Here's how I see the future of the DDJ Wego lineup now some of the products like the DDJ-200 are starting overlapping with Wego products in terms of price positioning.
In terms of size :
- I see it at the dimensions of a computer keyboard without the numeric pad.
- Low profile thickness, again as a keyboard.
In terms of controls :
- Jog wheels nearly as large as the current Wego's ones can still fit on this surface, touch-sensitive with scratch support like on current Wego, the jog LEDs can be monochrome or just plain while and smaller/more subtile.
- Other controls should be exactly the same ones we have on the current Wegos, though in a much more recessed form
- Dedicated filter knob would be a must (even if it means the EQ section has to become more minimal
- it would be ideal to have a set of 8 back-lit performance pads per deck even if they have to be 1/4 of the size we find on the DDJs. One button or small rotary to switch between modes would be fine.
Other features :
- iOS compatibility will also be key for a such mobile mixer
- Serato Intro support (in addition to Rekordbox and WeDJ) will be key for this to be a hit for prep-work on Serato or versatile backup solution
- No need to put lights some Numark entry level products do. I believe it really looks gimmicky, but you may build multi-purpose carrying case with power bank + lights
- A sober look and a more Premium metal top surface would differentiate it from competition in terms of design and will also appeal to DJs other than beginners.
- For power and digital I/O : I believe USB-C would be a good compromise with an adapter cable for connecting to Lightning devices, while powering the whole setup.
- For headphones and master out : mini-jack will be just fine, just make sure the ports are good quality and provide enough level of audio output. If RCA fits, it's of course more than welcome.
- If room doesn't allow-it, you may ditch the microphone in port. If you can fit it in, it's welcome too.
- Some competitors have already introduced similar form factors and have been able to provide enough performance control in this smaller size (Numark DJ2G2, Hercules DJControl Starlight)
- They have showed quite successful not only for beginners but also for pros on the go (for prep, backup solution or small events)
- Main competitors in this market support Serato Intro.
Price positioning :
- Similar to the DDJ-200, one would have the choice between mobility or cleaner layout at similar price levels.
- The Serato support may allow to it a bit of premium to the DDJ-200, say $30+$50 more would still be acceptable considering the added versatility.
- Pioneer folks, what do you think ? Would this fit in your lineup ?
- Forum members ? Would you buy this ?