Accessories List for Digital DJ’s


DJ’ing used to be rather simple. Two turntables, decent headphones and a crate of vinyl records — if you could mix music, you could get a gig. But simplicity has been overtaken by complexity as the age of digital DJ’ing is fully in swing. Now there are numerous options and setups available; this list will cover some fundamental accessories for digital DJ’s.

At the head of the list is, you guessed it, a computer. Fortunately anything purchased in the last couple of years is probably capable of working with your software and hardware, but definitely make sure to cross check your specs against what the software manufacturer recommends. The most important thing you must have is a big hard drive with a LOT of extra free space and more RAM than they suggest. These are always safe bets for using digital mixing software.

Next, is obviously the best DJ software your budget allows. Traktor, Serato Scratch and Ableton Live hold the top three slots, with Virtual DJ being a fairly well-liked “working class” alternative. They all have unique interfaces and features, so watch as many product videos as you can to see how they’re different. Also, talk to other DJs using these various apps. Ask them what they like and dislike about their chosen platform and ask as many questions as they’ll allow. If they like what they’re using, they’ll be sure to share their thoughts.

Third, a solid DJ laptop stand. When you’re scoping them out, try simulating a laptop on it, using heavy books or something else weighty, then shake the table. See if the stand shakes or bounces at all. A DJ laptop stand might LOOK solid but you can only be sure after giving it a lot of vibration through the table. Last thing you want to see is your laptop screen bouncing back and forth in the middle of an energetic set.

Finally – cables. A lot of new DJ’s don’t invest in decent cables and learn the hard way when the cheap ones frizz out. The last thing you want to experience in the middle of a set is to hear nasty static coming through the speakers in a club, so spend some extra cash and get the highest quality cables you can — you’ll only be sorry if you don’t!

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