Ahead of the Brighton Music Conference in April, UK supplier of DJ equipment Gear4DJs share their top tips on finding the perfect kit for you — whatever your skill level.
When taking their first steps as a DJ, many people try to keep costs down by choosing poor-quality, unprofessional controllers and software. However, by attempting to save a few pounds, you could end up hindering your skills and losing your passion for DJ’ing.
Think of your beginner’s equipment as a foundation: while you will undoubtedly be looking for great quality at an affordable price, you’ll also need something that can adapt as your skills develop. A VMS2 or DDJ-SB controller, KAM speakers and a FBT DM-29 microphone can be easily upgraded and will satisfy your initial thirst for DJ’ing.
After mastering your beginner’s equipment, you’ll be eager to move onto the next challenge. For intermediates, it’s all about branching out: go for solid equipment that can withstand regular use, both at home and on the road.
We’d recommend upgrading your VMS2 controller for a VMS4.1, which boasts 4 channels and a studio-quality audio engine. If you plan on gigging, a good investment would be some lighting like the American DJ TriPar or KAM LED Concept V2 disco light. These can be accompanied by a KAM KSM1600 VH smoke machine to enhance the effects. To keep things practical, the NovoPro SDX booth would provide the perfect structure to your setup.
The only way to become an expert DJ is to have outstanding-quality professional units. Go for reliable, long-lasting equipment like the Pioneer DDJ-SX controller paired with FBT J 12A speakers to really make an impression at your gig. Add to your lighting with the Laserworld CS-1000RGB laser and the dancefloor is in your control.
If you need any more advice, Gear4DJs will be exhibiting at the conference, and will be more than happy to give you a helping hand. The company will also be demonstrating their controllers, lighting and special-effects live at BMC with plenty of special offers and discounts. Bring your wallet and take home a new toy!