June 8, 2013
What is the proper way to carry around a MIDI controller or a digital deck? These things don’t weight as much as a turntable, so it is almost as if we don’t need to package and case them up before a gig. We could easily step up to the booth with the VCI-300 tucked under the arms – but of course in the world of imagery it doesn’t look very professional or safe. Realistically, you can get away with pretty much anything. I have even shuttled my turntables to an even using a bell hop cart rather than a flight case. Sure, it doesn’t look pretty but it got me from point A to point B.
For some, a metal road ready case is overkill. It is almost as if they are adding unnecessary weight to their travel for an item that could be carried in only one hand. A …
May 11, 2013
Traveling with music gear is not like traveling with luggage filled with clothing. Sure, you have things that you need and things that you don’t want to lose, but if you bang your luggage around it isn’t going to hurt your clothing. Drop your soft guitar case on the floor and you’ve just destroyed a thousand dollar instrument. DJ gear is also very sensitive, even the gear that doesn’t include your laptop and hard drive. A turntable’s tone arm will be rendered useless if slightly bent or marred. Even when you protect it in a hard travel case of flight case, there is a chance that the shock from an impact can damage something you cannot see.
MIDI controllers have the distinct advantage of being lighter and smaller. There should be no trouble carrying this stuff around as long as you have it near your body. If you are lucky, …
January 28, 2013
One of the main selling points of creating smaller gear in the first place, is that you can take it with you. If you play at a regular spot where gear is usually setup, then this may not apply to you – however, many DJs have their own personal gear rigged just the way they like it, so it makes sense to play on your own gear. Thankfully, most controllers and units are generally weigh less and aren’t as hard to travel with. They are so light, that most of them can be thrown inside of a backpack (with the exception of the larger units like the Traktor S4 etc.).
Companies have been creating gear to protect DJ equipment for some time now, but the trend has shifted towards making cases that are more ergonomic and custom padded, instead of making a hard box case with a one-size fits all …