Before i even start, let me point out that i've been DJ'ing since before the time CDJ1000 mk1's came out, started with vinyl, moved on to CD, and now moved on to Traktor. Any long-time member of this forum can confirm that i can beatmatch 3 turntables seamlessly and quickly. Sure, there are many wannabe DJ's out there that use the sync button to 'mix' for them, there's no denying that. But, even using a sync button CORRECTLY is very difficult, in order to get your beatgrids 100% right to avoid phasing when you're mixing takes a well-trained ear. There are still many dinosaurs out there who are scared by syncing, but the fact of the matter is that in letting the computer do some of the work for you, you liberate more time to work effectively on 4 decks with loops, samples, drummachines, ableton, effects, and filters... I don't see what the problem is with syncing if you use the time you gain from it effectively to do things you would never be able to do in a traditional set up. I might also add that the CDJ2000 now also has sync capabilities....
As I understand, your main argument agains Traktor and in favor of CDJ 2000's are that the effects in Traktor are rubbish. I'm not even going to argue with you that Traktor effects are in fact not, I guess Richie Hawtin, Rafik, and many other well established DJ's across all genres must be totally mistaken. However, how do the Traktor effects compare to those on a CDJ 2000? Oh right, a 2000 doesn't have any
. If you don't like the way they sound, don't use them and rely entirely on an external effector or patch your sound through Ableton. I will however readily admit that the key lock on CDJ's is much better than on Traktor, however this is only noticeable if you go well beyond the 3% pitch range, which i personally never do.?
However, my favorite argument you have against Traktor is that its cheap. I don't quite catch your drift on how it being less than 1/6 the price of a pair of CDJ's (and you get 4 decks instead of 2!) is a bad thing, perhaps you could enlighten me?
So back to the opening poster's question: get CDJ's or Traktor? I'd say go for TSP, I too love the feel of vinyl and the fact that i can keep that feel without having to lug around kilos of vinyls to each gig and still being limited to about 200 LP's... But my main argument for Traktor is that it has implemented MIDI. I absolutely adore the fact that I can go out and buy a controller and program it to do exactly what I want, and expand my setup with MIDI instruments. Vinyl was for the first generation of DJ's, CD for the second, and now Timecode for the third - even Pioneer has understood this and is making their gear DVS-compatible.
Signing off, your resident Traktor Fanboy