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    Disco Techs Aus

    Back once again for the ..

    I used to be part of this forum years back and had work with another business doing some repairs for some of the users on here. Its been maybe 4-5 years since I've logged onto here, even tried seeing if i could log onto my old account but that email belongs to a former boss which I can no longer access. The purpose of my signing up once again however is to inform some (if not all) of you that my main focus in the industry now is to service and support DJs with their electronic equipment. We are a humble small business based in the south-east of Melbourne and have spent a couple of years building up a base of hard working djs that respect their gear and keep it well looked after. Now I can understand that most of you DJs, work is your livelihood and the way you make an earn in this world. Some of you even might have gone as far as to learn how to service and manage your own equipment over the years. Our purpose here is only to offer our services if needed or if you are not able to maintain your equipment yourself due to your super busy lives (we get it). So if any of you require electronic advice on gear or equipment (decks, speakers, lighting, video etc) do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Disco Techs . Mention you're from this forum and we will happily look after you : ) Many thanks Lukas
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    CapFive

    ADJF 2019 Meat - Sydney March 22-25

    iis almost a z06 hahaha. couldn't get a z06 converted. im waiting on HSV to start importing them when and where? is it still at Cupe's house? 😄 might drag @lloydc along...
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    Cupe

    The best DJ Controllers of 2018

    New generation DJ controllers now have the combined functions of a player, mixer, and a software control mechanism, as well as many available connections for digital audio, to allow DJs to conveniently create their own high-quality beats and music. What does a DJ controller do? A full manual DJ setup is usually composed of the following separate components: a basic DJ controller (or another device that plays the audio), an audio interface that exports the audio to an external hardware and software, and a DJ software that provides sound effects and supports the controller with the mixing, aside from the DJ headphones and a good speaker system. Over time, users found it to be more convenient to have a single device that already does all the playing, mixing, and sound controlling—and that’s where modern DJ controllers come in. Integrated, all-in-one DJ controllers make it a lot easier for beginners and professionals to pull off a professional DJ set. They do everything from connecting two to four audio decks into the controller’s channels, giving any DJ easy access to different tracks for seamless mixing (with smooth transitions and matching beats between different audio channels) and customization (with the help of high quality equalizers, sound effects, and compatible DJ softwares) while enhancing the audio quality of your music for dance floor speaker systems. You’ll find many different kinds of DJ controllers varying from a little more than $140 to almost $3,000, but they all typically include many of the same elements to help you deliver an amazing show. Control Surface The control surface, or the mixer, covers the biggest area on the controller and gives you full control over settings and software functions. They commonly feature the following elements: Knobs – A DJ controller typically has multiple sets of knobs. The first set, which is also called Gain or Trim, serves the purpose of manually setting the sound level of its own audio channel, so you can make sure that all channels are of the same overall volume. The second set is usually composed of three knobs (treble/hi, midrange/mid, bass/low) for sound equalization. The rest includes the Booth or Monitor knob, for setting volume levels for the mix; the Master knob, for adjusting volume levels of the Master Out or final sound output; and the Cue knob, for adjusting the headphone volume. Jog wheel – Also known as a job dial, shuttle dial, or shuttle wheel, the jog wheel is a type of knob, ring, or dial that can be used in order to increase or decrease the speed of your audio or video media when fine-tuning beats (beatmatching). Pads – Controller pads are the square-shaped buttons usually made of soft, rubbery material. Some controllers replace all jog wheels with pads on the control surface, but are perfectly good for beatmatching, chopping vocals, layering decks on top of each other, slicing through tracks, adjusting the length of slices, enabling loops, or even “finger drumming.” Faders – Sound signals travel through faders, which act like a faucet and can gradually increase or decrease the level of an audio signal with a horizontal or vertical slide