Best DJ Controllers

The Best DJ Controllers: Reviewed by The Disc DJ Store

Here are 10 of the best DJ controllers (in no particular order):

Numark NS7III Professional Serato DJ Controller

Numark NS7III Professional Serato DJ Controller

PRICE: £1,049.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? Yes
  • Built-in professional 24-bit USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • Serato DJ included.
  • 10 pad modes for hot cues, looping, sampling and more.
  • LCD screens to see everything on the controller.
  • Motorized platters to give a turntable feel.

The third version of Numark's NS7 takes things to a whole new level. The 3 high resolution screens display all the performance information you need so you'll never need to look at your laptop. It features motorised 7" direct-drive platters that deliver a feel closer to a traditional turntable than any other controller on the market. The NS7III is packed full of innovative features designed to take your performance to new heights, including touch FX which allow instant filter, FX or EQ modulation just by touching the relevant pot. The NS7III is robust, durable and built for the road. A full version of Serato DJ is also included.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

PRICE: £829.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? Yes
  • Includes full version of Traktor Pro 2.
  • Hi-resolution screens for visual feedback.
  • Full DVS support for timecode control.
  • Built in hi quality soundcard.
  • 4 Channels with filter, fx and eqs and remix decks controls.

The Native Instruments Kontrol S8 is the premium controller for their Traktor Pro software which is also included. It will also function as a standalone 4 channel mixer and has built in DVS support, so will accommodate the use of timecode vinyl and CDs. As you would expect from NI's flagship it is packed full of performance features including high quality pads that can be used to action a variety of functions in the software including hot cues, loops and samples, not to mention Traktor's remix decks. Furthermore the layout can be customised so you can tailor it to suit your style of play.

Numark Mixtrack Pro MK3 USB DJ Controller

Numark Mixtrack Pro MK3 USB DJ Controller

PRICE: £169.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? No
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro.
  • Built in USB audio interface.
  • 6 Prime Loops sample packs worth £129.
  • Jog wheels for scratching.
  • Dedicated filter knobs for each channel.

The latest incarnation of Numark's Mixtrack Pro has many of the features you would expect to find on a higher priced controller, including 100mm pitch controls, low-profile metal platters and ribbon strips that can be used to control the FX as well as for track searching. There are also 16 ultra-responsive back lit pads that can be used to control a range of functions in the software including hot cues, loops and sample triggering. The Mixtrack Pro 3 includes Serato DJ Intro and is compatible with most popular DJ software.

Pioneer DDJ-RZ Rekordbox 4 DJ System

Pioneer DDJ-RZ Rekordbox 4 DJ System

PRICE: £1,529.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? Yes
  • Includes Rekordbox 4 & DJ Expansion.
  • 16 back-lit pads for looping, hot cues, triggering samples and slicing.
  • Space, jet, filter and pitch colour FX.
  • Advanced FX including pad FX allowing you to chain them along all pads.
  • Slip mode, beat jump, 2 USB ports for 2 devices and high quality built in audio interface.

The DDJ-RZ is Pioneer's flagship controller for their Rekordbox DJ software. Like the DDJ-RX, the DDJ-RZ perfectly mirrors the software to deliver an intuitive user experience. The RZ is packed full of top line features including a contactless magnetic crossfader and two separate USB soundcards which make DJ handovers seamless as you can connect two computers simultaneously. It also has ribbon controllers which facilitate quick and easy track searching and a wealth of high quality FX including 'Release FX' that allow you to instantly trigger backspins, vinyl stops and echoes.

Pioneer DDJ-RX Rekordbox 4 DJ System

Pioneer DDJ-RX Rekordbox 4 DJ System

PRICE: £759.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? Yes
  • Includes Rekordbox 4 & DJ Expansion.
  • 16 back-lit pads for looping, hot cues, triggering samples and slicing.
  • Noise, crush, filter and pitch colour FX.
  • Advanced FX including pad FX allowing you to chain them along all pads.
  • Slip mode, beat jump and high quality built in audio interface.

The DDJ-RX is one of the first dedicated controllers for Pioneer's Rekordbox DJ software. The intuitive layout mirrors the software giving you effortless control over all parameters. The unit is designed with professional DJs in mind and is packed with all the performance features you would expect from Pioneer. It employs high quality components throughout including large aluminium jog wheels with control over the amount of resistance so you can tailor them perfectly for your style of play. This unit also functions as a standalone mixer.

