Looking to buy DJ equipment? Want to know how to judge the quality of used dj equipment for sale? What’s the best DJ equipment for beginners? When it comes to DJ equipment we’ve got you covered. Pretty much everything you need to know for getting started with DJing and dj gear is here!
Preparing your DJ equipment is an important part of setting up before each gig. You probably have a mental checklist to make sure all of your equipment—DJ laptops, controllers, mixers and the like—gets into your car before you get to the gig. And if you’ve ever forgotten something or had it disappear on you from your home to the club, you probably re-run that checklist as you unload your DJ software and hardware from your car to the DJ booth.
But what about the DJ tools that don’t immediately spring to mind when it comes to DJ equipment?
Well that is the stuff you’re most likely to not only forget…but inevitably need when the unthinkable happens. As a digital DJ there is a lot can go wrong. Gone are the days when a scratched record can be cast aside or a cassette tape can simply be rewound to the cue point. No, today we have to worry about all kinds of cords and wires that may just decide to stop working. Sure digital has made a DJs life a lot easier, but it also gives us a lot more to worry about.
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All DJs must be aware of the state of their equipment. For a DJ, the hardware and software that help him do his job are his job. In fact this is part of the reason ongoing gigs are so important. Of course you also want to step inside the DJ booth and let the world hear your creative musical genius, blah, blah, blah, but you also need to keep the cash coming in when your headphones turn to crap or your controller decides to stop working.
With the digital DJ gear industry booming, it can be difficult to tell a good investment from a lousy one. Whether you need to upgrade your gear because it’s outdate or has checked out on you, there’s always something new that you should be looking out for.
Getting good digital DJ gear will be money well spent, so make sure you get the lowdown on your intended DJ equipment before you spend your hard-spun cash.
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As a working DJ your ability to do your job is directly related to your gear. And while having the right gear is important, it is equally important that you don’t spend too much on the newest, shiniest piece of DJ equipment to hit the market. First of all most DJs operate on a budget, which means paying $300 for a pair of really good headphones may not be possible…or smart.
The question most DJs ask me is, how much is too much for everything from good headphones to speakers and DJ controllers. Answering this question is a lot like walking on a tightrope because if I say $150 is too much I’ll get bombarded with emails about how I’m a smug prick for suggesting that’s cheap and if I say no more than $50 then elitist DJs will be telling me I’m lying and setting you up for a pair of cheap headphones guaranteed to break after a few gigs.
So I know I don’t want to deal with all that, but I will help you figure out if the headphones you want but are mad expensive, are worth the cost.
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If you eagerly await the newest release from Serato and you’ve been waiting for a “no fuss, no muss” controller that doesn’t require you to bother with a lot of non-digital DJ gear, you’ll love the Reloop Terminal Mix 8. While this is a no frills controller, it does put on quite a show with tons of bells and whistles.
Those of you familiar with the Terminal Mix 2 and Terminal Mix 4, you’ll be in for a real big treat when you unwrap this controller, their best so far if you ask this DJ! This Serato DJ controller gives you the one thing you truly expect: total control.
We know it’s great and somewhat reasonably priced…but is it the DJ controller for you?
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The Pioneer Pro DJ XDJ-R1 is being billed as an “all-in-one” wireless DJ controller that, you guessed it, does just about everything except dress you before your gig. It’s big, sleek and kind of beautiful, but is the DJ controller for you?
The XDJ-R1 is supposed to work with everything from CDs to USBs and even flash drives and of course iOS control for you iPad and iPhone DJs out there in the land of electronica. We know its wireless, we know it’s a standalone unit…but do we know if it’s any good?
That’s what we’re here to determine!
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In the 1990’s the debate reigned supreme: Mac or PC. In this new smartphone and tablet era we are divided yet again but this time as iOS or Android people. The simple truth is that more of us are Android people, despite how cool and high quality, if insanely expensive, Apple products can be. In fact many of the new apps are not so good for Android users, mostly because they seem to have completely forgotten that we exist, well that and because Android is so pervasive that developers have a hard time creating one app that would work across the different devices on the market.
But folks, that is history because Cross DJ is out and thanks to the folks at Mixvibes, it is made with the Android user in mind. So whether you’ve just hopped on the DJ or Android bandwagon, once you hit the Play Store you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
But we’ve seen this before; new apps allegedly intended for DJs yet sadly lacking in functionality, features and visuals. So I’m going to take some time to see if Cross DJ for Android is actually good for Android users. Continue reading “Is Cross DJ Good For Android DJs?” »
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… Continue reading “Why It’s Okay To Use Cheap DJ Equipment” »
It seems as though every other month either Android or Apple is releasing another DJ related app. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that these phone manufacturers are starting to see the purchasing power of DJs around the world. But I also think that they quick release of these DJ controller apps, mixing apps and effects means they aren’t really putting out a quality product.
Whether free or cheap, you shouldn’t just download every app willy-nilly just because they tell you it’s for DJs “just like you”. I mean off course it doesn’t hurt to simply check it out to see what all the hype is about, but do you really think the newest app is going to rock your world as a DJ?
The jury is still out, but DJ Studio 5 was just released earlier this month, so let’s see if it’s worth the download. Continue reading “DJ Studio – 5 Things You Should Know” »
If you’ve been visiting How To DJ Fast then you know that I am not a purist in any sense of the word. I am a staunch advocate for change and progress, particularly when it comes to the art of DJing. Unfortunately there are plenty of purists out there claiming that tools such as Beatport, djay and laptops are killing the art of DJing.
Of course even fundamentalists are entitled to their opinions…BUT these purists are giving new DJs an improper view of what it means to be a DJ. I think it is always better to be more inclusive rather than less, and just because you don’t use vinyl or you add a bit of flash to your show doesn’t make you less of a DJ than those who inspired you to step inside the DJ booth.
Of course you’ll have to make up your mind for yourself, so let’s just keep an open mind for now, okay? Continue reading “Beatport, Android & Other Digital Tools Killing the Art of DJing” »
While there are plenty of DJs out there who look down on DJing weddings, I am not one of them. We all have to start someplace and I have plenty of friends who love to DJ weddings. There are tons of single girls, everyone is in a happy mood and every day at work is like a party. On the downside, nonstop weddings can be…exhausting.
But unlike DJing at clubs and bars, you have a lot more creative license when you DJ a wedding in terms of the equipment you use. Of course you’ll need some standard equipment like a laptop or iPad, controllers, soundcards and whatnot. But you can also bring cool new toys that you don’t need or want at a dark and crowded club.
Now I’m not saying you should run out and buy these toys, but if you’re looking to add some funk to your next gig, these are the types of DJ equipment that will help. Continue reading “4 Cool Toys To Help You DJ A Wedding” »