We get a lot of questions at the warehouse about which controller a beginner should get when entering the controller DJ world. The Numark Mixtrack Pro and the Vestax Typhoon are the heavy hitters in the entry level price range right now and I’ve seen a lot of debate in the forums about which one is better. Check out the above video for my personal take on the strengths and weaknesses of each.
As I stated above I’d have to give the edge to the Mixtrack Pro when it comes to responsiveness of the jog wheels and faders, but I like the construction and layout of the Vestax Typhoon. Software may be another thing you want to consider when checking these both out. Once you learn to DJ you’ll be able to apply your skills to any software or scenario, but getting used to the nuances of one program often happens with the first one you really dive into. The Mixtrack Pro comes with Virtual DJ which has a strong and well supported user base. The Vestax Typhoon offers an entry level version of Traktor which is widely used by industry professionals. You can map either the Mixtrack Pro or the Typhoon to upgraded versions of VDJ or Traktor but if you don’t want to purchase additional software you may want to keep in mind what comes in the box.
These controllers are both USB bus powered and have on board sound cards meaning all you need is a set of headphones to start rocking. They’re great for anyone just starting out without a big budget. Check out the video above for the full rundown!