DJ Mediaplayer - Standalone Controller
Media players are either DJ controllers, CD players or players that can play music from digital media such as USB sticks or SD cards. All media players therefore run standalone, i.e. they do not need a computer or laptop to function, but are ready for use immediately after switching on. Most manufacturers rely on their own, self-developed operating system that must meet the high requirements of stable club operations.
How many decks you need?
What to consider before buying: How many decks (channels) are required. The beginner gets by with 2 decks and can get to know the device and learn the first steps to the perfect mix. If your skills increase, or if you need more decks, you should either look for a controller with 4 decks (usually switchable) or get 4 media players of the same type and connect them together.
If you use a single player like the new Denon SC5000 Prime or a Pioneer XDJ-1000MK2, you can start with 2 decks and add a second pair to the setup. An incredible advantage over a complete solution.
When buying a DJ player, you should also consider which formats the device supports.
The media player should be able to handle the most common formats in any case:
Wide range of helpful formats that are also supported by some devices:
- Apple Lossless (ALAC)
- OGG Vorbis
You should also make sure that the players can be sufficiently wired to each other and extended to a 4-deck setup if required (and desired).
A source of inspiration
This also means that media players are of course excellent for mixing. But what you should also consider are the sources that the player can process.
Classical older devices from the beginnings have of course seen the CD as the source of choice. In principle not a bad choice, as the audio quality of a compact disc is far superior to that of a compressed mp3. However, times have changed and in principle the USB stick or SD card has become the source of choice, because it is simply wonderfully practical and easy to feed the device with new music. There are also hybrid devices that can manage both CDs and USB sticks. Here you have to go according to your personal preferences and consider which device is the best choice for you.
Visualisation, Displays, Touch
Older and today even simpler devices got by with a classic monochrome display, on which all important information was represented relatively simply with a few numbers and letters. Times have also changed here and most media players come with large displays in size 5 inches and up around the corner, where not only all information, but also covers, track lists, waveforms and much more can be stored. Actually incredibly practical and super nice to work with.
Some players can also score with a touch screen, on which you can already do a lot of work on the display, in the familiar manner of a smartphone. Devices like the SC 5000 Prime even have a multi-touch display that is in no way inferior to a smartphone display and can be operated incredibly smoothly and without delay.
Here, too, personal taste, but also your wallet is in demand. It is also very easy to work on a normal display.