players, to play records at parties. They would also use a mixing table, or mixer—an electronic device placed between the two turntables and connected to them. The DJ could control the sound of each turntable from the mixing table. For instance, the DJ could change the speed of one of the records, to create a faster beat. The DJ could also fade one song into another to create a smooth transition, so that dancers would not stop

At 1970s parties, DJs would use two turntables to isolate the drum breaks on a funk or R&B record. They would play the break on one record; then, as the break was coming to an end, would switch to the other turntable, where the needle was lined up to replay the same break. This enabled DJs to extend a break for as long as they wanted.


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