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KLH
03-04-2012, 02:05 PM
That's right, if you have a four-deck controller, I'm calling on you! That's all the S4s, NS6, 4Set, 4-Mx, MixDeck Quad, N4, Xone: DX, and 4TRAK -toting mofos on DJF.

How many of you usually mix 3 or 4 decks at a time??? If you do, post up a mix in the thread too!

We want to hear these block-rocking megamixes!

BRING IT!

-KLH

DJNR
03-04-2012, 02:20 PM
I bought an S4 because not only did I love Traktor, but because I thought I would also love mixing four decks. After playing around with it, I decided that 4 decks was a little much because of the way the S4 handles them, and because I think I would rather have 4 tangible decks rather than the switch feature that the S4 has.

Defiance
03-04-2012, 03:16 PM
I occasionally mix 3 on the NS6, the only thing that makes it difficult is the lack of a 3rd hand lol certain things should happen simultaneously and when they are "layered" on the same side it doesn't come out right.

Ellissentials
03-04-2012, 04:11 PM
VCI-100SE ..and I use 3-4 decks most of the time. :tup:

Pain in the arse tho... would love 4 channels and 4 independent jog wheels :(

DJNR
03-04-2012, 04:15 PM
VCI-100SE ..and I use 3-4 decks most of the time. :tup:

Pain in the arse tho... would love 4 channels and 4 independent jog wheels :(

That's my only gripe about the S4: Only two jog wheels.

KLH
03-04-2012, 05:44 PM
Pain in the arse tho... would love 4 channels and 4 independent jog wheels :(
I must admit that that's what holds me back from doing 3-4 tracks exclusively. The layering throws me off...

-KLH

Defiance
03-04-2012, 08:20 PM
The layering on the NS6 is pretty good, one button and it switches everything between white/red, compared to my VMS4 that was two buttons and you couldnt glance at it and tell which layer you were on.

But I believe those modular Behringers or V7s would be great if you wanted 4 jog wheels.

Cryder
03-04-2012, 09:52 PM
I can handle 4 deck swapping on a 2 jog controller only If I'm paying very close attention to what I'm doing. If something manages to distract me, forget about it.

deejayjsin
03-05-2012, 01:42 AM
I've tried to use all 4 decks on my S4, but I haven't quite mastered it yet...I usually just use decks 3/4 as sample decks.

l0ckd0wn
03-05-2012, 02:27 AM
I normally mix 2 channels, but I will use 3 on occasion and 4 rarely, so I didn't vote. I also just recently started using the Denon MC 6000 and was using a 4 channel mixer before.

MeowMix
03-05-2012, 11:04 AM
I normally mix 2 channels, but I will use 3 on occasion and 4 rarely, so I didn't vote. I also just recently started using the Denon MC 6000 and was using a 4 channel mixer before.

what ^he said

uncut69
03-05-2012, 01:35 PM
i use 3 decks often, 4 sounds too jumbled especially with dubstep

mostapha
03-05-2012, 05:58 PM
Used 3 with Traktor Pro, though the 3rd deck went from being a track deck -> sample decks -> Maschine. I tried 4 decks for about a week after I got my X1s and hated it. I was essentially spinning with 3 decks and rotating which one got ignored. I also used 3 when I had 3 technics, though they overlapped a lot less then and it was a lot closer to spinning with 2 and rotating which one got ignored.

Now, I'm on 2 because of voluntary equipment limitations, but I'm working on sensibly re-incorporating Maschine as a 3rd.

For me, I think 3 is the perfect number. Even if I'm just playing off iPods at a random "lets get drunk in the kitchen" night, I think best with 3 for some reason.

moyo wilde
03-05-2012, 09:40 PM
what genres are you guys mixing?

drzinc
03-05-2012, 09:51 PM
I use three to four decks I have even used six on occasion....

TooHypE
03-06-2012, 11:26 AM
I normally mix 2 channels, but I will use 3 on occasion and 4 rarely, so I didn't vote. I also just recently started using the Denon MC 6000 and was using a 4 channel mixer before.

Same here I didn't vote, have 2 cdj-400's thou sometimes I go wit my crew other cdj-400's using my SL4. I have too justify saying i personally think just 3 controller's is sufficient for layering IMO. Especially when you have other sources for layering such as (The Bridge) in Ableton Live/etc...

TooHypE
03-06-2012, 11:33 AM
what genres are you guys mixing?

for me as example.

Combination of A/1(Classic House/Freestyle/Chicago House/etc) & then with B/2 (Electro/Techno/Hip Hop/etc) and 3rd controller for either Acapellas/Samples/Loops/etc

TheBoggler
03-06-2012, 02:53 PM
I actually use deck C as a place for samples [though I don't use the S4 sample feature, I have sample tracks I'll throw on there, and cue them with my midifighter], and I pretty much ritually throw a track with straight white noise on deck D to use for buildups/sidechan type effects. So, I'm not really mixing 4 tracks, but I use all four decks.

Sixfour
03-06-2012, 10:22 PM
3 deck dnb dj here
http://www.mixcloud.com/sixfourmusic/february-dnb-promo/

DJAkash
03-08-2012, 04:48 AM
I can do 4 channels pretty well, one trick to it for the NS6 users out there, click the headphone cue button on the channel you are trying to manipulate(causes that deck to be selected for mixing), it will save you precious seconds to perform the function instead of playing with the volume or gain.