DJ Equipment Speakers and Mixers – Selecting the Right Units

DJ Equipment Speakers

Speakers are, obviously, a very critical part of any DJ’s set up, so you need to carefully consider your choices. And you won’t find any shortage of choices. Online stores carry all the major brands and models, and you can often learn quite a bit just by browsing the online descriptions. Of course, if you have any friends who are DJs you can get plenty of advice from them.

For starters, there are two kinds of dj equipment speakers: active and passive. Active speakers have amplifiers built in, so all you do is send a signal from your mixer to each speaker. Of course, you do have to adjust the speakers before your event, and there is the issue of getting electrical power to each speaker which means more wires run to where you locate your speakers. But lots of DJs prefer this system and the simplicity it offers.

Passive speakers have no built in amplifier, so you must have either an external amp or a powered mixer to feed your speakers.

I prefer passive speakers hooked to an external amp. But this is a matter of personal preference.

DJ Equipment Mixers

DJ Equipment Mixers are at the heart of any DJ’s setup. For the new DJ the choices might be a bit bewildering, but they need not be. A mixer is just that – a device that lets you combine two or more inputs into one output that typically feeds your amp and then your speakers. It’s more that just a “switcher” that allows you to select inputs, although sometimes that’s what it is used for. And it’s more than just a volume control, although, again, it does that, too. But it does more.

DJ equipment mixers allow you to have all those great fades from one input to the other. Some mixers come with built-in effects so you can modify your sound in cool ways. Most all mixers have EQ controls which allow you to shape the sound coming from the different channels by adjusting the bass, mid-range, and highs.

The other thing a mixer does for you is it allows you to use a pair of headphones to listen to only one channel at a time, or to listen to the entire mix. You will find this to be extremely valuable.

The DJ doesn’t need some large console mixer with 24 or more channels. Often four channels will suffice. Stick with one of the major brands and really learn how to use your DJ equipment mixer and you should be off to a great start.

Conclusion

The main thing is that all your gear – from DJ equipment speakers to your DJ mixer to headphones and microphones all works together properly so you get good sound – and happy clients.

DJ Equipment

DJs or disc jockeys are music professionals who remix popular songs for playing in discotheques, nightclubs, dance parties and other musical programs. Remixing songs involves modifying their beats, mixing the sound, altering the bass/treble effects, etc. DJs also juxtapose two or more songs together to create a new music piece. Naturally, all this creativity requires a lot of equipment.

The basic equipment needed by a DJ is a deck or CD player, sound mixers, speakers and headphones. Most DJs use LP records, which are played on turntables. The sound encoded on the record is read by a stylus. DJs use LPs as they can input scratching effects in the music. Turntables are of four popular styles – belt drive, direct drive, mixer hybrid and portable. The style of the turntable essentially depends on the manner in which the record is rotated and read. Direct drive turntables are considered to be superior to others.

MP3 players, CD players, DVD players, etc. are alternatives to turntables. However, these players can only play back the sound and do not facilitate any modifications to be done, such as incorporating scratch sounds. Such players are used generally by DJs who simply play the music without remixing it.

The most important part of the equipment for a creative DJ is the sound mixer. Sound mixers are of various types and complexities. At a bare minimum, they contain adjustments for sound balance like bass and treble adjustment, noise reduction, etc. Mixers have input lines for phono or line selection. Recent sound mixers are two-channel, i.e. they have provisions for both phono and line selections. Sound mixers are also provided with jacks to connect the microphone devices.

Headphones or headsets are prime requisites for a DJ. Good quality headphones can provide Dolby or stereo surround sound to the listener. The basic purpose of a headset should be to shunt out the external unwarranted noise and facilitate the DJ to listen to the subtler nuances of the tones. Headsets are equipped with microphones which the DJ can use to make announcements. For the audience, speakers are provided which are connected to the DJ’s sound mixer via cables. The wattages of speakers, i.e. their sound outputs, are selected according to the size of the dance floor and the number of persons. For small audiences, there are compact sized woofers which can very well serve the purpose.

Nowadays, DJ equipment is bundled together and available as packages. Decks, mixers, speakers, headsets and cables are the fundamental parts of any DJ equipment package. While opting for a package, DJs usually select the ones with better qualities of decks and speakers. For amateur DJs, a low quality mixer is enough to get started with. Elaborate DJ packages can contain several other pieces of equipment such as carts, styluses, slip mats, cross faders, etc. which are used for the turntable.

Among the companies that have gained a reputation for manufacturing DJ equipment are Numark, Pioneer, Gemini, Stanton, Ministry of Sound, Behringer, and Citronin.