If disc jockeying is something you’re looking to get into during your spare time, this list of the six best DJ gadgets will help you do just that. Oftentimes, when you’re starting out with something new like this, you may be at your wit’s end as to what sort of equipment can best serve you.
This short and sweet list contains the right blend of gadgets that are needed for a DJ to shine. Once you buy the stuff, you can be up and running in no time, accepting orders for playing at parties or perhaps even hosting your own event, for that matter.
Do take note, disc jockeying is an expensive hobby and none of this equipment can be called affordable by regular folks. So be completely sure about your choice before buying it. Now that we’ve got it out of the way, let’s take a look at the compilation.
1 – Stanton T.92
Here’s a sturdy piece of equipment that will help you dish out tunes to the crowd with utmost efficiency. The Stanton T.92 is a direct-drive professional turntable that even has USB support for transferring music from vinyl records to your PC.
This superbly built turntable ships with a helpful Pitch Control Fader, the DSP Key Lock of which allows you to change the tempo without affecting pitch. The Stanton T.92 is being sold right now at about $250 or £254.
2 – Alto Radius 200
Keeping the crowd in the groove is the most important part of DJ-ing, and once in a while, it requires direct communication with your crowd. This is why a DJ must have a good microphone at hand all the time. Alto Radius 200 is one of the finest products to serve the purpose.
This wireless microphone system comes with a dual-antenna receiver in order to facilitate the dropout-free operation over long distances. It’s got a cool LCD panel that displays critical information like frequency and channel details as well as AF and RF signal levels. Even the mic itself has an LCD display of its own. The Alto Radius 200 can be purchased at somewhere around $249 or £159.
Headphones are the most basic DJ equipment, but they’re also very important if you wish to deliver great music. A lot of upcoming DJs these days are making use of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones with their powerful 45mm large-aperture drivers. They are extremely comfortable to wear and provide great clarity throughout an extended frequency range. You can buy these at around $130 or £125.
With the American Audio 19 MXR, you’re looking at a superb 4-channel pre-amp MIDI mixer that ships with a built-in 4 x 4 sound card in order to facilitate playing and mixing music from your favorite computer software. And while doing this, you can still maintain hands-on hardware control via its compact body.
This 19-inch professional DJ mixer comes with balanced XLR outputs, a long-life optical fader, and a reversible crossfader. The American Audio 19 MXR mixer is available for purchase in exchange for about $299 or £225.
5 – Pioneer DDJ-SR
You know you’ve made it as a DJ when you have your own professional-grade controller. With its large jog wheels for precise control, the Pioneer DDJ-SR controller looks to satisfy your needs with utmost simplicity. And it weighs just around 5.5kg, making it easy to carry around.
As you can see in the image above, this controller features a total of 16 performance pads that provide access to hot cue, roll, slicer and sampler functions. Though at $580 or £450, it is quite an expensive piece of equipment to own.
6 – ADJ Dotz Matrix
To add some flair to your shows, something like the ADJ Dotz Matrix is the best choice. This fixture has been fitted with advanced technology which enables it to offer super-charged, high output and smooth color mixing that’s powered by its sixteen 30w TRI COB LEDs.
The Dotz Matrix from ADJ also comes with Pixel Mapping capabilities that allow it to create stunning effects on its own. At $1000 or £569, it’s an extremely expensive product to buy, so you might want to consider renting it during your shows. Having two or three of these moreover would really take your stage presence to a whole new level.
What do you think of our best DJ gadgets list? Got anything to add for beginners?