Look at this lovely Taula analog 4 channel rotary DJ mixer

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by editor, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

  2. Private Storm

    Private Storm Smell The Glove

    Where's the sync button?? :confused:

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  3. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Whatever it is, I'm against it

    Next to the shuffle button.
  4. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Rotary mixers are just gear porn, aren't they? I don't even like them but I want one

  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    I think rotary mixers are for the 40+ crowd - I don't know any younger DJs who bother with them.

    This price tag is aimed at the 40+ crowd too I guess...
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  6. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Will you still need me, will you still twiddle me, when I'm 40+
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  7. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist R.I.P.

    Where's the fucking crossfader?

    €1250 wtf

    Does having the inputs on the top face help somehow?

    Fuck off :mad:
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  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    This "it's for the 40+ crowd" seems to be the new cuss/meme around here.

  9. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    There's a lot of knobs on urban these days
  10. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    I've got one of these, not a slider in sight:

  11. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    One of the places in Leeds I used to play at has one of these


    I didn't like it...
  12. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

    Never liked the idea of rotary mixers. With vertical faders you can see at a glance what the mixer is doing.
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  13. pinkychukkles

    pinkychukkles Feed Your Head

    Do rotary mixers deserve their reputation for delivering better sound or is that misplaced assumption in itself? From what I've seen, they all seem to be quite pricey so perhaps that's down to them using generally higher quality components and / or being hand-made in smaller runs than the mass produced "bog standard" mixers but if you were to compare a rotary with a similar priced big brand mixer how do they compare? Is doing transitions without a crossfader considered a more purist approach to djing or again is it based on the fact that most crossfaders are a poor link in the signal chain*?

    *speaking mostly about beat mixing with long transitions.
  14. pinkychukkles

    pinkychukkles Feed Your Head

    E & S - AUDIO - MIDI Design And Manufacture

    Enquired about the cost of this many many years ago (like in the late 00s) and it was ~€1300.
    S'posed to have a great sound though from the proverbial friend-of-a-friend that's used one.

    e2a: ah, just seen that Fez909 had already posted a picture of one of these up thread, in the wild, as it were. If I weren't selling my record collection ( :( ) and still buying vinyl, I would be lusting after one of these.
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  15. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Its about a style of mixing - blending really - designed for longer mixes and fading in and out elements...for that it kind of gives you greater control (though in reality you can achieve the same thing on a regular mixer using the upfaders + a 3band eq).
    Popular with house and disco djs particularly. Partly a lot of old 70s clubs had mixers without crossfaders, so theres some nostalgia/heritage angle to it.

    Its a different feel though for sure (i expect...ive never used one...but it must be).

    As to components ive no idea but at these kind of price tage youd want it to be! nice eqs and such.

    You cant chop on a rotary, and sometimes you need to chop - you're limted to the blend and fade.

    I get the appeal though. i wouldnt say no to one if it was going spare
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  16. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    makes it looks all 70s and vintage having cables popping up
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  17. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Ive never used one, but i can imagine thats true.

    Thats said i find upfaders and cross faders are too loose these days, often dont have a number scale on them and you have to be delicate if you want to do subtle fades - i find its easy to be clumsy with them.
    For example if you bring a new tune in to the mix for the first time in most cases id want it to come in at around 7, if the previous tune was turned up to 10. From there ilike to slowly play with those levels depending whats going on in the tune, using those levels and the eq too.
    I can imagine that a rotary would give you the feel and resistance in the knob to do that carefully...its near impossible to jsut a wack a new tunes straight in at 10 as youve got a whole rotation to make to get there....i get it....i just wish standard mixers had more resistance in the faders. They used to....no idea why the trend changed.
  18. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living


    Does literally nothing that a normal mixer does, all for an inflated price.

    As for audio quality - yeah, like you’re really gonna notice your vinyl sounding better through this over the clubs blaring mono PA.
  19. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    its about feel though
    and user interface
    overpiced for sure
    i cant imagine many people are buying them, so limited market
  20. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I like loose faders, my one pet hate of modern digital mixing desks is that the faders just don’t feel as nice as older analogue ones due to the motors on them that allow them to recall positions.

    There is a definite knack to getting smooth/delicate transitions or movements with looser faders, although it might be harder on DJ mixers due to their smaller size
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  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Im a Louie Vega fan and he has a fairly unique mixing style, based on technique and tune selection/ordering...i think he often uses rotary mixers if theres one to hand, and it makes sense, it suits that mixing style of his....
    its a bit like different guitars - the different shapes create a different feel and experience suited to different types of playing. Theyre all guitars really, all do the same thing
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  22. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    i know what you mean about mixing desks....especially on a big heavy old desk the faders are lovely to move...thats what i want on a dj mixer tbh. it doesnt suit scratch djs but it should suit everyone else. well me anyway. rotarys would have some of that feel i bet
  23. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Looking at the rotary mixers in this thread none have 3 band eqs per channel...pretty shit for the money...youd want the eqs to act as cutoff/kill switches too, and that wont be the case with 2 band eqs.

    they have an isolator for the main mix, but for maximum blending control you want that for each channel (so you can just mix in/mix out a bassline, fade to tops etc etc)
  24. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    The one I posted has low, mid and high for each channel
  25. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    thats a mixing desk rather than a dj mixer though no?
  26. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    All the others appear to be mixing desks too. No jog wheels on any of them like there would be on a purely DJ mixer
  27. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    thats the thing theyre designed for djing! believe it or not! though its true, the only real difference between your mixing desk and these rotaries is probably a headphone cue button on each channel and a heaphone mix dial. And a booth and main out volume level

    i think before there was such thing as a dj mixer you just had mixing desks, and thats what people mixed on and the rotary was the first step towards a dedicated dj mixer (educated guess)
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  28. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    Ah, yes, the cue is missing from mine
  29. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    I'm using Traktor Pro on my laptop though with an external soundcard, so the cueing is done that way
  30. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Might stop drunk digital dj's unplugging the wrong cables when they try to connect up their dodgy computers :)
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