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    Brian Wolk

    Hi all,

    New to this forum, and to DJing in general. In fact don’t even own any equipment yet.

    I am considering a controller, either the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 or the Pioneer DDJ SB2. They are similarly priced and seem to have similar features.

    The main difference (from what I can see) is the Mixtrack has nice long pitch controls (vs the DDJ-SB2’s half-sized ones. In Pioneer’s favour, the DDJ-SB2 has a trim knob, while the Mixtrack lacks one.

    Since I am just getting started with DJing, I am wondering which controller is better, given the above shortcomings—Is full-size pitch control sliders more important than a trim knob?

    I intend to get into scratching, so I’m also wondering which jog wheels are better for this (I haven’t been to a shop to try either one out yet). Is there anything else I should be considering?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


    Well this is a close call. Both are very good controllers and you summed it up.

    I personally like trim controlls, but prolly would opt for the longer pitch control as auto-gain is generally doing a good job.
    In that segment you will always compromise slightly, you cannot go totally wrong either way.

    As for scratching both are perfectly capable and it is mostly if you prefer a lower jogwheel profile (Mixtrack) or higher (Pioneer).

    But also switching the profile is not so bad, I previously had low profile jogs for years and now switched to the Denon MCX8000 which has higher ones. It took me a week to adjust, which is not that bad.

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