You guys were asking for it, so here's my set from Friday's dance. Download it from soundcloud, and tracklist is in the comments
Firr anthrocon 2012 set by Firr
Awesome set! ^_^
It sounded great live!
My Youtube loves to not work for me. I cannot post this on the video so I came here to post this instead.
By the way I love your performance, I have only rarely seen so much energy in you as the DJ, so props to you.
I noticed you're using a Numark NS7 with Serato Itch (2.0, I believe, I haven't updated myself on the software fairly recently), true beauty of creation, and I've heard far too many complaints about its assumed instability on anything non-mac. This truly irritates me because I've watched many, many, many, many videos of nothing but macs being used and none using a PC. From all the forum searching, I have only found one-sided evidence and probable illegitimate claims, and therefore not enough credible evidence to warrant my support of this anti-PC idealism. From this video of you at the dance friday night, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q60z7Zjx948,as well as my understanding of the program and hardware, it works perfectly fine so long as you have a decent processor.
Again props on your set and energy. I kindly ask for your thoughts on the Mac vs. PC war encompassing Numark's NS7 and Serato Itch.
Hey thanks man, AC was a total blast to play, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D
I've had Itch crash on me enough times that I keep my zune in my pocket as a backup if it crashes. From what I understand the way Mac's handle USB is different than a PC, so dropouts like I get sometimes are a lot less common. I stay away from doing too much to anger the program, I use effects sparingly and I stay away from the sampler completely (I cheat a bit and add samples to intros and outros so I don't have to trigger them live). I know using an AMD based processor just won't work, and to make it run perfectly on a PC you gotta turn off everything that isn't essential. On a mac I've never really had any of those problems. I was able to run it with the wireless on, dlownloading tracks in the background, and running a seperate video program without any hiccups.
THAT BEING SAID as long as you are careful, both platforms are pretty much the same for itch. I suspect it would be a lot better if I had a dedicated machine for DJ'ing, but I do everything with my laptop, so it probably isn't as optimized as it can be.
But, in a non-vital situation, such as spinning at home, it would be great (and I would love to do this as well) to see how many times it crashes and exactly how much one can load on all at once and still receieve consistent stability.
I'm still very much opposed to spending an excess of $1500 on a laptop just for DJ'ing, I have extreme confidence (probably a little way too much) in my current PC and its ability to run the NS7, but I have not tried it out for myself, only read loads of stories about failures left and right.
You don't need a $1500 laptop to run Dj audio. Get a cheap laptop from walmart, strip it down to the bare bones, and you're set. Keep it away from the internet and only load it with what you absolutley need. It doesn't matter how powerful your proscessor is if random applications want to take over.
I've picked up from outdated forum browsing and video watching that it is not just a matter of processor, but also, primarily, the computer's operating system and the other drivers installed for other purposes outside running the NS7. Numark's ability to code for compatibility, stability, and performance with both the operating system and the other drivers updated for the operating system determines the stability and performance of the hardware and software. I'm mostly curious to the progress of the coding for the more recent editions/versions of Windows. I regret that I have not looked enough into the status of the coding (currently I still think the 64 drivers for Windows Vista are still in Beta stage, Windows 7, I have no idea) and compatibility with those newer drivers and versions of Windows. Aside from compatibility, I am mostly concerned with the stability and performance of the NS7 drivers with, most specifically, 64-bit Windows 7 that my computer runs on.
Well then buy an NS7 and use it on your computer. I can't tell you how it will run on your system.
Yeah, not much else that can be done except possibly more research but definitely first hand experience. Newer, more updated drivers are more than likely in development or in constant states of improvement. Ah well, thanks for all your time and discussion! Keep on rockin :3
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