When you're performing in front of an audience, your DJ sound quality can make or break your set. If the sound is bad or distorted it doesn't sound good to the ears and as a result people can quickly disengage from the music that you're playing. If that starts to happen, then you are failing to do your fundamental job of entertaining the crowd.
When the quality of the sounds that you're playing is at a high level and is ultimately clear, people are much more likely to enjoy your set and appreciate the tracks that you are playing within it. The more the crowd enjoys the tracks that you are playing, the more they begin to lose themselves in the experience that your creating with the music. Therefore, the sound quality is absolutely vital to the whole experience. Here are some essential tips to put in practice to help make your sets sound great.
1. Try to use 'lossless' music files
It may seem obvious, however, one of the most important tips to achieve a high sound quality is to use high quality music files. When it comes to providing a better quality sound, lossless file formats like WAV and FLAC are superior to formats such as MP3 and AAC. It is possible that you may run into compatibility problems with some lossless files, however, as DJ software continues to evolve this will soon become a thing of the past.
2. Don't get into the red
It's up to you to ensure that your output meters, amps and gain controls are not 'in the red'. Your DJ equipment won't always be able do this for you, so you need to check and adjust these yourself. This is important to ensure that the sound is not horribly distorted when it comes time to raise your volume controls.
3. Use a good quality sound card
A high quality sound card is essential if you want great DJ sound quality. The digital files that you use have to be converted into an analogue signal before the sound can be sent through the speakers and out to the ears of your audience. Your sound card takes care of this. Upgrading your sound card is one way to show an immediate improvement in your sound quality.
4. Make sure your samples are high resolution
If you are editing or producing your own tracks, then you need to ensure that the original source files are as high quality as possible. Once the production or edit is complete, the sound you have produced will only be as impressive as the lowest quality sample that you've used.
So remember, the quality of your sound is an absolutely vital part of your performance as a professional DJ and is essentially even more important than the type of music that you choose to play. It's your job as the DJ to make sure that your set is as good as it can be at all times to ensure that your audience gets the best experience possible.
In conclusion, delivering perfect sound as a beginner DJ is a great way to squeeze an extra few percent from your set when you're out there trying to get noticed. Leave no stone un-unturned!