up multiple devices to control your music. Suited to intermediate users.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor/Ableton Live

£145.00 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul LC2

The LC2 is designed for use with Ableton Live. It doesn't have a USB port, but it's compact design makes it ideal for travelling with and is recommended for intermediate users.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor/Ableton Live

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Faderfox Micromodul LV2

Designed for use with sequencing software and mapped to Ableton Live, the LV2 controller doesn't have a USB port. Its joystick control allows for innovative interaction with FX parameters and is suitable for the intermediate user.

Included Software: Faderfox MIDI implementation software   Recommended Software: Traktor/Ableton Live

£74.25 Buy   Read more

Gemini CTRL One

This is the trimmed down version of the CTRL SIX - it doesn't have the soundcard technology but does ship with Virtual DJ LE. Aimed at the entry level DJ who wants to get to grips with the world of laptop DJing.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE/Traktor/Algoriddim/Mixvibes

£138.00 Buy   Read more

Gemini Firstmix

Gemini's Firstmix is easy to use and allows anyone the chance to walk up and start mixing. However, with no way to monitor in the headphones and only the jog wheels to control pitch without reaching over and using a mouse to change the pitch faders in the software, there is little scope for developing. Another one to avoid.

Included Software: MixVibes Cross Le Performance DJ   Recommended Software: MixVibes Cross Le Performance DJ

£57.99 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Console Mk4

The Hercules DJ Console Mk4 is a solid two jog wheel controller and audio interface built for the mobile DJ in mind.

Included Software: Virtual DJ DJC Edition   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ DJC edition

£145.99 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Control

The Hercules DJ Control is a basic, entry level DJ Controller that allows control of two decks and comes bundled with Virtual DJ3.

Included Software: Virtual DJ3/Atomix Prod   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ3/Atomix Prod

£89.99 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Control AIR

The AIR has a unique air control system that allows you to control various parameters with the wave of a hand. Suited to entry level DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: DJUCED   Recommended Software: DJUCED

£119.75 Buy   Read more

Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2

The DJ Control MP3 E2 is designed for anyone to dive into a mix session with little or no prior experience. This device needs to be used with a soundcard. The lack of headphone cueing lets it down here.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Virtual DJ 3   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ3

£88.50 Buy   Read more

Icon iDJ (black)

The Icon iDJ is a very simple controller for DJs. It has limited functionality but is compact and easy to use.

Included Software: iMap TM MIDI mapping software   Recommended Software: Not Specified

£55.99 Buy   Read more

Icon iDJ (white)

The iDJ from Icon, here in white, is a very simple controller for DJ's. It's limited functionality is balanced with small size and simple use.

Included Software: iMap TM MIDI mapping software   Recommended Software: Not Specified

£55.99 Buy   Read more

Kam Digi Mini: Audio & Video Software Controller

This is one of the cheapest controllers on the market that comes with a built in soundcard. It's a flexible unit, with capability for video mixing as well as the more traditional audio mixer. However it isn't a professional standard piece of equipment and doesn't really compete with better known products.

Included Software: Virtual DJ   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE

£117.99 Buy   Read more

M Audio Torq Mixlab

M Audio's Torq Mixlab is a small and compact controller that allows you to record your sets, with the option of independent pitch control and three band EQ. Ships with Torq software. Ideal for beginners.

Included Software: Torq LE   Recommended Software: All major DJ software

£50.54 Buy   Read more

M Audio X Session Pro

The X Session Pro is a simple, no-nonsense DJ controller. It's good for the DJ who isn't too bothered with scratching as there are no jog wheels. Not a Pro build quality but good for basic operations.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: Torq LE

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Mixvibes Umix Control 2 + Umix 44 USB interface bundle

This bundle, which consists of Mixvibes' Umix Control 2 and Umix 44 USB interface bundle, is aimed at people starting out in the world of digital DJing.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Cross DJ LE   Recommended Software: Cross DJ LE/most major DJ software

£115.99 Buy   Read more

Mixvibes Umix Control Pro 2

Mixvibes present their pro-grade version of the popular Control 2. This has incorporated Soundcard technology with the ability to route more channels and integrate an analogue set up into the mix. For intermediate DJs.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Cross DJ (full version)   Recommended Software: Cross DJ.

