Deciding to start your career as a DJ is not as easy as you may think. Playing in front of people and making them dance to your music is not a walk in the park. So, as much as possible, you need to prepare yourself before making your debut.
In order to start right, you need to have basic DJ and studio equipment. This is the only way that you’ll be able to practice and eventually play your own music.
Anyway, we will be showing you 5 of the basic equipment that you will need for your journey.
This equipment is primarily responsible for mixing sounds. Since you decided to become a DJ, you should understand that it’s not just about the music, it’s also about how you play the music.
It’s basic to have at least two input devices in order to mix tunes but what you should consider most is the features that each device has. The more advanced, the better. However, you may have to think if you can handle it or not since you are still starting.
This equipment is considered as the core of any professional DJ. The purpose of a mixer is to add effects and tricks which makes a certain sound unique and danceable. It also allows the smooth transition of music on your input devices.
Not having a mixer would just make your sound sloppy and unprofessional.
Did you know that it is very different listening to music from an earphone and from a booming sound box? A DJ needs to hear their music up close so that they could judge when to add the effects or to shift to other music.
All of that would be harder to achieve if you rely on sound boxes because other noises could drown the sound.
Just because headphones are much more helpful for a DJ in terms of playing, doesn’t mean you don’t need to set up your own sound system. Of course, you will need to hear how your music will sound in the perspective of the crowd.
Due to modernization brought by technology, using a controller and a laptop for mixing your music became much more preferable. The purpose of the controller is essentially like turntables and mixers.
However, instead of making use of input devices for mixing music, you get to use software for it.
Basically, this is how your beginner set-up should be. An input device, a mixer, headphones, and a sound system. If you’d like to go with the modern approach, you can trade your input device and mixer for a controller and a laptop.
Whichever set-up it might be, the only thing that you should be sure about is which type would make you feel more comfortable. You’ll play much better when you consider your own comfort.