Best Low-Budget Beginner DJ Controller 2021
The Battle for the best Beginner DJ Equipment -Numark VS Hercules
|Dan from DJ Mentors||Jun 17|
Battle for Noob DJ Controller Supremacy
Age-Old Battle for Best Beginner DJ Equipment
Last year the question was “ The Hercules Inpulse 300 Vs. Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 ?”
This year we put the new versions to the test.
TLDR: First, I wanted the Hercules, but after research, I would buy the Numark.
DJ Gear on the Cheap
Both Controllers and companies have their place in the DJ industry. Looking at the marketing campaigns and brand material gives us some clues.
The Hercules has had a flashy launch with high-quality images, portraying a DJ lifestyle, while the Numark marketing focused on technology.
Features and Benefits
Hercules Inpulse 500
The Hercules Unit has made leaps and bounds in the past year with a feature-packed device rich in form and function.
Some Bonus Features include:
Additional RCA Input + AUX (3.5)
The full DJUCED Software package
RGB Lit Pads
Numark Mixtrack Pro Fx
This simple device has everything you need for basic DJing. The controls are intuitive for optimal performance.
Some of The Bonus Features are
USB bus Powered (No external power supply needed)
Paddle triggers for effects
Basic Lighting Control
And The Winner Is…
The Hercules mixer is more visually appealing and looks very impressive. The features are incredible, and it is fantastic how far we have come with controller technology over the past ten years. The Inpulse 500 is a beast of a machine that is perfect for someone who likes to have beautiful and clean user experience with a fully-fledged software pairing.
However, the reason I love the Mixtrack Pro FX by Numark is the simplicity. Long Pitch Sliders for riding tempo and Effects Paddles are big differentiator, and a cool way to trigger effects on the fly. The BPM reading pushes the MIDI controller over the line as the best beginner DJ equipment of 2020-2021.