£139.00 Buy   Read more

Novation Dicer

The Novation Dicer boasts cue-point, looping and FX control for digital DJs. This controller mounts directly to turntables, CDJs or laptops, and is optimised for both Traktor Pro + Serato Scratch Live.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: Traktor Pro/Serato Sratch Live

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Novation Launchpad

With its 8x8 grid of pads, the Launchpad seems to be the perfect control surface for launching clips in Ableton, although it comes with Novation's MIDI mapping software and therefore is compatible with almost any MIDI software. This versatile and simply designed controller lets you create beats and launch loops in real time. For intermediate and advanced users who wish to add a live element to their musical experience.

Included Software: Launchpad version of Ableton Live 8   Recommended Software: Ableton Live/MIDI software

£129.00 Buy   Read more

Numark DJ2GO

The DJ2GO is a perfect tool for starting out in the world of DJing, with simple controls that are easy to get used to. This controller includes a light version of an already light software package, so there are no loop or EQ controls - just solid beat mixing. However it is well built and comes at a bargain price. Great for beginners.

Included Software: Virtual DJ LE Light   Recommended Software: Virtual DJ LE/Most major DJ software

£49.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Mixtrack

An entry level DJ controller with jog wheels and controls mapped out of the box to Traktor LE (which ships with this unit). The Mixtrack has a slight plasticy feel to it, but it is easy to use and has key features such as loop control and FX control.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£119.00 Buy   Read more

Numark NSFX

The NSFX is a bridge you can add to Numark's NS7 controller to gain access to Serato Itch's powerful FX software, allowing even more hands on control.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Recommended Software: Serato Itch/Most popular DJ software

£149.00 Buy   Read more

Numark iDJ Live DJ System

The iDJ Live DJ System is compatible with Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Its integrated iTunes library makes browsing and selecting music into the mix easy. Headphone cueing is possible using a splitter cable that comes with the hardware. Useful for beginners.

Mac specific system requirements: iOS

Recommended Software: Algoriddim/ any iOS DJ software

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Numark iDJ3

Numark's iDJ3 is a simple DJ mix station designed for use with a laptop. It's somewhat let down by the fact you can't manipulate music from your iPod using the jog wheels and pitch benders - you can only playback from the iPod dock.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Mix Vibes Cross LE   Recommended Software: MixVibes Cross Le Performance DJ / Most major DJ Software

£129.00 Buy   Read more

Odyssey Control S1 Keyboards Controller

The Odyssey Control S1 Keyboards Controller is designed to ease the number of keyboard shortcuts you might use with Serato Scratch Live or Traktor Scratch. It's also compatible, via three USB ports, to the Numark NS7 controller and Vestax VCI300. For the busy professional digital DJ.

Recommended Software: Scratch Live/ Traktor/ Most popular DJ software

£69.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Contour Controller Edition

The controller-only version of the Reloop Contour comes without the extensive soundcard technology available on the interface version, but does still boast dual headphone jacks. This is a serious controller for advanced users.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£94.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Contour Interface Edition

Optimized for Traktor Pro, this controller will allow you to control up to four decks on the one unit. With an impressive sounding audio interface built in and the option of use without a mixer, the light and function filled Reloop unit has a real edge.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE/ Most popular DJ software

£134.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop Mixage Controller Edition

A cut down version of Reloop's Digital Jockey controllers with two virtual channels controlling up to four decks. There is no soundcard so you will need another interface unit to be able to use headphone monitoring and cueing. Beginners and advanced users will appreciate this small and portable device.

