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    At the moment I'm using a BCF 2000 and a newly purchased X1, which I'm very pleased with.

    With the addition of the X1 my BCF is only used for EQ (Which I can use the MIDI page of the X1 for) and levels. I have a few super knobs mapped to various effects but I barely touch it mid song, only when mixing.

    I'm thinking of ditching the BFC completely, giving it back to my Dad, and picking up a small 2 channel mixer and decent soundcard. It's definantly a more compact setup and very portable, as I can just take my X1, soundcard and laptop (when I get one) to a club and plug into their mixer, while being comfortable with the traditional format.

    Is this a good idea, or should I just stick with a fully MIDI setup? And can anyone recommend a cheap 2 channel mixer that will fill my needs? All I want is channel faders and 3 band EQ, nothing fancy.
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    What genres are u mixing, the mixer +x1 setup is rly sweet for house and techno, I imagine not so much for hip hop or anythin not strictly 4x4
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    Generally just Electro House and some Progressive. I favour long blends, generally 32 bars or more, with a bit of effects like Iceverb, Delay and filters.
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    That's kind of exactly what the X1 was designed for.
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    Yeah the X1 with a 2 channel mixer and a soundcard is a pretty sweet and portable setup.

    For the mixer I recommend you to get a used pioneer DJM ( 300/350/400 or even a 600 if you get a good deal) or A&H xone 22 or 32 rather than getting a cheap new mixer such as gemini or behringer. the Denon DN-X120 is pretty good piece of kit for the price too.

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    I've recently done the transition that you want to do and the only bad of it was to be unable to record my mix because I don't have any record interface

    Keep that in mind when choosing your mixer and your audio interface...

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    Quote Originally Posted by V-Hoff View Post
    I've recently done the transition that you want to do and the only bad of it was to be unable to record my mix because I don't have any record interface

    Keep that in mind when choosing your mixer and your audio interface...
    I have just done the same,instead using an eks otus instead of kontrol1.
    I record by taking the record out (booth out/monitor output) of the mixer plugged back into my laptop mic input(same laptop running traktor)and record using audacity.give it a try.

    I really like having the feel of a real mixer. feels like ,surprise surprise ,Im mixing
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    Quote Originally Posted by zimfella View Post

    I really like having the feel of a real mixer. feels like ,surprise surprise ,Im mixing
    Yeah, I love the feel of analog mixers and real faders, the ones on the BCF are too stiff and feel odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanWard View Post
    Is this a good idea, or should I just stick with a funny MIDI setup? And can anyone recommend a cheap 2 channel mixer that will fill my needs? All I want is channel faders and 3 band EQ, nothing fancy.
    could go with a midi mixer... i have a cheapo djtech djm101 for basic levels+eq control over 2 decks. it doesn't seem to get much love on this forum - but i like it...

    edit: in case u were curious at all there's a photo of mine here http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/sho...d.php?p=347365
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    Quote Originally Posted by zestoi View Post
    could go with a midi mixer... i have a cheapo djtech djm101 for basic levels+eq control over 2 decks. it doesn't seem to get much love on this forum - but i like it...

    edit: in case u were curious at all there's a photo of mine here http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/sho...d.php?p=347365
    +1 i have one of those and love it.
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