How To Be Your Own DJ

The night is young. You are in control of the music performance on your child's 3 year old birthday party. scratching, freestyle, cutting and mixing. Your only job, is to keep the dance floor packed and the crowd happy. Whether you are a pro or amateur, we will show you the tools to make you the next Dad (or mom!) Oakenfold.

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The CDJ-1000MK3 by Pioneer, can play all your MP3s; CBR or VBR at any bitrate from CD-R or CD-RW. The CDJ-1000MK3's 7-inch jogdial has been improved to offer DJs another world's first - the ability to quickly and easily alter the resistance of the jog wheel, which benefits from a new metallic ‘non-slip’ finish. The Jog Dial Display is now brighter and has been brought closer to the surface of the Jog for better viewing angles. The center display also features 45-degree markers for added visual cueing assistance. Also, the system memorizes up to 3 cue points per CD. These points can then be recalled by hitting either of the A, B or C buttons. This function can also be used like a mini sampler for vocals, stabs, or breaks, adding that touch of creativity to any DJ set. The MK3 now allows loops to be stored to Hot Cues.

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Numark HDMIX
The HDMIX gives you everything you need to DJ anywhere. Just add a pair of powered speakers or patch into the house PA, and HDMIX puts everything at your fingertips in a single, rugged console. Built around Numark's expertise in designing and manufacturing the world's best DJ mixers, HDMIX has all of the features a professional DJ needs to command their entire performances. But HDMIX isn't simply a DJ mixer: it's also a CD player and hard drive media player with standard controls. It's also an iPod and USB-device mixing station. It's a powerhouse performance tool that plays MP3 and other digital files from a wide variety of sources.

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Psychic Factory came out with this concept that I find very appealing, even for the modern amateur DJ like ourselves. Can you imagine mixing and scratching from the couch while streaming the tunes to your wireless speakers system? We can.

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