With its compact size, choice of five colours and “affordable” price point, Pioneer’s latest DJ controller – the DDJ-WeGO, launched today – represents the company’s attempt to grab some of the lucrative entry-level DJ controller market. (Update: here’s our full Pioneer DDJ-WeGo review & demo video).
Borrowing its styling partly from Pioneer’s own DDJ-ERGO model, partly from funky “any colour but grey” fashion netbooks, and partly from retro-chic landline telephones (check out those buttons around the jogwheels!), the controller is aimed squarely at consumers and and beginner DJs. Read on for info, photo gallery, press release and video.
The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO comes with Virtual DJ LE, and inherits features from higher up the DJ controller chain, with hot cue buttons right at the front of the unit, jogwheel-controllable effects, and hardware control of Virtual DJ’s effects among its relatively small number of controls. It has a microphone input (but no auxiliary), is USB powered, has a built-in sound card, and shows Pioneer’s penchant for flashing lights, with a whole ring of them built into its jogwheels.
There’s a 5-bar VU meter up the middle of its two channel faders, and the unit can control four decks in Virtual DJ via two deck layer buttons. Sockets are provided for both 1/8″ and 1/4″ headphones.
The DDJ-WeGO will be available from October 2012 at an SRP of £249 / €299.
Do you think this is serious competition for controllers from Hercules, Numark, Reloop and others down at the entry level point of the market? Do you like the unusual button layout around the jogwheels? What do you think of the colour choice? Please share your thoughts below.