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    Default Just Starting Out What Gear

    Hi I am new to the forum and looking for some ideas on a starting setup .I have Traktor Pro 2 running on my windows laptop but no controlller , should I buy mixer and soundcard , or buy a dedicated Traktor controller a s4 or wait for the s2 . I have a ipad2 which I have installed touschOSC and have been playing with a few midi mappingsbut would like something else.

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    welcome to the forums

    1st things first, their are a lot of discussions on this topic. I suggest you punch into the search box "starting out" "begginer setup" and roll from there

    you wont get too many replies from here as there is a very diverse and broad range of DJ's here each with their own opinion and preferred piece of equipment. (different folks different strokes)

    I started with with traktor pro a mouse & keyboard (5 months)
    my next purchase was a numark omni control (1 year)
    My current set up is a kontrol s4 Tp2 (purchased march this year)

    Dont rush into any purchase and get to your local shop to have a play with whats available then make an investment based on your personal tastes
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    Default Vestax VCi 100 & NI Kontrol x1

    I was now thinking of getting a Vestax VCi 100 , NI Kontrol x1 second hand and DJiO to see how I get on and maybe upgrade my laptop before I shell out on a s4 , does anyone use a similar setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmcm View Post
    I was now thinking of getting a Vestax VCi 100 , NI Kontrol x1 second hand and DJiO to see how I get on and maybe upgrade my laptop before I shell out on a s4 , does anyone use a similar setup.
    TBH, I wouldn't bother with the X1 to start out. The VCI100SE mappings are pretty damned good, and once you feel you've outgrown what that controller can give you then it's worth looking at adding an X1/Midifighter or switching up to an S4 ...
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    Should I go for the mk1 or mk2 is there a massive difference.
    Cheers

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    no SE mkii... only mki

    The SE I think is a better controller that the mkii though you do need a separate soundcard.

    But that's no great shakes. An audio 2 + SE is a sweet set up
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    Cheers just new to all this is the mk1 SE only available through this website and what are the main differences between mk1 & mk 2 , there is a mk2 on ebay that ends soon that I was maybe going to try for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmcm View Post
    Cheers just new to all this is the mk1 SE only available through this website and what are the main differences between mk1 & mk 2 , there is a mk2 on ebay that ends soon that I was maybe going to try for.
    Mk1 is in an all metal chassis and feels substantial, it can take a few knocks. There's a fair number of aftermarket mappings to Traktor for this unit, and the DJTT site has ungraded firmware to fix the fuckups that Vestax left behind 'em

    Mk2 is plastic (which apparently feels flimsy) and contains a soundcard. DJTT mappings & upgraded firmware don't exist (to my knowledge) for this unit

    TBH, Mk1 everytime. Checkout the Buy & Sell pages here and you'll probably get a bargain.
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    TBH though, i'd probably hold out and take a look at the S2 when it drops.

    Worth knowing what the price point for this will be.

    Under 400 = decent

    EDIT: Just checked. It's 499. Probably not a bad price in fairness
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    I was thinking of waiting for the S2 ,not sure what do want to get some gear and crack on with practice , so will see whats out there first. cheers for the help

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