of the knobs. DJs utilize crossfaders when transitioning from one audio track to another or when they want the crowd to hear both tracks, in which case the slider should be positioned in the middle. Buttons – Buttons on the control surface are usually for selecting which channels you want to hear before bringing it to the floor (also called Cue Mix selection buttons). Screens – More advanced and full-featured controllers have screens that indicate audio levels and other parameters, which give you more freedom to focus on the controller alone instead of staring at your laptop. Ports – Audio and USB ports allow you to connect to your channels or give you direct connections to your audio files without an external player. Audio Interface Chances are you already know that how you hear audio from your headphones will differ from how your crowd will hear it from the sound systems, because your player or computer is not intended for high resolution output for music production. The audio interface helps amplify and improve the sound output from your DJ controller or computer by preparing the audio input and ensuring that you get the best version of your music while sampling or recording from more than one source. It may be built into your controller or come as an external device. It may also have outlets for your headphones, computer, or any other sound processor. External Hardware Control Some DJ softwares use external devices—such as computer mice, keyboards, touchpads, or even tablet and smartphones—for control. However, it can be time consuming to select and go through menus using such devices, which is why highly integrated DJ controllers make things easier by providing full operational functions and configurations within the device. The Best DJ Controllers of 2018 Numark Mixtrack 3 All-in-One Controller for Virtual DJ Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 DJ Controller Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 Allen & Heath XONE:K2 4-Channel Professional USB DJ MIDI Controller Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 Pioneer DDJ-SR 2-Channel Performance for Serato DJ Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 Numark NVII Intelligent Dual-Display Controller Pioneer Electronics RMX-1000-W Remix Station Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 Pioneer Electronics DDJ-RZX Controller Numark Mixtrack 3 All-in-One Controller for Virtual DJ, $149 (Shop Now) This Numark DJ controller was specifically designed for aspiring professional DJs, but is also one of the best DJ controllers for beginners. It has new and improved, high-resolution jog wheels, 16 multi-function performance pads, offers multiple FX manipulation, and includes the Prime Loops remix tool kit. Choose this controller if: You want a trusted all-in-one controller for an affordable price. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 DJ Controller, $199 (Shop Now) This Native Instruments Remix Decks controller has four volume faders, four dedicated filter knobs, and 16 colorful pads (which also replaces jog wheels) to give you complete control over slicing, looping, editing, and reconstructing audio samples. It also works seamlessly with the Traktor Pro 2 software. Choose this controller if: You work better with pads and are a big Traktor Pro fan. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1, $219 (Shop Now) The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a 2-channel mixer, controller, and sound card with a user-friendly work surface that gives full control over volume, sound equalization, effects, and even filters. This NI controller also offers advanced control over remix decks. Choose this controller if: You want an affordable and compact controller to run Traktor Kontrol with while hooked up to your iPhone or iPad. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2, $219 (Shop Now) The Native Instruments X1 MK2 controller works with existing Traktor rigs. It can control Traktor FX units and control two decks at the same time. Thanks to its version update, it offers smoother, more precise control over sound effects and more. Choose this controller if: You have older gear but want to make the most out of Traktor Pro. Allen & Heath XONE:K2 4-Channel Professional USB DJ MIDI Controller, $299 (Shop Now) The Xone:K2 has a high quality 4-channel sound card that works with a wide range of DJ softwares, provides up to 171 MIDI commands across 3 layers, saves on computer USB ports by linking of multiple units using its X:LINK feature, allows you to create a customized layout, and even doubles as a stand. Choose this controller if: You want both portability and high quality in a small MIDI DJ controller box. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2, (Shop Now) Despite its higher price tag, this all-in-one Traktor DJ controller is well-loved for its capability to work with Apple devices via its Lightning port. It uses the Traktor DJ app and offers dual hands-on decks with the coveted NI software. Oh, and it has more than 30 FX and can control up to 64 loops with its Remix Deck control. Choose this controller if: You want iPhone or iPad capability and more FX choices. