DJ Controllers Reviews
NI has sent us two of their newest compact DJ controllers for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2 for the full review treatment. The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix/stem deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls. The D2 and the S8 uses the remix deck controls and screens to manipulate the new Stems file format.
The new Rane TTM57MKII two-channel Serato DJ Mixer is now in the DJbooth.net lab for the full Video review treatment. The TTM57MKII is the new update to the original TTM57SL mixer that only worked with the aging Serato Scratch Live Software. Now Rane has now updated the mixer with the new TTM57MKII complete with Serato DJ control, dual-USB ports, 8 RGB backlit pads, Low/High Pass filters, and the familiar layout that Rane is known for.
The Akai AFX is a small controller that lets users perform with multi-color performance pads, effects, hotcues, slicer, loops, navigation, and the new Serato Flip expasion while the Akai AMX is a mixing console & Serato DJ interface that controls the EQ, filters, headphones, volume linefaders, a mini-innofader crossfader and DVS Capable RCA inputs and outputs. Check out our full video review to see if these controllers are right for you.
The Epsilon Quad-Mix four-channel DJ controller is a very capable device that comes bundled with VirtualDJ LE, has aluminum knobs, and two RCA inputs to add extra turntables or CDJ’s to the performance. The Quad-Mix is now available in white and black editions for the slim price of only $350. Check out our full video review to see if this controller is for you.
The UDG Creator Controller Hardcases come in four different sizes to fit almost all DJ controllers and they sport a durable nylon exterior with a foam eggshell interior to adequately protect against dirt, debris, scrapes, drops, and more. Check out our full video review to see how they hold up to the tests.
The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 is the latest and greatest DJ controller from NI that can operate as a completely Stand-Alone 4-channel mixer, has touch sensitive controls, high quality user-replaceable faders, and dual high resolution screens for all the Traktor information one could need without glancing at their laptop. The Remix decks controls replace the jog wheels and pitch sliders for each deck, so it may not be for everyone… Check out our review video to see our thoughts.
The Reloop Neon is an official Serato Accessory Controller which allows users to unlock the advanced features within Serato DJ for those who are using DVS systems or DJ controllers without the infamous performance pads. The Serato DJ features that can be controlled from the Neon surface are the SP-6 sampler (with playback-mode LED indicators for each slot), Pad FX, Slicer modes, hotcues, the new Flip Mode, and loop modes.
The Pioneer DJ Division’s new Flagship Serato DJ controller called the Pioneer DDJ-SZ retains many of the features and functions of the widely popular DDJ-SX, while adding more real estate for a bigger and more professional footprint, bigger full “CDJ-sized” jog wheels, Multi-Color Backlit Performance Pads, Dual USB Ports for seamless transitions, a magnetic MAGVEL crossfader, and a full-blown DJM mixer section with Sound Color FX and DVS capability.