So I finally got the time to make this post (I'd thoght i would give it a go even though my setup history is not that much). I have been lurking around on the forums for some time, but I thought it was time to make a post. Sorry if there are some grammar mistakes, English is not my first language.
My current setup:
Native Instruments Kontrol X1
Sound & Lights
Aletc Lansing iMT800
IKEA LED Bar
2x Laling lv200b single purple lasers
December 2010 – january 2011
I started getting interested in dj'ing about two years ago when a friend showed me traktor in class one day. I got more and more into EDM and spent more and more time messing around with traktor.
After about six moths I got around to buying a controller. I felt limited with just the mouse and keyboard and ended up buying a Numark Mixtrack Pro, a great controller for beginners. I used my Altec lansing boombox as a main out and my Beats Sutdio headset for cueing.
The Mixtrack pro is pretty basic, and after three-four months I managed to get a Novation Launchpad and a Native Intsruments Kontrol X1 for free. I was originally planning to run the Mixtrack and the Kontrol X1 with traktor and the launchpad with Ableton synced up with traktor, but I never got it to work properly and my 2GB ram Macbook couldn't handle both softwares with low latency. I kinda blame myself for not having/taking the time to not learning ableton very well. I ended up using the launchpad with traktor using a midifighter mapping.
Until this point I had had my gear on my dresser witch was forcing me to bend down while dj'ing. But after seeing the IKEA Dj booth post I decided to make one myself. I figured out that I only needed and only had room for a smaller design than the post showed I went to IKEA and bought the parts.
I was really happy with the result, the hight was perfect and the size. The only thing that I messed up was the top shelf. It was too wide and didn't fit in the space I needed, but I found an old shelf that wasn't the same color, but it was a perfect fit.
I also bought a new pair of headphones because I had been using my Beats studio headphones, witch was not the best dj-headphones. I bought a pair of Pioneer HDJ 500's. I have been very happy with them, the sound good and they are comfortable to wear.
I also got two purple lasers for free and a fog machine from a friend who wasn't using it anymore.
After a year with the Mixtrack pro I decided to upgrade. I wanted a 4 channel traktor controller but I couldn't make my mind up if I wanted the Native Instruments kontrol s4, the Pioneer DDJ-T1 or the Numark 4trak. I spent a lot of time reading reviews, watching videos and testing them out at my local music store.
After some time I made up my mind on the numark 4trak. I sold my Mixtrack pro and my Launchpad for 250 $, then I got 500 $ sponsored, so I ended up paying 300 $ out of pocket for my Numark 4trak.
I feel like I have a good dj setup for now, but I'm thinking about upgrading my sound system and maybe buy some more lights. I'm thinking about buying some studio monitors like the rockit 5, and some more lights like a jellyfish or some cool led lights.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.