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Buying first set of DJ equipment

"Face it, we all want to be the ones who drop the tunes at parties. Most people think of becoming DJ's, but to become one, you must buy your first equipment to handle the big beat tunes. So here are a few steps:

  1. Have a good wad of cash, there is no true recommended amount of money to have because the money you will need depends on where and what you buy. Be wary anyway, DJ equipment is NOT cheap. 
  2. Decide the basics ahead of time. Figure out if you first set is going to include turntables, single CD players, a dual CD player, an iPod system, a laptop system, or some type of combination. Also, give yourself an estimate on what size events you plan to DJ (will you plat at 25 person house parties or 25,000 person concert halls).
  3. Research equipment online. Find a retail store with the lowest prices and with the equipment right for a DJ.
  4. Before buying gear at any of the big stores like Guitar Center, confirm you are getting the best deal by checking out one of the smaller, big players that guarantee the lowest pricing on DJ equipment like or an independent local store.
  5. Here's what the basic DJ equipment is:

    • 2 Turntables and/or 2 mixable CD players or a laptop(see tips)
    • Headphones
    • Microphone
    • Stereo cables suitable for your equipment
    • Finally a DJ Mixer connected to:
    • an amp and two or more passive speakers/two or more active speakers (amp built in).
  • Digital DJing (using a laptop) may be cheaper, since songs can be downloaded individually at a reduced cost. It is best if your laptop has a lot of memory or you buy a large external HDD. You might also want a decent program and an extra audio socket depending on your equipment's needs and abilities.
  • A good starter mixer is the Behringer BCD2000/BCD3000 because it has a USB connection to the computer - no extra audio connections needed - and comes with a decent piece of software.
  • You can hook up your mixer to your home stereo or a boom box if you don't have actual professional DJing speakers.
  • Always buy direct drive turntables with a start/stop button and pitch control. Also make sure that the CD players you get have at least a pitch control and cue function.
  • Learn to work the equipment before operating. This means reading the manual, asking the seller questions and noting what sort of a volume everything needs to be at.
  • If you're lucky enough to know an experienced DJ, ask them what equipment (and brands of equipment) they recommend. If they're willing to show you good techniques for using it, that's even better. You might even be able to buy their old equipment cheaply off them or borrow some to gain experience.
  • Purchase amplifiers that can produce 1.5 times the recommended RMS wattage for your speaker.
  • Check into buying from a retailer that allows you to use an item, and if not satisfied, return it. Most electronic products, once opened are not returnable.
  • Look into renting a system before you buy one on a permanent basis.
  • Check out your local record and CD exchanges to help get you started with a lot of popular music." Article source:

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