Pioneer DJ has released a cheap new controller, with stripped down features and a price tag to go with it.
It’s called the DDJ-200, and it’s the newest addition to the “DDJ” lineup, along with the DDJ-400, DDJ-800 and DDJ-1000. The DDJ-200 is Pioneer DJ’s attempt at a new concept, which prioritizes the use of a phone connected to a streaming service, instead of the classic laptop to controller approach.
The DDJ-200 is an odd one: it connects to your phone via Bluetooth and features no headphone jack (Thanks Apple), and no onboard audio. This means that you either use your phone’s own speakers or use the supplied splitter to plug an external speaker and a pair of headphones to your phone, in order to cue up tracks. Oh, and there is no Android support as of now, Apple products exclusively.
As for the unit itself, it looks like a stripped down DDJ-400. It’s small and light, you get play/pause controlls, jog wheels, tempo faders, the all-important Sync button and performance pads. The mixer is a classic three-band EQ with filter pots, crossfader and volume sliders and a little button called the “Transition FX” – which you can activate to trigger an effect as you move the crossfader from one side of the controller to the other.
Also worth mentioning, is the fact that you can use the DDJ-200 with Pioneer DJ’s WeGo DJ app, but you can also use Algoriddim’s djay app, and Beatport’s brand new “Link” service. Rekordbox is also an option, obviously.
Overall, the DDJ-200 is a good move by Pioneer DJ, as it targets the total beginners and people who just want something incredibly simple for house parties, without the need of shelling out 200+ euros for a dedicated DJ controller.
The DDJ-200 starts out at 139€. You can check out the promo vídeo in the link down below.