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  1. Hi Bri. With kids...absolutely anything! They are enjoying themselves playing games with friends and there's loud music blasting out. They're in heaven and couldn't care less what song is playing. I use kids games as an opportunity to play stuff that you might never normally play at a disco but people would enjoy to hear, nonetheless. Examples include 70's stuff like Osmunds (Crazy Horses), 80's stuff like Adam Ant (Goody Two Shoes), 90's stuff like Blur (Boys and Girls), etc. Anything that keeps the adults interest high was good enough for me. Keep the tempo up for the kids, to
  2. Hi Ben. It may have been a while since I last DJ'd but I do have two kids aged 11 and 12 so I know what they like to listen to. Interestingly, they both enjoy different genre's - the boy is a fan of more urban music, including rap whilst the girl prefers dance. So even in my own household I can't please two people with one track - that's 50% of my audience unhappy every time I put something on! My first bit of advice is to use the Now albums. They carry a lot of the popular tracks, as well as a ton of dross, but the real benefit for me is that they are radio edits so no swearing,
  3. Having sold the majority of my stuff before Christmas I still have a few bits left. These will end up on eBay if you guys don't make me any offers before then. 1 x Denon DN-D4500 Professional Dual CD/MP3 Player Top of the range unit, as good as new. It has only been used a couple of times and never been out of the flight case since purchase. £300. Supplied in original box with original literature. 1 x Denon DN-X900 Professional Mobile/Club Mixer This was purchased at the same time as the decks above. This, too, is top of the range and has only been used a couple of t
  4. Just a quickie...got a pack of 6 Becks beers from Tesco last week; I only got that pack because it was cheap - £4. Each bottle has a voucher code that gives you 99p off at Play.com. No restrictions, no Becks portal, just enter the voucher code at the normal Play.com checkout. Bargain!
  5. Hi guys. Well, I've talked about selling my gear before and, like most of you, find parting to be so very hard. It's like giving up a little piece of yourself I guess - it's the one thing that makes us so very different from everyone else. But the time has come where it is getting silly - I made the decision to quit over a year ago but have only sold my Martin EFX since. Seeing as we have decided to buy a house down here, in sunny Bournemouth, I need to raise as much cash for a deposit as possible. Therefore, all my gear has to go - even though it hurts! Bose Speakers 2 x L1 Model I
  6. I'm a big, big fan of The Pistols. I was only seven or eight when they were making headlines so I didn't get into them until I was at college in the mid-80's. They made some great tracks and Never Mind the Bo:cense:ocks is one of my all-time favourite albums. I never liked McLaren though. He came across as a right [insert expletive]. That said, he is responsible for the British punk scene so I guess I have to appreciate what he brought to the world. For those that aren't aware - The Pistols were a manufactured band just like Steps, Take That and the Spice Girls. Malcolm was a ma
  7. I just don't know where the time goes anymore. I used to be on here all the time and now I'm finding it difficult to make one post a week! I will start to go through my stuff in earnest next week. I'll get it on here first but, obviously, I want to maximise my return so it will all probably end up on eBay shortly after. I have already placed an item on eBay today - a Martin EFX600 150w discharge DMX light. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to it from here or not...?
  8. Some nice comments there; thanks guys...especially Tommo! You can stroke my ego any time you like! As for you Nik...you haven't changed a bit!! Whilst sifting through my many boxes and flight-cases I came across my old snare drum. It's a Rogers Dyna-Sonic from the 60's. No idea where I got it from but I must have had it 25 years. I'm off to get it valued now...might be worth in excess of £200! From around the same era - the 80's - I've found all my old vinyl. What have you guys done with your vinyl? I mean, we never play it so it just sits in a box collecting dust and warp
  9. Hi guys! Remember me? I hope you're all doing great! Well, it's been a while - May 30th last year since my last post (number 2,207)!! At the time, everything was going great - I'd left full-time employment to pursue a career as a self-employed DJ, purchased loads of top-quality gear and spent the best part of four months transferring my entire CD collection to Ots. I'd got gigs lined up and the show was as near as dammit to perfection. I was working on the marketing before the big 'launch' when I lost someone very close to me. It hit me hard and made me very thankful for what I
  10. BigBen

    A Song I Heard....

