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IceBurghDJ

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From a thread about what mix bought, I already expect to kicked and spat upon....but here goes.

I've been using my current controller for 7 or 8 years no, zero issues, but it's time to update/upgrade it. It's a Numark IDJ3 - click so you don't have to google. Please, feel free to laugh if you want.

I do weddings, school dances and misc parties, i don't scratch or use effects, etc. I like the ability to use real buttons/sliders over a mouse. I also have a mixer for the mics, second computer, phone or whatever else needs an input (or output). Running it off USB has never been a problem. I use VDJ.

Research shows me i want a denon MC4000..but they quit making them and not sure i want to go used off ebay or something. And they're asking about what a new option would be.


considering - Numark Mixtrack Platinum (4 decks is just a plus, the digital readout is cool looking, had success with numark products)
Roland DJ 202 or pioneer DDJ400

Open to other ideas, but trying to stay under $300. Gonna add more uplights and more lighting, and i'm not printing money anymore since that treasury agent paid me a visit.

What benefit, for what use it for, would something twice the price give me?
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I can tell you what spending $600 instead of $300 will give you if you carefully select the right controller. You will at least have 2 inputs that you can use to connect speakers to the controller and if you choose the right one a line for a mic or 2. Thus not having to use a mixing board to hook up to so things will work. I wouldn't laugh at what you're using now. If it works for you fine. The 6000 I use has lines you can use if you want to add more stuff to the controller to use. Actually I bought the Alto Stealth system so if I need to I can go wireless using active speakers. That's for when it's better to use that instead of running wires.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I went to the website KPODJ and found these 3. Been dealing with them for many years. All I do is call them and tell them my last name and they know me. Great people and if you sign up for VIP you get super discounted prices. Here are the 3. Numark Mixstream Pro VIP price $628.44. Reseal is $613. Next Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 for $640.94 and lastly Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 for $744.82. All those prices are tax included. What I'm saying is anything under $300 you might as well stick with what you already have. Yes I know those 3 are out of your price range but I promise you if you buy either one of these you won't regret it and you will see the big difference between what you have now and those 3.
 

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I went to the website KPODJ and found these 3. Been dealing with them for many years. All I do is call them and tell them my last name and they know me. Great people and if you sign up for VIP you get super discounted prices. Here are the 3. Numark Mixstream Pro VIP price $628.44. Reseal is $613. Next Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 for $640.94 and lastly Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 for $744.82. All those prices are tax included. What I'm saying is anything under $300 you might as well stick with what you already have. Yes I know those 3 are out of your price range but I promise you if you buy either one of these you won't regret it and you will see the big difference between what you have now and those 3.
Please note this advice is given by someone who generally try’s to find a the absolute cheapest way to do something when actually buys something
 

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Please note this advice is given by someone who generally try’s to find a the absolute cheapest way to do something when actually buys something
Was what I posted good sound advice. I used Google and checked pictures thoroughly. Those controllers have hookups to connect speakers and input for at least 1 mic
Please note this advice is given by someone who generally try’s to find a the absolute cheapest way to do something when actually buys something
Simple question for you. Did I point him in the right direction? I picked out those controller because it would cut out him needing to use a mixing board. With those controllers he can connect speakers and at least 1 mic without having to use a mixing board. They are made by reliable companies and are very well made. Also they are not either a $900 or 1k controller that he most likely won't buy since he was asking about a controller for under $300.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I checked out videos on that controller and for a beginner controller that is a very nice unit for $300. My one thing I wanted to know is how the input for the headphone section is? Is it loud enough? I ask this question because my partner bought a Pioneer SB3 and I hate it! The volume knob for the headphone SUCKS! You barely get to hear what you're setting up for the next song you're going to play and you have only one input to plug the headphones into. It doesn't accept 1/4". I guess you can buy an adapter to use for that if you like. I like that this controller has both for the headphone input. I wish all controllers had that feature because in case if you loose the piece that turns headphones into 1/4" and the controller only takes 1/4" you're in trouble. Please let us know what you think of it when you get it and get to use it.
 
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That what I'm doing wrong??
Yep. Haha. It’s amazing the advice Macho gives, when he needs his partner to setup his gear. I’ve been waiting for years for him to explain what exactly the “little knobs” as he calls them on the back of his ls801’s are for. It’s been radio silence as far as an answer from him.
 

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That what I'm doing wrong??
While we're pointing things out, headphones are an output .. not an input. Make sure you're not hooking this up incorrectly as well. That said, technically speaking, you could hook the headphones to an input in an emergency. Never confuse your in's that are out's with your out's that are in's. That is a recipe for trouble.
 

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Outputs to inputs?? Have had quests over the years ask if they may plug their phone into my head phone jack to play music . Thought about trying to see what blows up first.?:djsleeping:
Being a DJ , it would be helpful to understand the audio chain. I'm from the old school, unity gain no over modulation.
I use a contact cleaner on all my jacks, cables & cross faders every couple of years which does make for cleaner sound.
 

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Outputs to inputs?? Have had quests over the years ask if they may plug their phone into my head phone jack to play music . Thought about trying to see what blows up first.?:djsleeping:
Being a DJ , it would be helpful to understand the audio chain. I'm from the old school, unity gain no over modulation.
I use a contact cleaner on all my jacks, cables & cross faders every couple of years which does make for cleaner sound.
First, we're going to have to take you WAAAAAAAAAAAAY back

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I ask this question because my partner bought a Pioneer SB3 and I hate it! The volume knob for the headphone SUCKS! You barely get to hear what you're setting up for the next song you're going to play and you have only one input to plug the headphones into.
1). If he's plugging the Pioneer into a USB port that has power-saving enabled, the headphone output is reduced by 15%. It's in the manual.
2). It might also be your headphones.
3). It might also be your hearing.
4). Things like this aren't worth the time to explain to you, so I'm done.
 

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1). If he's plugging the Pioneer into a USB port that has power-saving enabled, the headphone output is reduced by 15%. It's in the manual.
2). It might also be your headphones.
3). It might also be your hearing.
4). Things like this aren't worth the time to explain to you, so I'm done.
No it's not the headphones I used. They are fine. When I use my controller no issues with it being not loud enough. He use ear buds with that controller so he can hear better instead of using headphones. Anyway he bought it. I wouldn't even looked at buying it.
 

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I'm still new to dj'ing, and I went with an SB2, which I know is over your budget, but I'm super happy with it. I know, that's of no help to you.

However, if you decide you want to go the ddj400 route, I have one that I only used maybe 5 times in my living room. I have a case for it as well. If you are interested, please feel free to msg me directly and I can get you pictures, video, price, etc... I'll make you a good deal. I don't use it and would love to see someone get some use out of it. Best of luck.