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  • #1053197
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    General Lighting
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    On the Dutch ravers site they have this massive great thread (and also lots of nice kit and interesting discussions).

    https://partyflock.nl/topic/728931

    Nearly all the DJ’s are really fussy about everything from sound equipment to power supplies etc and apart from some of the more indepth threads here its not as common a topic on a forum like this (more on the electronics forums where older chaps than me with proper beards are).

    As not everyone knows Dutch (I only started learning myself in 2008) perhaps we could start one here?

    we might not make 1370+ pages, but I’m sure there is some good things we could come up with… (not just from UK and Europe but those of you in USA and Canada and Asia are of course welcome to contribute)

    #1254440
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    BioTech
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    Decks, dj mixer & controllers:

    2 x Technics 1200’s
    1 x Ecler Nuo 5
    1 x Kontrol X1
    1 x Kontrol F1
    (All flightcased and travel baged)

    The rest:
    Asus N53S running Traktor Pro 2.5 and Native Instruments Audio 6 interface
    Soundcraft Spirit M4 desk
    Sherwood Amp with 2 x KEF Cresta 2 bookshelf speakers
    1 x pole mounted DB Technologies Opera 402 active monitor for when I need to crank it up

    Need to get a travel bag for the laptop, audio 6, timecoded vinyls and already bagged X1 & F1. UDG make a perfect bag purpose built for that very thing but for Serato. Problem is it costs close to £200 which is a bit of a rip off if you ask me.

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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    1x laptop incapable of anything.

    Just need to get a new one to get back on the mixing flex and/or production ting

    #1254432
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    my setup is more aimed at recording mixes or online broadcast than producing tunes and much of the kit is lower budget and also deliberately kept small in size as I am trying to cram a lot into a small space and have to use this computer for normal work as well.

    currently

    Controller / grams mixer : citronic mpx 10 running virtual DJ on dual head Win7 x64 system (actually a cheap zoostorm with a blue LED fan)
    On-air mixer : behringer X1222 USB with “mic fader open” mod (well a reed switch taped to the front panel and two rare earth magnets in the fader knob) on mic channel 1. This triggers an arduino what sends MUTE code to the Sony amp on IR and also lights a number of super bright LEDs.
    audio recorder : Tascam DR-05
    studio monitoring kit : Sonicraft 124FX downstream of this which controls the monitor speaker volume and also provides a suitable level to the Tascam (or it overloads as it has one of them wierd input stages what can supposedly go from mic to line level but is way easy to clip)

    Custom headphone select switch made from 4 pole DPCO toggle switch and the housing of a busted electric fan (switches cans between the PFL output of the Citronic and the mixer output so I can hear this if the speakers are muted)

    Eventually I will get a relay and link that to the arduino as well so I can trigger all of them remotely. whilst you might not normally see this setup outside a radio studio it has its advantages to prevent feedback from mics etc and also route multiple audio sources…

    The behringer and the MPX10 are mounted in two cheap “road cases” from CPC (probably wouldn’t stand up to hardcore gigs but are cheaper than getting a whole console built).
    Also a old laptop with a cooked battery is mounted on a stand and with a second monitor on display 2 provides carts playout, audio level metering and streaming (by using the Behringer internal soundcard and also a external USB one to play out the carts).

    Everything apart from the citronic is in fact connected using separate analogue channels on the behringer, I’m not a fan of the practice of “putting all your eggs in one basket” that the digital DJ software tends to encourage. If your laptop or computer crashes, then you are proper hosed unless you have some other way of playing out audio…

    A 1000VA UPS (originally bought for the computers) now feeds the audio kit as well, I could go downstairs and put off the mains at the incomer and still have tunes for about 30 minutes lol..

    The old laptop did also do the studio clock but I’ve now got a loudness meter on there (I also use this equipment to check PV radio’s levels and audio quality). I’ve got a even older machine and a slightly flaky display I could use for the clock (its not a big disaster if that clock cuts out as every other piece of kit in here is synced to NPL direct so the time should be spot on). Also that way I can set that to different timezones when required. There is even a MSF receiver downstairs but I haven’t rewired it yet (its a bit of a mission due to the interference these days).

    One of them LED clocks otherwise costs €400 alone without the receiver for the national time standard…

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    @NN~Gazatryptamine 482561 wrote:

    1x laptop incapable of anything.

    Just need to get a new one to get back on the mixing flex and/or production ting

    worth keeping the old one and reformatting it as even with a cheap soundcard it makes a really good and compact audio monitoring/streaming setup

    #1254434
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    this mornings monitoring setup – shows the loudness monitor in use – and once you have got used to it everything else can be done by ear…

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    Acidfairy
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    Head mildly up bum today had a messy weekend but we have the following…

    2 x technics 1210 mk5G
    2 x pioneeer cdj 1000’s mk2
    1 x urei 1508E
    2 x active makie monitors ( this all then connects to the house system of approx 2.5k through various amps)

    then there’s the dj/producer bit…
    1 x 15 inch widescreen macbook pro.. running every frickin music program known lol…
    1 x roland tb303
    1 x roland tr626
    1 x yamaha RS7000
    1 x tapco mix 100 mixing desk
    1 x focusrite saffire le soundcard
    2 x Alessis Active M1 MK2 speakers….

