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    Default Everything you need to know about being a DJ

    Hi and welcome to my thread, being a newstart myself its quite hard to get all the information available in one place and make your mind up about what setup to use being TT, CDJ, MIDI or a hybrid of both?
    I have extremely little club DJing experience and little enough bedroom experience as it is, so ill be looking for some input from you guys!

    For now, the content will be brief and i will be coming back to add to it whenever i have spare time

    All of the following will be written by myself only, I will not be copying content from any other pages although i may use external links if i find another thread explains an area better



    Contents:
    Pt 1: Common Jargon
    -Mixing-
    Pt 2: Vinyl Turntables
    Pt 3: CD Turntables
    Pt 4: Controllerism (MIDI)
    Pt 5: Your first gig
    -Producing-
    Pt 6: Your studio?
    Pt 7: Common gear
    Pt 8: Your first real tune
    -Getting your name about-
    Pt 9: Websites + such


    Jargon!

    So youll have heard a lot of terms and dont know what they mean? Read on.


    Allen & Heath/A&H: Popular company for top range mixers/controllers
    CDJ: CD Turntable
    DVS: Digital Vinyl System
    Itch: See "serato"
    Midi-fighter: A 4x4 button midi controller
    OS X: Mac Operating system
    Serato: Common program used for DVS setups
    TCV: Timecoded Vinyl (Special vinyl for DVS setups)
    Traktor: Common program for DVS setups
    TT: Turntable (usually 12" Vinyl)


    Vinyl Turntables

    Taken from wikipedia "turntablism"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turntab...Turntablism.22

    "Turntablism is the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables or digital turntables and a DJ mixer. The word 'turntablist' was coined in 1995 by DJ Babu[1] to describe the difference between a DJ who just plays records, and one who performs by touching and moving the records, stylus and mixer to manipulate sound. The new term co-occurred with a resurgence of the art of hip hop style DJing in the 1990s.
    Hip-hop turntablist DJs use turntable techniques like beat mixing/matching, scratching, and beat juggling. Some turntablists seek to have themselves recognized as legitimate musicians capable of interacting and improvising with other performers. Some focus on turntable technique while others craft intricate compositions by focusing on mixing."

    Although many clubs have now moved on to CDJ's and scrapped their turntables there is still many local/national scratching competitions, the most famous being the "DMC World DJ Championships" Started in 1986 and still continues today, the most recent winner of 2009 being DJ shiftee.

    The most common turntable today is the Technics sl1200 (silver) or the sl1210 (black), and is still the main centrepiece in most DVS setups
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    2011 MBP | Traktor 2.6 | Kontrol S4 | Scratch Live | SL2
    Mac Pro | Ableton | Access Virus C | Maschine
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    Mac Pro | Ableton | Access Virus C | Maschine
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    Mac Pro | Ableton | Access Virus C | Maschine
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    dammit VirtualDJ stop copying and pasti-o wait

    lol

    looking forward to the rest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gianmarco View Post
    dammit VirtualDJ stop copying and pasti-o wait.
    This. Saw the thread title and though "Here we go again..."

    But no... i look forward to the the rest of this. Potentially FAQ worthy I.M.O

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    very nice linked to a couple of mates of mine who are thinking about starting to dj very helpful amongst other threads, hope to see more content!

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    Might be helpful to write the article before you post it. Just a suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dual citizen View Post
    Might be helpful to write the article before you post it. Just a suggestion.
    +1
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    Go for it.

    Its far easier for people to criticise than to write something themselves.

    But: Its already all here : http://www.djtechtools.com/ > Categories>Select Here

    Tough job ahead. Good luck.

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