You know that a well functioning laptop is mandatory for DJing but that alone does not complete your gear, does it?
But what and how should you go about it? What are the things to check before buying any of them?
Here are 6 essentials not to miss while arranging the perfect DJ kit for yourself.
The mixer is the heart of your DJ Setup. What would a DJ do without a mixer? While picking a mixer, more channels (each with an individual level meter and gain controls), basic outputs and a high number of inputs must be your priorities.
Note that the number of channels and inputs don’t have to be the same. Make sure the crossfaders of your mixer are of decent quality.
If you’ve passed the beginner stage and are about to become a pro, choose a mixer with an integrated sampler. These mixers are expensive but if you know the method of operation, you won’t regret buying one.
Turntables are conventional DJ equipment still used by many. The words ‘turntablist’ and ‘DJ’ are often used interchangeably.
Turntables allow you to manipulate records by scratching while the mixer is plugged in. There’s no delay in music when you’re mixing the tunes. It is common to use two or more turntables combined with a mixer (a single turntable does not need a mixer).
High frequency, RPM (Rotations Per Minute) and less vibration are a few things to consider before you buy a turntable. For better flexibility, choose a turntable which can be connected in both wireless and wired modes. You can pick any one of the top models in turntables as compromising with the quality will ruin your DJing experience.
Controllers are a better choice than turntables in terms of price, portability, and functionality. If your DJing skills are advanced, it’s high time to move for a controller.
A controller along with a suitable DJ software makes your job of mixing jams as easy as pie. If you’re just out of the beginner phase, modular controllers help you in getting clear with the usage of a controller. All-in-one controllers are pretty convenient for complex mixes, though.
Bear in mind that your DJ laptop should be compatible with your controller (the requirements for compatibility vary with each controller).
As a DJ, you must have a pair of loudspeakers in your gear. High wattage does not imply more sound. But do check the watts as it will help you to choose your other equipment to balance the overall wattage. If you are intending to have an amplifier along with your gear, passive sound speakers are absolutely delightful. But without an amplifier, passive speakers fail your gig. This is when active speakers gotta be your pick. The cost of running a pair of passive speakers with an amplifier is equal to the cost of running a pair of active speakers. Run a thorough test before buying as the failure of speakers at your event is the worst thing to happen.
What comes to your mind when you imagine a DJ? A cool dude with headphones on!
Headphones that work excellently are much needed for any DJ, whether an amateur or a pro. Comfort is the first thing to be checked while picking your pair of headphones. Please be generous to yourself by spending money on your headphones as cheaper and mediocre models are as good as having no headphones.
Sound quality and noise cancellation are obvious checkpoints for the headphones. Needless to say, durability should not be overlooked.
- Mounts & Cases
These can be described as accessories for your equipment. As you see the list above, you understand that packing all of them to take along with you to the venue is not as easy as it sounds. Buy strong and sturdy cases in which you can fit your equipment. Bags are not recommended due to frequent wear and tear.
Often, your laptop may not match the height of your turntables and mixer which slows down your work. Pick a laptop stand that suits your DJ needs and you’re good to go.
DJing is not something you learn overnight. With these must-have tools, set out your journey and you’ll gain experience in becoming a pro.