What controller do you use and why?

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PhaseIIPro

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It's going to be tough connecting two speakers with one RCA output.

Nothing tough about it. My speakers don’t have rca inputs, so I would never use rca cables, but some active speakers do. Individual rca cables are abailable. Some lower end controllers only offer rca outputs.
 

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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Nothing tough about it. My speakers don’t have rca inputs, so I would never use rca cables, but some active speakers do. Individual rca cables are abailable. Some lower end controllers only offer rca outputs.
Those are beginner controllers. They are mainly for a DJ just starting out who don't have a lot of money to spend for a controller.
 

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They are mainly for a DJ just starting out who don't have a lot of money to spend for a controller.

It has nothing to do with how much money a DJ has, or their level of experience. They're for whoever needs a controller and is ok with RCA outputs.

I picked up a used but basically brand new Pioneer DDJ-SX3 in a Gator case (the nice one with the wheels) yesterday for $900. The plan is to sell my DDJ-SX while the controller market is still reasonably hot while holding out for the right price on a DDJ-1000. Even the used Rekordbox-only ones are going for $$$$$ right now.

The DDJ-SZ is still my main controller, but I've been beating on it for almost 8 years now and I'm anticipating that it'll stop doing something at some point.
 

JP_HTX

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I get what you are saying but just because some active speakers 'accept' RCA inputs doesn't mean you should use them from the controller. Best practice is to connect the Pioneer SB3 into small form mixer with minimal distance (since RCA is an unbalance run). And then from the mixer you should run balanced cables, be it TRS or XLR.
Now if you are just practicing at home, no biggie, connect whichever way is easiest but when you are getting paid, I think you should do best practice and avoid issues if possible.
 
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PhaseIIPro

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I get what you are saying but just because some active speakers 'accept' RCA inputs doesn't mean you should use them from the controller. Best practice is to connect the Pioneer SB3 into small form mixer with minimal distance (since RCA is an unbalance run). And then from the mixer you should run balanced cables, be it TRS or XLR.
Now if you are just practicing at home, no biggie, connect whichever way is easiest but when you are getting paid, I think you should do best practice and avoid issues if possible.

I agree with what are best practices, however you typed that it would be tough to accomplish with just rca’s, and that’s not the case. Some people don’t have, can’t afford, or are intimidated by an external mixer for whatever reason,, and they could still pump out the jams using rca cables. The crowd wouldn't care or know what kind of signal cables are in use by the DJ.
I agree with best practices, however several ways to skin a cat.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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It has nothing to do with how much money a DJ has, or their level of experience. They're for whoever needs a controller and is ok with RCA outputs.

I picked up a used but basically brand new Pioneer DDJ-SX3 in a Gator case (the nice one with the wheels) yesterday for $900. The plan is to sell my DDJ-SX while the controller market is still reasonably hot while holding out for the right price on a DDJ-1000. Even the used Rekordbox-only ones are going for $$$$$ right now.

The DDJ-SZ is still my main controller, but I've been beating on it for almost 8 years now and I'm anticipating that it'll stop doing something at some point.
You're talking about controllers that are not entry level.
 

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You're talking about controllers that are not entry level.

It was an addendum to my previous post where I mentioned I was looking for a DDJ-1000SRT.

I also own a Numark DJ2GO2. We good now?
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Those are beginner controllers. They are mainly for a DJ just starting out who don't have a lot of money to spend for a controller.
I forgot one other thing. A D.J just starting out normally won't know top quality gear vs entry level junk. My experience is you learn as you improve if that is the case. Some will not know the difference between one item to the next and just can't see spending more money for an item they think will do the exact same thing as the one costing more. My partner was trying to get me to buy what I call Mackie Junk speakers. The original ones. I picked out a pair of Yamaha DSR 115 speakers and never regret buying them spending the extra money.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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How old are the yamaha's Mixxy?
Well over 10 years old and still sounding and working great! The one issue is the volume knob on the back of one of the speakers is missing. The knob itself is still there. Just the part that tells you the actual level the knob is at is not there. They discontinued them. Too bad because they are great speakers that are solidly built. They are constructed from wood and not plastic.
 

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For that price U will stick with what I use. Besides that it's super big and looks heavy.

The controller itself isn't that heavy. And for anyone that wants full sized CDJ platters, they are going to need a fairly large unit. But for some DJs the platter size isn't a big deal.
 

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The controller itself isn't that heavy. And for anyone that wants full sized CDJ platters, they are going to need a fairly large unit. But for some DJs the platter size isn't a big deal.
What is the weight of that controller?
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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13 pounds
That's a big difference from the NS7 my partner bought. That thing had to be used with a case on wheels. It was a job putting it into the van and a choir getting up stairs. It was a nice unit for its time. Just too damn heavy. I saw a bunch of people selling theirs. My guess is because of the weight issue. That unit was not designed for portable use. That was designed for a permanent install.