This list is comprised of the most expensive pieces of DJ equipment, normally seen in live venues, downtown nightclubs, and other well-invested DJ booths around the world. These items are costly, but are technologically pushing the DJ industry forward. Although they are not your everyday pieces of equipment, they are surely tools of the trade that you should be somewhat familiar with. Whether a hobbyist, or working DJ, if you have the budget to drop on these hot items, go for it!
Pioneer DJ CDJ-TOUR1
List Price: $4,999.00
The Pioneer DJ CDJ-TOUR1 is strictly for the touring DJ at the highest level of performance. Pioneer introduced this piece of equipment along with its DJM-TOUR1 mixer, designed with a layout familiar to the 2000NXS2, a product in the same family. This model features a 13-inch foldout touchscreen, and is available with display shade to protect against outside sun glare. It also features Neutrik etherCON connectors, isolator feet, and reinforced encasing, for all those tough gigs you’ll need to get through.
Pioneer DJ DDJ-RZX
List Price: $2,999.00
The DDJ-RZX is the flagship controller for Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox DJ software. Designed for DJs on the road, it comes with three large 7-inch touch screens that let you close your laptop and get intuitive control over audio and video features in the Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox video software, directly from the hardware. Rugged and durable with its design, the DDJ-RZX is encased in a brushed aluminum top plate, Magvel faders, and P-LOCK Cap Faders, to prevent knobs from dropping off, making this item the largest and heaviest piece out on the market (35.05 lbs.).
Rane MP2015 Rotary Mixer
List Price: $2,899.00
Rane’s rotary 4-channel mixer has a distinct sound quality, designed for playback of high-resolution audio (HRA) at 24-bit studio master quality (including a submix channel that can be used as a 5th input channel). The MP2015 holds resemblance to rotary club mixers dating back to 1971 models. Compared to the other equipment on this list, this has the most vintage appeal to it, and is described as a mixer with an “analog soul with a digital heart”. Featuring phono preamps, line, and S/PDIF input options, you can connect up to four cdjs,turntables, or two of each all on this rugged mixer. Equipped with dual USB ports , MIDI compatibility through Serato DJ, Traktor Scratch, and Virtual DJ, this may be the most diverse and durable mixer on the market to date.
Model 1 Mixer
List Price: $2,700.00(including international shipping)
The MODEL 1 is half- DJ mixer, half- studio mixer, and a remarkable piece of performance or studio equipment with a hefty price tag to match the international shipping. The design and spec details are a collaborative effort from Richie Hawtin and Andy Rigby-Jones. The overall layout of this mixer has combinations to each channel that make it a top tier buying option with Hybrid Filter EQ’s, Input Overdrive controls, 2-cue options, and Master Resonant Filter (both HPF and LPF controls). The mixer is layered with output and input play options, and even easier for B2B sets and set up flexibility for any working dj or venue.
Roland DJ-808 DJ Controller
List Price: $1,299.99
This newer release from Roland is built reasonably for its price tag. It’s loaded up with a TR-S drum machine, a 4-channel mixer, vocal processing, and engineered with Roland hardware sounds and sequence, offering Roland TR drum machines with 606, 707, 808, 909 kicks, snares, claps and hi-hats. It includes multiple MIDI or AIRA link connectivity with external instruments and workspace capability for a producer, DJ, or both. This is the only item on the list that comes with a carrying case when you buy it new.
Numark NS7 III
List Price: $1,299.00
This Numark NS7 model has been updated again with a third mark version, this time adding three 4.3-inch full color display screens for control navigation. Allowing users to close their laptop and perform seamlessly with high-resolution MIDI tracking. While still adding standout features including 3-way touch-activated knobs of filters, EQ, and effects, velocity-sensitive Akai MPC pads, and those torque motorized platters that sets itself apart from the rest. Providing that vinyl feel that many DJs can’t lose the touch for. Numark has claimed this model controller to be “The Best Hands-On Controller Money Can Buy. Period.”
Traktor Kontrol S8
List Price: $1,199.99
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 has the most technical layout and design, showcased as NI’s flagship all-in-one DJ controller. This controller has no jog wheels, instead giving users the next-gen mixing decks, making it abstract compared to most controllers on the market. It features remix decks, stems, sixteen performance pads, touch-sensitive knobs, faders, LED-guided touch strips, and two high-res color displays putting the TRAKTOR software at the point of view during live sets.
List Price: $699.99
This turntable is by far the most technologically advanced turntable option available today. Placing a twist on the modern turntable, the RP-8000 features advancements that earn its hybrid title. Engineered with DVS control ability, it’s combination of 8 cue point pads, and 4 performance modes (cue, loop, sample, and user) gives users dual performance instantly. It also adds “start/stop” buttons, advanced hybrid torque, and a high end tone arm.
In conclusion, this list features plenty of equipment to potentially grab in the future–if you have the money! Feel free to comment below on what you think about this list. Which items do you think we missed out on? If you own these pieces, let us know which has the biggest bang for its buck.