DJ Equipment - Starting With The Basics

9 April 2015
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

If you are interested in becoming a disc jockey for clubs or parties, the equipment you purchase can have a huge impact on the sound quality you pump out of your system. Taking the time to look into ease of use, output choices, amplification, wattage, and volume control can help you determine which pieces will give you the sound quality you desire for the disc jockey work you have selected. Here are some guidelines to follow when starting your own disc jockey business.


Most disc jockeys prefer a setup that will allow the playback of digital files. Selecting a mixer that will accommodate both digital output as well as compact disc play will be best, as it gives the operator a choice in media at any given time. Look for a mixer with many controls including a fade switch and echo control.

To play digital files, you will need a laptop computer with a music platform made especially for disc jockey use. Look for a compact disc player that will work without a remote control. This is important, as they are difficult to find with both a forward and back button on the front display panel. It will be needed for quick song selection, so do not skimp on this step if you opt for compact disc playback.


To give out a solid sound when DJing at a club, you will need an amplifier that has at least 1600 watt output. Anything less than this can make your system sound weak when the party gets going. The more, the better when you want a rich booming sound. You have the option in turning the volume on your amp down if it is too much for a smaller party. You do not have the option to pump out more sound if your amplifier doesn't have enough wattage.


When selecting speakers when starting to DJ, you will most likely start out with a pair. Having two sets of speakers, however, will give you an edge over other disc jockeys, as you will be able to space the sound out around the room in a way where the sound feels equally distributed, rather than only in front of the DJ booth.

This can be an add-on feature if you do not have the funds when first starting out. Select speakers that can be set up on stands, rather than floor speakers. This will help push the sound out into the crowd at ear level, and will cut down on any excessive bass in the music you play.


Pick up a pair of headphones that make you look professional. The best type of headphones for DJs have earpieces that swivel in all directions so you can put them up to your ear quickly when adjusting sound, if you do not want to place them on your head. Look for headphones that have ample cushioning on the pads of each earpiece, allowing exterior noises to disappear completely when wearing them. Click here for more information about DJ equipment.