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    Hi everyone!

    In the last 2/3 years I've had a few house parties where I was the man of music! I used Virtual DJ and Traktor, but with no controller, just with a mouse and keyboard on my Laptop. There was a time that I had a little experience with a mini-mixer and loved playing with the knobs and sliders, and the fact that is much easier to have control over the music. I dont want to be a professional, just to play home and spend a couple of small parties.

    For this and more, I'm thinking about buying a controller and need your help.
    I do not want something top (since it would be too expensive). I am thinking of spending a maximum of 200. I heard about some controllers of Hercules and other brands, but do not know where to choose.
    It doesnt matter that is new or a used conttroler.


    What do you say?


    BTW, sorry for my bad english!

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    ^ Agreed.

    For a first controller that will give you physical control over most controls, you really can't go wrong with the Mixtrack Pro.
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    You want a controller with or without soundcard?
    Without:http://www.numark.com/product/mixtrack-ii
    With:http://www.hercules.com/uk/DJ-Music/...j-control-air/
    There might be others you could check out.
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    Check out digital dj tips . com's ultimate controller guide. It really is useful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dj Didz View Post
    You want a controller with or without soundcard?
    Without:http://www.numark.com/product/mixtrack-ii
    With:http://www.hercules.com/uk/DJ-Music/...j-control-air/
    There might be others you could check out.
    ehh

    i wouldn't fk with that hercules. I dont like depending on wireless/'air-control'/gimmicky weird things. Just give me a solid 2 platter controller with faders and knobs for <$300 please.
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    I would not recommend the Hercules DJ Control Air as suggested above. For the money you can get much more control with the mixtrack pro. Plus the air function is just stupid.

    The DigitalDJTips guide is probably a good place to start: http://www.digitaldjtips.com/dj-controllers-guide-2013/
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    Sounds like you know some software pretty well. Make a list of all the parameters you want control over, then find a controller that matches those needs.

    Want to control tempo - get some sliders. Want to control FX - get some knobs. Trigger samples? Buttons or pads. Navigation/browsing? Knobs and buttons...
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    not to knock the hercules again, but pretty much at this point, theres 3(maybe 4 if u include VDJ) main softwares out there... serato, traktor, and ableton. Id say find a controller that comes with a LITE version of one of those. If I put any money down, Id bet Hercules software doesnt catch on...
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    Thanks for the quick response guys!

    I really like the Numark Mixtrack Pro, but I have some questions.
    First, where I connect the speakers? Into the MixTrack or into the Laptop? Or is the same thing to connect one or another?

    Another thing is if I use Traktor Pro (Not the LE version), can I control the 3 effects per FX unit in Mixtrack? I have seen some videos of Mixtrack pro and it only control one effect! Help?


    Thanks!

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