Pioneer's universally-admired DDJ controller has now become available in a striking, sleek black finish that also adds unique and easily identifiable aesthetics to individual controls. It makes the new Ergo not only a stunning piece of live equipment but also a particularly user-friendly performance tool.
The DDJ-ERGO-K is bundled with Traktor 2 LE, and of course the interface itself has been designed to sync up perfectly with the software and allow you direct access to the most important functions. That's not to say that other software choices aren't a possibility, the unit has MIDI out so functions can be mapped to just about any other DJ system. In that respect there are also removable legs and a laptop-friendly design that means a DJ can have their computer set up underneath the controller, perfect when space is tight.
Light Up The Stage
New white LED wheels have been added to the jog wheels, which shine brighter as beat matching gets closer to perfect, rotate in different directions to indicate hi- and low-pass filters. Channel faders and FX buttons also benefit from new pulse lighting too, the former pulses to the beat of the track, the latter indicates which effects are currently active. It's a powerful way of taking stock of your tracks at a glance, whatever the lighting situation. All of the control and lighting options are powered entirely via the one USB connection, no need for additional power supplies.
Speaking of the jog wheel, you'll note that they're of the same design as Pioneer's pro-DJ range, and in fact, the interface and layout borrow traits from the acclaimed CDJ and DDJ controllers.
The aforementioned coat of paint is something pretty special in itself. The DDJ-ERGO-K features a glossy panel top, satin finished sides, chrome-plated Play and Cue buttons and pro-mixer level rubber pots too. It adds a particularly slick look to this impressive controller, which also doubles up with a built-in audio interface and benefits from a line-in and MIC input for good measure.
We love the ERGO-K, and think that the intuitive light design will make Traktor an absolute doddle to perform with.