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The 700’s did look cool, so I thought I want them. Then I looket at the 1000’s and thought that these cost more and are bigger and all that, they ought to be better!
Well they certainly are huge, but have served well this far. Because of eyeglasses I prefer over-ear HPs, instead of on-ears. That was probably my biggest argument. Im also, obviously, a Denon fan. On the downside, the headband is out of plastic instead of metal, so go ahead and google “Denon DN-HP1000” and the first picture explains the biggest issue with these…
iTunes – library management
Serato DJ – Controller performance (I got a Denon mc6K mk2)
Mixvibes – DVS performance (for another setup)
Mixed in Key – track preparation
Audacity – Audio Editing
Cocos Reaper – Digital Audio Workstation
Rekordbox – Track preparation for Pioneer CDJ-setups, nice along mixvibes.
Reloop has more features, but Denon lasts forever.
I got a Denon, and its really a great piece of kit, and has served well many gigs.
Yes, Recording itself is one of the biggest bonuses of the full paid software. While the full version brings other new features too, you don’t necessarily need to upgrade your controller: consider getting a small accessory controller, such as Korg nanopad, or AKAI propad, in which you can map new features, such as loop-rolls, more hotcues etc. features not found on your current controller. They’re not expensive, especially if found on second hand, and very easy to map.
This sounds like its either
1) Redlining. Serato starts clipping immediately when you go to red on software. The controller (and the audio interface within) has another layer for gain controls, so while the leds on your controller might be ok, the initial signal is too high.
2) The settings on your laptop are not set correctly. Go to Control Panel -> System -> Additional settings (I’m guessing this one by translating from Finnish system). From there the Performance page and Optimize the performance to background services (audio is considered a background service).
For a beginner, good luck for getting the laptop paid itself back. Not to mention everything else…
My Macbook air was effectively 600 € 😛
Sorry if this is blunt, but… If you’re studying DJing in a DJ academy… what do they teach you if you have no idea about the gear? Effects do not make one a better DJ.
All the controllers Vintage mentioned pack a whole lot more than, say, the XDJ-R1. I’ve played so many gigs with a Denon Mc2000, and there’s really nothing essential it misses. If you really like rekordbox, then why not just get a CDJ setup.
Like Vintage said: Get a entry level controller, see how things work out, and then you know what you will need next (if anything, really).
Oh, and Denon is releasing a 2-channel DVS Audio Interface for Serato very soon (called Denon DS-1), it should cost around $300, and THAT Covers the cost for Serato DJ+DVS plugin as well. With 2 TT’s (or media players), a mixer and laptop its all you need.
Wow whats wrong with your Vestax mixer? You should find out it it can be fixed, add mixvibes cross and ANY audio interface and you’re good to go!
Traktor and mixvibes covered, for Serato You’re looking for something like Numark N4 or Denon MC6000mk2. These are DVS enabled controllers, that can work as the mixer part of your setup, and have a built in audio interface, so You don’t need a separate sound card, such as Rane SL 4.
A new Denon costs around 550-600 €/$, Serato DJ (if not included) $130, and the DVS upgrade $100. N4 is probably best when found second hand, and should cost no more than 300 bucks…
And you’re located… where?
1) its Gemini. While Genimi has some interesting products recently, its still in rather small market. There are more than half a dozen other manufacturers before it, and the controllers are mostly for VDJ.
2) VDJ, as mentioned before. You cannot use it with Serato, it’s not recommended to go with Traktor. However I put it, these are the two big ones, and as far as it goes to me, I’d pick even Mixvibes before VDJ.
3) Is there something wrong with your laptop? Full MIDI mappable is not the same than natively mapped to software XXX, or plug-in-HID mode.
4) Other brands have stand alone mixers like this, too, You know, and the price of stuff like the CDJ-850+ hovers around 800 €/$ for a pair, with some nice resale value too. What would this cost, if used for a year or so?
5) Who would need this? A mobile jock needs 4 channels for all those external sources, mics, karaoke, etc. A club resident wants to use Serato, Traktor, or Cross DJ for convenience.March 5, 2015 at 11:39 pm in reply to: Most common newbie DJ mistakes (and how to handle them?) #2151871
Oh not to mention cueing a banger tune in, and dropping it straight with volume full, just after scratching on the previous track… crossfader ofc left far right…March 5, 2015 at 11:37 pm in reply to: Most common newbie DJ mistakes (and how to handle them?) #2151861
That hitting play is quite typical beginner mistake, it has happened to me several times, when I wasn’t so fluent with my workflow, though not on any gig.
I’ve also qued songs out loud, in a wedding dinner… luckily there was nobody in the room atm, since everyone was out for some other program. I was probably cueing up something really awkward like heavy metal or a kids song… ^_^
I sometimes also miss the play button (on a denon controller), of fail to hit it properly, so the controller doesn’t register the hit, luckily this is often the track coming in with volume fader down, so I have a few seconds to fix it up.