I'm an old vinyl DJ and just recently went digital via Traktor Scratch Pro. I have TSP installed on both my Macbook Pro and my Window Vista Desktop. Beyond contrary belief, I see better performance on my PC using TSP.
I'm looking to start playing out again, but realize venues these days mostly have Pioneer CDJ/Serrato setups and use the turntables as CD album rests. That being said, what is the best CD deck to practice with at home?
I've never used a CD deck for mixing and I'm used to seeing upcoming break points on either the Traktor screen or the actual grooves of a record. aside from counting beats and listening, how does one tell if there is an upcoming break in a track or if it is running out of time?
As the CDJ 1000s are still pretty much standard in all of the clubs I frequent, what would you buy to practice if you had a choice? for example, is it worth buying a CDJ-1000 MK3 for @1,200 each or would you save up and wait for the CDJ 2000 to be released and spend $1700 each. While the Denon 3700s have great features and can be had for half the price of one CDJ 2000, a couple of pro DJs I've spoken to said they're harder to work with when they tried them out at a music conference.
On the other hand, you can get 2 Denon DN S1200 for the price of one Denon 3700 and it's fully compatible with Tractor Scratch Pro as a MIDI/HID controller.
So I guess my question is, do I abandon my TSP/Vinyl setup and go CDJ to work like the pros?