Now, however, a counter revolution is afoot, bringing the fight to pre-set playlists with affordable, easy-to-use, professional-level kit. Pioneer’s DDJ-200 DJ controller is a case in point. Not only does it offer the essentials – jog wheels, three-band EQ, a crossfader – it comes with a whole host of helpful features to give newbies a head start. But perhaps its most important asset is that it answers the question most relevant to those starting out: “Do I need to buy a whole load of tracks?” Absolutely not: the DDJ-200 is built for streaming. Simply plug in your smartphone, fire up a music source such as Spotify or Deezer, and you can mix straight from your own library.