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    Question EQUIPMENT HELP!!

    Okay, so, I am starting to put together a list of DJ equipment/software so I can go ahead and get started on producing (I am not really into DJ'ing but it is something that I would like to learn eventually.)

    Anyways, I need your input as to what to get.

    I am going to go ahead and check out Ableton Suite (it has the TR-Roland 808 machine that I love so much and other drum machines) and then, get small mointors, a small subwoofer (8inch or so) and some sort of amplifier.

    But I still need your help!! What else should I bring in the mix? I know a turntable or two, and some cd players but, what else can you throw this way? I am most curious about the amplifier, like, I would route a sound card through some RCA's and then, plug it into the amp to power the monitors and sub.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Abominus


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    most important for producing is a midi keyboard, and good speakers

    for DJing its either Pioneers or Technics

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    Quote Originally Posted by xruntime View Post
    most important for producing is a midi keyboard, and good speakers

    for DJing its either Pioneers or Technics

    Cool! What MIDIs and speakers do you recommend?

    :smile1:

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    Ive heard M-Audios are good, as for speakers I dont know which brand is the best but I have Creatives

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    Logitech 2.1 are better than Creative 5.1
    i have logitech and i'm happy
    DJ equipment - i have Pioneer djm600 & 2x Pioneer cdj 800mk2...
    cost: new 4000$, used 2800$

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    I have BX-8 Studiophile by M-Audio and they really really rock!

    Using them with a proper soundcard of course... I use MOTU-828mkII for soundcard.

    As for midi... You can maybe buy a combination of midi and synth to gain some sounds also ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Vemag View Post
    I have BX-8 Studiophile by M-Audio and they really really rock!

    Using them with a proper soundcard of course... I use MOTU-828mkII for soundcard.

    As for midi... You can maybe buy a combination of midi and synth to gain some sounds also ;)
    The BX8's cost about $500 here in the US I heard that they are good but, I will look around some more. I am hoping to see if I can get them cheaper elsewhere.

    What kind of pc do you have? I have a Dell, maybe about 2 years old, running XP. I am most likely going to go with Ableton Suite. I have Reason and I am not liking the interface on it. I will check out the soundcard you recommended as well.

    What about digital multitracks?

    Thanks a bunch,
    Abominus


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    Speakers are important when you wanna do the mastering yourself... Most important part for the speakers is the linear sound spectrum (or however you'd call that in english), which is why pretty much any sort of regular home entertainment speakers (like those logitech or creative systems) are mostly useless for applications like this (even though those systems are really great otherwise). You probably want active near range monitor speakers, decent ones are around $200 per piece at least, going upwards... I got myself a pair of Alesis M1 Active 520, which are pretty amazing and not overly expensive, BUT I use them for DJing alone, and I guess they're not optimal for producing needs.

    On the other hand, if your hearing is good enough, well trained and practiced, you can use pretty much any sort of speakers. I know some people that do use those Logitech speakers for producing, and it works quite well for them.
    Last edited by dfx; Dec 17th, 2007 at 09:33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfx View Post
    Speakers are important when you wanna do the mastering yourself... Most important part for the speakers is the linear sound spectrum (or however you'd call that in english), which is why pretty much any sort of regular home entertainment speakers (like those logitech or creative systems) are mostly useless for applications like this (even though those systems are really great otherwise). You probably want active near range monitor speakers, decent ones are around $200 per piece at least, going upwards... I got myself a pair of Alesis M1 Active 520, which are pretty amazing and not overly expensive, BUT I use them for DJing alone, and I guess they're not optimal for producing needs.

    On the other hand, if your hearing is good enough, well trained and practiced, you can use pretty much any sort of speakers. I know some people that do use those Logitech speakers for producing, and it works quite well for them.
    I checked them out. Not too shabby for the price.
    Alesis M1 Active 520 75W Active Near-Field Reference Monitor and more Monitors at GuitarCenter.com.

    So you are saying that these would not be good for production? Man, this gets complicated I need great monitors for productions, and they have to be afforable. I see that some JBLs costs like thousands of dollars. Can't go that route.

    I would need a good sound card yes? What do you recommend?

    Yes, the monitors are very important for a great mix. I know that I am not going to use my Logitech Z4s for mixing. Although they sound good for like, playing music, I would not trust them for more important jobs.

    Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abominus View Post
    Yes, the monitors are very important for a great mix. I know that I am not going to use my Logitech Z4s for mixing. Although they sound good for like, playing music, I would not trust them for more important jobs.
    Yes, that is exactly my point. Those Alesis monitors are really great, I absolutely do <3 them, their performance is excellent, especially for that price. So I'm not saying they're not good, but I'm afraid the sound they deliver might not be really "perfect" at all frequencies, and this is what you should be looking for.

    Maybe something from the ESI Near series would be for you?
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    Another option for monitor speakers is the Yamaha HS50M - very good for flat frequency response.
    We use the big brother of the HS50M 's the
    HS80M's and they work wonderfully
    HS Series Powered Monitors

    As for sound card.. Well, for recording I would recommend the ,
    RME Hammerfall HDSP 9632 PCI Card this is a great quality card, but could be pricier depending on your budget.

    Another option is the Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini (this is more propietary to the Pro Tools LE software that it comes with. Although, Pro Tools is amazing in quality!!)
    Buy Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini online at Musician's Friend

    Good luck!!

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    get a richard long system then you really be set

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    get a richard long system then you really be set
    Who is Richard Long and what does his setup consist of?


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    RICHARD LONG UMMM To me a great friend..He put the best top of the line sound systems in NEWYORK CITY !!! CLUB ... very long list ..... clear crisp real sound not mickey mouse shit you can hear every instrument that would come out of those speakers amp eqs dj booth all his RICHARD LONG "TOUCH"got damm... say no more ..

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    I like the Mackie monitors and you dont need an amp for it, its built in and theiy are studio monitors, they also have a really nice punch. Other then that for Dj equipments i'll have to agree with xruntime.

    Pioneer CD Players and Technics Turntables...forget about Technics CD Players
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