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    Hey there

    I'm looking to start DJ'ing and came across this site, I basically was skimming through all the articles all day yesterday. Anyway, you all seem to know your stuff so I thought I'd ask for some advice

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but what I've picked up from the research I've been doing is that using a MIDI controller + DJ software (I'm planning to go with Traktor) is a cost effective way of getting into DJ'ing, but is also definitely not a 'beginner' option. It looks like a good way to get into DJ'ing for a beginner.

    So as a result I started looking at various MIDI controllers, and the two that stand out for me are the Vestax VCI-100SE from DJTT and the Stanton SCS System 3.

    Most people on this website seem to be into the VCI-100SE, unsurprisingly. But being the unashamed tech nerd that I am, I am so intrigued by the Stanton system, and I have read a lot of good reviews on them.

    So my questions are:
    Is anything that I've said wrong?
    Are there any other controllers you would recommend?
    Which do you think is better, the VCI-100SE or the Stanton system?
    Which do you think is better for a beginner?
    and finally, would an Audio 2 DJ be a sufficient sound card for what I am doing?

    Bit of a long post, but I'd really appreciate your opinions

    Thanks a lot in advance

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    audio 2dj- yes
    stanton- no, not for a beginner, but im also not a fan of it
    SE- yes
    traktor pro- yes

    headphones?
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    Headphones, I was thinking of using some open back ones I have at the moment.

    Speakers I was thinking KRK Rokit 5's.

    Infact, do I need a pair of speakers or would just the one do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble View Post
    Headphones, I was thinking of using some open back ones I have at the moment.

    Speakers I was thinking KRK Rokit 5's.

    Infact, do I need a pair of speakers or would just the one do?
    A pair is definitely the way to go. If you're buying something as good as KRKs, why halve the experience! A lot of music has separate parts that you'd miss out on by only having one speaker, 'poison' by the prodigy is one that springs to mind.
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    To be honest, the reason I'm thinking KRK's at the moment is that:
    a) I've heard good things about them before from a friend who is doing a music production degree
    b) Compared to the other speakers I've seen they aren't so expensive.

    Can you recommend some good ones that are a bit cheaper? Although I have noticed, that with a few prices in US dollars are the same in GBP, which is ridiculous =/

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble View Post
    Although I have noticed, that with a few prices in US dollars are the same in GBP, which is ridiculous =/
    Welcome to the world of unfair exchange rates mate
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    I don't really care for the stanton system, due to the lack of physical controls. But i've never played with one for more than like 10 min. Now the audio 2 dj is a beast, and i recommend it to everybody. As for the VCI, well i don't have one, but i've broken down and plan on buying one in the near future.
    Another option would be the APC40, lots of people on here seem to love it.

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    The APC looks quite cool, but it works with Ableton, which from what I've read isn't really for DJ'ing, although it can be, its more of a DAW like Reason or Cubase? So I was thinking of going for Traktor, which seems to work really well with the two controllers I've mentioned.

    Thanks for the input though

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    It's a midi controller, so you can use it with Traktor as well. There are some great mappings on the forum from people using it with traktor.

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    Ah nice, I'll have to take a deeper look at it then Thanks

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