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Cd's, Vinyl, Software.....Aghhhh. (Part 1)

11th February 2011

The argument between Dj'ing tools seems to continue...

   I am a Dj who learnt to Dj using Vinyl, and swore I would never use Cd's (when CDJ's first came in), then swore I would never use a laptop! I now mix using Traktor, Ableton and Cd's. ( my friends took much amusement as I progressed to the next 'I will NEVER' Dj tool.)

   There seems to still be a stigma about seeing a Dj using a laptop, and, to an extent, I agree. If a Dj is just mixing two tracks together then I see no reason to use a laptop, just get on the decks and learn your trade!! (apart from perhaps a multi-genre Dj who needs thousands of tracks at his disposal ), however, the freedom and flexibility software brings is unrivalled by any Cd decks. ( including the latest in Cd decks!)

   Firstly, not all Dj's are 'A' list Dj's, playing at clubs with the best and latest equipment or, who can demand a certain piece of equipment to be provided., therefore, if a Dj can turn up to a gig with as much equipment as he can, that he is familiar with, then the better the experience will be for Clubber, Dj and Management!! Software can provide a substitute for a multitude of equipment ( decks, effects, synths, whatever really.) In a small bundle and cost!

   Secondly, the speed with which  technology is advancing in the music world, whether software or hardware, is so fast, that keeping up with the best and latest products (and, more importantly, familiarising yourself with them!! ) is no mean feat! Software can easily be updated with new features and Dj tools at a reasonable price compared to hardware!

   I believe that if a Dj choses to use software then his/ her set should consist of a barrage of added samples, vocals, percussion, effects etc to give  the Clubber an experience unrivalled by simply mixing two tracks, made by other people, together . Software gives the Dj unlimited flexibility in which to be adventurous, where the limitations are only governed by the imagination of the user! 

   A Dj has  always, and should always, strive to be creative, different, inspiring and, more importantly entertaining!! After all we are but humble entertainers and the important people are in the audience!!

   I feel this won't be the last we'll hear about this subject.........




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