DJ turntables Professional turntables: the best turntables for DJs

DJ turntables Professional turntables: the best turntables for DJs

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Are you going to buy a professional DJ turntable? In this guide we will see the parameters to be evaluated in the selection phase and the best models currently on the market.

A first fundamental parameter to consider when deciding to buy a turntable is the method in which the motor transmits the force to rotate the platter, that is the traction. It can be belt or direct drive. The belt drive is mainly suitable for listening to music, while the direct one is specially designed for the DJ profession. The belt drive, in fact, has the inconvenience of having the motor far from the plate, connected to it precisely by means of the belt; on the other hand, direct drive allows the motor to coincide exactly with the plate, so that the latter never stops rotating despite possible friction.

Knobs, jog wheels, pads and much more allow DJs to have full control of the software and to adjust the playback speed.

It is important to evaluate the purchase of the DJ console based on the type: it can be modular or All in One. Modular consoles usually consist of 5 modules (4 CDJs and a mixer), PCs, turntables and much more; instead the All in One consoles have two decks and a central mixer, all in a single body. The All in One DJ console has integrated turntable mixer, sound card and knobs to manage everything. The DJ console with integrated turntable is the best solution for DJ work. Many high-end All in One consoles do not even need to connect the system to the computer, making the DJ’s work even easier.

As for connectivity, most professional DJ turntables nowadays guarantee RCA and USB connectivity: you can switch between them without any kind of problem to adapt to the hybrid configuration. It is important to analyze the number and type of connections available in the turntable model. Usually each turntable has at least one RCA cable output, compatible with each amplifier, and external speakers suitable for those who want to obtain an adequate level of reproduction. DJs will also need to consider the presence of a headphone input, with a normal 6.35 or 3.5mm jack depending on the model. It is important to say that for connecting speakers or headphones, professional turntables have an integrated sound card, so there is no need to connect an external sound card. The USB port, on the other hand, allows you to connect the instrument to a computer and to digitize the vinyls thanks to a software usually included at the time of purchase.

Finally, let’s focus on the cost of these tools. Usually inexpensive professional DJ turntables have a cost of around 100-200 euros, while high-end products can also reach 800-1000 euros. It all depends on the use you will make of it and the budget you have available.

After this brief initial analysis, we now highlight the best professional DJ turntables currently on the market.

The 10 best turntables for professional DJs

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 – See price or buy

This professional turntable DJ console features large jog wheels so you can control and adjust playback with pinpoint accuracy. The instrument is 2-channel and the control is 4-deck. There is an RCA master output and 2 headphone monitors. It will be possible to use the 4 rubber pads present to start Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Manual Loop and Sampler, and the 4 pads at the bottom to access the Play, Cue, Sync and Shift functions. The TRIM knob and level meters allow you to quickly adjust the volume input to each channel.

There is a built-in sound card so you can connect the console directly to speakers and amplifiers. The Pioneer brand guarantees great reliability and sells products with high quality materials.

Numark NVII DJ – See price or buy

Numark NVII DJ is a 4-deck DJ controller with Serato DJ software included. It has 16 velocity-sensitive, RGB-backlit trigger pads and 10 modes for hot cue and loop slicing. With this console, up to six effects can be managed simultaneously on each channel, including the Master channel. There are 2 metal turntables of 5 inches each. Plus, the jog wheels are touch sensitive and adapt to every style, allowing you to express creative mixes for every DJ.

Finally, there are two 4.3-inch displays each, which allow you to view your activity live and have direct access to the Serato DJ software. A USB 2.0 port is also integrated.

Hercules DJ Control Compact – See price or buy

This console belongs to a remarkably low price range. This tool is a USB controller of very limited size and weight and is absolutely portable. The weight is just 1.2 kg, so that the instrument can be transported with absolute comfort in all circumstances. There are two jog wheels and four modes – Loop, Fx, Samples, Cue – for both decks. The graphics card is integrated.

This product is mainly suitable for novice DJs, so that they get carried away with such tools and can buy more performing models with more features in the future.

DJ Numark Starter – See price or buy

It is a portable two-channel DJ Controller with Serato DJ software for PC and Mac included. This turntable is suitable for all users, including non-professional ones, since the mixer is easy to use and provides equalization control for both treble and bass. The two channels feature crossfaders, pitch sliders and jog wheels to better mix all tracks. The console has limited size and weight and is portable.

DJ Numark Starter is an attractive console both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. There is a headphone output.

Monster GO DJ – See price or buy

This console is extremely portable and weighs just 286 grams, is compact and is one of the lightest and most practical to use products on the market. The product features a crossfader, buttons and knobs for better mixing, and two touch screens. It has four inputs and outputs and the battery life can reach as much as 12 hours.

The internal memory is 4 GB, but the SD card capacity can be implemented up to 2 TB so that you can use a large number of high resolution files and store as many files as possible. Ultimately, it is a professional product but with compact dimensions.

Gemini GV Series G4V – See price or buy

It is a 4-channel controller with 3-band equalizer and with an internal sound card and stereo line input for connecting external equipment. It has an RCA line input, 8 multi-function rotary pads and 4 rotary controls per deck. The sound that comes out of this instrument is at the highest level. The jog wheels are touch sensitive and allow you to mix any track. There are many connectivity options offered by this turntable DJ model, such as balanced XLR master output and microphone input.

The product is already configured for Virtual DJ 7 LE and works on both PC and Mac.

Denon MC-4000 – See price or buy

It is an entry level 2-channel DJ console, which has everything you need for novice users and more. The free Serato DJ software is not included in the price, but it must be purchased separately. The console can also support Traktor 2, Virtual DJ 8 and other MIDI-mapped software. It is equipped with a sturdy steel structure and is equipped with several inputs and outputs. The jog wheels are activated easily with a simple touch and guarantee excellent practicality in mixing.

Pioneer DDJ-SR Pro – See price or buy

This tool has integrated Serato DJ software. A peculiarity of this model is the presence of the LED Performance Pads in rubber that will allow you to perform Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer and to adjust the volume of the samples based on the pressure exerted on the various Pads, since each rubber is highly sensitive to speed. . The two jog wheels present are excellent in mixing and scratching and guarantee the user a feeling of zero latency. This DJ turntable can be powered by means of a USB connection. The construction is highly resistant and the appliance will not be damaged over time.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 – See price or buy

We can say that Native Instruments represents a bit of the Apple of electronic music. This model features great Traktor Pro 2 software and has outstanding compatibility between products of the same brand. It costs a little more than other similar products on the market, but has a perfect mix of software and hardware. There are also 40 pre-installed loops and 10 full tracks, available for immediate use.

It is a 4-channel mixer also equipped with the loop recording function. The RGB lights are in 8 colors and allow you to better illuminate the console even in totally dark rooms. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 is the ideal tool for DJs who want to combine professional functionality, portability and connectivity. It has two stereo analog inputs and another auxiliary input and has a sound card with 24-bit resolution.

Pioneer DDJ-RZX – See price or buy

This DJ turntable features impressive functionality, two USB ports, and remarkably advanced FX controls. It is a professional 4-channel controller and is specially designed for DJs who want to insert video during their live performances. Pioneer DDJ-RZX is a portable instrument equipped with large jog wheels and multicolored Performance Pads. It is very easy to mix tracks and the resulting sound is of remarkable quality.

The 3 7-inch screens are touch screens and allow you to preview and monitor image and video files at any time. It will also be possible to connect the microphone by means of 2 XLR combo input jacks, able to guarantee a sound without distortion even at high volumes. This is a tool suitable for professional users.

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