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"More Is Than Isn’t was recorded at Rjd2’s Dustbowl Studios, which inhabit four rooms of his two-story Philadelphia home. A “sampling room” consists of two Technics SL 1200 Mk turntables, Akai MPC 2000XL, and approximately 8,000 vinyl records." -[eMusician](http://www.emusician.com/artists/1333/rjd2---more-is-than-isnt-and-the-mad-men-theme/45928)more
Technics SL1200 Turntable (x2) Gear info: Quartz Synthesizer Direct Drive Turntable Total quartz locked continuous pitch adjustment up to +/-8% Precision molded aluminum diecast cabinet and heavy rubber base material help absorb unwanted vibrations Unwavering quartz DD accuracy: wow & flutter 0.01%, rumble -78 dB (DINB) Very high torque for quick start-ups Highly sensitive low-mass tonearm with gimbal suspension Also available in black Used: Liam uses them when he is doing DJ sets.more
Got these modded by Turntable Pimp: Mk5 pitch faders and removal of quarz lock Respray of tonearm base and deck case to Matte Black Internal Grounds Upgraded RCA cables Got the original Mk2 tonearms (one dating back to '82) with Ortofon Dj S cartridges and stylus. Great for scratching, sampling. Anything.
I managed to grab a pair of these right around the time they were discontinued (although I heard there is a petition to bring them back that Panasonic is actually paying attention to... fingers crossed), and I love them. I learned how to DJ on a set that a friend had, so it is really cool to be able to have some in-home to practice on instead of having to use a controller of some kind. I use them for sampling old records quite a bit as well, and they are pretty essential for crate diggers. Plus, there isn't really a better feeling than spinning on vinyl. It just feels so much more authentic.
This is the turntable all DJs chase after. It took me 15 years to finally get my hands on one and now I have it as well as a 1210 MK2. The next upgrade is a matched set of MK5s or the new Pioneer turntables that are to take their place.
I use a single 1200 primarily to manipulate audio/word samples during my songs with Traktor. I also use it like a instrument with various sounds and chords with custom key shift mapping on my mixer, or the pitch slider and cross fader. It's part DJ tool, part unbridled instrument.