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Fat Boy Slim is Cooking with Rane
One of the world’s best known DJs, Fatboy Slim - aka Norman Cook - hosted his fifth Big Beach Bootique at the beginning of June and his trusty new customised Rane Sixty-Two mixer was helping him to dish out the beats.
The event was held a few miles inland, at Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s new stadium in Falmer. This did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of music fans who were treated to two days of music from Cook and fellow DJs including Carl Cox, Nero, plus Annie Mac, DJ Fresh, Luciano and 2 Bears.
Cook was introduced to Serato Scratch Live vinyl emulation software back in 2008 by fellow Brighton DJ, JFB. JFB has since become a well-known DJ in his own right, becoming DMC UK DJ Champion last year, and has also become an integral part of the Big Beach Bootique.
Scratch Live is designed for exclusive use with Rane hardware and so he adopted the Rane TTM57SL performance mixer. More recently, he was introduced to the Sixty-Two at Serato’s headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.
Distributed in the UK by Sennheiser UK, Rane DJ equipment is used by the best in the business, attracted by its combination of excellent functionality and extreme reliability. But for someone like Cook - a self-confessed Luddite - Rane’s willingness to provide him with custom options is a godsend.
“From the beginning he had to cover a number of the buttons so as not to touch them by accident during blackouts in shows,” says Sennheiser UK product manager Paul Nunnington. “Previously he’s used gaffa tape and Perspex panels to prevent accidental use of certain front panel controls. However, he was so impressed with the Sixty-Two that Rane manufactured a new panel just for him and screen-printed Fat Boy Slim on the side. This makes it look a lot neater and is a true custom solution.”
"I am digging the Sixty-Two big time,” says Cook. “The EQs are savage, the filters sexy and the onboard FX user-friendly enough for even a luddite like me.
“Most importantly, the sound quality is second to none and there are two laptop inputs, so I can have a spare plugged in and ready to go if mine crashes (it does happen!)."