Mac specific system requirements: Intel Mac

Included Software: Traktor LE   Recommended Software: Traktor LE / any MIDI learnable software

£132.99 Buy   Read more

Stanton Da Scratch SCS3D Performance Control Surface

Touch technology is the order of the day for this unique control surface designed to get you in touch with your digital deck of choice. With multi zoning and mapped to Traktor it's a very well respected controller, with good reason. To really unlock the potential of this you need two devices that can be locked together with a magnetic strip running down the side of the unit. It's possible to scratch your digital files using one of the modes or control FX, launch samples and much more. For intermediate DJs and above.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: Scratch Live / Traktor

£69.52 Buy   Read more

Stanton SCS 3M Mix Control Surface

The Stanton SCS 3M Mix Control Surface has a touch surface that is designed to help you get to grips with the mix section of your software of choice. It comes mapped to Traktor, and you can use it together with the deck version (SCS3D) with its levels of control. This mix controller also has three modes of control and has USB connectivity. For intermediate users.

Included Software: N/A   Recommended Software: Traktor

£119.46 Buy   Read more

Vestax Spin USB/MIDI/Audio Controller

Here Vestax have designed a controller for DJs who use Mac only. Its software works with iTunes, has no waveform display and the controller does have slightly plastic look to it. The EQ functions are controlled by sliders rather than knobs, but it does have the trademark Vestax jog wheels which have a good reputation out in DJ land. Though not suited to professional DJs, it is a worthy plug and play solution for Mac users.

PC specific system requirements: Not compatible with PC

Included Software: Djay   Recommended Software: Djay

£129.99 Buy   Read more

Vestax VFX1 Serato Itch Digital FX Controller

This controller is designed primarily to allow VCI300 controller users extended access to the FX available in Serato Itch and Scratch DJ software. It controls two independent FX channels with 12 effects each, along with two knobs to control the parameters for each effect. The only drawback being that it needs its own dedicated USB port on your computer along with the VCI300 (you can't plug this into the VCI300 to power it).

Included Software: Serato Itch/Scratch Download available   Recommended Software: Serato Itch/Serato Scratch/ MIDI mappable software

