Numark DJ2GO2 Controller Review

Numark DJ2GO2 Controller Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

The Numark DJ2GO2 is a good controller for beginners and professionals looking for a backup for gigs. Due to its small footprint, you can easily stow it in a rucksack for DJing on the go – it can even sit on top of your laptop. Although it lacks EQs and a scratch feature on the jogwheel, at this price and size, we can’t really complain. Go get Serato DJ or Virtual DJ if you spin or want to spin. Definitely going to be popular.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS / SETTING UP

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Numark DJ2GO2 is a successor to DJ2GO, one of the best-selling controllers of all time. With its sleek new design and layout, the controller looks more professional, although you won’t mistake it for a professional controller. Gone are the garish finish and toy-like buttons. (Interested in learning about this controller? Click here to find out more.)

There is a tiny two-channel controller – small enough to sit on top of your laptop’s trackpad/wrist pad area. There are four performance buttons with four selectable modes: Cues, Auto Loop, Manual Loop, and Sampler on each channel along with a jogwheel, sync, cue, and play/pause buttons.

A crossfader sits in the center of the unit, along with cue and master volume knobs, and a big browse knob with deck load buttons.

There are three jacks on the sides of the device: a 1/8-inch master output jack, a 1/8-inch headphone jack, and a mini-USB port. All cables are included. As of this writing, the DJ2GO2 also works with Virtual DJ 8. It also ships with a copy of Serato DJ Intro, which is the “lite” version of Serato DJ.

As soon as I plugged in the DJ2GO2, I started Serato DJ Intro.

Numark DJ2GO2 Controller: IN USE

Jogwheels

Jog wheels on the DJ2GO2 are used for scrubbing through tracks and for pitch bending during manual beatmatching. There is no vinyl or scratch mode, so whenever you spin the jogs while a track is playing, all you can do is speed up or slow down the music. Scratch DJs who were hoping to use this for their setup will be disappointed.

Although the jogs are big, they are responsive and useful for manual beat-mixing, and you get used to their size quickly.

Performance pads

Each deck has four performance pad buttons, each with a different function: Cues let you set hot cues in Serato DJ, Auto and Manual loop let you set loop points, and Sampler lets you trigger sounds from Serato DJ’s sample banks.

It’s not the soft rubber pads you see on DJ controllers these days, but clicky buttons instead. The controls are pretty good, but don’t expect to do any quick cue juggles or finger drumming.

Manual beatmixing

With the DJ2GO2, you can perform beatmixes without needing to reach for the sync button because there are short-throw pitch faders. It is great news for DJs who prefer to match tracks manually, especially for beginners who would like to learn how to do so (which we always recommend).

If you are coming from large media players like CDJs or big controllers, the tiny jogs take some getting used to and you may overshoot your pitch bends, but you get used to it quickly.

Portability

There is no doubt that this is the strongest suit of the DJ2GO2. The tiny footprint makes it easy to carry anywhere, and I did just that during my trip to Europe. Because I always travel with a laptop and headphones for work, I threw this into my DJ bag along with a Minirig Mini speaker. I also got to spin in hotel balconies with awesome views (which makes great social media content) and even in airport departure gates for layovers, which are the traveling DJ’s equivalent of watching paint dry.

Because of this, every DJ should have this – I was able to film, live stream, and record a month’s worth of DJ sets and performances in my nine-day trip. That’s not bad for a controller that probably costs less than a weekend away.

CONCLUSION

At this price point, the Numark DJ2GO2 is the best portable controller available. It’s small, works with Serato DJ, and is dirt cheap. This is a great starting point for someone who wants to learn DJing but does not want to spend a lot of money.

In case you already own a DJ controller or spin at clubs with media players, but you’re looking for a backup device, this one fits the bill, too. However, you’re getting a lot for a small investment, even without EQs or jogwheel scratch mode. I recommend it.