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2, (Shop Now) The S4 MK2 is the upgraded and enhanced version of everybody’s favorite classic Native Instruments controller. It has no screen, but it’s well-built, ergonomic, and has iOS support. Choose this controller if: You’re a 4-channel Traktor user but prefer manual jog wheels. Numark NVII Intelligent Dual-Display Controller, $699 (Shop Now) The Numark NV line was the first to give DJs the convenience of having a screen on their controllers and the second, upgraded version is well-loved for its slimmer size and more affordable price tag. Aside from the integrated display, this controller offers a wide array of dedicated hardware controls for all of the most essential software functions. Choose this controller if: You prefer to use the Serato software and focus on the controller instead of your laptop. Pioneer Electronics RMX-1000-W Remix Station, $799 (Shop Now) The compact RMX-100-W comes in a sleek pearl white body, which offers a refreshing and attractive alternative to the usual black. It boasts of its Scene FX section, where users can choose between five Build Up effects and five Build Down effects, aside from other sections that add a wide variety of unique sound effects. Choose this controller if: You want access to many additional built-in remix sound effects for better control of musical developments. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8, $1199 (Shop Now) Regarded as the best flagship controller that provides the best Traktor integration, this top-of-the-line controller has screens that allow you to go laptop-free, and enables timecode use. While it has lesser jog wheels, this “smart” controller provides flexible standalone options for any serious DJ. Choose this controller if: You want the most fully-featured and highly integrated controller in the market—and can afford it. Pioneer Electronics DDJ-RZX Controller, $2999 (Shop Now) The Pioneer Electronics DDJ-RZX is a premium professional DJ controller that offers 4 channels, two full-sized jog wheels, three 7-inch touchscreen displays, mic output with special effects (Echo, Reverb, Pitch, or V-Tune), and many other additional functionalities and effects that can contribute to a spectacular full-length show or concert. Choose this controller if: You have serious money to spend for a complete, professional controller set with plenty of add-ons. Tips for Buying a DJ Controller Now that you’ve checked out our best DJ controllers for 2018, you may be asking yourself this question: “What DJ controller should I buy?” Before dropping your hard-earned cash on any of these controllers, you’ll want to make sure that it will actually be worth your money and time. After all, there’s no point in getting a controller that doesn’t fit your needs, as it will simply go unused and you’ll just end up buying one again. Below are some of the main factors to consider when buying your own DJ controller: Build Quality and Portability You’ll want to make sure that your DJ controller is sturdy enough to hold up and last you for a long time. If you’re a mobile DJ who has to lug the controller around to perform at different venues, you’ll definitely want a portable and lightweight controller with durable knobs, pads, buttons, and jog wheels that you won’t have to replace right away. Whether you’re looking for a controller for recreational or professional use, you may want to consider well-known brands (such as those mentioned above) to ensure that your controller has passed good quality standards for use and build. Controls Do you already have a set budget and a preferred brand, but unsure about which model to go for? You can consider the controller’s layout and available controls. Make sure that you can work with its arrangement comfortably and easily. As you progress in your craft, this is one factor that you should never overlook. After all, the best DJ controller for you is the one that you can work best with. Software and Hardware Compatibility Today’s controllers typically come with bundled software that has been tried and tested in terms of compatibility. Some DJs use other softwares, but unless you have significant experience in using a different software, you’re better off using the recommended software for a more seamless operation and optimum functionality. You’ll also want to make sure that its audio interface has the right amount of input and output ports, depending on your specific needs. This also greatly depends on whether you’re building a modular set up composed of separate devices or going for an all-in-one controller to make up a full DJ setup, so it’s best to plan ahead in terms of hardware needs. SOURCE
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    Cupe

