- This topic has 6 replies, 6 voices, and was last updated October 16, 2008 at 9:05 am by DaftFader.
October 7, 2008 at 11:46 am #1045626GrebParticipant
Ok, so I’m a complete idiot when It comes to this, so excuse my ignorace. I really fancy giving DJing a go, but not really willing to go out and buy loads of kit until I have at least giving it a go first. So I can get software that will just run on my computer, right? Whats the best to use?
Also, me laptop only has one audio out port… just a headphone jack. which isn’t good enough, right? I need at least 2 so I can listen to the other track on headphones to get the beats to match up… right? So I’ll also need an external sound card?
Sorry if theese are stupid questions, as you can tell I havent got a clue about any of this!October 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm #1180611Tek OffensiveParticipant
theres a few [programs out there. some needing external control units, and some you can also control using your mouse.
ive never really tried any apart from traktor 3 which was ok. you dont have much feel with it using the mouse and its so automatic you dont have to do much more than click a few buttons.
also i dont see how you could seperate the audio so only one channel plays thru headphones for monitoring.
tbh, if you wanna start mixin its worth forking out for at least some cheap direct drives and a mixer, which can be for as little as 140 for some older vestax or older numarks on ebay. theres no real substitute for the hands on feel and control you get with vinyl and youll end up getting hooked.October 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm #1180614DaftFaderParticipantTek Offensive;239064 wrote:theres no real substitute for the hands on feel and control you get with vinyl and youll end up getting hooked.
+1 :bounce_flOctober 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm #1180610General LightingModeratorGeneral Lighting;239673 wrote:most of these work with USB or external sound cards for surround sound 5.1) these have more than one stereo audio feed (front and rear) so one stereo feed goes to your cans for monitoring, the other is your mix output.
I realise market forces and technology are pushing people towards digital (once worked in the TV industry as everything was transitioning over, but I still prefer analogue).October 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm #1180615DaftFaderParticipantGeneral Lighting;239675 wrote:I realise market forces and technology are pushing people towards digital (once worked in the TV industry as everything was transitioning over, but I still prefer analogue).
yeah ik find that you get a rough gritty sound from analog that is near impossible to reproduce from digital …digital can be too clinical for me some timesOctober 13, 2008 at 10:59 am #1180612nonameParticipantDaftFader;239682 wrote:yeah ik find that you get a rough gritty sound from analog that is near impossible to reproduce from digital …digital can be too clinical for me some times
I’ve had this argument many times over the years (I agree btw) – the reason (IMO) that digital sounds too clinical, and doesn’t reproduce the sound the way analogue does is usually that the sample rate is too low… When CD’s were first invented, the hardware to reproduce at 16bit and 44.1KHz was astronomically expensive – it was basically thought that the sampling rate was a good compromise (after all, the highest frequency encodable is 22,050Hz which is higher than the audible range of most human hearing)… The trouble is we are capable of experiencing musical frequencies that we can’t actually “hear” (sub bass is the obvious one here, but I have always thought that the same applies to the upper end as well)…
Upping the sample rate and bit depth to 96KHz and 32bit is a good solution – I tried it once with one of our recordings, and everyone who heard it remarked on how much better it sounded than the other recordings which were all done with “CD quality”…
Back on topic – +1 to the suggestion of getting a cheap set of turntables – there really is no substitute…October 16, 2008 at 9:05 am #1180613damo666Participant
+1 decks and mixer
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