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wtf ! CDJs, traktor s4 = ;D
i went for my first gig this weekend with my traktor s4 and laptop anyway it was going great but then some dj came into the booth and said ' yo ill teach you how to use the cdj ' why is it that all night club and djs in general why are the stuck in the past using cdj and vinyl mixers !!! seriously can someone tell me what can a cdj do better than a traktor s4 !! it pisses me off a traktor kontrol s4 costs $900 and good cdj and mixer will be like $3000 why pay that ??.to play on cdjs you have to burn music onto cds then play. such a waste of time for the whole thing.
i use sync on the traktor s4 but i can beatmatch its seriously just a waste of time for me so why do djs stay in the past
i understand beatmatching is a skill but what it make a dj better than the other is
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traktor kontrol s4 costs $900 plus $1500 for a decent laptop.

cdsj and mixers are basically bulletproof, dont rely on unstable computers, have many more options when it comes to compatibility for different setups and music mediums, doesnt require setup, can changeover djs without stopping the music... list goes on. if s4 was really so much better im sure most clubs/djs would have caught on!

plus in my experience, most guys who think they can beatmatch on a midi controller cant do it on a turntable for the life of them. they need to realise you need to use your ears rather than your eyes!
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Yeah sure beatmatching is easy when the BPM is written on your screen and you go those yellow bits telling you its out of time. (I'm sure they have a more technical name)

Mixing on a controller is unbelievably simple, even without the sync button.

Try it on a turntable.... or a shit CDJ.

You'd be boned.

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Try it on a turntable.... or a shit CDJ.

You'd be boned.

I would suggest that it's the same for a lot of new-to-the-game digital DJ's.

Much, much happier in the long run, that I learned using vinyl. Really allows you to mix efficiently on almost any medium.

(Not sure how I'd go on tape decks though! )
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I'm no pro DJ but one time I saw an s4 take 20 mins to be set up due to technical difficulties. This may have been a one off but a good enough reason IMO to carry around some CDs or at least a USB if the cdjs support them.
Also CDs are much easier to carry if you are just playing a short gig.
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I'm no pro DJ but one time I saw an s4 take 20 mins to be set up due to technical difficulties. This may have been a one off but a good enough reason IMO to carry around some CDs or at least a USB if the cdjs support them.

It's a simple RCA connection between the main mixer using whatever spare line input they have.

Unless your having computer issues (which is why you should have CDs with you in the first place) if you can't set it up you shouldn't be using it and definitely shouldnt be playing out with it.

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Yeah sorry that is what I meant, computer was wigging out.
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i understand beatmatching is a skill but what it make a dj better than the other is
there mix the songs they choice and the way they transition

You're correct, better you use the time you save by not beatmatching to learn english.
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I just dropped in to say that on Saturday night I played an all vinyl set, the first one I've done in aaaagggesss, fuck it was fun.
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what it make a dj better than the other is
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It amazes me that anyone would lug that much equipment around with them, granted I use serato when gigging out (serato+1200's at home but generally serato+cds at venues to save lugging records/needles/slipmats etc about) but a S4 along with a laptop isn't exactly something you could swing over your shoulder for the rest of the night. Plus sooner or later you are going to turn up to a venue that doesn't have space for your S4, sometimes I struggle to find room for the laptop.
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i went for my first gig this weekend

no offense. but you really need to no worry about doing gigs yet, and learn more about djing. you're only making it difficult for yourself.
The S4 is great once you learn to use it properly. but all djs should learn to dj with vinyl or cds first.
you need to get the concept and understanding of djing
its not just about beatmatching. in fact that about 10% of the big picture
the sync function on the s4 means anyone can dj. so you're not learning anything, but it still great to use (i have the s4 and love it, but i dj'd for 20 years with vinyl first)
you can run traktor through cdj2000s, without needing the kontrol s4, so even that is a good way to learn more
from your past posts, it seems you've been doing thi sfor only a few months?
learning to dj takes years, in fact you never stop learning.
Im not trying to shut you down, im just being logical
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i actually dont think it is?. which is concerning
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I went to a party where I was told all the DJs were playing vinyl only despite the fact every one I saw was using a laptop and control vinyl.
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I went to a party where I was told all the DJs were playing vinyl only despite the fact every one I saw was using a laptop and control vinyl.

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I went to a party where I was told all the DJs were playing vinyl only despite the fact every one I saw was using a laptop and control vinyl.

There needs to be more vinyl only nights imo, not only does it show a bit of dedication from the crew who have throw thousands into their records collection you are guaranteed an awesome night of music.
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you are guaranteed an awesome night of music.

unless they've collected shit music over the years?
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There needs to be more vinyl only nights imo, not only does it show a bit of dedication from the crew who have throw thousands into their records collection you are guaranteed an awesome night of music.

