The 5 Best Mid-Tier DJ Controllers in 2024 ($500-$1000 range)

artwork showing mid-tier DJ controllers

📅 Last updated: 5th Jan 2024 | 🕒 Est. reading time: 16 mins

Overview

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll provide a simple yet comprehensive overview of the 5 best mid-tier DJ controllers in 2024.

As some of the leading contenders in this category, these are our favourite mid-range DJ controllers on the market right now. They’re all priced under USD 1,100.

Note: All of the controllers on this list have either been used and/or tested directly by our team!

Want to become a club DJ?

Check out this FREE DJ mini-course from our friends at Club Ready DJ School. When you sign up you’ll get immediate access to 16 high-quality HD video lessons!

Who are these DJ controllers for?

Assuming you’re currently in the market for a DJ controller, these controllers will be most applicable if you fall into one of these 3 categories:

  1. You’re a passionate bedroom or party DJ who wants some professional-looking kit.
  2. You’re a working DJ of some sort looking for a ‘budget backup’ controller to add to their existing home or studio setup.
  3. You’re a mobile DJ looking for a more portable (and capable) controller for certain gigs that won’t break the bank.

How to choose?

As all of the DJ controllers on this list are in the same price bracket (we’ve already done that bit for you), their specs are, for the most part, fairly similar by comparison.

So, once you have a rough idea of which DJ software you’ll be using, what’s MOST important is to consider their unique selling points and what that means to YOU and your situation. If you need more help before we start, also check out these posts linked below:

Post #1: A quick introduction to DJ controllers (this is mostly for beginners).

Post #2: Best DJ software programs (this post breaks down the 6 main players in DJ software).

Now then, let’s jump into the 5 best mid-tier DJ controllers in 2024!


1: Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5 

Overhead photo of the Pioneer DDJ-REV5

Description:

Released in August 2023, the DDJ-REV5 is a middle-market (or mid-tier) scratch-style DJ controller from Pioneer DJ. It has two channels and works plug-and-play with Serato DJ Pro and Rekordbox.

Best suited to:

1} Aspiring scratch DJs, and 2} Open-format DJs looking for a versatile gigging-ready unit that won’t break the bank!

Approximate price:

$1,100 USD | £1,000 GBP | €1,200 Euro | $2,500 AUD (see buy links below).

Product slide show:

Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5 (overhead view)

Overhead view

Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5 (front angle)

Front angle

Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5 (side angle)

Side angle

Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5 (rear view)

Rear view

Pioneer DJ DDJ-REV5 (front view)

Front view

Key features/specs
Scratch-style design includes horizontal tempo faders above the decks, with performance pads and lever FX by the mixer
3-band EQ, stem level adjustment, multimode filter, 3 FX slots, and Paddle FX control
Large CDJ-like jog wheels with adjustable resistance
Adjustable Magvel crossfader designed to withstand intense scratching
Onboard stem separation with dedicated volume and mute functions (stems can also be assigned to be controlled by the main EQs knobs)
‘Auto-BPM Transition’ to seamlessly mix different genres, in conjunction with Stems, Auto Loop, and Key Lock
‘Piano Play’ mode: use performance pads as piano keys
Deck Move makes for quick, one-button toggling between decks
Professional connectivity: XLR and RCA master outputs, balanced 1/4-inch booth output, RCA auxiliary input, 2 x dedicated mic inputs, 2 x USB-C outs (for easy laptop changeovers)
Size: Width 736mm x Depth 377.2mm x Height 73.4mm
Weight: 6.2kg

Key takeaways/conclusion:

The DDJ-REV5 is the newest addition to their ‘REV’ series of controllers, filling the gap between the DDJ-REV1 for beginners and the DDJ-REV7 in the upper price bracket.

ℹ️ Want to become a Club DJ?? Sign up for this FREE DJ Mini-Course to get 16 high-quality HD videos plus other free bonus materials! It’s from our friends over at Club Ready DJ School.

With large jog wheels and a ‘scratch-style’ layout, standout features include the 8 x multi-colour rubber performance pads (located on the mixer, battle-style), a Magvel crossfader for accurate scratching, onboard Stems controls with dedicated volume and mute function, and long tempo sliders positioned horizontally above each deck.

After taking the REV5 through its paces here at The DJ Revolution HQ, we can confidently give it the No.1 spot. It would be the perfect solution for any mobile/open-format DJ looking for a versatile, professional piece of kit, without spending ‘thousands’.

The controller also introduces new (arguably gimmicky) features like auto-BPM transition to seamlessly mix different genres and Piano Play mode for using performance pads as piano keys.

