Don’t get overwhelmed by the all of the equipment you need in order to start DJing. It may seem like a lot but it’s actually not as much as you may think. Sure, as you fall deeper into the rabbit hole you’ll probably want to get better, more expensive equipment but when you’re first starting out there is no need to go all out. You can learn how to DJ with some pretty basic gear that shouldn’t cost you too much money. This is the essential DJ equipment list.
A laptop as a beginner DJ should definitely be the first item on your list. Without a laptop the rest of your DJ equipment will be pretty much useless. This is where you’re going to store all of your music and run the programs that allow you to mix and mash songs on the fly.
A nice pair of headphones is crucial for DJing. You’re going to use them to listen to the music that you’re mixing so that you can properly beatmatch and pitch shift. Headphones will make it possible for you to listen to a mix before it goes live. It is possible to DJ without headphones (known as waveriding) but it takes a lot of practice and it’s not best for beginners.
The headphones are for you to be able to listen but you also need speakers to play your final mix through. This is what the dancefloor is going to be hearing. In essence you don’t need to get speakers right away but they are very helpful for practicing. The sooner you get used to working with the right equipment the better.
Once you get this last item you’ll be all set to start DJing. A DJ controller emulates the more traditional turntable set up from the early days. Getting one of these, such as the Pioneer DDJ SX, will allow you to control all of your computer based DJ software easily and conveniently.