DJ controller Stories February 23, 2015

Numark iDJ Live II Lightning DJ Controller for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone $67 shipped (Reg. $100)

Amazon is offering the Numark iDJ Live II DJ Controller for $66.99 shipped (matched at Best Buy). That’s up to $83 under the original listing, $33 under the average selling price, $23 below the next best listing and the lowest we can find.

It works with your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with the included USB, Lightning and 30-pin connectors. It features:

  • Crossfader, EQ controls, and capacitive touch-activated platters
  • Algoriddim’s djay LE software for Mac included
  • Seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay apps (sold separately)
  • Headphone/speaker splitter cable and stand for iPad included
  • USB bus-powered, no power adapter required
  • Lightning/30-Pin iOS Connection Cables included

This controller has received a 3.8/5 star rating from over 30 Amazon customers. You can see more of Amazon’s top musical instrument deals here including up to 40% off desktop microphones, DJ headphones and much more.

More on the Numark iDJ Live II DJ Controller:

Mixing Gets Real

There’s nothing virtual about it—iDJ Live II gives you real DJ controls so you can mix and scratch like a pro. Featuring an updated low-profile design and USB connectivity, iDJ Live II lets you perform your way. Connect to any iOS device or to your laptop computer and use it with your favorite DJ app and software. Work the smooth crossfader, tweak the EQ knobs, spin the capacitive touch-activated platters, and hang on for the ride.

Use Almost Any Device

With iDJ Live II, you can mix on music on your Mac, PC, iPad, or iPhone. It’s up to you. A standard USB connection is included to connect to your Mac or PC laptop, and iDJ Live II also includes both 30-pin and Lightning™ cables for use with virtually any generation of iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Pro DJ Feel

Two large performance turntables and a central mixer section with a crossfader give you the same layout and capability of DJs all over the world. Just load your tracks to either Deck A or Deck B, and then control it, cueing up the start point, performing advanced transitions and even scratching.

Mix Music with Djay

iDJ Live works seamlessly with Algoriddim’s award-winning djay for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch (sold separately), and comes with djay LE for Mac so you can start DJing right away. Mix your iTunes music library on a hyper-realistic turntable interface. Perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically.

Mix Video with Vjay

Take your mixing skills to the new level—video. Algoriddim’s video-mixing app, vjay, also works seamlessly with iDJ Live II to give you an incredible video and music mixing experience (vjay sold separately). You’ll be able to interact with videos in a whole new way using real-time video transitions, audiovisual effects, and real-time VideoScratch™ to create video remixes and mashups that you can instantly share on YouTube, Facebook, and more.

DJ controller Stories November 21, 2014

expiredNumark NS6 Professional 4-Channel DJ Controller for Mac/PC $400 shipped (Reg. $700), more

Amazon has the Numark NS6 Professional 4-Channel DJ Controller with Serato for $399.99 shipped. That’s $200 off most trusted retailers including Guitar Center and matches the lowest we’ve seen the controller go for.

Features:

  • Premium 4-channel digital DJ controller with rugged metal chassis and High Res MIDI
  • Comprehensive input array: USB audio, (2) 1/4-Inch mic inputs, (4) sets of stereo RCA inputs, (2) selectable turntable inputs
  • Touch-sensitive 6-Inch illuminated platters with industry-leading 3,600 ticks of resolution
  • Strip search song navigation for blazing fast workflow
  • Dedicated hardware FX controls and 3-band EQ and gain for each mixer channel
  • Integrated 4-Channel 24-bit digital mixer
  • Standard MIDI protocol for use with Serato and nearly any other digital DJ platforms on Mac or PC (Serato ITCH included, upgradeable to Serato DJ)

The Numark NS6 has received a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon, where you’ll find up to 30% or more off select DJ gear from Numark and Akai. The Numark Mixtrack Pro II USB DJ Controller with Integrated Audio Interface and Trigger Pads is available for $199.99 shipped (orig. $399). This is within $20 of the lowest we’ve ever seen on the #1 Best Selling DJ Mixers on Amazon.

