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My first experience of this beast was several years ago in a club environment. To this day, I am not sure how I feel about Numark when one compares to Technics or Gemini, but they do offer sturdy enough deejay equipment for the less discerning user. That is not to say that the products are bad, but they do not always have the finesse that you get from higher end brands.
This deck will vary in price these days depending on where you buy from, so a guide price could be anything from fifty to one hundred pounds. For your money you get a neat system though with a case which is important to keep the deck clean and dust free. Neatly hinged and with a good balancing action, it will not obstruct the worker either.
In terms of features, a belt drive ensures a smooth start up and the machine will come with a couple of slipmats if bought as new. The arm is not the best I have encountered with a slightly cheap feel to it and the needle is not as precise as one would like, but it does the job and will deliver a decent sound reproduction.
When we examine pitch control, the ten percent variable pitch will allow for mixing with a range of speeds and genres and this is pretty good, as some lesser models might only offer six or eight percent. The design of the pitch level is positioned neatly at the side and easy to work while you mix.
The raised mounts allow you to position this deck on any surface and I remember them being quite stead fast which is important, because you not want the machine moving while you work. A stylish and chic colour scheme completes what is a solid little deck for the beginner or middling deejay. Not awash with extras, but robust and workable for club or bedroom environments.
Ahhhh, dance music, thumping drums, throbbing basslines, hard hitting riffs, and at the end of it all, happy clubbers. Everybody has experienced dance music at some point, and most will have listened to smooth mixing between two tracks, but how many have actually tried it themselves? The Numark TT-1510 is the ultimate beginners deck. It has all the features that a DJ could need, such as a feather touch start/stop button, along with an excellent anti-skate feature, and a curved tone arm, which is balanced by the counter-weight. The deck comes complete with a clip to hold the tone arm in position when not in use, as well as a dust cap to cover the stylus, (needle), which also comes as part of the package. Obviously, you also get the dust cover for the deck to keep it tidy. This deck is a belt-drive turntable, which basically means that the platter is rotated by a motor, via the use of a belt, wrapped around the underside of the platter. This means that the platter does not have the same instant start up that you would achieve with a direct drive turntable, but this deck does the job perfectly, encouraging the DJ to push the record off rather than just letting it go. The decks are relatively easy to set up, obviously they come with instructions, but all the leads are colour co-ordinated, so all you have to do is plug the red leads into the red socket on the deck and mixer, and the white lead into the white socket. There are also earth wires that need to be connected from the decks to the mixer. All together, the system should take about 20 minutes to set up. Each component of the system needs an individual power supply, so it is a good idea to buy a few adaptors. Of course, as well as decks and mixer, you will also need an output source. With these decks, you may be able to plug into the back of your hi-fi, if you have the auxilary input option and a red/white socket on the back, or it may be that you need to purchase speak
er separately, and most DJ retailers will do a deal which includes the decks, mixer, speakers, and all leads, slipmats etc that you need. I own a pair of these decks and have been playing on them ever since I bought them. I also bought the Bluedog Mixer at the same time, which, if you buy a package including these decks from a DJ retailer, is usually the mixer you will receive. They seem to have an attraction if you are a lover of dance music, as I am. I can't keep away from them, and now spend most of my money on vinyls so I can DJ in my room. Obviously, not everybody can DJ, it does take a certain amount of musical knowledge and sense of rhythm to be able to DJ and mix tracks effectively, so decks may not be best suited to any dance fanatic. It may be that you purchase these decks, and then discover that you cannot DJ, which would be a waste of £200. The advice I would give anyone in this position is to find someone who has a DJ set already, and ask to try them out, and maybe practice a bit, to see if you have the potential. This way, you can find out whether DJing is really a hobby for you. Altogether, I think that these decks would be a really good investment for anyone who wanted to start DJing, and seeing that they only cost about £180 for a pair, or even £200 for a set including the mixer, DJing won't break the bank.
