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  • in reply to: Calling it quits (at least for now) #2601051

    DJ Tucker
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    Leon, no luck here fam, but I keep grinding out sets for my mixcloud and hearthis.at (https://hearthis.at/alt./?l=en). I just peeped out your mixcloud and dig what you do. I’m gonna follow your progression. I like mixing on just an ios device occasionally myself just to keep it simple.

    in reply to: How do I power all this stuff? #2597931

    DJ Tucker
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    Buy a Furman PST-8D (or two) and thank me later.

    in reply to: Can you dj shows with an entry level controller? #2543201

    DJ Tucker
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    Denon makes good gear. Something to keep in mind is that no matter what you use if it’s not a 1200 you’ll get hated on by old people, ignorant people, other DJs, whatever. No matter how good you are, there will be haters. I like controllers, and even just a soundcard and laptop keyboard-only, but I actively mix on turntables, controllers, CDJs and anything else I can get my hands on so I’m never bothered by critics. The MC4000 is one of the better controllers money can buy so definitely start with that and get as much experience as you can. Hopefully you young people can finally dispell all the laptop DJ hate.

    in reply to: Trying to get out of my bedroom dj rut. #2537301

    DJ Tucker
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    The wego and djay 2 combo is a tight little setup. Always remember that you are special because you are willing to step out of the crowd and control the music, while everyone else is busy either enjoying themselves or complaining. The only advice I could give is to echo what Phil says -get playing in front of people as often as you can. That’s where you’ll learn to read the crowd and deal with tech issues.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 12 months ago by  DJ Tucker.
    in reply to: Struggling to find a venue – alternative idea… #2537291

    DJ Tucker
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    Try periscoping. You’re about to enter a world where the absolute only thing that matters is how much money you can make for the bar or club owner and they don’t care at all about your music (or your skills) especially if your music brings in the wrong crowd.

    in reply to: Underground DJs – how many genres do you play? #2536131

    DJ Tucker
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    Bro, play whatever you like. I get so bored when I’m stuck with only one genre. If it makes sense to you in the mix, toss it in. A good tune is a good tune. If you’re reading the crowd, they’ll let you know when you’ve gone too far off the rails. I love switching genres in my mixes. If anything, that’s what I like to be known for. I guess they call it open format djing but I hate that term because it sounds lame (to me).

    I will add that, although I play a variety of genres in my mixes, I’ve adopted a more hip hop style of transitioning where I do more dropping on the 1 than trying to pull off long blends (like a house music dj would do). I’ve heard sets that play my style of tunes but in a long blend way by djs like Greg Wilson, and I enjoy them, but I’m more of a grab it and chuck it in type of DJ and only blend when I notice that the next song is really close in BPM and stuff.

    Cheers.

    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by  DJ Tucker.
    in reply to: From Vinyls tot he future! #2535751

    DJ Tucker
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    I use a Denon DJ DN-X600 with external effects along with a Korg kp+. It’s a dream setup that I can use with any combination of DVS timecode and single-deck jog wheel controllers. .

    in reply to: Best laptops for DJing? #2535731

    DJ Tucker
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    I can honestly say the best laptop to dj with is whatever you can afford. I’d make sure it has an SSD (or that you budget enough to chuck one in). I’m partial to Windows 7 and i5 machines. Beyond that, it’s a matter of tweaking Windows to minimize lag and stuff.

    That said, you’re looking at laptops that cost the same as a trusty 2012 MacBook Pro. I bought one a few years ago strictly for DJing after using Windows laptops for many years and can say that it just worked better with far less need to tweak any settings. They’re still out there and maybe even for less than the laptops you’re looking at.

    Back to Windows machines, remember that they all are somewhat meant to wear out so you could probably grab a $300 i5 laptop, clean install Windows without the added crapware, and be perfectly fine. Don’t overthink it.

    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by  DJ Tucker.

    DJ Tucker
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    No, Periscope leaves everything up no matter what you play. Instead, it cycles between clear and lower-quality sound. It’s subtle but definitely does the trick. Still I can’t stress how important it is to use something like the headset buddy for line-in sound from the mixer rather than relying on the iPhone microphone.

    in reply to: big announcement ? #2523901

    DJ Tucker
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    They moved into a new office building with a better studio for their how-to-mix clinics. It was in an email.

    in reply to: Should I master a mixtape? #2523681

    DJ Tucker
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    It sounds like you recorded it with something bad going on and there’s no real way to fix a recording like that.

    In my experience, once I’ve butchered an original recording’s sound quality, there’s no fixing it. An example: last summer, I recorded a live mix to my external digital recorder but didn’t take the time to check for clipping because of time constraints. When I got home, I realized that the whole 4-hour mix had clipped peaks all the way through. I even ran it through Platinum Notes but it still sounded bad.

    It’s all about using good high bitrate source songs then recording them to wav without any clipping. I use auto-leveling in my software (every software has that feature) then I may use audacity to individually tweak songs that weren’t leveled enough by the dj program, after the fact.

    I would just toss your mix and re-record it after you’ve figured out what’s wrong. After recording it to lossless wav, you can make tweaks in a DAW then rip to a mp3 for posting/sharing while converting the original lossless wav to smaller, but still lossless, flac for archiving.

    Lastly, I like Platinum Notes just for audio leveling. I turn all the other parameters off because, at the end of the day, it’s really garbage in-garbage out.

    in reply to: Torn: DJ Controller or DJ Mixer With iPad? #2521641

    DJ Tucker
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    Buy a Pioneer WeGO 3 or 4. I like the A&H 23 C, though. That’s a nice mixer.

    in reply to: Should I be annoyed or not ? #2490771

    DJ Tucker
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    Post a link to the mix, if it’s good enough to rip off it must be dope!

    in reply to: want to get back in to djing #2488101

    DJ Tucker
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    I’m a huge fan of the Pioneer WeGO 3 and I bet the 4 is great too. I’d also look at the Pioneer DDJ-SB2.

    in reply to: A quick rant about DJs who dont need headphones… #2488091

    DJ Tucker
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    You mean like this?

    …and this?

    That is some of the most sh$% djing I’ve ever witnessed and they totally got the gigs because of their celebrity. Snoop Dogg, God bless him, trainwrecks every mix and doesn’t use headphones either. I hate it when people don’t use headphones and don’t even try to mix. I trainwreck a lot but at least I try. You gotta try. I’m glad you got paid. I see one possible avenue for the future of djing as promoters and club managers putting on wack freejs because they figure nobody cares anyway and the kids who go just want to get faded before getting laid or fighting in the parking lot.

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