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So you’re on the warpath and looking for the equipment you need to really start your DJ career. Okay, no one can blame you, being a DJ is a pretty exciting prospect. Before you can really get into it however you’re really going to need to make sure you have the right DJ equipment and there are a few ways you can go about it. There’s a lingering question in any aspiring DJ’s mind: How much is it going to cost to get the ball rolling? Let’s be honest, that question is asked by anyone stating any sort of hobby and we’re going to give you the same answer that you would receive from any of them: “Well how much were you looking to spend?”.
That sounds a little ambiguous we have to admit, but it is what it is, as they say. What we’re trying to point out, is that there are expensive pieces of equipment, there are inexpensive pieces of equipment, and there are many very expensive pieces of equipment. It honestly all depends on what you’re looking for and how you want to proceed with your new DJ career. It all starts with picking out the right pieces and we’re going to talk about some of the most essential items.
DJ Equipment Essentials – Studio Monitors
As you jump into the deep end of DJ’ing this is a term that you’re going to hear more and more, but amusingly enough, you will probably never have it explained to you. What is a studio monitor exactly? What kind of a difference does it make? First of all, when you listen to an audio stream in the studio there is a good chance you’re hearing a high end stream on a set of expensive headphones or speakers. While this might sound great, it’s just not what your end user is going to hear. Most people don’t go for expensive speakers and with that in mind, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to adapt the sound for the home audio system. Studio monitors like the Yamaha HS8 will allow you to hear what the recording will sound like on the average home system, and it will give you some idea of what you will be delivering.
There are lots of great pieces of equipment you can consider but none of it will be worth anything if you don’t have a good set of cables for each device. When you are choosing equipment it will be within your best interest to make sure that you are grabbing cables that have a decent amount of length, and those that are properly insulated as to prevent interference. Also remember that higher quality cables, like those from Pig Hog are going to carry the sound better – this is one area that you don’t want to skimp on.
An audio interface is a piece of DJ equipment that is tasked with upscaling audio. If you are using a device that has a poor sound card then an audio interface will make it worlds better. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Gen 2 or the Audient ID14 are just two great examples of audio interfaces.
Finally we come to microphones and let’s be honest, what setup could ever possibly be complete without a good set of microphones. There are multiple types but we strongly recommend the Shure KSM32 for good measure.
As you can clearly see, picking out the best set of equipment for home recording isn’t exactly straightforward but it doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult either. Now would be a great time to start looking into our equipment and determining which direction you really want to take it. You have plenty of options and plenty of opportunity to build the perfect recording studio whether you’re a raw beginner or a seasoned expert.