DJ Equipment Essentials: Music Making Must-Haves
New technology is rapidly changing the way DJs make music. With software and apps becoming a key part of the typical tech setup, many DJs have cut back significantly on physical equipment. For those who still prefer to work with hardware, however, there are so many great products on the market.
While every DJ has their own preference and style, we’re helping you bring it back to basics. Whether just starting out, or looking to make an upgrade, here are our equipment recommendations for the essentials.
are most likely the first piece of equipment you think of for a traditional set-up. Depending on your experience, connecting equipment, and personal DJ style, what would be considered the “best” turntable is different for everyone. A top picks is the Pioneer Pro DJ PLX-500-K with easy recording and high-quality vinyl sound. For a more budget-friendly option, you can go with the Audio-Technica AT-LP120, which includes a USB port for easy connection to your computer.
- If anything defines your gear, it’s your mixer. The backbone of all your equipment, it severely impacts the quality and type of sound you mix. Numark’s M6
USB four-channel mixer is a great choice that works with a broad range of equipment and also boasts USB connectivity. For a mixer with more features, the Pioneer DJM-350 is another option that includes additional sound effects.
- When it comes to controllers, the options can be overwhelming. What will work best for your style depends on the software that you have available, since the level of hardware-software integration can vary. While your choice will most likely be determined when you purchase your software, controllers such as the Pioneer DDJ-SB3 for Serato DJ lite software and the fairly independent Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol D2 are options that are highly portable.
are highly personal and are a great way to express your personal style as a DJ. For a starting option, Sony’s MDR7506 headphones
provide a great balance between premium quality and an affordable cost. The comfortable ear pads don’t distract you from your set while delivering vibrant and crisp sounds from a 40mm driver and have a frequency response covering from 10 Hz to 20 Hz. It’s 10-foot cable gives you full mobility in your space.
- Portable speakers may be the most important equipment on the list when it comes to booking gigs. JBL sells 12-inch speakers (26 x 15 x 12.5 inches) that are self-powered for great mobility even without a standalone amp. These will show your professionalism with up to 1,000 watts, loud enough to cover you for even the rowdiest crowd.
ProSight Global Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“ProSight”) do not endorse nor recommend any of the equipment described above. The descriptions are for informational purposes only and not based on ProSight’s use of the equipment. ProSight shall not be held liable for your use of the equipment nor for any payment you make to buy the equipment. Visit each company’s website to learn about their specific products.