What Was The All-In-One Setup Every DJ Wanted In 1975?

There were way less DJs in the 1970s, unlike the explosion of DJs in the last five to ten years, but there still was plenty of gear to be lusting after back then. Interestingly a popular movement at the time was to combine all of the gear into one master combined all-in-one device. Sound familiar?

Image via user goawaywhatsapp on Reddit’s /r/DJs

The Squire Stateline was one of quite a few integrated all-in-one “DJ consoles”, which incorporated two turntables, a tape player, and an on-console mixer.

A lot of old-school DJs will scoff at the notion that these consoles were really that highly desired. The turntables themselves were often belt-driven – and with the first Technics SL-1200 having come out in 1972, there was soon to be no excuse for mixing on a sloppier belt-drive.

Here’s a few more Citronic console units, shared and identified by user Muckerbarnes1 on the Speakerplans.com forums:

Want to see one of these consoles in action? Youtube’s Ellaskins put up this video of him doing 10 minutes on a Citronic Tamar:

Anyone ever had a mix on one of these? Let’s hear your experiences in the comments below! 

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  • stuart

    Can anyone tell me please what amp I need for the Citronic Severn II popular that I have bought from an auction ? (it came without). The turntables work out and I can get sound through the head phones socket on the unit OK but when I connect up the output jack socket, to my hifi amp, I don’t get any sound through the speakers…which I was expecting would work …!? Any advice please ?

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  • Wonkar

    Let’s see Paris Hilton copy that routine with the same equipment !!!

  • Wonkar

    My first decks were the Citronic Stereo Popular unpowered with a separate 200w x 200w Amp ! I still have the decks in my loft…… Last used in 1989 !

  • ghal gol hajt

    they still do the job very well

  • Brooklyn Terry Wright

    I think there is one thing they kind of missed in the video above… Live music drifts there is no steady tempo. These records he is playing are digitally produced meaning they dont drift really. this would have been 500% harder if he was playing live music

    • JoeyM

      Try taking a Donna Summer track into a Gino Soccio track with that.

  • ric sims

    my back hurts just thinking about hauling that beast around….but pretty cool for the era

  • eugene

    FINALLY! A worthy, original article.

  • Kevin

    This….is….so…..COOL!..Awesome article and video!

  • John Doyle

    1200 didn’t exist in 1972

    • Marco Hooghuis

      Yes it did.

    • Gavin Varitech

      In fact it did. The MKII didn’t come out till 79 but the SL-1200 was released in 72, just like the article says.

    • Dan White

      You need to step up your Wikipedia game! 🙂

  • Tim Maughan

    Played my first ever set on a Severn II Popular – hey, I’m not that old tho, it was 1991. First time I’d ever touched some decks so didn’t even try mixing. Did manage to roll out some Prodigy, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Kevin Sanderson tunes IIRC…

  • Paper Trust

    Don’t forget 7″ player Calvin DJ and Vestax Warlord 2004 prototype.

    • Dan White

      Wow that Vestax Warlord is incredible. Better hope you don’t have a tiny car if you’re trying to take it someplace!

      • Mark Settle

        It’s a typical one of a kind piece from the collective brains of Vestax and Thud Rumble. There was another product called the Atom that never appeared. I wish I knew where the Warlord prototype ended up.

  • jm2c

    Heh, my cousin brought one of those to our flat when we lived a few years in the same apt. It was already on its last legs IIRC, but we did manage to play with it some. It was a fiddly SOB to mix on lol