Top 5 DJ Controllers of 2015

Only the year's most innovative controllers makes the cut
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Only the year's most innovative controllers makes the cut

DJ controllers have seen a rise in popularity in recent years and companies have been racing to see how much technology they can squeeze into a compact controller. Users can now get the distinct feel of what it's like to be in the Dj booth with just a single piece of hardware. With that being said, we've compiled the top 5 Dj controllers that graced the market in 2015. If you're in the market for an upgrade, here's everything you need to know.

5. Reloop Terminal Mix 8

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If you are looking for something inexpensive, and outside of the normal DDJ/Numark/Traktor realm to stand apart then look no further. The Reloop Terminal Mix 8 is a powerful Serato controller at a highly-competitive price.

  • Price: $699
  • Software: Serato DJ
  • Pros: Great quality sound, relatively inexpensive, powerful controls.
  • Cons: No dedicated "Master Out" or 3/4 channel meters. Limited DVS compatibility. 

4. Pioneer DDJ-SX2

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Pioneers second rendition of the acclaimed DDJ-SX with new functionality.

  • Price: $999
  • Software: Serato DJ
  • Pros: CDJ feel, high-quality pads, and it's affordable and powerful.
  • Cons: No DVS support, large.

3. Numark NS7II

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Numark's second revision of the flagship control featuring real rotating vinyl and slipmats. 

  • Price: $1299
  • Software: Serato DJ 
  • Pros: Motorized vinyl platters that feel more like playing records.
  • Cons: Bulky and heavy, no standalone filters.

2. Pioneer DDJ-SZ

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The Pioneer DDJ-SZ is essentially everything CDJ fans want from an all-in-one controller. 

  • Pice: $1999
  • Software: Serato DJ
  • Pros: Most featured Serato controller on market, closely resembles CDJ workflow. Dual USB allows for easy switches between DJs.
  • Cons: Expensive and bulky, as well as no Rekordbox functionality. 

1. Traktor Control S8

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The Traktor Kontrol S8 was a game changer this year. Utilizing the power of stems-ready decks and build in high-res displays, the Traktor Kontrol S8 became the flagship all-in-one DJ system of the year. 

  • Price: $1199
  • Software: Traktor Pro
  • Pros: Best Traktor integration controller in existence, built in screens allow the you to close your laptop and stems dedicated channels.
  • Cons: More of a preference, but there are no jog wheels anymore.