Another year, another set of DJ controllers.  Though there have not been any huge leaps and bounds in the controller market, there have been some enhancements and modifications to the ergonomics and controls.  Some manufacturers have moved forward in this realm, while a few others have decided to stray off the map.


Native Instruments and Pioneer DJ have both debuted a similar set of mixer/controllers that appear to be a classic 2-channel battle mixer on the outside, but have a huge set of bells and whistles under the hood that bears the characteristics of a DJ midi controller.  Native Instruments released its Kontrol Z2 and Pioneer countered with its DJM-T1.  Unfortunately, both models did not make it to the top ten mainly because both models are more physically mixer-based as opposed to the complexities of what the rest of the pack offers as DJ midi controllers; even though they…

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