Nowadays, more and more DJs are using VirtualDJ Pro Full to be able to use digital music instead of traditional vinyls or CDs. Still, using digital music doesn't mean you'll have to sit behind a computer and use a mouse and keyboard.
VirtualDJ Pro Full can be used as a stand-alone software in case of emergency, but to truly unleash its power, you might want to connect it to some dedicated hardware.
VirtualDJ Pro Full is natively compatible with an impressive list of hardware from many manufacturers. And, with the full MIDI compatibility and the open plugin architecture, it can connect to virtually anything.
You will find below a small list of the best hardware for digital DJ one can find on the market today. Many of which come with a version of VirtualDJ Limited Edition (LE) so you can immediately start using your controller.
But, if you don't find what you need here, keep in mind that VirtualDJ Pro Full is compatible with many other controllers, mixers, etc. on the market.
Depending on how and where you mix, you might consider different options:
- Mobile DJs will probably want to get all-in-one controllers, easy to transport and install anywhere.
- Resident DJs will probably want rackmount or table-top controllers (depending on the space available in the booth).
- Turntablists will want a TimeCode solution and a good sound card interface.
- Beginners will be more interested in all-in-one solutions.
Expand your creative performance capability with AFX, a versatile 4-deck FX controller for advanced performance. A single USB connection adds over 70 intuitive controls to your DJ setup including intelligent touch-activated knobs, velocity-sensitive pads and backlit buttons. Trigger samples, assign loops and cue points, tweak effects (known as FX), manage DVS modes, automate song edits, and so much more from ultra-responsive, trusted Akai Professional hardware found in studios and stages all over the world.
The APC20 is the link between human and computer that perfectly balances analytical parameter control with creative expression. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvas, a DJ using Live to mix or remix tracks, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the APC20 to be the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with your software.
Stage and studio-worthy MIDI pad controller with metal non-slip chassis. 40 premium illuminated pad triggers and 16 LED rotary encoders that provide realtime control and feedback of musical activity. Customizable controls that adapt to your workflow, perform and create without limits
AKAI MPD 226
Compact, feature-packed pad controller for finger drumming and music production. 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC drum pads (64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks). 4 faders, 4 control knobs, 4 switches (12 assignable controls each accessible via 3 banks). USB-powered through computer connection with built in Note Repeat, Full Level, and 16 Level buttons.
Allen & Heath XONE K2
Xone:K2 is a compact, slim line universal MIDI controller – incorporating a 4 channel soundcard, for use with any DJ software. With no fewer than 52 hardware controls providing up to 171 MIDI commands across 3 layers – plus the ability to link multiple units using X:LINK, saving USB ports on your computer – Xone:K2 has the power and flexibility to put you in touch with the functions and features of your chosen software.
Behringer CMD DC-1
16 large backlit pad-style buttons. Compatible with popular DJ software and any other MIDI-compatible programs. Complete navigation section with jog wheel for navigating track libraries, scenes, etc. Control effects with 8 encoders and 8 buttons - all with MIDI feedback to take your eyes off the computer screen
In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control VirtualDJ. The nanoKONTROL2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with software, ensuring simple and intuitive control.
Like all nanoSERIES2 controllers, the nanoPAD2 had to be compact, lightweight and sized to work well with any laptop or desktop computer. In addition, the nanoPAD2 also had to pack in 16 great-feeling and dynamic-sensing pads – as well as leaving room for the X-Y touchpad! The Korg nanoPAD2 does all this and more. In fact, there are four banks of pad assignments, providing a total of 64 pads setups.
The Korg nanoPAD is a unique, exceptionally responsive pad that has inherited the terrific sensitivity and feel of the Korg padKONTROL, one of the most highly sought-after pad controllers on the market, in a smaller format! The Korg nanoPad offers 12 excellent feeling and highly responsive pads in a new, smaller footprint. In addition, a new Chord Trigger function lets you enter chords onto a single pad, helping you to make the most of the work surface as you create.
Native Instruments KONTROL X1
Whether DJing all-digital or with timecode control, the mighty TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 gives you total control of decks and effects with a unique combination of power and portability. Browse tracks, nudge, seek, or control loops and effects with focused precision. Without ever reaching for the laptop.
Novation LAUNCHPAD S
This new 64-button grid music controller has all the features of the original but with much brighter buttons, faster refresh and expanded app/system support. Can be powered directly from your iPad or USB port. Controls your mix with volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting while jumping to different levels across eight channels at once Trigger loops and effects using the Launchpad app on iPad
Novation LAUNCHPAD MINI
As our smallest and lightest Launchpad, this is perfect for a compact setup. 64 multicoloured mini pads for triggering effects, samples, loops and loads more. Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 4GB of Loopmaster samples. Fully USB-powered and DAW-friendly
Novation LAUNCH CONTROL
Launch Control makes creating electronic music way more fun. Its chunky knobs and multicoloured pads let you play your software like an instrument, by giving you hands-on control over any aspect of your sound that you like. 16 banks give you more than enough controls to get as creative as you like with your sound.
Stop staring at your laptop and focus on the music with the Numark Dasboard! Whether you use turntables or any supported DJ controller, the Dashboard enables you to tuck away your laptop and focus on the crowd. Innovative 4.3-inch full color display gives you access to your playlists/crates and you can monitor your music’s waveforms on either the center or side screens. You can also browse through your music by Song, Artist, Time, BPM, and Key.
Orbit packs a massive amount of MIDI control into a compact and intuitive design that fits comfortably in your hands. Every inch, inside and out, is tailor-made for live DJ performance and powerful wireless control—Orbit is 100% MIDI-customizable, able to go as far as your imagination and creativity will take it. Wirelessly manipulate effects, launch samples and hot cues, control software, trigger lighting, and more.
Whether you use turntables, multi-players or external devices, the DDJ-XP1 will bring a whole new sphere of creative possibilities to your DJ performances. This robust add-on controller with intuitive layout and 32 performance pads is designed to get the most out of your software. So add the DDJ-XP1 to your setup and enjoy tactile control over Hot Cues, Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler and Loop modes.
The Reloop NEON is a powerful pad controller that will elevate your performance to a whole new level. Acting as the perfect support hardware for DVS users and controller DJs, the 8 ultra-low-latency and touch-sensitive RGB drum pads with aftertouch are perfect for triggering samples, cues, loops and effects.
Vestax PAD ONE
The Vestax PAD-One is a solid robust MIDI pad controller, compatible with various DJ and DAW software and can be used to control any kind of MIDI device, including synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and electronic drums. The aluminum chassis will never warp or crack, ensuring you long life durability and stability. The PAD-One can individually assign pads on the fly, and shows you each pads MIDI value on the 7seg indicator. Compact, solid and reliable, the PAD One is the ideal item to your DJ arsenal.
An effect control unit which brings out the best in Djing with the DJ MIDI controller VCI-300. 2 individual effect channels with 12 effects each, along with 3 control knobs to control the parameters for each effect. The VFX-1 only requires simple USB connection with your computer and runs with the power provided.