In your opinion, what is the best DJ controller out there?
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    Default In your opinion, what is the best DJ controller out there?

    Hi all, I'm currently studying Music Production at degree level and require some help on an assignment

    What is the best DJ controller out there? Make, model and compatibly doesn't matter as I would like to grasp an understanding of the variety, or lack their of in DJ controller preference.

    I have my own opinions, but I need primary research in order to complete my assignment. Also it would be great to get some feedback from fellow professionals.

    I'm using the Pioneer XDJ RX, I chose this because I have old traditions and love operating on CDJs, this derived from my vinyl days I also believe laptops put a barrier between the DJ and crowd, this has always deterred me from using a laptop, hence the purchase of the RX which works without.

    I would love to know what the DJ community has to say on this matter, I look forward to any responses.

    Thank you for your time


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    Have you paged through threads on this board or searched controller names but failed to find any satisfactory discussion on this topic? This forum is full of opinions on almost every controller that has been released in the past ten years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartyMcFly View Post
    Have you paged through threads on this board or searched controller names but failed to find any satisfactory discussion on this topic? This forum is full of opinions on almost every controller that has been released in the past ten years.
    I need to provide evidence of primary research for my assignment (providing a link to this thread). I know which are the best and worst, its just for my assignment.

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    IMHO it is a toss up between the S8 and DDJ-SX2
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    The "best" DJ controller is the one the DJ has practiced with long enough to integrate seamlessly into their desired workflow. Issues of cost, software support, pack space, portability, needed booth footprint, power needs, and more will all play into the preference for one controller over another.

    Why not start with something easy, like what is the best genre of music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundinmotiondj View Post
    The "best" DJ controller is the one the DJ has practiced with long enough to integrate seamlessly into their desired workflow. Issues of cost, software support, pack space, portability, needed booth footprint, power needs, and more will all play into the preference for one controller over another.
    I agree with this. For some people, all the bells and whistles and added features of the S8 make for an incredibly great controller (my old roommate for instance) but often I would play alongside him with an external mixer, an Akai MPD26 and a Serato box and could have just a good workflow as he did, but that's because we DJed differently.
    Last edited by overcast; 01-26-2016 at 05:37 PM.

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    Traktor Kontrol X1 MK1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    Traktor Kontrol X1 MK1.
    Quoted for truth.

    Apart from that: 2 Technics 1210s and a big bunch of black crack....
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    Also, you know you can put the laptop to the side, right? It doesn't have to be in between you and the crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    Traktor Kontrol X1 MK1.
    This and the S4 mkI
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