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  1. Lets get this topic going again. Met this guy at Rabbits Eat Lettuce the other weekend and his tunes are freaking insane. Loving this groovy stuff. http://filibusta.bandcamp.com/album/set-lasers-to-funk-vol-1
  2. BeatLeSS

    Hey..

    Hi there! How goes it? What's brought you here?
  3. Yeah, I'm thinking of picking up the shures. I'll give earbuds + headphone mixing a few more goes but i'm incredibly interested in reducing stress on the ears a lot, seems to allow me to mix a lot longer and not feel so fatigued after long periods.
  4. After mixing again with my Sennheiser cheapy in ears I've come to quite like the idea of it. Watching a few episodes of Deadmau5's coffee runs suggest a lot of the older players in the scene use them for the purpose of saving their hearing. A lot of members here have got a set of etymotic ear plugs to protect their hearing when punting and doing gigs. The last gig I did I used these ear plugs + my headphones and the result was fantastic in regards to stress on my ears, which has resulted in me taking a look at In-Ear Monitors (IEM's) a lot more closely. The Best In-Ear Monitors for DJs Over-ear DJ-style headphones have been an industry icon for decades but their time as the de facto DJ standard might be over. With the rise in popularity of digital DJ software and new automated mixing methods such as clip warping and sync, over-ear headphones may no longer have a good technical reason for remaining in your DJ arsenal other than their professional appearance. Aesthetics aside, in-ear monitors, or IEMs, offer better performance, several technical advantages and may potentially save your DJ career – three excellent reasons to consider using them. In this article we will look at some of top models available to help you choose which IEMs might be a good fit for your rig. For an important background on IEMs and why they are important please read this article on hearing loss and then check out this article on how IEMs can help. IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER FIT Since no two ears are created equally, some IEMs may be a better fit for the unique shape and size of your ears. All models come with various-sized pieces of foam that can expand to fit almost all ear canals and really serious DJs can get custom-molded inserts for around $100. Even so, the actual shape and size of each IEM’s body may fit some ears better than others. You may want to try to get your hands on as many pairs as possible to see which models are a better physical fit for you. PERFORMANCE Without the proper frequency range, loudness, and overall presence, an in ear monitor will not overpower an excessively-loud club environment and leave you without a good handle on the music. It’s critical that your IEMs are able to produce a solid wide range of frequencies (including bass) in order to sound natural and overcome any latencies caused by the club’s speaker placement. STRENGTH While touring musicians have used IEMs for years, many of the current models are basically souped-up iPod earbuds. The result is that they break easily. With the constant bending, wrapping, and transport of headphones, the fragile connections at the ends of poorly manufactured headphones will break at critical points. Some models are notorious for this and several in our roundup broke after just a few weeks of use. You need to know how sturdy the model is before you plunk down $300 or more on a new pair. PRICE A really nice pair of DJ headphones will set you back $100 to $200, while properly performing IEMs run in the range of $200 to $400 and up. While this may seem like a steep price for fancy ear buds, remember what you may be saving in the long run. A proper pair of IEMs will save your hearing and that will result in anywhere from three to ten years of extra DJing – and you will more than make up that price difference with just a few gigs. TOP MODELS Westone UM2/UM3 (top pick) Driver type: armature Price: $279 (dual driver UM2) or $379 (triple driver UM3) The Westone company specializes in manufacturing IEMs for musicians. They take their work seriously and don’t have any low-end models. The higher end models made for top-touring musicians can run upwards of $2000! While you don’t need anything that substantial, their non-custom UM2 and UM3 products bring a lot of the same quality with a much lower price. Performance: I could not tell any real difference between the two- or three-driver versions using MP3s in the club, and both were loud and clear, with a broad frequency response that revealed every detail in the mix. These are very comparable to the Shure 535 in regards to performance on the audio side. Fit: These are my favorite pair by far because they blend right in and look very inconspicuous. As a DJ, the last thing in the world you want to do is look like you’re wearing iPod earbuds. Therefore I like the models that have very simple minimal designs that almost disappear into the ear, so it looks like you’re not wearing anything at all. The foam included with both models was the highest quality out of any of the models we tested, providing an excellent fit and significant amount of noise dampening. Durability: After a few months of gigs and casual use, nothing has broken. The soft