Denon MC4000 Professional 2 Channel DJ Controller

Denon MC4000 Professional 2 Channel DJ Controller

PRICE: £319.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? No
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro.
  • Compatible with most major DJ software such as Traktor and Virtual DJ.
  • Built in 24 bit audio interface offering the highest quality sound.
  • Balanced booth and master outputs ensuring the best connection quality.
  • Pads for samples and looping, mic effects, EQ's and much more.

The Denon MC4000 is a premium 2 deck controller ideally suited for the professional DJ with to its solid steel construction and high quality balanced audio output. It also employs balanced booth outputs with a dedicated level control independent of the main volume, useful features for the gigging DJ and something which is virtually unheard of at this price point. The MC4000 also features dual mic inputs complemented by a range of high quality FX including a studio grade echo and a ducking effect that dips the volume of the music when the mic is in operation meaning you won't have to ride the faders. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Intro but will also work with most other DJ software.

Reloop Beatmix 2 MK2 USB DJ Controller with Serato Intro Software

Reloop Beatmix 2 MK2 USB DJ Controller

PRICE: £155.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? No
  • Built in 24-bit audio interface.
  • 16 back-lit colour coded performance pads for looping, slicing etc.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro to get mixing immediately.
  • 3.5mm and 6.3mm headphone outputs supporting all headphones and earphones.
  • USB powered, no power supply required.

The Reloop Beatmix 2 is one of the best Serato controllers round this price point, featuring a spacious layout and large (14.4cm diameter), low profile aluminium platters which are extremely responsive. The Beatmix 2 MK2 employs high quality pots and faders and also features 16 large (3cm), back lit, rubberized pads that can be used to activate loops, trigger your cue points and samples. There is also a dedicated line fader to control the volume of Serato's SP6 sampler. It ships with Serato DJ Intro and is also compatible with most popular DJ software.

Pioneer DDJ-SB2 Serato DJ Controller Inc Serato Intro Software

Pioneer DDJ-SB2 Serato DJ Controller

PRICE: £189.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? No
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro.
  • Built in soundcard.
  • Large jog wheels, great for scratching.
  • Filter fade and effects.
  • Rubber beat pads for hot cues, looping and sampler.

The Pioneer DDJ-SB2 offers incredible value, boasting many features that you won't find on other DJ controllers at this price point, including level meters, gain pots and 4 deck control. The SB2 also has some other innovative tricks up its sleeve including the filter fade function which applies a high pass filter to either side of the crossfader, allowing you manipulate the volume and filter cutoff of each channel simultaneously with just one hand. There is also a quantized 'padtrans' effect which allow you to use the performance pads to gate the channel volume rhythmically and perfectly in time with the beat. The SB2 ships with Serato DJ Intro and is also compatible with most other DJ software.

Numark NV Serato DJ Controller with Built In Displays

Numark NV Serato DJ Controller

PRICE: £489.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? No
  • Built in LCD screens.
  • Serato DJ Included.
  • Pads for looping, slicing and hot cues.
  • Touch and filter FX.
  • Vinyl mode, reverse mode and much more.

The 4 channel Numark NV is the only DJ controller in this price bracket to employ dual 4.3" full colour screens, meaning you won't need to look at your laptop. The screens relay important information from the software in real-time, including track waveforms and FX parameters - they also make library navigation a breeze. The NV also has capacitive EQ, FX and filter pots taken directly from the flagship NS7. These 'touch sensitive' controls allow for a whole new level of expression when performing. In short the NV, which includes Serato DJ full version, crams an incredible array of features into a robust yet compact case.

Reloop Beatpad 2 Controller For Android, iOS, Mac and Windows

Reloop Beatpad 2 Controller

PRICE: £375.00 RATING:   STANDALONE MIXER? No
  • Includes Djay LE.
  • Works with most major DJ software.
  • High quality built in audio interface.
  • Includes USB, Apple Lightning and Android OTG cables.
  • Spotify integration with Djay app.

The Reloop Beatpad 2 picks up where the original Beatpad left off. The new version of this popular controller is just as heavy duty as its predecessor and brings cutting edge new features including advanced library management system and the multi-coloured pads which reflect colours chosen in the software. The pads also respond to pressure and can be used to control the FX dynamically. The jog wheels can also be used to modulate the FX and have built in LEDs that offer useful feedback of which parameter and FX settings.

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