Rack Mountable DJ Controllers - end of an era?

steve149

Veni, Vidi, Lusi
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Sep 26, 2011
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Prospect, CT
I've been thinking about getting one of those 1U all in one units like that. I only take a few CD's that I pre mixed just for a back up, but a duel player and controller takes up 4U spaces so I may pull that out and go with something else someday.
I haven't made an audio CD in years. I carry multiple 2Gb external hard drives for my laptop and my iPad and iPhone (both carry needed music). I have a complete backup laptop kept in the car for bigger events .. otherwise I can get by with the tablet.
 

DJ Bobcat

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Nov 8, 2014
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Oklahoma City
I haven't made an audio CD in years. I carry multiple 2Gb external hard drives for my laptop and my iPad and iPhone (both carry needed music). I have a complete backup laptop kept in the car for bigger events .. otherwise I can get by with the tablet.
^^^^ Pretty much the same. I make several playlists for each event, and I make sure to have all the tracks from those playlists on my iPad Mini. Both of my systems have two computers, plus I have a laptop with a full copy of my library that I can pull out in an emergency. I don’t even carry any CD’s, so a CD player is useless for me.


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steve149

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Sep 26, 2011
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Prospect, CT
^^^^ Pretty much the same. I make several playlists for each event, and I make sure to have all the tracks from those playlists on my iPad Mini. Both of my systems have two computers, plus I have a laptop with a full copy of my library that I can pull out in an emergency. I don’t even carry any CD’s, so a CD player is useless for me.


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I got the Denon unit in case someone else had a CD. My newer laptops don't have a CD drive any more.
 
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oldschool

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I haven't made an audio CD in years. I carry multiple 2Gb external hard drives for my laptop and my iPad and iPhone (both carry needed music). I have a complete backup laptop kept in the car for bigger events .. otherwise I can get by with the tablet.

I have 3 main CD's that I made years ago. One rock/blues, one EDM and one country/oldies. There just there in case something happens and I just need some music coming out of the PA. I almost never use it, though I keep it Q'ed up just in case.
 

DJ Bobcat

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Nov 8, 2014
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I got the Denon unit in case someone else had a CD. My newer laptops don't have a CD drive any more.
I used to have rack mounted computers in both of my systems, and they all had DVD R/W’s... Never used them even once. Now, the AIO computer in my Small System has a built-in DVD drive, but neither of the Nano computers in my Large System have DVD players. So... I carry one of these in my Gig Bag...

... just in the very RARE case that someone will want me to play one. Now, most people want you to play something from their phone, so I have Bluetooth they can connect to for that.
 
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oldschool

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I used to have rack mounted computers in both of my systems, and the all had DVD R/W’s... Never used them even once. Now, the AIO computer in my Small System has a built-in DVD drive, but neither of the Nano computers in my Large System have DVD players. So... I carry one of these in my Gig Bag...

... just in the very RARE case that someone will want me to play one. Now, most people want you to play something from their phone, so I have Bluetooth they can connect to for that.
I need to upgrade and get with the program. I'm still using an old flip phone. lol
 
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