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    Hey guys,

    I'm thinking about a mobile setup using the new Mac Mini from apple, what do you think about it?

    http://www.apple.com/macmini/

    They are small then the early version and so powerful as the macbook pro 13' is.

    I'm trying to imagine a case with the Mac Mini and the FWire Audio Interface bellow a controller of choice (VCI, SCS.3, BCR3000, etc).
    All the cable connections between these 3 parts would be done inside this compact case, and the audio interface (for mixing externally or internally) would be going out the case to the house mixer.

    As a lot of clubs will be ready for mobile DJs soon, we will not need to bring a screen to the club, we will alredy have a real monitor there (I hope so).
    If there is no monitor in the club, I can use a portable screen and prepare the case to acomodate that screen the way I like it.

    This way, even on the smallest booth I can fit my computer, audio interface and a medium-size controller in the same place and all will be pre-connected to the Mini. All I would need to do will be connect the audio-interface to the house mixer and my headphone to the AI.



    What do you guys think about it?

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    The advantage of a laptop is you get the screen keyboard and mouse. The Mini is cool, but I don't see how useful it would be in a club environment without the keyboard and mouse, even if the club has a monitor (and why would they if all DJ's bring their laptop?).

    Not trying to poo-poo your creative idea, just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilmat View Post
    The advantage of a laptop is you get the screen keyboard and mouse. The Mini is cool, but I don't see how useful it would be in a club environment without the keyboard and mouse, even if the club has a monitor (and why would they if all DJ's bring their laptop?).

    Not trying to poo-poo your creative idea, just my 2 cents.

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    I agree, it's a great idea and you may be able to implement it where you play, but for the most part I think the laptop is just better. That said you can get a Mac Mini and a screen for much cheaper than a MBP.
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    could do it somewhat like this
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5489

    I do think that you will still need a screen though, cause I wouldn't depend on a club for a working mixer, let alone a computer screen

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    would work well if you picked up a Samsung U70 or one of these to go with it:

    http://kohtek.com/Lilliput-7-Um70-Mi...ource=GB&id=uk

    would arguably be a more portable solution than a laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiL0 View Post
    would arguably be a more portable solution than a laptop.
    How..? still need Mac / Screen / Mouse /Keyboard plus all the leads & cables to connect it all up with power.

    That seems like a half hour setup alone not including the audio card an controller.

    It would have to be connected and flightcased for it to be a portable as a laptop.

    Jus my 2p

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlos Santos View Post
    How..? still need Mac / Screen / Mouse /Keyboard plus all the leads & cables to connect it all up with power.

    That seems like a half hour setup alone not including the audio card an controller.

    It would have to be connected and flightcased for it to be a portable as a laptop.

    Jus my 2p
    But thats what the HOFF said!



    In a case etc.

    I dunno....if i needed to make a plan on a budget.....i could see this working.....if you can get the bits cheaper ....or if you WANT a DIY solution.

    Else....i would just get a laptop.

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    Why we need a keyboard and mouse to perform as a DJ?
    If we still need a keyboard to do it maybe we are lacking controls...
    And remember, you don't need a physical keyboard to search your music by keyword, we can use any X/Y pad and a virtual keyboard on the screen

    I'm just trying to eliminate a painfull setup time, a mess with cables and a lot of the "twitter look" of djing with a laptop...

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    Yeah im addressing the "portability" quote from MiLo.

    Its gonna be a nightmare in the gig bag with all those separate parts and also so many items that can fail on the night or need replacing more often that a laptop.

    Im merely thinking from a practical view point.

    Quote Originally Posted by V-Hoff View Post
    I'm just trying to eliminate a painfull setup time, a mess with cables and a lot of the "twitter look" of djing with a laptop...
    Yeah that would be my concern...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilmat View Post
    ..even if the club has a monitor (and why would they if all DJ's bring their laptop?)...
    Maybe it's the inverse. All DJs bring their laptop because all the Clubs aren't prepared for the Digital Age.

    I know two really small clubs (one at São Paulo, and another at Santos) that have a monitor screen at the DJ Booth, and we are talking about Brazil, the "big taxes country".

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