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DJ Controller

Spotlight on DJ Controllers launched in 2018-2019.

Akai Pro Force

The Akai Pro Force fuses clip-launching, step sequencing, sampling, synth engines, and a tactile touch screen control into a standalone, performance-driven device. It comes preloaded with 10GB+ of sounds including SampleTools by CR2, MSX Audio and Sample Magic.

Main Features include:

  • Import stems, loops and one-shots into Force’s 8x8 clip matrix.
  • Assign tracks to Force’s crossfader and load full tracks
  • Connect to a wireless network and sync projects with any Ableton Link compatible application or hardware device.
  • Dual custom real-time time stretch algorithms and auto BPM detection.
  • Dedicated cue assign controls and a cue mixer.
  • Browse the library or create samples loaded from USB thumb drives or SD cards.
  • Four premium synth engines, each with full editing capability.
  • Load multi-sampled instrument keygroups and playback samples chromatically via a MIDI keyboard or Force’s pads.
  • Resample clips or capture audio from Force’s collection of inputs and loop.

Technical Specification:

  • Pads: (64) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
  • Knobs: (8) 360° touch-sensitive Knobs, (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push, (5) 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
  • Buttons:(56) dedicated function buttons;
  • Display: 6.9” / 176 mm (diagonal), 5.9” x 3.7” / 150 x 93 mm (width x height), Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface
  • Connections:
    • (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
    • (4) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (2 pairs)
    • 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output
    • 1/8” (3.5 mm) MIDI input
    • 1/8” (3.5 mm) MIDI output
    • 1/8” (3.5 mm) MIDI thru port
    • (4) 1/8” (3.5 mm) CV/Gate outputs
    • Ethernet link port
    • USB Type-A ports
    • USB Type-B port
    • SD card slot
    • power adapter input

Denon DJ Prime 4

DJ Prime 4 is a standalone 4 deck DJ system with a 10” touchscreen. It has a multicore processor that makes the entire music collection available without the need of a laptop.

Main Features include:

  • Entertain two separate audiences at different locations simultaneously.
  • View 4-deck, horizontal or vertical waveforms, Search, select and load tracks, Create playlists and crates on-the-fly with the 10” touchscreen.
  • Dedicated XLR Zone output with gain and EQ control.
  • 4-channel line faders, each with 3-band EQ and gain, Single encoder, sweep FX including filter control, Mainstage quality Post-Fader FX, User-replaceable crossfader.
  • Dedicated mic channels, Control EQ, dedicated TRS mic.
  • Ultra-responsive, touch-capacitive jog wheels, Central HD display, RGB light customizable.
  • 14 class-leading FX, Individual effect selector, and parameter controls, Crystal clear OLED screens, Effects ‘on/off’ and ‘beats’ buttons for dynamic punch-ins.

Technical Specification:


  • Bit Depth:24-bit
  • Sampling Rate:44.1kHz
  • Dynamic Range:> 117dB (A-weighted)
  • Frequency Response:20Hz to 20kHz (+/-1dB)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio:> 93dB (A-weighted)
  • Headroom:
    • Line: > 15dB
    • Microphone: > 20dB
    • Outputs: > 20dB


  • Main:
    • 10.1” / 257 mm (diagonal)
    • 8.5” x 5.5” / 216 x 139 mm (width x height)
    • Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface
  • Jog Wheel:
    • 2.2” / 56 mm (diameter)
    • Full-color LED-backlit display
  • FX:
    • 128 pixels wide x 32 pixels high
    • Black & White OLED display

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ

The Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ is a full-sized, professional all-in-one DJ controller with a 4-channel system and multiple inputs and outputs. It works with Serato and Rekordbox and comes with 14 professional Beat FX and 6 Sound Color FX.

Main Features include:

  • Full-size jog wheels and color On Jog Display for track information.
  • Use a USB drive loaded with rekordbox-analyzed tracks or use a laptop to use rekorbdox dj or Link Export mode.
  • Clear audio with a 64-bit digital signal processor and fine-tuning with the 3-band master output EQ.
  • Connect CDJs to sync the audio. Use XDJ-XZ’s screen to browse external libraries.
  • Display Waveforms, Hot Cues, BPM, via the 7-inch LCD touch screen.

Technical Specification:

  • Supported music file formats: AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF
  • File Systems: FAT, FAT32, HFS+
  • Included DJ Software: Rekordbox DJ
  • Compatible DJ Software (not included): Serato DJ Pro (coming early 2020); rekordbox video (paid upgrade)
  • DVS Control: Serato DVS (Paid Upgrade); rekordbox DVS (paid Upgrade)

Other Specifications

  • Width: 878mm
  • Height: 118.4mm
  • Depth: 466.1mm
  • Weight: 13kg
  • Frequency Range: 20 – 20000Hz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 114dB (USB)

Performance Control

  • Channels: 4
  • Deck Control: 2 (USB Storage Device)/ 4 (DJ Software Control)
  • Jog Wheel: 206mm
  • Sound Color FX: Space, Dub Echo, Sweep, Noise, Crush, Filter
  • Beat FX: Delay, Echo, Filter, Flanger, Helix, Phaser, Ping Pong, Pitch, Slip Roll, Spiral, Reverb, Roll, Trans, Vinyl Brake


  • Inputs: 2 Line (RCA), 2 PHONO (RCA), 1 AUX (RCA), 2 MIC (XLR & ¼ inch TRS Jack)
  • Outputs: 2 MASTER (XLR, RCA), 1 BOOTH (1/4 inch TRS Jack), 2 PHONES (1/4 inch stereo jack, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack)

Roland DJ-707M

The DJ-707M is an integrated live sound console, loudspeaker management system and a full-fledged performance DJ controller.

