Recently Josh from B Kuhl Entertainment came in to the shop with his DJM-900SRT, 2 CDJ-2000NXS (Thanks for the business) and a newer Mac Book Pro. His audio files played fine but the visual feedback was choppy. We checked his activity monitor, and found Serato was using over 100% of the CPU. Because we have experienced problems with iTunes intergration into Serato in the past, we found success when we removed the cursor from the iTunes crate. We then went into Serato setup, choose the Libary + Display tab, we then unchecked the Show iTunes Libary box. This lead to the visual feedback playing back smoothly, even with 4 decks playing simultaneously.
Our in house Ableton Certified Trainer and adjunct professor at Madison Media Institute Wyatt Agard saw a tweet from DeadMau5 complaining about Ableton not having any way to deal with pan law (the fact that something is louder when in the center of the mix than when panned to one edge). So he decided to do something about it. Here’s his set of three effects racks to deal with the problem. Each works the same way: the first macro of the effect rack should now be used as your pan knob. 64 is center mix. As you pan, the rack will automatically boost volume as you move farther from the center. Depending on what console or program you are used to you would load the appropriate DB Pan Law Rack.
Download: Pan Law Racks
We go through the process of replacing these key components, step by step. Proper techniques and detailed close up views to guide you through the process.
Here’s a quick clip of our very own DJ Amos Smith demonstrating his Serato setup.
He uses the Vestax VCI-380 not as an Itch or Serato DJ controller, but as a mixer in conjunction with a Serato SL-1 box, the turntables, and Scratch Live. Check it out!
Here’s a brief clip showing how we grounded a Technics SL-1200 turntable externally through a 3-pin grounded power cable and a bit of soldering. This significantly lowered the amount of noise produced by the table, and resulted in overall superior audio quality.
Check it out:
We started DJing this with out any lighting at all, after a couple nights we decided to bring down a couple of Chauvet MinLaser’s and an Eclipse. We’ve since added various other kinds lighting to create a unique and highly successful evening.
Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 in Madison, WI. The Great Dane downtown in the beer garden.
DJ’s/Lighting Set-up: Mike Carlson, Nick Nice, and Rob Allegretti.
Lighting supplied by MC Audio
The lights used are all Chauvet:
Step by step process for replacing the RCA cables on a Technics SL1200.
Introduction to sending MIDI from Ableton to control DMX lighting via Chauvet’s ShowXpress software and the Xpress 512 USB to DMX interface.