If you were to start DJing now what format would you choose?

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  1. Ian_x

    Ian_x Member

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    Ez, I used to DJ with vinyl but stopped around 1999 and haven't touched anything since. I want to pick it back up but not sure what way to go eg Serato, Ableton, CD...? What are the most common set ups these days in clubs/bars etc If I do get to play out again it won't just be dnb, I would like to play all kinds of sets of dnb, dubstep, electro, UK Funky maybe even mixing it all up in one set a bit like Toddla T, Redlight, Mistajam. Not sure that that would make a difference in my options or not.

    Cheers for any info
     
  2. Cat Gas

    Cat Gas Aka Basis

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    pre-pitching is obviously the way to go dood
     
  3. charlie131

    charlie131 Well-Known Member

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    if your mxing different stles i'd suggest either cd's or serato coz fo the price of one vinyl you cant buy 4 or 5 mp3's..
     
  4. Saint

    Saint Buried Audio

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    I was vinyl, now serato.

    Only serato to save cutting dubs which is far too pricey, and i hate cd decks...
     
  5. Ian_x

    Ian_x Member

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    Yeah thanks, I think I was thinking of staying away from vinyl because of the cost, I would have to buy a lot and and buy up back catalogue stuff too. Already been buying mp3s for a while.


    Thanks, why do you hate CD decks?
     
  6. djmotiondnb

    djmotiondnb AKA Tactician

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    1210's and serato/traktor!
     
  7. SLow

    SLow Quadrospazzed life-glug

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    CD's but I've never had a proper go on Serato.
     
  8. marky1702

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    If you're on a budget it's cdj 400's ftw imho
     
  9. Cooper_5

    Cooper_5 -- Sulphr DJ --

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    exactly what im doing atm! but intimidation rather than serato because its cheap as fuck and im a student :/
    but yea i recommend a DVS sysytem rather than cd definitly! cheap and cheerful
     
  10. D.E.R.P

    D.E.R.P I've been naughty, I'm banned

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    flac is best man
     
  11. Gloxxy

    Gloxxy I SNORT COAL

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    I'd go with Serato, Ian. You get the best of both worlds then. The tactile feel of vinyl with the cheapness of digital releases.
     
  12. MistaNoize

    MistaNoize Mistanoize.com

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    vinyl and/or serato......... cd decks are bait, djing should be on turntables end of
     
  13. Cooper_5

    Cooper_5 -- Sulphr DJ --

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    Agreed
     
  14. Serum

    Serum Well-Known Member

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    CDs and the of bit of vinyl for me.

    I've seen Serato go wrong on people far too many times. (also some DJs that use it have a tendency to pull all the cables out of the mixer and leave you with nothing working). The times I've seen it work well are when the DJ has set it up at the start of the night before anyone gets there but from what I've seen it's a pain to get it going while the last person's playing. I'd give it a go if clubs were better equipped for it though but most the time the soundman's nowhere to be seen.

    CDJs aren't as much fun to mix on but they're reliable from my experience.
     
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    I'd still play on turntables and CD's. When you make tunes and you got a gig incoming, then it's easier and cheaper to burn off a CD as opposed to forking out money to get a dubplate cut. Plus we get sent a hell of a lot of music from other producers now, so CD's are a more sensible option. I love mixing with Vinyl still though.
     
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    deadaelus Laughter in the Slaughter

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    Trance Format.
     
  17. Radius

    Radius Give me back my passport u slags

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    My room, my wardrobe all my shelves and the floor are taken over with vinyl. I have tried to kick this horrible addiction since 1993, but like sex or masturbastion, it just don't seem to get boring.
     
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    I'd still go vinyl any day of the week. I can understand why people choose other things but I just love vinyl. If you're questioning whether to use vinyl or not though, then it probably is worth going with CDs for ease and cost.
     
  19. Ian_x

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    Cheers guys, leaning more towards CD's so far as I definately can't afford to buy new and back catalogue vinyl. Serato sounds great but it could have a few problems and I would have to get a new latop. Serato itself is coming up at £400+ and as it would only be local gigs if any to begin with it's really not worth it, maybe progress to it in the future.
     
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