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  • Post last modified:07/23/2021
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MIDI controllers are a relatively new thing for the DJ industry, but they have proven to be capable and effective enough to stick around. On this page, we have gathered our selections for the top 10 DJ controllers.

After going through some of the best DJ controllers on the market, here are several factors that we considered when putting this list of the top 10 together:

  • Price
  • Number of Channels (four is the ideal number)
  • Whether or not DJ software is included
  • Extra Features
  • Amount of room left for personal creativity (extra buttons, flexibility of features)

10. Numark Mixtrack Pro II

The Numark Mixtrack Pro II is a top choice for any DJ looking for a budget option. It comes with entry level DJ software (which you will eventually want to upgrade), a built-in audio interface, and can be easily connected to any PA system.

If you are looking for top-of-the-line features for your DJ controller, you will need to consider investing a little more money.

This controller will serve you well, but you will likely get bored by its simplicity, so you may want to keep reading down this list if you’re in it for the long haul.

This controller is best used by a beginner, or for practice, as it is arguably too basic for any creative live mixing.

Price $
Channels 3
Software Serato DJ Intro
Included Extras Built-in audio interface, 16 drum pads, microphone and headphone connections. Numark remix toolkit.


9. Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2

This controller is a nice bridge between beginner and professional-grade DJ controllers. The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2, equipped with Traktor Pro 2, will leave a beginner-intermediate level DJ with plenty of room to develop their skills.

Be sure to research more on the Traktor software before you purchase this controller, as it is not made with other DJ software in mind. Traktor is a great program, but there are various DJs who prefer others.

This is our top DJ controller under $500.

Price $$
Channels 2 (+2 remix channels on the Traktor software)
Software Traktor Pro 2
Included Extras Design mimics Traktor software, iPad and iPhone integration, 8 extra drum pads, high quality sound output.

8. Pioneer DDJSR Pro DJ Controller

Like Pioneer DDJSR is a pretty solid choice for any DJ, given its low price and the fact that it includes the full version of Serato.

If you are a DJ used to turntables and are looking for a relatively cheap way to switch to Serato, this controller is for you.

Other features on the controller itself are essentially the same as the previous ones on this list. The selling point for this controller is the included software.

Price $$$
Channels 2
Software Full version of Serato
Included Extras 16 drum pads, large platters,

7. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 is the top choice for any DJ who loves the Traktor software. This controller features 4 channels, and has enough buttons and knobs to keep you up all night MIDI mapping planning how you want to use them all.

Like it’s simplistic predecessor, this controller is built to be used easily with the included Traktor Pro 2 software.

If you are DJ who wants a reliable, sturdy, and professional controller to use with Traktor, this is the one you want to purchase.

Price $$$
Channels 4 (+2 remix channels on Traktor software).
Software Traktor Pro 2
Included Extras Design mimics Traktor software, Silicone-dampled jog wheels with aircraft-grade aluminum plates, Club-ready output

6. Reloop Terminal Mix 8

Perhaps a tad bit overpriced, the Reloop Terminal Mix 8 makes up for the extra price tag by offering sturdy construction, ensuring that your controller will not have buttons fall off while you are transporting it to and from a gig.

This controller offers more versatility than most models, and can be used with the included full version of Serato, Traktor, or Virtual DJ, whichever software you prefer. It also includes plenty of extra drum pads and knobs to help you create a personalized controller.

Price $$$$
Channels 4
Software Full version of Serato
Included Extras 16 sampler buttons, able to be used with most popular software, large platters with a “real” feel.

5. Numark NVII

One great thing about Numark is that they are great at offering competitive pricing for features that are usually out of their price range. The Numark NVII is no different, and is a marvel of a controller given its price tag.

Not only does this controller include the full version of Serato, but also makes it easier for DJs who want to use their computer less, and controller more.

On each side of the controller there is a 4.3” screen which directly mimics what you would see on Serato, and can also be used to select songs.

Be sure to note though that this controller is not a standalone, and still requires a laptop with the included Serato software.

The only potentially bad thing about this controller is that it offers a lower quality output than is possible in its included audio interface.

Price $$$$
Channels 4
Software Full version of Serato
Included Extras Two 4.3” screens, 16 drum pads with different “pad modes,” included 16-bit 44.1 kHz audio interface

4. Pioneer Pro DJ DDJ-SX2

The Pioneer Pro DJ DDJ-SX2 is not the best Pioneer controller available, but it is the best one which balances price and functionality. As the price for controllers goes up, there reaches a point where it becomes too high, and you should just settle for a different brand.

Built to be used with Serato, this controller has all of the buttons you need to fully use the program while only using your computer for song selection.

This is a great choice for anybody who loves using Pioneer products.

Price $$$$$
Channels 4
Software Full version of Serato
Included Extras 16 sampler buttons. 24-bit 48 kHz soundcard, DVS upgrade ready.

3. Allen & Heath Xone:4D

In an era where DJs want to be able to use different software, and not have to settle for just Serato, or just Traktor, the Allen & Heath Xone:4D provides all that you are looking for, and more.

With an exceptional built-in soundcard, 105 assignable MIDI controls, and the features that any professional DJ would need, this controller is hands down one of the best DJ controllers.

This controller can also be used with recording software such as Pro Tools or Ableton Live. This is a great choice for DJs who make their own mixes.

Price $$$$$
Channels 4
Software None, but can be used with most professional audio softwares.
Included Extras High quality soundcard (24-bit 96 kHz, 20 channel output), 105 MIDI controls, compatibility with most professional audio software

2. Denon DJ MCX8000

Much like Numark, Denon is a great brand to consider for any DJ who wants top features at a lower price. The Denon DJ MCX8000 offers everything the above controllers do, and more.

Most noteworthy about this model is the fact that it is constructed with metal, which makes it one of the most durable controllers available. Add in a top-quality soundcard, and we are left with one of the best DJ controllers available.

Price $$$$$
Channels 4
Software Full version of Serato
Included Extras Metal Construction, 2 screens, 16 drum pads, included soundcard (24-bit 48 kHz), 3 built-in effects.

1. Numark NS7III

Motorized platters are the dream of any digital DJ yearning to connect with the culture of DJing. This, along with the fact this controller includes the industry standard Serato software makes it the best DJ controller.

The Numark NS7III has nearly everything any other controller on this list has, and more. If you can afford the investment, you do not want to miss out on this masterpiece.

Price $$$$$
Channels 4
Software Full version of Serato
Included Extras Motorized platters, color screens. 16 drum pads.

Rundown on our Top 10 DJ Controllers

Every DJ wants to use only the best DJ controllers. However, most of us working in the industry are limited in our budget, and would like to have all of the latest features at a decent price.

As a result, some of the more expensive controllers were purposefully left off this list because they can be replaced with the cheaper alternatives listed above.

As you are making your decision as to which controller you wish to purchase, keep in mind your individual style, and the features that you need to be successful. This top 10 DJ controllers list was created with the intent of helping DJs continue to become better.