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12oz DJs

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by mr.yuck, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    Hello. This is some basic questions regarding getting started and what not, for those that are 12 inch prophets here. That was pretty clever huh?

    anyway. Im tired of all of these played out wanker mixes that people put out and want to make my own shit. Its something i have been wanting to get started on and do for a while but have never been able to make time for until now.

    So just some basic questions. How did you go about getting started? Was it mostly trial and error or did you have some one to school you? Does any one buy vinyl online and what are some pretty reliable places to buy from.

    Any kind of tips or anything such as quality equipment and what ever you have to offer me would be helpful. Thanks.
  2. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,866 Likes Received: 27
  3. sect one

    sect one Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 9, 2001 Messages: 3,802 Likes Received: 0
    I have been out of the scene for a whillle but I'm sure not too much has changed....I'm assuming you are going to mix using turntables so... I learned through the internet but of course person to person instruction would be much easier...I'm sure there is some video you can buy but it mostly is trial and error...with any insturment it takes practice practice practice....soon you develop an "ear" for it and mixing becomes easierrrrr..what type of music are you looking to mix? Buying vinyl online isn't a great idea unless you are SURE of what you're looking for.

    ok listen closely....save up for Technics 1200's ...no matter what anyone tells you these are THE best turntables...they have been the best selling for 20+ years for a reason....most people go for looks or think one turntable does not differ from another when starting but I guarantee you these will last you your whole career.....if you do make the mistake of buying other turntables you'll later realize, and purchase 1200's ....so save yourself and make the good investment of purchasing them....

    the mixer you choose to buy depends on the type of music you plan on mixing

    shure m447's nuffffff said

    it gets a lot more expensive than you think so be ready to drop a dime and good luck
  4. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    YEah im gonna be doing rap music only. or at least for right now. I have a good idea that this is gonna cost me and that is one of the reasons that this has taken me a while to even think about.

    Thanks for the links im about to check them out.
  5. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    I tried my hand at DnB for a couple of years and it's expensive indeed. Each single costs about 10 bucks and after selling off half my CD collection to finance this I realized that DnB is pretty fucking boring to listen to in bulk.

    Basically, practice, Technics (about 300 a table, they are expensive also), good Shure needles because the grip they have is awesome, and a good ear for beatmatching and keeping a flow. And teach yourself how to scratch, especially if you're going to be playing rap. Nothing is more boring than listening to a rap DJ who doesn't scratch. Buy a couple of battle records and go nuts on em.

    And when you go record shopping, don't do it on the internet. Go to an independent store where they have tables set up for you to listen to the records before you buy them. Try to bob your head so it looks like you know what you're doing.
  6. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Also, if you really are going to teach yourself how to scratch, make sure you buy a mixer that has a loose fader without any resistance at all.

    If you're just starting and you're not really sure or on a budget then you can get DJ kits for like 100 bucks that come with a corny ass mixer and some ghetto tables. They suck for any sort of beat juggling or scratching but if you're just playing tracks in sequence then it's a cheap way to get a feel for it, and you can practice while you save up for the big boys. Just don't think about playing any gigs with em.
  7. lovestick

    lovestick Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 4, 2002 Messages: 189 Likes Received: 1
    Buy 20-25 records you absolutely love first and go from there. Having the music you want to play first is more important than gear.
  8. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    when I first started I went to a local used music gear store and bought tables and a mixer they had there just to try it out and see if I liked it. I taught myself a few things then slowly started to upgrade my equipment. I figured as I upgraded I could sell off my old stuff to help pay for the new shit. Plus there wo7uld be nothing worse than dropping a grand on all this great equipment then a month after buying it deciding that spinning records just isn't the thing for you.

    zack wikka wikka wikka morris
  9. __ __ __ __

    __ __ __ __ Elite Member

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 3,907 Likes Received: 92
    i didnt read everyones posr, but just BUY TECHNICS!!!! save and buy them. dont buy ANY dj kits... they are a waste of money.. shit, even buy a basice dj instructional video, yes they are corney, but you learn the basic stuff from them. buy a decent mixer. spend about $200-300 for the mixer. i know it MIGHT ssem expensive, but i bought a Vestax PMC-07 mixer($550 @ the time) and i still love it, it has some cool options. so heres a list...

    (2) Technics 12000s
    (1) descent mixer
    (1) pair of Stanton craze scratch needles(upgrade later after you get better)
    (1) kind of learning video(this will help you get started with mixing/cutting)
    (1) Love for the music you are going to play.

    * oh and a side note,if you got the money, buy records weekly or bi-weekly. you can NEVER have enough records.

    but i stress that you buy the TEchnics.. everyone i have ever known that spun said "man i should have just waited for the money to get technics"
    they try and sell their crappy tables and dont even get half of what they payed for.. its really a waste of time. good luck and as far as shopping online, i go to FATBEATS.COM thats a hip-hop record store..and they carry some old School. you should check your local phone book as well for shops around your area.thats my 2 cents. PEACE.

    i just read what Zack Morris said, and i say buy your tables from Guitarcenter.com... you have 30 days to return, even if its past you could always put your setup for sale on EBAY.. they easily go for top dollar.real talk.
  10. Sarah Tonin

    Sarah Tonin Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 20, 2002 Messages: 1,946 Likes Received: 1
    if you wanna get into spinnin hiphop i suggest buying vinyl from those 3 sites listed. and if you're still where im at,and you wanna purchase offline, DJ's Record Store on lafeyette is huge and loaded with tons of vinyl, and Relative Theory on granby for that underground ish.

    are you thinking about becoming a mobile dj or just to making random mixtapes and such? come up with any names to call yourself?
  11. __ __ __ __

    __ __ __ __ Elite Member

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  12. Ferris Bueller

    Ferris Bueller Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 25, 2000 Messages: 4,246 Likes Received: 71
  13. TRAMP

    TRAMP Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2001 Messages: 594 Likes Received: 0
  14. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    i have to promote sqratchattack.. zorlon is a good guy it and will more than likely hit you off w/ some free shit
  15. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    oh.. and for needles.... you don't really need anything better than stanton 500s until you really start getting into really technical stuff.. they def. have the most bang for the buck