Essential Equipment for Beginner DJs
DJing is a tricky thing to get started with, not just because of the complexities of the act itself, but the wide variety of equipment that you’ll need to get ahold of. It can be very difficult to figure out what’s going to work best for you. You don’t always need to go for the high-end stuff right away. As a beginner, you want to go for the guys that are affordable but of good quality. The last thing you want is to blow your budget on equipment before you’ve started getting gigs. Here is a list of the equipment that all beginners should definitely have with a few options to look at.
Numark Mixtrack Pro – This brand is one of the most popular for DJ equipment. This mixer comes with a mic output and a reliable built-in sound card. The controls are very basic for beginners and it is amazing for beat matching. It has 16 back-lit multi-function pads for adding loops and samples.
Pioneer DJ DJ Mixer – This is another mixer that is extremely straightforward to use but gives you all the options of a high-level professional mixer. The build quality on this boy is second to none and without all the strange extra bits that might confuse a novice. When it comes to quality for the price this is one of the top options.
Gemini DJ Slate 4 – This is a great one for anyone who doesn’t have much of a budget but wants quality equipment. It doesn’t have all of the advanced controls but still does extremely well for the cost. It is also designed specifically for collaborating with other DJs which can be great for starting out in the club scene.
Stanton STR8150 High Torque Direct Drive DJ Turntable – This turntable is amazing for traditional set ups, but doesn’t have USB conection. It is very easy to use for scratching due to its high-torque motor. It has adjustable feet, speed, key correction and reverse playing, and pitch control. This bit of kit is very solidly built but can be a little pricey. If you have the spare cash it’s definitely a good starter table.
Pyle PLTTB1 Professional Belt-Drive Manual Turntable – If you want to get started but just cant afford to spend thousands on your equipment this is a great option. The quality is great, you can upgrade the cartridge and has a few extra features such as a weighted arm, strobe illumination and pitch control. It can be used right out of the box and is definitely one of the most beginner friendly models.
Stanton T92USB USB Direct Drive DJ Turntable – This is definitely one of the professional level turntables. She is extremely durable and great quality with a high-torque motor and it comes with a free Stanton cartridge. The software it comes with is a great learning opportunity but may take a total beginner a little while. She’s solid and functional which makes her great for those just starting out or those getting their next level up table.
Rockville Power GIG RPG-122K All In One DJ/PA Package – This collective set has amazing sound quality, it’s easy to set up and it’s fully bluetooth ready. It includes a handheld microphone system as well as a wireless remote. It’s super easy to connect everything to the laptop and it’s perfect for everything from a party to a full club gig.
Pair Rockville Power Gig RPG8 – These speakers are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of carry space. They are portable but sound amazing for their size, they are also durable and not overly expensive.
Audio-Technica ATH-M30X – The sound profile on these headphones are great with a compact design. The comfort level is extremely impressive as is the isolation, great for those who are still getting used to mixing. These are excellent quality for money and are extremely durable.
Shure SRH440 – These headphones are well known for their amazing sound quality and thick, durable plastic. The cable is nice and long for extra movement but it’s also detachable. They are also compact and foldable which makes them perfect for those who need to move around a lot.
AKG K72 – These are popular due to how extremely comfortable they are. They are probably the best value out of the list of three and have a 10 ft cable, so plenty of freedom. They are closed back so they clamp firmly over the ear and are great for full noise isolation.
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