As you’ll soon see, a vinyl turntable is a fairly complex piece of equipment. There are a lot of intricate details to picking up sound from analog media such as a vinyl record, which makes numerous controls necessary. Fortunately, you as a DJ will only have to deal with a few of them.
Below are listed the controls of a professional DJ record player, as exemplified by the legendary Technics SL-1210MK5 turntable.
After more than thirty years since the introduction of Technics SL-1200MK2, the key controls of a DJ turntable have barely changed. Of course, today’s decks have a lot more cute features like digital display, forward/reverse buttons, pitch control range switch and so on. Refer to the manual for the details; the controls listed above are the most important ones.
JM has played open-air gigs, shared the stage with the likes of ATB and had mix albums released commercially. He has been teaching DJing since 2008.
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