Adventures in mixing 🙂



Technics music blur…

the wheels of steel spin and the camera clicks. I think I need to spend more time actually mixing rather than taking pictures of the equipment!


Scratch school 1…

Ok, i’m intent on mastering scratching now that I own the best turntables ever created by the hand of humans (SL1210 mk2’s). The Boomerang scratch…

I can do the basic baby scratches etc but need to get some proper techniques down and be able to combine them all effectively.

So far, swirls, chirps, the Boomerang and the Joe Cooley scratch!


Decks setup…

Very exciting developments for my future career as a superstar DJ…

The living room is nearly done so I finally started to setup all the mixing equipment and build the table for it. We had ordered a standard piece of wooden worktop from Ikea and 4 white metal legs and I cut the worktop to the right size and screwed on the legs.

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Lots of consideration went into the table size and it’s worked out that there will be 1.5cms of space on each side of the table, to the edge of the recently built coat storage area in the hallway. The idea there is to build a protective cover for the equipment for when they’re not being used, which will have two sides and a front, which can be slid over the whole table. It will also mean less visual clutter. This will be 1 cm thick, which will take the total width up to the sides of the hallway cupboard sides.

So, I cut the worktop with the new Bosch jigsaw (which is awesome), then fixed the legs on, after a cycle to B&Q to get a new pilot hole drill bit, after a couple of the screws broke!

I also screwed off the plastic covers from the sides of each turntable, which meant I gained an extra 4 cms width. The covers now don’t have the hinges on but I won’t be using these when the full table cover has been built. The mixer and decks all line up and are almost exactly the same heights. It looks awesome and a lot less visually intrusive than I thought it would be.

I’ve still got to get the records out from the old bathroom and into the boxes, which will all go under the table. There was a whole palava about the amplifier and where that would go, how much space it would take up etc etc. It turns out, the speakers i’ve bought are self-powered and don’t even need an amp! Brilliant. So, now there is no need to use my amp and therefore it won’t take up any space under the table (or on it). One less thing to hook up. The only thing was the connection between the speakers and the mixer – I didn’t have the right cables as my old setup had cables designed to go into the amp from un-powered speakers. Not a problem as we’ve just ordered two cables from tinternet which should be here on Wednesday.


The Technics arrive…!

So, i’ve waited 13 years for this day…

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Maybe the best vinyl turntables ever made. The industry standard for the last 20 years: Technics SL1210 MK2.

Claire told me they had arrived around lunchtime, while I was at work – I was seriously tempted to just do a half day. I got a bit worried when she said the delivery guy had rolled them into the hallway, but then she said ‘gently’!

I’ve had a quick look inside and read through the instructions, but i’m waiting till the table for them is delivered and we’ve finished the skirting behind the table before it’s setup. It’ll be a good incentive to get the living room decorating done.

I’m also going to build an MDF case for the whole table, which can slide over the whole lot, to protect the equipment and provide a surface for a nature display. This will also cut down on the visual clutter.


Technics reborn…!

I’ve just fulfilled a ‘dream’ and purchased a set of Technics decks – SL1210 MK2’s to be precise!

Ok, so what about simplicity, minimalism and living a more basic life? Since Panasonic confirmed that they were no longer producing their Technics range of turntables, it really focussed my mind on what I should do. Since I started university in 1998, i’ve owned decks, mixer and stereo and this combination (as well as hundreds of records!) was a big part of my life during uni and beyond. The thing that has stayed with me through the years has been the desire to use the best decks that have ever been produced – the SL1210 MK2.

These were first produced by Panasonic in 1990, and instantly became the industry standard. 21 years later this is still the case. The original SL1200 was released in 1978, so there is 1 more year of history than I have been alive!

All the clubs I went to had them. All the DJ’s I knew who were living the DJ life had them. Total beginners who were just obsessed with music and DJing had them. It was the goal of anyone into DJing. The direct drive start-up DJ kit which i’d bought was fine, but every time I played out in public to large and small audiences, it was on the 1210’s. Because I didn’t own these, I was never comfortable using them, as each deck type is different and my cheaper variety were far more responsive and didn’t hold time as well.

So, it’s basically the last chance to own a pair of new technics, so there is a critical time element involved which can’t really be ignored, or put off for the future. Also given the debt snowballing situation we’re in (see previous post on this), it means the cost of the decks will be paid off within under 3 months.

The mixers were also always far more complicated than my ‘entry level’ version, which meant I spent all my time trying to quickly learn how to use each different mixer, while also selecting records and responding to what was going on where I was DJing! I’m seriously considering the Behringer Pro DJ Mixer DDMS4000 as the replacement version.

A good review of the DDM4000 here.

So, the chance to own and master the best possible equipment was a dream which is now finally possible – it’s just the mastering bit which i’ll have to work on! The new equipment will basically replace the old setup, but i’m considering using the old equipment for the boys to practice with. I could just swap over the needles and cartridges each time though, so we could all use the new gear.

The new decks have fold down clear case tops, which protect the decks and i’ll also get a full table dust cover. I also need to find sturdy wooden record boxes with lids. I cannot wait for them to arrive – i’ll be like a kid at Christmas!


R.I.P. Technics…

Well, the unthinkable has happened…

Panasonic have announced they are stopping production of the world’s most famous DJ turntable brand – Technics!

‘Technics… the farewell

After a year of constant rumours, Panasonic, the company that owns Technics has confirmed that the legendary turntable range has been discontinued. The Technics SL1200 first appeared in 1978 and has undergone minor changes in its 32 year lifespan. It was an integral and important part of many DJ set-ups and still has a huge legion of turntablists that swear by them. Since its launch, more than 3 million units have been sold and it is widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable turntables ever produced.

It has been an honour at to have sold the Technics brand and we will miss seeing the boxes in our warehouse and showroom.’

Bloody hell. This is an historic event (if you’re into DJing) and this will seriously focus my mind on one of my dreams.