dj controllers under $400

Best 5 DJ controllers for beginners under 400$ in 2022

One of the results of technological progress and the increasing popularity of electronic music are definitely opportunities. Nowadays, you don’t need dozens of synthesizers and a professional studio to start music production. The situation with DJ equipment is very similar – in addition to world-class controllers, mixers and CD players, whose cost exceeds several thousand dollars, more and more products from the same tech companies are available on the market in much lower, affordable prices. Below we have prepared a list of 5 DJ controllers of world-renowned brands, whose purchase will not take you more than $400.


Top five DJ controllers under $400:

1. Pioneer DDJ-SB3 ~ $260.00 / €229.00

2. Traktor Kontrol S2 ~ $330.00 / €299.00

3. Denon MC4000 ~  $390.00 / €349.00

4. Pioneer DDJ-400 ~ $260 – $300.00 / €229 – €265.00

5. Numark Mixtrack Platinum FX ~ $260.00 / €229.00 & Numark Mixtrack Pro FX ~ $200.00 / €179.00


1. Pioneer DDJ-SB3 

Pioneer DDJ-SB3 provides 2 channels of DJ performance control and builds upon the success of the SB2 controller by adding advanced features such as Pad Scratch and FX Fade co-developed with DJ Jazzy Jeff.


– 2-deck layout accommodates full 4-deck mixing for advanced performance,

– large jog wheels and intuitively laid out controls keep your workflow clean,

– onboard filters and Filter Fade functions provide advanced mix options,

& many more.

Watch DDJ-SB3’s official introduction here:


2. Traktor Kontrol S2 

As Native Instruments said – Whether it’s bass-heavy breakdowns, steppy synths, or peak-time rewinds that define your style, the Traktor Kontrol S2 has everything you need to make your mix happen.


– large 5.5″ smooth precision jog wheels with two modes

  • Jog Mode: Classic spin-to-nudge function as well as scratch capability
  • Beatgrid Adjust Mode: Use the jog wheel to manually adjust the beatgrid in TRAKTOR,

– 3-band EQs with modeling of industry-standard mixer EQs,

– FX suite from sweeping filters to dubbed-out delays: build atmosphere with over 40 beat-synced effects in endless combinations,

and of course a lot more!

Take a look:


3. Denon MC4000

The MC4000 is an exciting addition to Denon DJ’s distinguished line of professional DJ products. Featuring a sleek new design and inviting appearance, the MC4000 continues Denon DJ’s reputation for innovative features, dependability, unrivaled sound quality and peerless value. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Lite and is user-upgradable to full Serato DJ Pro. It’s also compatible with Traktor 2, Algoriddim djay Pro and Virtual DJ 8, as well as any other DJ application that supports MIDI mapping.

The only one of the controllers which going a little over budget, but we wanted to offer you the greatest possible variety of companies!

Watch MC4000’s official tutorial here:


4. Pioneer DDJ-400 

By far the easiest to use-controller of all the proposed today and a bit newer than mentioned DDJ-SB3. The DDJ-400 is the ideal piece of kit for first-time DJs, packed with features to help you comfortably develop your skills. Thanks to the lightweight and portable design, you can take the DDJ-400 to friends’ houses to practise together or bring it to parties and small venues to perform. Rekordbox DJ’s license key bundled!

See DDJ-400 in action below:


5. Numark Mixtrack Platinum FX & Numark Mixtrack Pro FX 

Two the latest Numark’s DJ controllers from 2022! Mixtrack Platinum FX is a 24-bit 4-deck digital DJ controller with a dedicated software effects section, large 6-inch capacitive-touch jog wheels with built in hi-res displays and 16-multifunctional performance pads. With the Mixtrack Platinum FX, you have access to four layered decks to create remixes and mashups on the fly.

If you need a little bit cheaper version – here is 2-deck Numark Mixtrack Pro FX. It has everything you need to sound professional from the get-go: large 6-inch jog wheels, a 24-bit digital audio interface for pristine sound quality, six dedicated software effects buttons for easy transitions, 16 performance pads for hot cues, auto loop, fader cuts and sampling, just like Numark Mixtrack Platinum FX.

Short presentation of Mixtrack Pro FX:

As you see, there’s a lot of choices but in our opinion the best one of all five mentioned DJ controllers under $400 is Pioneer DDJ-SB3.

Enjoy shopping!

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22-year-old electronic dance music enthusiast born & raised in Poznan, Poland. Bass music and event management fiend, sincerely in love with trap music from the 2012-2015 era.

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