Well, if the 62 is in your price range, get one. You will not be disappointed with it. The only big advantage to the 68 is the ability to have 4 channels. The 62 will give you the effects, dual usb inputs, and features that the 68 has but it is built more as a "scratch" or "turntablist" mixer. It has midi mapping. It has the crossfader and channel curve adjustments that the 56 and 57 were famous for. I would get one but I love my 57 to much to get rid of it, and can't justify spending the money on another mixer. (I have a sound system that is draining my funds more than my dj stuff, amps are fucking expensive
The other great thing about Rane shit is that it holds value really well and for a long time. They are located about 20 minutes from where I live. I have a homie that works there at customer support. If you have any issues with Serato or your Mixer / hardware, he can help
Yea, I know how much mobile PA stuff can cost. I used to work on a committee that set up mobile systems and lights for events at my college, provide DJ services etc. We had to be scale-able but we had some damned loud stuff for a small committee. We got a $10k annual operating budget but we could request capital funds to purchase more gear and they basically never questioned what our director put down. The sound guys would always be arguing with the light nerds as to what we needed but we ended up getting everything in the end.
When I left we had 4 Crown XTi 4000s to push a pair of JBL SRX728s (bridged) and 738s, 2 older Crown CE 4000s for two single JBL Pro 18s and that alone was so incredibly loud it even worked for small outdoor stuff. I'm sure they've doubled their capacity since then.
I hugely recommend dBx drive racks for all-in-one preamps, Crown amplifiers and JBL cabinets. I never had any problems in all my years working with them. Throw those things in some good Pelican amp racks and you have nothing to worry about. I could get hold of my old director and get the contact information for the distributor we purchased from; you might be able to save some $$.
LOLtastic. The dubstepz has no place on the 1200's.
Lol. The dubstep and trap type music is getting more popular though and you can definitely work in a few tracks, but I still like house, tech house and hip hop the most. I like to keep a good variety going.
It's funny because so many DJs don't even bring decks anymore. I saw a tech-trance-ish kind of guy last night and a chick playing DnB with a tiny bit of real jungle thrown in and both were just using a laptop, 4 channel mixer and what looked like a big queue-pad in the same vein as a Novation. I talked to the tech-trance guy after the show and he actually plays all original music so he has access to all the stems and he just programs songs live and does everything in Ableton Live. I think that's the way DJing is moving but only for certain styles of music.