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Digital Versus Analog: DJ Turntables

21 JAN 2014
Career Path : DJ Training

In the digital age, DJs have a wealth of options, both digital and analog, when it comes to creating mixes, so which is better? Well, ultimately, depending on what kind of aesthetic you’re going for, it can depend.

Being new in the audio world and getting both feet firm with a niche in the music industry will introduce a wide array of decisions. One of those decisions for a DJ looking to build a legendary house-rocking persona is whether or not to choose analog over digital. Even professional pianists still debate on whether a digital board is better to that of a heavy and bulky acoustic apparatus.

Just remember, there are no hard rules with instruments and other audio equipment. Music is a form of expression, and no one can really gauge that sound you are looking for. It pays to have good quality equipment, but which is better in regards to analog or digital is based on your own objectives and resources. Being in DJ school means we need not cover certain details: you understand the technical and constructed differences of the two. That is how analog processes sound based on air pressure while digital inputs a set algorithm.

Turntables in whole have been manufactured since the 50s. There design and durability have been tested and proven thus far. Whatever the objective is with either equipment type, the goal can always be accomplished. The most challenging obstacle before a DJ making this decision will be the views of others. This internet based society has allowed many to express their views on forums or blogs though many of them may not be experienced or qualified to.

The fact is, when matched against each other, the output of analog and digital is usually determined by the skills of the DJ mixing. There are what seems to be some benefits of one over the other, but they really are a matter of preference. All of this can be tough when taking audio courses and trying to find where you as a DJ fit within this arsenal of equipment.

Digital setups are usually smaller and allow a DJ to bring the world’s collection of music to the venue and not just his own private storing. The employer at a wedding can even pass their personal iPod or other device to the digital DJ, and he can stop his mix to satisfy his client’s requests. Not too many people, if any, are walking around with vinyl records in their MacBook Pro cases.

Analog may not be as convenient in some ways that digital is, but remember, the quality of sound output is directly related to the person mixing and the competence he has with his equipment. Analog won’t freeze up into a dead silence when the party has just gotten started. Vinyl also holds a great deal of sentimental value. This is especially true for older records that can only be found in prized collections in someone’s basement.

It is generally agreed upon that analog is more durable equipment. If you want to avoid damaging your setup when commuting to and from venues, analog may be the way. Just learn to manipulate the table and mixer to ensure the best output of sound quality available. Remember, in the end this is your creative decision.

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