Mojaxx reviews the Technics SL-1200GR

When the DJ world found out Panasonic was dusting off the Technics brand name and planning to release a whole new line of SL turntables, everyone went crazy. Until the prizes were announced. Both the SL-1200GAE and the SL-1200G sell for close to USD 4.000, and more than that are rather meant for Hi-Fi audiophiles that want to listen to their pristine first pressing 3K a piece records in the best conditions, rather than DJ’s.

But not hope was lost, as Panasonic announced a more affordable version, the Technics SL-1200GR, costing around half the price. YES, DJ’s thought, this is the one for us! Albeit pricey, it’s cheaper than a CDJ-2000NXS2, so surely worth the sacrifice?

Not so fast. In the video below Mojaxx reviews the SL-1200GR, and unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to the (false) expectation. I say false expectation because Panasonic never pretended to be making a turntable aimed at DJ’s, and the review below does confirm that.

Pioneer DJ CDJ-1000MK3 modded, NSX2 style screens added!

It’s cool to see how DIY fans mod DJ gear and this one is particularly interesting. Remember the CDJ-1000MK3? Extremely solid CD player, but the screen is pretty basic by today’s standards.

Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 screen detail
Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 screen detail

In comes this cool screen mod for the unit, which adds a screen that looks like this:

Pioneer DJ CDJ-1000MK3 screen mod
Pioneer DJ CDJ-1000MK3 screen mod

Of course, the screen is not the original screen of the CDJ-1000MK3. The original screen is a too low resolution to do anything like this. So the maker used an STM32F746 Discovery board to add an extra screen to the player and display the extra information. The extra screen mimics the display on the CDJ-2000NXS and shows detailed waveforms, accurate BPM, and more.

How does it work? Tracks on a CD need to be analyzed in Rekordbox, export those analyzed tracks to an SD card, insert the card into the custom mod module and the CD in the CDJ-1000MK3, and play away! See the video below for full explanation.

Know your DJ cables

Know your DJ cables
Know your DJ cables

Have ever been confronted with a mixer where the cables are all plugged out and you need to get everything sorted out, 5 minutes before your gig? It can be a real nightmare and getting it wrong can have dire consequences for your reputation, sound, and even equipment.

Luckily, Digitaldjtips has your back in this complete guide to managing cables. From XLR to RCA and digital cables, be sure you go through it and be prepared to manage your cables like a boss for your next DJ set!

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