£79.00 Buy   Read more
  Price Juno verdict Colour I/O Ch. Mic In
(XLR/
1/4")
JW F B P K E Dim. (cm) Wg (kg) Power XLR Out 1/4" Out RCA (In/
Out)
3.5mm (In/
Out)
HT MIDI TI SR/BR (kHz/
bit)
Behringer B Control Deejay BCD2000
£84.99 G 0/4 2 1/0 2 5 37 0 18 0 36x13x38 3 AC 0 0 2/2 0 6.35 0 24bit
Behringer B Control Deejay BCD3000
£126.99 BK 4/4 2 1/0 2 5 33 0 18 0 36x16x38 2 AC 0 0 2/2 0 N/A 0 24bit
Denon DNHC1000S
£139.95 BK 0 2 0 0 0 19 16 0 3 2x25x9 1.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
EKS XP10
£124.99 BK 0 2 0 1 1 22 0 0 0 14x21x25 0.4 USB 0 0 0/2 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul DJ2
£109.00 BK/SL 0 2 0 0 3 25 0 9 0 18x11x7 3xAA/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul DJ3
£144.99 BK/SL 0 2 0 0 3 20 0 8 4 18x11x7 0.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul DL3
£145.00 BK/SL 0 2 0 0 0 35 0 11 0 18x11x7 0.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul DX2
£74.25 BK/SL 0 4 0 0 0 36 0 9 0 18x11x7 0.4 3xAA/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul DX3
£145.00 BK/SL 0 4 0 0 0 29 0 15 0 18x11x7 0.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul FX3
£145.00 BK/SL 0 4 0 0 0 25 0 16 0 18x11x7 0.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul LC2
£79.00 BK/SL 0 8 0 0 7 12 0 4 0 18x10.5x7 0.4 3xAA/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Faderfox Micromodul LV2
£74.25 BK/SL 0 6 0 0 6 19 0 4 0 18x11x7 0.4 3xAA/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Gemini CTRL One
£138.00 BK 0 2 0 2 5 46 0 18 0 36x26x45 1.8 USB/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Gemini Firstmix
£57.99 BK/SL 0 2 0 2 1 17 0 10 0 36x13x45 0.74 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Hercules DJ Console Mk4
£145.99 SL 4/4 2 0/1 2 3 37 0 11 0 10x23x36 1.8 USB 0 0 4/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 48/24
Hercules DJ Control
£89.99 BK/SL 0 2 0 2 3 28 0 9 0 35x22x3 1.4 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Hercules DJ Control AIR
£119.75 BK 0/4 2 0 2 5 38 0 6 0 35x22x3 1.4 USB 0 0 0 0 3.5/6.35 0 N/A
Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2
£88.50 BK 0 2 0 2 3 34 0 8 0 23x10x30 1.5 AC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Icon iDJ (black)
£55.99 BK 0 2 0 2 3 8 16 12 0 33x10x2 0.64 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Icon iDJ (white)
£55.99 W 0 2 0 2 3 8 16 12 0 33x10x2 0.64 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Kam Digi Mini: Audio & Video Software Controller
£117.99 BK 0 2 0 2 5 23 0 17 0 31x21x4 1 USB 0 0 0 0 6.35 0 44.1/16
M Audio Torq Mixlab
£50.54 BK 0 4 0 0 5 10 0 12 0 9x33x26 1.5 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
M Audio X Session Pro
£79.00 BK 0 4 0 0 5 10 0 12 0 32x25x9 1.3 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Mixvibes Umix Control 2 + Umix 44 USB interface bundle
£115.99 BK 4/4 2 0 2 5 27 0 5 10 38x4x19 1.65 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Mixvibes Umix Control Pro 2
£139.00 BK/SL 4/4 2 0/1 2 5 27 0 5 11 38x4x19 1.8 USB/DC 0 0 4/4 0 3.5/6.35 0 48/16
Novation Dicer
£79.00 BK 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 9x1 0.43 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Novation Launchpad
£129.00 BK 0 8 0 0 0 16 64 0 0 24x24x2 1 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark DJ2GO
£49.00 SL 0 2 0 2 3 16 0 4 1 8x31x1 0.454 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark Mixtrack
£119.00 BK/SL/G 0 2 0 2 6 28 0 12 3 32x49x7 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark NSFX
£149.00 BK 0 2 0 0 1 4 0 4 2 10x12x60 1 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Numark iDJ Live DJ System
£79.00 BK 0 2 0 2 1 8 0 7 1 38x23x5 1.6 iP* 0 0 0 0/1 3.5 0 N/A
Numark iDJ3
£129.00 BK 0/4 2 0/1 2 6 24 0 8 1 40x8x33 2.95 USB/AC 0 0 0/2 0 6.35 0 44.1kHz
Odyssey Control S1 Keyboards Controller
£69.99 BK/W 0 0 0 0 0 88 0 0 0 32x2x17 0.45 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Reloop Contour Controller Edition
£94.99 BK 0 4 0 1 4 32 1 8 1 16x6x38 2 USB 0 0 0 0 3.5/6.35 0 N/A
Reloop Contour Interface Edition
£134.99 BK 0/4 4 0 1 4 32 1 8 1 12x5x29 2.6 USB/DC 0 0 0/8 0 3.5/6.35 0 24bit
Reloop Mixage Controller Edition
£132.99 W 0 4 0 2 5 30 0 16 1 37x4x26 1.9 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 48/16
Stanton Da Scratch SCS3D Performance Control Surface
£69.52 BK/G 0 1 0 0 0 4 10 0 0 23x12x4 0.499 USB/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Stanton SCS 3M Mix Control Surface
£119.46 BK/G 0 2 0 0 0 0 27 0 0 22x36x4 0.5 USB/DC 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Vestax Spin USB/MIDI/Audio Controller
£129.99 SL 2/2 2 0/1 2 13 25 0 3 0 35x24x4 1.5 USB/DC 0 0 0/2 0 6.35 0 44.1/16
Vestax VFX1 Serato Itch Digital FX Controller
£79.00 BK/SL 0 2 0 0 0 14 0 4 2 10x5x28 0.8 USB 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 N/A
Prices correct at time of publishing.

