Sorry about not uploading the practice Mix last night, I forget to hit record (also it was some crazy breakcore and I know that locally nobody really appreciates it so I didn't lose sleep over not posting it) I will post a happy hardcore one up later (my usual style)
Anyways, on to more relevant things. I've been getting alot of questions from people looking into taking there first steps on the road to becoming a DJ / Electronic music performer. They ask me what the best equipment and/or software is best for beginners, where to get it, etc. and what alot of people aren't realizing right of the bat is that being a DJ and making electronic music are two completely different things. Some people do one or the other, and some people (like myself) do both.
SO! For those of you looking to do one or the other, I have created a list of what I consider to be the best (and most cost friendly) equipment for beginners!
- The Numark Mix Deck
- I personally love this! It has a mixer, two CDJs with bpm read outs, acts as a midi controller, and can even take mp3 off a flash drive. This is truly an all in one package, and helps give beginning DJ's experience in mixing CD's and MP3's. The only downside is that if you had a booking in another state, it would be a little hard to transport, and unless every DJ will be mixing on this, using it at live events would be difficult to coordinate.
- The Numark Mix Track PRO
- Just like the above, minus the CDJ's. This is an all in one MP3 DJ Package. Two disc Jogs, a mixer, and a built in sound card. The size is nice, and its easily taken from place to place. Its big enough to look professional but small enough not to be in the way. For those of you who are looking to use MP3 only I recommend saving money and using this.
- The Numark Total Control
- This is what I started with, and ended up going back to. This has two disc jogs, all the buttons and knobs as the two above controllers, but the downsides are no built-in sound cards, and no CDJ's. Why do I use it you ask? Well, not only is it about the size of One CDJ (its great for long distance bookings) It can be mapped out to Ableton, FL Studio, just about anything (with a little know how). Oh yeah, and its cheap! Its perfect for those looking to do live PA's and do DJ sets. Get the DJ I/O (sound card) and a decent pair of headphones, and you are set!
I hope that helps out anyone looking into getting into DJing / live EDM production.
Random Question: What is the most ridiculous DJ name you have ever heard? (ie: DJ Tex-Mex, DJ Statutory Rave, DJ Sparkle Pony)
I look forward to some interesting responses,
Until next time,