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Unread Jan 24th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wanna start dj'ing bad (need help)picking out a dj set

i have a passion for trance house and dance music.. i LOVE IT. ive listened to it for years.ive had months to think about this and i really wanna start learing to become a dj so i can sometime perform in clubs etc. i love trance and always have as well as house, electric and like hiphop dance. i wanna start mixing and making my own music and enjoy it. i have 1.5-2k to spend on a dj set and i was thinking of getting like 2 cdj 400s and a good mixer. possibly used and on ebay and i wanna know what yall think about this cause ima keep doing this ive wanted one for a year but havent had cash. so i wanna get something good that i wont need to replace once i know how to mix. so help me out guys like what gear would yall recomend like that or what not and gimme tips or tell me anything i wanna know
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cdj-400s are defenitely a good choice for starting out, as for mixer go for a djm-400 if it fits your budget, otherwise can go for a numark mixer for example...
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cdj-400s are defenitely a good choice for starting out, as for mixer go for a djm-400 if it fits your budget, otherwise can go for a numark mixer for example...
I second this recommendation.

Going with Pioneer over any other shit products out there is going to get you familiar with how they work, and since they are club standard - you will have an easier time if you do eventually meet your goal and end up in a club.

Keep in mind that DJing is an expensive hobby if done right. I was so anxious to get involved with it 12+ years ago that i bought some crap numark TT's when i SHOULD have saved for what was then industry standard tech 12's.

Dont skimp on gear. If you cant afford at least the cdj800mk2, then 400's will suffice, but i would personally recommend the 800's over the 400's.

Ditto on the djm400 as well.

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. I was so anxious to get involved with it 12+ years ago that i bought some crap numark TT's when i SHOULD have saved for what was then industry standard tech 12's.
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well ive just started out not even a week yet.
i bought a simple and cheap 2 input mixer, one that is cheap.

then i looked at cdj 200's (i have no money for anything better) and then for the same price i found the stanton c.324's and they, in my view, are better then the cdj 800's. they have a bigger jog wheel and you can use vinyl and effects, top half for vinyl and the outer jog for effects. 4 loop saving thingos that save even when you take out the disc, they even save cues, and these can even be played as samples. then theres the large display, the easy selection of songs, the good pitch bender with the key lock button which speeds or slows down the music without it sounding different. theres 6 effects which can be changed in two ways. one is the outer jog which changes how intense the effect is and the buttons which change the speed.

in short it dose HEAPS!!! even things i havent said about.
watch these videos, thier good to see what they can do.
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well ive just started out not even a week yet.
i bought a simple and cheap 2 input mixer, one that is cheap.

then i looked at cdj 200's (i have no money for anything better) and then for the same price i found the stanton c.324's and they, in my view, are better then the cdj 800's. they have a bigger jog wheel and you can use vinyl and effects, top half for vinyl and the outer jog for effects. 4 loop saving thingos that save even when you take out the disc, they even save cues, and these can even be played as samples. then theres the large display, the easy selection of songs, the good pitch bender with the key lock button which speeds or slows down the music without it sounding different. theres 6 effects which can be changed in two ways. one is the outer jog which changes how intense the effect is and the buttons which change the speed.

in short it dose HEAPS!!! even things i havent said about.
watch these videos, thier good to see what they can do.
CDJ 800
C.324
I tried to give you my advice early but it seems it went in 1 ear and out the other.

Again, I do not recommend buying non-industry standard equipment if you ever intend on playing anywhere other than your bedroom. The stantons have a MUCH different feel to them, and you will struggle to learn how pioneers work if you do ever get the opportunity to play in a real venue.

Feel free to disagree, and thats fine because ultimately its your money that you are spending and not mine, however I think you will regret purchasing those stantons in the long run.
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however I think you will regret purchasing those stantons in the long run.
well at the moment im loving them!
what do you mean by that? cause i cant see any problems
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I tried to give you my advice early but it seems it went in 1 ear and out the other.

Again, I do not recommend buying non-industry standard equipment if you ever intend on playing anywhere other than your bedroom. The stantons have a MUCH different feel to them, and you will struggle to learn how pioneers work if you do ever get the opportunity to play in a real venue.

Feel free to disagree, and thats fine because ultimately its your money that you are spending and not mine, however I think you will regret purchasing those stantons in the long run.
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what do you mean by that? cause i cant see any problems
It means the Pioneers are much better. You may think that your stantons are better, but i guarantee they are not. And i'm sure everybody here with some experience will agree with me. It's not just about how many different things it can do and how many features it has. What really matters is how good it is at the things it does. And what matters is the build quality and the feel of the platter and the quality of the wiring and other components inside, etc etc. I could list a thousand things, or you could just take my word and the entire industry's word. Pioneer is the industry standard for a reason.
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agreed i was also looking at statons before i got my pio's. i did much research and opinion grabbing before i made the purchase.
plus most of the features that ur statons have my 400's have.
i bought the 400's for a few reasons
-USB ----this was a biiiiiiig factor for me. this allows me to play offflash drives and my ipod. allowing me to not have to burn my mp3's to cd immediately.
-build---all the ppl i asked said that pio's lasted awhile sorta like techs with tt's

i do not regret my decision. im in love.
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yeah the "industry standard" thing is what im going through atm. I've been looking at a set of DNS-3700's but i've been getting told on one side there a good set of decks and to get em and that a monkey could learn the ins and outs of pioneer stuff in a few minutes after you've spent enough time on the decks, and on the other side, if you want to get good and walk in the club and drop the bomb like you just did on your friends while you were on your set of pioneers back home....you need to go pioneer. So i might look at upgrading to CDJ-1000 mk3's now that the 2000's are out i should be able to find some either on Ebay or in the city....i dont know though....i really like the reviews on the 3700's....oh dilemmas...
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well for now i like them, im not looking at going pro any time soon, im only 16. and i like to play more then be fully serious.
i love my music, all of it, and it didnt matter to me what cd player i had.
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GO with the pioneers. They are the Technics of Turntables. Don't skimp here.
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Dont dicker on getting good gear, just do it! Take a look at what all of the clubs and parties you go to have.
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im 16
that means 1. i earn very little money
and 2. haven't had any contact with DJ's apart from online (apart when my school decided that getting a DJ for fair day was a good idea, shawty can only get low so many times )
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