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    Default Beginner Scratch Set up

    Ok I've had a controller for about 6 months now, but I want to progress with a vinyl setup. I need a good value setup not necessarily the cheapest but one that only needs to cater for a beginner. I'm looking at scratching as well as mixing and I'll most likely move to serato when I have the money.

    Couple of things.
    Please don't suggest buying technics, unfortunately in aus the cheapest you can find a used TT is $800 bucks a piece if your lucky.

    While I'm looking for good quality and value I'm also on a budget, I'm running about $700+, but unfortunately that doesn't go too far here.

    Cheers in advance.
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    other than Technics the only two tables I've ever heard people recommend are the Stanton STR8-150's or the Vestax PDX 2000's.

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    The Numark TTX's are good too
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    Yea all those options for tt's aren't gonna do, one of those alone would rip through my budget. I'm not necessarily looking at my only turntable purchase ever, I intend on upgrading to some super OEMs later but were I am they retail about 600-700 bucks a single. I need a full set up for 700-800 bucks.
    Pc: Macbook pro 13" 2.9 GHz dual core i7 8Gb DDR3 ram @ 1600mhz
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    Soundcards: Focusrite 2i2, Serato Sl1
    Software: Serato Scratch Live, Ableton Live 9 Suite
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    The staton are good ones. And there ain't really a middle of the road way,otherwise your torque is too low for scratching etc.
    I'd recommened you practice for a couple of months and save money and then buy proper gear.... 3 times upgrading only costs money.
    I don't know which deck you have, have, but i have reloop tm4 and i doubt if you can't learn anything more after 6 months of pratice....
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    currently i have an m audio xponent controller, so i can only mix. of course there is more to learn i just want to get to scratching
    Pc: Macbook pro 13" 2.9 GHz dual core i7 8Gb DDR3 ram @ 1600mhz
    Decks/Mixers: 2 Cdj 400s / Djm 400
    Soundcards: Focusrite 2i2, Serato Sl1
    Software: Serato Scratch Live, Ableton Live 9 Suite
    Controllers: Korg NanoKey 2, Korg NanoKontrol 2

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    Hey Antus,

    I'm gonna 2nd what people have said above - turntable-wise for scratching, you need strong torque. only 1210's, the numark ttx, stanton str8-150's or vestax's pdx range are any good for this. you won't be able to learn properly on anything less, what you do learn won't be transferrable to a club setup that will have one of these if any at all, and it'll cost you again to upgrade. have you tried ebay for some decent 2nd hand pairs?

    also are you thinking about a scratch mixer or just using your existing controller for this? you'd need strong build quality such as a allen & heath xone 22 or 02, or the classic scratch mixer a technics sh-ex1200.

    good luck in whatever you do...

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    I'm gonna 2nd what people have said above - turntable-wise for scratching, you need strong torque. only 1210's, the numark ttx, stanton str8-150's or vestax's pdx range are any good for this. you won't be able to learn properly on anything less, what you do learn won't be transferrable to a club setup that will have one of these if any at all, and it'll cost you again to upgrade.
    Rubbish. I learned on a pair of Limit SQ2000's - but ANY direct drive turntable will do. You may have to play about with slipmats, etc, but any turntable with half decent torque will be good enough to learn to scratch on.
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    I dunno if this is something you're looking for but

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Numark-Ttx-T...item337d7df4b1
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    that's an awesome deal shame im in aus.

    Taking in all that information into account I'm save for something a little better, I don't think that can hurt
    Pc: Macbook pro 13" 2.9 GHz dual core i7 8Gb DDR3 ram @ 1600mhz
    Decks/Mixers: 2 Cdj 400s / Djm 400
    Soundcards: Focusrite 2i2, Serato Sl1
    Software: Serato Scratch Live, Ableton Live 9 Suite
    Controllers: Korg NanoKey 2, Korg NanoKontrol 2

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