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DJing from a Laptop

Ellon
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Posted : Apr 6, 2010 13:49:15
Hey there,

Well, i got a gig where i will be using a laptop + tracktor just because they dont have cdj (only vinyl and mixing console). This is not my first time djing from the laptop but this time i need to setup everything by myself...besides the laptop, tracktor and a RCA cable what do i need to plug the laptop to the mixing console and play?

Thanks for the help           
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psy-junky
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Posted : Apr 7, 2010 12:08
maybe a sound interface if you want to use the eq controls on the external mixer separately for each channel.           "Whoever said the best things in life are free... obviously grew their own bud"
Ellon
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Posted : Apr 7, 2010 21:38
It will not happen as i only have my internal PCI(In the home PC studio)...no other way to use the controls of the external mixer??? I guess not....

          
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Dennis the menace
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Posted : Apr 7, 2010 21:58
If you split the output from the laptop into 2 mono channels and use 2 Y-cables to split it again you could use the external mixer, but i would not recommend it.
GyPsynate
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Posted : Apr 7, 2010 23:11
You should get a good sound card for quality sound but you could just something like this:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/576974-REG/Ikey_Audio_ICONNEX_iConnex_Portable_USB_Sound.html

There are lots of these small things for laptops that let you use 2 outputs for djing.
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Ellon
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Posted : Apr 8, 2010 12:28
Quote:

On 2010-04-07 23:11, GyPsynate wrote:
You should get a good sound card for quality sound but you could just something like this:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/576974-REG/Ikey_Audio_ICONNEX_iConnex_Portable_USB_Sound.html

There are lots of these small things for laptops that let you use 2 outputs for djing.




That looks like a nice option...Djing is only a "part-time" thing in my musical activity and i dont want to spend alot of money in it....unfortunately i only have one soundcard and it's internal!!!!

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daio


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Posted : May 26, 2010 18:53
anybody knows what makes a laptop reliable for sets?
i mean...by having a little experience whith various laptops and tracktor
i've seen that many of them have some little crushes hear and there...you know this annoying sound of like jumping the beat!
any one knows what cause this?
is it memory?cpu?soundcard?
if anybody would be helpful cause i m up to purchase one!
DingBat


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Posted : May 26, 2010 19:20
Disable all internet connections, Disable all virus protection software, set video performance to adjust for best performance, Disable all auto updates in windows as well as other software that may auto update... Also go into performance options/ advance tab/ check background services... Finally run msconfig and shut down any software that is not mission critical on startup. I've been running traktor from Ver. 1 (now Traktor Pro)and have found these changes to dramatically increase stability..

Hope this helps!
daio


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Posted : May 26, 2010 20:38
^helps for sure man!thnx a lot!gonna try...
smehoparanoya
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Posted : May 28, 2010 16:51
One note on playing from laptops, in some situations you have a problem of low freq noise hum coming out of the sound system as soon as you plug-in your laptop. This is caused by a ground loop. If you experience this, you might need to lift the ground on either the plug or the audio cables. I get it all the time here in Canada as the laptop PSU uses 3 pins with ground, even with my M-audio Audiophile external audio card. Easy to fix, but a real pain when you are unaware and have to play a gig           Monitoring devices, know where you go
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Basilisk
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Posted : May 30, 2010 23:14
Quote:

On 2010-05-26 18:53, daio wrote:
anybody knows what makes a laptop reliable for sets?
i mean...by having a little experience whith various laptops and tracktor
i've seen that many of them have some little crushes hear and there...you know this annoying sound of like jumping the beat!
any one knows what cause this?
is it memory?cpu?soundcard?
if anybody would be helpful cause i m up to purchase one!



This sounds like one of two things. Either the audio latency is too low, the DJ is using the low-quality time stretching algorithm, or the tracks are being stretched too far in the wrong direction with key lock on. Cure the first by increasing the latency, cure the second by switching to the high-quality algorithm (if you have sufficient CPU/memory for it), and cure the third by mixing within ~2 BPM with an emphasis on pitching up instead of down. That last bit might sound a bit confusing but it has to do with the way time stretching works: when you pitch up with key lock on some of the signal is removed... but when you pitch down the signal needs to synthesize something to fit in the gaps--and that's where you most commonly hear little jumps and skips when everything else about the setup is fine.
daio


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Posted : May 31, 2010 17:18
yes have tried some but some laptops have problems even with medium latency!gonna check about algorhythm quality though...
as for key lock even cdjs have problems whith it!
(don't know about models over 400).
but is this problem caused by the software?
Basilisk
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Posted : Jun 3, 2010 21:49
Yeah, you might need a proper sound card--the on-board chips found in most laptops might not be sufficient.

And no, it is the algorithm and not the software specifically--CD decks and other utilities that offer key locking have the same issue... depending, of course, on the quality of the algorithm used. Some of the higher end Pioneer decks have great key locking.
daio


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Posted : Jun 4, 2010 19:13
Quote:

On 2010-06-03 21:49, Basilisk wrote:
Yeah, you might need a proper sound card--the on-board chips found in most laptops might not be sufficient.




any recomendations for good quality timecode interface?
Dennis the menace
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Posted : Jun 4, 2010 23:28
Native Instruments, im running my TS pro at 2.5 ms latency
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