    #1254452
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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    You have a Roland TB303!?!?!……I hate you lol

    #1254449
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    DaftFader
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    @NN~Gazatryptamine 483047 wrote:

    You have a Roland TB303!?!?!……I hate you lol

    any one with the name acid fairy’s gonna have a tb 303 ;D

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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    @daftfader 483048 wrote:

    any one with the name acid fairy’s gonna have a tb 303 ;D

    She might have a XoboX so murrr

    #1254450
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    DaftFader
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    true say

    #1254454
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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    Or an MC09 lol

    #1254442
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    Acidfairy
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    LOL yes i have a TB303 🙂 looking at getting a xoxbox for playing out as i don’t like taking the TB out in case it gets nicked or damaged

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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    @acidfairy 483097 wrote:

    LOL yes i have a TB303 🙂 looking at getting a xoxbox for playing out as i don’t like taking the TB out in case it gets nicked or damaged

    lol a stray fart could break a 303 hahaha, I’ve seen some fantastic examples on eBay, one bloke bought one new as a plug in for his bass guitar! he used it once and then just left it in loft, it even had the original receipt of purchase!!!

    I myself am after an MC202, dunno why, I just like them.

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    Matt
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    Thinking about going down the ableton live route too be fair. I can beat match alright and use turntables however i just feel abit limited on them. Ive been thinking about creating alot of audio which could really give some edge to my sets and make them very unquie (none of this mashed up to fuck stuff on a midi control tho i dont really rate that, and personaly i think i could teach my mother to do that). Wheater i ever get round to do this will be another thing tho 😛

    #1254435
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    Pic showing the MPX10 and the PC screens. It has been shifted to the LHS of the Euroclock (showing CET) – a more logical place and avoids the ropey picture caused by a long VGA cable. The 3rd monitor screen is now showing the cart machine, above the MPX10 is a mini keyboard which can be used to trigger it.

    Even though the Dutch tjingle has way more cart banks and features, I still prefer the locally developed Sonicart as its easier to keep an eye on I am very unlikely to need any more than 10 in a stack.

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    the front panel of the old microwave (the rest of the case is now used to house my other radio receivers) is currently the “mic live” light (hides the arduino prototype board but still allows access to the trigger button)

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    #1254443
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    thelog
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    Hmm I want GL’s metal clock. Looks nice and 1960’s to me.

    Well unfortunately I don’t have any hardware anymore except a bag of vinyl and some headphones. Oh but I do have a box full of wires and splitter jacks and a slipmat or 2.

    I do have a portable midi keyboard and a Virtual DJ pro for my laptop and of course FL studio 10 and some standalone VST’s to go with it.

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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    Is that a picture of lord nelson? I want it lol

    #1254436
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    @NN~Gazatryptamine 483640 wrote:

    Is that a picture of lord nelson? I want it lol

    its a public domain pic I think came from Wikipedia. The picture frames are cheap ASDA ones.

    The clock is relatively new (1990s probably, may have been 80s) – before then such a clock would run from the 230V mains supply and be synchronised to the 50 Hz grid. I did have a 1970s orange clock in my house in Reading but unfortunately that didn’t get brought over…

    it didn’t work at first because the hands had got bent and were fouling each other. So as I had to open it up anyway I labelled it up in Dutch so I can practice my numbers – also the warning in Dutch makes me think “europe” and thus remember its a CET clock. I did use the more formal term “uurwerk” as strictly its not a clock but a timepiece, a clock doesn’t just (or always) directly show the time but generates an alarm a signal showing a certain interval time which is distributed elsewhere – a sound, a flashing lamp or pulse of electricity.

    BTW here’s a closer view, look at the bottom of the Lord Nelson picture 😉

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    The cat on the right was a random pic I printed from a Polish vintage radio website I came across via Google Translate (unfortunately don’t understand much Polish) – the OM was working on the radio outside and had put it there to dry out and inspect the circuit boards in the sun, and his cat came out to guard them. His comment was “the brave and faithful cat guards the radio equipment”.

    THE MSF/Arduino clock is back in service but I need to work on the display and receiver location as there is intereference to the MSF signal. When it is in a reliable location it is spot on – I also need the exact time for work purposes…

    #1254444
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    thelog
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    Very nice. I will get myslef a nice shiney clock like that as soon as I get my shit together again. Infact if I could have a room decorated in a particular style. I would like to have it like a 1960’s or maybe 70’s WAR-room style. Likey say what you see in films like Fail safe, or china syndrome. Retro is so cool

    #1254457
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    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    Lol that’s jokes lol

    #1254437
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    @thelog 483696 wrote:

    Very nice. I will get myslef a nice shiney clock like that as soon as I get my shit together again. Infact if I could have a room decorated in a particular style. I would like to have it like a 1960’s or maybe 70’s WAR-room style. Likey say what you see in films like Fail safe, or china syndrome. Retro is so cool

    this is a good example, especially as they picked a more “homely” colour scheme in line with that era as it was supposed to reduce the stress levels of the operational staff..

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    #1254445
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    thelog
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    Exactly like that. Cheers for the pics man.

    #1254448
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    Tocooltom
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    Urei 1601e
    urei 1601
    ecler nuo 3
    vestax PDT-5000 x4
    vestax PDX-3 x2
    Ortofon proS needles x3

    Monitors:

    Peavey UL215 x2

    #1254438
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    there are some more new pics on the partyflock thread – I wonder where they get the modular wooden frames from? (or maybe the lad made them, this isn’t uncommon). I saw this sort of stuff many years ago in carpentry magazines my Dad used to collect (but he was actually good at it, and I am not).

    http://partyflock.nl/message:47607965

    An update on the euroclock, I had to re-set it and put in a new battery as it had drifted badly to the point it was now showing the time in the Punjab. Which is no bloody good as its not marked correctly as such even if I wanted to know what the time was out there. On the back is a label saying it was made for Debenhams in 2005, so much more recent than I thought it was, so maybe when loggy gets his new flat he might even be able to still find one.

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