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Old 20-04-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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What do I need in order to DJ?

hey guys, I really want to start DJ'ing live and whatnot. i am thinking about getting a numark ns6 DJ controller but idk what exactly i need in terms of speakers. can anyone point me in the right direction?
as far as what i have seen i need 2 or 4 speakers and a sub. am i right? and do they get connected to my computer or to the mixer itself? im new to all of this >.>

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Old 20-04-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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Re: What do i need to dj?

lets say i take speakers like these http://www.seismicaudiospeakers.com/...19_a_7cSA_d_10


what exactly do i need to USE those? do i plug the cable from the speakers into my dj controller? (im looking at the numark ns6)

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Re: What do i need to dj?

If you are looking to rock your own PA, you might need to boost the signal from the NS6. You might look into passive speakers and an amp. Two speakers and a sub is fine.

Most DJs these days don't have their own PA in my experience. That's a lot of fucking money man. Even to get into basics with a PA. You'll need a decent laptop plus the NS6 is what...like 1k?

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Re: What do i need to dj?

ns6 is an outdated version of the numark ns model so i can find em for 500 dollars. what are passive speakers and an amp?

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Re: What do i need to dj?

Don't you have any speakers at home? If not, then why not just get a used set of hi-fi speakers off of craigslist / ebay or something? Tbh I've never really understood why dj's insist on having studio monitors in their bedroom for practicing...it's not like you're making surgically precise EQ'ing decisions. I dunno man - spend the money on music and quality gear (mixer / turntables / Traktor etc.) than on expensive speakers.
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Don't you have any speakers at home? If not, then why not just get a used set of hi-fi speakers off of craigslist / ebay or something? Tbh I've never really understood why dj's insist on having studio monitors in their bedroom for practicing...it's not like you're making surgically precise EQ'ing decisions. I dunno man - spend the money on music and quality gear (mixer / turntables / Traktor etc.) than on expensive speakers.
i dont own any speakers. im trying to get some for DJ'ing. can you suggest some? they dont have to be the best by any means. just something loud enough and good enough for a party

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they dont have to be the best by any means. just something loud enough and good enough for a party
Ah ok, see - I thought you just wanted them to practice on, but if you're going to be throwing parties you probably want something with a bit more oomph than an entry level hi-fi speaker. Nevermind then .

Or...why don't ya just get a cheap set of hifi speakers to practice on anyways? You're not gonna be throwing parties straight off the bat, so spend some time practicing your dj skills, then invest in decent speakers a few months down the line.
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Re: What do i need to dj?

do you have any suggestions? i WAS looking at rokit 6's on craigslist but those are pretty high end from what i hear

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Old 21-04-2013, 04:04 PM   #13
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Re: What do i need to dj?

when i started out doing house parties, we literally used larger hifi speakers and plugged them into whatever amp was in the house. It worked well enough.

Secondly if you want to be rocking with your own PA then have a scan on ebay/craigslist etc for second hand. How big a party are you gonna be throwing? i mean if it's in a house or garden etc then you will still only need 2-300 watts of power to really get the loudness you need - so HIFI speakers and amp.

secondly if you really have $500 to spend on a controller then look for a vestax vci300 or traktor s2 second hand - you will be glad you didn't go numark for his believe me.
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Re: What do i need to dj?

well i wanna start doing house parties and small events in my city and in los angeles. so what you are saying is buy 2 hifi speakers and an amp? can you suggest any good amps?

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Re: What do i need to dj?

Most people have some sort of stereo at their house and really you can probably scrape up a decent system if you are going to a venue just by asking around. Put the money into the stuff you need to DJ rather than a system - it's going to take awhile before you aren't terrible anyways. Don't get ahead of the game man
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Old 21-04-2013, 04:18 PM   #16
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Re: What do i need to dj?

thats what i plan on doing, i just need something to listen to it on. cuz my gaming headset isnt really cutting the mustard.

i was looking at these https://www.qscaudio.com/products/sp..._series_K8.php anyone ever used em before or know if the company is good?

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Re: What do i need to dj?

You are still going to want a good pair of headphones to DJ as well, even if you buy your own PA system.

Listen to Ben, most solid advice here so far. I agree on the Numark. I owned on of their medium expensive controllers some years ago, felt like a toy (though I think the NS series looks cool theoretically, I never used 'em or know anyone that owns one).

When I first started DJing I bought good turntables (Technics 1200), a good mixer (no frills, but built like a tank) bought crate of old jungle/DnB records off a friend and practice for at least thirty minutes everyday that summer.

Also, if you are going to be a laptop DJ you defo need a controler with a good sound card or a separate DJ soundcard. Because trust, especially in a big city like L.A. ...I'm sure guys w/ Mac Books that can smash tunes together with little or no finesse are a dime a dozen...they sure as fuck are where I live.

In the world of digital DJing you need to take extra care to be more than some guy that can blend tunes OK.

It's funny you posted this topic, I was just buying a new pair of over priced shoes at a hip store yesterday before dinner. And this guy looking at shoes next to me said to the clerk, "I'm a DJ, what kind of shoes do you recommend" they got to talking and later in the conversation the guy says there is no point to spending more than 80 dollars on headphones for DJing as he prepares to buy 100+ pair of sneakers.

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Re: What do i need to dj?

well, for now im definitely gonna get a controller a laptop and a pair of headphones first. i just want to know exactly what i will need once i want to start doing parties. and i lookedup both of those tables ben said and the ns6 has a lot more features, but im going to go down to guitar center and a few other places and try them out. see which ones i like the best then im going to scour craigslist and ebay.

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Old 21-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #19
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Lulz, features? Traktor or serato with either an s2 or vci will give you more than enough features than you can handle at once believe me the numark really is a waste of money, no matter how fancy or how many features they've crammed into it to hide the utter shitiness of it... You may aswell buy a cheap behringer bcdj3000 or whatever the model number is if you want to stick to as cheap as shitty soggy chips as possible
Secondly, unless you're thinking of doing parties in an open or empty space, most venues will already have a sound system in place for you. So until you're earning enough money and popularity to at least break even on a party not in a venue/house you'll be pissing in the wind bothering with buying any sort of PA for yourself.

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Re: What do i need to dj?

well one of the main things i like about the ns6 over the ones you showed me is size, its a lot wider than the other two. i have huge hands and big fingers so i like a little space in between the platters and whatnot, but i like the look and feel of the traktor s2, so i may give it a try, i still need to tryout the ns6 though. and in all likelihood im probably going to get a controller and use it on my desktop till i feel comfortable enough to play a live show then ill buy a laptop

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