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TECH AWARDS: ULTIMATE DJ CONTROLLER

Top flight DJ toys offering professional performance for today’s superstar DJs

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Reloop Terminal Mix 8

£499
Hype
Full sized four channel controller for Serato DJ with high quality components and lovely jog wheels that just beg to be scratched, with the addition of touch pads for added performance
Gripe
Can’t be used as a standalone mixer unlike some of the others in this price range.
Summary
A controller that manages to be just as good as any other of the big boys offerings in this arena, will definitely deliver the goods.
8/10

 

Pioneer XDJ1000

£899
Hype
A great controller that borrows its styling from the CDJ2000, with touch screen capabilities.
Gripe
The sound quality is not as good as Pioneer’s top-flight CDJ2000 decks.
Summary
A great deck that marks the times by removing the CD player.
8/10

 

Numark NS7 III

£1179
Hype
Fantastic seven-inch motorised platters complete with slipmats and vinyl, uncluttered and user-friendly control surface, dedicated hot cue buttons and illuminated effect knobs and the addition of
three full colour screens.
Gripe
This controller is still a heavy piece of work.
Summary
Numark's NS7III is a fantastic controller that supersedes the previous incarnation with its three new full colour screens.
9/10

 

Pioneer DDJ SZ


£1669
Hype
large eight-inch CDJ2000 style platters, colour assignable MPC pads, dual sound cards for multi-computer connection.
Gripe
The control surface layout is bordering on cluttered and this is one big controller both in terms of size and price.
Summary
Pioneer's DDJ-SZ deserves its status as their flagship Serato controller, it is beautifully designed, packed to the gills with great features and offers great value for money for those who desire a CDJ layout and work-flow.
9/10

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8

£689
Hype
Lovely high resolution colour screens and touch sensitive controls that work together to provide an ultra intuitive workflow plus a full-featured stand-alone four-channel mixer.
Gripe
There is very little to grumble about, but if pushed, no jog wheels.
Summary
A fantastic new work flow and features such as the colour screens and touch sensitive controls mean this controller is absolutely perfect for the modern DJ who likes to remix and mash-up tracks on the fly in their sets. 
9/10

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