    Simple free solution for ADJF Radio?

    An hour is manageable too tbh. I guess sites like that also get listeners from the platform not just us spamming cunts What about Twitch? @Pending @ThatPartyGuy ?
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    Cupe

    ADJF Store update

    Postage is the same either way. I can make it get it sent directly to you. I should actually check that the distributors haven't changed their range and prices but whatevs for now.
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    Cupe

    What's the best Pioneer DJ CDJ/XDJ for you?

    Pioneer DJ continues to dominate the market when it comes to standalone rigs. Yes, Denon DJ has made bold challenges that deserve recognition, but for now, most club DJ booths in the world will have some form of CDJ in them. If you’re looking to get the right DJ gear to emulate the club experience, the question is: which CDJ or XDJ is right for you? There continue to be many good reasons to invest in a DJ controller (paired with a computer) instead of a standalone system like CDJs – so this article doesn’t have the answers for everyone. Instead, we’re taking a closer look at the many pieces of Pioneer DJ’s hardware lineup that allow DJs to play tracks without a computer, as so many touring and industry professional artists do every single night all around the world. Do you really need to shell out all that money for a high-end NXS2 setup? Are you better off investing in the all-in-one XDJ-RX2? Keep reading for our best advice for your investment. Why Only Pioneer DJ Gear? Like it or not, Pioneer DJ has a bit of a lockout on our industry. Based on sales reports, it’s easily the top-selling brand in almost every category they enter. Yes, there are offerings from Gemini DJ, Denon DJ, Numark, all of which offer a similar-but-different experience from the CDJ ecosystem – but for now, you’re not likely to encounter those in a venue unless you’ve asked for them. Practicing and preparing on Pioneer DJ gear gives you the best odds of being able to play in a typical DJ booth with an installed system – so that’s what this guide focuses on. XDJ vs CDJ Before we work through every model, it’s important to note that Pioneer DJ standalone gear is divided into two name prefixes (XDJ or CDJ), but three groups by style: CDJ players: standalone media players that have CD drives, USB slots XDJ players: standalone media players like CDJs, but without CD drives XDJ all-in-ones: dual-deck media players with built in mixers (no CD drives on these either) Below, we’ve collected our advice on each model Pioneer DJ offers – ordered starting with the gear we think will be best for most DJs and working our way to the more rare choices. XDJ-RX2: The Most Sensible Purchase? Current Price: $1,699 in the DJTT store Release Date: September 2017 Best For: DJs looking to get the full two-deck NXS2 experience Without a doubt, the XDJ-RX2 is the best way to practice on a Rekordbox setup without investing in three different pieces of hardware (two media players and a mixer). It has many of the best features from the NXS2 lineup, including the browsing experience, a touchscreen display, track filtering, short cuts, Sound Color FX with a parameter knob, and most of the same Beat FX as on the DJM-900NXS2. Having these features in one package represents the best bang for your buck on the market – if you were to try to get something comparable with individual units, you’d spend well over $2,500. The XDJ-RX2 in some ways outclasses even a CDJ/DJM NXS2 setup – you’re able to record your mixes directly to your USB, there are parallel waveforms, and the 16 performance pads below the jogwheels allow for quick beatjumping, looping, slip looping, and hot cue triggering. No CDJ has this type of pad-based control Transitioning over to another Pioneer DJ rig (like a full NXS2 setup) is fairly simple when coming from an XDJ-RX2, with the biggest challenge being adjusting to two disparate displays (one per deck) instead of just one. XDJ-1000MK2: Digital Decks Current Price: $1,199 on DJTT store Release Date: August 2016 Best For: CDJ-style practice for DJs who don’t care about CDs In 2016, Pioneer DJ released a new version of the XDJ-1000, a USB-only player. The new MK2 model updated the browsing/onscreen experience to reflect the NXS2 style, with track filter and short cut features easily accessible. The other big difference is the MK2 has support for FLAC/ALAC files and offers a digital out on the back of the unit, making it more suitable for club installs. One important thing to consider with the XDJ-1000MK2 versus a CDJ-2000NXS2 is that many of the controls are on the touchscreen. For example, if you want to double/halve a loop length, the only way to do it is by tapping the screen – on CDJs, there are dedicated physical buttons for this. Same with Slip Mode, Cue Point setting/calling, and Sync/Master controls. The XDJ-1000MK2 also makes for great third/fourth decks for DJs looking to expand beyond just two CDJs. They’re easily linkable and syncable with the other models (except XDJ-RX/RX2s). One major drawback for many digital DJs is the lack of HID support on Traktor and Serato. This means you can’t use an XDJ-1000MK2 to natively control decks in these softwares, which is a frustrating way to get DJs to buy a higher end device (or, amusingly, an original XDJ-1000, which does offer HID support) or jump to Rekordbox DJ’s