Thomann's Cool Online Guides: DJ Setups

2. Basic Equipment

Decks (Turntables)

A turntable is a device that spins a disc, and in DJing terms can be either a vinyl record or a CD (please refer to the Online Advisors for CD and Vinyl Decks for more detailed information). As a DJ these will most likely be your main means of delivering music to your audience, so it’s imperative that the choice of decks is not taken lightly, as it can have a huge effect on how quickly you learn and master the techniques of DJing.

A classic two turntables and a mixer setup

Mixer

The mixer is the hub of a DJ’s setup, used to control exactly what the audience hears and when. When purchasing a mixer, remember that this will usually be a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. If an inexpensive mixer has stacks of features, it is more likely to perform the basic functions poorly - look for quality faders and EQ instead. If you’re just starting out, a good quality simple mixer will help you to develop quickly as a DJ, although you should consider something with an effects loop as this will allow you to expand your setup once you’ve mastered the basics.

Headphones

These are the means by which the DJ ‘cues up’ the next track. Good isolation from external sound and a high maximum SPL (Sound Pressure Level – a measurement of volume) are important. DJ headphones typically have low impedance (a measure of electrical resistance) – very low impedance will produce greater volume, but also lower audio quality; think about striking the right balance (and also conserving your hearing). Also consider the type of music you‘ll be playing most often - for example breakbeat based music relies on high frequencies for the majority of its rhythmical content, whereas house commonly has more low frequency rhythms, and this should be reflected in your choice of headphones, e.g. a drum ‘n’ bass DJ should value high frequency clarity over bass response when buying headphones as this will help them to pick out the rhythm in a loud club environment.

PA/Monitors

The last piece of the puzzle is the sound system. There are two options available - active and passive. Active monitors have an amplifier built-in which means that each speaker requires mains power, but can take an input directly from the mixer. Passive speakers require a separate amplifier that is matched to the power rating of the speakers, and so a passive setup means more pieces of equipment and is more complicated to put together, but can also be more flexible and has the advantage of keeping the amplifier controls close at hand.

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DJ Setups overview

Dante AVIO Analog Output Adapter 0x2 C.Giant LP-6210C Black Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Steinberg UR-RT2 Presonus Studio One 4 Pro UG Prof/Prod Vic Firth SIH2 Roland TM-6 Pro Drum Trigger Module TritonAudio FetHead Fender SQ J.Mascis Jazzmaster 2018 Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0 Marshall Major III Bluetooth Black Harley Benton TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX
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Dante AVIO Analog Output Adapter 0x2

Y Adapter Enables the output of analogue audio line signals from a Dante network, RJ45 Metal plug with built-in LEDs, 2 XLR male outputs, 96 KHz / 24 bit, Robust housing for day-to-day tasks while touring, Fully functional Dante...

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C.Giant LP-6210C Black

Keyboard 61 Keys with touch dynamics, 162 Sounds, 200 Rhythms, 61 Percussion effects, 50 Demo songs, Fill-in, sync and rhythms variations, Split function, Chord, Recording, Pitch bend wheel, Microphone input, Line out sockets, Headphone output, Sustain pedal connection, USB...

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Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb

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Steinberg UR-RT2

4x 2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Up to 24-bit/192 kHz, 2 Class-A D-PRE microphone preamps with + 48 V phantom power, Rupert Neve Designs transformer switchable on each front input channel, 2 Analog XLR/jack combo inputs plus 2 line...

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Presonus Studio One 4 Pro UG Prof/Prod

Audio MIDI Sequencer (DAW) (download) Upgrade from Presonus Studio One Professional 1-3 / Producer 2 to Studio One 4 Professional Sleek single-window philosophy, Consistent drag-and-drop functionality throughout, Project page allows integrated mastering with DDP export, Redbook...

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Vic Firth SIH2

Vic Firth SIH2 isolation headphones, (reduces overall noise levels by 25 dB). successor of the legendary Vic Firth SIH-1 headphones, features redesigned larger driver in the ear cups that deliver a more powerful low end, cleaner mids and clear highs...

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Roland TM-6 Pro Drum Trigger Module

Trigger Module For acoustic drummers who want to extend the sound possibilities of their drums with electronic sounds, 500 one-shot sounds, 268 V-Drum sounds, 80 Drum kits, SDHC card slot for importing your own samples, 6x 6.3 mm stereo...

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TritonAudio FetHead

TritonAudio FetHead, in-line microphone preamplifier, XLR 3-pole female XLR 3-pole male, ultra low noise Class A JFet amplifier, 27dB amplification (@3 KOhm load), 4 matched JFets, 24-48V Phantom Power required, for Ribbon & Dynamic microphones, shields phantom power from...

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Fender SQ J.Mascis Jazzmaster 2018

Electric Guitar J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) Artist Model, Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Indian Laurel, Neck profile: C, 21 Jumbo frets, Nut width: 42.5 mm, Scale: 648 mm, Pickups: 2 Jazzmaster single coils, Adjusto-Matic bridge with vintage style floating tremolo,...

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Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0

Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0; converts analog audio line signals to feed any Dante-connected system; 96 kHz / 24 Bit; fully-functional Dante interface; adjustable signal levels: +24dBu / +4dBu / 0dBu/ 0dBV /-10dBV (through Dante Controller); frequency Response: 20Hz...

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Marshall Major III Bluetooth Black

Marshall Major III Bluetooth Black stereo headphones, on-ear design, closed back, foldable, Bluetooth® aptX Technology, up to 30 h running time, control knob on headphone, 40 mm moving coil dynamic speaker, newly constructed hinges and headband for a better fitting,...

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Harley Benton TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX

Harley Benton"TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX, 7-string Fanned Fret electric guitar, TE-Style with reversed headstock, body: ash, top: Flame Maple, neck: 5-ply maple/nato neck, neck mount: bolt on, neck form: Modern C-Profil, fingerboard: Roseacer, inlays: offset DOT inlays, 24 fanned...

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