A digital turntable is an electronic item used by DJs to orchestrate prerecorded music to be played in parties and other events. Turntables are basically CD players that have a slip pad disc on an analog turntable. The DJ manipulates this slip pad to produce “scratches” and other special effects while playing the CD. These devices also include other functions such as flash memory storage, cue point marking and automatic looping. Today, we bring you some of the top performing digital turntables.
Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital TurnTable
The Technics SL-DZ1200 permits the DJ to make a seamless transition from vinyl to the latest media available today, without in any way disturbing the technique of disc jockeying. This device comes with an SL type Direct Drive motor and rotating platter, with forward and reverse motion options.
The DJ can work with CD, CD-RW, CD-MP3 and SD Audio too, using the self-same beats and scratch techniques. Other features include cue point functionality, SD card for storage and a variety of on-board sound effects.
The Technics SL-DZ1200 is now available for $779.99.
- Has a solid body and gives reliable and accurate performance
- Interface is very user-friendly
- It takes a wee bit long – up to 8 seconds – to load a CD track
- The DJ cannot scratch when the pitch lock is on
Pyle PLTTB1 Professional Belt-Drive Manual Turntable
The Pyle Pro PLTTB1 Professional Belt-drive Turntable is probably one of the best belt-drive turntable you can get in the market today. This device is absolutely rugged and can take a lot. The reliable Pyle PLTTB1 is perfect for any beginner or mid-level DJ looking to get started with a nice digital turntable.
This device comes with a simple interface that is easy to use, and yet, is packed with some strong features, such as adjustable pitch control, dual playback speeds, anti-skating function and auto switching.
What is more, the Pyle PLTTB1 turntable even comes with a cartridge, stylus and durable dust cover as well. Working really well with beat-matching, scratching, and playing all types of vinyl, the Pyle PLTTB1 is just the thing for DJs looking for a great digital turntable which also comes at an affordable cost. Of course, this may not be the thing if you are looking for something really high-end.
The Pyle PLTTB1 is available at $122.49.
- A reliable product which works well for basic to mid-level DJs
- Device comes at an affordable cost
- Some users complain about shoddy construction and brittle platter
- The stylus gives way after a few hours of use
- User needs a phono input to make it work with a computer
Numark V7 Motorized Turntable Software Controller
The Numark V7 is a powerhouse performer, often not seen in a single-platter digital DJ controller. The V7 comes with an adjustable torque, motorized-platter design that is a throwback on Numark’s NS7.
This digital turntable features a host of professional features, such as real vinyl, slipmat, perfect control even at ten times the standard MIDI resolution, extensive loop, cue, track-access controls, easy library navigation, Serato ITCH software, support for Serato Scratch LIVE libraries and Strip Search virtual-needle drop. This device also works with all DJ mixers, as regards custom configuration.
The Numark V7 costs about $799.
- Tough and rugged device, which offers reliable performance
- Lots of storage space
- Effect-station included
- One V7 is good enough to control two decks
- No support for Traktor Pro
- Loop section not intuitive
- Hot-cues do not work with fast cue-points
Scroll below to watch Real Digital DJ using the Technics SL-DZ1200 digital turntables.