The chance to beef up tired old vinyl tracks and give them a new slant was very appealing and as a result I turned to Traktor 2 Pro which has now been updated to 2.5. I personally like to progress through mixes with as long as feasible crossovers - this in itself would have other DJ's snorting contempt at the very notion. I have never been a turntablist, juggler or scratch pervert. I can repeat loop two copies of the same vinyl and play around with some phasing for you, but I get my enjoyment from moving forwards in a certain, meandering way.
Hey, I'm the stick in the mud, right? Well, I am progressing along nicely in years myself..
ONLY one thing annoys me with DJ's over the years, and when I say years I mean a good couple of decades of bar hopping, lounge lizarding and main room clubbing - that is the rehearsed mix. You know the one I mean, its a polished one practiced over and over again, whether on vinyl or CD/Digital, with no room for variation as the DJ has backed their set down a dark alley of no creation.
ONLY one thing is on my mind when I gig or record a mix. Start here.