Hey James, I don't know much about the Pioneer DJS sofware, but I own Traktor DJ Studio and it does a damn good job for PC DJing!
Check this site for more info on Traktor:
By the way..... is KTU hiring? It must be lovely, to have a job doing what you enjoy the most.
Nothing compares to Final Scratch as far as im concerned, Dont get me wrong, if i could have all music on vynil, I would love that, but since were living in the digital age, what can you do?
Plus, if you remix your own music using some editing software like Sound forge or something, you save money because you dont have to buy doubles of your vinyl, lug around 10 crates of vinyl to a gig just to make sure you have everything you "Might" need and best of all, you still get to use your turntables. Not only that, but with the technology being used, not only with final scratch but with other similar programs by other companies like pcdj, they dont have to be a pair of $500 a piece 12's or whatever. You can go with some cheap azz turntables and not worry about the record skipping because your mp3s keep playing even if you take the needle off the record, thats with final scratch 2.0 anyway....
I used to work for a dj store designing their website, djbargains.com, we had a lot of different turntables I was able to mess with, and the only turntable i find comparable to the sl1200 is the numark ttx1, in fact I would go as far as to say it is probably better in many respects except for the fact that the sl1200 will always have its reputation as the greatest turntable of all time... not really changed much in the last 30 years though i think they should have... because of these negatives and let me know how many of you didnt have at least one of these problems with the technics sl1200...
pop up light breaks,
pitch control goes berzerk or just resets to zero when you hit about +2 on the slider (caused by abuse and wear of course),
Arm rest breaks off,
Rca jacks short out,
Power cord on european models missing adapter,
tonearm sticks (though there is an easy fix),
tonearm is loose (easy fix also),
On Off button breaks or just comes loose (may or may not be an easy fix),
Most of these things require you to take the entire turntable apart just for a simple repair.
Numark improved by adding the following features:
removeable power cord
rca cables plug directly into the turntable
digital pitch control with blue lightup display
no ground wire to deal with
very rugged shell, looks almost scratch resistant.
Removeable tonearm, you have two that come with the turntable a straight arm that is better for scratching (will wear your records out a little faster though) and an s-style tonearm, better for just straight mixing, doesnt put as much wear on your vinyl.
The only negative is it will only fit in custom cases because its bigger than a 1200... it is also very heavy, and for those of you who know how heavy a 1200 is, believe it or not, these are even heavier.
Ive used this turntable and found it performed better than the 1200 in many respects including price, they sold brand new when they came out for $800 a pair... compare that to spending $900 or even $1000 for a pair of 1200s today.
You would think I work for numark, but no I dont, im just sitting at home and saw this post and thought Id put my 2 cents in... more like a dime... whatever, i was bored and had a little time on my hands, how bout that!