Setting your DJ Equipment up

Jun 21, 2010
Setting your DJ Equipment up

You have your new DJ equipment and you need a hand to set it up.

Before you begin to set up your DJ gear, ensure all the power is off and all volume controls on both your mixer and amplifier are turned low, especially the master volumes on each. In all the excitement of buying your new DJ set-up it is easy to skip the most important part of setting everything up – which is reading the appropriate instruction manuals.

Below is a diagram of how it will look – BUT make sure you read the instructions first! You don’t need me to tell you how expensive it all is, and being electrical, the possibility of blowing something is real!

If once it is all set up and turned on and you cannot hear anything, the best thing to do is go back to the start and check that all the input and outputs are plugged into their right places. If all else fails have another flick through the instruction manuals, especially the FAQ sections.

Generally, input devices such as your CD decks and iPods are quite simple to connect since they almost all use a line signal input on the back of the mixer. You just plug the RCA leads that are hard-wired or connected to your input device into the mixer and turn them on, making sure you plug red into red and white into white.

If you are using something like an iPod, MP3 player or Mini disc you will need a 3.5mm stereo jack to RCA lead. There is an exception, though: turntables need a little bit of extra care before you start connecting them to your mixer. Keep reading to understand exactly what you’ll need to do.

If you are using turntables, there are specific set-up requirements that need to be taken care of. First, it is really important to set them up on a level, vibration-free surface.

You then need toensure that the earth wire (can also be known as a ground wire) from each turntable is connected to the dedicated earth points on the mixer.

So there you have it, a basic overview of setting your DJ equipment up. If you’re still having problems feel free to drop me a line ben@djmastercourse.com

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