Choosing DJ equipment can be difficult when there are so many different options in the market, how do you choose what’s best for you?
Much like a guitar was to Jimi Hendrix, your DJ equipment is essential in order for you to practice and become professional. However, with so many different pieces of equipment on the market, choosing what you need can be a confusing ordeal.
Make Yourself a Budget
DJ equipment can be very expensive, especially when you get to the equipment that the professionals use. When you’re starting out, you don’t want to waste too much money on equipment that you might not like.
If you know DJs in the business, get in touch with them and ask if they know any financing, would mind letting you see and practice on what they use. Not only is this a nice way to get a one-on-one teaching session, but you’ll also be able to test and see if you like certain equipment.
Failing that, there is nothing wrong with buying second-hand at first. Make sure you have a budget in mind and work from there. You can easily upgrade once you start bringing in money. Please check the option on eBay and Gumtree.
Another option is to spread the cost up to 24 months using the finances available online, please check it on the links below:
Remember, applying for an installment plan is similar to applying for a new credit card. To increase the chances of acceptance, ideally, you will have a good credit history – (no late payments, CCJ’s, etc) – and meet the following minimum criteria:
- Be over 18 years of age
- Be working at least 16 hours per week
- Have 3 years of UK address history
CDJs Set-up + mixer
Perhaps the most popular, using a combination of a CDJ and a mixer is more expensive than a DJ controller. The advantage here, though, is that you get far more control and there’s a lot more that you can do with tracks while using this equipment.
Your CDJ allows you to play digital music stored on the likes of a USB. The mixer is where you’ll be able to manipulate the music to add transitions and mix tracks together, allowing you to add your own spin to a piece of audio.
If you’re worried about the expense of a CDJ and a mixer, keep in mind that you can upgrade these piece by piece. Start with relatively cheap or second-hand options, then upgrade different parts when you can.
Choosing DJ equipment can feel confusing. The most important factor, though, is setting yourself a budget and keeping to it. You don’t need to buy the best in equipment straight away, instead, upgrade over time.
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DJ Setup Options for Beginners
When you’re just starting out, one of the easiest setups you can get is a DJ controller. These are simple tools that can be hooked up to your laptop to give you better control when using software such as Traktor or Serato.
These won’t give you the ability to mix audio, like a mixer, but it can be used as a signal for your software to mix. You’ll also have the ability to preview music in your headphones before you play it over your main output.
A DJ controller is often the cheapest option for a beginner, but keep in mind that you will also need headphones, a computer and speakers too.
When many of us think of a DJ, we imagine a pair of turntables in our heads. These days, most DJs work with digital music for ease and less space. If you’re dedicated to vinyl, though, you’ll need a turntable.
As well as your turntable you will need: mixer, needles, cartridges, speakers, slip mats and headphones, so it can be a pricey affair. You’ll also need a substantial record collection, especially if you plan to DJ somewhere where people make requests.
You could also consider a DVS (Digital Vinyl System), which will give you that wonderful vinyl sound while working digitally.
Multiple-deck set-up (CDJ+ Controller)
Carl Cox reveals his latest DJ set-up, explaining how it works, his filtering techniques, use of FX and how he really uses the MODEL 1 like a true instrument.
Remember you can always find a finance available for buying your equipment, and it is an investment for your new Business and Career.