In which order should you buy your setup?
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1

    Default In which order should you buy your setup?

    I have been creeping on these forums for a while, and still haven't found out some of the main things I've been looking for. But i have found out a lot of useful information, now i'm just wondering in which way i should i buy my setup.
    like i already got a laptop, VmS4, traktor, virtural dj, ableton launchpad(still don't know how to use ableton, so atm useless)
    I want your opinions , should it be like

    Midi controller
    mixer
    Tables
    Etc..

  2. #2
    DJTT Moderator Dude Jester's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    12,311

    Default

    soundcard and a 4 channel mixer. then you are set for any party.
    Acer E5 i7 2TB 16GB ~ 512GB SSD ~ WIN 10 ~ TSP 2.11 ~ AUDIO 6 ~ X1 ~ DN-X1600 ~ X1 ~ SPECTRA ~ TWISTER ~ ATH-PRO500 MK2 ~ AT2020

    "This aggression will not stand, man."

  3. #3
    Tech Mentor
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Kansas City, MO
    Posts
    487

    Default

    What a broad question. What is your ultimate goal with your gear? What is your budget? What are your preferences? Are you trying to make money off this? How are you trying to achieve this? Help us out here.

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sss18734 View Post
    What a broad question. What is your ultimate goal with your gear? What is your budget? What are your preferences? Are you trying to make money off this? How are you trying to achieve this? Help us out here.
    My goal is to do gigs etc.. Budget doesn't matter, since i'm building it up slowly, so i'd rather buy quality. I mean i guess Traktor/Vdj and i'm asking for some of your preference so i can get ideas, maybe. Practice/patience.

  5. #5
    Tech Guru GI Trackt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    519

    Default

    It doesn't really matter mang! It all depends on what you want to do and how you want to learn! Jester is correct tho, the bare minimum you would technically need is:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jester.NZ View Post
    soundcard and a 4 channel mixer. then you are set for any party.
    I was dj'ing school parties in the Caribbean with only an X-Session pro mixer and a soundcard (and Traktor) ! Boom!

  6. #6
    Tech Guru keeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    613

    Default

    The way I did it (aside from software - should be pretty obvious when to get that anyway) was:

    1) Buy a midi controller with good resale value (I bought the VCI-100 and actually sold it for more than I bought it for new).
    2) Buy a soundcard, ideally one with DVS capabilities (Audio x, SL box with core audio drivers/ASIO like the SL3) to save yourself from having to rebuy later.
    3) Get a mixer - a quality mixer - so you can get better sound quality, maybe external effects, etc. and you can still use your midi controller for transport.
    4) Get turntables/CDJs and start using DVS. People have different opinions on this, but IMO you'll be a better/more versatile DJ in the long run if you at least are able to use these.

    You should also get a good set of speakers at some point. There's little point in spending money on a mixer to improve sound quality if you're playing through $20 computer speakers. For my purposes I picked up a pair of studio monitors (JBL2325) which are powerful enough for small house parties and have good enough sound quality for production and DJing. If I did more house parties or wanted to be a mobile DJ, I'd grab some decent PA speakers like the JBL Eon 15 or equivalent. I guess you could call this step 2.5.


    And honestly, you don't need to go all the way to step 4. Especially if you aren't planning on playing at a club within the semi-near future, there isn't a whole lot of point of getting used to DVS/a real mixer in order to more easily play out. Something like an S2 or an S4 would be more than adequate for the majority of DJs. I'm not gigging out currently, but one of my goals is to pick up a residency or at least a regular gig at some point within the next year or two and that's part of why I picked up the mixer and turntables. I waited to do so though for about two years - I wanted to make sure that DJing would be a lasting hobby/interest/possible source of income first. It was a hefty chunk of change, but I use my setup every day for at least an hour so; even if I don't end up gigging out or making money off of this, I feel like I'm getting my money's worth.

    Just make sure you don't get caught up in Rapid Gear Acquisition Syndrome - buying more and more gear will not make you a better DJ, it'll just make you a better customer for the credit card companies

  7. #7
    Tech Wizard DjEryx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Sandy, UT
    Posts
    39

    Default

    Traktor > DJ Controller > Headphones > Speakers = DONE!

  8. #8
    DJTT Moderator Dude Jester's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    12,311

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GI Trackt View Post
    I was dj'ing school parties in the Caribbean with only an X-Session pro mixer and a soundcard (and Traktor) ! Boom!
    PC, keyboard and NO soundcard. I win
    Acer E5 i7 2TB 16GB ~ 512GB SSD ~ WIN 10 ~ TSP 2.11 ~ AUDIO 6 ~ X1 ~ DN-X1600 ~ X1 ~ SPECTRA ~ TWISTER ~ ATH-PRO500 MK2 ~ AT2020

    "This aggression will not stand, man."

  9. #9
    Tech Guru lethal_pizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Maida Vegas, London
    Posts
    2,814

    Default

    @OP - I'm confused. You're asking in what order to buy a setup, yet you already have a setup that'll enable you to DJ?
    DJTT Nu Disco Mix Train Vol 1
    beats and balearic bobs in north-west london
    iTunes podcast
    soundcloud

  10. #10
    Tech Guru SirReal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    San Fran Bay Area
    Posts
    2,195

    Default

    I can definitely tell you in what order you should buy my setup. You can start by buying my 80,000 watt Funktion One rig.
    "Walking the fine line between Stupidity and Genious" My Soundcloud ---- My Mixcloud
    MBP Retina 2015--TSP 2.10--2xDNSC5000--2xDNSC2900--2xDNSC2000--NI F1--Denon DN-X1700--HDJ2000--Stanton STR8-80--QSC K12's--Crown Amplifier--Urei Monitors

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •