Must-Have Equipment for Beginner DJs
Anyone who wants to become a DJ will have to go out and purchase some basic equipment to get started. However, when doing some research you can find the sheer volume of different equipment out there overwhelming. If you are on a budget, you might be wondering where to start. Here we look at must-have equipment for beginner DJs from the DJ mixer to the controller, turntable and beyond.
To start life as a DJ the must-have equipment is:
- Turntable setup;
- DJ mixer;
- Quality headphones;
Even multiple award-winner Armin van Buuren had to start somewhere, so if you aim to follow on his footsteps and take the title of being among the best in the business someday, getting off on the right footing is a huge help.
If you want to master mixing and beat matching a good turntable is a necessity. In fact two turntables are needed and there are plenty of them on the market to choose from depending on your budget.
An essential part of any kit is the DJ mixer. This connects to the turntables to help you practice skills such as mixing and scratching, to follow in the footsteps of Carl Cox. This essential equipment is where you will control volume, the EQ and effects.
A good quality pair of headphones is an essential piece of equipment when getting started. These need to be able to replicate the treble and low-end frequencies along with being noise isolating thanks to the closed-ear design. Avoid consumer or studio headphones and make sure they are comfortable to wear for long periods, have a long cable and are built to last.
You do not have to go all out and buy a laptop that has top specs. One of the main concerns when purchasing a laptop for DJing is that it is able to run the software you have elected to use. Choose a laptop with a minimum of 2GB RAM, a hard drive with around 25GB, a dual or quad-core processor, with USB connection and you cannot go wrong. The screen size should be around 15.6 inches at least.
The DJ Software
There is a multitude of software out there, which makes choosing difficult. Top DJs such as Armin van Buuren and Calvin Harris utilize both FL Studio and Ableton Live, neither being cheap. However, when starting out you might want to go for something with a more affordable price tag first. You can try out trial versions of software to check them out before committing.
Your mixes are not going to sound their best coming out of the tiny speakers on the laptop so you are going to want to purchase good quality speakers. The type of speakers to some extent will depend on the venues you are playing and skill level. If you are playing in front of others DJ monitor speakers are worth the layout. If you are only practicing in your garage or living room, a basic set of two speakers with a sub-woofer will do the job. When considering speakers self-powered are better as they come with amplifiers tuned and optimized.
While the above equipment does not guarantee that you will enjoy the same success as professionals such as Carl Cox and Armin van Buuren, it will help you get started. Practice makes perfect, so get scratching and mixing on your DJ mixer and who knows where you will end up, maybe in front of a huge crowd in Ibiza.