If you are interested in joining DJing, you do not only need to learn any skills, you must make sure you have all the DJ equipment you need. In this article, we assume that you are interested in DJing for party lakes, not corporate events and weddings, which requires a completely different type of equipment setup. What follows is a general guide for what to consider when building your DJ equipment setup.
Turntables are the first to remember when DJ equipment comes into play, but not all turntables are created alike. The type of turntable you are looking for is called a direct-drive turntable. These let you scratch and mix music in a way that traditional turntables do not. Traditional turntables include belts that can be stretched or even snap if you stress them by scratching your vinyl records. In addition to this you must have two turntables of the same factory and model to switch from one song to the next, mix them together without pausing between them.
In addition to the lack of belt, direct-drive turntables should use needles that are specially designed for scratches. Unlike traditional needles, these will not harm your vinyl records. Nevertheless, these needles can and may break after longer use, so its a good idea to buy spare parts and keep them with your DJ equipment all the time.
A mixer is part of the DJ equipment that you use to connect your turntable and your CD or MP3 player to the amplifier. You can use a mixer to control the volume of each turntable separately. The mixer allows a DJ to mix the end of a song to the beginning of a new song by lowering the volume of a disc player while the volume of another is set. A professionally designed mixer will be equipped with hooks for two turntables, a CD player or other music source and a fourth audio input for anything else a DJ could imagine. A high quality mixer lets you not only control the volume for each individual audio source, but also adjust the total volume.
A mixer will not be suitable for use as a DJ device unless it is equipped with a crossfader. This is a volume control that lets you beat an audio source down and another at the same time. A DJ can use this feature to smoothly transition from one song to the next. To be effective, there should be cross-monitoring controls that allow you to mix between two of the audio sources.
Equalizers allow DJ to further fine tune the sound of the music by adjusting bass, treble and other functions. Equalizers that come with most mixers are usually not high enough in quality for professional use. Most will buy a separate equalizer as their own piece of DJ equipment in order to exercise maximum control over their production.
Speaker and Amplifier:
When you buy an amplifier, make sure its big enough to handle all the arenas youre considering DJing in. An amplifier is an important part of the DJ equipment, as it is the last source of music. If it is low in quality or not strong enough, the music sounds distorted or silent. Make sure all the speakers you buy to go with it are of the right impedance. If they are not, you may not get as much of your system as possible. In some cases, you may even stop harming your system. Do not waste money by buying wrong equipment to begin with.
If you are new to DJing, you might wonder why you would need to headphones if you play music that everyone in the room should be able to hear. It is a common misconception that DJs have headphones strictly for stylistic purposes. You will need headphones to hear all the subtle quirks that most people will not be able to hear. You must be able to hear your music better than anyone else in the club to give them the best experience. Isolated headphones are the only variety that fits like a lot of DJ equipment. These types of headphones are required to hear what you do without distractions from the party.