How To Choose Your DJ Gear

How To Choose Your DJ Equipment when you get started as a new DJ


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Choosing DJ gear is the first step for every new DJ. This is more of an important decision than you first think. Choosing the right DJ equipment can help you become successful and the wrong DJ equipment can hold you back.

The challenge is that its a nightmare to approach buying DJ gear for the first time. So many different DJs recommend different products and brands. When you walk into a DJ gear store the walls are lined with blinking lights from all of the different pieces of DJ equipment are available. Each piece of equipment has different models with different features. Its enough to make your head spin!

So how do you get started choosing your dj equipment?

First and foremost you have to make a decision on the type of music you’re going to DJ and the style you want to DJ with. This won’t be set in stone so you can always change later. But for example, if you’re into hip hop and really want to learn how to scratch then you’ll want CDJs, a digital controller or real turntables so you can scratch. So first decided are you going to be a mixing DJ or a scratching DJ?

Next I have to make a recommendation. Take a serious look at digital controllers. The all in one turntable, mixer and software combinations that just plug into your laptop. Not only are they much cheaper than traditional turntables and CDJs, they’re also more portable and have more features.

What would you prefer to buy? Two Pioneer CDJ 1000s for $1500 USD each with a $600 2 channel mixer or an all-in-one DJ controller for $300? What would you rather buy, $20 vinyls with two songs or two songs for $2 from itunes? Both setups function the same so obviously you’d choose the digital dj controller.

Yes digital DJ controllers do feel different than the typical DJ setup of turntables and a dj mixer. You won’t have the feel of vinyl but in my opinion they look just as cool!

On top of this digital controllers are so much smaller and lighter than the traditional Dj equipment (CDJs and turntables) that you can just take your digital controller around in your backpack. And for gigs you can literally throw your laptop and your digital dj controller into your backpack and head down to the club and play your gig. Thats right, most digital DJ controllers have a sound card meaning you can plug it right into the speakers or the system at a party or a club.

As far as digital controllers go here is the one that I recommend most. Its the cheapest one on the market (from a reputable company) and has all of the features you’ll need. In fact it even comes with Virtual DJ software which syncs up easily with your iTunes.

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Numark MIXTRACK PRO

There are some other great digital dj controllers on the market as well but this is the top one that I and other top DJ experts recommend.

No matter what type of dj equipment you try to buy, the brand is very important. Its just like anything else, you usually get what you pay for. The easiest way to distinguish the quality of different DJ gear is the brand. Top of the shelf are Pioneer and Allen & Heath. Below that are Vestax and Numark. Below that are the straggeling brands like Gemeni, American DJ and Hercules DJ.

Don’t get me wrong, if you are short on cash and can’t afford any of the top brands, buying Gemeni DJ equipment is better than nothing. You want to get started DJing today. So buy whatever you can. But if you have the cash buy Pioneer, Numark, Allen & Heath etc. They sound better and they will last a lot longer.

Lastly, don’t blow all of your cash on DJ equipment. Your DJ gear is only part of the equation. I recommend that you save a little money by spending less on DJ Equipment and invest the difference into DJ lessons online and your music collection. Your mixing and music collection will have a bigger impact on your success as a DJ than how fancy your DJ gear is.

I hope this gives you some direction with choosing your first DJ gear! Comment below if there is anything I’ve missed.

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