From mixers to digital controllers, hybrid turntables to step sequencers, DJs have never had it so good. But with goodness comes choice... and with choice comes decisions. To help you choose the right gear for your next DJ set we've highlighted 7 of our DJ gear reviews from 2014 below (in alphabetical order).
Don't settle on another boring DJ MIDI controller, check out what DJTech Tools' Midi Fighter is capable of. Sara Simms finds its step sequencer for Traktor and other creative features very appealing.
How could Numark improve upon the original NS7? The NS7 II builds on great craftsmanship, intuitive design features and good audio quality, but do Numark have a hit on their hands? We find out.
Pioneer's DDJ-SR doesn't only look the part, as Sara Simms discovered, it also happens to be well designed and roadworthy, all while giving you complete creative control in your DJing exploits.
Combining modern DJ tech and the classic design of turntables, the Reloop RP-8000 has plenty of features that are likely to turn the head of many DJs. Sara Simms investigates in this in-depth review.
NI's Trakor Kontrol X1 MK2 is here and includes some novel additions, a simplified layout to its predecessor and can be used as a MIDI controller for other software. Sara Simms checks it out.
Pros: Portable Traktor controller, Multi-use Touch Strip, Minimal design
Cons: Less text, more manual reading ;)
Looking to the future is something Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers (and software) have been doing for a number of years. Find out if the Kontrol S4 MK2 brings the future closer.
Pros: Aluminum jog wheels. Compatible with the Traktor DJ App. Backlit RGB Buttons
Cons: I personally wish there was less text on the controller and the S4 MK2 had adapted the minimalist design of the X1 MK2.
Hollin Jones got hands on with NI's flagship DJ controller, Traktor Kontrol S8, and gave it a thorough workout. In our in-depth review we focus on how the S8 feels and works in the real world.