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Damn you El Capitan!

So as most of you know Apple released their newest operating system “El Capitan” and oh how I hate it soooo much! I updated my computer not too long ago thinking everything is all good right… WRONG. I had a mobile gig a few weeks ago and when it was time to play. My computer wasn’t reading my Rane 57 mixer. That’s when I went into panic mode!

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After loosing if for a good 10 minutes..restarting my computer and my mixer about five times. I finally said Fck it and used Virtual Dj for the night (Hey don’t judge lol). Good thing it was a chill corporate event.. I can just imagine if this happened at a club omg.

So the next day I was researching on the internet on how to go back to the old operating system Yosemite. I only found videos if you backed your computer up with time machine which I didn’t so I decided to contact Apple. Below are the steps on how to go back to Yosemite, but just a warning. When go through these steps it will ERASE everything on your computer. So make sure you back everything up on a hard drive.

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Holy Controlly!! I finally gave in and bought one……

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This is the Pioneer DDJ-SB, it’s probably the cheapest controller out right now that uses Serato DJ. This was on sale for $199.00 at Guitar Center. Now I didn’t really plan on buying this.. I just went in to Guitar Center looking for a mic clip for my lapel mic and of course I had to “look” around too. What’s funny is I was thinking about buying the DDJ-SB while I was there, but I just made myself leave the store… and after I drove two blocks. I made a U-turn and came back to buy it! haha I’m sooo indecisive it’s sickening!

I bought this controller for a few reasons…..

#1 I’m leaving on a cruise next week for a month and I really wanted something in my cabin so I can still practice on my sets during my downtime on my cruise.

#2 Since I do a lot of mobile gigs my turntables & mixer are always packed up. It’s such a pain having to set them up at home to practice and then break them down the next day for a gig.

#3 Since my mixer is being fixed at the moment this saved me during a wedding last weekend. I brought my fiancé’s Vestax mixer thinking it worked.. and 30 minutes before the wedding started. His mixer decided to not turn on! Good thing I brought this to my gig.. I would have been so ass’ed out! So its great to have for backup at gigs incase you have any technical difficulties like I had! haha

Now don’t get it twisted I’m not switching over to being a “Controller” Dj, I still love my Technics to death and I’ll never get rid of those. I don’t think anything can replace those, but just for convenience I think having one of these comes in handy at times. I know some of you are against these controllers, but I mean it’s not like I “learned” how to Dj using one of these.

After using the DDJ-SB for a few hours last weekend, the only thing that’s still tricky for me is the pitch. The pitch is so sensitive! Also when trying to slow down or speed up the song using the platters I just can’t get it right, but I’m up for the challenge! I’m sure after putting in some hours mixing on it I’ll get it right.

Overall I’m happy I bought this. I can practice more often and get to know my music! Plus now I have something my nephew can play with without breaking my needles! lol Now what’s next on the shopping list is the Raiden Fader! 🙂

Do you own a controller? I would love to know your thoughts on the whole new controller “Dj” era and if you have any tips please share!

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My AiAiAi TMA-1 replacement experience

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A few months ago my very much cherished headphones the AiAiAi TMA-1 (Beatport addition) headphones broke while I was Dj’ing at Nordstrom. Now I’ve heard rumors of the band breaking on some Dj’s, but didn’t think it would happen to me because I’m super careful when it comes to my equipment….but they still broke. Maybe it was because my head was just too big haha

That day I went home after my gig and contacted the AiAiAi customer service team ASAP and sent them pictures of my broken headphones along with my original receipt from Best Buy. Good thing I saved my receipt (saved it for good ol uncle Sam for write off’s) AiAiAi’s customer service team emailed me right back the same day with the following message:

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So take notes kids.. you can’t tape up your old headphones for a spare and have the new ones as well. They want you to cut up the old ones and send a picture. If you’re good at Photoshop I guess you could just fake a picture and send it to them, but I just think that’s bad Karma anyway. I’m confident that if your new ones break under the 3 year warranty AiAiAi will definitely take care of you. They also wrote a statement regarding the TMA-1 headband issues. You can read about it here

Last week I received another email from the team saying I get upgraded to the TMA-2 woohoo and they just came in the mail today! They emailed me on July 7th and I received my replacement today July 15th 🙂

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I have yet to test the new TMA-2’s out, but I have a few gigs coming up this week so I’ll maybe follow-up with a review, but I know that my old TMA-1’s were my favorite headphones I ever owned. Overall I give the AiAiAi customer service team 5 stars! The process was quick and they even upgraded me. Now I’m not sure if they upgrade everybody, but this just my experience. You might want to contact them and ask if you’re waiting on a replacement from them.

Below are some pictures of what came in the mail today and a look at the new TMA-2’s (with my old cord & headphone pads).

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