Mixing with the volume channels or cross fader?
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    Default Mixing with the volume channels or cross fader?

    Just curious as to what the benefits are to either way. I've seemed to always just use the crossfader but I know a lot of people leave it in the middle and just use the volume controls for each channel.

    What say you?

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    I only use the cross fader for 'scratching' (I still really suck at it!) other than that it lives in the middle. I find using up faders just allows more detailed mixing and control over the outgoing audio signal.
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    I use volume faders because they fit in better with long mixes.
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    I keep the crossfader curve in the on/off position and use it only for scratching. Depending on your mixer, the channel faders usually give you a lot more control over your mix. But I also use the EQ levels extensively for fine tuning the mix -- a lot of the time I'll bring both channel faders up and the cross fader in the middle and mix almost exclusively with the EQs.

    If you're on the VCI-100 with the djtt mapping, the crossfader is a great tool when you're in fader fx mode and you want to cut the sound ... I sometimes forget this and pull the volume fader, which of course doesn't work this way in fader fx mode. D'oh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djproben View Post
    I keep the crossfader curve in the on/off position and use it only for scratching. Depending on your mixer, the channel faders usually give you a lot more control over your mix. But I also use the EQ levels extensively for fine tuning the mix -- a lot of the time I'll bring both channel faders up and the cross fader in the middle and mix almost exclusively with the EQs.
    I guess I could have elaborated a little more. I do it this way as well for the most part.
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    i usually use the volume faders
    ill occasionally use the crossfader if i need to do a slam and theres no room for error (less distance to move) but then i lower the volume fader all the way on the deck i just took out and put the crossfader back in the middle

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    I don't use the x-fader so much these days. It is usefull for quick cuts and drunken trainwrecks tho .. I moved from internal to external mixing once we got our own mixer so am quite used to that now, plus changing the channels on the fader is a pain in the ass .
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    I find it depends what I'm doing, some mixes with best with the upfaders, some with the crossfader.

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    My garage DJ friend says him and his garage pals never use the crossfader, riding the volume controls instead. Mind you I'd call what he plays "fast r n b" not garage. Apparently in that scene the X-fader is a no-no.
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    i use the cross fader & volume faders been doing this since the dawn of time
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