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Making Sure Your Music Taste Fits the Venue

Guest Post by Greg Davis

In 2012 a number of well-known DJs were “kicked off the decks” at a couple different high class night clubs.

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Big names like DJ Shadow, Tommie Sunshine, Dennis Ferrer, and Mark Farina to name a few were all asked to leave for one reason or another but the main theme was that someone didn’t think their music fit the venue. Although the vast majority of us would side with the DJs in each of these cases their experiences bring up the opportunity to learn a good lesson. While the main job of a DJ is typically defined as playing music or running the decks, an equally important responsibly is to play music in such a way that you enhance the club atmosphere. Here are a few tips I’ve come up with to help any aspiring DJ better fit their set to the club or venue they intend to play.

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New DJ Controllers from Numark – Mixtrack Pro II, NS7 II, iDJ Live II and Orbit

Numark, maker of easy to use and affordable DJ gear, has opened up a whole new bag of tricks.

Numark Mixtrack Pro II

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The world’s most popular DJ controller just got better. Numark has just introduced the new Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller, rebuilt, reshaped and revamped for todays DJs. It’s the latest and greatest version of the ever popular Mixtrack Pro, designed for beginner DJ’s who don’t want to break the bank. The new Numark Mixtrack Pro II excels with a new sleeker design and better build quality with pro features including sixteen backlit rubber performance “drum” pads and new illuminated capacitive touch large jog wheel platters. You also get hot cue, looping and effects controls as well as a built-in professional sound quality audio interface.

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Best Budget DJ Controllers

With these new budget DJ controllers, there has never been a better or easier time to start DJing than now.

Denon MC2000 - Best Budget DJ Controllers

With the new high quality, low to mid-range priced DJ controllers featured here, beginner DJs and pros looking for a portable solution are ready to roll with high quality sound and the latest features like trigger pads for samples, hot cues and loops and high resolution, high sensitivity jog wheels. Now, with these best budget DJ controllers, it’s easy and affordable for you to put just the right spin on your music.

I wish it would have been so easy when I was a beginner DJ. I started out with Traktor on my laptop and then went to a Pioneer CDJ and mixer set-up. Had these new and best quality budget DJ controllers been available then, I would have gone with a Denon DJ controller or Pioneer DJ controller and saved quite a few bucks.

Nowadays, you can get a high quality DJ controller for a fraction of the cost of a standard CDJ or vinyl turntable DJ set-up. In fact, for less than the cost of one Pioneer CDJ-350 you can get any of the high quality DJ controllers featured on this page.

Dig in, find the one that’s right for you, and start mastering your mix!

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Is the Traktor Kontrol S2 the Best DJ Controller for You?

From a beginner DJ just starting out to a seasoned pro looking for a portable solution, the Traktor Kontrol S2 is the best value DJ controller available today.

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The Traktor Kontrol S2 is being offered at discounted price. Click to see it at: Amazon.com or Juno.co.uk

The two deck, 2.1 or 2+1 set up means that you’ve got two decks on two channels and a mixer with a dedicated third channel for Traktor Pro 2’s powerful sample decks.

The Traktor Kontrol S2 stands out as the best two deck DJ controller with awesome features like:
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Best DJ Headphones

DJ Headphones are possibly the DJ’s most important piece of gear and I know that buying your first pair of DJ headphones is a big decision.

However, I hope to help you out here by presenting the best DJ headphones and the DJ headphones most commonly used by professional DJ’s. For me the biggest factor is how they sound but of course comfort is also a factor, as well as styling, build quality and isolation. Have a look at the following DJ Headphones and decide for yourself.

AIAIAI TMA-1

My top picks for DJ headphones right now are the Allen & Heath XD-53′s, Pioneer HDJ-2000′s, the Sennheiser HD25′s and the AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones (pictured above). Read on to find out more.

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Ideal DJ Setup

In 2012, today’s professional DJs tend to be equally practiced in music production and the creation of their own tracks and sounds as in DJ mixing itself.

Mixing has quickly moved from vinyl turntables to CDJs and now, the latest DJ Controllers are proving to be highly creative, popular and useful tools.

2012 Ideal DJ Setup

So as the new year dawns so does the new age of the Digital DJ where the ideal DJ Setup is part mixing, with a high quality DJ Controller like the Traktor Kontrol S2 or S4 and part music production with Ableton Live and a Keyboard Midi Controller like the Novation SL MkII.

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Make Your Own Beats with DUBTurbo!

Do you want to start making your own beats right away? Do you want a music making software tool that is easy and affordable? Do the big music production software packages seem too expensive and overly complicated?

Learn to make the best beats now! Click here to go to the: DUBTurbo website

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Is the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO the best DJ Controller for Beginners?

There is a lot to love about the new Pioneer DDJ-ERGO DJ Controller and if I were a beginner DJ just starting out, I can easily see the ERGO being my first DJ hardware purchase.

Pioneer DDJ-ERGO

Let’s start with the overall look. It’s really cool and beautiful looking and I can easily see the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO selling like hotcakes out of Apple stores everywhere. In fact, it’s designed with a laptop dock so that it sits over the keyboard with the screen in the same view as the controller itself. That’s a real space saver and I think it just really makes sense for ease of use for the controller to integrate with the laptop so well.

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Best DJ Controllers

DJ Controllers are quickly becoming a very popular choice for Beginner DJ’s and Professional DJ’s alike.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2

With the recent introduction of high quality DJ Controllers from Native Instruments and Pioneer, the quality and features you’ll find in the newest and best DJ Controllers are top-notch. A DJ Controller is an excellent way to get started DJing because it gives you all of the same control you would have with a CD Player or Turntable and Mixer set-up, and more in some cases, but with one piece of equipment that you can use directly with a DJ Software program and access your entire music collection directly from your computer.

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Produce Your Own Music With Ableton Live and Logic Studio

Producing your own music has become the key for any DJ who wants to further their creativity behind the decks and further their career.

Making your own beats has never been as accessible as it is today. Create quality tracks with Ableton Live or Logic Studio and a keyboard right on your MacBook, iMac or PC!

Novation SL MkII USB Midi Controller Keyboard

The Novation SL MkII gives you complete control over your music making software that is both intuitive and intelligent.

The Novation SL MkII puts the power and fun of making your own music with Ableton right into your fingertips.

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