• Skoolys tips on buying dj equipment

    I'd like to start off by saying, I WROTE THIS. I DID NOT TAKE INFO FROM SITES. I wrote this on djforums.com originally.

    Ok, On to buisness...

    Alot of people on FP Probably Get annoyed by the "What setup should I Buy" threads coming up occasionally (Happens ALOT at djforums.com). Your not alone there. This is a little message to all of those n00b "What Setup" guys needing help. TO ALL N00BS: These are the main things IMO you should write in your setup buying threads!. I am sick and tired of people not giving enough info in forums and people giving up their own time for the same question constantly being asked. All they write is "What is a good setup" or "What companies should I buy" so i am going to do a list of things you should add in your "What Setup should I get" threads for all you Setup n00bs. Im helping you avoid wandering the search bar for answers.

    On to the Message

    1. This is the #1 thing that annoys me in these threads......WRITE WHAT KIND OF MUSIC YOU PLAY!!!!: Your setup can veriety in equipment depending on what kind of music you play. For example If you are a die-hard-to-be- scratch dj you most likely wouldnt want to spend your money on a Xone mixer unless its a 02. The 92, 62, 42 etc.. were not made for scratching. Alot of people will give these kinds of suggestions with out knowing that thats not the kind mixer your looking for or the price (I will get to later). Why? Because you DIDNT INCLUDE YOUR INFO!
    This could be a simple thing to avoid if you simply put what Music style/genre you do/want to spin.

    2.Your Price Limit: Now there are some people on here that DO include htis and i am proud of them. the people that DON'T. It annoys me. Mixers of the dj world could go from a price of $5 to $5,000. Please include your maximum amount of $$$ you have to spend.
    Tip of the day: It is always best to buy a great setup than buy crap and have to upgrade later when you might not have the money!!!
    This will help people save time waiting for your little reply and get YOU your answer alot more quickly.

    3."Which is better, Mixer A Or Mixer B": To all of these people.....YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR!: Do not buy any cheaply made mixers for large gigs or residents unless you absolutely, ABSOLUTELY need it. Say its a life or death situation. Your current mixer died on you and the gigs tomorrow. You check in your pocket and you only have $39.50 Go use that money for a cheap, low end mixer. Than you know you will unfortunatly need it. Its basic knowledge. but, like i said, You get what you paid for. Most mixers that use cheap materials have horrible sound quality and they are not a good substitute. If you NEED it than there really isnt much else you can do unless a friend that Dj's could hook you up. So spend as much as possible for a ceap replacement.

    4.Do the Reaserch before you ask questions: On DJF there ar many people you can ask for help with setups, wires, slipmats etc... but there is a better way of oing things. Search for your self there are Far more resources on Theinternet outside of DJF than there is on Djforums. Try to find the cheapest site. If you want help finding out a particular stores rep just head on down to Djforums.com and check out the "Vendor Review Thread". There are many places to shop and research. Just look around, Google is your friend.

    5.Pricematching?: Believe it or not folks, some stores do pricematching such as Guitar Center, AGI Pro Dj etc... For all of you who dont know thsi means if you find a really low price on the internet that is an authorized dealer, head down to your local price-Matching store with DJ equipment and show them the website. They will match the same price (Mabey even beat it) and you wont have to pay for that Pesky Shipping&Handling

    6. WHAT ARE YOU MAINLY FOCUSING ON GETTING?: Some people looking for setups already have a mixer or decks. In this case, most of those people are focusing on upgrading. Please write what you want to upgrade if thats what you are aiming at. There is no point in getting help for stuff that you wont need. S please include what you want to upgrade if you are wanting an upgrade

    7. BUYERS BEWARE:: Used Equipment: Used or new. Checking a turntable, seeing if the motor runs well, the pitch works correctly, pop up lights, rca/ ground isn't messed up. This also goes for cd players, mixers, etc. This is helpful because most people starting out may want a good deal and used could be the best and closest thing they can grab so they will have to watch out for some problems

    8. Choices, Choices, Choices..:

    When you are a little low on cash and pioneer or A&H just Doesnt fit the bill, you should add some popular budget choices that are still quality. For example:

    Numark TT 200
    Stanton T 80

    American Audio QD5
    Numark DXM06/09

    Cd Players:
    Pioneer CDJ 200
    Denon DNS1000
    Stanton C.314

    Stanton 500 V.3
    Shure SC35C
    Ortofon Pro S
    Stanton 520 V.3

    #9 - Just Spinnin or do you want more?: Say your on the forums and your Saying something like "i want to dj, but also want to make beats, so should i buy a bass guitar and a drum machine and a technics because i heard its best but also need protools so i can record vocals - what microphone do i need" DOES NOT HELP. focus and decide what you really want to do. do you want to dj? if so, you need different gear than if you are going to make music.

