Keen to learn to mix/dj. Guides to follow? Gear to use?

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  1. Gonzonian

    Gonzonian Member

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    What gear should I look at to start mixing?
    I have a mixtrack at home (sisters) and I've had a play
    am convinced that I want to learn to mix/DJ. Without spending
    a fortune what gear should I look at? including sound system ( just for home use)? The
    Mixtrack is frustrating (not pro,can't cue, not mine.) So I'm after a mixer & tt's
    Any guides books,videos, sites that you can recommend would
    also be much appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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    Forau CONCUSSION RECS

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    You want to mix midi, cd or vinyl?
     
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    I have a big collection of music in digital formats so
    That would probably be cheaper.
    But I'm open to suggestions, I don't want
    to start cheap and have to upgrade straight after, playing
    guitar taught me how frustrating that can get.
    The actual mixing appeals to me more than
    scratching. Something to muck around with mates and
    maybe a few parties.

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    Basic pros and cons of each ?

    Thanks
     
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    rysk Part-time waster

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    Forau CONCUSSION RECS

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    I would personally grab a cheap crappy midi controller and see how you get on for a few months. If its your think, and you enjoy it, sell it and get some 1210's, or some cdj's.

    Pro's and cons?

    Erm.

    Midi controllers: Lightweight. Cheap. Quite easy to learn as you often have a waveform in front of you (traktor, vdj etc). No hefty weight to carry around, just a laptop, midi controller and external hard drive.
    CDJ's: Industry standard, get some decent cdj's and teach yourself well enough and you'll have no trouble playing anywhere with cdj's. Clubs with midi controllers are few and far between.
    Vinyl: Extremely satisfying to mix with. No need for screens, software or anything. Could always grab a DVS and combine best of both. Expensive and heavy, both the decks and the records.

    Thats pretty much it without going into tonnes of depth :/
     
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    Going the vinyl route will cause you to lose all sense of reasoning. You'll have £10 to last you a week and you really should buy food with it, but you'll convince yourself that you can buy a vinyl instead and live off of about £3.
     
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    Forau CONCUSSION RECS

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    Indeed. Very similar to being a smack head.
     
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    Well it is often referred to as black crack. At least down in sunny (soaking wet) swansea it is.
     
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    ThePapa Suffragette City..

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