Best Low-Budget Beginner DJ Controller 2021

The Battle for the best Beginner DJ Equipment -Numark VS Hercules

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.

The Hercules Inpulse 500 Vs. the Numark Mixtrack Pro Fx

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

Hercules DJ Controllers announces the 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

The Numark Mixtrack is back, in Pro FX and Platinum FX models • DJWORX

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.