performance mode. CDJ-2000NXS2: Industry Standard Current Price: $2,199 in the DJTT store Release Date: February 2016 Best For: DJs who want an identical set of decks as what most clubs will have The CDJ-2000NXS2 is easily the most common club install deck out of Pioneer DJ’s full lineup. It’s the standard that other digital DJ players are compared to. If you’re a DJ who wants the exact same setup as what you’ll experience in a club situation, buy a pair of these. They’re likely to stay the standard for at least 2-3 years. One of the big changes on the NXS2 unit versus the older CDJ-2000NXS is a focus on sound quality – there’s now support for FLAC/ALAC, a better digital output, a separate power supply, and a 96kHz/24-bit sound card. This has largely assuaged many complaints that sound technicians had about the original CDJ-2000NXSs. Compared to the XDJ line, the jogwheels are also a bit higher quality – and have a heft to them that you won’t get on most other units aside from the TOUR1 model. The biggest obstacle for most DJs looking at buying CDJ-2000NXS2s is price. At just over two grand each, these are hefty investments – and that’s before you even start looking at mixer prices. A full NXS2 rig runs over $6k. XDJ-RR: The New Budget All-In-One Current Price: $1,099 on the DJTT store Release Date: October 2018 Best For: Budget-sensitive DJs who want an all-in-one Rekordbox unit Instead of releasing a higher-end, four deck all-in-one unit, Pioneer DJ decided to make their most recent product announcement a budget XDJ-RR. It has almost everything that the XDJ-RX2 has, but with a few features picked away from it, including a number of effects controls. Read more about the unit in our announcement article from earlier this month – but suffice to say we’re not convinced on the unit yet. In all honesty, many DJs would be better off spending the additional $600 and getting an RX2 instead of the RR. Getting the full array of Pioneer DJ effects controls are well worth it alone – not to mention the booth output and more performance pads. CDJ-TOUR1: Beautiful Excess Current Price: $4,999 on the DJTT store Release Date: May 2016 Best For: Festival DJ setups In the world of big-name DJs who tour the world, playing gigs for over $10,000 each, there’s a demand for very high-end gear. Pioneer DJ created a higher echelon of their CDJ line specifically to appeal to festivals, where DJs often have front of house engineers and are playing on multi-million dollar soundsystems. On the DJ side of things, the controls are almost identical to a CDJ-2000NXS2. Sure, there’s a large 13-inch touch screen attached to the top of the unit that allows for advanced browsing and multi-waveform views from up to four CDJs concurrently. But that aside, the big differences on the CDJ-TOUR1 is inside the unit. There’s a 32-bit D/A converter that allows for “incredibly low noise and distortion, even at the super-high volumes needed for large-scale events.” Beyond that, it’s about a full system – read more about why the TOUR1 system matters to festival DJs + sound techs. The CDJ-TOUR1 also has been ruggedized, with isolation feet, locking ethernet ports, and reinforced sides. The unit has been specifically designed to survive and thrive in even the most extreme festival conditions, but probably isn’t necessary for any home DJ setups. XDJ-700: Likely To Be Updated Soon? Current Price: $699 in the DJTT store Release Date: December 2015 Best For: Extreme budget DJs looking for individual decks Think of the XDJ-700 as a micro-sized XDJ-1000 – they are incredibly compact and efficient. The unit is just 10 inches wide, and carries many of the same features as the other players in this article. That said, almost all the controls are confined to the touchscreen – don’t expect to have a lot of the physical control that you might find on other units. Another challenge for many DJs is the non-standard power port on the back of the XDJ-700. Don’t expect to be able to use an IEC cable (like every other unit in this guide) – you’ll need to keep track of a 12V power brick to use with these players. It’s also important to point out the XDJ-700’s age. Even though the price is incredibly reasonable, the three-year old device is likely to see an update soon, at the very least to bring the browsing and onscreen experience in line with the NXS2 style. Buying Tips For CDJs / XDJs When starting to hunt for deals on these models, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep track of prices and bonus offers. One of the best things you can do is talk to a real person – in our own DJTT store, we have a support staff of real DJs who will help you choose the right model and get a good price or secret discount. Chat with them now and get a deal on your next Pioneer DJ purchase. Pioneer DJ gear also tends to hold value fairly well even when used, particularly the more common club install models. This means that when your’e ready to upgrade or change your setup, as long as you’ve kept your gear in good condition, you’re likely to get a fair amount of your investment back. For example, recently sold listings on eBay show that used CDJ-2000NXSs (released in 2012) regularly still sell for $1,000 – $1,800. If you’re going to buy used gear, we highly recommend using eBay (look for sellers with good reputations) or even better, buying locally (and get a chance to test the gear before you spend your money). Bottom Line Recommendations: Most DJs can’t go wrong with an XDJ-RX2 to get the full features of a NXS2 rig without the price If you need more than two decks, consider the XDJ-1000MK2s – but not if you need HID support CDJ-2000NXS2s are great if you’re running a club or renting your gear out regularly and can recoop the heavy cost The TOUR1 is probably too costly for almost everyone except major festivals. SOURCE
