Is it possible to DJ well with just a laptop?
November 21, 2011 at 10:37 am #10168Phil MorseKeymaster
Lots of us start with just a laptop and software. When I started there were no good controllers, and I DJed for years with just a laptop – “proper” DJing, mixing, FX, loops, the lot. It took some nifty mapping and a bit of practise, and there WERE things I couldn’t do, but I got by.
So my question is: Do YOU think it’s possible to DJ with JUST a laptop and no controller?November 21, 2011 at 10:54 am #10170Pär HesslerParticipant
Possible: IMO Yes
Possible to DJ well: IMO No F&%/)ing Way!
To DJ well you need:
Knobbs for EFX
Joggwheels for scratching and a lot of other stuff!
Pitchslider for pitching
Knobs for Hi Mid Lo on Mixer.
Filterknobbs on mixer
Volume faders on mixer
X-fader on mixerNovember 21, 2011 at 11:24 am #10172DeathrayMember
Yes. I did it for years and I think it’s made me a quicker and more nimble DJ now that I have several controllers. Sometimes working in a restrictive environment makes you work a lot harder to get the results you want to achieve.November 21, 2011 at 11:32 am #10173U31Member
Caveat, as long as there is provision for headphone cueingNovember 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm #1002179KranicMember
Deathray, post: 10168 wrote: Yes. I did it for years and I think it’s made me a quicker and more nimble DJ now that I have several controllers. Sometimes working in a restrictive environment makes you work a lot harder to get the results you want to achieve.
That! And it really makes you think about planning and timing!
Can you manage to kill that bass, control the effects and drop a new track all at the same time?
Great learning experience, but so happy with my controllers now 🙂November 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm #10183DJ Max D.Member
IMHO every digital DJ should practice using only the laptop just in case of emergency..November 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm #10221ArbiteMember
Very possible, but not a situation thats enjoyable. I did it when I first started, and when I couldn’t be bothered taking my old controller to a gig. But, I like my crossfader to much to do it these days. Also, I’m an effects junkie, so a knob for them is a must.November 24, 2011 at 1:34 am #10317erosMember
All I can say is RESPECT, i don’t know how you guys did it ! After reading this post I had a go at it just to see what it was like…needless to say I found it really difficult and sucked ! I found that I had to be thinking 3 – 4 steps ahead of where I was and had to concentrate really hard. I can see exactly what you were saying Kranic.November 24, 2011 at 10:10 am #10339U31Member
🙂 I have just started my mate off on VDJ with laptop only, Eros..
He’s a Vinylist so knew the script with mixing , so a few hours using only instant messaging ( I was at work lol 😳 ) and he was away
When he was last here he was talking of selling his Vinyl and going Digital, so i thought id give him the push..
I told him to get conversant and adept at laptop DJing and said we would move on to talking about controllers once he gets the hang of itNovember 24, 2011 at 10:30 am #10340Maiki VinceParticipant
It is very possible to DJ using a laptop only without a controller, though there are limitations to it. The key thing is to learn how to map the keyboard to all the actions you use. I use VDJ and a fully mapped keyboard as a controller and my major limitation is how to adjust effects with the keyboard, I really don’t like using the mouse. When I started I was always confusing the different keys but with practice I have got the hang of it.November 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm #10356Robert WeinholdParticipant
I DJ’d with VDJ and Traktor only for a long time and it is possible… honestly I think it taught me a lot about DJ’ing but I wouldn’t wanna miss my S4 now that I have it lolNovember 25, 2011 at 5:28 am #10367KranicMember
Azrazael, post: 10352 wrote: I DJ’d with VDJ and Traktor only for a long time and it is possible… honestly I think it taught me a lot about DJ’ing but I wouldn’t wanna miss my S4 now that I have it lol
Same here, although it’s double X1s for me :pDecember 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm #11573Bruce PieterseMember
I used to play at weddings, 21st’s and house parties with a full PC! I used to cart my 15″ CRT monitor, tower, keyboard and mouse, just to go play. At that time I used Virtual Turntables by Carrot Innovations (no longer around) [http://sonicspot.com/virtualturntables/virtualturntables.html%5D. They had a great time and if I recall, I don’t think they really cared how I got the music going or what equipment I was using.
So, if you are planning to spin with a laptop, remember that it’s not as bad as carting a full PC around 🙂
Happy Spinning!March 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm #38198Folami SmallParticipant
Phil Morse, post: 10164, member: 2 wrote: Lots of us start with just a laptop and software. When I started there were no good controllers, and I DJed for years with just a laptop – “proper” DJing, mixing, FX, loops, the lot. It took some nifty mapping and a bit of practise, and there WERE things I couldn’t do, but I got by.
So my question is: Do YOU think it’s possible to DJ with JUST a laptop and no controller?
ABSOLUTELY!!! I’ve been (as I call it) INTERNALLY DJ’ing for the last 7 years. I use Serato, which has a wonderful caché of effects. I must admit that internal DJ’ing is NOT EASY! In many ways, I’ve found that you have to be ÜBER precise with your mixing… if you train wreck it’s often way more noticable than with vinyl or with CDJ’s, which you can kind of ‘fudge’. However, I love simply using my laptop! Note: just make sure that you are not hypnotised by your computer screen, and remember to engage with the crowd…March 22, 2013 at 2:57 am #38214DiscovideoMember
And if you nail the main midi-controls to some keyboard-keys of your laptop, use buildin-automatic mixing…who needs a controller?
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