Even though the Pioneer DDJ-400 is 4 years old, it’s still one of the most popular budget DJ controllers out there. However, the newly released Pioneer DDJ-FLX4 features a similar design, yet incorporates many modern “smart” features like multi-device connectivity, streaming support, smart FX and more.
First impressions after opening the box is this is a beautiful budget DJ controller. The colour is dull grey withorange accents that looks smart (in my opinion).
It features a two-channel controller and mixer – a great introduction to performing on the more expensive Pioneer equipment found in clubs and at festivals. The jogwheels are fairly straightforward and responsive. There’s also performance pads, loop, library and level controls. It would have been nice to have better and bigger pitchfaders, a minor annoyance.
On the back, there’s two USB-C sockets, used to power the controller and connect to a computer or laptop (both Mac and Windows) interface. In early 2023, rekordbox will support Android and iOS too, which is massive for mobile smartphone users. You can connect via Bluetooth – no cables needed!
Rekordbox Lite and Serato DJ Lite is available for free, which you can use to add your own music. The DDJ-FLX4 also supports streaming services like Beatport Streaming and Soundcloud Go+, which is an affordable way to build an archive without purchasing tracks.
In terms of playing on the DDJ-FLX4, it feels pretty good, and very similar to the previous DDJ-400. It’s missing a bunch of features that professional gear is missing, but it’s unlikely you will notice as a beginner or even advanced artist.
A cool new feature on the DDJ-FLX4 is what Pioneer calls Smart CFX. Tapping this allows you to combine several macro FX at once. Once you get the feel of it, you can make some pretty cool build-up’s and loops without minimal effort.
The Smart Fader makes it easy for anyone to DJ and almost impossible to screw up a transition. It allows you to mix two songs together – irrespective of BPM or genre. This mode slowly changes the BPM, crosses the bass over and makes for a pretty slick change.
Pioneer took the best parts of the DDJ-400 and made some minor adjustments to make it more modern. The fact that the DDJ-FLX4 works across pretty much all devices means this will be a huge seller. It works with rekordbox and Virtual Box too.
Pioneer DDJ-FLX4 DJ Controller
The newly launched Pioneer DDJ-FLX4 is aimed at entry-level users, but how does it compare against the DDJ-400 and other budget controllers?
Product SKU: DDJ-FLX4
Product Brand: Pioneer DJ
Product Currency: USD
Product Price: 299
Product In-Stock: InStock
- Compatible with many devices
- Compatible with rekordbox and Serato
- No lights or displays on jogwheels
- No master VUs