One of the best high-end controllers is the Pioneer DDJ-1000 – it is an impressive controller. Pioneer packed many of the features that are in their flagship CDJ (The CDJ-2000-NXS) into the DDJ 1000. If you look closely you’ll notice that there are displays on the center of each jog wheel. Those displays are customizable. You can display BPM, waveform, playback position, hot cue, or loop points.

In addition to that, the DDJ 1000 has most or all of the bells and whistles that are in their previous controllers. So far, most DJs who use the DDJ-1000 love it. More information about the DDJ-1000 here.

The Numark NS7III is one of the most capable and unique DJ controllers.  Although it is big, heavy, and requires a laptop, it more than makes up for it. For example, it has motorized platters. Technic 1200 turntables have motorized platters. That means when you’re scratching or beat juggling it feels similar to Technic 1200 turntables. It’s as similar as a controller can be to a belt-driven turntable.

Another great thing about the NS7III is that it has screens. As mentioned earlier, you need a laptop with this controller, but, thanks to those screens, you don’t need to stare at the laptop much. More information about the NS7III.

If you don’t want to rely on a laptop you can buy a standalone controller.

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