I'm not more inclined to go to a vinyl only night although I do enjoy seeing dj's play wax on occasion. I just thought it was amusing to try and claim the prestige of playing a vinyl only set even though mp3's were being played.
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Cuckoo in Adelaide used to (it may still do I haven't been there in over 12 months) only have turntables, vinyl only for any DJ that played there.

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unless they've collected shit music over the years?

Then I wouldn't book them
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Dude, I'm guessing your a teenager. Yeah?
Anyway, I started on vinyl beatmatching to songs on my ghettoblaster. I had one vinyl record. It costs a bit, but I think learning to have that care and commitment to something really helped me in the long run.
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Cuckoo in Adelaide used to (it may still do I haven't been there in over 12 months) only have turntables, vinyl only for any DJ that played there.

they have some CDJs now, but the residents still play all vinyl. CDJs are mainly used to play their own productions
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It is funny that CDJ's are oldskool - I remember a few arguements on here saying that those on CDJ's are cheating when I first came to ITM years ago (2003 maybe?).

To the OP - seriously, make sure you have that CD wallet with your tracks - I understand you can't have the whole collection, but still - you're laptop WILL fail at one point. Or you'll be asked to DJ back to back with another DJ - a lot harder without CDs...

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im never gona get rid of my laptop, if the program freezes then i simpley open it again...der. What is 30 seconds out your life gona do. Im not got to waste a lot of $$$ to buy a mixer and 4 cdsj ! just to show a dj how skilled i am... fark sake. If anything ill just buy a mixer and 2 turntable with traktor digital vinyl. Once again why do i want to not use a laptop when im djing. its like not using traction control on a car to show how good you can handle it. get in the real world, the modern world.
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^ I think your point is valid but the ITM crew are acurrate - if you can't play on CDJs/Turntables what are you going to do if the venue says you can't use your controller?

Without starting the whole Vinyl v CDs v Controller debate again (and again.... and again) if you're putting together a set that does the job then go for gold. Just be prepared to be pointed at and sconed if it goes oh so wrong.
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im never gona get rid of my laptop, if the program freezes then i simpley open it again...der. What is 30 seconds out your life gona do. Im not got to waste a lot of $$$ to buy a mixer and 4 cdsj ! just to show a dj how skilled i am... fark sake. If anything ill just buy a mixer and 2 turntable with traktor digital vinyl. Once again why do i want to not use a laptop when im djing. its like not using traction control on a car to show how good you can handle it. get in the real world, the modern world.


You're not better than any "strictly vinyl" zealot.

the "modern world" can suck my dick ... i'll do what i feel is right for me ... i'll use what ever i see fit ... not what some gimp on the internet reckons is the ..errr ... way forward?

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jesus christ dude

nobody is saying dont use traktor to dj with.
what we are saying is hone your skills learning to dj the traditional way, you need to in order to get a feel for actual djing.(ie not just pressing sync)
by all means get trakor scratch and learn on turntables or, learn how to use your laptop/traktor with cdj2000s, then you dont need to take your S4 to a gig.

you dont need to burn cds, you dont need to buy vinyl, you can do everything with traktor, but you do need to learn a lot about the 'art of djing'


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im never gona get rid of my laptop, if the program freezes then i simpley open it again...der. What is 30 seconds out your life gona do..

30 seconds is a hell of a long time when you have a full dance floor......

i think the point everyone makes is that you should know the basics of using CDJ's at the very least.

I had my laptop freeze half way during a set and wouldnt load a new track. luckily i had cd's with me and mixed off those whilst i restarted my laptop

what would i do if i didnt have cd's with me, or wasnt even able to mix with them?
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what would i do if i didnt have cd's with me, or wasnt even able to mix with them?



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^ I think your point is valid but the ITM crew are acurrate - if you can't play on CDJs/Turntables what are you going to do if the venue says you can't use your controller?

Without starting the whole Vinyl v CDs v Controller debate again (and again.... and again) if you're putting together a set that does the job then go for gold. Just be prepared to be pointed at and sconed if it goes oh so wrong.

if the place cant take my equipement then ill will go elsewhere there are plenty of fish in the sea. And you think people will loose it and through shit just because the music stopped due to the program freezing thats all. It not very likely anyway
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people will loose it and through shit just because the music stopped

Say what? people will be going through shit?
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if the place cant take my equipement then ill will go elsewhere there are plenty of fish in the sea. And you think people will loose it and through shit just because the music stopped due to the program freezing thats all. It not very likely anyway

if by through you mean throw, then probably not. but you will look like a complete tool, and probably never get booked again.

because punters pay good money to go to a club to be faced with an amateur whos equipment fucks up, and has no back up plan

but you've played 1 gig. so you are clearly an expert already
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I think getting booed because the music stops is worse than someone throw(ough)ing stuff at you. Notice how fuck with throw shit anyway even when the music is playing?
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...there are plenty of fish in the sea.

True, however the fish to which you refer are DJs.
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True, however the fish to which you refer are DJs.

NOOO the fish are the clubs there are plenty of clubs i can go to
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