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    Building your first professional DJ setup can be a daunting task, especially if you are simply starting out as a DJ. To start on your journey to great beat mixes, it is important to consider numerous components before making any gear purchases. With so many options for DJ equipment and software platforms nowadays, making informed decisions on which equipment to spend your hard-earned money on is a key step to building a professional DJ setup fit for your budget and skills. Rent or Buy? Renting a wide range of DJ equipment is the best option for DJs who do not have the budget to purchase all the gear they need. This is particularly advantageous for those who are just starting out in developing their skills as a DJ and may not want to invest a large amount on professional equipment until they feel more confident in their skills and are ready to start booking gigs. Aside from saving on the cost of purchasing new gear, you won’t have to worry about performing regular maintenance on the equipment. Another advantage of renting is that you will be able to try out different brands (for a fraction of the cost) and see which ones you like best before taking the plunge and buying the gear you want. On the other hand, buying brand new decks and mixers has its advantages. Aside from allowing you to create a fully customized DJ setup that suits your needs, most equipment usually come with manufacturer’s warranties. The obvious downside is the price, but if you are serious about your craft, it is definitely a worthwhile investment. Basic Types of DJ Equipment: While the choice of equipment combinations differ among DJs, an essential setup for every DJ usually includes monitor speakers, a mixer, turntables, headphones, vinyl records, or a laptop computer and DJ software. One setup may not fit a certain style, so it is important to mix and match gear to find what works best for your musical selection and DJing style. The amount of DJ equipment options can be somewhat overwhelming for a beginner, especially since choosing the equipment is crucial to creating quality sounds. There are however a number of essential gear that a DJ needs to make killer playlists and provide your audience with enjoyment. 1. Input devices Putting tunes together requires at least two input devices, which can either be turntables or CD decks. You can choose from a wide range of input devices that will allow you to mix tunes and mashup tracks without a pause in music. Stanton T.92 M2 USB Direct-Drive S-Arm USB Turntable ($299.00) is a professional-quality turntable that features a direct-drive motor and built-in USB connectivity. The turntable’s USB port allows for easy transferring of vinyl recordings to your Mac or PC. With features such as Pitch Control Fader with DSP Key Lock, you can control tempo without affecting pitch. Another advanced feature of this turntable is its S-Shaped tone arm, which lowers distortion and reduces record wear. Other recommended products: Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System ($99.00) Numark TT250USB Professional DJ Direct Drive Turntable ($299.00) Reloop RP-8000 Advanced Hybrid Torque Turntable with MIDI Control ($699.00) 2. Mixer The mixer is the core part of any professional DJ setup. It is a type of audio mixing console that allows DJs to perform different effects and tricks. DJs use the mixer to make smooth transitions between different recordings while they are spinning a set. It can also be used to play record players. The Pioneer Electronics DJM-2000 ($2,499.00) is a four-channel DJ mixer that features built-in instrument effects including Noise, Jet, Zip, Crush, HPF and LPF. It has a 5.8″ LCD touchscreen display that allows you to create new track slices through the mixer’s Beat Slice function. The mixer has four channels located on the sides of the center LCD which you can use to connect your turntables to other analog players. Each channel features a fader that allows you to adjust the channel volume, a trim control to adjust input level, and a CUE button dedicated to the pre-listen function in your headphones. The unit also features Delay, Multi-Tap Delay, Roll, Reverse Roll, and Filter and Phaser effects. Other recommended products: Pioneer Electronics DJM-S9 2 Channel Battle Mixer for Serato ($1,699.00) Behringer DDM4000 Ultimate 5-Channel Digital DJ Mixer ($349.99) Allen & Heath High Performance 2+2 Channel DJ Mixer ($299.00) 3. Headphones High-quality headphones allow DJs to listen, cue, and mix tunes with precision. It is one of the most important tools for determining the right timing to play songs rhythmically. The equipment you use is based on your preference, but it is important to consider comfort as one of the main factors in choosing your headphones. You’re going to be wearing headphones for hours on end, so you want to use a pair that not only reproduces sounds accurately, but is also comfortable to wear. Another important factor to consider is flexibility. A good pair of DJ headphone