We’re not going to debate whether DJ-ing with Vinyl trumps MP3s or CDs. Some think the sound coming from Vinyl is a bit rounder, with a deeper bass and actually fuller. The MP3 sound lacks the warmth, which is why so many DJs are coming back to the basics– the Vinyl that is. Vinyl is so much more forgiving and a bit of clipping created by a DJ may give some unpleasant distortion if it comes from a digital medium.
There’s a unique feel when DJing with a vinyl and many DJs feel like they truly own their music. You may actually see, touch, hold and feel your records, which is something that cannot be done with the digital formats. You get to take a look at your shelves with records and relive the memories of how you got them in the first place. There is no way you can feel an MP3 in your hands nor smell it either. Despite the technology, we do not even know if a CD or a digital file for that matter is going to last 50 years. We do know for sure that a Vinyl may surpass easily the 50 years. You cannot get the love and warmth from a MP3 music, according to many DJs. The turntables that Vinyls are played on are also a thing that adds to the cost of DJing, but even the best ones aren’t that hard to come buy.
Let’s get things straight: just because you own 50,000 tunes on your MacBook, it doesn’t mean you run the house. Any DJ who mixed a lot with Vinyl can testify that a record was quite an investment and you had to practice a lot with it. After all, you couldn’t buy all the records you wanted and you did have to practice in order to get better. This is why DJing with vinyl means you spent more time with your records. Playing some records at will isn’t quite DJing, no matter how great you are at combining them! In a nutshell, DJ-ing with vinyl is more about quality and not quantity.
One thing that is common in the modern society…everyone is in a hurry and doesn’t have time to enjoy and actually get connected. Not only you’d have to pay the buck for your record back in the days, but you’d also had to spend some time until settling for some record. You had to connect, ask around and get a sense of what you’re getting. This thing isn’t happening anymore when you’re not getting Vinyl. You are always on the run and trying to do your job fast, losing out the details. This is why music sounds the same these days. Because you don’t sit down, breathe and really listen to your records.
We still see DJs today using vinyl and some clubs even set rules for encouraging DJing with vinyl. We’re not sure how to stand on this one, but coming back to the roots isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Music today may sound like noise and DJ-ing with Vinyl may help us get rid of that. It’s up to the DJs that didn’t give up on vinyl to bring back the glory of true music. Music does sound better and is more valuable when using Vinyl. We do want to listen to some music and not noise, right?
Technology may lose the battle with Vinyl as more and more DJs are going back to using Vinyl records. It’s still a matter of taste though and we can still find so many DJs using the digital technology (the new comers especially). Getting into the tricks and secrets of DJ-ing with vinyl isn’t easy and you need to pay attention and spend the extra time to master it.
DJ-ing with digital materials is easier and the portability is a great thing to consider. You do need all the records when DJing with Vinyl, whereas when using the digital material things aren’t that complicated nor difficult to move around.
We also see how more and more Vinyl records are sold and the music fans and collectors have a lot to say to the big come back of Vinyl. It’s typical to find “vinyl only” club releases, which mean you may only plat it at a club from vinyl. DJing again with vinyl comes also from the music lovers using Vinyl again, which is amazing.
In addition, for those of you who sit in the middle, there is always the option of playing both Vinyl and other formats at the same time. Therefore, you are winning both ways.