DJ Equipment

By definition, DJing is all about manipulating recorded sound. Thus in order to DJ properly, you need to be familiar with the sound equipment DJs use and be able to handle it well.

The special features that the DJs need to do their job separate DJ gear into a category of its own. DJ equipment is very different – in both its features and price – from what you'd encounter in a typical electronics store. In other words, your parents’ record player or a consumer grade CD deck ain't a good fit for DJing.

This section of DJing Tips deals with the DJ equipment and everything that goes along with it. You’ll learn what pieces of equipment you should buy and how to choose your gear wisely. I’m also explaining in great detail what all those buttons, faders and knobs are for and how to handle them like a pro.

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So, you’re really serious about DJing. In this article, as well as the following ones, I’ll explain what equipment you'll need and what you'll need to pay attention to when choosing it. I’d like to note from the outset that I want these articles to stay relevant for at... Full article »
With the advent of digital technology, vinyl is slowly but surely losing its position as the DJ's medium of choice. But if you still like it old-school and are willing to invest your hard-earned money in a pair of vinyl turntables, read on. Legend Forever: The Technics SL-1200MK2 The history... Full article »
Pioneer CDJ-1000 and CDJ-2000 In 2001, Pioneer rocked the DJ world by releasing the CDJ-1000, the first professional CD deck to accurately emulate a vinyl turntable thanks to its giant touch-sensitive jog wheel. The company's CD players had enjoyed strong reputation in clubs before, but it was... Full article »
After reading my guides to choosing vinyl turntables and CD players, you probably expect that I'll begin this article with a brief review of the club standard mixer. Well, I'll have to disappoint you, and not because there's no such standard (there is). The thing is, DJ equipment is... Full article »
Headphones Just like any other piece of DJ equipment, DJ headphones need to meet certain requirements that have to do with how and where they are typically used. By the way, DJs are expected to bring their own headphones with them to a club, so keep in mind that your first pair of “cans... Full article »
As you'll soon see, a vinyl turntable is a fairly complex piece of equipment. There are a lot of intricate details to picking up sound from analog media such as a vinyl record, which makes numerous controls necessary. Fortunately, you as a DJ will only have to deal with a few of them. Below... Full article »
Despite the fact that professional CD players already existed back in the 90s, the club standard – Pioneer CDJ-1000 – emerged only after the deck was introduced in 2001. The long absence of such a standard led to different manufacturers taking different approaches to implementing some... Full article »
The mixer is the core part of any DJ setup. With a mixer, the DJ mixes and routes the sound coming from the decks, and it’s the mixer that allows them to perform many of those cool DJ tricks. In this article, I'll tell you about the most important controls found on a DJ mixer as well as... Full article »

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This is really a helpful article! Well these are the thing I should look for for the DJ we will hire. We are planning to get a dj hire sydney to provide music for my party next month. And I find this blog helpful what I should demand from them in terms of equipment! Thanks!

Nice site some really great tips there i am a mobile DJ and run my own DJ Hire agency, sometimes i have new DJ's approcahing me but some of them are in the early days think they could do with reading some of these tips.

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