does not easily break even when bended in different positions. Sennheiser HD 25 Plus Closed-Back Monitor Headphones ($199.95) is a lightweight headphone that provides high-quality audio. Its closed back design provides effective noise cancellation, making it ideal for use even in loud environments. It also features a rotatable ear cup for single-ear listening. The HD 25 Plus is capable of handling high sound pressure levels of up to 120 decibels, which allows it to perform well in loud environments. Other recommended products: Sony MDR-Z7 High-Resolution Stereo Closed Dynamic Headphones ($699.99) Sennheiser HD 600 Audiophile Dynamic Hi-Fi Professional Stereo Headphone ($288.00) Samson SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphones ($49.99) 4. Sound system Using studio monitor speakers is a great way for beginner DJs to hear their mixes with clarity. While Hi-Fi speakers produce high-quality sounds compared with inexpensive audio equipment, they also amplify certain frequencies that can make it difficult for beginner DJs to hear what the mix actually sounds like. Keep in mind, however, that this is an optional element of the ideal basic DJ setup. When you start playing gigs, you’ll find that most venues will have their own sound system that you can use. However, if you’re still learning and you want a good sound system for your home DJ setup, go ahead and invest in your own. Mackie CR4 4″ Woofer Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor ($149.99) delivers studio-quality audio performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment. It features 50 watts of articulate stereo sound, as well as premium and high-performing components such as sound-enhancing waveguide system. The Mackie CR4 features a front panel volume knob, and auxiliary input for easier access. Other recommended products: KRK Rokit 5 G3 5″ Two-Way Active Studio Monitor Speaker ($149.50) JBL 5″ Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor ($149.00) Behringer MS16 2-Way Active Nearfield Multimedia Monitor System ($79.99) 5. Controller Most modern DJs opt for a simpler (and easier) digital setup composed of a controller and a laptop. If you no longer use vinyl records or CDs, then purchasing a controller is really the only step you need to take to create a viable DJ setup. Controllers essentially mimic the function of turntables and mixers. They allow for easier manipulation their chosen DJ software. It allows you to mix music through the software with the use of knobs, encoders, jog wheels, faders, assignable backlit buttons, touch strips, and other control components. The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Controller ($599.00) is a portable, all-in-one option for digital DJs who want high functionality and usability along with ease of use. Its components include silicone-damped jog wheels with premium aluminum plates, a built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, two customizable FX units with over 30 DJ effects, brightly colored RGB triggers, and a 4-channel mixer with faders, Flux Mode, and Loop Recorder controls. It also comes with the Traktor Pro 2 software. Other recommended products: Pioneer Electronics DDJ-SX2 4-Channel Performance Serato DJ Controller ($997.00) Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 DJ Controller ($199.99) Novation Dicer Cue Point & Looping Digital DJ Controller ($99.99) Sample DJ Setup For Beginners: Setups vary widely among DJs. The equipment comprising a complete setup depends on each DJ’s personal preference and musical style. Here is a sample setup for beginners who want the classic turntable setup: Two turntables (with built-in slipmats) DJ mixer Headphones USB/audio interface (optional) Monitor speakers (optional) 1. Numark PT01USB Turntable ($99.00) The Numark PT01USB is a portable, AC or battery-powered turntable that converts vinyl to WAV or MP3. It makes recording and importing audio simple through the EZ Vinyl Converter 2 for PC and Audio Converter for Mac software that is included in the turntable. Features: USB connection and USB cable Belt-drive motor Protective dust cover with carrying handle AC adapter Built-in speaker RCA connector and headphone jacks 45 RPM adapter DJ cartridges 2. Behringer DJX750 Professional 5-Channel DJ Mixer ($199.99) With its fairly affordable price point, the Behringer DJX-750 is an attractive option for beginners who are building their first DJ setups. But don’t let the price fool you—this 5-channel mixer has the features and functions required to serve the needs of professionals as well. Features: 24-Bit effects processor Tactile effects control Two automatic BPM counters with time and beat sync display 45mm VCA-controlled crossfader 3-way frequency kill switches Adjustable XPQ stereo surround effect 3. Sennheiser HD 600 ($288.00) The Sennheiser HD 600 is an audiophile-grade headphone that features a dynamic design. It is one of the best headphones for DJs (and even professional sound engineers) as it features advanced technology that allows it to reproduce accurate, high-quality sound, allowing you to hear notes in perfect clarity. Features: Open metal mesh grilles Magnet systems that reduce harmonic and intermodulation distortion Lightweight aluminum voice coils Neodymium magnet material for excellent dynamic response Oxygen-free copper cable Detachable headphone cord SOURCE
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    OxyKon

