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About DJ Equipment

DJ Equipment allows you to segue between two pieces of music, or layer the two as is commonly done by techno and electro DJs. Whether you're looking to play for your own enjoyment, for an audience or for broadcast, DJ equipment gives you the tools needed to create your own unique mixes. DJ Setups can use a mix of sources like vinyl records, CDs and even software to create your own custom mixes and can also let you add effects for unique variations. While software is commonly controlled via a DJ controller, it can also be controlled using a vinyl turntable with a special record that plays a timecode into your software, this allows you to control your audio files exactly like you can with a record, including scratching and spinning backwards. If you're looking to enter into the world of DJing or to upgrade your existing setup, we've got the DJ equipment you need.

Why Should I Choose DJ Equipment?

  • Play your favourite music to an audience
  • Seamlessly create a continuous stream of music
  • Mix two pieces of music together

Frequently Asked Questions about DJ Equipment

Question: What does DJ stand for?
DJ is an abbreviation of 'Disc Jockey' and can refer to anyone mixing music as a performance to an audience. This could be for TV or Radio, but the most common use of the term 'DJ' is in reference to someone performing to an audience in a nightclub.
Question: I've seen some DJ's use more than just turntables/controllers and a mixer, what's that about?
Some DJ's like to accent the recorded music they're playing with effects, drum machines and synthesizers. There are 2 key ways of integrating these parts into a DJ setup: software & hardware. Ableton Live is a music recording software package. It is very popular with DJs as it will instantly analyse any imported music and match the tempo of the audio to the specified tempo of the session. This makes it very easy to layer sections of audio or sequence beats and synthesizer parts and have them be in sync with the music. The second option is to use a mixer like the Roland MX-1. This mixer will allow you to connect different pieces of hardware to your DJ setup. You may wish to add a drum machine such as the Roland TR-08 or TR-09, both of which are based on iconic drum machines that feature heavily in electro, techno and hip-hop music; or you could even add a synthesizer for additional synth lines, using drone sounds or creating tension by adding some filtered white noise swoops. The Roland MX-1 also has an FX section which is unique to this mixer: effects can be sequenced to each step of a pattern/loop, so that once you have your tempo matched, the FX will not only be in sync with your audio, you can also specify which beats in the music will have an effect present, allowing you to be very creative with your mixes.
Question: What equipment should a DJ have?
A basic DJ setup will include 2 audio sources with the ability to fade between the 2, headphones to cue up songs without an audience hearing and a speaker system. This system can be created using vinyl turntables or CD players with a DJ mixer, or as computer based set up with a DJ controller.
Question: What DJ equipment does a beginner need?
One of the most common gateways into DJing is by using a DJ controller with a computer or iPad.
Question: If i'm going to be a Pro DJ, surely vinyl is better than software?
Whilst vinyl is where it all began for DJs, the majority of Pro DJ's now use computer based set ups purely out of ease. Most people these days buy their music in a digital format: software offers more functionality and DJ effects, whereas vinyl can be quite fragile and heavy to transport. You also can't check your Facebook messages on a turntable!
Question: What is the name of DJ equipment?
Some common DJ equipment includes vinyl record players called turntables, CD players commonly referred to as CDJs, and a mixer that's sometimes called a crossfader.