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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Colby’s Vinyl Mode

posted by on June 21 at 10:50 AM

cdj1000.jpgToday we are talking with DJ powerhouse, Colby B, about a digital turntable called the CDJ-1000.

Colby B lays it down. The dance floor is her servant. She drives it, slays it, filets it, and parlays it. She gropes it, isotopes it, and slices cantaloupes with it. She mashes the hammer into sexual orbit.

She says:

The one piece of equipment that got me started as a DJ was the CDJ-1000. I had always been interested but lacked a proper record collection. I worked for a million record labels back then and was always getting pre releases and promos so I had tons of CD’s.

The CDJ-1000 was released and I jumped at the bit and started teaching myself. I got a lot of frowns from the vinyl fanatics, but they started to catch on and I couldn’t rent my gear out enough. I think every major hip-hop DJ that’s come through town has laid their hands on my gear.

With the CDJ, digital can be scratched. Digital doesn’t sound digital.

How does it do it?

It uses a 1-bit digital-to-analog converter and Legato Link Conversion, which Pioneer claims adds third- and fifth-order harmonics to the CD audio, extending the frequency response up to 40KHz (CD audio stops at 20KHz). The added frequency response is supposed to make CDs sound more like analog recordings.

Colby is a mainstay and workhorse. Resident nights include Comeback, Club POP, HotMess, Bang Bang, and Club Heaven.

See her soon:

Thursday, June 21 – Fascinator @ Neumos VIP room w/ Djs Freakazoid & Jack .

Friday, June 22 – Hot Bang! w/ Dirty Sanchez @ Chop Suey

Saturday, June 23 – 4 PM: girl 4 girl Pride Garden @Neumos. 10:30 PM: Club Lagoon

Sunday, June 24 – 3 PM: PRIDE Party @ Wild Rose

More CDJ-1000 Features:

Hot Cue (sampler) - Memorizes up to 3 cue points per CD.

Reverse - Controlled by using a toggle switch. With no loss of tempo or pitch, it can be used immediately within any track without having to stop or start.

Loop In / Out Adjust - The ability to adjust both the In and Out points of a loop stored in memory.

Scratch Play / Cue - In vinyl mode, the top of the jog dial functions like a turntable. Pressing down stops the music and allows you to scratch or cue your track by rotating the jog dial in either direction.

Tempo Master Tempo - Speed up or slow down the beat without any noticeable difference in how the vocal and instruments sound.

Digital Output - Keep your scratching and master tempo playback entirely in the digital domain. Users who simply want to use the digital output for archival purposes may do so via the digital mode switch.

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Where's the needle on that thing?

Parlay me.

Posted by Howards | June 21, 2007 11:51 AM

See, Howards, there ain't no needle. It's magic.

Have you heard this new band, Boston? I just got the new record. There is a space station on it. I am high as hell.

Posted by Fritter | June 21, 2007 12:11 PM

I can hardly remember the last time my hammer was mashed into sexual orbit.

Posted by Electric Larry | June 21, 2007 12:29 PM

C O L B Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

C U Sunday.

Posted by LMM | June 21, 2007 1:10 PM

Just like the white winged dove...

Sings a song...
Sounds like she's singing...

Whoo... whoo... whoo...
Just like the white winged dove...

Sings a song...
Sounds like she's singing...

Ooo baby... ooo... said ooo

Posted by Stevie | June 21, 2007 2:31 PM

Dear Trent and Colby, Thank you! This is everything I needed to know 10 years ago when I dreamed of being a sexy jet-setting dj! Maybe it's not too late. Could you write the next sound check on how to get sexy in 5 easy steps?

Posted by spanky | June 21, 2007 6:05 PM

damn if you post how to get sexy can you send me a link? but really, i love these players, they got me where i am, along with rad friends. i hope everyone comes out this weekend, its going to be crazy! and ill need somone to keep me awake, with my schedule? ill be at bend it at the vera project after 5 on sunday too, come through!

Posted by colby b | June 21, 2007 9:31 PM

Colby is the bestest of all the bestest and the raddest of the rad rads.

Posted by felix h | June 22, 2007 2:43 AM

Though the CDJ-1000 was one of the first impressive CD decks, there's a lot better stuff out there for digital DJing. The Numark CDX, Technics DZ-1200, Serato, Final Scratch, etc...

All of these are arguably better solutions for CDJing... (Personally, I think the Rane TTM-57 is the best digital DJing solution, but I've been playing real vinyl for a long time so I'm biased)

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