May 25, 2013
There is still a lot of stubbornness that is hard to overcome when it comes to buying new DJ gear. For many of us who have been in the game for more than 10 years, it is hard to separate an asset from a liability, a tool from a toy. When equipment comes packaged in a shell that doesn’t look like it is made to last, I would be hard pressed to spend more than a certain amount of cash on it, as it might just be “spending what I’m willing to lose”, as the saying goes. A Vestax controller is pretty pricey, yet it comes from a manufacturer who has made tank-like mixers for more than a decade, so I have no problems about quality from them.
The real issue is, “Do I see that amount of money being spent as an investment?”
You see, maybe I would consider …
May 8, 2013
A DJ who transitions from the bedroom to a club or party environment is in for a big surprise. Nothing will go exactly as they expected. Requests from dancers will interrupt your workflow, and the occasional beer sat by your gear will make you ever the weary. I’m not done yet. You can begin to add low lighting environments along with rowdy and loud partygoers, and you’ve got a small recipe for disaster. An experienced DJ will anticipate these issue and plan for them – the novice will not. One of the most difficult aspects for a DJ at any level to anticipate is the overall volume level. Too loud and it will hurt, too quiet and you will lose energy.
Having speakers that are capable is only part of the solution – you need to have an understanding of just how long things can get before they begin to …
May 6, 2013
Any new DJ trying to get into the field of electronic DJing is faced with a few dilemmas. They want to have gear that is acceptable which will serve its purpose, but they also don’t want to have gear that will make them look like an absolute beginner (assuming their skills don’t do it for them). On the other hand they can be easily tricked into thinking they need much more than they really need, and will end up with a scratch mixer that will never be scratched on. Overshooting your needs in this game can get costly and it is just as bad as undercutting them as well. Since there are so many controller out there it is safe to say that none of them are really “garbage”, they are simply others with more options and better control.
Even a basic Numark Mixtrack controller will set you in the …
April 19, 2013
We are seeing more and more products created specifically with the iPad in mind. In fact, if you see a product that uses a certified Apple 30-pin connector or lightening connector attached to the unit itself that you know that it is an Apple approved product. Rarely does Apple undergo the task of producing aftermarket products that are anything more than a power or information cable; perhaps they are aware that tons of aftermarket companies have already spent their hard earned cash creating designs and copies of their products. But if you do happen to see a DJ product that uses a 30-pin connector already attached to the device, you can be sure that it is apple certified (at least we hope so). Odds are that it will be stamped with some sort of Apple approved label as well.
Numark has a slew of products aimed at the iPad and …
February 4, 2013
NAMM 2011 and 2012 saw the unveiling of a whole host of DJ controllers from some of the top manufacturers including Pioneer, Numark, Denon, Vestax, and even the illusive Native Instruments unveiled their Kontrol F1 at an off site location in 2012. NAMM is also the place where a lot of companies allow the public to play on their new designs in an almost faux test market to see how people react and then subsequently make a few last minute adjustments. NAMM 2013 was no exception in this regard but Numark was really the only company unveiling a high performance controller with the Numark NS7 2. Nearly every other DJ controller manufacturer was unveiling low cost, portable, and lets face it, entry level controllers this year. This may have come as a surprise to most of you expecting to see the latest and greatest improvements to the DJ …