As we gear up for the global gear fest that is NAMM, the news starts to trickle in. And when I say trickle, this arrived last week with an embargo, but believe me when I say that the floodgates are opening. But I digress. 

Numark’s original DJ2GO controller (review here) made a lot of friends for its cost-effective ability to rock a crowd with the bare minimum of controls. So it made me happy to see the sequel DJ2GO2 arrived, and built upon the small but solid foundation. And now that device gets a small but important update in the shape of capacitive jogs i.e. Touch, making it considerably more rounded and scratch friendly.

NAMM 2020 Numark DJ2GO2 Touch controller (5)

The PR:

NUMARK® ENHANCES PERFORMANCE OF DJ2GO2 TOUCH PORTABLE MINI CONTROLLER

Numark adds capacitive touch platters to pocket-sized DJ controller, fully-equipped with Serato DJ Lite.

Fort Lauderdale, FL USA (January 8, 2020)— Numark (numark.com), a long-time innovator of DJ solutions, today announced the introduction of its new DJ2GO2 Touch, the successor to their incredibly popular DJ2GO2. Both beginners and professional DJs alike get the full benefits of a pro controller shrunk to fit in their pockets—at the surprising retail price of $79.00.

DJ2GO2 Touch is a portable, pocket-sized DJ controller with the ability to scratch with capacitive touch jog wheels. With a built-in sound card and Serato DJ Lite-ready, it fits perfectly in front of any laptop gives the DJ the ability to perform hot cues, looping and sampler effects. Professional DJs loved its predecessor—DJ2GO2—when it debuted in 2017. DJ2GO2 Touch continues that successful path and now DJs can scratch!

DJ2GO2 Touch also features future-proof music streaming capability with TIDAL and SoundCloud as part of Serato DJ Lite. This degree of streaming music power is absolutely unprecedented in this controller category and sets DJ2GO2 Touch apart from any unit on the market.

The Power of a Full-Size Controller

The DJ2GO2 Touch has power like a large DJ controller. Beginner and professional DJs can perform light to heavy scratches and blend the mix by nudging the side of the capacitive touch jog wheel. It is perfect for all DJ styles to prep for gigs, perform at small events, as a space-saving extra setup for big events or as a great backup to a main setup.

Serato DJ Lite Ready

Out the box, DJ2GO2 Touch comes with Serato DJ Lite and is upgrade-ready to the full version of Serato DJ Pro. For first-time DJs, Serato DJ Lite now comes with demo music, providing an easy on- boarding tutorial that will walk you through the basics so anyone can start DJing right away.

Key Features

  • Capacitive touch jog wheels for scratching and mixing
  • Portable two-channel DJ controller for Serato DJ Lite (software included)
  • TIDAL and SoundCloud capability included
  • Built-in audio card with headphone cueing to create the perfect mix
  • Song navigation and channel and master gain controls
  • DJs can map DJ2GO2 Touch with other popular DJ software
  • Multiple Pad Modes with cueing, looping and sample triggers
  • Fits perfectly on top of any laptop
  • 1/8-inch headphone output
  • 1/8-inch main output

“Our DJ2GO2 Touch is pure DJ fun in an amazingly convenient, grab-and-go size,” said Chris Roman, Senior Product Manager for Numark. “You can do almost everything you can do on a full-size controller with the DJ2GO2 Touch, and even beginner DJs will want to get in on the action! With its capacitive touch jog wheels, Serato DJ Lite and compatibility with other DJ software, every DJ—from bedroom to mobile—will find the DJ2GO2 Touch a fun and useful DJ tool.”

US retail for the DJ2GO2 Touch is $79.00. Available January 2020.

LESS IS… ALL YOU NEED

It’s all too easy to become dependant on the increasingly complex lumps of shiny that the industry pushes under our GAS afflicted noses. They’re all wrapped up in aspirational words and glossy PR that makes us want them sooo bad, and believe that our old gear is no longer capable of playing that music it played last week. 

But when you break DJing down to its base level, all you need to make people dance are two decks, a crossfader, and a selection of music. No really — the rest is your personal preference. And this perfectly explains the popularity of Numark’s original DJ2GO and subsequent update.

It does what it needs to, which with the advance of technology is a sliding scale. And the original DJ2GO2 reflected that by adding pads, and making it truly plug and play with headphone and master outs, albeit via minijacks. And the capacitive update brings a better feel to an already fully featured controller. It lacks a good amount of the bells and whistles of bigger and more expensive controllers, but it doesn’t aim to compete with those. Making comparisons and complaining about a lack of this and that is wrong.

Summing UP

Numark’s DJ2GO2 (looks like one of those cryptic Denon DJ teaser codes) will be available more or less right away and goes for $79/£69. 

GALLERY