Recommended DJ equipment

To give you some guidance in the jungle of DJ equipment, here are my recommendations and reasoning why I think they are the best.
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DJ software

I have 3 favorites:

Virtual DJ
Regretfully by the industry seen as “the kids toy”, but I don’t think this is justified
I reviewed Virtual DJ and I’m impressed by the user interface and user-friendliness for beginner and professional.
On top of that, it is one of the fastest software on the market.

Alternatives:
Rekordbox – because it’s industry standard and has the best compatibility with other soft- and hardware. Not because it’s the best. See Rekordbox review.
Traktor – for the professional DJ. See Traktor review.

A full feature comparison and reviews of all DJ software, you can find in my article on the best DJ software.

DJ controller

A controller always needs a computer with DJ software to operate.

pioneer ddj 200

Pioneer DDJ 200
Just a simple DJ controller for the beginner from Industry leader Pioneer that works with Rekordbox software.
Personally I own its predecessor the DDJ-RB.
Price: below $200 – Check price on Amazon

Standalone Player + mixer

Standalone all-in-one equipment doesn’t need a computer with software to operate.
Music can be exported to a USB drive and be inserted in the all-in-one DJ player/mixer.

Pioneer XDJ-XZ

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ
Semi professional all-in-one with 2 players and a 4 channel mixer from Pioneer.
Supports USB, Serato and Rekordbox.
With the feel of the professional CDJ 2000 NXS2.
A buddy of mine has it, and I played with it, that’s why I’m comfortable to recommend it.
Price: around $2500 – Check price on Amazon

Sound card

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 sound card

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Simple, affordable audio interface with a good audio quality.
Personally I own it’s predecessor the 2i2 2nd gen.
Price: around $200 – Check price on Amazon.