Abbreviations

B = Buttons
Ch. = Channels
Dim. = Dimensions
E = Encoders
F = Faders
HT = Headphone Type
I/O = Inputs/Outputs
iP = iPhone / iPad / iPod
JW = Jog Wheels
K = Knobs
MIDI = MIDI Input/Output
P = Pads
SR/BR = Sample Rate/Bit Rate
TI = Trigger Inputs
Wg = Weight

Colours

BK = Black
G = Grey
GRP = Graphite
R = Red
SL = Silver
W = White

Glossary

System Requirements:
Before making a computer software or hardware purchase, it's necessary to know their minimum system requirements. If your Mac or PC doesn't meet these requirements, your item may not work well or may not work at all. It's always a good idea to check your computer's operating system, processor speed, RAM and available hard disk space. Most modern DJ software/hardware requires a PC or Mac with at least 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, USB2.0 and the latest Windows or Mac OS operating system.

Software Included:
Almost all controllers are shipped with some form of DJ software. Usually the software is in a cut down form, with the exception of Native Instruments controllers, which tend to ship with full versions. It should be noted that LE stands for 'light edition'.

Recommended Software:
Most controllers come with their control surfaces already sync'd with the software they come with. However, it is possible to re-map all or most of the controls to whatever DJ software you prefer. You can find various mappings, created by other users of your preferred software, on the internet. Usually it's a simple matter of downloading a data file for your software to read.

I/O:
This field describes the amount of inputs and outputs a controller has. Some controllers make use of soundcard technology so you don't need a separate piece of equipment to facilitate all the features of modern DJing such as headphone cueing. If there are no physical channels then you will need a separate soundcard to get the ultimate functionality from your controller and software of choice. Some controllers also allow you to integrate your physical turntables with your virtual ones. The quality of the built-in soundcard varies distinctively but the price of the item can be a good indicator to help you find the best sound for your needs.

Channels:
Some controllers will allow you to get control over more than just one or two decks at a time via different channels. Most full versions of DJ software offer four decks of audio control with additional sample slots. It's important to know how your controller of choice allows you to gain access to all the features of multiple deck control: in some cases, your software of choice may offer additional sample playback/recording features which can be accessed by a 'sub' channel, described as a 2.1 or 4.1 channel system (where the .1 refers to the sample playback or recording feature control, which isn't a fully featured channel, but an additional level control similar to an AUX on a DJ mixer).

Mic Inputs:
If you're looking for a controller with soundcard technology that offers extended functionality, such as the ability to perform announcements, shout outs, sing or MC, then the amount of mic inputs available is going to be useful to help you make your choice. The three options are XLR, 1/4", or an XLR / 1/4" combo connection.

Jog Wheels:
Jog wheels are designed to replicate the feel of vinyl turntables or CD players, and allow you to nudge tempos or recreate scratch type performances.

Faders:
Faders give you mixer & decks style control over your DJ sets, which will feel familiar if you come from a vinyl or CD background. These can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.

Pads:
Pads are very useful for getting control over sample triggering and transport controls such as play and pause.

Knobs:
The amount of rotating controls featured on your hardware. There are various types of turning controls such as endless type or step type. The more knobs there are, the more dedicated control of your software you can achieve.

Encoders:
A type of knob that also has a push button functionality built in as well. Encoders are very useful for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.

Power:
Having information about how your device is powered, such as the voltage and current type, will help you ascertain how practical it will be to travel internationally with your controller of choice. Some units are powered directly from your Mac or PC's USB port.

Balanced XLR:
The XLR is a style of electrical connector, primarily found on professional audio equipment. Balanced XLR connections are used in reducing the amount of noise and interference often found with the use of long cabling.

RCA:
An RCA connection, commonly called a phono connection, is commonly found on audio equipment and its low cost, simple design is for the facilitation of connection between various sources.

6.35mm:
A TRS (Tip, ring, sleeve) type audio connection that is commonly called a jack or a 1/4" jack. It's most commonly found connecting electric guitar players to their amps.