More from Numark:

NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built-in mixer and four decks of software control. NS6 is the first truly pro-grade DJ controller and standalone 4-channel mixer with effects, allowing you to mix external sources with tracks on your computer. Simply put, there has never been this much versatility and control available for professional DJs. NS6’s easy-to-use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to DJs of all kinds.

The Best Platters on the Planet

The NS6 platters are the most responsive, highest-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product, delivering an astounding 3,600 ticks of resolution per rotation. These are not “forced depression” platters that demand you press down every time you want to move the platter or scratch; the NS6 platters are ultra sensitive, responding to your touch, giving you extremely precise, high definition turntable control. With high-resolution 14-bit MIDI communication to your computer, NS6 keeps your mix super tight, erasing the line between hardware and software.

4 Decks of Crowd Control

With an all-new 4-deck version of Serato, NS6 gives you an unbelievable amount of options for performing. Serato’s interface lines up vertically or horizontally for optimal viewing of the waveform alignment; you’ll know exactly where you are and will easily be able to see how the tracks coincide. Layer selectors next to each platter are the keys to unlocking the 4-deck power of NS6. At the push of a button, you can switch between Decks 1 and 3 on the left side and Decks 2 and 4 on the right. Remix a track on the fly, layer effects, mix and match beats, bars and phrases from four different songs–NS6 is a true DJ’s dream.

Virtual Needle Drop, Improved

NS6 was designed to blur the line between you and your music, to give you ultimate control and a truly interactive experience. NS6 takes Strip Search, the virtual needle drop technology introduced with NS7, one step further by providing position-indicating LEDs that give you a visual representation of a track’s timeline, right in front of you. There’s nothing like using Strip Search to instantly locate a point in the track. Now, you’ll hardly have to look up.

Mix It All

At the heart of NS6 is a premium-quality fully independent 4-channel mixer that can be used with or without a computer, making NS6 perhaps the most versatile DJ controller and mixer combination in the world. NS6’s four channels can easily transition between controlling Serato’s four decks and controlling your external sources. Control Serato one moment; mix in your turntable, CD decks, or a mic the next. At its heart, NS6 is a software controller, but it’s also ready to handle everything else you’ve got.

It Sounds As Good As It Looks

DJing is all about music, and music is all about sound. NS6’s audio interface has been engineered to sound authentic and full, retaining the integrity of your music. NS6 is built around a genuine 24-bit mixer that sounds as good as you would expect from a professional audio interface. Pro-grade circuitry and premium inputs and outputs ensure your mix will sound punchy and strong night after night. As you would expect from a professional controller, NS6 has locking XLR outputs for a balanced signal path that will relay your mix reliably even over long distances.

Simple. Seamless. Solid. Serato.

Serato has become synonymous with intuitive, stable, powerful DJ software. Designed for DJs and built for live performance, Serato has been developed and refined to deliver a fully integrated DJ experience that is solid and reliable. You shouldn’t need an instruction manual in the booth with you, so the interface of the 4-deck version of the software included with NS6 is clean and straightforward. Not only is it built to look and feel like true DJing, it was designed specifically for NS6 to ensure completely seamless performance. Free upgrades that constantly add new features and enhancements ensure that when Serato advances, you do too.

Dual FX, Limitless Possibilities

Interacting with the music is what DJing is all about, and NS6 opens creative doors in every direction. Two banks of assignable effects with parameters you can manipulate on the fly empower you to make the same track into a different track every time. NS6 takes it even further by allowing you to layer and blend effects. Choose from Delay, Crusher, Braker, LPF, HPF, Repeater and more. Each bank has 12 effects ready to mangle, warp and shape your audio.

No Keyboard Required

NS6 continues in the tradition of NS7, NS7FX and V7 by giving you complete, tactile control and real-time visual feedback of your set. You’ll spend more time performing, less time looking at the computer screen. NS6 provides instant crate control via a simple click knob and large, backlit buttons to navigate through your music library.

Twisted Loops

With NS6 you get three ways to loop. Manual Loop gives you full control to set the ins and outs wherever you want. Auto loop uses parameters you assign to create a perfect loop at the touch of a button. Both Manual and Auto looping are perfect for creating intros or outros, and either can be divided, multiplied or shifted left or right in the track. NS6’s third loop function, Loop Roll, enables dynamic stuttering effects while the track continues to play. Use it to build energy when you’re coming out of a breakdown or simply want to interact and have fun with a song. NS6 is a DJ’s instrument allowing you to squeeze, stutter, or hammer away at your mix.

