all in one dj controllers vs computer dj controllers

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All In One Dj Controller VS Computer Dj Controller

all in one dj controllers vs computer dj controllers

When choosing a team for puncture Digitally, there are many options available. Two of them are very popular. We refer to the computer DJ controllers and All-in-One. Both provide great advantages and the choice between one or the other will depend on our needs and preferences when mixing music.

We will see all this in our post. Stay and we’ll analyze it together!

All In One DJ Controller

To put ourselves in the situation, it is important to understand what an all-in-one controller is. Well, it is neither more nor less than a specialized DJ that integrates everything necessary to mix autonomously. This means that it provides us with turntables, mixers, controls, screens, Software, etc., all of this in a single unit.


One of its main advantages is, as we have mentioned, the possibility of having a standalone dj controller that is easily transported.

Being a compact and all-in-one device, it is easy to carry from here to there and use anywhere. This makes them a great option for DJs who need to move frequently from one gig to another.

In addition, all-in-one controllers usually come with specific software that is very intuitive and easy to use. A very popular one is the software Rekordbox Djespecially if the controller is from the brand Pioneer Dj.


However, there are some disadvantages that are also worth mentioning here. For example, if your all-in-one DJ controller fails with a part or component, it can be (very) difficult to repair or replace a part independently.

Example of this type of DJ controller

Pioneer DJ XDJ RX3

xdj rx3

Dj Controller Computer

On the other hand, the computer DJ controller is a device that requires DJ software to mix music through our PC/Mac (and even tablet). This type of DJ controller consists of a mixer, two or four turntables and effects controllers.


Its greatest advantage is creativity. You can use them in your sets in a very artistic way thanks to all the possibilities offered by both the controller and the DJ program that you want, whether Tractor Pro, Virtual DJ, Serato Dj, etc. Plus, they can be used for producing, not just DJing.

Another advantage is that we can configure them however we want through mappings.


When it comes to pointing out the drawbacks, we can mention portability, since it is difficult to carry a computer, controller plus its accessories more tediously than a controller being a single unit. Additionally, DJ controllers may be affected by the delay if we do not have a high-capacity computer and our topics are well monitored.

Example of this type of DJ controller

Native Instruments Kontrol S4 MK3

Traktor S4 MK3


Finally, we want to point out that the choice between an All-in-One controller or a computer-based DJ controller has to depend on the DJ’s comfort when mixing and what will improve his sets.

There will be deejays Having your computer with all the music visible in folders gives you security or being able to clearly see the musical spectrum on a good screen to see where to put the next song, loops and effects. Or if a DJ needs a portable, self-contained solution for mixing on the go, an All-in-One controller is a fantastic option.

If you want to know more about these DJ devicesdon’t miss the video of our colleague Willy, where he finishes dispelling the doubts between these two types of DJ controllers.

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