Getting your first DJ equipment
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[Turntablism] is the art of manipulating sounds and creating new music, sound effects, mixes and other creative sounds and beats, typically by using two or more turntables and a cross fader-equipped DJ mixer. … The new term coincided with the resurgence of hip-hop DJing in the 1990s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turntablism
[CDJ] is a specialized digital music player for DJing. Originally designed to play music from compact discs, many CDJs can play digital music files stored on USB flash drives or SD cards. In typical use, at least two CDJs are plugged into a DJ mixer. CDJs have jog wheels and pitch faders that allow manipulation of the digital music file similar to a vinyl record on a DJ turntable. Additionally, some can function as DJ controllers to control the playback of digital files in DJ software running on a laptop instead of playing the files on the CD.
Many pro audio companies such as Gemini Sound Products, Numark Industries, and Denon produce DJ CD players, but Pioneer DJ CD players are the most commonly found in dance clubs and are seen as the industry standard by many DJs] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDJ
[DJ controllers] are devices used to help DJs mix music with DJ software using knobs, encoders, jog wheels, faders, backlit buttons, touch strips, and other components. They are used to provide easier control of the software than the computer keyboard and touchpad on a laptop, or the touchscreen on tablet computers and smartphones. DJ controllers do not mix audio signals like DJ mixers; rather, they send signals to a computer to tell the DJ software running on the computer how to mix audio. Many DJ controllers also have a built in sound card with 4 output channels (2 stereo pairs), which allows the DJ to preview music in headphones before playing it on the main output. Most DJ controllers use the standard MIDI or HID protocols to communicate with the computer via USB.
For most novice DJs, we recommend to start with a small 2 channel controller. They are not too expensive and have most of the features that you will need to get you started.
- Dj Controller
- Dj Software
- 2 Speakers & Stands
- 2 Lights
- 1 Mic
- 1 Headphones
- 1 Table or X-stand
- Cables to connect the equipment.
This is the most economic Dj setup that you’ll find, allowing you to manipulate the music in the Laptop Dj Software and it’s very portable for mobile gigs.
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