We spotted a tiny little controller here at the Hercules stand, and it’s the two-channel DJ Control Compact controller. It’s meant to be used with the company’s DJuced 18° software, and features two small jogwheels with four pads for each deck, two-band EQ, volume knobs and a crossfader. It’s not got an audio interface onboard, so you’ll need to use it with an audio interface or splitter cable.
The first DJ controller I ever reviewed was a Hercules, and the company has been making them ever since, with some notable successes in its chosen lower end of the market. But with the DJControl Jogvision, the company brings both its first Serato controller, and its first to include multi-info displays in the middle of the jogwheels.
Gemini has had a chequered history in the digital DJ world, with a handful of “almost there” devices, and a few that frankly failed to make the mark. But the company appears to have turned it around with the Slate 2 (reviewed here) and the bigger Slate 4.
Reloop just announced an all-black edition of its Reloop Beatmix 2 Serato DJ controller. The new Beatmix 2 Mk2 retains an identical set of features from the two-channel Beatmix 2 controller that was launched last year. It looks like a sleeker, more professional Beatmix 2, with black knobs, chassis, and what looks to be new pads.
Pioneer was relatively late to the DJ controller game, but has got into its stride in recent years. This third incarnation of the company’s WeGO model is a beginner controller with unusual versatility, an undeniable “fun” factor, but at the same time some serious smarts to off-play its consumer focus. Let’s find out a bit more…
UDG just released two new models in its entry-level Urbanite series of bags. The Urbanite Midi Controller Backpacks are available in two sizes: The medium-sized model can store DJ controllers like the Numark NV, Pioneer DDJ-SB, and Traktor S4, while the bigger one can carry the Pioneer DDJ-SR, DDJ-SX, and the Traktor S8.
Hot off the heels of the Numark NV comes the Numark NS7III, the latest iteration in the NS7 series of motorised platter controllers. The biggest new feature here is the addition of three onboard displays at the top of the unit.