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    Hey Peeps,

    I just picked up some turntables again and want to go DVS after playing around with the Traktor Kontrol S2 for a while. I've been really confused by all the options, though. I just saw that DenonDJ Serato box on the Blog page and just before that Akai rolled out their Serato hardware... I posted this in the Blog:

    "It seems like the DVS landscape is changing these days. We've gone from SSL to TSP. There have been some oddballs in there like Mixvibes. Now we have the Akai products newly release and the Denon DJ Serato box is right around the corner. The selection of hardware is all over the place in terms of price and functionality. I'd like to see DJTT do a write up on the different DVS setup options that are out there now and their respective pros and cons."

    What do you guys think? I don't want to get a $2000 Rane 62 mixer. On the other hand, the $350 (plus control vinyl) Akai AMX seems like it's lacking in functionality if not paired with the AFX (and then why don't you just go ahead and pay a little more and get an all-in-one Traktor Z2). Like I said, I'm familiar, though by no means a pro, with Traktor. I don't have anything against going Serato. Then there are even things like the Allen and Heath Xone23c with Mixvibes throwing curveballs at us.

    I'm not sure if this is the ideal place for this thread, but let's discuss! Cheers.

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    Buy Traktor
    Buy whatever mixer you like
    Buy soundcard if mixer isn't tsp certified
    Soundcard will come with timecode
    Plug n play

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    What Kwal said.

    No reason to switch software IMO since you already are familiar w/ Traktor.
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    There's nothing wrong with Mixvibes. And VDJ8 is pretty damn good, too. But...

    Traktor + DJM-850 has given me a lot of (relatively) trouble free fun.

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    idk if youre trying to mix on more than 2 decks... but if not, and if youre into scratching then:

    http://www.amazon.com/Novation-Dicer...novation+dicer

    and

    http://www.amazon.com/DJ-Tech-DIF-1S...dj+tech+dif-1s

    OR

    http://www.amazon.com/DJ-Tech-DIF-1M...dj+tech+dif-1s

    pretty inexpensive routes for DVS imo
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    just buy a Z2.

    keeps you on traktor (comes withe scratch), comes with CV and you have all the midi stuff on it too.

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    I've switched from Traktor to Serato a few months ago, if you like doing routines on turntables, forget about Traktor and get serato, that Sticker lock feature is a god send

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deejaesnafu View Post
    idk if youre trying to mix on more than 2 decks... but if not, and if youre into scratching then:

    http://www.amazon.com/Novation-Dicer...novation+dicer

    and

    http://www.amazon.com/DJ-Tech-DIF-1S...dj+tech+dif-1s

    OR

    http://www.amazon.com/DJ-Tech-DIF-1M...dj+tech+dif-1s

    pretty inexpensive routes for DVS imo
    The DIF-1M looks pretty much like what I'm looking for (I like that it's stand alone, has the mini innofader, the cues, dedicated filter knob, etc.), but at $270 online you still have to add the Traktor A6 to get TSP at $300 more. So altogether it's $570, which is not bad. I haven't seen many real world reviews of Traktor users using it, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by myndgruv View Post
    just buy a Z2.

    keeps you on traktor (comes withe scratch), comes with CV and you have all the midi stuff on it too.
    I'm thinking this is still the way to go. I didn't want to spend $800 bucks, but might not have much choice. Does it function as a stand alone mixer, too, or do you have to be plugged into the computer and software?

    Quote Originally Posted by despo View Post
    I've switched from Traktor to Serato a few months ago, if you like doing routines on turntables, forget about Traktor and get serato, that Sticker lock feature is a god send
    Which hardware were you using before, and which hardware are you using now?

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    Btw, I have two Stanton Str8-150s and an old Denon DN-X100 mixer as my vinyl setup. Yes, I do like to scratch. To me that's part of the fun of spinning vinyl, so I would like a DVS system that is conducive to that.

    Other stuff I have right now: Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk2, Akai APC 40 (don't use it) and I know I have a Traktor A2 somewhere from when I thought I was going to run Traktor on the APC. Unfortunately, I can't use that with TSP.

    I have another question: Sometimes I see guys saying that want to buy a serial for TSP, what does that mean? I thought if you want it you have to buy a piece of hardware that has it, like the Z2, or a soundcard like the A6 or A10 that also includes it? How would you get around that? A mixer with built in soundcard that is Traktor certified and you pick up control vinyl?

    Thanks for all the input, guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistaRC View Post
    The DIF-1M looks pretty much like what I'm looking for (I like that it's stand alone, has the mini innofader, the cues, dedicated filter knob, etc.), but at $270 online you still have to add the Traktor A6 to get TSP at $300 more. So altogether it's $570, which is not bad. I haven't seen many real world reviews of Traktor users using it, though.



    I'm thinking this is still the way to go. I didn't want to spend $800 bucks, but might not have much choice. Does it function as a stand alone mixer, too, or do you have to be plugged into the computer and software?



    Which hardware were you using before, and which hardware are you using now?

    ---

    Btw, I have two Stanton Str8-150s and an old Denon DN-X100 mixer as my vinyl setup. Yes, I do like to scratch. To me that's part of the fun of spinning vinyl, so I would like a DVS system that is conducive to that.

    Other stuff I have right now: Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk2, Akai APC 40 (don't use it) and I know I have a Traktor A2 somewhere from when I thought I was going to run Traktor on the APC. Unfortunately, I can't use that with TSP.

    I have another question: Sometimes I see guys saying that want to buy a serial for TSP, what does that mean? I thought if you want it you have to buy a piece of hardware that has it, like the Z2, or a soundcard like the A6 or A10 that also includes it? How would you get around that? A mixer with built in soundcard that is Traktor certified and you pick up control vinyl?

    Thanks for all the input, guys.
    Nope. Not all Traktor Certified sound card mixers come w/ TSP2. (DJM 900 NXS for example)
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    If u put an innofader into the apc 40 it makes a nice dvs mixer ��


    Still need a a6 tho
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