My DJ mentor who has been at it for 15 years has talked me out of getting CDJs.
His exact words were "Buying CDJs right now is like buying a horseshoe factory in 1905."
He actually owns some himself, but he's selling them (only because he doesn't deejay much anymore.)
CDJs are so autmated now it is scary. I mean, it makes life a lot easier and really adds room for the deejay to add affects and really play with songs and mash them up. However, with how technology keeps advancing, it almost seems like everything but the improvised affects and stuff will soon be automated. You can just throw songs in a playlist, and some software will arrange them all harmonically and even mix them for you. That's my 2 cents, not his.
But he did say this: Vinyl will always be there. Plus, it's more fun and tactile.
So actually, even instead of getting vinyl, he said I should just stick to controllers for now. I currently use the Vestax VCI 300, which he said (but I disagree with) is arguably the best controller out there, however old it might be.
But being that controllers are probably the most bang for your buck, especially if you incoroporate Traktor, I am leaning towards moving to a new controller and using Traktor, at least for the time being. I want to save money for now, plus I don't want my CDJs to be a thing of the past in 3 years.
Now, my question is this -- how legit is it to walk into a gig and use a controller? I've always heard that industry standard is CDJ2000. So, if you walk into a reputable place, they will have CDJ2000's for you to use. But sometimes they dont, sometimes they have other equipment or the first deejay is using vinyl, et cetera.
I figure, if I have a nice compact controller, I can just walk up and plug into the mixer and be done with it. No need to worry about knowing all different types of equipment (CDJ, Vinyl, Serato, Traktor).
To me, controllers make the most sense. They offer some great capabilities at a fraction of the price. They just don't look as cool.
So, midi controller, or CDJ2000? And if CDJ, CDJ2000 or CDJ2000 Nexus?
That being said,