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      04.10.2001 20:20
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      The bluedog mixer is the ideal mixer to go with your Numark TT-1510 decks. If you purchase the decks, then this mixer will, more often than not, come complete with the set. It is a compact, neat and tidy mixer, and it has the basic features that a beginner DJ would need, such as volume and level controls for each channel, the mixer is only a 2 channel mixer, but it is perfect for the beginner, as you do not need to start including more than 2 inputs until some experience and skill is acquired. There is a smooth moving crossfader, but I have found one flaw in this department, and that is that when the crossfader is moved, it takes a long time for the channels to increase/fade, and when it does fade, it does so extremely quickly, making the mix a very short, cut off one. The bluedog, despite it's name, very rarelty comes in a blue colour, so don't colour co-ordinate anything on this basis!!! (joke). Although it has minor flaws, I cannot complain about the headphone balance control between channel so that headphone mixing can be accomplished. I really like this mixer, but although my style of mixing now calls upon a higher standard of mixer, I still highly rate this special piece of equipment.

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        04.04.2001 03:51
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        The bluedog 2 in an original blue colour. It also comes in black and chrome. Is a great buy for anyone who is a beginner who wants to learn the basics first instead of being thrown into the deep end. The mixer itself may not look great, but it has plenty of features in disguise. The new features include Microphone input which means you can chat more than ever, Gain controls and a Cue Mix which will help you to get your tunes in when you are mixing. Its simple lay out and design is what makes this mixer unique. The mixer also has the other usual gadgets like the cross fader which allows to change from one song to another and volume controls which can also be used to mix songs. What you would do, if you wanted to mix a song with the volume controls is to place the cross fader in the middle. Then you would place one of the volume controls down to the lowest point so you cant hear not music from this one. You then have the other volume control up to the max so you can hear this song. Then when you want to mix you gradually swop the positions of the volume controls. So the one whcih is high would go down and the one which is low would go up. The master button is a button which allows you to turn up the music throught the mixer. You also hace a mic button which allows you to turn up the person speaking on the mic so that you can hear them more than the song. Althouth you also have a mic switch button which you can either turn to the left and have the mic off. Have it in the middle so the mic is on and you can chat or have it to the right so that this lowers the volume of songs so that when you chat it is more clearer. The mixer also has LEDs which brightens the mixer up and also makes it look better and you can use them to see the beats etc. You also have gain buttons which allows you to adjust them untill the music is clear. Also if you have just got this mixer then you should get an amplifier. This will allow you to play your music louder. If you do n
        ot have one of these do not worry. But the only thing is that the music will be very quiete. If you have a stereo then you connect you mixer and decks up to that. This has an amplifier which would mean you could play your music louder. If the stereo has a tape player which records then you could also record what you are doing onto tape. The mixer can also be placed flush onto a table. You can do this by cutting a little hole in the table. You can then place the mixer in the whole so then it is lower down and may look better. But to be honest it is not worth the hassel. Make sure if you are going to do this that you do it on an old table. But if you did not want to go to all this trouble then you could just buy a table which is meant for decks. You can get these from any major record stores. The product is also reasonably durable but just don't go mental with it as parts may break. Another problem which you may encounter is that your mixers bleeds. All this means is that as you move the cross fader acrross the same song may still play. Don't worry, all you have to do is to contact the retailer and they should then send you another one, or you may just have to buy another one. Advantages of this mixer are: - Simple and Easy to use. Ideal for beginners because their is not a load of gadjets to get use to. Where with a more expensive mixer their would be more gadjets therefor making it harder to figure out and work. - A good design and layout: Which makes it look good and is easier when you have to mix a song. - Durable: This is good if you are a begginer because if you are not too use to mixing etc then you may be a bit heavy handed at first therfor you may need a mixer which can overcome this, just like this mixer can. Other advantages are also above Some Disadvantages are: - The mixer can bleed: See above - Has no transformer buttons which may make it harder to get your mixes in
        due to just using the cross fader and volume controls.(Transfomer buttons are buttons which you can press to swithch for one song to the other which are playing on the decks) Other disadvantages are also above I personally believe that this is another great design by Newmark and is a great simple mixer for new and up coming talent of the future to begin with.

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          25.01.2001 07:59
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          This will probably be the first mixer you ever own. It is simple, sure, but when you're starting, do you really want to have to worry about cuts and kills and punches, and pan and 101 other things? If you're anything like me, then you will spend a fair bit of time just working on your basic beat matching before moving on to anything else, and for that, this little box of tricks will do very nicely. You get all the basic features, i.e two audio channels, which have phono (turntable) and line (just about anything else, but usually CD players) inputs on each channel, and are switchable by moving a little lever across, so, you can have two CD players and two decks connected to the mixer, and just flip the switch when you want to use a different device. There is also an input for a 1/4" mic on the front, which has it's own level control, and your headphones plug into the front of the mixer too. These also have their own level control. As well as the faders for each channel, and the crossfader, the DM905 "Blue Dog 2" also has a miniature crossfader that is used for cue-mixing. Basically this allows you to check if you are in time by varying the amount of each signal in your earphones, so you can choose to listen to just channel one, or equal amounts of one and two, or whatever, and it works just like a standard cross-fader. A lot of mixers in this price range do not have cue-mix, so this is a definite plus point. I have to say that the cue mix is not very sophisticated on this mixer. It does not seem to be affected by the gains (which I will come to later) or the channel faders, so what you hear in the cue mix is not exactly what you will hear when you start the live mix, but still, it is an invaluable tool when you are learning, just to check your timing and make sure you don't have any double beats or anything. The other big thing that this mixer has going for it is in
          dependent gain control on each channel. This is new to the mark 2, the old Bluedog did not have it. Basically, this allows you to increase or decrease the volume of the signal on that channel, so you can maintain a constant level of volume throughout your set, and so that one tune does not get drowned out by the other when you mix. Again, this marks the Bluedog out from other cheap mixers. Oh, and it also has a recording output control, that many mixers in this class do not have, so you can plug it into a tape deck or something to record your progress while you learn. Hmmmm, what else? Oh yeah, there is a mic talkover feature for any of those of you who like to talk over your music. Personally, I don't, but you know, if you do, it's there. To sum up, this is an excellent little mixer for a very low price, and it's included in some very tasty package deals. The fact that it is cheap, and still so good (relatively speaking) means that you will have a lot more money to spend on your decks if you go for this. It's reliable, robust, and has some very nice features. You will tire of it very quickly once you perfect your beat matching technique, and I found after I moved on, that the sound reproduction when using phono (decks) is quite poor, but you really don't notice it at the time. It's all relative, and I dare say it is probably much better than other mixers in this class. At only £59, this is a real bargain if you're just starting out, and bear in mind that if you're buying it as part of a package, then you'll get it even cheaper.... Your alternatives in this price range... well, you're probably looking at Gemini PMX-60, or KAM Silver or Red Dwarf. Both are more expensive with less features though, so it's really got to be the Numark Bluedog2 folks....

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            19.12.2000 02:28
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            The bluedog 2 in an original blue colour, Is a great buy for any budding DJ. It may not look much, but it has a massive number of features in a small disguise. The original bluedog was a massive hit with the beginners and Numark have revived it with a BANG! The new features include Microphone input, Gain controls and Cue Mix, so there is plenty to fiddle around with in your spare time. It is made unique by its simple lay out and is easy for beginners to master.

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