Pioneer DDJ controller hardware has proven to be hugely popular with beginner DJs and pros alike. Pioneer DJ makes a few beginner-friendly DDJ models that won't break the bank, with rekordbox DJ software included for your laptop. Meanwhile, the DDJ-WeGO4 pairs perfectly with an iPad (but works with a laptop, too).
Another affordable option for the beginner digital DJ: Numark Mixtrack and PartyMix controllers. The Mixtrack PartyMix controller comes with Serato DJ Lite software to get you started, and features a built-in light show! Step up to the Mixtrack Pro FX, and you'll get a built-in audio interface and effects processor. Learn more about portable, affordable DJ rigs in our DJing on a Dime buying guide!
Unsurprisingly, many DJs still prefer the combination of classic vinyl feel and modern electronic media access. DJ CD players allow the beginner to spin CDs, and some have USB ports that let DJs simply plug in a USB drive with their audio files. Complete DJ systems combine two decks and a mixer into one device that is one audio cable away from pumping up a party.
For the beginner DJ that wants to spin vinyl, you'll need a turntable (or two). The Pioneer DJ PLX-500
ticks off all the major checkboxes needed to perform with vinyl, or transfer vinyl to audio files on your computer via a USB output. For something more gig-ready, the Reloop RP-8000 MK2
includes features rarely seen in other turntables. Avid vinyl listeners can find something special in our selection of audiophile-grade Audio-Technica and Pioneer turntables. Plus, DJs can use any of these turntables with a DVS interface
to spin and scratch their digital music libraries.
DJs don’t just play records -- they make them as well. Producers and DJs use drum machines, samplers, and sequencers to craft those epic tracks you hear on the dance floor. These grooveboxes make excellent gifts for anyone who wants to craft their own beats.