What some people don’t realize is the dj controller is the starting point of your music! I am an audiofile who happens to have a sound company! I am a different kind of dj in my area, and my price point is above most in town,because I bring a lot of equipment and lights, and my sound quality is unmatched by any in my area! I bring twice as many low end cabs as I need,and way more power than I should,,,,, also I run 2 sets of Qsc 12.2’s for my tops! I do this so that I can run all of my equipment nice and easy and CLEAN! I want a controller to have a great d/a section with a lot of voltage output, good separation,low THD, great signal to noise,,,,and so on. We all know about GIGO!
The other issue, which I suspect you already know, is the hardware (in Serato) unlocks the license - you have to use the sound card in the controller - not an option to use anything else (like a high end audiophile one).
Frankly, my controllers are junk* compared to an SX3 or a SZ2, yet I think Serato sounds just fine - but I have Serato's Auto Gain set to 89db (the lowest setting) and make up for lost gain by feeding everything (controller and mics) into an outboard mixer.
Likes: DJ Bobcat