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For serious DJs, taking your mixing game to the next level requires new equipment. Check out our top five selections of this year’s must-have tools for the modern musician.

1. Pioneer DJM-900NXSD1

The Pioneer DJM-900NXS is the successor of the legendary DJM-800 mixer. The four-channel unit can be used across multiple genres, ranging from electronica to hip-hop. There are three EQs per channel that controls the low, mid and high.

Beat effects have been updated extensively compared to the previous model. There is now a space and a frequency setting for reverbs. Spiral is a new addition that sounds like a looped tape delay. USB and mic slots are easily accessible through the front of the mixer, away from the switches and knobs.

2. Livid Minim Wireless ControllerD2

Midi controllers are changing the way DJs bring in effects, drop beats and manipulate samples. With mobile mixing on the rise, controller designs have shifted to accommodate the new practices. The Livid Minim is the latest external device that truly defines the essence of the mobile DJ lifestyle. It is a wireless midi controller that connects to iOS and Android machines via Bluetooth. There are 15 buttons, eight pads and a one-touch fader on the versatile unit. RGB LED lighting ensures you can still use the controller in dark venues.

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  1. Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS

CDJs are a crucial investment for most house and trance DJs. Sure you could mix on a software, but there’s nothing like cueing a track on a physical plate. Unsurprisingly, Pioneer is the top manufacturer for CDJs (based on overall industry use). The company’s latest addition to its superior flagship line is the CDJ-2000NXS.

Using Pro DJ Link you can connect up to four units to one source through Link Port. This is currently the only model that offers Wi-Fi connectivity. When combined with Rekordbox, Pioneer’s robust music management platform, individuals have the option to organize and add information to tracks on the playlist.

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  1. Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

A reliable pair of headphones for cueing and monitoring is vital to the success of one’s DJ career. A quality piece that you can trust without burning a giant hole in your wallet (headphones can get pricey) is the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II. The German brand has a reputation for releasing some of the best industry-standard headphones, and this one is no different. Design-wise, the plain black, thick leather padding might be a bore to some, but all of the budget for this model went into performance. When it comes to sound quality, the unit offers tight bass, as well as heightened clarity for the mids and highs within the frequency range of 16-22,000 Hz.

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  1. Reloop Beatmix 2 MK2

DJ equipment requires a lot a space. If you don’t have enough room for a full spread at home, try picking up the Reloop Beatmix 2 MK2. The compact controller comes with the basic essentials you need to mix at small parties and gatherings. There are two decks for standard beat matching mixes and a range of mind-blowing effects courtesy of iZotope. Using the plug and play feature, setting up only takes minutes.

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