The Numark TT1510 come in Belt and direct drive (direct drive are normally better). The Numark TT1510 also have Belt drive turntable, a 10% Pitch adjustment which is great for the amount of money you are paying; 33, 45 rpm, a Removable headshell and lid, an Anti-skate control, Strobe indicator, 2 Slipmat included and lastly a Cartridge. The needles on this product are also not as good as the ones on the market today. This is good because if you are a begginer then they should not break as easiy as they will be stronger. Then as you get better the you can get better and thinner needles. Also the turn table are also very strong due to the amount of money you have paid. This is not a bad thing because like i have said earlier if you are not use to decks then these turntable will be able to take a lot more. Therefor being more convinient for the begginer because they would not break as easily. They are a good pair to start with if you do not want to spend a lot of money. These decks can also come in packages, where you get the decks, a mixer and headphones etc. This is all in the price range of around £300. If you pay any lower than this then you are looking at them to be, poor quality or second hand. Although the cost of paying out for records can also be a lot, and very addictive as you become better. However, to become ‘Super Star DJ’s’ like ‘Kevin and Perry’ you will have to buy many records to vary your selection for the audience. However, from experience I would say that it is relatively easy to pick up and can become a lot more enjoyable as you get better. As you become better you can also begin to do sets at parties which in the long run can earn you quite a bit of money. However, this does depend on how good you are and what music you are into. Advatages of these are: - Good for beginners as they are easy to use. - Durable, so if you are a b
egginer they will be a lot stronger due to you not having a fine a touch like real DJ's i.e. EX - Simple design and functions, therfor easyer for you to learn the basics. Disadvatages - Can cost a lot. - May have some faults due to the quality not being as good. Overall, I would say that Decks are money well spent. I would recommend them to anyone. Lastly be prepared to spend a lot of time on them if you want to get better (Practice makes Perfect).
Yes, the Numark TT-1510. When you're first starting, these will probably be one of the first decks that you consider. They're nice and cheap, and they have a nice silver finish! You would be well advised to avoid them though in my opinion, unless you are not too sure that you are going to like this whole DJing malarkey and you are willing to get rid of them and spend a LOT more cash two months or so down the road if you turn out to be any good at all. These were the first decks that I owned, and I soon felt the desire to move on to something, well, something more like a DJ deck! The main problem with the TT-1510 is that it lacks power to the platter. I can easily stop the platter rotating with one finger. This is not good. I can also pull the platter back with one finger. This is even worse, it makes cueing a nightmare, because the stylus has an added tendency to skip when you pull the platter back with the record. The build quality is also poor. The piece of plastic that is the platter visibly sinks when you apply any sort of pressure, and the pitch control slider feels very plasticy, and flimsy, and I'm not too sure about the stability of that tonearm either..... Oh, and then there's the other major reason NOT to buy this deck.... and that is the pitch accuracy. The trouble is, it seems to have a mind of it's own. The pitch control can be as much as 2.5% out either way, and how much it is out seems to vary with the temperature. This is probably down to the rubber drive belt expanding and contracting in the heat. There are obvious problems with this, as your +/- 10% can soon become 12.5 up and 7.5 down on one deck, and something completely different on the other, and it's not nice trying to keep two tunes in time when their pitch is wavering all the time. Really, it has all the problems associated with a belt drive deck. You could do worse than the TT-1510, but
you could do a lot better too. It is hard when you've got no money and desperately want to get started, but you would be much better off saving that little bit harder and buying something with Direct Drive. If you really insist on going the Belt Drive route, then look towards the Citronic RT-1 or the BDX range of decks from KAM.
This is another great product created by Numark for the budding DJ. It has a simple layout that makes it a major hit. It has a 10% pitch control which is amazing for a product of its price. Even though it is belt drive it is still a good little number that is easy to master and brings out the DJ in all of us. It is a available in a direct drive model the TT 1520 which may cost a little more. The layout is standard but is simple for the new DJ to get used to. It is cheap but prices may vary, so I recommend you shop around for the best deal.