I have decks and I've also used Traktor for years. Used to play at a couple of clubs including occasional sets at Slimelight and for about four years running a weekly internet radio show on Noize.co.uk. Haven't done any DJing in the last few years, but this lock down business gave me an itch to spin some tunes again.
Now, my latest laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga i7 16GB 512GB) whilst very capable, was lacking DJing software, so that was my first step. Native Instruments had a half price sale in November, so I purchased a new full version of the latest version of Traktor Pro 3.2 Running this in Windows 10 worked well my NI Audio 6 sound card, but not the older Audio 2, so I settled initially on the Audio 6.
Next, I needed to select my method of control. This laptop has a touchscreen, so I figured on trying that with the Audio 6 soundcard, but I was finding the knobs and sliders to be rather twitchy and unreliable. I have a couple of controllers: A Faderfox DJ2 and a Numark Mixtrack Edge.
The Faderfox is a midi device, and works well enough, but it requires batteries and a separate midi lead and soundcard. Now, the 7 year old Numark Mixtrack Edge takes it's power off the USB port, needs no extra soundcard drivers, and it's ultra slim, hence the name "Edge". I wasn't sure it would work in Windows 10, but I checked the firmware was up to date and used Numark's last TSI file to map the controls to Traktor. It works a treat with no need for another soundcard. The result is an ultra compact controller that requires only one lead to connect it to the laptop, and the laptop can do it's "yoga" stuff to sit the keyboard completely out of the way. Any settings changes can be done with the touchscreen, but all the DJing controls work perfectly from the controller.
The Internet Radio show that I used to run is now run by my friend Max, who recently asked me for a set for his radio show a week on Saturday ... done.