Forums Music Sound Equipment Best MIDI DJ controller / soundcard

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    General Lighting
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    been thinking of getting back into mixing but using one of these, don’t have the space or money to keep collecting and mixing vinyl any more but my job gives me access to a lot of computer kit…

    I want one with both the MIDI and soundcard built in if possible, its going to run off this Toshiba Portege laptop from about 2006 I use as a desktop replacement (as its battery is cooked)

    was thinking of one of the Behringer BCD series initially but considering spending a bit more and going for the Numark Omni control of similar..

    anyone else use these things and got any ideas?

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    p0ly
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    stanton scs

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    General Lighting
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    hmm – interesting bit pricey and I was looking for stuff with more conventional faders/buttons TBH, that looks like something out of a spacecraft in a 1980s TV show :laugh_at:

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    joshd96320
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    gl: budget? laptop specs?

    serato scratch?

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    General Lighting
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    looking only to spend about £200-300, and I don’t have any vinyl decks at the moment nor space for any..

    the laptop is this

    Toshiba Portege S100 Specs, Laptop Reviews on CNET UK

    was my old work laptop a few years ago (it has been upgraded to 2GB RAM)

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    joshd96320
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    berry bcd are ok… but not exavtly fun to use like a pair of turntables (imo)

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    p0ly
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    i got 1 of the staton dascratch parts for 58 pound on ebay. =) it’s pretty cool, just really need the mixer now… and another dascratch would be helpful 😉

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    Playground Politics
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    digital a who alllways used to come on here would swear by those behringer ones!!! He said he did loadsa research and thats the best your gonna get for ur moneys worth. Also u dont want ones that make u feel like youve got two pieces of vinyl in front or 2 cds in front, cos you havent. You want one thats ease of use, and one that has all the functions you would possibly use.

    hope this helps

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    p0ly
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    what software u gonna use?

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    cheeseweasel
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    I’m seriously considering getting one of these:

    Hercules DJ CONSOLE RMX DJ Controller / DJ Mixer | DV247

    By all accounts it seems to kick the Behringer’s arse. Does anyone on here have any experience with it, particularly whether the pitch faders are any good?

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    Buzz
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    yeah but thats double the price of a bcd lol, thats like saying “yeah the hercules is alright, but on all counts an A&H xone:4d kicks its ass!”

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    Buzz
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    also bcd’s have built in soundcards which are shit

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    cheeseweasel
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    Whether I’m paying £150 for the Behringer controller or £280 for the Hercules, they’re both cheap, low-end, mass produced items at the end of the day. To pack a 4×4 audio interface, all the midi controls and bundled software into one package I’m sure both companies are cutting the same corners. And since I find Behringer products to be consistently mediocre and I’ve no idea who Hercules are, I’d like to know what people’s thoughts are on it.

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    cheeseweasel
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    I actually quite admire Behringer as a company – their gear is built in a huge complex in China called ‘Behringer City’, where all the workers are housed and fed, and given recreational space, for a fairly decent wage. Although that sounds pretty shitty, its a much better deal than most workers get out there. And as long as there’s a market for bargain-basement gear (i.e. all of us) it’s what any consumer electronics manufacturer has to do to stay in business. The difference seems to be that Behringer have been able to undercut the competition by being super-efficient, and not by simply exploiting their workers. E.g. the video shows that they control every aspect of their production process, from R&D to pulping their own paper for speaker cones, to printing PCBs.

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    joshd96320
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    berry do have some solid decent gear ,IE ep2500, Dcx2496 ultradrive

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