DJing on a budget, or even getting started in DJing with little funds in your wallet, can be somewhat of a challenging task. If you've already got a laptop, you're halfway there. While you might be on your own for music, we've compiled a list of cheap DJ controllers under $100. Make sure to read up on the features to understand what you're getting for such a low price.
Numark Party Mix
The Numark Party Mix is definitely a starter DJ controller, but is a great way to get the party going when your wallet says, “no”. It even comes with its own built in light show to add some effect while you're learning to DJ.
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For under $100, the Korg KAOSS DJ is easily the most feature rich. The Kaoss DJ offers the classic Kaoss pad, and steps up the offering with not one, but TWO rca inputs, as well as a 1/4" microphone jack. It's actually surprising, even with its compact build, just how much is packed into this one.
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The Casio XW-DJ1 barely makes the list at just under $100. It's got standard RCA outputs, and looks like the Milennium Falcon. What more could you ask in a DJ controller?
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Behringer CMD Studio 2A
The Behringer CMD Studio 2A is ready to go with Deckadance LED DJ software. This is one of the few controllers that has built in library navigation and track load buttons for under $100. The buttons on the Behringer CMD Studio are backlit as well for easy navigation in the dark.
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Hercules Instinct S
The Hercules Instinct S is normally a $99 controller, but recent findings show it's an extremely cheap DJ controller on Amazon right now. Some great features are added, including loop, cue and sample buttons, as well as track searching. Not a bad investment, and currently well under our $100 limit.
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These next few are even cheaper DJ controllers, but have no sound card. This means they're designed to only connect to your computer via USB and act as a MIDI controller with the DJ software. You will not be able to preview your music via headphones, and you'll have to use the audio output of your laptop without an additional external sound card, which is sold separately.
Hercules DJControl Compact
The Hercules DJ Control compact lets you control the music on your laptop. Remember, you'll need to use your laptop audio out on this, and there's no way to preview music with your headphones unless you get an additional sound card.
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Numark Orbit WIreless MIDI Controller
The Numark Orbit comes with its own software, but will work with ANY software that's midi mappable. Even better? This is one of the only DJ controllers out there that's actually wireless. Watch lots of YouTube videos to learn how to take total control of this unit. Again, no headphone or audio outputs on the controller itself.
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Behringer CMD Micro
The Behringer CMD Micro has a built similar to the Hercules DJ Control Compact. It works with all Midi compatible programs, but comes with Deckadance LE DJ software. For the price, it's one of the cheaper ones available, but still has no soundcard.
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A note about cheap DJ controllers:
The DJ industry is very get what you pay for. While these controllers are excellent for starting out, you'll find yourself wanting better quality and more features in a very short time. Got a better deal on a cheap DJ controller under $100 that you've found? Make sure to share it in the comments!