I have 400 to spend on a controller. Can you help deciding what's better?
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    Default I have 400 to spend on a controller. Can you help deciding what's better?

    Hello, guys.

    I wanna ditch my first controller (a Hercules DJ Instinct - I want to get something that doesn't look like a toy) and buy something that I practise and do some gigs with.

    I've been looking at the NI S2 MKII, but I keep reading these negative reviews regarding freezes and its overall quality. I use traktor, so it seemed perfect, but I want be sure I'm getting a good controller overall. What do you recommend?

    Just FYI, I have an Akai APC20 that I plan to use together with the controller to control the remix decks on Traktor (this is the software I use).

    Thanks in advance!
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    LOVE this thing, but beware, no audio interface included

    http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2014/08...di-controller/

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    If I was you, I'd buy:

    Zomo MC-1000 (incl. 4 channel audio interface) http://www.dv247.com/dj-equipment/zo...FYKWtAodSicAug, and;
    Behringer NOX 606 http://www.dv247.com/dj-equipment/be...FfMZtAodZUQAZw

    Under budget (!) and you'll have a GREAT 4-channel set-up that would be complimented by your APC.

    Use the leftover money to buy a stand for the Zomo:

    http://www.zomo.de/en/Products/MIDI-Controller
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    Thanks, guys, many good ideas in here.

    But I find myself using the jogwheels to find cue points (on-the-fly) on my Hercules. Won't I miss that? How do you guys do it?
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    APC40 has remix decks covered so I'd wait & check this out - Denon MC controllers excellent - I know it's Serato but it would be fun to map to Traktor & the soundcard will be top quality:

    https://www.decks.co.uk/products/dj-...-dj-controller
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky H View Post
    APC40 has remix decks covered so I'd wait & check this out - Denon MC controllers excellent - I know it's Serato but it would be fun to map to Traktor & the soundcard will be top quality:

    https://www.decks.co.uk/products/dj-...-dj-controller

    To be honest, that Denon looks boss. What's the quality on these?
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    http://pioneerdj.com/english/product...er/ddj-sr.html

    Just go for this one. Looks professional, and has the best jogwheels I have thusfar been able to find on a controller for this pricerange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulBix
    But I find myself using the jogwheels to find cue points (on-the-fly) on my Hercules. Won't I miss that? How do you guys do it?
    The stock mapping on the Zomo has "Seek" mapped to one of the endleess encoders. (I think it's Shift+Loop Encoder).

    You'll manage just fine.
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    You guys have any opinions regarding this Pioneer?
    http://www.thomann.de/pt/pioneer_ddj_sb_l_b_stock.htm

    The thing I dislike the most about it is its lack of FX knobs, and I reda a few reviews that mention poor build quality. What do you think about it?

    Regarding the FX, I have a Korg MiniKontroler that I can use for it.
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