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do clubs usually have turntables for you to use or must you bring them?

Latham Green (mike), Friday, 19 January 2007 04:25 (fifteen years ago) link

u must bring them

pabs (Pablo A), Friday, 19 January 2007 06:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Umm, I would suggest just asking -- some might, some might not.

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 19 January 2007 07:01 (fifteen years ago) link

How good would 'supplied' decks be?

I mean, it's your records, right?

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I wonder if anyone just swaggers in with an ipod shuffle in pocket, hooks it up and sits there for two hours.
I mean, a band like Daft Punk - they just spin their records when they play? or do they play instruments too? I know very littel about dance music

Latham Green (mike), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:03 (fifteen years ago) link

If it's a good club they will have at least 2 Decks for vinyl and these days probably at least another 2 CD decks - all hooked into a decent mixer.

If it's not a good club, check. The PA might not even be good enough for you needs.

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:27 (fifteen years ago) link

u must bring them

Confounded (Confounded), Friday, 19 January 2007 19:09 (fifteen years ago) link

From what I know, some clubs are CD-only. If it's a multi-room club, ask about the room you'll be in. Always ask. I once went out to a party where the DJ was pissed because he brought his entire 45 collection only to find out that the turntables weren't working, and had to work with his emergency CD-Rs that he had prepared just in case.

naus de lekkerste..! (Robert T), Saturday, 20 January 2007 03:42 (fifteen years ago) link

i bring my pc.

wogan lenin (dog latin), Monday, 22 January 2007 03:09 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, having a laptop would be the easiest. I guess I would be thinking more of like having pre-recorded stuff going and maybe playing keyboards too , not necessarily being a disc jockey riding on vinyl

Latham Green (mike), Monday, 22 January 2007 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

proper clubs.. i.e places where big name djs play will normally have 2 x 1210s and one of those fancy allen and heath dj mixers. usually a cd setup will be available too.

in my experience indie clubs are a bit hit and miss. depending on if they regulary have music played after bands or have club nights and what not.

anyway, always best to check before you make any plans!

if you're gonna play keyboards, get thinking about hearing yourself play. things get a little a funny what with all the drunken noise and no monitors and you've had too much to drink and that spliff was a bad idea and then it all goes horribly wrong.

george bob (george bob), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 11:51 (fifteen years ago) link

i use 2x lazy susans

PappaWheelie MMCMXL (PappaWheelie 2), Monday, 29 January 2007 04:18 (fifteen years ago) link

if u bring them they will cum

am0n (am0n), Monday, 29 January 2007 05:28 (fifteen years ago) link

djing indie clubs is a soul destroying experience. if you thought you hated indie kids before...

jimbo (electricsound), Monday, 29 January 2007 05:36 (fifteen years ago) link


am0n (am0n), Monday, 29 January 2007 06:04 (fifteen years ago) link

also see: armsfolded.png

am0n (am0n), Monday, 29 January 2007 16:12 (fifteen years ago) link

do clubs usually have turntables for you to use or must you bring them?

Depends on the venue. Find out ahead of time. A good club should have Technics. They are the industry standard for club turntables.

Make sure you bring your own carts. You don't want those club needles touching your records if you can avoid it.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Thursday, 1 February 2007 09:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Some clubs expect you to bring your own needle.

a nuclear-powered carrot (braveclub), Thursday, 1 February 2007 15:13 (fifteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

was thinking about picking up a DDJ-400

just for messing around really. Anyone have any experience with them?

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 21:45 (two years ago) link

Yes! Been using mine for about 18 months. I absolutely love it. Good to play around with but also an excellent tool to teach you to use the CDJ's/DDJ's that they use in clubs so if you do DJ out, as I do it you can easily transfer the skills to professional machines. I can't believe how robust it feels for the price, the Faders have a nice resistance etc. Anything you need to know in particular, feel free to ask.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 21:58 (two years ago) link

I use mine to record mixes too. You can record straight on to your laptop from it.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:00 (two years ago) link

Awesome! Think I’m going to pull the trigger. For the price it seems like a great value.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:28 (two years ago) link

Yes, the value is incredible.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 23:12 (two years ago) link

btw, I loved this RA Art of the DJ piece with Avalon Emerson. Gave me loads of ideas but it's lovely just to watch her at work and talking about it:

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 23:21 (two years ago) link

fwiw, a friend of mine had the DDJ 1000, which is about four times the price and ended up selling that on once he had the 400 because he thought there was nothing in particular with the 1000 that he couldn't do on the 400 apart from the fact that you have to use a laptop with it (the 1000 can run from USBs) - I do wonder, from a business perspective, whether Pioneer had thought they had shot themselves in the foot by making this unit so good and many of the reviews say the same. Don't get me wrong, if I had the money to have two dedicated CDJs and a mixer I totally would but that's 12-15+ times the price and everything between the 400 and the $£ option doesn't seem to be pitched at the right price point. The 1000 e.g. is about five times the price.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 7 May 2020 00:41 (two years ago) link

four times but I already said that!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 7 May 2020 00:44 (two years ago) link

have you ever seen it used with Spotify through Djay ? I don't have an extensive digital catalog without ripping a bunch of cds.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 7 May 2020 13:56 (two years ago) link

I have no idea about that - I don't use spotify.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 7 May 2020 18:51 (two years ago) link

it wouldn't be my main source for material because it looks like you lose some functionality using Djay as the OS. it would be cool to have access to the that library though when needed.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 7 May 2020 19:06 (two years ago) link

i have no experience with Rekordbox whatsoever

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 7 May 2020 19:07 (two years ago) link

It's good software, for sure. I had no idea about the spotify thing. I can't really get my head around how you could adjust the pitch of tracks.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 7 May 2020 19:24 (two years ago) link

Yeah it’s crazy they already have a stand-alone app you can use on your phone where you can mix and pitch bend,loop samples and everything using Spotify right now.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 7 May 2020 19:56 (two years ago) link

Apparently Spotify has ended support for Djay and similar apps.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 7 May 2020 19:57 (two years ago) link

well shit

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 7 May 2020 20:02 (two years ago) link

cool while it lasted i guess

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 7 May 2020 20:03 (two years ago) link

artist will get about the same $$ if you just download on slsk anyway

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 7 May 2020 20:05 (two years ago) link

bandcamp is good tho

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 7 May 2020 20:06 (two years ago) link

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