DJ controllers are pieces of hardware which allow hands-on control of music mixing software. The development of robust DJ software, along with the hardware to control it, has been one of the most significant things to ever happen within the industry. As the market continues to grow, we’ve found ourselves with many wonderful options to fit budget, workflow, and choice of software. This guide compares the top DJ controllers, so that you can feel confident before spending your hard-earned money! It has been continuously updated since 2014, helping thousands of DJs like you decide which controller is best for them.
While the most popular option for DJs (especially those just getting started) is to use a standard DJ controller, many modern DJs are opting for the all-in-one standalone solution… which mimicks a more CDJ-like experience. In this guide, we’ll talk about the available options for standalone systems in 2022.
Note: these videos made possible by hardware on loan from The DJ Hookup. RANE made waves two weeks ago when it announced the ONE. It lands in a unique space in the current DJ market, with no other controller incorporating motorized 7” turntable platters for that legacy vinyl feeling, complete with a customizable high/low torque […]
This guide contains a 9-step process to assist in your journey of learning how to DJ. Since its original form in 2013, it’s helped thousands of beginner DJs to get their start. But it’s up to you to take real action! When learning to DJ, you’re learning to match your own musical expressions with the desires of an audience. It isn’t just matching beats, or scratching over songs. It’s about being observant, empathic, and reactive. Today we’ll learn about the art of deejaying, and how to do it with passion and purpose!
Frequently Asked Questions About DJing General DJ Knowledge What is a DJ? In the traditional sense, a DJ (short for disc jockey) is a person who actively plays prerecorded music for an audience. This audience might be dancers at a party, patrons at a nightclub, or listeners of a radio show. Over time, the role […]
The DJ hardware market has grown exponentially in recent years; people are now able to choose a controller which fits their budget, their workflow, and their choice of software. This is wonderful news for DJs, but it also makes the shopping process difficult.
That’s where the Controller Compendium comes in! This guide is meant to help you make an informed decision, so that you can feel confident when spending your hard-earned money.
The Pioneer CDJ Guidebook: A Comparison & History of CDJs and XDJs When the CDJ-500 was first introduced back in 1994, turntables ruled the roost. Since it was geared towards vinyl DJs moving into the digital realm, the design focused on emulating the classic turntable. For instance, the jog wheel was introduced in order to give […]
Need help finding the best Traktor controller for your needs? This is a comprehensive guide for Traktor Kontrol: a line of hardware for DJs by Native Instruments designed to integrate perfectly with Traktor software.
Reading this guide should give you a solid understanding of how the hardware works, the types of workflows available, and what devices best suit your needs.
Every genre of music has a track that can be held up, throughout the life of that genre, as a defining piece for that genre. When someone asks, “How would you describe [insert genre name here]?”, there’s usually a set of tracks that are at the top of everyone’s favorite list. When we talk about […]