Comparison of controllers to use w/ SSL?
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    Default Comparison of controllers to use w/ SSL?

    So from what I've gathered and seen, Serato Scratch Live doesn't have a ton of controllers to use with it.

    Denon DN-HC1000S:


    Novation Dicers:


    Native Instruments Kontrol X1 w/ Serato Layout:


    Vestax VFX-1:



    That's pretty much all there is. If you have the Rane TTM-57SL mixer, you get some additional controls on the mixer, but not much else.


    What do you guys use, and why do you use them? Are there any that I missed?

    I'm getting SSL pretty soon, and I already know that down the line I'm going to want to get an additional controller for physical control over some of the FX knobs and such. A lot of nicer mixer's have that stuff built in, but I figure since it's in the program anyhow, I might as well just do that instead of investing in a new mixer down the line (because I honestly really like mine).


    Right now I'm honestly thinking that the dicers are the neat tool of the bunch, but the VFX-1 would be nice if I ever decided to go with a VCI-300 for mobile purposes in the future.

    Thoughts and experiences using the different controllers with Serato?
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    I like my trigger finger. Allows me to switch between sample banks and have more controls overall.

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    Denon. Plug and play. I can't imagine it gets any easier.

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    I really liked using my LPD8 when i had serato. Enough knobs for effects and looping etc and enough pads for cue points and navigation.

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    Among the choices you posted, the NI X1 is ideal and have a good layout. Although the Dicers are capable of controlling as a player, it's still best used for hot cues, looping and effect stutter rather than controller.
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    The midi fighter classic will work with SSL and the X1 and dicers are both plug and play afaik.
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    Rotaries are a must IMO. Maybe a MF Pro with rotaries would do well, but I can't see the classic doing the job for me.

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    I think the OP was looking for controllers to use with SSL not itch

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    ^ the vfx-1 he has in the initial post is for itch, it says right on the pic too
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    Quote Originally Posted by farhanashraf View Post
    ^ the vfx-1 he has in the initial post is for itch, it says right on the pic too
    "and can be used to control the DJ-FX within Serato Scratch Live."

    I'd rule that out as a choice for an SSL controller if that's all it could do in SSL though personally.
    So far I haven't seen a controller for SSL that has as many features as the trigger finger.

    Maybe and MPD of some sort.

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