3.5mm:
A TRS (Tip, ring, sleeve) type audio jack that is also known as a mini jack and can be found connecting MP3 players, smart phones and similar type devices to mixers and hi-fi systems.

Headphone Type:
The 3.5mm (1/8 inch) jack is the industry standard for music headphones and most other electronic devices. However, most professional studio, DJ and non-portable equipment often require a 1/4 inch plug. Some controllers, with soundcard technology, have both and sometimes the level of them can be controlled separately too.

MIDI I/O:
Controllers generally talk to your Mac or PC using MIDI over a USB connection, but sometimes it is possible to connect other devices to your controller. This allows you to control and sync various parameters using a traditional five pin DIN cable connection.

Trigger Inputs:
Trigger inputs are 6.35mm jack inputs that allow the possibility of connecting another device (such as a foot pedal controller) to access some of your software's features such as play/pause or even effects.

Sample Rate/Bit Rate:
Sample rate defines the number of samples of audio per unit of time; normally the unit of time is in seconds. Perfect reconstruction of a piece of audio is possible if the sampling rate is twice the frequency of the sound being sampled. With human hearing being able to only discern sounds between 20Hz and 20 kHz, a standard sample rate of 44.1 kHz has been set for the use of CDs. Bit rate describes the number of slices of information for each sample. Human beings can perceive a depth of 24 bits but 16 bit is the most commonly used. Your digital audio will not be aided by soundcards with high sample/bit rates if you are playing MP3s with low sample rates.

The Juno Plus guide to buying DJ Controllers

There's much more to controllers than "pressing play": DJs all over the world are exploring the possibilities available in using computer software to deliver their sets in the most unique, original and creative way possible. Controllers are the means in which computer based DJs get tactile control over the various elements and features of their software of choice. Almost all of the latest hardware surfaces connect over USB and some are even powered from that very same port. If you're a seasoned veteran of physical DJing with vinyl turntables and/or CD players, or you're a complete beginner and you want to develop some tangible skills that are transferrable, when it comes to DJ controllers, it is well worth knowing what the key issues are so you can make an informed decision.

There are several types of controller available and it's useful to know what kind of DJ you are so you can ascertain what kind of control it is that you are looking for in the first place. First, you might want to decide whether you want an all-in-one solution or you want a modular one. An all-in-one controller will allow you to get tactile control over as much of your software of choice as is physically possible in one unit. They usually incorporate soundcard technology, so you don't need any external boxes, and include jog wheels that are used to simulate the function of the platter on your turntable or CD player. With an all-in-one set up you are unlikely to need the use of a mixer as, more often than not, the controller doubles as an analogue mixer as well, allowing you to integrate physical turntables as well if you wish. An all-in-one set up is by far the easiest to use and is good for DJs who want to play at home or at small parties, or even for mobile DJs looking for a set-up that is easy to install.

If you are making use of a mixer, break out box and DVS, or time coded signals to interface with your software already, then you might feel that built-in jog wheels are less useful to you as you are already using turntables to control aspects of your audio. In this case, you might prefer a modular set-up to allow control over other elements of your DJ software such as effects or sampling capabilities in addition to hot cue or sample slot control. These modular controllers tend to be a lot smaller and easier to carry around than the all-in-one solutions, but also tend to be more complicated to set up and integrate. If you're an old hand at computer based DJing, or you travel around DJing internationally, then you will probably want something lightweight and durable that'll fit into your hand luggage next to your laptop, and to this end the modular solution will benefit you.

If you're looking to buy a controller that has a built in soundcard, be aware that sometimes the quality of the soundcard is not very high. Essentially, you get what you pay for when it comes to the all-in-one solution. You might find that your performance is being hampered by cheap and substandard soundcard technology that lacks clarity and punch and is blighted by hum and hiss. Not all brands suffer from this problem but if you have a modular set up, then you have the freedom to pick a soundcard that best suits your needs.

Whether you are a physical DJ making the leap into the virtual world or a mobile DJ looking for added flexibility and convenience or maybe you are new to DJing and want to explore your creativity further, there is a controller out there that will suit your needs.