Main Features include:

  • 10 onboard scene presets for creating create ‘go-to’ event settings for audio routing, loudspeaker management and system setups
  • Master, booth, and zone outputs with independent speaker management processors
  • Built-in feedback suppression listens out for feedback adjusting the speaker output automatically
  • Dual USB Ports for seamless DJ changeover or backup laptop connection
  • Up to 4 inputs for guest performer with front-facing dual 1/4-inch jacks or 1/8-inch stereo aux input
  • Fully assignable zone output with dedicated level control for creating separate mix
  • Ideal size for DVS – fits perfectly between turntables and DJ media players
  • Serato DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Mic section can handle anything from straightforward speeches and announcements to pitch-corrected karaoke throw downs
  • Studio-quality microphone preamps with independent gain, low-cut, and noise gate on each channel
  • Console-class mic EQ and effects
  • Dedicated hardware effects from clean reverbs and delays to key-based auto-pitching and auto-ducking
  • Up to four mic inputs
  • Full Serato DJ Pro support for hot cues, loops, rolls, pitch play, slicer, and more
  • Fully adjustable crossfader with full-range curve settings and software-adjustable crossfader margin
  • Channel filter and FX with dedicated Filter/FX knob on each channel
  • Phono/Line Level Inputs – use DJ-707M as a mixer with turntables and CD decks
  • 5-Pin MIDI Output – sync with external synths, samplers or lighting rigs
  • TR Drum machine on Deck 3, with classic TR-808 and 909 drum loops
  • Oscillator mode on Deck 4 for sweepers, synth stabs, and other onboard DJ sound effects.

Technical Specification:

  • Signal Processing: Sampling Frequency = 48 kHz
  • Scene Memory: 10
  • Input Impedance –
  • INPUT (1–4) (RCA phono type): 47 k ohms or greater,
  • MIC IN (XLR type): 7 k ohms or greater,
  • AUX IN (1/4-inch TRS phone type, AUX/MIC): 30 k ohms or greater/ 7 k ohms or greater
  • AUX IN (Stereo miniature phone type): 10 k ohms or greater

Output Impedance –

  • Master Out 1: 600 ohms (balanced),
  • Master Out 2: 1 k ohm (unbalanced),
  • Booth Out: 600 ohms (balanced),
  • Zone Out: 1 k ohm (unbalanced),
  • Phones: 44 ohms
  • Frequency Response: 48.0 kHz: 20 Hz–22 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
  • Display: 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)

Size and Weight

  • Width: 474 mm, 18-11/16 inches
  • Depth: 331 mm, 13-1/16 inches
  • Height: 73 mm, 2-7/8 inches
  • Weight: (excluding AC adaptor) - 3.5 kg, 7 lbs 12 oz

Traktor Kontrol S3

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S3 is a four-channel performance oriented controller with upsized jog wheels, extended pitch, a mixer section with EQ, filter and Mixer FX controls and channel faders. Traktor Kontrol S3 comes paired with the full version of Traktor PRO 3.

Main Features include:

  • Full-length faders, EQ, cueing, eight RGB pads and Mixer FX control over each deck.
  • Large jog wheels for scratching.
  • Choose from eight effects and three filters.
  • Pro-grade XLR and RCA main outputs, a ¼” TRS booth output, and 3.5 / 6.3 mm headphone outputs.
  • Trigger loops for extended mixes, track manipulation, and re-edits.

Technical Specification:

Audio –

  • Channels: 4 out / 2 in
  • Sample Rate / Resolution: 44kHz/48kHz – 24 bit

Main Out (Balanced - Xlr) –

  • Signal Level: 18.7 dBu
  • THD+N: 0.001%
  • Freq Resp: +/- 0.1 dB
  • Channel Separation L/R: <-107
  • Crosstalk: -106 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 111 dB

Booth Out (Balanced - Trs) –

  • Signal Level: 18.7 dBu
  • THD+N: 0.009%
  • Freq Resp: +/- 0.1 dB
  • Channel Separation L/R: <-107
  • Crosstalk: -109 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 111 dB

Headphone Out @32 Ω (Stereo Unbalanced - Trs) With 12v Psu/Usb Powered

  • Signal Level: 7.7 dBu/-16.5 dBu
  • THD+N: 0.015%/ 0.001%
  • Freq Resp: +/- 0.1 dB/+/- 0.1 dB
  • Channel Separation L/R: -65 dB/ 64 dB
  • Crosstalk: <-105 dB/<-81 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 109 dB/ 85 dB

Mic In (Balanced - Xlr/Trs)

  • Signal Level: -10 dBu
  • THD+N: 0.002%
  • Freq Resp: +/- 0.03 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 97 dB