This entry was posted on April 26, 2011 by PAL Overlord.
This is a fun guide for DJ-ing enthusiasts who might have found the idea cool but never got around to start. It contains equipments needed and definitions for those who aren’t familiar with all the terms.
How to Become a Rockin’ DJ
So what equipments does a DJ need?
If all you are looking for to play a relevant list for your buddies, all you need is your laptop, a pair of good speakers and your playlist. But if you want more than to just choose what song will play, like adding your own signature to the tracks by mixing and/or scratching them, or impressing your audience with effects, you will want to go shopping some decent gear.
DJ Equipment List
An amplifier – so that your speakers will produce better, cleaner sound.
A pair of loud speakers
Headphones. Remember that you can utilize your headphones as a microphone as well. All you need to do is to plug them into the mic input on your mixer.
Some lighting effects, or other effect units – if you want a more entertained audience.
CD/Record decks or your laptop – the deck is where you will be playing the music from.
A large music collection.
Turntables or CD mixers – if you want to mix songs (mixing is by Wikipedia definition, “blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.) Don’t worry too much about how you can afford all these. You can purchase turntables at around $150 and CD-mixers at around $500.
Disc Jockey: Terms and Definitions
DJ Mixers: Turntables or CD Mixers?
DJ Mixers – is a kind of audio mixer DJs use for mixing songs (audio) – it can be a CD mixer (uses CDs) or a turntable (uses vinyl).
VNS: A VNS is a digital vinyl system that enables CD players or turntables to control software on a computer.
Disc Jockey: Tips for your performance
Always check your equipment and connections before starting.
If you are going to use more complicated equipment such as turntables, make sure to practice and test performance before you take the stage. You may have fancy gear, but you must be able to use them too.
Play a variety of songs (and genres). You want to entertain your audience as well yourself.
Balance the volume level – not everyone enjoys the same level, even at a club. The sound system, as well as your equipment needs to stay intact throughout the night. After all, a party is dead if there is no music.
There you go. I believe we covered all the basics (and some pretty upper-intermediate stuff) when it comes to DJ-ing. Feel free to suggest tips if you are a professional DJ.
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