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    Default Beginning DJ, Gear choices

    So I'm new, and i would like some gear advice.
    My budget is around $200 for each piece of gear needed, except headphones, where my budget is about $70.
    as for software, i will be going with tracktor.
    Currently I am thinking the Behringer CMD studio 4a, (when it comes out) as it seems to be the best in my price range (correct me if I'm wrong).
    As for monitors i have no idea, although I am leaning slightly towards the Gemini SR-6.
    No idea what is a good headphone for my price, there are sooo many different kinds.

    I would appreciate and advice whatsoever you could give on this matter.
    I thank you in advance.
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    chose the software before you chose the hardware!
    there are free trial versions of every legit dj-software. test them all and then get e controler that goes best with the one you like to use.
    traktor: http://www.native-instruments.com/#/...3b30&page=1975
    serato: http://serato.com/downloads
    vdj: http://www.virtualdj.com/download/free.html

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    Have a look at the "Numark Mixtrack pro" or "Reloop Mixage MKII". For software, I suggest you to download some demo's from VirtualDJ an Traktor and play with it. Then decide wich suits you the most.
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    ^what these guys said. Play with the software before thinking about hardware. Each controller is better for certain software, if you get the wrong controller, you will be a sad panda.
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    I love how no one uses technics anymore

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    thanks for your guys input, i will be going with tracktor. still leaning towards the Behringer, as it is four decks to give me plenty of room to improve before i outgrow it. thoughts?

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    I was in the same situation as you, a couple of months ago, however, I realized a fact. To have this hobby, being a DJ is expensive. So, if you are really in to it I suggest you buy something with better quality, perhaps a Traktor S2, or even better, a Denon DN MC-3000. I think they are around 400-450$. And I tell you, it is worth it in the end! The quality you get from a MC-3000 is amazing.
    Thus, you should start with only software, if you love it, just go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quist View Post
    I was in the same situation as you, a couple of months ago, however, I realized a fact. To have this hobby, being a DJ is expensive. So, if you are really in to it I suggest you buy something with better quality, perhaps a Traktor S2, or even better, a Denon DN MC-3000. I think they are around 400-450$. And I tell you, it is worth it in the end! The quality you get from a MC-3000 is amazing.
    Thus, you should start with only software, if you love it, just go!
    i wish i could do that, but since i'm not the one putting up the money, its my parents, i don't really have that option, since they want to make sure i'm into it before they spend a ton ($600+ on one piece of gear is a ton to them), so i just have to buy cheap gear and make a couple of mixes that sound half decent, then upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karter34 View Post
    thanks for your guys input, i will be going with tracktor. still leaning towards the Behringer, as it is four decks to give me plenty of room to improve before i outgrow it. thoughts?
    I'd worry about 2 decks first... I've been DJing for 10 years and rarely use a 3rd let alone 4th deck..

    Not to say it's not a useful feature, I just wouldn't treat it as a "selling point" early on.

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    Yeah, don't touch a 4 deck until you can get a 2 deck down. It's just too much to handle.

    Mixtrack pro is your best choice.

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