Only the year’s most innovative controllers makes the cut

DJ controllers have seen a rise in popularity in recent years and companies have been racing to see how much technology they can squeeze into a compact controller. Users can now get the distinct feel of what it’s like to be in the Dj booth with just a single piece of hardware. With that being said, we’ve compiled the top 5 Dj controllers that graced the market in 2015. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, here’s everything you need to know.

5. Reloop Terminal Mix 8

If you are looking for something inexpensive, and outside of the normal DDJ/Numark/Traktor realm to stand apart then look no further. The Reloop Terminal Mix 8 is a powerful Serato controller at a highly-competitive price.

Price: $699
Software: Serato DJ
Pros: Great quality sound, relatively inexpensive, powerful controls.
Cons: No dedicated “Master Out” or 3/4 channel meters. Limited DVS compatibility.
4. Pioneer DDJ-SX2

Pioneers second rendition of the acclaimed DDJ-SX with new functionality.

Price: $999
Software: Serato DJ
Pros: CDJ feel, high-quality pads, and it’s affordable and powerful.
Cons: No DVS support, large.
3. Numark NS7II

Numark’s second revision of the flagship control featuring real rotating vinyl and slipmats.

Price: $1299
Software: Serato DJ
Pros: Motorized vinyl platters that feel more like playing records.
Cons: Bulky and heavy, no standalone filters.
2. Pioneer DDJ-SZ

The Pioneer DDJ-SZ is essentially everything CDJ fans want from an all-in-one controller.

Pice: $1999
Software: Serato DJ
Pros: Most featured Serato controller on market, closely resembles CDJ workflow. Dual USB allows for easy switches between DJs.
Cons: Expensive and bulky, as well as no Rekordbox functionality.
1. Traktor Control S8

The Traktor Kontrol S8 was a game changer this year. Utilizing the power of stems-ready decks and build in high-res displays, the Traktor Kontrol S8 became the flagship all-in-one DJ system of the year.

Price: $1199
Software: Traktor Pro
Pros: Best Traktor integration controller in existence, built in screens allow the you to close your laptop and stems dedicated channels.
Cons: More of a preference, but there are no jog wheels anymore.