Hey guys. As you can see, I am brand new to the site and djing. Ive played drums for 12 years and looking for a new hobby. The combination of my love for electro house and hip hop has had djing on my mind for a long time. I have spent over a year researching djing techniques, equipment, bought djing for dummies (great read) and so on. I plan on playing out in the future, but must learn the basics first, and need a good setup to do so on.
I have settled on starting in virtual djing with the Traktor Kontrol S4 or the Numark N4.
The Traktor S4 is the controller I would like but there are a couple things that are holding me back and have me looking at the N4.
I don't like that the S4 does not have a stand alone mixer, The jog wheel placement and size on the S4 looks weird compared to other controllers such as the N4, NS6 and DDJ-S1. I have no experience with any software, but VDJ looks to be more user friendly compared to Traktor.
The N4 also has it's drawbacks. The jog wheels look cheap, and the whole unit is made of plastic. But it does boast a stand alone mixer, two types of software in the box and a lower price point.
My budget is $1500.00 including a laptop into the pricing.
I know there is MANY threads on this site with newbs asking for gear advise and have done much reading, but there isn't much info on this site about the Numark N4.
Would enjoying reading some experienced guys input on these controllers and which is best for me.
Also, it is possible to learn how to dj properly on these units? I have no interest in using anything but my ears to beat match tracks. I know the Pioneer DDJ-S1 looks the best to learn on for a club type setup, but the price and lack of 4 channels has me looking elsewhere.
1200's with timecode vinyl is in my future if the experience with the controller goes well first.
Thanks for your time gents!