For more resources, visit the product page or watch Pioneer’s feature overview video below.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Best places to buy:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


2: Roland DJ-505 

Roland DJ-505 - intermediate DJ controller

Description:

Released in 2017, the DJ-505 is the best mid-tier offering from Roland. It’s targeted at DJ Producers and comes bundled with Serato DJ Pro.

Other controllers in this series include their entry-level DJ-202 and the flagship DJ-808 in the higher price bracket.

Best suited to:

Aspiring electronic music DJ Producers and musicians that currently use (or want to use) Serato.

Approximate price:

$500 – 700 US (see buy links below).

Power supply:

External power supply, AC adapter, comes with all necessary connectors and cables – ready to go out of the box for PC or Mac.

Product slide show:

Roland DJ-505 (birds-eye view)

Birds-eye view

Roland DJ-505 (birds-eye angle #1)

Birds-eye angle #1

Roland DJ-505 (birds-eye angle #2)

Birds-eye angle #2

Roland DJ-505 (front view)

Front view

Roland DJ-505 (rear view)

Rear view

Roland DJ-505 (corner view)

Corner view

Roland DJ-505 (jog wheel view)

Jog wheel view

Roland DJ-505 (performance pads)

Performance pads

Roland DJ-505 (mixer)

Mixer close-up

Roland DJ-505 (top view)

Top view

Key features/specs
2-channel mixer, 4-deck capability with Serato DJ Pro
Comes with a Serato Tool Kit license (includes Serato Flip, Pitch ‘N Time plugin plus Serato DJ FX packs)
3-band EQ as standard, with filter and gain knobs on each channel
Large low-latency jog wheels optimized for scratching
8 multi-function performance pads for each channel with Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, TR, Pattern and Sampler modes
Comes with a built-in drum machine and includes samples from Roland’s classic TR-606, TR707, TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines models as popularized in the 80s with acid house
TR kits contain eight sounds–Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride–that can be played on the performance pads and triggered from the sequencer
Classic 16-step sequencer that can trigger either TR drum sounds or the Serato Sampler; new features include nudge (TR-S), step-roll, and instrument/sample mute
¼-inch and 1/8-inch headphone output jacks on the front
External output to connect turntables or CDJs – plus all professional inputs & outputs that you wouldn’t get from a lower price bracket
Serato DVS, upgrade-ready
Size: Width 530mm x Depth 402mm x Height 73mm
Weight: 3.5kg

Key takeaways/conclusion:

At under $700, the DJ-505 is a fantastic option for any aspiring electronic music DJ/producer with a preference for using Serato DJ Pro, and would perhaps also suit a musician who fancies getting a capable DJ controller. It’s the perfect step up from the DJ-202 in the beginner price bracket if you want something more substantial and professional-looking.

Also, it’s nearly half the price of Roland’s flagship DJ-808 in the upper price bracket, yet still has a lot of the same functionality.

With help from its built-in drum machine and 16-step sequencer, the DJ-505 is arguably the best in this price bracket with regards to performance / on-the-fly remixing capabilities.

And as with all three of the Roland controllers in the series, the inclusion of the classic drum machine samples from the acid house era is a great selling point. In short, it’s on this list for good reason! For more resources, check out Serato’s walkthrough video below or visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Best places to buy:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


3: Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 - mid-tier DJ controller

Description:

Released in 2017, the DDJ-SR2 is a mid-tier controller from Pioneer DJ that works with Serato DJ Pro (the upgrade from the DDJ-SR that came out back in 2013). It comes bundled with Serato DJ Pro software as standard.

Best suited to:

Mobile & event DJs on a budget with no need for four channels (…that also use Serato).

Approximate price:

$700 – 800 US (see buy links below).

Power supply:

Powered by an AC Adapter/mains and connected via USB connection to your laptop, it has a built-in 24-bit soundcard so you can directly plug in headphones, microphones, and speakers. It’s ready to go out-of-the-box for PC or Mac.

