I’ve really enjoyed writing about my DJ setup and, although it’s taken me a little longer than planned, I’ve come to the end pretty quickly.
I guess, in lieu of a proper conclusion (I don’t really have a point to make) I can tell you about some gear I am excited about. This isn’t dream stuff, just some bits and bobs I may add to my setup.
Firstly I saw some press about the Pioneer DJM-250. This looks like a great mixer and a decent price. If you don’t need the flexibility of a bigger mixer and can make do with 2(or 3 at a push) channels this is perfect. To me it looks like Pioneer are taking a swipe at Allen & Heath by putting filters on each of the music channels, as that is something A&H put on their top level mixers, and they are doing with their basic (but still good!)range.
Next up, although I mentioned that I don’t use a controller, this one from Icon caught my eye. It seems to have a lot of functionality, in a very portable form factor and the reviews I’ve read say it is well built.
Finally, being fond of a gimmick or two this routing box from Magma makes using a smaller mixer like the DJM-250 much more practical. This would be really useful in a home/studio setup where you may have various toys connected to a spare channel on your desk, at a gig you’d probably way quick access to everything in your setup so this may add an unnecessary step.
I am debating whether to continue the series; I could talk about my headphones, bags/cases and even what clothes I wear to a gig! I may come back to this series in the future but right now I want to concentrate on writing about all of the great DJs, producers and music I am listening too right now but do drop me a line with any questions you may have, as you can tell I love talking about this stuff.
The long awaited (well I been waiting for inspiration to write this) penultimate blog discussing my DJ setup. I have been putting this one off for one reason, I hate my laptop stand. Back in the day an experienced DJ told me that if you buy cheap – you buy twice and I have proven him right time and time again.
When choosing my laptop stand, I started by looked at reviews and one stand was clearly the best one the market – the Crane stand – it retails at approximately £150 ($200US) but looks excellent, strong/strudy, easy to erect/collapse, flexible use options and compact storage. I’ve seen a couple of big name DJs using these stands and I can see why… they really look like they are the bees-knees!
I bought the Magma 2.1 Laptop Stand. On paper it fits all my requirements, and was £75 cheaper than the Crane stand (still more expensive than many other available) and, when I bought it, top of the line from Magma, who make excellent DJ Bags. I thought I was onto a winner. I was wrong.
I have found this stand almost impossible to erect at a gig – it’s really hard to attach to a flight case and it comes with small nuts and bolts that I am certain to lose at one point (Magma obviously agree with this sentiment as they sell replacements). It isn’t even that stable. I hate it. Magma have released a newer version, but why should I take a chance, I am not even going to link to this product.
I have no experience of any other laptop stand (other than putting my computer on a few in clubs, but I didn’t take the time to check ‘em out properly) so that is the end of that. Buy a Crane stand if you need a laptop stand.
UPDATE: If you want a cheap stand – buy this one – I have it on sound authority that it is great, especially if you aren’t planning to move it around much.
UPDATE 2: I gave MAGMA the right to reply on this thread, they duly have. I am not going to detail their response, but they appreared genuinely surprise by me comments on the 2.1 stand. Regarding their new stand, The Traveller, they said I shouldn’t pass comment on something I havent seen. Without buying it (or Magma letting me have a review copy) that is all I can do, and my whole point was that I wouldn’t buy another Magma stand based on my experience with the 2.1. It was really nice of them taking the time to send me a full response and I give them all the credit due for talking to their customers.
This post will look at how I went about choosing the sound card (something which has become known as an audio interface) I use to DJ with. To be honest, the decision was easy but I will go through the options I had. Read the rest of this entry »
I know I’m writing this blog slightly out of sequence, but because a couple of people on my Facebook page have asked about controllers so, dear reader, you will have to wait for another day or so to hear in detail about my choice of sound card. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m gonna write about my choice of laptop, in my earlier post I said that most people don’t need a dedicated laptop for DJing/Music and I stand by that comment but as I do have 2 laptops here is how I rock my setup.
I’ve recently made the change from being a CD DJ to being a Lapjock (a DJ who uses a laptop instead of discs and for the record I ditched vinyl back in 2000). This meant a whole load of choices for me so I am going to blog about how I came to my decisions. Read the rest of this entry »