    It definitely wasn't a Motown track! I was on the way to the airport for a week in The Maldives which is why I wasn't paying too much attention! It was in April and I don't know what station...I channel hop through stations looking for anything to listen to. If I was pushed I might guess at Simon Bates. He's on Classic FM isn't he?
  11. Heard a song on the radio a few weeks ago but didn't hear what it was called. I think it was either a classical or an orchestral piece. I thought I heard the DJ call it "Mosaic de Labour" or something like that - Masac de Labor, etc. Anyone help? It's not often I hear a song like this that appeals. Cheers guys.
  12. I have no idea who you are referring to... ...but, recently, I have seen some awful drivel on a TV talent show, too. One act in particular was so bad I think he was only there in order for us to laugh at him, but he thought we were laughing with him.
  13. Oh, Everton. Of course. :protest: :fan: :fish: :hide:
  14. Hey up Ste., enjoy the football tonight? I did a quick search on OtsUsers and came up with this thread. Basically, to batch convert Ots files back to MP3 you need to use Ots Studio: Import all the Ots files (File - Import - "Ots/Wave/MPEG File(s)" Add all your Ots files Click the Import button. When done: File - Export - As MP3 Files. I've no tested this so don't quote me!
  15. I've seen one, Dan, and it's OK. However, the Acme Thin & Light has twice the output for less than £400. The 'pars' are a lot bigger though. Thin & Light
  16. I can't answer that without knowing a bit more about your set-up. Upgrading your sound card to a better one depends on a number of factors mostly to do with the quality of your existing gear and media. If you're using 128kbps MP3's along with entry-level, second-hand amplification and speakers with poor quality interconnects and cables...then upgrading the sound card isn't going to make much difference. However, as a starting point to improving the quality of your output it's probably a worthwhile investment.
  17. I use two cheapish sound cards - one PCMCIA and one external. Both offer substantial improvement over the onboard sound on my laptop and on my PC. There are much better cards out there for much more money. Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS http://www.soundblaster.com/ISS/images/products/large/10769_1.png Roughly costs £70. Creative Sound Blaster Extigy (external) http://www.techspot.com/reviews/hardware/extigy/3.gif No longer available I think Nik uses the most expensive sound card out of any of us on here - the Edirol UA101. It costs about £350 but it does giv
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    Brown Girl in the Ring brings back a very vivid memory for me. I was doing a rather tame 60th which consisted of the ladies dancing, more out of politeness than anything else, when I played this track. The room changed almost instantly, the floor filled and people were clapping and singing. It was amazing. I like a lot of Boney M...I still have the Nighflight to Venus on vinyl.
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    Worst Cover Ever?

    Far too many to choose from. Westlife could have a top 20 all by themselves!
  20. Even as a big fan, I find their latest single quite average. U2 used to make wonderful albums in the 80's - Boy, October, War, Under a Blood Red Sky, Unforgettable Fire, Wide Awake in America (EP), Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum are all superb. Then the 90's and 00's came...Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can't Leave Behind, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. I think these are all pants apart from maybe one or two tracks on each album (Vertigo is an amazing song!) but at least they reinvented themselves and tried something different. Returning to their roots and producing avera
  21. BigBen


    You sad act! :joe: It was Sabrina for me. Not her music, I'd just stare at the cover for hours and hours...
  22. No - never. I think music has lost a lot of its appeal because it is everywhere now, as per Ray's post. I grew up with the tape recorder microphone pressed firmly against the radio on a Sunday evening; I'd go to bed with a 10-20 year old radio listening to Radio Luxembourg as it faded in and out on a tinny mono speaker; buying a single was a huge investment that you thought long and hard about after studying every piece of vinyl in the shop...before you went on to the next shop, just in case they had it for a few pence cheaper. Things like that forged a relationship with the mu
  23. Morning Dan. Even though music was my first love, and she will be my last, there are times when I can't find anything I want to listen to. Nothing hits the spot. Indeed, it can actually aggravate me! Although these occasions are rare I hate it when it happens. If I analysed my mood at that time I suppose it could be to do with tiredness, lack of motivation, generally feeling low, etc. I always come around from this 'depression' and music always takes me back, no questions asked. As for being totally fed up with music to the point where I never wanted to listen to it again...
  24. Just thought I'd reiterate what most of us already know. I've spent the last few months ripping all my CD's to a PC hard drive. Naturally, I've been using the built-in soundcard on this PC to listen to the lossless WAV rips and, eventually, the Ots encoded files using Ots AV. I had gotten used to the sound, which was pretty tiresome and uninteresting - even with the Ots processing. Well today I have moved everything over to a modest sub-£200 second hand laptop with a modest, quite old, Creative SB Audigy 2 soundcard. The difference in the quality of output is simply amazing. I am
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