Top 10 Best DJ Controllers

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

Numark Mixtrack Pro II USB DJ Controller with Integrated Audio Interface and Trigger Pads
  • Digital DJ controller with touch-sensitive control wheels, FX controls and integrated audio interface
  • 16 rubber drum pads for triggering samples, cue points, loops and more
  • Built-in audio interface for PA system output, headphone cueing and microphone
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro; fully upgradable to Serato DJ
  • Includes Numark Remix Toolkit download ($200 value)

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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$
Channels3
SoftwareSerato DJ Intro
Included ExtrasBuilt-in audio interface, 16 drum pads, microphone and headphone connections. Numark remix toolkit.

9. Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 DJ Controller
  • Updated MK2 hardware with new duo-tone design and improved fader reliability
  • Plug-and-play support for hands-on control over TRAKTOR DJ for iPad and iPhone
  • Silicone-damped jog wheels with aluminum top plates for high-resolution cueing and scratching
  • Highly-intuitive 2+1 channel DJ performance system and flagship Traktor Pro 2 software with Remix Decks
  • Plug and play with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone: Provides precision control, cueing, and club-ready output levels
  • System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or 10.10 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM; Windows 7 or 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 or equal AMD processor, 4 GB RAM

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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.

Price$$
Channels2 (+2 remix channels on the Traktor software)
SoftwareTraktor Pro 2
Included ExtrasDesign mimics Traktor software, iPad and iPhone integration, 8 extra drum pads, high quality sound output.

8. Pioneer DDJSR Pro DJ Controller

Pioneer DJ DJ Controller, Black (DDJSR)
  • 16 Performance Pads provide HOT CUE, ROLL, SLICER and SAMPLER functions
  • New PAD PLUS provide HOT CUE ROLL, TRANS, COMBO FX, and SAMPLER ROLL
  • Large Jog Wheels for precise scratching and mixing capabilities
  • Please refer User Manual before use.

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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$$$
Channels2
SoftwareFull version of Serato
Included Extras16 drum pads, large platters,

7. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Controller
  • Industry-standard 4-deck controller, soundcard, flagship TRAKTOR software. TRAKTOR software disc is not included and needs to be downloaded free of charge
  • Improved look, feel, and visual feedback. Line Inputs : Frequency Response +/-0.5 dB 20 Hz-40 kHz
  • Plug and play with TRAKTOR DJ for iPad and iPhone
  • German (Publication Language)

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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$$$
Channels4 (+2 remix channels on Traktor software).
SoftwareTraktor Pro 2
Included ExtrasDesign mimics Traktor software, Silicone-dampled jog wheels with aircraft-grade aluminum plates, Club-ready output

6. Reloop Terminal Mix 8

Reloop Terminal Mix 8 4-Deck Serato DJ-Performance Pad Controller (TM8)
  • 4-deck Serato DJ performance PAD controller
  • Seamless hardware integration for SERATO DJ software (full version included)
  • Easy plug-n-play, connect to your computer and start mixing MP3s
  • Sturdy construction with high-quality elements in club size and quality
  • Performance PAD section with 16x velocity-sensitive RGB drum pads for triggering HOT CUEs, loops, samples & slicer

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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$$$$
Channels4
SoftwareFull version of Serato
Included Extras16 sampler buttons, able to be used with most popular software, large platters with a “real” feel.

5. Numark NVII

Numark NV II | Four Deck DJ Controller for Serato DJ (Included) With Dual High Resolution Displays, 16 Performance Pads and 5-Inch Metal Platters
  • Upgrade Your DJ Decks and Experience Total Serato DJ Control: DJ controller for Serato DJ (Included); sleek, low profile design; high res displays let you focus on your DJ set, not the computer
  • Visualize your DJ Mix: Full-color displays provide 1:1 real time visualization of Serato DJ; gridlines on screen assist with perfect beat matching
  • Mix Essentials: Blend, scratch and mix with dual 5-inch metal platters with search and scratch modes; 16 velocity sensitive performance pads with backlit RGB feedback and 10 pad modes
  • A DJ System for Everything you Need: Professional crossfader, built in USB 2.0 audio interface, aux and balanced mic inputs, zone/booth outputs and balanced XLR outputs for club use
  • Toolroom Remix Packs: Exclusive remix package included featuring professional stems from one of the world’s premier electronic music labels

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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$$$$
Channels4
SoftwareFull version of Serato
Included ExtrasTwo 4.3” screens, 16 drum pads with different “pad modes,” included 16-bit 44.1 kHz audio interface

4. Pioneer Pro DJ DDJ-SX2

Pioneer DJ DJ Controller, 17.70 x 29.90 x 6.90 (DDJ-SX2)
  • Dedicated buttons for Serato FLIP
  • 4-Channel Performance DJ Controller Designed for Serato DJ
  • Updated Jog Wheel with “Hot Cue Countdown”
  • Multi-Colored, Velocity Sensitive Performance Pads,Serato DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Software System Requirements : Windows 10/8.1/7 : 32-bit: (CPU) Intel Core i5 or i7 1.07 GHz / (Memory) 4 GB,64-bit: (CPU) Intel Core i5 or i7 1.07 GHz / (Memory) 4 GB. Mac OS Sierra : Mac OS X 10.9.4/10.8.5/10.7.5 – 32-bit: (CPU) Intel Core i5 or i7 1.07 GHz / (Memory) 4 GB,64-bit: (CPU) Intel Core…

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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$$$$$
Channels4
SoftwareFull version of Serato
Included Extras16 sampler buttons. 24-bit 48 kHz soundcard, DVS upgrade ready.

3. Allen & Heath Xone:4D

Allen & Heath Xone:4D Universal DJ Controller
  • 20 Channel USB Audio Interface
  • 4 multi-input stereo channels
  • Switchable phono or line input stages, RIAA preamps on 3 channels
  • Soundcard output routing switches for each channel
  • 3-band total kill EQ +6dB to off

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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$$$$$
Channels4
SoftwareNone, but can be used with most professional audio softwares.
Included ExtrasHigh quality soundcard (24-bit 96 kHz, 20 channel output), 105 MIDI controls, compatibility with most professional audio software

2. Denon DJ MCX8000

Denon DJ MCX8000 | Standalone DJ Player and Serato 4-Channel DJ Controller)
  • Includes revolutionary Denon DJ Engine standalone technology
  • 2 USB inputs for Engine playback in standalone mode
  • Includes 4 deck Serato DJ software
  • 2 high definition displays show Engine and Serato DJ operation
  • Professional 4 channel digital mixer with 2 microphone inputs

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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$$$$$
Channels4
SoftwareFull version of Serato
Included ExtrasMetal Construction, 2 screens, 16 drum pads, included soundcard (24-bit 48 kHz), 3 built-in effects.

1. Numark NS7III

Numark NS7III | 4-Channel Motorized DJ Controller & Mixer with Screens and free Remix/Sampling Program downloads
  • 4 decks of Serato DJ software control; built-in 4-channel audio mixer
  • 2 variable-torque motorized platters with high-resolution MIDI tracking
  • Touch-activated knobs produce ground-breaking control of filters, EQ, and more
  • Authentic vinyl records provide the feel of a professional DJ turntable
  • 16 velocity-sensitive Akai Professional MPC pads with backlit RGB feedback
  • 10 pad modes for hot cues, loops, song slicing, and sample triggering

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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$$$$$
Channels4
SoftwareFull version of Serato
Included ExtrasMotorized 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.