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October 31, 2012

DJ Controller Comparison: Numark MixTrack Pro, Hercules RMX 2, and Pioneer DDJ-WeGo

With only a few months left before Winter NAMM many companies in the DJ controller market have decided to hold off before releasing anything new and fresh. The exception of course being Pioneer who will be releasing the Pioneer DDJ-SX in November. You can expect a full review of the DDJ-SX as soon as we get our hands on it. In addition to the DDJ-SX, Pioneer has also released a controller that fits into the affordable and portable DJ market with the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo.

For this reason we decided to compare Pioneer’s latest addition into the affordable DJ controller market with some of the more popular DJ controllers within the same price range. It seemed appropriate to compare it to the ever popular Numark MixTrack Pro and the Hercules RMX 2 as these were in the same price range and come bundled with the same software. While all three controllers lock in at $200 – $300 range, they all have varying levels of functionality when controlling things like loops, samples, effects, as well as general differences like construction, build quality, and jog wheel design.

Numark Mixtrack Pro, Hercules RMX 2, Pioneer DDJ-WeGo

With the exception of the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo, we have reviewed these controllers which you can find links to below if you need more information. With that said we have a video and blog review of the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo which will be coming very soon. Until then, to get an in depth comparison of the features of these three be sure to check out our comparison video.

Numark MixTrack Pro

Hercules RMX2

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Transcript

Hey guys, today we’re here to compare three different DJ controllers. Now today we have the Numark MixTrack Pro, the Pioneer DDJ WeGo, and the Hercules RMX2. Now we’re going to go over some of the major differences between these three controllers. So the first thing we want to talk about is the construction or build quality of these controllers.

Now with the MixTrack Pro it’s an all plastic construction, it’s definitely the largest of the three, and it’s built solid but it does have the feeling that if you dropped it enough times it probably would put this thing out of commission. The Hercules RMX 2 is probably the best built out of the three. It rests on a full metal chassis, it’s got rubberized knobs and buttons and also the side of the jog wheels is rubberized, a couple of the faders are rubberized as well with the crossfader being plastic. So let’s move on to Pioneer’s latest controller, the DDJ WeGo. It’s an all plastic construction except for on the top of these jog wheels you have metal. All of the knobs are a hard rubber and all the faders are plastic. And all of the buttons you see on here are of a hard plastic.

These three controllers all have a very different layout as well. There are some functions that are omitted on some and included on others like for instance on the MixTrack Pro you have this master gain fader whereas on the Hercules RMX 2 as well as the DDJ WeGo it’s a knob. When we’re talking about the effects section and looping and hot cues you have three hot cues on the MixTrack Pro and you also have manual looping which you don’t have on the RMX 2 and the WeGo so you can set your in and out loop points here and do manual loop adjustments. In the effects section you have a button to engage your effects and you also have a knob to select which effect you want and you also have two knobs for controlling the parameters of those effects.

So the biggest difference between the RMX 2 and the other two controllers is this section right here where you have pads and your mode selection. You can use mode selection to chose between loop, effect, samples, and cues. And you use these pads to control all of those different modes so you can set up loops with these pads, you can control effects or parameters of effects, and you launch samples and also set hot cues. Another big difference is you have full EQ kills which you don’t have on the other two controllers. The pitch fader also locks into zero as opposed to the MixTrack Pro which has an LED light. And in the browsing section instead of a knob you have depad style buttons to select your tracks.

The layout of the DDJ WeGo is very logical. You have all your hot cue selections down here, you have your effects selections up here at the top and you control the effects parameters with the jog wheel. That’s something different about this controller from the two other controllers. Control B allows for dedicated filter control, control A will adjust your key in the song. One thing to know too, your tempo adjustment locks in much like on the RMX 2 and this is a 4 deck controller. Now you do all your deck selections up here with these deck C and deck D buttons. This is the only 4 deck controller of the three. And much like the RMX 2 you have a button for samples and you also have an auto loop knob.

The jog wheels on all three are very different with the MixTrack Pro jog wheels being the biggest of the three. They have a nice textured grip on the top and these big platters are probably going to be the best for scratching. The jog wheels on the RMX 2 are probably the smallest of the three. They have the ability to be tapped to stop the track, you can also see that visually with an LED display down here and the line level faders also have LED displays next to them. So as far as the size of the jog wheels go these rest right in the middle of the RMX 2 and the MixTrack Pro. They also have LED lights surrounding them and it gives you visual feedback as to what you’re controlling within your software.

So for the MixTrack Pro on the back you have RCA outputs as well are your USB connections for your computer and on the front you have your microphone and headphone inputs, microphone being a TRS quarter inch input and you also have a mic gain adjustment on the front for that as well. So the Hercules RMX 2 probably has the most robust I/O of the three controllers. You have XLR balanced outputs, you also have two RCA outputs, one of which is used for booth. You also have inputs for things like connecting a turn table, DDJs, or an external audio source, and this is the only controller that functions as a stand alone mixer. You also have connections for microphone which is on the top and you also have two options for headphone connections either on the top of the controller or right down here at the bottom on the front. The I/O on the Pioneer DDJ WeGo is definitely unique. It’s the first I’ve ever seen of I/O being on the side of one of these controllers. You have RCA master out here on this side as well as your quarter inch mic input and then on the other side you have your headphone jacks, you have eighth inch and quarter inch which is kind of nice and you also have your on and off switch and USB input there.

All three of these controllers ship with Virtual DJ LE and the RMX 2 also comes with the Djuced 40 degrees software. The Numark MixTrack Pro has the lowest price point out of the three controllers and the DDJ Wego and the Hercules RMX 2 come in at about the same price which is a little higher than the MixTrack Pro.

So there it is, our comparison of three DJ controllers, the Numark MixTrack Pro, the Hercules RMX 2 and the Pioneer DDJ WeGo. All of these are available for purchase on our website and to find out more information about our comparison you can go to the blog. Also be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. You’re watching uniquesquared.com.