Distorted sound, Low signal, unable to use deck with serato.
Music will start to drag, almmost to a stop. I've replaced cartridges, control records(serato),and i have mixed on diff. setups, and I still have this problem on my deck, not the others that I've tested and troubleshot on. I am not setup near any magnets or speakers. I've owned my decks for about 3 yrs. They are sl1210mk5g. Please help! Thanx.
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I just want to clarify the way you have your gear set up.,
Normally this is enough to annoy anyone.
Having set all the equipment up,this is what I would do.....
Try without Serato
Firstly I would set the records & platters and then the counterweights,
Then I would do an audible check.Headphones,Monitors and then front of house system
If this passes I will then set the room levels for comfort and then the eq band gets a tune up for the room,
If this set up procedure works then connect Serato,
If problems persists then Uninstall Serato and Reinstall.
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It is hard to guess what is causing this but for all of the gain to be reduced like that either the deck has seen some really high input signal in the past that blew out some amplifiers or that there is a power supply component that has taken the input electronics down. I suspect that you will need to have a Technician look at it. If you are near Chicago, I may be your answer, I have been working with these Teac units for 40 years and was a Lead Tech at Chicago Factory Service in Arlington Heights. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are far off- I have other people that can do the job one in New Jersey and a few others.
This could be a defective cartridge or a bad belt. It all depends upon the type of distortion that is present. Poor speed control can be difficult to hear with speech but very noticable in music. With low volume sources, poor quality may not be as noticable and hide cartridge problems. Can you please update this with a description of the distortion as well as the model number?
The AT-PL120 uses a magnetic cartridge to extract a music signal from the record. Magnetic cartridges all put out a very weak electric signal, and so their output must be strengthened, or amplified, to where it is as strong as the input from, say, a CD player. This amplification is provided by a pre-amp. If your receiver has dedicated "phono" inputs the pre-amp circuits are already in the receiver. If you do not have dedicated phono inputs you must either buy a pre-amp, or buy a magnetic cartridge turntable with a pre-amp built into itself. The AT-PL120 has a built in pre-amp. You can switch the AT-PL120's preamp on or off. The switch is located under the platter at the back side of the turntable. Take the platter mat off and turn one of the platter's holes to the back and you should see the switch through the hole. If you push the switch to LINE OUT the preamp is turned on and the turntable sends an amplified cartridge signal out the cables which MUST be connected to a receiver inout suitable for a CD player (a "high level" input). If you push the pre-amp selector switch to PHONO OUT the turntable sends the weak unstrengthened cartridge signal out the cables which MUST be connected to the receiver's dedicated PHONO inputs so the signal can be amplified with the receiver's own pre-amp circuits.
If everything is set wrong (i.e. LINE OUT (pre-amp on), and connected to phono inputs) you are applying two steps of strengthening to the turntable's signal which is too much. The resultant sound will be garbled. Try not to do this!
The other way to do everything wrong is set the pre-amp switch to PHONO OUT (pre-amp off) and connect the turntable's cables to a high level input. If this happens the turntable signal receives no amplification and the resultant sound will be thin and weak.
Have you tried to uninstall serato and reinstall
It sounds like the version of serato may have issues with it.
Could be worth a try,
this seems to run well for most people that use it,
so I would be looking at the version you have and the equipment its attached to,
to find out if they are compatible,
Any issues should be reported to Serato so they can rectify,
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your using itunes and trying to export your library that is the problem it has metatag encoding which at this time is not supported by serato and says it all over there sites forum. There are ways to do it but none of which i know that are legal or condone. Your best bet is to not use itunes as many djs acknowlodge that since you cant use itunes to dj with, even in your bedroom as stated in there terms of service that it is not worth using itunes. I use other types of music collections on like such as mp3.com and rhapsody or dancerecords.com to download all my music to dj with.