Whenever we talk about DJing, the first name that pops into our heads is Pioneer. Pioneer is literally the pioneer of modern DJ technology, no pun intended. Whether it is Martin Garrix or DubVision, they all use Pioneer DJ equipment at all their shows from Tomorrowland to Ultra Miami to EDC.
The professionals mostly use two Pioneer DJ players which connect to a mixer which together can cost about Rs 5,00,000. But, if you are a beginner who wants to learn the basics of DJing before moving to the big boys, pioneer has you covered.
Its range of DJ Controllers start from Rs 14,500 all the way up to Rs 3,00,000. However, it can get very confusing as to what DJ controller should you get for yourself? This is why we have gathered a list of the Best Pioneer DJ Controllers that you can buy in India in 2021:
DDJ-200 (Rs 14,500)
This is one of the cheapest DJ Controllers made by Pioneer. It includes all the things that a beginner would need to start DJing and creating seamless mixes. There are many other DJ Controllers offered by other companies such as Numark & Hercules under the Rs 15,000 mark but they are nowhere near the quality, and features offered by Pioneer.
Most other controllers in this price range only include four performance pads/buttons which are used to store cue/jump points but this controller comes with eight of them, making easy mixing possible. The controller also features a full-size pitch fader, with basic low, mid & high EQ knobs as well as an FX knob on both decks.
The best thing about it is it works with many software and is not limited to one, unlike the offerings made by its competitors. It works on PC/Mac (Rekordbox) & Android/iOS (WeDJ for iPhone, WeDJ for Android, Djay, Edjing Mix and Rekordbox) and is included free with the package.
Overall, the DDJ-200 is lightweight and compact, making it easy for you to throw it in a backpack on the go; it’ll help you learn to mix and develop DJing from a hobby into something more.
DDJ-400 (Rs 26,000)
The DDJ-400 is a 2-channel DJ controller for Rekordbox DJ. Packed with features to help you comfortably develop your skills, it has dedicated cue & FX pads/buttons so you would not require to use the same buttons to control both the effects and cue points. It also comes with advanced looping controls & full-size pitch faders that you can find on higher-end DJ controllers.
The controller has basic low, mid & high EQ Knobs as well as a filter & trim knob on both the decks, a dedicated navigations knob & load buttons helping to browse & load tracks from your PC/Mac onto the controller with ease, it also has a dedicated fX panel with effect selector button & intensity Knob allowing you to have a more control over you mixes.
Like always, it works with many software and is not limited to one, for PC/Mac (Rekordbox) & Android/iOS (WeDJ for iPhone, WeDJ for Android, Djay, Edjing Mix and Rekordbox) included free with the package.
Overall, the DDJ-400 is a really great DJ Controller and offers advanced features that you would only find on higher-end DJ Controllers at a lower price point.
DDJ-SB3 (Rs 26,000)
The DDJ-SB3 is a 2-channel Serato DJ controller which comes with free Serato DJ Lite in the box but lacks the functionality of the full version, which you are required to purchase separately.
We would recommend this DJ controller only if you like to use Serato DJ over any other DJ software because at the same price you can also get the DDJ-400 which doesn’t work with Serato but still offers way more compatibility with software also available on Android & iOS.
Overall, the DDJ-SB3 is a really great DJ Controller if you want something that offers good compatibility with Serato DJ while offering advanced features that you would only find on the higher end DJ Controllers.
DDJ-FLX6 (Rs 62,900)
The DDJ-FLX6 is a 4-channel DJ controller allowing you to mix four songs at a time. It features full-size jog wheels with displays on them that show you the position of the song, a feature that you can only find on higher-end CDJs made by Pioneer.
It has even got some exclusive features like a full-sized FX knob that helps you mix your songs more seamlessly as well as jog cutter mode, which allows you to create scratching effects without touching the crossfader.
Regarding software compatibility, the DDJ-FLX6 has support for both Pioneer’s Recordbox DJ and Serato DJ, but I would recommend using Rekordbox DJ if you want to reach the full potential of the controller.
Overall the DDJ-FLX6 is the best controller at this price point, as you are getting many features that you would normally find only on the highest end CDJs which can cost lakhs of Rs.
These are four of the best DJ controllers made by Pioneer that you can buy right now in India, you can buy any of these on Amazon.
Lastly, I would like to say you should be sticking to the DJ controllers under the sub-30,000 price point if you are have just started to learn DJing, and only go for higher-end controllers down the line, or if you already are an expert looking for an upgrade.