Beat mixing hobby gets a boost

On Friday night I went shopping for a DJ controller I’ve had my eye on for well over a year.

In recent months I have got back into one of my recurring hobbies of recording beat mixes – where one dance track is seamlessly blended into the next one. After each mix is done I edit each song within the mix so only one or two minutes is heard in the final cut.

Then I upload my finished mixes to Mixcloud which covers the royalties (DJs tell me they play and broadcast them).

Now, while I was able to mix using Virtual DJ software and a mouse, it wasn’t always ideal – particularly if I wanted to control two things at once – there is only one mouse. So a little DJ Controller was needed.

I splashed out on a budget Numark desk that promises to deliver all I need (and more); but getting to grips with its included software – Serato – has been mildly challenging. Frankly, I prefer Virtual DJ which the controller is compatible with. In fact, I dumped Serato and bought a Virtual DJ License.

The last time I was in front a DJ unit there were SL1200 turntables on either side! And if you wanted effects such as reverb and sampling etc then you needed a rack of gear. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.


Then over the weekend something else magical happened that falls under the phrase; ‘what you think about you bring about’.

Way back when in the 80s/90s I used a microphone that delivered a really crisp bright sound. It was probably the best mic I have ever used live on stage, and all I could remember is that it was black and made by Audio-Technica. I used it night after night, year in and year out. It was a tough cookie and sounded great, it was almost impossible to get annoying feedback with this mic.

Now and again I had wracked my tiny brain to remember the model and did cursory checks online hoping to recognize it.

Yesterday a member of the family was having a clear-out in the garage and came across the body of the long-since broken microphone; model Pro4H.

I remember the day it was dropped (long after I had stopped using it) and the capsule (microphone) damaged beyond repair. It become a toy for my children who would sing into it, pretending to be a pop star.

But now knowing the model I checked out eBay for a Pro4H. What are the chances of a mic bought in 1984 being for sale in 2018? Well, there was one. Unused, still in its box – price US$15 (fifteen dollars). It should arrive in a few weeks.

To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll get to use the mic; I have no real need for it – it was an impulse purchase to recapture a long lost friend. All part of a mid-life crisis…The alternative is a leather jacket and a motor bike.