DJ History Timeline (inspired by Jodi's TBT)

Not open for further replies.


DJ Emeritus
Some DJ Milestones


First stereophonic disco system debuts at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York.

Featured the Canada-A-Go-Go and Carnival-A-Go-Go sound systems designed by audio engineer Alex Rosner (a Holocaust survivor by virtue of being on Schindler’s List).


David Mancuso starts throwing after-hours parties in the loft where he lived in New York City that became known as “The Loft.”

Considered the pioneer of modern clubbing he soon met Alex Rosner and together they applied the Broadway concept of separate tweeter and bass reinforcement to the Loft’s sound system by adding separate tweeter arrays and subwoofers, thus setting a new standard for clubs everywhere.


First DJ mixer is designed for the Haven Club by Alex Rosner.

Nicknamed “Rosie” for its inventor and red color. A one-off stereo design for in-house use by their resident DJ, Francis Grasso, recognized as the Godfather of the modern performing DJ.


First commercially available DJ mixer, the Bozak CMA-10-2DL rotary club mixer.

Designed by Rudy Bozak with input from Alex Rosner & Richard Long. [Note: Allen-Bradley rotary controls were used since they were sealed and could pass Rosner’s spilled Coca Cola reliability test.]


Grandmaster Flash develops his “Quick Mix Theory” for cutting and mixing records.


Grand Wizzard Theodore invents “scratching.”


First 12-inch single pressed, titled “So Much for Love” by Moment of Truth.

Mixed by Tom Moulton; intended for private use it was never sold commercially. “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure is generally considered the first commercial 12-inch single.


Citronic SMP101 mixer. First British mixer with a horizontal crossfader.


Paradise Garage opens in New York City.

Featuring Larry Levan as DJ (who some consider the greatest DJ ever) using Richard Long’s first big sound system through his new company: Richard Long & Associates (RLA).


GLI PMX 7000 Mixer.

First U.S. mixer to incorporate a horizontal crossfader labeled “Transition Control,” and first affordable DJ mixer (became known as the poor man’s Bozak).


Studio 54 opens in New York City.

Studio 54 used RLA’s famous sound system based on the Paradise Garage design, which quickly became known as the best in New York City.


Technics SL-1200 Mark2 Released.

Also known as the SL-1200MK2, the iconic turntablist turntable is a beefed up version of the original SL-1200 home hi-fi model released in 1972.


Kraftwerk “Computer World,” Human League “Dare” and Depeche Mode “Speak & Spell“ are released.

Processor-controlled sequencers and drum machines create perfect 4/4 timing for beatmixing. Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” is the year‘s best-selling single.


“The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel.”

Grandmaster Flash mixed samples from various groups using three decks. Uses: Chic “Good Times,”
Blondie “Rapture,”
Queen “Another One Bites the Dust,”
Sugar Hill Gang “8th Wonder,”
Furious Five “Birthday Party,”
Spoonie Gee “Monster Jam.”

Richard Long contacts Rane to OEM the X3000A, Q5000 & M3000.

Richard Long redesigns his disco systems, Famous Disco Clubs Worldwide, to use Rane AC 22 and AC 23 crossovers to replace his original X2000, X4000, X5000 and X6000 crossovers. [RLA Crossovers]


MP 24 DJ Club Mixer.

  • Cleanest and quietest DJ mixer to date.
  • First assignable crossfader with defeat switch.
  • First headphone cueing system allowing either stereo program or stereo cue to both ears or mono program to right ear and mono cue to left ear, featuring pan control between program and cue.
  • First transformer coupled light controller output.
  • First use of studio-grade faders.
A 20-year life ended in 2006.


1st Digital Audio Product: AD 13 Audio Delay



Gear and Equipment Moderator
First multi-track (4-track) recording that made the Billboard charts ..... Bobby Darin's "Queen of the Hop"


Active Member
Thanks for the timeline, including visuals! Cool to be a part of this relatively new industry.


MobileBeat Moderator
Staff member
Well, it indicates "some Dj milestones". They apparently didn't think much about those media, and certainly is not an all inclusive list.

I used tapes and mini disks along with CD's until 2000. never did 8 tracks, except in my car on long trips.


It is amazing how my 1987 Numark Mixer looks exactly like the Rane Mixer. I used Numark DJ mixer and Turntables, along with Sound Craftsman Brick amps (4 each), dbx EQ and Crossover and 6 Cerwin Vega speakers (2 horn subs) and 4 V-30 (if I remember right, tops.


Senior LDJC Member
It is amazing how my 1987 Numark Mixer looks exactly like the Rane Mixer. I used Numark DJ mixer and Turntables, along with Sound Craftsman Brick amps (4 each), dbx EQ and Crossover and 6 Cerwin Vega speakers (2 horn subs) and 4 V-30 (if I remember right, tops.

(Emph. mine) Back in the day it wasn't uncommon for a LOT of brands to have looked the same...Gemini, Gem, Numark, et al.

When I started in '74 ALL of the "mixing" was done without the luxury of a cross-fader, but we, (as a whole), did it. Using balance / fade controls, (since 999 out of a thousand plays was in mono anyhow), was how we "got away" with it much of the time. On the road 99% or more of the gear we used was "home" or "commercial" equipment that we had to work hard to Mr. Dolby said: "All my tubes and wires"! While sound got better as gear became more available, it certainly didn't get much LIGHTER for years. My first "rack" consisted of an old steel industrial shelf that I drilled out to accommodate my needs, mounted with some lightweight aluminum to some plywood panels. Repainted with "wrinkle" paint and upholstery on the plywood. Even had a small squirrel cage fan to cool all the 6A- and 5U- tubes. Weight probably 80 pounds! 1/4 and RCA I/O and two XLR mic-ins. Two TTs, but added on 8T/cassette decks as well. Didn't use a crossover network till 1995!
Not open for further replies.