Why It’s Okay To Use Cheap DJ Equipment

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It should come as no secret that DJ equipment can cost quite a pretty penny. Between the necessary hardware—headphones, controllers, laptops, mixers and speakers—and the software, your kit can easily surpass $1,000. If you have a good day job and spending money on solid equipment is no big deal…great! But for most aspiring DJs, buying top of the line equipment means choosing between DJ headphones and rent.

So, is it really all that taboo to buy (and use) cheap DJ equipment? I think if the equipment is working well, in budget and compatible with your updated laptop, then cheap is the way to go. Don’t listen to your non-cash-strapped friends when it comes to the latest and greatest piece of DJ machinery to hit the market, listen to me.

And I’ll tell you why…

You Still Need To Get To Gigs

I don’t mean to insinuate that all budding DJs are broke ass college students because I know that simply isn’t true. But I also know that if you’re reading about why it’s okay to use cheap DJ equipment, money is a bit of an issue for you. So don’t get all offended just listen to my rationale.

Buying DJ equipment is expensive when it’s brand new and even more when it’s new to the market. So if you blow $3,000 on equipment how are you going to afford to get to those paying gigs that have just started rolling in? If you live in a big city then you really only have to worry about gas and maybe parking, but if you get gigs in another town you are talking about some serious money spent.

You’ll need gas money to get to wherever this gig is located, food (unless it is comp’d by the club) and lodging. Even if you spend as little money as possible, you’re still talking a few hundred bucks, which you won’t have if you blow it all on shiny new DJ equipment.

You Aren’t There Yet

The truth of the matter is that you are a new DJ, still learning his craft. Whether you like that fact or not isn’t an issue here, but what is an issue is that you still have a lot to learn about using DJ equipment. Why spend a lot of money on a piece of equipment you don’t know how to use yet, and may ultimately end up hating?

Do you know any DJs? If so then you know they are all partial to a specific brand, and not because they are sponsored by them. There is a reason for that; DJs are finicky creatures who like what they like and if one brand doesn’t suit their needs, they move on until they find one that does.

When you feel more at ease using your equipment without squinting because you don’t know all of the knobs and buttons, you’ll know more about what you need and want in your DJ hardware.

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Slow Build

Another reason it is totally okay to use cheap DJ equipment, in my opinion, is because it allows you to slowly build the DJ kit you really want. I am a big fan of the slow build because back in the early days when I had to scrimp and save for every piece of hardware I wanted, it

So I learned my lesson and slowly began to build up my kit. Get one thing you want or need at a time instead of trying to save up to spend too much money at once. Just look at any DJ store and you’ll see how quickly new hardware and software hits the shelves.

Gifts, Duh!

Okay maybe I have gifts on the mind because it is just that gift giving time of year, but also because it is another awesome reason to stick with your cheap DJ equipment for awhile. There is always some reason or another to give someone a gift; birthday, Halloween (is that just me?), Christmas, Kwanzaa or whatever other reason your friends and family celebrate.

Between actual gifts, cash and certificates this is the perfect way to find yourself sitting smack in the middle of a new DJ kit.

My point is that first of all there is NO shame in using cheap DJ equipment. We all have to start some place. You should be worried about more important things like; does the equipment work? Do you know how to use the DJ equipment? Do you have any sets to play or any gigs to play them?

Purchasing brand new DJ equipment you can’t afford when you don’t have the skill to use it, is like buying a Ferrari that you can’t afford and have no driver’s license allowing you to drive it. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

When you start playing enough gigs to be able to afford new DJ equipment, then you can go out and get it. Besides there will always be people out there with more money than sense and they’ll get rid of equipment that is like new and you can snatch it up for a steal!

I hope I helped you get comfortable with the idea of using cheap DJ equipment. Email in the box below to get access to Free video DJ lessons that will answer all of your questions on how to become a disk jockey!

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