The best of both worlds... Controller with stand alone mixer + turntables?
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    Default The best of both worlds... Controller with stand alone mixer + turntables?

    First of all, I'm new to this forum, so hi everybody.

    I used to DJ on turntables until I moved abroad. Since I didn't want to lug my turntables overseas, I ended up getting an entry-level console (Hercules RMX) which served me well for that time.

    Now, I have the opportunity to send my turntables to my present location. Of course I still want to be able to mix digitally (i.e. for when I play out or for tracks that I don't have on vinyl). But since old habits die hard I still want to be able to mix with vinyl sometimes.

    So basically in the interest of saving precious space I want to get a controller that doubles as a stand-alone mixer. It would be great if the controller also had a soundcard built in.

    I'm not too picky about software but I think I'd prefer Traktor or Serato, just because those are the ones I have experience with.

    And finally I'm looking for something under US $800 if possible.

    The controllers I've found that fit these criteria are:

    Numark N4
    Denon DNMC 6000 (I know, it comes with VDJ, but like I said, I'm flexible)
    Reloop Digital Jockey 2 ME
    Vestax VCI-400 (well, the price depends on where you get it...)

    Am I missing any? Do any of you have experiences with these devices (or others with stand alone mixers) to share?

    Also, I looked around for threads on this topic but didn't find any. If there was a prior thread on this topic please let me know.

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    With the Traktor S4 you can hook up turntables, and with the scratch upgrade you can use control vinyl.

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    Pioneer DJM-T1 could be good for you, It has heaps of buttons and knobs for the effects section. And comes with it's own version of "traktor scratch pro"

    Also if you have a RMX serial number you can upgrade to VDJ Pro for $150, then you could get a Stanton DJC.4 for $350 and run timecodes with that.. Note that you can run the analogue sound through the software and use the internal eq "which should be getting a hell of a lot better very soon" and effects as you normally would with a digital sound source. It's not an analogue mixer but will work the same as long as you run the software.

    http://www.virtualdj.com/forums/1685...ton_DJC_4.html

    Coincidentally I put together a list of all the controllers you could use timecode with in VDJ a couple of days ago
    http://www.virtualdj.com/forums/1683...des______.html
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    VCI-400 would be my choice.
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    The pioneer djx aero?

    Vci400
    S4
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    Keep in mind that unless you buy a "traktor certified" mixer, or an s4, you will also have to buy a traktor audio 4/6/8/10 interface to use control vinyls. If you plan on going the serato route, well either a rane mixer for serato, or a rane sl1/2/3/4.

    Only if you use other softwares than traktor and serato can you use the controller soundcard with timecode vinyls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photojojo View Post
    VCI-400 would be my choice.
    More love to the 400!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneapemob View Post
    Keep in mind that unless you buy a "traktor certified" mixer, or an s4, you will also have to buy a traktor audio 4/6/8/10 interface to use control vinyls.
    True, you do need to factor that into your cost. If you just want two TT's the an Audio 4 is all you need. Used they go for around $150 usually I think. With that you can then get Traktor Scratch Pro and timecode for $119.
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    Just get a mixer of your choice and a Kontrol X1....
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    Mixer of choice + x1 + traktor scratch with Audio 6 = win
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