braided cabling is unique and appears that it will withstand breakage and cracking more than a stiffer plastic found on other models. Conclusion: The UM2 is a great value and will be staying in my personal gig bag for a while. Shure 535 (close runner-up) Driver type: triple armature Price: $299 (dual driver 425) $499 (triple driver 535) Shure have produced a large number of earbuds over the past years and whittled down their offering to the “SE” line, which offers single, dual, and triple MicroDriver models. We highly recommend you use two drivers or more, as just one will not produce the level of bass that DJs need in a club. The dual and triple driver models perform very well and have been used regularly by many DJs I know, including regular contributor DJ Solomon, who talked about IEMs in this article. Solomon reports “After three solid years my triple driver Shures are still going strong and have never broken. I am not sure about the new detachable cable feature and if that will make them less robust, but very few models out these have lasted that long.” Performance: No one that tested these headphones could hear any difference between the Westone UM3 and Shure 535. They both sound great and provide ample bass, mids, and highs. Switching to either of these headphones from standard club monitors will be like washing your windshield after three years. Every detail and mistake in the mix will become much more clear and easy to track through the night. Fit: These fit well and sit into the ear better for larger ears. I have smaller ears and found the Westone’s to be a much better fit for me personally. All Shure models are equipped with a nice bendable section just above the bud that wraps above the ear and supports the cable for a nice clean look. Durability: This model has a unique detachable cable at the earbud, which is the most common point of breakage in IEMs. Usually, when the cable goes bad at that point, your entire investment is shot, but with these headphones you just need to replace the cable. At a price of $499, though, we would hope you never have to do that. Conclusion: The Clear 425 model is a great value, reliable and excellent for DJ use; the 535 is probably not worth the extra $200. While it’s very comparable to the UM2, I would give a slight edge to Westone because their casing fits a little better and the armature technology has more experience in serious pro audio, but it may just come down to which one is a better fit for your ears. MODELS TO AVOID In our quest to find the ultimate IEMs we looked at a lot of different models and unfortunately only the two above really stood out as being well-built and suitable for DJing. Here is a brief summary of the other models we looked at: Ultimate Ears: TripleFi 10 $380 The Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 had the strangest shape we experienced and fit into the ears in an unnatural way. The long, tapered design bulges out, attracting unwanted attention and making them hard to keep in the ear. Ultimate Ears is well known for their pro line of headphones which are reportedly quite good but very expensive at $800 and over. These never made it into the gig bag once due to their weird shape so we can’t really report on the audio quality. Sennheiser IE 8: $350 Not only does the triangular shape look strange and fall out easily, but these disappointing monitors broke after only one week of use. Our contact at Sennheiser, Joseph Phelps, didn’t respond to repeated requests for a replacement and after four weeks finally told us, “those are going to be discontinued now anyway, you should just send them back.” They didn’t work that well in the first place, broke immediately and if the company treats us that poorly, how will they deal with customers? We recommend that you stay away from Sennheiser’s IEMs. Future Sonics Atrio: $199 Future Sonics makes some great custom-fit IEMs, but the dynamic driver lower-end version can’t really cut the mustard. The fit was awkward and they didn’t pack enough of a punch to cut through the club environment. Shure 115 $99 You’re going to want to stay away from Dynamic IEMs like the Shure 115. These are designed to hang down like an iPod bud and are aimed at the MP3 market, not professional musicians. The fit, appearance, and performance are not up to pro DJ standards. THE WRAP Good in-ear monitors are not cheap, so plan on spending $200 to $300 for a good pair that will actually work in a club. After trying various lower-end models without much success for years, I finally found two pairs, the Westone UM2 and Shure 415 that are going to keep me DJing for years without further damaging my already-shaky hearing. Source: DJ Tech Tools
  5. This is awesome discussion. I like to get super intimate with my tunes, I wanna know every single sound that's happening and when, in case I need to use it for something. My music collection isn't that big since I've scrapped it and started a High Qualtiy (wav/flac) collection now I'm starting to play out on really big systems, this might have something to do with it and as it grows it'll definitely get difficult to do. I'm already planning on some kind of rotation method for the car and at home so that when I get the internet connected I'll be prepared for the collection to expand further and further.
