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Digital DJing Buying Guide

The World of Digital DJing

Buying Guide: Pioneer CDJs, Serato, TRAKTOR and Ableton

With the explosion of electronic dance music around the world, digital DJing has emerged as one of the fastest-growing forms of live performance. As DJs and producers push the envelope of sonic possibilities, they need their gear to keep up with their creativity.

Are you a DJ who wants to mix tunes together without a computer? Do you want to use a computer, but prefer the feel of vinyl? Do you need a more portable, all-in-one type controller? A setup geared to live-performance beatmaking? Or what about a hybrid setup that nobody has thought of before?

Browse our buying guides for all the major digital DJ platforms: Pioneer CDJs, Serato, TRAKTOR, and Ableton. We've put together all of the products you need to get started right out of the box, with options and price points to match your needs. Of all the possibilities the world of digital DJing offers, zZounds has the information you need to choose the setup that's best for you.

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The CDJ Setup

Old-school control. New-school features.
Pioneer CDJ decks are classic pieces of equipment in the digital DJing world -- and they continue to be the star of the show at nearly every major concert and event. With their tactile feel, intuitive controls, and rock-solid performance spinning physical CDs as well as digital files, CDJs found favor with DJs in the early 2000s, and Pioneer's constant innovation has kept them at the forefront since then.

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The Serato Setup

The feel of vinyl. The power of a computer.
Serato DJ software beautifully pairs digital technology with the feel of vinyl records. With Serato, you can load and play back digital audio files from your computer, while you control the playback with a pair of Serato Control Vinyls (or Control CDs). Serato's special Control Vinyls are cut with timecode information that feeds data to Serato via a digital interface. The interface turns that timecode into digital transport information that controls playback, tempo, and pitch -- allowing you to spin, mix and "scratch" your digital music with the feel of vinyl.

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The TRAKTOR Setup

Versatile and intuitive control. Endless possibilities.
Native Instruments' TRAKTOR system combines the powerful TRAKTOR DJ software with tightly integrated hardware controllers, creating a compact and easy-to-use system for the gigging DJ. TRAKTOR software is flexible: you can run it with a Native Instruments MIDI controller/audio interface like the Traktor Kontrol S2 or Kontrol S4, or configure your rig to your liking with a third-party control surface. The possibilities truly are endless.

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The Ableton Setup

An entirely new way to think about DJ performance.
The Ableton DJ setup, based around Ableton Live software, is one of the most exciting and original DJ tools out today. The software allows you to go beyond the standard DJ setup and dive into live performance -- triggering samples and loops, tweaking real-time effects, and creating remixes on the fly. Ableton's tempo matching and time-adjustment are some of the most robust and best-sounding in the world, and its layout is intuitive and friendly for either a DJ or a producer.

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