Have a PA, what do I need for a basic DJ system?

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  1. zekmoe

    zekmoe Member

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    Sons graduation party upcoming, not really a huge affair, but I’ll have some music playing. He and the younger son have sort of expressed interest in dj gear but I’m not sure what’s needed. Wanted to try something simple and cheap ($400 or less). Have the PA, sub etc. What do I need to get started with enough to cover the party, let them play, and not worry if they lose interest a month or three from now?
    I don’t have a good laptop to use (Mac mini in the studio, iPad otherwise)
     
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    I'd use a phone for the music, and buy some fun lights and a fog machine with the $400.
     
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    Two turntables and a microphone.
     
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    I have lights too, chauvet something from gig days. I was hoping they could play with it, not just play music. I can create or likely download a playlist suitable on iTunes .
     
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    Check Craigslist. I see DJ equipment up for sale constantly.
     
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    Right, but his question is what kind of DJ equipment does he need, not where to get it.
     
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    Above all, watch the movie FM for inspiration.
     
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    Then what are they DJing?


    Generally you need two sound sources and some kind of mixer. Classic setup would be two turntables, but you could use two iPods if you wanted, CD player and an 8 track, doesn’t matter. And then you need a mixer. But the idea is you’re mixing the songs together, there’s no gap between them (although you can do that, too). That doesn’t mean you have to beat match or juggle or anything complicated, but it does allow you to read the crowd and change up the next selection or even cut a song early if need be.

    You can also do this all with software, but then you’ll need some kind of interface as well. In general if you DJ with software you’ll want some kind of controller so you can play with the cross fader, levels and EQ without having to drag a mouse.
     
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    Boom box and a Mr. Microphone is all you need. :knitting
     
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    No songs recorded after 1995? ;)
     
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    https://www.virtualdj.com/download/ for pc amd mac. The home version is free it'll run on a cheap think pad.

    If you already have songs downloaded, just point it at the folder and make it your database.

    Or skip this and just use a spotify channel, use a $25 blue tooth receiver from micro center. I have one hooked up to my PA for rehearsals, works great.
     
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    I did a couple of DJ gigs a few years ago and used the free version of virtual DJ. Great piece of software. Allows you to have one song fading while another is starting.
    I used my laptop for the entire DJ gig.
     
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  16. zekmoe

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    No laptop, just an iPad and Mac mini. Laptop for work but can’t use that. I’d rather not use the mini as it’s for my studio and something I want to survive a spilled soda at a graduation.
     

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