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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by dj_gyr8 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:09 am

Hi,

Still have nightmare's about turning up to small gigs, early 90's and the sight of the dreaded TAMAR - those turntable on them were pants - no pitch so mixing was not much fun!

I see a lot of forum members have upgraded substantially over the years - I'd be interested to know what styles of music they play... As if all you play is oldskool, then those top quality mixers are wasted...

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by pineappletribe » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:30 am

hmm i don't get that point gyr8 (i am guessing this is tying in to ur 'oldskool music does not need any EQing' argument from ages ago??!) . it might be argued as overkill to some degree but I would look at it like this:

u might not need the Ferarri 456 to go to the shops... it might not be so far in distance... and u might not need to get there so quickly... but i would still rather take the Ferrari rather than the Austin Allegro

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by RonWellsJS » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:31 am

otbiz wrote:Surprised nobody's mentioned this one!

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Wow, LOL, very nostalgic!

That is the ONLY DJ mixer I have ever owned and even my first 4 releases were 'mixed' on it (stereo out from Roland D5, stereo out from Roland TR-707, stereo out from Roland Juno 106) I can't believe how I managed to make tracks on such basic and limiting gear, I think I used the last channel for a basic FX unit, not sure how I sent the tracks to it though... but this is the setup that got me started.

;-)

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Just remembered that I actually had this for a short while before 'upgrading' to the MRT60.

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No eq, no x-fader.
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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by pineappletribe » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:37 am

that's quality ron :lol:

see?! -> that's like using belt drive decks to learn to mix (as above).... that's how come u write such decent tunes. the secret is out!!!

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by oldskoolforever » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:24 pm

Can't remember the first mixer i had, it was something cheap that i just bought on the spot when i ordered my 1200's. Naturally buttons all fell off after a couple of years.

Then someone gave me a radioshack mixer for 20 quid which was fine.

Finally upgraded to something a little better about 10 years ago with a Vestax PCV275, the crossfader is nice and smooth

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Out of curiosity, what is considered a decent mixer these days if you are just mixing Vinyl with 1200's still ?

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by DJ Chance » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:44 pm

I use this every week in the club where I DJ. 1210's and Serato and away I go :)

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by rage » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:10 pm

Restless wrote:
rage wrote:Mate of mine had one of these in 1993. Beautiful!

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That is a beauty! You can tell it was top for it's time too due to the build of it - looks solid!
Such a lush paint job. The thing with this mixer was the faders, maybe a touch over an inch long. Could cut it up with ease, I put one of those trix faders in my PMC 05 for a while. Good fun :D

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by Restless » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:15 pm

The smaller the channel, the better (IMO).

That's why I hate A&H channels - way too long!

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by LOON-E » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:34 pm

RonWellsJS wrote:
otbiz wrote:Surprised nobody's mentioned this one!

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Wow, LOL, very nostalgic!

That is the ONLY DJ mixer I have ever owned and even my first 4 releases were 'mixed' on it (stereo out from Roland D5, stereo out from Roland TR-707, stereo out from Roland Juno 106) I can't believe how I managed to make tracks on such basic and limiting gear, I think I used the last channel for a basic FX unit, not sure how I sent the tracks to it though... but this is the setup that got me started.

;-)


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Just remembered that I actually had this for a short while before 'upgrading' to the MRT60.

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No eq, no x-fader.
The MRT was my very 1st mixer as well..what a mixer, along with a pair of DLP 1600 belt drives (anyone remember them absolute piles of shit,pitch on a wheel that only went upto 8 (if i remember right) )but bk in 94 i was convinced i was Carl Cox/HMS/Loftgroover all rolled into 1...learned quite well on em..then got Technics n it was like starting from scratch again :)
Rockin a Numark dm950 atm that must be 10yr old..owned loads of made to fade/citronic..etc over the yrs,,nothing of real quality though, the 2 parties i play for have Technics and A&H mixers which are both lovely to play out on

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by dj jedi » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:43 pm

LOON-E wrote:i was convinced i was Carl Cox/HMS/Loftgroover all rolled into 1
Haha, yep I'm sure we all went through that phase before becoming older and wiser! After about a year of mixing I thought I was better than most of the pros based on their tapes I had heard. Little did I know my bedroom mixing didn't take in to account having no (or shit) monitors, decks with beer spilled all over them, 4 hours driving before the set, not sleeping for 3 days, alcohol/drugs before playing, and everything else a live set throws at you. Like you say using Technics after learning on belt drives was like starting again, so was playing live!

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by drift » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:18 pm

Well it appears I may have the shortest mixer history, in history...

Started off with one of these in around 96 - The JCB SPX035. Not a very well known mixer brand, but I needed something low cost, so picked it up from my local Richer Sounds. Hooked up to this I had a single CDJ (a big deal back then) and a personal CD player. Through some miracle I produced a mix which my only mate who owned a CD burner at the time kindly burned for me.

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The mixer itself was alright, did the job. It was pretty robust, never had any issues, but the faders were really stiff. Oh and it had the popular punch buttons! ;) Before too long I'd got myself a second CDJ, and a Gemini turntable.

I kept that for a good few years until around 2003 when I upgraded to one of these - The Numark PPD01.

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The build quality's really good, with a solid feel, and I've had no major issues with it. Occasionally I switch it on and it won't make a sound, but a simple off and back on has sorted it. I've had to replace a couple of the faders, and could do with replacing at least the crossfader again, but it's served me well and I still use it now.

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by AtomSmasher » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:24 pm

I had the obligatory GM25 as my first mixer, then a Soundlab DSM-15 briefly and then a Citronic MSX1:

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And I still have it - although its been in the loft with my decks for 5 years.
Not really had any issues with it outside of the crossfader......I reckon i must have bought it in around 2001......

To be honest I was on the brink of getting something new when we moved and mixing fell off the list of priorities: Not that there was anything wrong with it, I just wanted more stuff to play with.

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by RonWellsJS » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:26 am

This:
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... and 2 of these:
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This was my 1st setup, then I changed to the MRT60 mixer... I never changed turntables, look how small the pitch dial is. Regardless it was still fine for making mix tapes back in 1986.

Once I started making my own tracks I lost appetite for DJing so didn't buy any new kit... all earnings went into studio gear.

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by silky » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:21 pm

RonWellsJS wrote:This:
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... and 2 of these:
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This was my 1st setup, then I changed to the MRT60 mixer... I never changed turntables, look how small the pitch dial is. Regardless it was still fine for making mix tapes back in 1986.

Once I started making my own tracks I lost appetite for DJing so didn't buy any new kit... all earnings went into studio gear.

;-)
Haha. That's so Ironic.

When I thought DJ'ing was for me I did save and buy Technics 1200's which came as a package with one of these

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But the X-Fader was already fooked on it and it sounded terrible so I then decided to save cash again and ended up getting one of these

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Real nice mixer. Not the greatest sounding but very versatile. I still have this now and have up until a few weeks ago been using it as my main mixer for producing. DJ'ing never really did it for me and after taking time out to travel for a year making my own tracks was the only way forward.

I now own a beautiful Focusrite 18i20 for producing.

All my cash now goes on Studio gear. I do have one of my decks out for listening and sampling pleasures but that's it really with a handful of treasured vinyl that I still own.

Here is a recent picture of my studio setup in case anyone is interested.

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Re: Rep your mixer history!

Post by RonWellsJS » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:09 am

silky wrote:

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That's quite a purposeful setup you're building up there, well capable of producing some big stuff.

Once you get hooked on studio gear it's all over... a never ending money pit forms, but it's very satisfying all the same.

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