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Functional Features Of Dj Controller

In addition to software, when choosing a Dj controller, of course, it is important to understand what functional features each model has. Basically, it doesn’t matter how many buttons a controller has if it can’t do its job properly. It is important to consider how many channels the controller has, whether it is equipped with an audio interface, and more. Therefore, let’s look at all these details in order.

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  • Dimensions. Everything is pretty simple here. It is conditionally possible to distinguish large, medium and small controllers. The mobility of the device, its functionality, cost and, often, the build quality directly depend on the size. If you plan to travel a lot with equipment, then carrying a large and heavy device around with you will be very inconvenient. On the other hand, small devices have rather limited functionality, only the most important functions.
  • Power supply. The controllers can be powered via the USB bus or from the mains using an adapter. Almost always, large controllers do not have enough voltage that a computer can transmit via USB, so they must be connected to the network. In addition, if you plan to perform with your controller abroad, you will need to take into account the difference in network plugs. In some countries, sockets are three-prong or flat, so adapters will need to be provided. Small controllers, in most cases, are powered directly from the computer via USB.
  • Quantity of channels. According to the quantity of channels on the mixer, the controllers are divided into two-channel and four-channel. Each channel is a chain of different elements for sound processing. The sound from the deck usually first goes to the amplifier that controls the level of the signal, then to the equalizer, which allows you to lower and raise certain frequencies, and finally goes to the fader that controls the volume. Accordingly, 4-channel mixers allow you to control 4 decks at the same time. Working with 4 decks can be a lot of fun and can help add some creativity to your mix. However, if you are a beginner, then it is unlikely that you will need additional channels on the mixer, because. this greatly complicates mixing. In addition, such controllers are much more expensive.
  • The presence of an audio interface. An audio interface is a device that processes the audio output from a computer. In other words, it’s a sound card. However, the sound quality of the audio interface in any controller is an order of magnitude higher than the quality of the card built into the computer. The fact is, custom audio is not designed for professional audio work. Interfaces are specially created for the needs of musicians and DJs, therefore they are equipped with high-quality converters that are responsible for translating digital information into sound. If the choice is between a controller with or without a built-in interface, it is always better to choose the first option.
  • Audio connectors. In addition to good sound quality, audio interfaces have another advantage – they are equipped with professional connectors for connecting the controller to audio systems. All establishments have full-time acoustics, which is usually controlled from a large mixer of a sound engineer. These mixers do not have an AUX jack, so if you come with your laptop and controller without an audio interface, you simply cannot connect.
  • Mixer. The presence of a Standalone mixer on the controller allows you to use it as a standard dj mixer without connecting to a computer. If you already have or plan to purchase CD or vinyl players to practice in classic DJing, then this function will be a great addition to the rest of the controller for you.

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