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Is vinyl making a comeback? The DJ Shop Blog

Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:07:18 Europe/London

Is vinyl making a comeback?

What a question!  You have the physical feel of the vinyl in your hands versus the abundant array of digital music files.  If you haven’t noticed turntables and vinyl popping up in stores where have you been!? The retro form of DJ equipment has made an appearance in many high street shops and supermarket shelves making it accessible to every household, and almost THE must-have item this summer. 

For the DJ industry, vinyl is considered as the roots of DJing.  We can’t pass by the fact that the current digital equipment is fantastic for the industry and has ensured that music has never been so flexible, clear, precise, and practical, and has moved with the times.  There is just something quite appealing and rustic about going back to the basics. 

For both new and existing DJs, there are some advantages to experiencing the feel of vinyl and using turntables.  Firstly, it shows your passion and dedication for the music and the industry and provides you with priceless experience and knowledge.  DJs have a new found respect for ‘old school’ DJs; if you thought carrying CD’s was a nuisance, imagine carrying a case of vinyl to clubs for your sets!  You can’t just click through the tracks as you can with digital music; you have to listen to the music with vinyl.  Finally, there is the chance to have a real go at scratching.

All in all, I don’t think vinyl is making a comeback in the industry; however I do think that experiencing it for yourself is advantageous to you finding a new found respect, new skills/techniques and knowledge that you can carry forward into your own music creations.

If you are interested in experiencing the art of mixing with vinyl here are my top four DJ turntables:

Pioneer PLX-1000 High-Torque Direct Drive Professional Turntable

Technics SL-1210 MK5 Direct Drive Turntable

Reloop RP-8000 Straight Arm DJ Turntable

Stanton STR8150 Super High Torque Digital Turntable

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Laura Apicella