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Ultimate Guide to Buying DJ Equipment

A DJ or a disc jockey is a person who plays music that is previously recorded. He plays for both the radio audience and the club audience.


A DJ needs some equipment to play his or her music. There is equipment needed for setting up a studio also. Here is a guide on how to buy DJ studio equipment.


Headphones

You must have noticed how the DJ fascinates us while playing music. You have also seen his crucial equipment which is the headphone. Headphones can be bought keeping the following points in mind.

  • Type of cable: Cables are of two types- coiled and straight. One should choose to buy coiled cables over straight ones. Coiled cables are easier to use while DJing.

  • Back design: The buyer should buy headphones that have a closed earcup. This helps in setting the background noise apart, which becomes essential while mixing in a club.

  • Driver diameter: If the diameter of the driver is large, the headphones will have more bass response. This is necessary for proper DJ monitoring.

  • Frequency range: 20Hz to 20kHz is the normal range of human hearing. This range varies with age and the level of exposure to high volumes. The sound outside this frequency range cannot be heard by human beings. This should be kept in mind while buying headphones, as there are many marketing gimmicks.

Controllers
  • System requirements: It’s essential to know the minimum software requirements before buying new hardware or software. It’s important to check the processor speed, RAM and other hard disk space.

  • Software: Almost all controllers come with some DJ software. The buyer should check it carefully before buying.

  • Channels:There are some controllers that allow you to get control over one or more than one deck at a time, through different channels. It’s essential for one to know if the controller will allow one to gain access to all the features of various deckcontrol.

Mixers
  • Faders: The level output of the corresponding channel is controlled by the faders. On most mixers, the fader channels can be assigned and the fader curves can also be adjusted.

  • Equalization: Equalization adjusts the tone and the frequency of the music. Mixers generally have three equalization options. They are- high, mid and low. A knob controls each frequency.

  • Gain: Gain, also called trim, sits on top of the equalization controls of every channel.

Decks
  • Auto beep loop: With some decks, it’s possible to create a continuous loop with one touch, with the use of auto BPM detection.

  • BPM counter: With the help of a BPM mixer, one can create tight music mixes. However, the BPM detection is not always correct. Cheaper models can often give the wrong information. It’s better to invest in expensive models that give accurate information.

  • Built-in FX: Some decks have built-in FX such as phaser, flange and chorus.

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