Make a meaningful investment and help young hip-hop artists in the nation’s capital receive instruction and access to technology that helps them pursue their dreams as artists and entrepreneurs.
Slip Mats $40 (Share: $20)
Even the most basic of tools make the educational experience of a students at the DC Urban Arts Academy more productive. A slip mat is a circular piece of felt material that replaces the rubber mat on the turntable. It is used to stop the record without stopping the turntable motor.
iPodShuffle $100 (Share: $40)
Musical knowledge is the foundation of any DJ’s ability to rock a party or produce a good mixtape. DJ and Production instructors are often given assigned listening for homework. Giving them access to assigned listening to enhance their musical knowledge will only make them better DJ’s and keepers of the culture.
Mixer $300 (Share: $60)
The mixer is a vital audio mixing console used by DJs. The key features that differentiate a DJ mixer from other types of audio mixers are the ability to redirect (cue) a non-playing source to headphones and the presence of a crossfader, which allows for an easier transition between two sources. This piece of equipment is what allows a DJ to create one continuous groove.
MPC $600 (Share: $80)
Making music takes the right tool. Some have gone through many model types. The MPC1000 is a foundational tool for any aspiring producer, beat builder or even DJ. This MPD is a 64-track sampler/sequencer. It comes with 16 MB sample memory as standard, and can be expanded to 128 MB. It supports a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz, in stereo or mono. Its features include a USB port, an internal CompactFlash card reader, two MIDI inputs and outputs, and effects and multiple analog outputs as standard.
Turntable $1000 (Share: $100)
Often called tanks, the Technics SL-1200 are a series of turntables manufactured since October 1972 by Matsushita under the brand name of Technics. Originally released as a high fidelity consumer record player, it quickly became adopted among radio and club DJs. Since its release in 1978, SL-1200MK2 and its successors have been the most common turntable for DJing and scratching. Since 1972, more than 3 million units have been sold. It is widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable turntables ever produced. Many of the models manufactured in the 1970s are still in heavy use.