  6. Yeah yeah, so it's like you've heard the clip that made you want the track and know where it's going to fit roughly, but you never really heard the thing start to finish kinda thing? Dopest feels when you pull off that kinda shit!
  7. Holy fak, good routine bro! Can't wait to see ya DMC routine!
  8. Ahh the old "i've never heard this track before but ognna mix it to see how it goes" routine.. That's achally pretty dope that it made it to a mix you're putting out publically.. I'd never play out a track I haven't heard a thousand times before haha.
  9. Re-listen, jog your memory, write tracklist. Oxykon does it
  10. Did any of the links provided sort you out dude? Keen to hear the result, and it might help other members (or future members) with the same equipment achieve the same thing with less hassle!
  11. Yup, DJM will have an earth pin. Too much electrical goodness in that thing not to.
  12. Nice! That didn't last long before being snapped up. Good stuff! Why'd you get rid of it if you don't mind me asking, don't you have the entire series of these things?
  13. Yo Guys! Started looking at field recorders to get my unique edge on.. I've been wanting to record my daughters randomness for ages + have something I can take with me to get my own random sounds to mess around with. I would also like it to double back as my one stop sampling device including vocals. Being able to set it up at home with condenser mics being input would be great and a lot of devices seem to have XLR + Phantom power. Every review site I'm reading is giving the Zoom h4n a good wrap for it's price point (~$300). I'm curious if anyone has any expertise in this field and can provide some insight? Perhaps someone here is doing a similar thing.. I'm happy with spending a bit of money on a device that's going to suit and grow with me.
  14. Run into Harvey Norman Tech Bay, or an IT shop and tell em you need an aus cable to take back to Korea, they'll probably throw one at you as they're that common! Otherwise they'll be able to sell you one too.
  15. Yeah eggs that's right, it's just the kettle cable (IEC lead) so doesn't matter which end is on it http://whatplug.info/from/singapore/to/australia
  16. Hot damn, so the entirity of the ghettofunk collection? Any picks of the litter in there dude?
  17. The original to this is an absolute fucking weapon. I finally tracked this down after hearing it in random mixes over the last few years. Can't wait to pound it on a 16k watt rig this weekend. You can all thank me later, hope it helps your sets. https://soundcloud.com/dj-alias-nz/san-francisco-bay-alias-benson-2014-mix
  18. Very relaxxing music dude! Day-time/Beachy kinda tracks, super feel good! Will be adding to the listen list for sure.
  19. Would love the link too. Bass is my specialty and have a few festivals coming up. You got FLAC/WAV available?
  20. BeatLeSS

    Hey Guys!

    Hey dude! It's always good to come out of the lurking phase and get involved! Kudo's for throwing up an intro post! ASOT is the best, 359 i believe is my favourite of all time, so many memories built on being wrecked with mates listening to this mix.
  21. And yeah! I'm gona go with some wav's and bring one of my yamaha's to see how they sound in conjunction. Why do you need a 18" minimum? If you need some crazy low end on wav's hit me up and I'll send a few tracks over. Can't hurt to get the sound test wav's too which just pump those tones at right frequencies.
  22. Those QSC's look the pick over the JBL's just on frequency reponse/range alone. Make sure you take some high quality low frequency music to check out the subs when you go to compare.
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