With all the controls and buttons that have been added to the DJ mixer and regular turntable to keep audiences entertained and have the best time of their lives, none of it compares to the modern innovation of adding screens to DJ controllers.
Screens on DJ controllers have run through modifications over the ages, from simple indicators of basic track, library data, and FX info to high res iridescent waveforms and artwork.
Screens are how there is top of the line DJ mixers that can stand-alone and with the pairing of a laptop and installation of a DJ software to unbridle the limitless possibilities of your performance.
Last update on 2021-03-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
1) Denon DJ Prime 4
This may be the DJ controller with the best screen of this season. Highlighting its astounding high resolution 10″ screen, which puts itself noteworthy along with its competitive price.
And did I mention that it is also a touchscreen? Denon DJ Prime 4 utilizes four channels and offers a multi-functional and bright touchscreen which displays intricate details in your current track, playlist, and library complete with a customizable view angle around its back. The screen has various viewing modes, including a four-channel waveform display and applications that give you full control of your DJ set-up, including device Integration, the gadget’s Utilities, your Preferences, and Record mixes, which enables you to record even live from the primary source. These are its special function, aside from displaying information, playing music, and library browsing.
The Denon is certainly not be trifled with in terms of its features since its quite capable of holding on its own without a laptop and more. It also has an array of options for controllerism and effects applications such as a section dedicated to multi-assignable Pro DJ mixer for each channel, independent zone outputs, and creative FX, which makes it a formidable and advanced DJ mixer of its time.
Its jog wheels can be set to the Vinyl Mode for the DJ to enjoy the classic cueing and scratching, or to the Non-Vinyl Mode which enables the DJ to access the feature called ‘pitch nudge’ for whichever platter is touched.
For integration, it includes 4 USB inputs with a built-in SATA drive, an SD card slot, and you may also connect a terabyte’s worth of SATA drive on its drive bay located on its back panel. It is also incredibly versatile since it can sync with Native Instrument’s Traktor Pro and other DJ software with the Engine Prime software.
In its creative side, Denon manufacturers have added a highlight to its platters with the central HD display to show the DJ what track is playing and even showcasing its artwork, club logo, and even deck status and loop settings. In addition to this, the LED platter ring’s color can be customized to suit your taste.
Though its Engine Prime Software is not as advanced and capable as premium DJ software like Serato and Rekordbox, luckily, it’s still quite compatible.
2) Pioneer Pro DJ DJ Controller (DJ-1000)
One of the most popular gears in the DJ universe, the DDJ-1000 offers the most unique features in quite a compact and portable form.
DDJ 1000 appears sleek and sharp with its acrylic-finished top panel and a durable aluminum body; Pioneer has ensured that DDJ 1000 will be indispensable. All its features are upgraded with the Madgvel fader, which lasts for an astounding 10 million movements. One of the best features in the DDJ1000 is its two jog wheels that are on par with the CDJ-2000NXS2 in its size, sturdy build, and precision.
8 rubber performance pads are positioned per deck below the jog wheels to do Pad Fx, Beat Jump, Hot Cue, Sampler, Beat Loop, key shift, and Keyboard mode. PAD FX1 and FX2 let you do, in a total of 32 pre-designated effects.
It comes in, of course, with Rekordbox software. A high-def full-color LCD screen is placed showing the functions. A drawback of this is its detailed information shown on such a small screen, though you can make use of the Rekordbox DJ software to reduce the display.
This controller has 4 channels with 3 band EQ completed with VU meters and trims. For connectivity, it has a multitude in maximum capacity—2 USB ports to connect 2 laptops simultaneously, 2 mic inputs, 2 masters, 2 lines, 2 phones, 2 phono line, and also 1 booth.
The DDJ 1000 has been the most upgraded controller made by Pioneer, inheriting the best features from its predecessors CDJ, DJM, and NXS2. Without a doubt, worth the buy.
3) Pioneer XDJ RX2
Big fan of Pioneer? Say no more with the XDJ RX2, the latest model of DJ controller under the brand. The design followed the streamline of Nexus and offers the best features from it.
The XDJ RX2 is a durable controller despite it being light and handy. It is paired with a 7-inch innovative screen integration that is in full color and responsive to the touch that lets you easily navigate through the data you need in setting up the next mix or tracks with the navigation knob (placed right next to the screen).
It also has upgraded its pad controls, expanding the options to 8 pads and gives the DJ tactile satisfaction with its comfortable feel and subtlety in use for various modes.
Of course, a Pioneer gadget will not be complete with the full support of a Rekordbox DJ software that lets you handle all its features and connect to your device to manage your library with functions such as exporting tracks to your USB.
With all of these and more that is offered by Pioneer, this is the latest innovation, and upgrade is deemed unneeded for this device.
4) Numark NVII Serato DJ controller
Another notable DJ controller with a screen, Numark offers a high-resolution, Intelligent Dual Display Screens feature that shows crucial information while DJing with the plus advantage of its portability at a reasonable price.
Its size has sufficient functions, which are great for DJs who don’t have a lot of space to move on-site and are on-the-go, with the advancement of its full-color screen display.
Once a track is played, the screens automatically present the Serato DJ information, such as effects selection waveform, needle position, etc.
This device boasts 10 performance features, all built-in the velocity-sensitive pad modes with Hot cues, Auto Loop, Regular Loop, Sampler, and Slicer buttons. Its pad modes have a secondary layer, which also gives access to Beat Loops, Cue loops, Roll, Beat Jump, and Saved Loops.
With the addition of the screen, convenience for browsing music, access to your library without the use of a laptop boosts functionality, though even with details is being presented intricately on the screens, with its size (4.3 inches), your laptop is also needed to supplement this. It can’t keep you to resist the urge to glance.
The NVII displays a lot of features such as a 4-channel mixer, 3 band EQs which also has gain and filter controls that are smooth and clear cut in delivering your performance. Its fades and crossfader are responsive to the touch. The Aux input can be replaced with a mic input, it also has small but high-quality, touch-sensitive, 5″ jog wheels. XLR master out and RCA booth/master out can be located at the back.
Also, one of the best features for this compact controller is its effects banks dedicated for each channel, meaning you can do a maximum of 6 combination effects at the same time.
5) Reloop DJ controller (AMS- Touch)
This is the first DJ controller that introduced a 7-inch touchscreen, and it doesn’t disappoint. TOUCH partnered with VirtualDJ in building this model that also boosts its appeal to a broader audience and audiophiles.
The AMS -Touch comes with a full version of a VirtualDJ8 Pro. The touchscreen puts all the necessary details comfortably in the field of view of its user, presenting a detailed and clear show of track information and waveform.
The innovation of Reloop with the touchscreen offered a new world of possibilities to controllerism, disabling the need of a laptop for support, replacing it with a user-friendly track browser, media library organization, performance modes visualization, and, finally, FX real-time control with its XY panel. Besides these functions, you can play your video mix in full-screen mode.
It is a 4-channel club mixer with EQ/Filter section and a built-in audio interface. Its two decks are designed with a color-coded deck switching, which activates to known which one is playing.
The decks have high-resolution jog wheels, and it also has a non-slip design, which makes them suitable for pitch bending. On the Cue function, you can designate and monitor video clips to both decks. It also has two fader FX units with four short-throw line faders, each giving full control on the video and effect parameters.
In terms of connectivity, Touch is versatile in terms of its MIDI compatibility with any DJ and audio software. It has a high-retention USB port, unbalanced and balanced master outs (TRS/RCA), a 3.5mm and a 6.3mm headphone input, and one 6.3mm mic input.
Last update on 2021-03-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API