Chop Shop

Slice and dice your tracks with NS6’s assignable hot-cue buttons. This NS6 feature can be the key to creating unique and electrifying mixes as you assign hot-cues that express your style. Hot-cue-assign buttons on each deck digitally mark your cues on the track and act like on-the-fly samplers, enabling you to jump to different parts of the song. Build an arsenal of cues, then mix and deploy them as you improvise, build the mix, tear it down and energize the crowd.

Search In Sync

The Skip button on NS6 is an all-new feature you’ll have to hear to believe. By depressing the Skip button and turning the platter you can get to any point of your track in seconds while staying on the beat. Miss that part you wanted to loop or set a cue at? With this powerful feature, you can go back and no one will ever know. Plus, if you need to get out of a track quickly, this is your escape hatch. Your mix loses no energy and your audience hears no rushed transition. It’s like a musical time warp. You’re just there.

Never Miss A Beat

During a live show, anything can happen, and NS6 was built to give you the tools necessary to respond. NS6’s Beat Grid function gives you the ability to manually adjust the beat grid of any song. If you have a track where the drums aren’t exactly perfect, like those with live drummers, the Beat Grid function enables you to go into the track and line up the beat perfectly. With the beat lined-up you can then use the Auto Loop, Beat Sync Effects, or Serato’s 4-layer deck sync on the track and everything will be seamless and tight.

Features

  • Premium digital DJ controller
  • Four decks of Serato control
  • Touch-sensitive 6″ illuminated platters with industry-leading 3,600 ticks of resolution
  • Strip search song navigation for blazing fast workflow
  • Dedicated hardware FX controls
  • 5 assignable hot-cue points for dynamic song manipulation
  • Modular crossfader with user-adjustable slope control
  • (2) Long-throw pitch faders
  • (2) 1/4″ mic inputs
  • RCA inputs for each mixer channel
  • Dedicated 3-band EQ and gain for each mixer channel
  • Integrated 4-Channel 24-bit digital mixer
  • Mouse-less music library controls
  • Simple connection to your computer via a USB cable
  • Standard MIDI protocol for use with Serato and nearly any other digital DJ platforms
  • Mac or PC

What’s in the Box:

  • NS6 Controller
  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • Serato ITCH software CD (upgradable to Serato DJ)
  • Quickstart guide

DJ controller Stories October 8, 2014

Numark Mixtrack Edge Slimline portable USB DJ controller for Mac/PC $99 shipped (orig. $300)

Amazon is offering the Numark Mixtrack Edge Slimline USB DJ Controller with Integrated Audio Output for $99 shipped. That’s $200 under the original listing, $40 better than Guitar Center and the best we’ve seen.

This is a light and extremely portable, 2-channel DJ controller that offers many of the basic options as a full fledged pro controller like the new Numark NV. You’ll find everything from Sync, Hot Cue, Loop, EQ and two effects controls all packed within a case that is less than 1-inch thick. It also has a built-in audio interface, metal platters, can be bus powered with the included USB cable and works with both Mac and PC along with a host of popular DJ software.

It has received a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon and includes the Numark Remix Toolkit download ($200 value). 

More from Numark on the Mixtrack Edge Slimline:

Featuring the ideal combination of essential capability and compact design, Mixtrack Edge is a controller every DJ should have in their arsenal. USB-powered and just 14 millimeters thin, Mixtrack Edge goes anywhere with ease. Its low-profile design features an integrated cover to protect the control surface and a full array of bright backlit controls surrounded by brushed aluminum. It’s small on size but big on features, so you can command your mix with precision.

An audio interface is built in for headphone cueing and output to a PA system. Plus, Mixtrack Edge comes with Virtual DJ LE software and a 1/8″-to-RCA audio cable so you can start mixing right away. Mixtrack Edge is class-compliant with both Mac and PC and operates via standard MIDI, so it’s compatible with virtually any DJ software.

