I am moving to the US in a few months time and am also starting up a weekly online radio show so I need to record a 2 hour mix each week. Currently I am putting them together in Ableton. However as I am sequencing the mixes I find I miss using a hardware mixer and real EQs, plus if anything it takes longer due to fiddling with volume, EQ automation and track warping etc.
Right now I own 2x CDJ-1000s and a A&H Xone 62 for actual mixing, alongside Serato Scratch. I think the CDJs will be too bulky to take to the US and was thinking of selling them and possibly the mixer to finance some new DJ equipment.
My first thought was to sell all of it and buy the newer DJM and CDJ 400s. Looking on the Pioneer Website at the videos of them all in action, it looks great. Combining the FX on the units could create some real nice Zabiela-esque mixes. Plus the CDJs are compatible with Serato Scratch which I own so no burning discs etc. You can even get all of this in a Pioneer flight case.
I was set on this but then a friend said I could buy his Macbook Pro off him. I'd been eyeing up Traktor Pro for a while but my old G4 Mac wouldn't run it properly. However, now I have the chance to run it, my mind wondered off into perhaps keeping the Xone 62 (which I love still) and just selling the CDJ to finance a Xone 2D and 1D to bolt on to the sides. This is pretty much the same set up as Hawtin and others use and from the videos i've watched looks great. If I want I can buy some CDJ-400s in the future, upgrade to Scratch Pro so I can still beatmatch physically, but for doing weekly two hour mixes I think the Pro / Xone route would be easier plus give me a proper hands-on feel.
My other idea was as I am into Production with Ableton, I looked at the NI Maschine. Not only is this a great bit of production hardware but you can use it to control Traktor too, although it doesn't looks quite as DJ-friendly as say a Xone set up. It would be a lovely bit of duel-use hardware though
I guess I am leaning towards the Xone idea right now, but the Pioneer kit does look ace and the Maschine is hot too. Anyone have any experience with any of this equipment, or thoughts?