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    Hi guys, I have some experience with CDJ's but now I want to buy one MIDI Controller, I have $600 to spend. These are my options after watch and read some reviews in internet. The order is my interest at now:

    1 - Denon MC3000 - $499
    2 - Denon MC6000 (used) - $???
    3 - Reloop Terminal Mixer 4 - $600
    4 - Numark iDJ Pro iPad - $500
    5 - Numark N4 - $420
    6 - Traktor Kontrol S2 - $500
    7 - Vestax VCI-300 MK2 - $500
    8 - American Audio VMS4.1 - $500
    9 - Pioneer DDJ Ergo - $500
    10 - Stanton SCS4.DJ - $500


    Opinions and pro's / con's of every controller please!
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    The ergo, the vestax or the s2 would be my choices.

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    Why not the Novation Twitch?
    Buy if i had to choose from those I'd go with th N4 and be prepared for VDJ 8

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    VCI300, but run as fast as you can away from the VMS, unless you want to be troubleshooting and complaining for the rest of your life. I had two before buying the S4.

    To get a good source of info about all the above, go to see their company forums . You'll see first hand what's good and bad.

    Why not buy a second hand S4?
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    S2 really is decent for its price
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zer0beet View Post
    Why not the Novation Twitch?
    Buy if i had to choose from those I'd go with th N4 and be prepared for VDJ 8

    What N4 have to "be prepard for vdj8"?

    I dont see Twitch one, i will find informations about it... Tnx




    Quote Originally Posted by AllDay View Post
    The ergo, the vestax or the s2 would be my choices.
    I like these too, the ergo is perfect... Sooo doubts :/ i need to take a decision






    Quote Originally Posted by JSM View Post
    VCI300, but run as fast as you can away from the VMS, unless you want to be troubleshooting and complaining for the rest of your life. I had two before buying the S4.

    To get a good source of info about all the above, go to see their company forums . You'll see first hand what's good and bad.

    Why not buy a second hand S4?

    S4 used will be under $600? its a good choice too...





    Tnx for all rsponses, waiting for more opnions

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    Maybe start by planning our ideal controller SW environment and we would go for there. In case Traktor, there are many options besides S4 (which I do own one), for example two NI F1s and an iPad running Oscullator as the controller mixer *). And many other options.

    Do you want lots of knobs, jog wheels absolute must or not, separate audio interface OK, interested in a more modular approach for mix-and-match various configs, one turn-key solution?

    *) http://traktortips.com/2011/08/10/ip...traktor-pro-2/
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    ***just for kicks***

    make your own for far less, use a teensy brain for $16, learn to program it (most of the sketches are done anyway), and you'll be away.

    Of course I was joking, but it's the way many of the users in the forum got into digital in the first place.

    but to answer your question on the S4 .....YES
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NI-Traktor-S...item3ccaeb1744
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    SL1210Mk5 x 2 Numark TTX x2 DJM-T1 DDM4000 MIDI Mixer Numark 4TRAK neoD+ cables
    8000+ 45's & 2500+ 12's 2 x Traktor Kontrol S4 X1 & F1

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    and there's always the Pioneer offering ....now they've dropped the prices on the new ones, the 2nd hand market has also dropped. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pioneer-DDJ-...item1e72962fa1
    XPS L701x i7 16GbRAM 2x 500Gb SSD RAID HD (Windows 7 Ultimate x64) 1 x 1Tb 7200 int.
    TSP 2.6.1 Audio 8 Audio 4 4 x Denon SC-2000 2 x DX2 EMU shortboard MIDI_FIGHTER_PRO_PLUS
    SL1210Mk5 x 2 Numark TTX x2 DJM-T1 DDM4000 MIDI Mixer Numark 4TRAK neoD+ cables
    8000+ 45's & 2500+ 12's 2 x Traktor Kontrol S4 X1 & F1

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    Virtual DJ 8 is coming out soon, and its supposed to be a hell of a lot better than VDJ7. The N4 has 4 channels but those 4 channels are only really usable in virtual DJ, because serato decided that the N4 was going to only support DJ intro. SO if you want to use serato then don't get the N4. If you don't mind using VDJ then I'd get the N4 and use VDJ7 until VDJ 8 comes out.

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