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DJ Equipment Q & A

Q: Which Turntables do you use?
A: All Beat Refinery classrooms are supplied with Numark TT200 and Technics SL-1200

Numark TT200 The TT200 stands alone among professional turntables because it was exclusively designed for the modern DJ, with a silicon rubber base that absorbs vibration and dampens low end feedback, and an interchangeable tone arm system that adapts to any DJ style. It is the first turntable to feature user-variable torque (1.7 kg/cm), and also delivers versatility and control thanks to an illuminated output bay, a built-in BPM counter, and interchangeable S-shaped or straight tonearms. Additional features include digital outputs for direct sampling, Key Lock and ±50%pitch control for unprecedented mixing options.

Technics SL-1200 The heavy-duty design, vibration-resistant construction, and mechanical precision of these turntables make a lot of what those early DJs did possible. This deck was the first to feature a Direct Drive motor, quartz movement for total accuracy, adjustable tone arm weights, anti-skate control, a pop-up target light and a sliding pitch control. With each new improvement, as form follows function, the Technics turntable has become a thing of beauty.

Q: Which mixer do you use?
A: We use Rane TTM-57 (equipped with Serato Scratch Live)

Rane TTM 57SL The TTM 57SL combines the best Rane and Serato have to offer in a single, high performance mixer. A mixer that fully integrates mixer hardware, software and software controls in one powerful package. The TTM 57SL combines all the performance and features of the Rane TTM 56 with Scratch Live software. Internal effects with six stereo insert points are also included. Using the TTM57SL, you can simultaneously:

  • Play a combination of digital and analog sources.
  • Play up to two digital files controlled by vinyl or CD while recording your mix.
  • Or, record two stereo sources when not using vinyl or CD control.
  • Cue analog and digital sources.
  • Operate standalone as a no-compromise performance mixer.

Applications: Battle / Live Performance DJ, Night Club, Mobile DJ , Radio / Broadcast DJ , Mixtape DJ , Podcasting , Remix Project Studio / Post Production

Serato Scratch Live Serato Scratch Live is the ultimate solution for professional DJs, giving you the freedom to take your entire digital music collection on the road and equipping you with advanced features that add extra creativity to your DJing. This intuitive system replicates the traditional DJing experience for “real feel” usability and performance.

  • Scratch Live software has an array of unique tools and performance features, including:
  • Creative DJing features: cueing, looping, keylock, the SP-6 Sample Player and DJ FX
  • Intuitive file management with smart crates, easy file and iTunes playlist migration
  • Multiple display modes for optimal library browsing
  • Advanced visual feedback for quick mixing
  • Video-SL compatibility for video mixing*
  • MIDI mappable controls
  • Built-in recording interface for recording your mixes and archiving vinyl

Q: Which needles are used in Beat Refinery classes?
A: We use Ortofon MF7, one of the best DJ needles.

Ortofon’s MF7 Headshell-Mounted cartridge is designed with active DJs in mind (scratchers & turntablists). It’s rugged suspension and tracking force of 4g can handle the harshest scratches, back cueing and roughness. With a 7mV output voltage, the MF7 puts a strong emphasis on energetic percussion and deep, aggressive bass perfect for hip hop, electronica and dubstep. The MF7 also has an accentuated mid-range output that is great for helping the scratches cut through the mix.

Q: How about headphones and monitor speakers?
A: We use Audio Technica ATH-T22 headphones and Alesis M1Active 320 USB monitor speakers.

Audio-Technica ATH-T22 closed-back dynamic stereo headphones give you superior sound and comfort. ATH-T22 headphones have a secure ear-fitting design for excellent isolation, and sophisticated driver technology for clear sound. Features include proprietary 40mm drivers; maximized power handling capability; and clean, linear low end response. Self adjusting lightweight headband, generously padded ear cushions, and rotating earpieces allow for comfortable, versatile listening. 20Hz-22kHz frequency response.

Alesis M1Active 520 USB Alesis delivers pro-grade USB speaker performance to the computer desktop. M1 Active 520 USB speakers enable you to play audio from your computer and record audio coming into the speaker to your computer. Simply plug in the USB cable to your computer – No special drivers required. M1 Active 320USB speakers are not only substantial audio monitors, but also serve as a convenient audio interface. Plug in your DJ Mixer directly to the M1Active 520 USB and record it directly into your computer. Full range, superb sound quality insures that you get more accurate audio reproduction to check your mixes. A Bass Boost switch helps emphasize bass frequencies – Great for various room situations where you want to hear more bass emphasis.

Q: What kinds of cases or coffins are used to house your equipment?
A: We use Odyssey FZGSBM10W

This Glide Style Coffins hold two turntables in battle position, one mixer and a laptop. It has a convenient compartment specially designed to house a Serato interface built right into the gliding laptop platform. Other features include rugged built-in wheels, heavy-duty spring-loaded latches, stackable ball corners, and front access panels. Cabling is clean and easy through convenient access ports throughout. Mixer well holds mixers with a width from 8.75″ to 10.25″, depth up to 14″ and 3.25″ tall

Q: Can I purchase equipment directly from Beat Refinery?
A: You can purchase equipment from Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, with whom we have a partnership.

Q: Do I get a discount if I am a student at Beat Refinery?
A: Chuck Levin’s honors discounts to Beat Refinery students on most of the equipment they offer.

Q: Can Beat Refinery also obtain used and refurbished equipment?
A: Yes, we have a partnership with a local company that can provide refurbished quality equipment at very affordable prices. Refurbished equipment also comes with a limited warranty on all purchases.