We’ve rounded up SamAsh.com’s 4 best-selling DJ Controllers under $600 – the Pioneer DDJ-SB, Numark Mixtrack Pro II, Native Instruments Kontrol S2, and the Pioneer DDJ-SR. All 4 of these controllers are great for any bedroom DJ, party settings, and even smaller venues like clubs and bars. All 4 share similar features like a 2-channel mixer, a soundcard, and professional I/O that allows for different outputs, as well as seamless software control. Despite having all of that in common, certain unique and cool features stand out on each.
The Pioneer DDJ-SB may be an entry-level controller, but since it’s from Pioneer; one of the biggest names in DJ, it’s definitely not a toy. The SB allows for 2-deck control; making it extremely easy to manage and comes packaged with Serato Intro, which is perfect for beginners. 16 performance pads allow the user to switch between hot cue and sampling, as well as other live effects. Each channel features an independent filter knob, allowing for better fading between songs. The DDJ-SB’s compact package sports similar features and operability as more expensive Pioneer controllers, but at an entry-level price.
The Numark Mixtrack Pro II delivers everything you’ll need to start DJing with your computer. It features 16 backlit, multifunctional rubber drum pads and illuminated touch-activated platters for precise control. USB power allows for plug and play, eliminating the hassle of an external power source. Another unique feature is the dual headphone jacks, making it easy to mix with friends or trade off in-between sets. Durable but lightweight hard plastic construction makes the Numark Mixtrack Pro II the lightest controller in this group.
The Native Instruments Kontrol S2 is a 2-deck soundcard DJ system and is the first mid-level controller in our roundup. Instead of Serato Intro, The S2 comes packaged with Native Instruments’ well-respected proprietary DJ software; Traktor. The S2 fully integrates Traktor DJ for iPad, iPhone and adds tactile, physical control to your iOS DJ setup. Intuitive, rugged and portable, the Native Instruments S2 is ideal for both beginner and seasoned DJs.
The Pioneer DDJ-SR is the only controller in our roundup packaged with a full version of Serato DJ and is widely recognized for its intuitive controls and popular features. The DDJ-SR’s BIG JOG ensures DJs always get the scratch response they expect and the two-channel mixer layout enables instinctive mixing and scratching. Simply hit the Deck Select button to effortlessly access decks. The new PAD PLUS button delivers another layer of control to the Performance Pads – enabling users the ability to trigger multiple FX with one button, and automatically sync samples and Hot Cues to the beat. The DDJ-SR shares many features with its higher-end Pioneer cousins, but at a much smaller footprint.