• The Governor

    Thanks for a great article!

  • DJ KNIX

    I had the chance to try them out last week and i gotta say im impressed with their performance DDJ-WEGO

  • http://www.facebook.com/kane.oliver.10 Kane Oliver

    Does ddj wego work with iPad 2 and what adapter do I need?

  • WH4LE

    Djay is what I used in my first year of dj-ing, just trying it out to see if I was any good… Even now, playing main rooms in clubs all across Melbourne over 4 CDJ2000′s and some of the most expensive gear on the market I love coming home to practice in my room using Djay… I have a Traktor Pro 2.6 and have used Serato Itch but… nothing is quite like dragging a track from your iTunes library, having the software get the BPM in under 2 seconds (and is one of the most accurate that I’ve found) and have the key of the track…

    I would 100% recommend Djay to anyone!

    I’m just trying to consider if I buy the Wego for my gigs in smaller clubs (where they only have 2 decks set up… I NEED 4 decks :P )… Can you tell me what the sound levels are like compared to a CDJ into a club mixer? Thanks a lot guys :D

  • Quacken

    Im new to dj’ing and beat making. Regardless of your experience level I cant understand why a product would receive so much scrutiny. More specifically why dj’s seem to be so picky about what hardware someone else might use and how they might use it.
    I was curious to mod my dj hero controller to gain a piece of hardware for free, versus hundreds of dollars for real equipment. Theres no such thing as toys unless they are being used like toys. I want a wego Midi fighter combo. Im lost in most programs. but I make beats with my hands in everyday life, with a midi fighter and a wego I feel I could have a nice combo. If a fellow DJ feels my equipment is amateur, well, it is, I am. But if I have fun with it, thats all thats important. I feel the key word in this article is “Room to grow” Meaning its a place to start. The little discrepancies between buttons and jog wheels is all about preference. It all comes down to how and what works best for you personally.

  • andretti

    Ok so I’m trying to get your opinion on the Vestax VCI 100 MK2.

    I’m guessing there isn’t a lot of love for it on this forum.

    At the moment a new MK2 sells cheaper then the Spin 2 over here.

    Surely it would be the better buy for Djay 4, as it is also natively supported?

  • Gábor

    DJ Player also supports the Vestax Spin 2 from version 5.7, so it’s NOT DJay only.

    Here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB8vfCSiGzI

    It extends this unit to 6 cue points directly available, and you can easily do a custom mapping with jog FX or fader FX.

    (Btw Spin2 sends MIDI over traditional USB to both Mac and Windows.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    Does anyone really, seriously want jog wheels? Knobs do a more (space) efficient work at controlling effects.

    I swear, the most time I see jog wheels being used is when someones pickup for the night is in the booth, puts the headphones on her head and pretends to “scratch the wheels” while her girlfriend is taking a picture.

    • LoopCat

      Can you use the jog wheels for pitch bending?

    • evil twin

      I do. Whenever I use tracks that are vinyl-rips, you cannot apply a perfect beatgrid to them. Or some tracks that are played live. Manual adjustment is necessary and jogwheel is much better for that purpose, rather than, say, pitch-bend buttons-joysticks-whatever. Sure, I could do the same with a pitch fader. I guess that mostly it’s an old habit. But I do feel more comfortable when I have the option of using jogwheels.

    • campark43

      Pretty narrow minded opinion. Just because u can’t professionally use jog wheels doesn’t mean shi.t. prob because you never used vinyl, there’s a big difference between pushing a button and feeling the beat through the jog wheel/or vinyl. If u ever get enough skill u might understand.

      Some great DJs don’t use the jog, andsome do.

      New schoolers/preschoolers will never understand. Practice and u might one day.

      Difference is I can mix without cue points set up. Without proper beat gridding set up. Much quicker workflow. If I need to beat match manually its easy for me. Practice.
      Can u do that with your buttons? Very slowly, in comparison.

      Jog wheel DJ is more versatile, no pre planned sets that suck, ability to handle requests with ease. Djing on the fly

  • David Thornhill

    I have to say the price tag is probably what killed both controllers for me. 400$ for a controller that “not compatible” with other dj software (ultimately we all know where there’s a will there’s a way) is pretty steep for someone who just wants to rock out on iTunes.

    There’s ton’s of controllers that are multiple times cheaper, fully midi mappable, and offer more options right on the unit itself.

    Though I am digging the way Pioneer went with the design and colors.

  • Apoco

    I don’t know where else to mention this, but numark has announced their new controller called the ns7 II. And it looks like they’re releasing their own version of the midi fighter 3d only its wireless.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the review. One thing that wasn’t clear to me was whether the WeGo sends out midi for all of the controls and could be used with any software that allows midi mapping?

    • http://twitter.com/treefitty Markkus Rovito

      Good question; Pioneer is being a bit coy about the details of the WeGo’s MIDI implementation. They’re only saying that it has MIDI communication and gives a small list of officially supported software. I don’t want to report any blanket statements that I can’t back up for certain, but the WeGo did show up as a MIDI device in some other software that I tried. And I don’t know for sure if all the controls send out MIDI, but traditionally in any controller that has MIDI, the only controls that may not send MIDI are those that are hardwired to sound card functions, like the Master Output knob.

  • Simone Phoenix

    I just got hold to the “first generation” Vestax Spin, just to have a little something on my desk attached to my Mac, you know, for messing around with ideas quckly. I was taught in a pretty traditional manner, with turntables/CDJs. If and when I go the route of a controller set-up, I’m thinking that this experience would give me a bit of a preview. So it’s all good. Postscript: when I finally go with one of the “big boys”, it’ll probably be Pio’s DDJ-SX. Just maybe. *grins*

  • Sam

    Thank you so much for this comparison!! I’ve been debating the WeGo vs. Spin2 ever since the latter was announced. This will certainly help inform my decision!

