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    There's other DJ software other than Serato, I assumed the OP would want them out to find what suits his workflow the best; be it VDJ, Traktor, Mixvibes,Deckadance,Torque.
    And MIDI mapping is pretty much an essential skill if you want to become proficient with digital DJ'ing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnoI View Post
    There's other DJ software other than Serato, I assumed the OP would want them out to find what suits his workflow the best; be it VDJ, Traktor, Mixvibes,Deckadance,Torque.
    And MIDI mapping is pretty much an essential skill if you want to become proficient with digital DJ'ing.
    I'd worry about the basics before you worry too much about MIDI mapping though. I've been DJing for 10+ years with 4-5 of those Digital and I don't think I've ever mapped an entire controller.... Between the internet and buying a controller that suits the software I used I've never had the need.

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    Oh definitely, and controllers are great for grasping the basics. Just in case though, say having to map something like and LPD-8 or a X1 can add quite a lot to a DJ's performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnoI View Post
    There's other DJ software other than Serato, I assumed the OP would want them out to find what suits his workflow the best; be it VDJ, Traktor, Mixvibes,Deckadance,Torque.
    And MIDI mapping is pretty much an essential skill if you want to become proficient with digital DJ'ing.
    The only software that are allowed at any clubs venues or even outdoor parties are traktor and serato around here. I understand there are alternatives but I would point OP in the most direct route. Get an s2, comes with traktor and its native so no need to map.

    Mapping is such a miniscule thing in djing. Unless you feel the need for 100 hotcues on a song or 5 fx super knobs. Which I use neither a lot.

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    That's a very valid point, the S2 is by far the easiest and most efficient start to Digital DJ'ing (even more so now that Mk.1 S2's are really cheap). The whole Numark range is kinda "Eh" some guys i know swear by them and some hate them.
    Traktor and Serato are the most "popular" but I've seen MixVibes used at a few Bars and VDJ to a lesser extent but I have no idea as to state of the scene elsewhere.
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    Buy a second hand S2 mk1 a laptop and rig that up to your stereo if you have one and practice. The most expensive part you will find is music. To be a good DJ it is 80% the music you have and your knowledge of it.

    Turn sync off and teach your self to beat match by ear at least until you are proficient at holding two tracks together or leave it off if you are enjoying playing that way.

    A set up like that will be a cheap and easy way to get into it. The main thing though is to get into digging for music and appreciating music and learning what fits and how to fit them together.

    I think allot of DJ's these days with cheap gear want to grab pop bangerz and slam on some effects which is piss easy to do.
    Track selection and knowledge of your tunes will separate you from the guys that want to be a Digital DJ rock star.

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