Back in the 80s, one of the more popular clubs in Singapore at the Hyatt Hotel was the Chinoiserie. People came from far and wide to see and be seen. I could never be bothered with being seen in a club but what I was interested in was the speakers they were using. They flew 4 of these JBL 4612b cabinets on the ceiling and had two base bins to deal with the bass. These JBL speakers sounded sweet and they tuned the place very well. You have got to hand it to the JBL speakers of old. They really knew how to make great product. Till today, I still wax lyrical about these speakers. These speakers were the yardstick, club-wise, by which all others were judged.
My Hercules MIDI controller is going along just fine. As a matter of fact, I have put it through the club circuit a few times already and it performed very nicely. But if that Hercules controller decides to go, I am looking at this baby above here by Vestax. Its a little bigger than my current Hercules controller but it is able to offer more. One of the things it is able to offer is integration with Traktor and it even comes with a copy of Virtual DJ, something I am quite familiar with. Some of the features that come with it are:
- Ergonomic 4 channel layout
- Transport buttons with maximum 3 banks of mapping
- Instant Deck select
- Highly responsive stress free soft touch buttons
- Optimized control knob layout
- Milled large aluminium filter knobs
- Premium full-bit sound quality generated by a low latency high resolution 24bit/48kHz soundcard
- Dual core digital processor
- Bundled with Virtual DJ LE
- Software overlays included for default midi assigns
So as you can see, it looks pretty good. Price-wise, Vestax has never been inexpensive but the quality is there. I have this on my radar for now but given the fast-paced DJ world out there, it will only be a matter of time before something else comes out that will trump this. But I have always liked Vestax and this controller is no exception
I have had this hard drive for more than 5 years as a backup drive and it is still chugging along happily. Samsung make some great hard drives and that is why I almost had a heart attack when I heard that they sold their hard drive division to Seagate. Seagate hard drives are shit. Every single Seagate hard drive I have had in my life has failed me…some less than a year. All my Samsung hard drives? Well, all I can say that this one is one prime example of how hardy they are. This hard drive has less than 10Gb of space left after all my MP3s and data are stored on it. I have another 250Gb Samsung. Looks like I will be using that as a dump drive from now on. Thanks Samsung.
I bought this mixer in 2003, making it almost 8 years old this year. I got it for a pretty good price too. One thing I have always liked about Tascam is the fact that their products are great-sounding and work very well, and this mixer is no exception. The only issue I have with this mixer is the external power supply that is like a brick. It needs to be fixed to my flight-case to prevent it from moving all over the place. But other than that bugbear, a good solid mixer this is. An overview of the mixer from Tascam’s website states:
The X-17 adds a three-bank, pitch-controllable sampler that stores and recalls sample files with an innovative onboard front-panel Compact Flash card slot. Additionally, the X-17 offers other professional features like front-panel aux input and output jacks with individual level controls, crossfader reverse controls, an effects send/return interface and more. Also, the X-17’s flexible design allows for its four channels to source from four switchable phono/line inputs as well as four dedicated line inputs, making it an excellent choice for both mobile DJing as well as club DJ work.
I know I am happy with mine.
Somewhere in 1986, I had a deal to purchase some hi-fi equipment that was too good to resist. Thrown into the fray was this Akai open-reel tape deck. I finally managed to get a picture of it from this website here. All I can say is that this tape-deck came in very handy for recording my DJ mixes and then hooking up a couple of cassette decks, I managed to record my DJ mixes on it. People used to comment on how clean-sounding my mixes were…audio-wise. Thanks in no small part to this Akai tape deck. Technology has now improved the recording techniques by leaps and bounds. Now, all my recording is done on a computer and I can clean it up if I want to. But back then, this was the best option and I am glad I had access to that option. Thanks Akai for making these great tape decks!