Starting your career in any industry requires hard work and dedication; endurance to let the mistakes we did be a guideline for future accomplishments. The thing with a music career though, is the amount of money you have to put into your equipment. And this is not a new trend. Musical instruments have always been very expensive, and having the opportunity to have an instrument in your house has always been a privilege for the few. Even today, with all the digitalization of music, you’d have to have some spare cash lying around to get started. Music production software and a decent computer are just the basics you need to have if thinking about engaging yourself into composing or editing.
If you’re an aspiring DJ, the biggest obstacle today is getting that basic equipment for gigs. You may sit on your laptop, mixing and sampling like a pro for years, but if you’re not going to make the first step towards a DJ controller, you may never be able to perform in front of a live audience. In this review, we will list three entry-level DJ controllers that might be perfect for your first step towards a real DJ career, and maybe you’ll even get inspired to make that step finally happening.
Vestax Spin DJ USB Controller
This controller offers an easy learning curve for every aspiring DJ. The software that comes with it is perfect and intuitive for beginners. A steady and reliable interface will help you get the hang of everything that is essential for every live gig.
Learn to mix, to sync and to match your music and beats in a matter of hours with its easy to understand controls. The DJ software that is included in the package has a marvelous integration of iTunes, which will make your first gigs a bit easier to handle.
- Very intuitive interface and software
- Microphone input
- Only works on MAC
- Feels cheap
The “Vestax Spin DJ USB Controller” model is good for beginners who haven’t had the chance to get DJ controller under their fingers. It will provide great lessons on how to mix and sync your music in order to get ready for more serious gear. Of course, this model may be very useful for launching your career, but you have to have in mind that it is only that – a starter package for the still unexperienced DJs.
Pioneer DDJ-WEGO-R Virtual DJ Controller
Pioneer is one of those brands in sound and music equipment that is immediately associated with high standards and professionalism. This has its roots in Pioneer’s great dedication towards quality products used by the biggest names in music and production today.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that a DJ controller made by this company, even though it’s meant for beginners, will have the design and technical potency we’re used to from this brand. And we wouldn’t be wrong in doing so. This controller is simply appealing in the way it combines an easy-to-use interface with qualities of a professional device. Of course, this luxury doesn’t come cheap, but it is worth the money.
- Ultra-compact and affordable DJ controller
- Plug & Play with bundled Virtual DJ LE software
- Pulse Control Provides Visual Prompts via Various Types of Illuminations Directly on the Unit
- Multi-colored LED for customization of lights to match the user's style
- USB powered with built-in soundcard
- May be too pricy for entry-level DJs
- May show some problems with MACs
The “Pioneer DDJ Series DDJ-WeGO BLK Digital DJ Controller, Black” model hangs in the middle between professional DJ equipment and entry-level luxury. It has a price tag that might fend off potential beginners to buy it, but it isn’t powerful enough to engage more seasoned DJs looking for better equipment. In a sense, although being an extremely good product, it might end up having no audience whatsoever.
Hercules Air S Series 4780771 DJ Controller
This DJ controller music station is a perfect example of a price and performance ratio. The Dual-deck USB DJ controller with touch sensitive jog wheels is great for teaching beginners the basics of DJ-ing, while the rich controls give room the expansion of your skill after learning the basics.
With a price that makes this device stand out among controllers of similar performances, it is truly a good deal for beginners and professionals alike.
- 2 pressure-detecting jog wheels to experiment with scratching
- Contactless AIR (Adjustment by Infrared) controls enabling users to master their mix without even touching their decks!
- Dual built-in audio outputs (1/8") for mixing and previewing in headphones (1/4")
- Includes DJ-ing software, DJUCED 18 Degree - a high-performance and intuitive application for mixing, synchronizing, beat matching and creating tracks
- Specially designed for beginner and amateur DJs
- Build may feel like low quality
- Not very good for scrubbing
The “Hercules Air S Series 4780771 DJ Controller for PC and Mac” model is certainly not the best DJ controller on the market. It has its flaws on some design and workmanship levels, but it is definitely one of the best choices in this price range for sure.
Everything that is said about traditional music instruments, needs to be said for DJ controllers as well. Entry-level equipment can’t exceed certain performances, no matter how badly we want them to. They’re simply not designed to do that. As a beginner, you have to set your expectations to a certain level, and start from scratch. It wouldn’t cross your mind to get a Stradivari if you’re just starting to play the violin, so why should it be different with DJ-ing.
When comparing the devices from this list, it is obvious that the Pioneer DJ controller trumps the other to by performance, but also by price. The Vestax controller comes at a great price, but may be too easily overcome even by beginners after a few months of practice.
Here’s where the Hercules Air comes into play. It shines with a user-friendly interface, while still being able to provide a long-lasting satisfaction even for DJ enthusiasts.