    Ask Yourself, Do you want to Dj, Produce or both? It can get expensive but "You get what you paid for" so dont be afraid to drop some $$$.

    Now i hope this answered Most of your questions about setups and what to do if your stuck. Do These steps In order just to make shure you did all you could before turning to DJF. Okay to Recap

    1.Name your style of music
    2.How much $$$ can you spend?
    3.Which cheap mixer should I buy?
    5.Call up your local store
    7.Buying used equipment
    8.The Many Choices Of Equipment
    9.What do you plan on doing as your career?

    For your convienince i'll add some stores I recommend!
    www.dancerecords.com (For Music)
    www.skatesonhaight.com (This is 100% my Favorite battle record store)
    www.juno.co.uk (For Music)


    Thanks alot for reading, I hope this helped.
    Skool Yard Mafia-Platter Kontrollaz Crew-Djforums.com-BananaMats
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Skoolys tips on buying dj equipment (LONG POST) started by Skool.Yard.Mafia View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. EssenceMusic's Avatar
      EssenceMusic -
    1. PureCents's Avatar
      PureCents -
      i dont even got equipment.... just studying because im just a kid and i cant afford this shit... yet.
    1. lordvukice's Avatar
      lordvukice -
      Good thread... i would be so arrogant to say that the hardest choice is to choose to play music,or to make it,i know a lot of peoples who wanted to do both,but they stucked somewhere between cuz they coudnt decide what skillz to learn ,which equipment they want to upgrade...

      Quote Originally Posted by PureCents View Post
      i dont even got equipment.... just studying because im just a kid and i cant afford this shit... yet.
      play on some virtual DJ-ing...
      i was doin that back in the dayz before i realised that im more into producing,and making... then playin sumthin that someone already done...
    1. shane.edmuns's Avatar
      shane.edmuns -
      felt like it was a very informative thread, thanks for the info!!!
    1. TRAVEL KIT STUDIOS's Avatar
      we really appreciate the info you are giving
    1. JJonaB's Avatar
      JJonaB -
      Thanks for the info~
    1. ChrisMOE's Avatar
      ChrisMOE -
    1. extrabluntsncoffee's Avatar
      If you could afford a Numark x6. You might as well buy a used Pioneer on ebay. I need a mixer for sampling for producing. I think I'll finally get a Pioneer.
    1. benlandis's Avatar
      benlandis -
      Thanks much

      ---------- Post added at 07:16 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:11 AM ----------

      Thanks so much!
    1. delchoc's Avatar
      delchoc -
      Quote Originally Posted by extrabluntsncoffee View Post
      If you could afford a Numark x6. You might as well buy a used Pioneer on ebay. I need a mixer for sampling for producing. I think I'll finally get a Pioneer.
      Used at that.
    1. shane.edmuns's Avatar
      shane.edmuns -
      got the traktor s4 and im loving it, its a great choice of buy
    1. Rusak's Avatar
      Rusak -
      good thread... pretty decent info
    1. DMN86's Avatar
      DMN86 -
      good post

      ---------- Post added at 09:37 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:33 PM ----------

      i got the vestax typhoon midi controller, great entry level midi controller. different layout to usual. cost me 190. id recommend it.

      ---------- Post added at 09:39 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:37 PM ----------

      Looks cool too.
    1. RazhuProductions's Avatar
      RazhuProductions -
      To all noobs: Dont buy equipment till you know everything about music productions, buy them if you know how to make music already
    1. myboylundo's Avatar
      myboylundo -
      Quote Originally Posted by RazhuProductions View Post
      To all noobs: Dont buy equipment till you know everything about music productions, buy them if you know how to make music already
      you tell em rahzu
    1. Matjias Gammelvind's Avatar
      My only equiptment is a cheap midi keayboard from M-Audio and a set of yamaha hs50m.. that works fine with me
    1. skinnyknicca646's Avatar
      skinnyknicca646 -
      I myself can't afford any equipment at the moment so I'm workin with what I got at the moment, a old beat up laptop and a bunch of bootleg software
    1. ezra's Avatar
      ezra -
      great post...never jump straight in when buying equipment....! Research...
    1. coryperez's Avatar
      coryperez -
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      Moe601 -
      It always amazing me when people talk about the noob, and asking question. That's why they come into forum to get answers. I did a google search and brought me where too this forum. I'm learning about being a producers so I don't know nothing, so is it wrong for me to ask question that someone that been in the game for a while would think that it's a no brainier? Just wondering when I read the post earlier.