Some of today’s DJ controllers aren’t exactly small, and getting them to and from your gigs safely can present a bit of a challenge. We’ve already looked at the Lil Namba Remix DJ backpack, which is great if you have one of the smaller controllers, but what if you have something that won’t fit in a backpack?
Your choice has traditionally been to use a hard wooden / metal flight case, but the trouble is that a flight case can weigh many times more than your controller itself, which in a way defeats the object. That’s where the Namba Juju “Magic” DJ controller bag comes in. Lightweight and with some clever features, it offer a novel solution for owners of DJ controllers of the medium or large variety.
The bag is boxy, looking like a cross between a fabric suitcase and an oversized back pack. It is attractive (the review sample was grey and bright red), and the internal padding is substantial. There’s a large pocket on the front with a smaller zip pocket across the front of that. There’s also another zip pocket across the back, which would be a good place to store straps that you didn’t want to use.
Straps? Yup, it comes with a good choice of those. Apart from a handle (in the same place you’d expect to see a handle if it were a suitcase) there are two backpack style carrying straps, and also a shoulder strap, all of which are adjustable.
On the “bottoms” (the parts that would touch the ground were you to put it down vertically – backpack style – or horizontally – suitcase style) are large sewn-on knobbly rubber-style pads to keep the fabric off wet pavements and the like.
Inside the bright red interior there’s one well-padded single compartment, with a thin net across half of the underside of the lid, and a pair of nylon straps similar to those you’d find in a suitcase, the latter being designed to keep the contents securely in place.
The bag comes with three padded rectangular cube-like attachments with velcro on two sides of them. These can be attached in one of two ways (width ways or lengthways) to velcro on the walls of the main compartment, effectively altering the size of the internal space quite substantially.
The blocks are the real genius of this design. With them, you can carefully pack your controller in the safest position, no matter its exact size. I tried the bag with the Traktor Kontrol S4, the Vestax VCI-400 and the Numark NS6, and could get them all to fit snugly (see photos).
What’s more, even with controllers where you don’t need all the blocks (like the Numark NS6, which is very wide), the “extra” blocks are great to use for packaging to help ensure a snug fit. Using them, you could create “protected” internal space for headphones, cables etc, knowing that the chances of everything in there getting squashed are slim.
The front compartment is the perfect size for a 15″ or 17″ laptop, although my smaller laptop rattled around in there.
One thing that could be improved are the velcro straps internally. They are intended to run across the bag, but the way they are adjustable means you can’t get them tight enough on your gear. It wouldn’t matter with really large gear that filled the bag to its limits, but anything less than that in size and they are ineffective unless you attach them diagonally, which is what I did.
The nylon carry hand has vinyl-coated padding on it for comfort, which while not the most luxurious in the world does the job. The padded backpack straps are surprisingly comfortable, as is the shoulder strap. They’d be no issues carrying reasonably heavy gear a distance with this on your back.
This bag was plainly designed to do a job. There is a shortage of good bags for carrying oversized gear, and the issue with such bags is that if you don’t have one that fits your particular combination of gear perfectly, your gear is going to rattle around inside there, not getting the protection it needs.
As you can see from the pictures, I managed to get a good fit for the controllers I mentioned in the intro, although I think it’s best suited to something like the NS6. Some of the other controllers, while they fit fine, would also fit in smaller bags and thus be easier to transport.
Of course, the best bag for any piece of gear is going to be one that fits it perfectly, but saving that, something like this is an excellent all-rounder. What’s more, with a bit of ingenuity it could serve you just as well as your DJ set-up changes over the years, plus if you have an extra piece of gear (audio interface, sampler etc) to fit in as well as your controller, it’d be more possible to do so in here than in a custom bag.
So it’s attractive, well made, and fills a niche in the market for a bag to carry oversized kit. If that’s what you’re looking for, the Namba JuJu has got you – and your gear – covered.
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- Fills a definite gap in the market for a larger-gear all-rounder
- As attractive as a big boxy bag can be
- The supplied velcro padding is a clever addition
We don’t like:
- Internal nylon straps hard to get tight enough
Size: 26.5 x 17.5 x 5″ (673 x 444 x 127mm)
Buy from: Namba website
What do you think?
Do you have a larger controller or particularly heavy/bulky DJ gear? What solution do you prefer for getting it to/from gigs? Let us know your thoughts on this Namba bag and gig transportation solutions in general in the comments.
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