Reloop Beatpad 2: Finally, a Decent iPad Controller

DJs showed the iPad could be a DJing and production device all the way back in 2010. So, five years down the line, why are the controllers such also-ran equipment? While Algoriddim is a top-notch program, the accompanying gear has seemed second rate. Features are limited, and you’re still left [...]

By |2015-12-03T00:00:00-05:00December 3, 2015|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews|Tags: , , |

Pioneer DDJ-SP1: Giving You Full Access to Serato DJ

Serato DJ’s now pretty much the standard, and if you’re looking for a controller that aligns with this software while providing you with the features you need, the Reloop Neon has been your best bet. That is, until Pioneer debuted the DDJ-SP1, a four-channel sub-controller that’s compatible with Serato DJ [...]

By |2015-11-13T00:00:00-05:00November 13, 2015|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Why the Pioneer DDJ-SZ and DDJ-SX2 are Game-Changing Controllers

When we attended the Winter Music Conference two years ago, we spoke with Pioneer, who promised something completely new and game changing. Not long after, the brand introduced its DDJ-SX model, but from that point, other gear has, frankly, been on par or eclipsed it. Over the past year, that’s [...]

By |2015-10-27T00:00:00-04:00October 27, 2015|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews|Tags: , , |

Reloop Terminal Mix 8: Solid Design With Seamless Serato Integration

Coming out close to a year ago, the Reloop Terminal Mix 8 begins where the Terminal Mix 4 controller left off but greatly expands upon the functionality. Reloop’s been aspiring to a more prominent position within the DJ gear market, and this piece of equipment clearly displays those intentions. What [...]

By |2015-07-23T00:00:00-04:00July 23, 2015|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Reloop Beatmix 4: A Good Starter Controller

Even beginner and intermediate-level DJs deserve quality gear, and Reloop, who has been introducing pieces in recent years that compete with Pioneer and Numark, has put out the Beatmix 4 for this purpose. A performance-oriented four-channel pad controller specifically for Serato DJ Intro, the Beatmix 4 presents a layout and [...]

By |2015-06-08T00:00:00-04:00June 8, 2015|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Native Instruments’ Maschine Studio: A Bunch of Features Right at Your Fingertips

Out for nearly five years now, Native Instruments’ Maschine has set a new industry standard as a hardware-software beat-production workstation. Its functionality bypasses Akia’s MPC, while serving as a high-quality studio hub (but not a full DAW) with built-in sequencing, sampling, and loop slicing. Now considered Native Instruments’ top-tier groove [...]

By |2015-03-26T00:00:00-04:00March 26, 2015|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews, Software, Studio Gear|Tags: , , |

Komplete Kontrol S-Series: Quality Feel, Excellent NI Software Integration

Announced in September 2014, the Komplete Kontrol S-Series, a line of three MIDI controllers, essentially supersedes Native Instruments’ flawed Kore line with an entirely new set of features and functionality. Three sizes – S25 for a 25-key keyboard, S49 for 49 keys, and S61 for 61 keys, all with a [...]

Denon Aims High With MC6000MK2

Denon introduced its DJ MC6000MK2 controller/digital mixer as a successor to the MK1. While it’s being advertised as being fully integrated with Serato, it enters with a slim yet solid steel design, plenty of features (you might even say too many, given its size), and multiple upgrades. To start, Denon [...]

By |2014-10-28T00:00:00-04:00October 28, 2014|Categories: DJ Controllers, Reviews|Tags: , , , |
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