    What's the best Pioneer DJ CDJ/XDJ for you?

    Just FYI on phone, format of the images a stretch like crazy
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    BeatLeSS

    ADJF Daily Challenges

    Let's start a list of things we should daily here! Find new track for TOTD thread Respond to one thread of interest (Off-topic not included)
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    OxyKon

    ADJF Soundcloud Pro fees due

    Just donated $20 for the annual soundcloud fee
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    Taken from Pioneer DJ forums Disclaimer: do the following at your own risk. All care is taken, yet myself or ADJF will not be held accountable if you're a dumb noob that accidently deletes his (or her) rekordbox database. 1) This method only works PC/PC or Mac/Mac, it WILL NOT WORK for mixed OS's simply because of the difference in how each operating system indexes files. This guide will also assume that you have your music files located in the same location on each computer. It doesn't matter if that's on an external drive or an internal folder, it must have the same name / folder / location on BOTH COMPUTERS or your files will show up as "not found". If you need assistance with this, please ask BEFORE completing the steps below. 2) Install Rekordbox on each computer. If you already have it installed, great. You'll have to pick one of them to be the "master" for the start of this project. Run Rekordbox at least once if it's a fresh install. 3) Install Dropbox on each computer. You can place the "My Dropbox" folder anywhere you want. Yes, anywhere. I suggest under My Documents (Windows) or under your Home directory (Mac) so it's easy to locate later. 4) Step four is broken into Windows / Mac, please read the appropriate sections below and we'll meet back together at step five. Windows 4a) You'll need to create symbolic links between the old Pioneer directory and thankfully, there's a utility to do it with. Do this on your SLAVE computer first, not the one with your MASTER database or it will be overwritten later. Go and grab Directory Linker. The program is self-executable so no installation is required. 4b) Running the program gives you this screen: The settings shown above are for an XP installation, here are your file locations based on your OS: XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YourUsername\Application Data\Pioneer Vista: C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Pioneer 7: C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Pioneer Clicking the folder button to the right of the field will allow you to browse for that folder, but if you don't have your hidden files visible, you may not be able to locate them so typing them in directly is an alternative to enabling the hidden files. Be sure to replace YourUsername with the user name for your current profile. Note that the destination is ...\My Documents\My Dropbox (or whatever you called it or placed it) >> DO NOT add \Pioneer to the end or it will not work. Ensure "Copy contents..." is ticked and click "Go!". It will now move your Pioneer folder into your Dropbox. 4c) Repeat step 4b as above for your MASTER computer EXCEPT! when you get to the last line above, add a check to the box "Overwrite Target Files", this will now copy your master Rekordbox database into the Dropbox folder. Mac 4a) You don't need a 3rd party app (well, technically Windows doesn't either, it's just easier with a GUI), just fire up Terminal from your applications folder. Do this on your SLAVE computer first, not the one with your MASTER database or it will be overwritten later. 4b) Type the following in Terminal: ln -s ~/Library/Pioneer ~/Dropbox (yes, that's an LN at the start) If you happen to use any folder names that have spaces (like My Dropbox), you need to put quotation marks around that thing, for example: "~/My Dropbox" 4c) Do the same on your Master computer. You thought there was more? Nope. 5) Let Dropbox do its magic from your MASTER computer and once it's sync'd the files, move to your SLAVE computer and open Rekordbox. As noted below in the Caveats, you should see Rekordbox asking for your license key. If this happens, you're part-way to knowing it worked. After you re-enter your key, Rekordbox should show your collection of files. (If Rekordbox asks you for your key EVERY time, on a PC, you'll need to try running it as administrator, on a Mac, you may need to try locking your licence file. If you need help with this - just ask!) 6) There is NO NEED to change the location of your track analysis files within Rekordbox. It should remain default; if you ever changed it or plan on changing it, this system will no longer work as intended and you're on your own for that! Caveats I haven't verified this on Mac, but I'll assume it's the same ... Windows hates that you updated your license key file so it will tell you the key is invalid and to enter it again EVERY time you open the program. I have not found a way around this, the easiest solution is to keep a text file on-hand and copy/paste any time you run the program. I know it may seem like a nuisance, but I will remind you that you're now doing a seamless sync of your Rekordbox database between two computers (something it wasn't designed for), so suck it up. You could go to the hassle of linking individual files but the problem there is if you don't link the folder, any new files created within will not be linked ... and trouble will ensue. Don't run both copies of Rekordbox at the same time. They will create a conflict with the database as they'll each try to change the file on Dropbox and you'll just ask for problems. Don't open Rekordbox on your computer until after Dropbox has synchronised the files from your last use on the other computer. If you open it before the sync is completed, you'll open it with an old file and risk wiping any changes you made.
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    OxyKon

    ADJF Store update

    Well if I place the order will you just bring it with you, to save postage or will it get sent to me?
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    OxyKon

    ADJF Meat 2018 - Friday Sesh Megamix

    we should sync a mix today
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    CapFive

    ADJF 2019 Meat - Sydney March 22-25

    what's all this then...
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    CapFive

    CapFive - Mix Your Heart Out (Electro)

    ❤ we should get another comp going!
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