Product slide show:

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 (birds-eye view)

Birds-eye view

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 (birds-eye angle #1)

birds-eye angle #1

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 (birds-eye angle #2)

Birds-eye angle #2

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 (rear view)

Rear view

Key features/specs
2-channel mixer, 4-deck capability within Serato DJ Pro
Comes with a Serato Tool Kit license (includes Serato Flip, Pitch ‘N Time plugin plus Serato DJ FX packs)
3-band EQ as standard, with filter and gain knobs on each channel
Large aluminium low-latency jog wheels with adjustable torque (optimized for scratching)
8 multi-colour performance pads for each channel for Hot Cues, Roll, Slicer and sampling
Touch strip needle search above each jog wheel to quickly search through a track
Dedicated key sync button makes harmonic mixing easier than ever
External output to connect turntables or CDJs – plus all professional inputs & outputs that you wouldn’t get from a lower price bracket
¼-inch and 1/8-inch headphone output jacks on the front
Serato DVS, upgrade-ready
Size: Width 553mm x Depth 334mm x Height 65mm
Weight: 3.7kg

Key takeaways/conclusion:

The SR2 has a nice solid build quality, plus lovely aluminium jog wheels with adjustable torque. It’s is definitely the mid-tier pick for Serato users if you’re an advocate of Pioneer’s hardware, and a great portable option for mobile & wedding DJs ….or just as a backup in the home/studio.

It’s an extremely popular controller this one – and you can see why! For more resources, check out Pioneer’s intro video below or visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Best places to buy:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


4: Numark NS4FX

Numark NS4FX - Mid-range Serato DJ Controller

Description:

Released in April 2022, the NS4FX is a mid-range 4-channel Serato DJ controller from Numark. Challenging nicely in this price bracket, it comes with Serato DJ Lite (with the option to upgrade to Serato DJ Pro) and also works with Virtual DJ and djay by Algoriddim.

Best suited to:

Mobile & event DJs looking for a capable backup controller for their gigs. Also for party DJs that don’t want to go ‘’too cheap’’.

Approximate price:

Upon release: $500 US | 500 Euro | £415 GB | $700 AU (see buy links below).

Power supply:

Powered by an AC mains Adapter and connected via a USB connection to your laptop, it has a built-in 24-bit soundcard so you can directly plug in your headphones, microphones, and speakers. In other words, it’s also ready to go out-of-the-box for PC or Mac!

Product slide show:

Numark NS4FX - main view

Main view

Numark NS4FX - angle left

Angle left

Numark NS4FX - angle right

Angle right

Numark NS4FX - front angle

Front angle

Numark NS4FX - side back

Side back

Key features/specs
4-channel mixer
Layer buttons on each hardware deck to control up to 4 software decks
Comes with Serato DJ Lite and also works with Virtual DJ and djay by Algoriddim
3-band EQ as standard, with filter and gain knobs on each channel
6-inch touch-capacitive jog wheels with multicolour display; details essential track data such as BPM, Pitch, and time remaining
Dedicated Sync, Cue/Stop, and Play/Pause buttons
FX section with 6 selection buttons, parameter controls and 2 toggle switches
8 x performance pads on each deck with pad mode selection buttons (Serato DJ Pro required for full functionality)
Dedicated loop control area next to performance pads
Long pitch faders with pitch bend buttons
Balanced XLR Main output / RCA Booth output (connects to professional sound systems)
¼-inch microphone input with volume and tone controls on the front (also has one at the back of the unit)
¼-inch and 1/8-inch headphone output jacks on the front
High-quality 24-bit audio
Serato DJ Pro upgrade ready
Size: Width 23.5’’ x Depth 10.8’’ x Height 2.4’’
Weight: 3kg

Key takeaways/conclusion:

The Numark NS4FX is similar in many ways to the 2-channel Numark Platinum FX in the beginner range – a more capable 4-channel version of it.

As well as the 4 channels, you’re also getting professional connectivity specs, plus a dedicated Mic area on the front — so it makes a suitable ‘budget backup’ controller for a mobile DJ/professional use.

Whilst there’s no doubt it’s excellent value for money, just don’t forget to factor in the upgrade to Serato DJ Pro, which is another $200 if you buy it outright or $10 per month on a subscription. So you’re really looking at $700!

Weighing only 3 kilograms, the NS4FX is also the lightest mid-range DJ controller on the market and would make a great portable option for a party DJ looking for something more substantial than a beginner controller.

Whilst the build is all plastic, the jog wheels, knobs and performance pads are all good quality. With its brushed dark grey finish, it also looks the part as well. The only real downside is that the crossfader feels a bit flimsy, although it’s certainly not a deal-breaker!

For more resources, watch the complete feature video below or visit the product page.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Best places to buy:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


5: Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX6

Pioneer DDJ-FLX6 - mid-tier DJ controller

Description:

Released to the market in late 2020, the DDJ-FLX6 is a 4-channel Rekordbox-compatible DJ controller from Pioneer DJ. It comes with the software as standard and also works with Serato DJ.

Approximate price:

$500-700 USD.