Mixtrack Edge has a built-in cover and ultra-slim design for a reason — it’s made to keep you, your mix, and your audience moving. Mixtrack Edge is also USB-powered, so no power adapter is required, and setting up is simple, so you can mix anytime, anywhere.

Features

  • Slim low-profile design with integrated cover to protect control surface
  • Sample, Sync, Hot Cue, Loop, and EQ and effects controls on each channel
  • Built-in audio interface for headphone cueing and output to a PA system
  • Metal platters for pitch bend, pitch fade, scratch, search, song select, and cue mix
  • Brushed aluminum control surface with bright backlit buttons
  • Class-compliant with both Mac and PC, no driver required
  • Standard MIDI for use with most popular DJ software
  • USB-powered, no power adapter required
  • Virtual DJ LE software included

DJ controller Stories September 24, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SB Performance DJ controller $239 shipped (orig. $300)

Update (9/26 11:45am): The price has now dropped to $125 shipped via Amazon. While it has 1-3 month wait time on it now, you can still lock the discounted price in.

Amazon has the Pioneer DDJ-SB Performance DJ Controller for $239 shipped (matched at Guitar Center). That’s $60 or 20% under the original price, $10 better than Pioneer direct and matching the best price we’ve seen for this highly rated DJ controller. Additionally, if you don’t mind a pre-owned model, ZZounds has a blemished model for $204.95.

Along with Pioneer’s long history as a DJ/audio gear maker, this controller features:

  • 2-channel performance DJ controller/mixer packaged with Serato DJ Intro software
  • USB Powered with built-in sound card
  • Large jog wheels for precise scratching and mixing capabilities
  • Filter Fade function for extremely smooth blending transitions when using the cross-fader
  • 4 rubber performance pads per deck provide Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Manual Loop and Sampler functions

It has received a 4.5/5 star rating and sits as the #1 Best Selling DJ controller on Amazon. With your savings, Pioneer has a number of DJ accessories including controller stands and remix deck controllers. Amazon is also offering up to 30% or more off select iOS compatible music gear right now.

More details from Pioneer:

OVERVIEW

Pioneer’s DDJ-SB 2-channel DJ controller is designed for use with Serato® DJ Intro software. The DDJ-SB features similar operability as Pioneer’s extremely popular DDJ-SX and recently announced DDJ-SR.  More compact and portable than the other models, the DDJ-SB is designed for the entry-level DJ who wants the same look and fell as the upper models but with more basic operability and at a more affordable price.  The DDJ-SB uses the Serato DJ Intro software and incorporates four performance pads, large jog wheels, and a new Filter Fade function that assists users in smoothly blending together tracks of different styles.

MIXING WITH SERATO

  • Serato DJ Intro – The DDJ-SB is packaged with Serato DJ Intro software and its layout mirrors Serato DJ Intro’s interface, so getting hands on with the controller’s tactile buttons and dials soon become second nature.  Serato DJ Intro provides an out-of-the-box experience with Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Sampler and other cool effects. For expanded functionalities and effects, the controller can be used with Serato DJ (optional, paid software) offering users the ability to arrange tracks using Slip Mode, access various effect functions available from iZotope®, and record tracks with DJ mixes using the record function.
  • Performance Pads – Four rubber “performance pads” enable DJs to trigger Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Manual Loop and Sampler, while a further four pads give immediate access to Play, Cue, Sync and Shift functions.
  • Filter Fade – The new Filter Fade function takes mixing with the crossfader beyond simply fading the volume on one channel up and the other down.  By hitting the Filter Fade button, DJs can add two high pass filters to the crossfader.  This allows both volume and base filter to be manipulated using just one hand.  Seamless mixing becomes effortless, and DJs can use their spare hand to unleash their creativity, triggering samples, loops and cues.
  • Professional Design – For a stylish and sophisticated look and feel, the DDJ-SB sports the same premium look as its big brothers, including large (112mm) aluminum jog plates.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • USB Power – The controller can be powered through the USB connection to a laptop.
  • Built-in Sound Card (audio interface) – Simple connection to a laptop with a single USB cable.
  • Integrated Handles – The controller features grip handles on each side for added convenience.

