Guide To Finding the Right DJ Equipment For Your Events

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The first step to succeeding as a DJ is finding the right kind of equipment irrespective of whether you plan to perform for a massive crowd or just inside your own bedroom. With this objective, we have listed below, some of the important factors that will help you choose DJ equipment that best fits your precise needs. As for the brands to choose from, Pioneer, Yamaha, KRK, Focusrite, Mackie, and Adam Hall are among popular choices. All these brands can be rented out from DJ speakers at JD’s for an unbelievable price.

Digital vs. Vinyl

Like in many other facets of life, the digital world has created massive impact in the field of music too. With the digital medium, you have the ability to carry large volumes of multiple collections in miniaturised cards. But, if you are one of those traditional players, the chances are that you would continue to prefer vinyl. With advanced technology, there is little or no difference between the two and only personal preference will prevail.

Package vs. individual pieces

When you set out shopping for DJ equipment you can either individual pieces, perhaps one at a time, or choose a package that has all the components in a single box and single price. Packages are generally preferred by beginners while professionals tend to pick individual pieces to customise their studio. Regarding price, packages tend to be more affordable. The following are among the key factors that you should focus on while shopping for your DJ equipment.

Turntables

You will find belt driven turntables as well as the direct drive type. The belt driven turntables are relatively cheaper and could be suitable for DJs just starting out. But, as you progress to professional levels, the direct drive turntables are significantly better on various counts.

Start/stop buttons

This feature allows you to change the stop or start speed which can impact the playing style.

Pitch control and speed selection

Usually, the playback speed is set at 33/45 rpm though some tables may also offer a 78 rpm option. The speed control helps in fine tuning the speeds via the pitch control up to about 8% more or less.

Output options: Phono vs. Line vs. Digital

Most turntables have phono as the standard output which would also mean that you need a mixer with a phono input. In addition to this, some turntables also offer a line-level output that is switchable that can be connected to a line-input in your mixer.

Prices: For those looking for professional performance, expensive tables provide value for money proposition in the longer term. Beginners, however, can choose a cheaper option with minimum features but still be able to enjoy some decent outputs.

Mixers

Gray colored mixer with headphone

Often times, mixers occupy the centre stage of a DJ setup and can make all the difference between a professional and amateurish performance. The mixer connects all your gears together and is home for many of the features and controls that help with customising your sound.

Depending on your needs and the level of performance expected, you should pay attention to the number of channels that can be connected, and input/output RCA. Check out the features offered by the mixer you choose and ensure that they answer your specific needs. Similarly, you should also look for a range of controls that are offered by most mixers.

Crossfaders/faders

As the name suggests these are sliding levers that allow you to fade your volume in/out. Channels faders help in controlling volume for a single source. On the other hand, crossfaders have the ability to fade multiple channels simultaneously. However, heavy use will accelerate the wear and tear of crossfaders and therefore you are better off with a mixer that comes with a replaceable crossfader.

Pricing

The price of mixers varies widely depending on the features they offer. Most mixers can be upgraded when required, and therefore beginners can opt for basic models with minimal features for a start.

CD Players

Digital CD players have seen a wide range of improvements in the recent past and many professional DJs today have moved away from the traditional turntables. However, some devout DJs continue to hold onto the spinning vinyl. To learn more about buying modern day CD players, you can go here. CD players come at different price points, and if you are only looking for the basic functions with an attractive design, you can save a few hundred dollars. When you move to the top edge, the price is determined by the array of features, the particular CD player has to offer. If you are one who is just stepping out into the world of DJs, you can also look for all-in-one packs could be an ideal choice. These packages offer economy as well as most of the basic functionality needed by amateurs.


Till next time,
Natasha Leon

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