One of the big challenges a DJ faces is buying equipment. The main reason why
buying equipment is a challenge is because DJ equipment are quite expensive. The
total cost for all the equipment can cost at least over $500 depending on the
quality of the product.
The price however, doesn’t reflect one expensive instrument but rather a
collection of many components. The different components can be mixed around to
create different combinations to help fit the DJ’s budget and style.
One of the most expensive components in the set is a mixer. Their price varies
on their quality and brand names. They can range in the hundreds to the
thousands in dollars. Most mixers work the same but the more pricy ones tend to
come with built in effects and exclusive features. However, if you are new to
DJing, it is best to first purchase a cheap simple mixer to learn the basics. As
for quality, there are a number of names that make good beginner mixers that are
high in quality and low in price. These brands include, Numark, Gemini, Aiwa,
Akai and more. Look for online reviews to see which mixer is best.
After the mixer, the next components are the turntables. These can also be pricy
but the price range is huge as there are different types of turntables. If you
like using vinyl, then you should go for the traditional turntables. If you like
using CD’s then you can go for Cd turntables. CD turntables work almost exactly
as traditional turntables. Depending on what CD turntable you choose,it may come
with special effects that traditional turntables can’t do. However, the one
thing a traditional turntable can do that the Cd turntable can’t 100% replicate
is scratching. Scratching is possible with some turntables, but their outcome
won’t be as genuine sounding as traditional ones.
If you go for traditional turntables and are planning to do some scratching, get
direct-drive turntables. These are ideal for scratching and general mixing
because they won’t wear out as easily as belt-driven turntables and are more
consistent in keeping the speed of the record. They are better for scratching as
the pressure you put on the record won’t affect the turntable’s speed too much
where as belt-driven turntables will slow down significantly. The disadvantage
for direct-drive turntables though are that they’re expensive. If you don’t plan
on doing any scratching and are on a budget, go for belt-driven turntables as
they provide the same outcome.
If you want to hook up your turntables to your computer and play music from your
computer, you will need to buy a usb interface that allows you to hook up your
turntables via your mixer to your computer. These interfaces can range from $50
to the hundreds. Each interface can come with special features hence the
difference of prices between them. After you get the interface, you have to buy
a software that allows you to use your turntable/mixer combination to control
the songs in the computer. These programs can be Serato, Virtual DJ, Traktor and
many more. Download demos of each of them to see what fits you best.
Speakers are where you can save money. This is especially true if you’re doing
live gigs as speakers can cost a lot of money. You can save money on speakers by
renting them during your gigs and having some small ones at home for practicing
If you are completely new to DJing and are in a very tight budget, you can get a
package deal. Most of these deals are “DJ in a box” type deals. They usually
come with two turntables and a mixer and can cost anywhere from $200 – $1000.
These are cheaper because they come with the ultimate basic components with
limited features and questionable quality. It is best to stay away from these
but it isn’t a bad place to start if you’re in a budget.
When you start making money from DJing, you should consider upgrading your gear
as it will allow you to further improve your skills and add variety to your