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Numark DJ 2 Go & Serato Video SL

A DJ controller for under a $100.00 USD is practically unheard of, so when I saw the Numark DJ 2 Go controller I was skeptical to say the least.  My first question to the people behind the sales desk was, “Does it work with Serato?”  A sea of question marks crowded the air above their heads followed by a shameful “we don’t know”. 

Well, I’m here to bring the good news.  Yes, it works with Serato…mostly.  The controller comes with a stripped down version of the software Virtual DJ.  With the included software, the controller is mapped perfectly and lights up like Christmas.  When you map the controller to Serato, the button lights don’t work at all and it takes a bit of careful planning to map buttons outside of the basic “play”, “cue” and “pitch sliders”.


What stopped me from taking the DJ 2 Go back to the store is the fact that I use Serato Video SL.  If you use Video SL this thing is great for the simple fact that you can map the video cross fader, load deck A & B, scroll, pitch control and cue to the DJ 2 Go.  In my opinion being able to control Video SL for $60.00 USD is a great deal, not to mention that having a cheap controller is always a smart move.  It sucks that the button lights don’t work unless you use the Virtual DJ software, but that’s a small price to pay for a compact controller that fits in your front coat pocket.

Minuses

No soundcard
No headphone jack
Buttons don’t light up unless you use Virtual DJ Software

Pluses

MIDI maps to Serato
Zero latency
Lightweight
Small
Cheap


Many club DJs will disregard this as a toy, but mobile DJs should love this for making their set-up smaller and lighter.  It has only one cue and just the basic functions, but If that’s all you need this thing is perfect.  Think of it as a Korg Nano for DJs.   


Comments

  1. How did you get serato to recognize the controller?

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  2. Thanks for the review. Question... when u plug this in, does Serato SL recognize the device and displays both virtual decks? I know until Serato recognize my 57SL, you only see the offline player. Just curious.
    -Phil

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