For more info, tips and tricks, demo videos and forums visit pioneerdjusa.com

DJ controller Stories September 2, 2014

Today, Pioneer announced the latest edition to its affordable WeGO DJ controller line. The new WeGO3 is an “ultra compact” controller designed to make DJing approachable with support for all the popular DJ apps on iOS and Mac right out of the box.

Along with a quick demonstration video of the new WeGO3 in action, head below to find out more about what it has to offer including some interesting iPhone/iPad features with the included Lightning cable:  expand full story

DJ controller Stories June 3, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-S1 DJ Controller: $530 shipped (Reg. $699)

Amazon is offering the Pioneer DDJ-S1 DJ Controller for $529.52 shipped right now. That’s $370 off the original listing, $270 under Pioneer.com’s price, $70 under the next best price.

This is Pioneer’s two channel Serato compatible deck, which comes with the Serato ITCH DJ software. It also has a built in sound card so it essentially works as an audio interface for your computer with 2 mic inputs and professional balanced outputs. It also features an interesting physical design that allows your Macbook Pro to slide neatly under the deck as you can see in the image above.

You can get more specs on the listing page and a closer look in the demo video below. USB powered DJ controllers like this can be both a great way to get your foot in the door but also great for seasoned professionals. The Pioneer DDJ-S1 DJ Controller has received a 4.5/5 star rating among Amazon customers

DJ controller Stories December 24, 2013

expiredNumark iDJ Pro controller: $200 shipped (Reg. $300)

Best Buy has the Numark iDJ Pro Professional DJ Controller for iPad on for $200 shipped. That’s $500 of the original listing and $80 off Amazon’s current price. The iDJ Pro features capacitive touch-activated platters, easy to get at and durable die-cast aluminum knobs, and is designed to work with Algoriddim’s award winning iPad DJ app. Beyond that, you get a dedicated filter cut off, an assignable effect knob with toggle switch, and well rounded connectivity including: RCA inputs, 1/4-Inch microphone input and balanced XLR outputs, 1/4-Inch and 1/8-Inch headphone outputs.

This deck has received a near perfect 4.7/5 stars on Amazon.

With some of that extra cash you are saving on the Numark, the holiday iOS app sale is a great place to add some additional software to your DJ set up. We have seen a number of sales go live for the holidays like the amazing Magellan synths and a number of awesome gadgets from Korg like the powerful iKaossilator at 50% off.  But before you do that, make sure you grab a discounted iTunes card to get an even deeper discount in Apple’s digital stores.

DJ controller Stories November 11, 2013

expiredNative Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller: $300 shipped (Reg. $560)

Amazon is offering the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller for just $300 shipped today. We are seeing $100 taken off today, to bring more than $330 in savings off the regular $560 price tag. Based on the design of the S4, the S2 is a powerful DJ rig with a digestible price tag for those who are just getting started or are looking for a less expensive solution with just about all the bells whistles of $700 + pro controller.

The 2 channel mixer comes with 3 band EQ and 4 hot cues (or sample playback units) all while being specifically designed for industry standard DJ software, Traktor PRO 2.5. It has received near perfect review scores among Amazon customers.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller: $300 shipped (Reg. $560)

DJ controller Stories July 29, 2013

Numark’s iPad DJ controller iDJ Pro integrates directly with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay software and is easily one of the better iPad decks out there. It brings many of the pro features you see on controllers two or three times the price, as well as a number of nice touches that come along with the iPad’s touch screen. iDJ Pro’s brushed aluminum casing houses touch-activated platters, loop functionality, full effects control through Algorriddim’s software, dedicated filter section, seamless iTunes integration, die-cast aluminum volume knobs as well as a nice little streaming feature through the iPad over Bluetooth or AirPlay. Head over to 9to5Mac to read our full review on Algoriddim’s latest, djay 2.

From now until July 31, Amazon is offering $100 off the iDJ Pro through a mail-in rebate. Regularly listed at $380, the rebate brings your purchase down to $280 shipped. That’s $100 off the regular listing, the lowest price we have seen and $20 cheaper than the next best price. More details on how to redeem the rebate are available directly on the listing page.

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