  • EveryDay

    Hey guys, I was really excited when we first got the spin2 into our DJ store and the first thing i did was test it with Traktor 2.6 – lo and behold it worked. It’s not in the list of supported devices and everything you read about it says ‘djay only’ but I made a really decent mapping of it easily enough in the controller editor section of the preferences pane right within Traktor. The one weird thing was that the ‘sampler’ button actually switches between midi layers and changes the messages being sent by the controller for the 3 loop/beat division buttons. So you can’t map anything to that button (and you have to remap those 3 buttons again if you switch) but it could be useful in the same vein as the layers on the A&H Xone:K2. That was weird to explain, but I urge the DJTT peeps to test it out for themselves. Peace

    • EveryDay

      Also it’s not exclusive to the apple store (maybe only in the US?)

      • Alexandros Roussos

        I also confirm this, I bought it online at Thomann.

        • http://twitter.com/treefitty Markkus Rovito

          You are correct, guys. the Spin 2 is exclusive to Apple Stores in the USA only, and that may change in the future. Sorry if I was unclear. I will make an amendment to the article to reflect this.

    • Alexandros Roussos

      I can confirm that my Vestax Spin 2 unit DOES work as a USB Midi controller and as a CoreAudio audio card with Traktor Pro 2.6 recognizing it out of the box. The only issue I had, which is probably due to my poor skills in MIDI-mapping, was to map the Jog wheels for scratching in the middle and nudging at the exterior part while using the “scratch button” to switch between scratch/nudge. If someone (maybe EveryDay) can help me on this I would be so glad, so far I mapped all the other buttons but the Jog wheels aren’t mapped as they should. If I can fix this, then I will share my mapping on DJTT’s mapping section. Once I’m done with the basic mapping, I’ll also explore some FX-focused or 4-Deck layers :)

      • EveryDay

        Hey hey, I had the same troubles mapping the jog wheels. The trick is in the way that the controller is sending its messages. As you first touch the wheel/let go of it, it will send a MIDI CC and as you hold it down it sends a MIDI note. You need to map ‘deck common>jog touch on’ to the CC and ‘deck common>jog turn’ to the note. Play around with adjusting the sensitivity of the jog turn mapping as I found 100% was crazy and about 60% seemed more reasonable. Another trick I found was to map a really small amount of ‘deck common>tempo bend (stepless)’ to the CC. This gives you a little bit of a better scratch response, like a turntable platter kicking back in underneath the record.

        • Alexandros Roussos

          Hi EveryDay, I actually also tried this way but I cannot get it to work, I have used the “Encoder” type of control in “relative mode” with sensivity at 60% and accelleration at 0. Could you be more specific on how you map the jog wheel ? I would also be interested to make use of the dedicated “scratch button” in order to enable/disable scratch mode and eventually use this button to switch between jog scratch and jog FX modes in a more advanced mapping. If you can share with us your mapping of at least one jog wheel, it could be really useful to anyone who wants to start his own mapping. Other controls should be easy to map.

          Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

    I look at these controllers and ask myself… Why? I get that there are a lot of iPads out there and that there are a lot of people with iPads looking to DJ, and there are a LOT of really good Controllers that can be jacked in through the Camera cable, but these controllers seem very expensive for what they provide. One or two year-old controllers with more features than these can be had for less money. Have we really come to the point where striving for excellence has now become a battle for who has the most bling-bling on their decks? If we were to rate these controllers against the Native Instruments Kontrol S2, Novation Twitch or anything else with the same capabilities, these controllers seem a little bit “me too” and not much else.

    • http://twitter.com/djfourmoney Anthony Thomas

      That is pretty narrow and you sound like my boy DJ Subculture who is a regular around here. All you house heads may like nothin but buttons but the rest of us have a use for the jog wheel. I want to upgrade my Console RMX because the jog wheels are not touch sensitive and I don’t want to spend more than $300. I play beats, hip hop, house, old school, whatever, I want to be able to scratch them in or cut them in, hard to do that with the original RMX. You can adjust the software but its still not perfect.

      • Crowdboy

        then don’t look for this toys!! look for 2 deck controllers such as Akiyama Pulsar, if it’s not sold in your country looks pretty much like the stanton djc4 and its a but cheaper.

        • djfourmoney

          I didn’t say it was a toy? The Stanton is cool but I like the newest Pioneer 2 channel that’s about to drop for $299. Its between that and the RMX 2 which has trigger keys as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.alter.5 Chris Alter

    If I have to choose a brand, between the two, no doubt Vestax. I think that compared to Pioneer offers an excellent balance between quality / price / performance.
    However, in this case, break a lance in favor of Pioneer. The Vestax Spin 2 is limited to users iOS / Mac. I had the opportunity to test first-hand the Pioneer DDJ-We go and found it very robust accurate and reliable. A good compact controller that offers more freedom compared to Spin 2.
    But this is just my point of view. ^ ^

    • Alexandros Roussos

      For having been using it for about a month, I can say the plastic design does feel cheap, considering I switched from a VCI-100 with a full metal case. However, it’s so great to carry a so light gear along with an iPad when you go to a party or a bar. It would have been perfect with an aluminium-made top that wouldn’t make it much heavier and would make it fit even better with Apple products.

      • Alexandros Roussos

        If someone is crazy enough to create an aluminum layer with a killer-Traktor Pro 2.6 mapping for the Vestax Spin 2, this will certainly bring a whole lot more value to the package :) I know there are crazy enough people at DJTT so, just saying… :)