CDJ's & traktor vs Serato- Advise pls

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CDJ's & traktor vs Serato- Advise pls

Post by lentrix » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:58 pm

Hi all - looking for some advice pls

Im not having a vinyl v cd/mpe debate etc etc....

I want to get some CDJ's to compliment what i already have (decks) and i have never used CDJ's at all.

I'm looking for some honest opinions on what of the above systems are best and if fact how CDJ's even work ! (yes i've done the usual internet searches).

As i understand it Serato works on nearly all systems, but Traktor has it's own units - Therefore if i ever played out, most venues have Serato based systems....?

Also, i'm not looking to spend loads of cash, so would prob look to pick up something on ebay to start.

Would it also mean having to digitalise every single record i have into audio ?

Would i be ok on a standard laptop (HP) or have i also got to shell out for a top quality sound card?

Finally, (don't shout at me), does the 'sync' function actually work for hardcore .....

Sorry for all the questions & thanks in advance

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Re: CDJ's & traktor vs Serato- Advise pls

Post by dj jedi » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:12 pm

Serato and Traktor for CDJs are no different from the vinyl versions, you use a timecode CD instead of vinyl. The Serato/Traktor box is the sound card, so no you don't need another one. Most venues have neither, so if you want to play out you need to take your laptop, the box, and the CDs (and spend 15 minutes wiring it all up!) Any laptop made in the last 5 years should be fine.

Personally I don't really see the benefit of Serato/Traktor for CDJs, nearly all modern CD decks support USB drives. Or forget CDs completely and get one of these:

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It's basically an 'all in one' unit that just needs a laptop, it's what most of the digital DJs like Slipmatt use these days.

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Re: CDJ's & traktor vs Serato- Advise pls

Post by lentrix » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:44 pm

Thanks Jedi - looks expensive !

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Post by rage » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:46 pm

If you've got turntables and you want the same turntable experience but with digital I would suggest Serato.

Only worth looking into a controller if you don't already have a setup, or want a portable system like Jedi says.

Yeah sync works fine for Hardcore 95% of the time!

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Post by dj jedi » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:50 pm

Well it depends on what CD decks you want, the Pioneer ones are over a grand each! So the controller I posted above is actually cheaper than two Pioneer CD decks.

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Post by lentrix » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:06 pm

that's the thing - to buy 2 indivdual CDJ's or a all-in-one system ??

I am leaning to an all-in-1 system just for ease..

For instance i can buy a MK1 Trakor on ebay for around £100 ish, or buy a Numark type (serato) for around the same price.

That way i don't go and spend £300+ and hate/not get with it ......

If i bought a cheaper product - what are the drawbacks ?

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Post by AtomSmasher » Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:08 pm

Personally I'd go for a decent DJ controller. I don't really see the point in getting CDJ's....... If you splashed out on the Pioneer Aero you can connect to a tablet to pull the tunes in from wirelessly so you don't even need a laptop. I think some of them read Flash drives as well........

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Post by lentrix » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:17 am

Thanks gents - lots to consider... i might have to go and look at a few first

The Aero is £500, so i might try something cheaper to start .......

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Re: CDJ's & traktor vs Serato- Advise pls

Post by The_Ruffneck » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:32 am

dunno about the all in one things personally.Surely if one part breaks then it's more hassle compared to separate units.

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Re: CDJ's & traktor vs Serato- Advise pls

Post by Ric » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:26 am

I recently bought a Numark N4 2nd hand on eBay, they're only about 150 quid. 4 channels too so you can plug in your decks as well - a feature definitely worth keeping in mind if you want best of both worlds. Like you I didn't want to fork out loads of cash and saw this model as a good choice.

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