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    I'm opening up at a club in my local city next Thursday. Its an 18+ club and around 200 people go every month. I've never played on a large club system and it has a nexus setup. Does anyone have any cool tips for when using Cdj's? I've been using my DDJ-SX2 for the last couple years but I know its gonna be an interesting transition to Cdj's. I was planning on renting a pair of Cdj's from Guitar Center to get used to them before I went to the club. Anyone got any first gig tips or cool tricks on Cdj's that I might overlook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesster View Post
    I'm opening up at a club in my local city next Thursday. Its an 18+ club and around 200 people go every month. I've never played on a large club system and it has a nexus setup. Does anyone have any cool tips for when using Cdj's? I've been using my DDJ-SX2 for the last couple years but I know its gonna be an interesting transition to Cdj's. I was planning on renting a pair of Cdj's from Guitar Center to get used to them before I went to the club. Anyone got any first gig tips or cool tricks on Cdj's that I might overlook?
    Take a spare USB stick with your same collection on. Make sure all your tracks are well tagged and you have efficient playlists. Take a spare ethernet cable. Take at least twice as much music as you need. Don't be afraid to use sync if it's there, especially if the monitoring is shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    Take a spare USB stick with your same collection on. Make sure all your tracks are well tagged and you have efficient playlists. Take a spare ethernet cable. Take at least twice as much music as you need. Don't be afraid to use sync if it's there, especially if the monitoring is shit.
    This is fantastic advice. Never expect the CDJs to be linked and always take the same number of USBs as the number of decks you intend to use! Also have hotcues on all your tracks in case cue/play buttons are faulty (you'd be surprised the number of clubs that no longer maintain equipment to a basic standard).

    I'll add to this and say that if it's your first time on CDJs, it might be worth arriving early (perhaps an hour before opening time) and just ensuring you're all set up and have a little mix before hand, even just through the booth monitor or your headphones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fin View Post
    This is fantastic advice. Never expect the CDJs to be linked and always take the same number of USBs as the number of decks you intend to use! Also have hotcues on all your tracks in case cue/play buttons are faulty (you'd be surprised the number of clubs that no longer maintain equipment to a basic standard).

    I'll add to this and say that if it's your first time on CDJs, it might be worth arriving early (perhaps an hour before opening time) and just ensuring you're all set up and have a little mix before hand, even just through the booth monitor or your headphones.
    To add: Try and set up as many of your preferences in the rekordbox app to export to your storage. You'll avoid farting about when you get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    Take a spare USB stick with your same collection on. Make sure all your tracks are well tagged and you have efficient playlists. Take a spare ethernet cable. Take at least twice as much music as you need. Don't be afraid to use sync if it's there, especially if the monitoring is shit.
    Wow somone recomended using sync haha. Never thought I'd hear that from another DJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    To add: Try and set up as many of your preferences in the rekordbox app to export to your storage. You'll avoid farting about when you get there.
    What kind of preferences, I just bought rekordbox becuase I've been a Serato user the past few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fin View Post
    This is fantastic advice. Never expect the CDJs to be linked and always take the same number of USBs as the number of decks you intend to use! Also have hotcues on all your tracks in case cue/play buttons are faulty (you'd be surprised the number of clubs that no longer maintain equipment to a basic standard).

    I'll add to this and say that if it's your first time on CDJs, it might be worth arriving early (perhaps an hour before opening time) and just ensuring you're all set up and have a little mix before hand, even just through the booth monitor or your headphones.
    So if the CDJ's were linked I wouldn't need two USB's correct? But just incase they aren't linked, bring two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesster View Post
    Wow somone recomended using sync haha. Never thought I'd hear that from another DJ
    You're on a traktor-centric forum....most people here either use sync or are at least okay with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostapha View Post
    You're on a traktor-centric forum....most people here either use sync or are at least okay with it.
    Why're you guys different from everyone else that seems to frown upon it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesster View Post
    Why're you guys different from everyone else that seems to frown upon it??
    Because people are intimidated by progress.

    I can beatmatch. I own two 1210s, play vinyl at home, and enjoy the odd mix with Traktor Scratch. But I also enjoy having six channels of music playing, and the flexibility it brings.
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