Necessary Equipment Needed For DJing A Party
If you are just starting your journey into the DJ world, it can be hard to know where to start.
Often beginner DJ’s get their experience from smaller events such as indoor parties, like house parties or indoor wedding receptions.
This post is going to show you what essential equipment you need to kick off your DJ career with a bang.
First and foremost, you are going to need a good quality laptop where you can store your DJ software and music on. You will probably want to use a laptop separate from your personal one so that you have enough storage as a lot of these DJing software can take up a lot of space. See here for a list of the best laptops for DJs in 2021.
An essential piece of equipment to any DJ is their turntables, and whether you are intending to use vinyl or CD you will need to get a set to DJ at an indoor party. All the best DJ’s own at least one turntable, and the DJ’s who don’t tend to not be taken very seriously, as the turntables bring you flexibility with your music and allow you to show off your talents. If you are planning on using more than one turntable at your gig, you are going to need a mixer.
The mixer is an essential piece of the puzzle as it allows you to mix both CD and vinyl sounds together. Owning one of these bad boys will let you take your DJing skills to the next level. A mixer is primarily used to make smooth transitions between tracks, however, it can do a lot more than just that. For example, a lot of mixers will have an effects section, which will include sounds of echoes, delays, reverbs, spirals and many more. You can hook up your laptop to your mixer and download software to get you started. Whether you use it for mashups, fades, control levels or transitions, the mixer is an essential piece of DJing equipment.
The DJ controller is what connects the turntables and mixers together to create one beautiful piece of equipment. You can get controllers that are portable and budget-friendly, which is always great for beginner DJs just in case they decide it is not for them, they won’t have to spend too much money.
The DJ controllers are where you need to learn your Mobile DJ Basics, as it can take some time to learn the ins and outs of how to use a controller.
Plus, if you are already pursuing a career as a mobile DJ, then you will already know the importance of having a controller, as opposed to lugging around a tonne of CDs and vinyl. In short, controllers are necessary pieces of equipment as they allow the DJ to have easy access to software and mixing tools.
Using DJ software is essential when it comes to producing and controlling your music library. It will enable you to merge tracks, add sound effects, create playlists, add transitions and more. Your DJ controller is nothing without proper software. If you are new to the scene, often controllers will have basic versions of software that you can get to grips with before progressing onto the more complicated software options. Take the time to research options as there is a huge variety to pick from.
If you are planning on doing regular mobile gigs then you need to make sure you invest in a high-quality pair of headphones. While some of us might initially dismiss this as being a trivial need and not a necessary one, there are a variety of reasons why you have to have a good set of DJ headphones. Primarily, they are necessary so that you can hear both tracks at the same time, independently. This allows you to mix and transition smoothly. Secondly, having a good set of headphones means you can practice and mix your tracks wherever you like. So whether you are on a bus, train, plane it doesn’t matter as you will be mixing sounds that only you can hear.
You may have noticed that a lot of DJ’s are often photographed with them holding one earphone up to their ear, this isn’t just a fashion statement and they do it because they are listening and cueing up the next song.
Additionally, headphones are really important protective gear! You need to use your headphones or at least some other protective earbuds to make sure you do not end up blowing your eardrums. As a mobile DJ, you will be going to a lot of gigs and putting your ears through a lot of damage, so it is best to protect them so that you don’t negatively impact your hearing.
If you are planning on DJing at an indoor party you are likely to need a pair of PA speakers. The sound system you use as a DJ is so important as if people can’t hear the tracks you are playing you will get bombarded with complaints and probably won’t get paid or re-hired. You can hire speakers if you don’t want to deal with insuring your own, and this tends to be a bit easier anyway as you can hire different sizes depending on the gig you are playing.
If you are DJing a house party or at a small indoor venue then you won’t need anything very big, and if you have any doubts about what size to go for there are lots of online guides to help you work it out. With how the past year has been, artists have been using small venues to gig, and so until Covid-19 settles, you might have to start off small anyway.
So there you go, there are 7 necessary pieces of equipment that you need for successfully DJing at an indoor party. With each of these in your arsenal, you will be sure to bring it and impress the party-goers.