Serato Stories July 1, 2015

Numark Mac/PC DJ controllers: Mixtrack Pro w/ audio interface $139 shipped (Orig. $250), more

Amazon has the Numark Mixtrack Pro DJ Controller with an integrated audio interface for $139 shipped. That’s more than $100 under the original listing, lower than most trusted refurbished listings, and the best price we can find.

Great for beginner DJs or for those just looking for an affordable and compact casual option, the Mixtrack will give you all the basic DJ controls including separate headphone cues plus a built-in audio interface. It ships with Serato’s DJ Intro software and will work with your Mac right out of the box. It has a 4.4/5 star rating from over 320 Amazon customers.

More affordable starter options include the Numark Mixtrack DJ Software Controller for $89 shipped right now on Amazon (Orig. $150) and the best selling Numark DJ 2 Go Ultra-Portable USB DJ Controller for $39.95 shipped (Orig. $60, within $10). You’ll also find the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 All-In-One DJ Controller for Serato dropped down to $250 shipped (Orig. $400) at most retailers including Amazon. It is the best selling new DJ controller release on Amazon.

You’ll find even more discounted DJ controllers and gear in Amazon’s Musical Instruments Store deals. And be sure to check out this complete home recording setup for $250 shipped.

Serato Stories February 24, 2015

Here’s a look at Pioneer’s new all-gold limited edition DJ controller

Pioneer is well known for its DJ gear, especially its flagship DDJ-SZ Serato controllers, and now its limited edition model is scheduled to go up for sale in the coming days. Sporting the all gold exterior seen in the image above, the DDJ-SZ-N boasts all of the same features as its standard edition counterpart but with very limited availability…

Outside of the shiny new exterior, the DDJ-SZ-N remains unchanged from the standard edition with full-sized jog wheels, multi-function performance/cue pads, dual mic inputs, dual USB soundcards, sampling/effects across all four channels and Pioneer’s exclusive Magvel crossfader.

Much like the gold treatment its DDJ-SX model received previously, there will only be 1,000 golden SZ-N models available worldwide, each with a custom laser engraved serial number.

But with a suggested retail price north of $2,000 and very limited availability, these are certainly only going to be of interest to serious collectors. Some of the much more affordable options from Pioneer like the DDJ-SB line, along with highly rated options from Numark and others (like this $100 iPad/Mac option for just $67 at Amazon) will likely get the job done for most.

The new golden DDJ-SZ-N has a suggested retail price of around $2,500 and is set to go up for sale from various retailers in March.

Serato 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:


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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Serato 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’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

Serato Stories September 24, 2013

Pioneer DDJ-T1 & S1 DJ Controllers at $100 off: $600 shipped

Along with Numark, Pioneer has been a staple in the DJ community for many years and its DDJ line of DJ controllers is no exception. The weapon of choice for many DJs, the Pioneer DDJ S1 and T1 are some of the most powerful DJ rigs available. Amazon is currently offering both decks at $100 off, making this a great time to get your hands on a world class DJ rig at less than half the price at launch date.

Both models came in at around $1200 when they were released and slowly crept down to the $700 price point. Now you can grab both the T1 and S1 for $600, bringing you a savings of $600 off the regular listing, $100 off what Pioneer is charging and the current lowest price we can find.

The main difference between the T1 and the S1 is the Serato scratch software support, to put it simply, if you’re into scratching and that style of music the S1 is the model for you. Another glaring difference is that the S1 is a two channel mixer whereas the T1 is a 4 channel mixer, making it more capable of elaborate live multi-track mixing. Both models support Native Instrument’s industry standard DJ software Traktor.

Pioneer DDJ-T1 DJ Controller, 4 channels: $600 (Reg. $700)

The controller layout and TRAKTOR software interface are identical, ensuring ease-of-use and precise control. The DDJ-T1 is modeled after the proven design of the professional Pioneer DJ player and mixer and integrates 115mm jog dials, accurate search functionality to quickly find playback points, a load button for song data and a master synch button for beat matching across four channels.

Pioneer DDJ-S1 DJ Controller w/ Serato support, 2 channels: $600 (Reg. $700)

All buttons and knobs have been pre-programmed for Serato DJ (after firmware update), so users can quickly connect the controller to their laptops with the use of a USB cable, enabling them to start their performances without having to adjust any complicated settings.  Additionally, the DDJ-S1 can be powered through the laptop’s USB port

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