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Thread: Wedding DJ needs a real controller. Which to get?

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    Question Wedding DJ needs a real controller. Which to get?

    Hey DJs,

    I'm a long time DJ that's been using portable DJ rigs for a long time. (1) iPad Traktor DJ + Traktor Z1 Controller & (2) djay Pro2 + Algoriddim MIXTOUR Controller.

    I want to scrap the MIXTOUR for my computer controller (as it doesn't have tempo control faders or easy access cue-point buttons). Plus, (this is superficial, I know) but it just looks a bit "un-professional" showing up to high-dollar gigs (especially for corporations) with a tiny mixer...

    So what controller could I get?

    (About my style / usage)
    • I'm not married to "classic DJ'ing concepts" and I'm a regular user of SYNC.
    • I don't have a big need for big Jogwheels, as I don't scratch much, but it seems like they're a part of every controller I've seen and I'm open to learning how to use them as transition tools.
    • I haven't typically used lots of effects and DJ tricks, though I would like to have more capacities for smooth transitions in my toolkit.
    • I want to have powerful control over tempo using faders. If possible, I'd even like to be able to do large tempo swings (130 to 90 etc)
    • I want solid, responsive cue-point buttons
    • I've typically used 2 decks, but I've found myself wondering if 4 decks would be better for weddings as I can read the crowd better and choose the right song from multiple songs loaded
    • I would prefer the controller not be enormous
    • I don't know much about using samples, but I'm open to it for transitions


    Also, I'm open to feedback about what features of controllers that I don't know that I'm missing. What do I not know that I need? What's essential to your wedding/event DJ'ing?

    Thank you so much for your time and support,
    Brandon
    CUTTaRUGG

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    Quote Originally Posted by CUTTaRUGG View Post
    Also, I'm open to feedback about what features of controllers that I don't know that I'm missing. What do I not know that I need? What's essential to your wedding/event DJ'ing?
    With controllers, it's always best to choose a software package first, then see what controllers work best with it. Since you use Traktor DJ, moving to Traktor Pro might be the easiest move. For DJF, most use Serato DJ, Traktor Pro, Rekordbox, and Virtual DJ. I, myself, use Traktor Pro with an S4 and love it. Two things to consider are

    1) Microphones - Most controllers have only one mic input. Wedding DJs often need two, so I'd recommend outputting from the controller to a compact mixer (like this) for additional mic inputs. You can obviously do the reverse (plugging mixer into the controller) - that's up to the DJ.

    2) Video. Traktor Pro doesn't do video. The other DJ apps do. It's something to consider.

    For weddings, the discrete components of the sound system don't really seem to matter as much as the look of what's seen - i.e. speakers with color-matching skirts, etc. YMMV.
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