Everyone has their preference on whether they reach for their turntables for a gig or their CDJs. There are lots of things you need to look into before making a decision, however. Is one inherently better? Do they sound different? What about cost? Is there a steep learning curve? We’re going to tackle these questions and a few others below to see which might be a better fit for you.
Extensive MP3 libraries and access to thousands of songs on hand.
In-depth features such as cue points, loops, and live sampling.
The ability to create remixes and mash-ups on the fly.
Less equipment to transport (no more breaking your back carrying crates).
Stronger performances at clubs and shows.
Visual aid in understanding beat matching for beginners.
Compatibility with iTunes and beat production programs such as Ableton Live.
Typically cheaper than turntables and vinyl records.
MP3 sound quality cannot compare to the sound of vinyl (certain DJs’ opinions).
It makes it easier for anyone to be a ‘DJ’ because you don’t necessarily have to learn the proper skills or techniques (the program helps you do it)- e.g. beatmatching.
It can make the DJ lazy and less likely to actually perform at peak skill levels.
Latency issues with sound. However, since technology is getting better by the day, this is rare.
With controllers and all in one digital systems, it can steer beginners away from learning on the foundation of this art-form…the turntable.
Natural sound quality.
The feel of vinyl can't be beat.
Scratching is better.
Album art and liners.
Fun and coolness factor. It just looks good.
Fine-tunable, continuously upgradeable sound.
Initial Investment. Remember, you have to have two to play music. Then, you have to get all those albums.
Record care and cleaning.
Occasional surface noise.
Storage space. Records take up a lot of space.
Newer music is harder to find on records.
Less portable. They’re large and heavy, plus you have to tote around the albums as well.
All-in-all, no matter which you choose, you’re still a DJ. It really comes down to practice and how much you care about it. Try both because you can rent all the equipment to give them a shot and see what feels right to you.