Your first mixer?

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Did you mix with this?

  • Yup. It was my first DJ mixer

    Votes: 3 33.3%
  • Yup, but it was not my first mixer

    Votes: 4 44.4%
  • Yup, and I still use it

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nope. Must have been before my time.

    Votes: 2 22.2%
  • Nope. You know they had better mixers back then

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nope. Not even sure how it would connect with Serato.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    9

DJ Bobcat

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Nov 8, 2014
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I still have my Radio Shack mixer. I have no plans to use it, so I have no clue why I still have it, but I DO still have it.😂 I have a few more more modern mixers too, and I don’t know why I have more than one. CRAZINESS!
 
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sawdust123

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Technically, this wasn't my first DJ mixer. I worked at a radio station for years before I did parties. So my first mixer was really a broadcast mixer with the big round knobs. No crossfader. The turntables were huge cabinet models but man they started fast. We could make playlists with cart machines and pre-program the cue points (recording an audio sub-tone) but that was too much effort for your typical music show. It was used more for repeated items like news segments, PSAs, station IDs, etc.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Oct 16, 2011
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I can't remember the first DJ mixer I used because it was 81 when I first became a DJ. I remember buying a cheap mixer when I first came back. It worked. I don't remember the brand name. I remember someone was selling a Denon 500 mixer and I picked it up. The difference in the sound was night and day with that mixer compared to the previous one I had.
 

B-Sharp

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That was my second mixer. My first one was the $69 version that Radio Shack sold. I bought it with the prize money I got for winning first prize in the North Dartmouth Mall's Be-Bop Back To School Rap Contest in 1987.

I upgraded to the Radio Shack mixer shown in the main photo in college, then went through these:
  • Gemini PMX-2000
  • Gemini PS-727
  • Rane MM8z
  • Denon DN-X500
  • Denon MC6000
  • Pioneer DDJ-SX (currently using)
  • Pioneer DDJ-SZ (currently using)
I still have the Rane mixer set up with my turntables.
 

sawdust123

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My second mixer was a Gemini PMX-1000. The main reason I chose it over its contemporaries was that the manual contained the schematic. I later modified the circuit board to bypass the phono input stage so I had more line inputs.
 

sawdust123

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Man, I almost forgot about Lafayette or as we called them, "Laugh-a-lot." I grew up near their HQ and would go there often. I bought my first CB radio there and often went there for parts. My parents had some Lafayette stereo components. My brother and I would dive through their dumpster on occasion looking for things of potential value. Lafayette Dr still exists but there is now a Home Depot where Lafayette once stood.
 
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ittigger

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My second mixer was a Gemini PMX-1000. The main reason I chose it over its contemporaries was that the manual contained the schematic. I later modified the circuit board to bypass the phono input stage so I had more line inputs.
I think at one point, we had a Gemini PMX also. I remember a Numark too.
 
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djrox

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I owned 1 Gemni mixer in the early 90s, purchased as an emergency backup, and used it once, was sorley dissapointed and got rid of it. Replaced it with an Soundcraftsman MTX ### w reverb.
 

sawdust123

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I owned 1 Gemni mixer in the early 90s, purchased as an emergency backup, and used it once, was sorley dissapointed and got rid of it. Replaced it with an Soundcraftsman MTX ### w reverb.
The Gemini I had was extremely basic. At the time I got it, I had no plans to turn pro. I quickly ran out of inputs (even after converting the phono inputs into line inputs). I think I replaced it with a Numark and kept it as a backup. Years later I gave it to my buddy for him to use as a backup. By then I was selling audio test equipment and I decided to test the mixer before I parted with it. Its audio performance was quite respectable. It exceeded its noise and distortion specs and was actually better than some newer mixers I had tested.
 
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azdeejay

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My 2nd mixer was the ole Radio Shack special SSM 1750, like above I got when I had no desire or a thought about ever becoming a mobile DJ, I think this was mid naughts , I still have it, it still works, it collects dust. ( not the one I have, pic found from the web)
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Jeff Romard

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I believe the Realistic one Sawdust showed was the first I used but the first I owned was this bad boy :) It's still around here somewhere in the graveyard and still works

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Jeff Romard

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This was my first mixer( not the actual one)
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Those things were as tough as old get out I had a couple I bought because I needed a backup and didn't trust just one :) I forgot it on the roof of my car one day got about a mile down the road at 55 Mph it flew off. It dented the left hand corner and scraped it a bit but other than that it was fine