Three Things to Consider Before Buying a DJ Controller

You don’t need to be a sound engineer to find a DJ controller that fits your needs.

Person DJing
Most modern DJ controllers are easy to use and full of features.Pexels/Isabella Mendes

Admit it. Whether your fancy runs to Wolfman Jack or Skrillex, you can see yourself as a legendary DJ, a beat scientist ruling the EDM dance floor or piloting the next rave. Or maybe you’ve never heard of Deadmau5 and frankly could care less, but for you it’s simply being the best wedding DJ on the planet, and maybe adding in that scratchy vinyl thing for effect! Regardless, all have in common a DJ controller. Here’s how to choose one that works for you.

Pioneer DJ DJ Controller

Upright Design

This setup comes with ReKordbox software and a built-in sound card.Pioneer DJ

DJ controllers are available for under $100, but you can easily pay a couple grand if you’re so inclined. Beginner DJs can buy good quality and features for under $300. Start small and learn before investing in a controller with features you’ll never need.

Numark Party Mix, Beginners DJ controller for Serato DJ Lite With 2 Channels

Four Modes

This unit features sound and computer pairing and easy-to-access knobs and buttons.Numark

A DJ controller should interface with your laptop or have a soundcard to access music. It needs jogwheels to nurse speed and cue music (as well as do that scratch DJ thing). It needs cue and play buttons as well as faders to switch back and forth between music. Two or more equalizer channels are nice. Controls should be large and spaced enough for comfortable use. It should have a headphones jack.

Denon DJ PRIME 4 | 4 Deck Standalone Smart DJ Console

Wireless Streaming

This powerful station is equipped with music software already integrated.Denon DJ

DJ controllers can be used from simply playing music to creating music or producing a show. Understanding how the controller functions in your plans will help you decide which ones are best for you. Look for the features that come with the controller that meet your needs. A good controller will include software like Traktor Pro, Serato DJ, Virtual DJ or Rekordbox DJ.