So This is my setup
1x Technics SL1200
1x Technics SL1210 turntables
Gemini PS 626 EXF mixer
Serato scratch live (SL3)
Macbook white Unibody
Sony MRDV900HD headphones
The serato software and hardware is a digital solution for DJs - it is the main component of my setup; without that i could not play anything. there are many DJs who will argue about digital vs real vinyl but in my opinion the difference in sound quality is negligible for any MP3 audio files of 320 kbps
this is a screenshot of serato in use
The red arrow points to the record button, this is all i have to do to record my mixes, other than ensure that the volume levels are adequate to allow a high quality playback, this record button records at 2304kbps which in theory is better than CD quality, but remember that the initial MP3s used to create the mix are only at 320 kbps. what i therefore do is save the recording and use itunes to convert to 320kbps MP3, which is what you will hear if you download any of my Soundcloud mixes.
that is all there is to recording my mixes.
There are many digital solutions out there like traktor, virtual DJ and serato, i chose serato because its classed as the industry standard. It did cost £520 but if you are serious about Djing then it is a good investment that never loses its value.
Equally important is the Macbook.
Serato does run on both Windows and OSX but after doing much research i found that OSX tended to be the most stable with the SL3 device. The previous version of Scratch Live was called SL1 and it ran brilliant in both platforms. there is also just something cool about seeing a glowing apple logo in a DJ booth.
Traktor is also good but is less widely used and doesnt have as nicely laid out a GUI as serato does. Virtual DJ is also used sometimes but this is more entry level than professional.
I will be making an upbeat mix for one commenter as he said that he likes to listen to this type of music while he jogs. keep this blog in your bookmarks and rss and you'll never miss a beat.