How to Setup A DJ Sound System?
Yup, Dee-jay-ing is one of the coolest job ever and if you're thinking of taking it as a profession someday, we wholeheartedly support the decision.
To be a pro, you gotta own the skills. So, our advice will be, try some little gigs and improve your performance before deciding to hit it big.
For this, you should know your setup.
Do you know what equipment are required for DJing? It's important to have a good knowledge about all the necessary DJ stuffs in order to build the perfect system. And obviously as a beginner, you don't want a lousy start; therefore, you have to be more vigilant.
For setting the system up, you'll need:
DJ Mixer: DJ mixer is the most essential part of the setup. DJing is all about good sound mixing and the magic lies within this equipment. It's a console that's equipped with different effects that are used time to time to blend tracks, especially when you're spinning two records at one time. Also, the 'uninterrupted' vibe you get while going from one song to another, that's also because of the mixer.
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DJ Controller: DJ controller is literally the engine of the system. It includes buttons, ports, knobs, switches, encoders, jog wheels and other controlling equipment for modifying tunes. DJ software installed in computers and other gadgets are operated through this controller. It controls the mixer and gives instruction for doing everything.
Easily put, DJ mixer is the magic trick and DJ controller is the magician.
Turntables: This DJ equipment is used for playing tunes. It's a deck-like tool that uses two inputs (records) at once and mixes tunes. Specially the smooth alteration from one track to another and mash-up are conducted by turntables.
Disks: Or vinyl records to be precise. Does this huge shiny disk really need an introduction? DJ mixer mixes, controller operates and turntables spin what? Vinyl records!
A Laptop or Similar Portable Gadget: This kinda works like an alternative for DJ controller. Many DJs rely on their laptop, tablet, touchpad or computer keyboard for controlling DJ software and mixing tunes. Controller covers for a decent gig, but a gadget is a must if you really want to push the boundaries.
DJ Software: DJing requires a pattern to be followed, which is mandatory in case you don't wanna disappoint the crowd. To avoid a terrible gig, install a good DJ software.
DJ Speakers: Every beginner should learn to use studio monitor speakers. These speakers will help you to check those mixes personally so that you can understand how it's actually gonna sound before the audience.
Headset: A good headset is mandatory for every DJ. Detecting frequencies and mixing becomes easier with an effective headset on during a noisy gig.
There is some other equipment as well that you can consider using. However, for a beginner, equipment above is enough for a decent setup. (In fact, this is the standard setup of many professionals)
Setting Up Your DJ Sound System
After renting or purchasing all the equipment, start setting them up. In this case-
- Link mixer with the turntable and the controller: Check out for the similar ports between those gadgets. Usually they use RCA or AUX connection, but many modern equipments features USB output too. Detect the ports and connect wires. Test the performance afterwards to check connection.
- Connect the DJ controller to speakers: Once the controller is linked with other mixing equipment, take MIDI (sometimes HID) protocol for connecting it to the speakers. Adjust jog wheels and knobs to see the response.
- Have a good speaker arrangement: DJing is all about good sound delivery. Often gigs fail just because of terrible speaker placement, guests can't feel the vibe or the tune sounds distorted. Place the speakers wisely for a smooth, distortion-free audio experience.
- Get the software ready: We're assuming that a good sound mixing software will already be installed in your gadget by the time of your gig. We have only one advice, there are plenty of software in the market, choose wisely.
- Test your headset and monitor speaker functions: Before playing for audience, don't forget to check the headphone and the speaker's performance. Also, run a test jam to make sure everything's good for hitting the stage.
- Assemble your vinyl records: Gather all necessary records in one place and keep them somewhere reachable, in this way you don't have to stop every time you're switching disks.