Using purely a laptop and MIDI controller.

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  1. dafo93

    dafo93 SWITCH FUSION

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    This is my DJ setup at the moment as I can't afford CDJs etc at the moment. Just a quick question though - why do you never see professional DJs using just a MIDI controller and laptop? Okay, maybe it gives you shortcuts on certain aspects of mixing, but it does the job all the same IMO. Just curious. Cheers!
     
  2. Ease

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    im no expert on djin mate but i would mutch prefer watchin nosia smash it with vinyl than sit on his laptop...... sayin that last time i saw grooverider he was using a laptop to cue all his tunes
     
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    dafo93 SWITCH FUSION

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    Fair point mate, but a MIDI controller is basically a replication of two turntables and a mixer albeit scaled down. Might become more and more popular in the future anyway.
     
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    some like it the old school way
     
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    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    pretty sure pendulum just use ableton and a controller now for dj sets, and also zinc....
     
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    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    noisia use CDs.
    and grooverider uses Serato with control vinyl....
     
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    Con Others call me Phraze

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    Nothing worse than a DJ with a mouse in my opinion!.. I've used a midi controller before and really did not get the feel for it!. I've been using turntables for about 3 years so of course it really wasent going to click first time. On the other hand i have a copy of ableton live, Which i love, and could easily bang out a set on it if needed (prefer not too) .
     
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    Current Value uses a midi controller and laptop. Practically all the dj's who play at Therapy Session events use CDJ's.
     
  9. djdozer

    djdozer set 'im up...............

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    personally i hate paying to see a "dj" using laptops etc. for all we know they could be using software that can auto beat match and any chump can do that!
     
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    i saw deadmau5 on the 30th with some mates. He quite evidently doesn't do live mixing (you try putting headphones over that hat thing) but his set still delivers, i just choose to ignore his gesticulating and prancing and just listened to the music with the crowd. and it was good.

    depends though if i wasnt completely battered i might have been pissed off
     
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    i saw deadmau5 once an it was the worst set ive ever heard in my life an had to leave after 30 minutes.
     
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    he played a fair bit of minimal house, so i quite enjoyed that - if i'd been sober i probably would't have enjoyed it but hey hey
     
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    Mattix Sub Focus anyone?

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    Minimal house is the biggest failure since pedophilia was invented!
     
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    sorry i rephrase, i meant minimal tech (stuff like alex smoke) but the rest of his set is entirely minimal house - which is no where near as good. like i said, i was hammered, therefore everything appeared better :)
     
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    I saw him at HTFR last year, looked like he was mixing to me, he didnt have his hat thing on for a while and no-one seemed to really know who it was until he did.
     
  16. DJ Summit

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    deadmau5 isnt a dj

    hes a live act! he got a bunch a expensive gear, a few months ago he posted this pic on facebook. it shows the current gear hes touring with

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    but he also plays with ableton,that touchscreen midicontroller you see on the right,efx1000 and a normal 4channel mixer.

    in my mind this isnt playing with a midi controller. its performing.

    back to topic:

    i started with a midicontroller (hercules dj console rmx) but after touching some vinyl decks for the first time i knew that this was real, not such noobish toy. try some real decks and make your own experience
     
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    He also DJd using the lemur and laptop too - he even had a MIDI controller there too if I remember.
     
  18. dnbsoldier87

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    its all about decks! may as well just dj sets using that dj hero game if your going to do it using software that mixes for you!