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    It seems like every video I watch the meters on the mixer are well into the red.. here's an example of one I watched this morning

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IGp-ZUseTE

    If you're not interested, meters can be seen clearly for a good bit at 4.27

    Is this just the djm-800? Them shits is solid in the red and I don't understand.. I've been under the impression that for the clearest signal to the speakers that you want to keep it ideally in the green?

    Insight?

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    Its because they are IDIOTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlos Santos View Post
    Its because they are IDIOTS.
    Well.. it doesn't really seem to be making a difference, so why not push it that loud if it's not going to fuck up..

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    they're not in the red. THEY ARE COMPLETELY MAXED OUT!

    I'm thinking the same as you. Why push it so hard? maybe they didnt think the it was loud enough lol. doesnt seem to be any distortion tho?

    Any body here on the forum wanna try the same thing with their own djm-800. what are the results?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacl87 View Post
    Well.. it doesn't really seem to be making a difference,
    Sounds pretty fuckin terrible to me.
    You can hear its distorted. To be honest if its in a club and theres a compressor then it wont matter. I bet millions of DJs play in the red like that with CDJ.
    The mixer can handle it so they think fuck it, lets smash it.

    Hugely different if its a digital setup. If you drive your software into the red you will clip your soundcard and it will be very messy.

    Never have your DJ software in the red. Its bad bad bad.

    I still maintain they are IDIOTS though

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    it looks cool


    thats why.

    'average' people dont know not to go into the red, so they see more lights and think its cooler
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    Yeah, IDIOTS.

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    It's funny, I come across this ALL the time. It always seems I have to "reset" the gain staging when following some DJ's. I have to gradually turn down the input gain on their track while turning up the amp to keep the SPL the same. I never understood the louder is better adage.
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    Hmm I wasn't really referring to the sound because of it being recorded on a hand held camera.. I mean like every video I see from like festivals etc it's always in the red.
    I can't say I believe pro dj's like this that travel the world are playing distorted every single time..

    I suppose you answered my question with the compressor comment.. I guess they just max out the mixer because it doesn't matter how high they push it.. Un-doubtedly the manager is sitting in the back cranking down the sub simultaneously as the dj's cranking up the gain ha

    Good tip on the software too.. I use a djm400 and if i'm even touching the red it's noticeable..

    mystery solved!

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    Remember pioneer mixers have attenuators in them so a red on the meter MIGHT not mean a hot signal.
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