So, my goal for a long time has been able to improvise versions of my own studio tracks (tracks I begin on hardware and finish in my daw) during DJ sets. I make dance/disco/house/techno…whatever…tunes you dance to : )
I recently got an Pioneer/DSI Toriaz SP-16. It syncs directly with my CDJs via DJ Link and the time stretch/pitch adjust is excellent between the 3 devices over an Ethernet switch. So, basically tempo/pitch correction is taken care of automatically between the SP-16 and whatever the CDJs are playing. Additionally the SP-16 will turn that data into MIDI and send the correct tempo to any of my other hardware making anything easy to beatmatch with CDJs and SP-16.
My basic setup would be 2xCDJs and 1xSP-16 routed to a 4 channel DJ mixer. I have the aux send going into the SP-16 inputs if I want to live loop.
Having had the SP-16 for a few weeks I’m absolutely in love with the work flow. It works great with the CDJs. It has a proper song mode. It exports .wav of all sixteen tracks separately either per pattern or per the entire arrangement so it is super easy to finish things in my DAW. And the variety of FX is larger and they are usable.
I’ve not yet tried to deconstruct a DAW-finished track back onto the SP-16 for a more polished performance. I but I feel like that won’t be an issue as it handles loops as well as one-shots. Even if this ends up being problematic, the SP-16 offers way more in terms of performing “raw” versions of tracks alongside my CDJs than the DT does (unless you all can tell me otherwise)
The DT has “nudge tempo” and no proper time stretch nor song mode. Less FX. The only thing it has is the probability sequencer stuff. With a proper song mode, 16 audio/midi tracks per pattern and 16 patterns per project I don’t really need or want it (random things happening isn’t my bag when I’m DJing). Using a DJ mixer switching to new projects isn’t a problem, there won’t be a gap in the music; I can also preview over headphones what I’m setting up before the audience hears it.
I love the DT but I’m hard pressed to think of a reason to keep it. For building tracks it doesn’t offer much the SP-16 doesn’t. I do like the DT workflow, so I’m going to try Overbridge again and see if I can get it to work with FL Studio. Its MUCH smaller than the SP-16 so I could easily take it out of studio with my laptop to use as a studio tool.
Other than that I’m at a loss. I’ve got a free channel on my DJ mixer I could use the DT on, but I also have a RD-8, TD-3 and M:S which all much more immediate for improvisation during a performance and because of the way the SP-16 can translate tempo from DJ Link into MIDI the fact that the DT has tempo nudge doesn’t matter, everything else is easy to beatmatch with the CDJs and SP-16.
Also, my brain can’t handle much more than 2xCDJs and the SP-16. Anything on that forth channel would be like drum fills and ear candy done on the fly.
edit: I also wanted to add there really isn’t even anything else on my radar I’d but if I sold the DT. Just a matter of do I let a great tool collect dust?