Key takeaways/conclusion:

The best thing about the Pioneer DDJ-FLX6 is its full-sized, touch-capacitive jog wheels with their backlit screen in the centre. That, and the fact you’re getting 4-channels for around $600.

Note: You can’t connect other sources to it such as turntables or CDJs – the use of 4-channels is in-software only.

Whilst it might have 4-channels and great jog wheels, the connectivity specs are lacking, and it’s not a complete solution for a working DJ. And based on the workflow of the unit, it’s best to use it with Rekordbox (not Serato)!

The DDJ-FLX6 is also very ‘gimmicky’ and has the characteristics of a beginner controller in many ways. For example, the ‘Merge FX’ (the circular backlit controls at the top right of each deck) would at best only appeal to a beginner who wants an easy way to switch between genres/BPMs, or perhaps an EDM DJ. Also, the build quality is similar to that of a beginner controller.

Whilst it’s far from perfect, if you’re looking for a cost-effective 4-channel Rekordbox controller to use in your bedroom (that also looks great), then this is it. Although, as you’ve probably gathered, we wouldn’t recommend it to play out with.

Visit the product page or buy it on Amazon here.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

6? Traktor Kontrol S3

Traktor Kontrol S3, mid-tier DJ controller

Key takeaways/conclusion:

Based on several factors, we decided not to include the Traktor Kontrol S3 in our top 5. Whilst it’s a perfectly capable controller (and nothing against Traktor necessarily), it received an overwhelmingly lukewarm response across the board when it came out.

In short, for the price point of around $600, whilst you do get 4 channels and good connectivity specs, there seems to be a trade-off with regards to build quality.

If you use Traktor, then we’d recommend either the 2-channel entry-level S2 MK3 (for about half the price) – or if you want a 4-channel pro option, just get the top-end S4 MK3 for around $1,000 US!

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

What are the best mid-tier DJ controllers in 2024?

In summary, these were our top 5 mid-tier DJ controllers:

  1. Pioneer DDJ-REV5
  2. Roland DJ-505
  3. Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2
  4. Numark NS4FX
  5. Pioneer DJ DDJ-FLX6

More buyer’s guides:

Affiliate Disclosure: To help fund the website, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you choose to make a purchase we’ll make a small commission from it. This comes at NO extra cost to you!

    Join Our Rapidly-Growing Community of Dance Music Fans!

    Sign up to get the latest dance culture news and other updates via our weekly newsletter. You'll also receive other EXCLUSIVE, community-only content straight to your inbox.

    latest posts

    photo of Karl Hyde and 'Two Months Off' record artwork

    Revisiting Underworld’s Iconic ‘Two Months Off’ – Friday Flashback

    Array
    (
        [0] => 47
        [1] => 946
    )
    
    April 12, 2024
    Underworld, made up of Brits Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, are of course known for their innovative approach to production…
    How to brand yourself 12 ACTION STEPS for DJs & music producers

    How To Brand Yourself: 12 ACTION STEPS for DJs & music producers

    Array
    (
        [0] => 47
        [1] => 1078
    )
    
    April 11, 2024
    In this post, I’ll walk you through 12 action steps on how to brand yourself as a DJ. Music producers…
    AI generated image of Carl Cox & Paul Oakenfold

    Paul Oakenfold & Carl Cox Collaborate on new track as part of ‘Perfecto 30’

    Array
    (
        [0] => 69921
        [1] => 1079
    )
    
    April 6, 2024
    "Concentrate" is out on April 5th as part of ‘Perfecto 30’ - a huge celebration of the label’s 30th anniversary. This…
    Photo of the Pioneer DJ XPRS2 Series as part of a DJ setup

    Pioneer DJ Introduces 4 New Speakers to Their XPRS2 Series

    Array
    (
        [0] => 1553
        [1] => 1079
    )
    
    April 6, 2024
    Now comprising of 6 speakers, the new 8-inch XPRS82 and 15-inch XPRS152 join the 10-inch XPRS102 and 12-inch XPRS122 full-range…
    Photo of a nightclub from behind the decks

    House Music is the UK’s most popular club genre according to new research

    Array
    (
        [0] => 1552
        [1] => 1079
        [2] => 69920
    )
    
    April 4, 2024
    A2D2 analysed the number of club music events from 1st Jan 2024 - 31st December 2024 for each genre to…
    Free DJ controller guide

    Sign Up To Receive Our Complete Buyer's Guide For FREE: ''20 Of The Best DJ Controllers in 2024''!

    You’ll also receive our weekly newsletter plus other community-only content.

      Don’t worry, we hate spam.. we’ll only send you quality content. See our privacy policy.