Three Things to Consider Before Buying a DJ Controller

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DJ controller
Let the beat drop.Pixabay

The art and culture of DJing began with people manipulating songs with two turntables and a mixer. Today, anyone can emulate the technique digitally at home with the use of a piece of hardware called a DJ controller. A DJ controller is a two-channel unit which works in conjunction with included software to play and mix digital audio files. If you want to be the life of the next house party, a DJ controller will help you find and feed your musical imagination.

Pioneer DJ DJ Controller, Black, (DDJSB3)
Jog wheels with low latency ensure your scratches and mixes will happen just the way you want them to.Pioneer DJ

Entry-level DJ controllers might feel like they have a steep learning curve. However, they will give you plenty of room to learn and grow with lots of functions at your fingertips. The best way to learn is by doing, so don’t be afraid to try new things with your equipment.

Numark Party Mix | Beginners DJ Controller for Serato DJ Lite With 2 Channels, Built In Audio Interface With Headphone Output, Pad Performance Controls, Crossfader, Jogwheels and Light Display
This budget-friendly model contains LEDs that automatically sync to your tunes.Numark

Many controllers come with software from the manufacturer to sync the hardware to your computer. From there, you can upload your music, fiddle with effects and start to develop your style as a DJ. Keep in mind a smaller mixer will be more portable, but may not have as many features as a larger one.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S3 4-Channel, 4 DJ Controller
Program up to eight pads on each deck, then switch decks if you want to keep your mix steady.Native Instruments

Some controllers come with more advanced buttons and features, like pads that let you loop or store audio clips. Others contain effects like reverb, EQ and filters to give your mix a unique sound. Ultimately the only limits on what you can create are your software and your imagination.

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