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By: Jonathan Black

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:30:30 +0000

Alright, thanks for the good read.

By: DJ C

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 17:17:15 +0000

This post is mainly ponders the future of tools for the physical manipulation of digital music files in whatever form, but you make a good point, clr/cdd, about the future of digital audio files themselves. Have you checked out Melodyne? It's audio manipulation software that's touching on the ability to break down recordings into their component parts and edit single notes within chords or harmonies individually. [youtube jFCjv4_jqAY]

By: clr/cdd

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:06:12 +0000

very interesting discussion. i think the bottom of a possible solution rather lies within a new digital format for the music than in a new carrier-medium. serato, final scratch and other solutions adapted the motorics of the turntable and gave the dj the freedom to carry all his music on a small disk. It also added some more features like cueing, but you still have the same manipulation possibilities for the tracks you´re playing(bass, mids, highs, ...) Just imagine having a simple filetype which offers access to every hi-quality audio of a composition.(bassline, clicks, acapella, noise, ect.) just a thought...

By: DJ C

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 01:18:36 +0000

Truer words have never been written, Flack.


Mon, 02 Jun 2008 22:50:24 +0000

Yeah I am feelin what rupture is saying and any DJ who is used to the feel of vinyl and techs will be very unsatisfied with some small dinky midi wheely device and it is such a great feeling showing up at a club that already has a built in serato/turntable set up. I also agree with DJ C that Scrolling through mp3s is annoying enough with a big screen and a little one would make file management unbearable. That said, if I am going to do a show that doesn't have turntables at all it would be nice to have the option of bringing along a small lightweight (and cheap) device that I could just through in my backpack and bike to a gig with and still be able to do some mixing. Any DJ who has had to break down his or her home turntable set up and lug it across town for a small short unpaid event (no matter how cool) knows what I am talking about.

By: DJ C

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 20:37:14 +0000

Agreed, rupture. 1200s are the power-horse. I had my set for 10 years before selling them to get Vestax PDX 2000s. I remember at the point when I switched, Ripley asking if I thought they'd hold up as well as 1200s. I didn't know but I can tell you now that it's 8 years later and they're still going strong. I also remember when you did a set on my Vextax tables you didn't like the feel, which is understandable 'cause it's different than 12s, but man! once you get used to using the 100% pitch bending it's hard to go back. It's an obvious problem of standardization. Bottom line is that people need to use what's comfortable. 12s and DJM600 mixers became club standards, and now Serato too. That's my fave setup 'cause it's what I'm used to. I agree that 12s will still be around in 10 years but I think the overall DJ gear landscape will look a lot different.

By: rupture

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:47:58 +0000

i got serato about a year ago and (despite the 2-deck limitation) its been great -- i still haul around vinyl of course. but im chiming in here b/c i will ALWAYS LOVE Technics (& a DJM-600 mixer) as my preferred interface for DJing music. its so immediate, tactile, etc etc. i know a whole batch of 'next generation' DJs who embrace serato only -- new tech hybridized with 'classic' interface. in NYC, Serato has become a kind of Technics 1200s -- club standard -- you can expect certain venues to have it hardwired into their deck setup Serato is extending the life of the turntable; even as less vinyl get sold, folks will want to use 1200s as their main DJ interface for a long time to come. One other thing is that Technics are so great b/c of the quality of construction, and this in turn will help keep them spinning for awhile to come. Me, i bought mine 2ndhand from Bruno @ Biscuithead like 12 years ago... and they´ve never broken or given me any problems whatsoever.

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Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:12:37 +0000

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By: More Vinyl | Mashit

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 17:31:57 +0000

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By: DJ C

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 06:07:51 +0000

Tones, That smaller Vestax controller looks really nice but people like me who are used to playing with wheels will be sad that it doesn't have them. I hadn't seen the EKS OTUS before. That looks sweet, but without the mixer component built in it's kind of like a traditional CDJ minus the CD part. I'm also curious about the jog wheel; weather it's touch sensitive for vinyl simulation. Those two together might actually be pretty dope!