The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
Numark 4TRAK: 95
Ion DJ2GO: 454g
3. number of faders
Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.
Vestax Spin: 13
4. has a frequency filter
The device has a filter knob (hi-lo pass) for each channel. Filters are used to manipulate sound and control which frequencies are lost and which are retained.
Reloop Mixage IE
39% have it
5. number of knobs
More knobs (rotating controls) can give the user more dedicated control over the device, eg. volume, effects, EQs etc. Types of knobs may differ: endless type or step type.
Allen & Heath Xone 4D: 56
A type of knob that has a push button functionality built in. Encoders are for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.
Reloop Jockey 3 ME: 13
7. audio interface frequency rate
Audio interface sampling rate/frequency defines the number of samples per unit of time taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal. Sampling rate determines the quality of a digital recording.
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2: 96kHz
8. drum pads
The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.
Stanton SC System 3: 47
9. RCA connector output ports
Is a type of electrical connector (phono) commonly found on audio equipment. It is used to carry audio signals and facilitate connection between various sources in audio systems.
Allen & Heath Xone 4D: 12
10. microphone inputs
The total number of microphone input ports (usually XLR or ¼”) the device has. The majority of professional microphones use the XLR connector that ensures a better sound quality.
Pioneer DDJ-SZ: 2
11. headphone sockets
The number of headphone output ports the device has (usually 6.35mm or 3.5mm).
Reloop Terminal Mix 8: 2
12. Has LED sound level Indicators
LED sound level Indicator on the mixer section allow DJs to instantly identify the sound level of each channel.
Reloop Mixage IE
49% have it
Is the total amount of outputs that the device has. More output ports allow users to connect more output devices such as power amplifier, submixer, recorders or powered loudspeakers.
Allen & Heath Xone 4D: 10
14. Does not require power adapter
Devices that do not need a power adapter can operate with a standard USB cable connected to your computer.