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    Default Choosing Proper Equipment

    Guys I am noob. I going to start to give my life to djing. I am asking you that which equipment combination is good for the start. I wanted to play in small clubs after working with my setup for 6 months.

    First combination is;

    Behringer DDM4000Mixer $350
    Gemini CDJ - 650 $250 x2= $500
    Pioneer RMX-1000 (for using club) $750
    Total=$1500
    Second combination is;

    Numark 4trak or Pioneer T1 $800
    Gemini CDJ - 650 $250 x2= $500
    Native Instruments X1 $200
    Total=$1500

    Third combination is;

    Behringer DDM4000Mixer $350
    Gemini CDJ - 700 $375 x2= $750
    Native Instruments X1 $200
    Numark Orbit $100
    Total=$1400
    I told you that I am noob. Please help me that choosing right combination for learn and being local club dj fastly. Thank you..

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    You're obviously looking for something with a budget of around $1500 right? If I were you, someone with no experience, which I originally was, I would start off using a MIDI controller.

    Start off with a controller like an S4, VCI-400 or DDJ-SX. The DDJ-SX is the most expensive of the lot, but it is Pioneer and you are paying for the brand-name and sophisticated looks. The S4 and VCI-400 are around $400 cheaper than the DDJ-SX and are probably 90% the same in terms of build quality and functionality.

    All of these controllers come with the software to use them and in-built soundcards, so all you will need is a laptop (which I am assuming you probably already have) and speakers/monitors which you can buy using the extra money, or if you already have, you can save the extra money for buying better equipment in the future i.e. Pioneer CDJ/DJM, Technics Turntables or more MIDI Controllers.

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    I'm not sure why you're getting an RMX-1000 AND a DDM4000. The DDM4000 already has a ton of effects (and the Gemini CDJs too).

    IMO, get the CDJ700s. The main thing about the CDJ is the nice big platter. If you get the CDJ650, you might as well just get an all in one.

    IMO, I'd pick up some used equipment. You say you want to DJ, but I don't think you really know until you try it out.

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    Mixer, CDJs, and an X1 make the most sense if you plan on doing gigs at clubs. You'll need a sound card too (ideally a timecode one) so that should bring you up to the budget limit.
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    get some decent CDJs and mixer instead of the RMX.
    do you want to use traktor too?

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    Guys thanks for advices. Can I use 4trak instead of mixer ? Which soundcard should I choose as a soundcard in budget? What about X1?

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    Guys really thank you. I have questions;
    1-Can I use 4trak instead of mixer? Or mixer is better than controller for learning and go club?
    2-Which sound card should I get?
    3-İs getting X1 good idea?

    thanks again

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    I miss the days where people started practicing their DJing on turntables salvaged from skips or even borrowed (with much begging) from a friend. All these people going out and dropping 1000+ on gear without any previous experience makes me sad.
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    Why not look for some used equipment? If you are so set on cdjs then go for say cdj 800s, or 1000s? Then find a djm 800, or 700?

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    How much would a pair of Technics have cost brand new a decade ago?
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