We've all imagined what it would be like to be that superstar DJ behind the decks in a huge club. Thousands of euphoric clubbers with their hands in the air, the lasers and pyrotechnics going off around you...we've all seen the likes of Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia do it...so why not you?
First thing's first, you're unlikely to go straight from mixing in your bedroom to headlining at Amnesia BUT it's a well-trodden path and the mantle is always the same "practice, practice, practice". While your crowd is still just your cat (and possibly your mum) then you don't have to worry about making mistakes which gives you a chance to experiment and hone your mixing skills.
There are loads of guides online about the art of mixing and, if you want a good place to start, you could do a lot worse than heading over to YouTube. There are a number of great DJ tutorials online and a good place to start would be DJ Tutor "Ellaskins" who is one of the most established and respected teachers online.
Choosing the right gear is always a challenge, you may be on a bit of a budget but don't want to go too 'cheap' and need to upgrade just a few months down the line. It used to be that every club had a set of Technics turntables and a pair of Pioneer CDJs and you would turn up and play on the clubs gear.
There were both benefits and drawback to this arrangement. You didn't need to take your own gear to the club as it was already there so you would just turn up with your music and play. The downside is that, in order to practice at home you would have to invest in similar gear. At getinthemix.com, we have always been the first choice for buying turntables, CD decks and DJ mixers with the most competitive packages in the UK. However, an industry standard Pioneer Pro DJ setup can set you back thousands which is a big investment when you are just starting out.
Fast forward to 2013 and there is another option for beginner DJ’s with the ambition to go professional. The majority of people now have a laptop for home use but this could well become the basis of your home AND club DJ setup. More and more DJ’s these days are ‘going digital’ and using a laptop with DJ software and a separate DJ controller. The DJ controller acts as your decks and mixer by replicating the layout of a traditional setup while all the clever processing and music storage is done via your laptop.
The beauty of this digital DJ revolution is that you can practise on your setup at home and then use the same compact setup when you play in the club. As an added bonus, because your whole music collection can be stored on your computers’ hard-disk the days or lugging record boxes or huge CD cases to-and-from a club are over. Everything you need to play out can now be easily contained in a single shoulder bag.
Providing you already have a laptop that can handle modern DJ software then starting DJ’ing becomes surprisingly affordable. DJ controllers start from less than £100 leaving you money to spend on other DJ essentials. The best selling controller at the moment is the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 which you can check out at the whybuynew website by clicking HERE.
Another essential item for the club DJ is a decent pair of headphones. Cheap headphones may be ok when you’re mixing in your bedroom but once you’re in a club with a 5kW sound system and 1000’s of euphoric clubbers you will soon find hearing your mix can become a bit tricky (with potentially disastrous consequences!). Again, Pioneer are often seen as the epitome of audio engineering when it comes to DJ equipment but one of the most popular headphones amongst professional DJ’s are from Sennheiser. The Sennheiser HD-25-II are incredibly highly regarded for their exceptional sound isolation and their modular design means every part is user replaceable. Check out these legendary headphones HERE at whybuynew.co.uk. Alternatively, check out our full range of DJ headphones.
A few other things you may want to consider for your DJ setup included a DJ bag to put all your gear in, some professional studio monitor speakers for monitoring your mixes when you’re practising at home. If you need any more advice on what you need to kick-start your DJ career or want to order today and get mixing then give our friendly sales team a call on 01206 855010.
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