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    What equipment do i need to be a trance dj?

    Hello,

    I would really like someone to tell me what equipment i need to get started? Ideally Id like the right equipment to bedroom dj first and then hopefully take it to the next level. I want to create mixes, podcasts etc on and use facebook for example to gain followers etc.

    Anyone help me out please?

    David.

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    Hey,

    thnaks for getting back to me.

    My budget is probably about £500.

    So many people are saying get CD Decks and mixer, others saying laptop and Traktor.....

    Just confused as to whats best for what i want to do?

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    They both will work so it depends on what you prefer yourself. Try it at someone's place
    Don't forget that a good midi controller (mixer) for Traktor is very handy.

    Not to forget that there are more software solutions than only Traktor
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    Quote Originally Posted by thijsje View Post
    Not to forget that there are more software solutions than only Traktor
    i.e. Mixxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by thijsje View Post
    Not to forget that there are more software solutions than only Traktor
    i.e. Mixxx which is free & open-source.

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    Ok thats great....

    So to recap I need cd decks, mixer and software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David4syth View Post
    Ok thats great....

    So to recap I need cd decks, mixer and software?
    You don't have a high budget, it's best for you to either:

    1.) save more money and buy used cd players + mixer
    2.) buy software and a cheap mixer, and hook the mixer up to a laptop

    or, the best solution, get a free version of Traktor, Virtual dj, Deckadance or any other software and learn the basics about mixing, beatmatching and then you'll see what will be your next move (buying a mixer, software etc.)

    Also, this guy will help you a lot:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ellaskins

    Hope this helps, enjoy!

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    I think the question is:

    Do you want to practice, and perhaps once in the future, play in clubs?
    => Then get CD players / mixer. Preferable CDJ's/DJM (early versions is good enough), because then you can learn on the actual machines.

    Do you want to create mixes only for online purposes?
    => Then I would go for Ableton Live or Traktor Pro.

    But step one is, like Rehi suggests, get a demo of one of those, and test if you actually 'like' doing this hobby.

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    In an Ideal world id like to learn to mix and create mixes for online purposes first.

    Second - possibly play in clubs etc.

    So in order to do this...what specific equipment do I need?

    Thanks for your patience here guys.

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    If you want to play in clubs, then you need some experience with CD players and a mixer. How else would you know how to mix when you stand there? Sure, its pretty straight forward, but I personally wouldn't go up on a stage if I never ever had touched a CD player at all.

    Its up to you how close you want to get to the 'club standard'. You'll learn the basics of mixing with real cheap machines.

    You can practice with cheap players and some cheap mixer (300 euro budget), or actual CDJ's, like the 200's (1000 budget) or get closer with a CDJ400/800 and some mixer. (1500 budget) Or perhaps even a CDJ 1000 (2000 budget), perhaps with a quite nice DJM600 mixer (2500 budget). Or what about the expensive, but club standard, DJM800 mixer, combined with the CDJ 1000/2000 (3500 budget)
    There's also quite some people who don't think you need 'pioneer' to get good experience with the materials. You might also want to settle for something else. "Denon" is mentioned a lot, just browse the forum here.

    In most cases, yes, the more expensive, the better/more functions etc. If you just want to create basic mixes and learn the basics on machines, you DON"T need to spent thousands on the new CDJ 2000. That should be clear.

    For you I would suggest downloading some software first anyway, so you can make your mixes for online purpose, and then you can learn about mixing, and see if this is really something you like. If you do like it, then you can buy some actual stuff.

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    2 years ago i'd have recommended you to buy Turntables or cdjs now i think the future is djing with a laptop and we can't stop it so your options are:

    -Get a pair of TTs+ vinyls 2nd hand should be 300€ and a 2 channel mixer 100€
    -Get second hand pioneer cdj 200 + a mixer prolly 500€+
    -Get other cheap brands like American Audio or Citronic MPCD-S6 i don't like the feeling of this though but do the trick
    -Finally the easy option, you should get a mac (and i hate macs) if you want to play in clubs, the reason is simple, is stable, windows can fail in every moment and you don't want it to crash in the middle of your set, aditionally if you want to dedicate to this more seriously sooner or later you'll have to produce and mac is all you need+ a pair of monitors.
    With the mac you need a midi controller, from the cheapest like Hercules RMX or Bcd3000 to serious stuff, Behringer DDM 4000 it's a nice investment because it is both a mixer and a midi controller and is a replication of pioneer djm 600.


    Advantages of TT's Cdjs:

    - You'll learn to dj, djing is different than playing music
    - Funnier
    - You can play in every club

    Advantages of Digital Djing:

    -Cheaper and easier
    -More freedom to innovate since you don't have to care of beatmatching you can play live or arrange loops etc..

    Disadvantages of Digital Djing:

    -You'll have to bring your equipment to the venue every time you have to play
    -If your setup does not work you can't play your set because you can't.
    -In the long term you'll be a worse "dj" because some things that djs have already printed on fire on their minds after years of mixing are new for you and you let a programme do that without knowing how it is done.

    In my case i've tested both but i still prefer TTs/Cdjs once you learn is better.

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    Voci and Rodri Santos have explained everything you need to know, now it's just up to you, mixing software or cdjs+ mixer. Cheers

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    Hey,

    I was redirected to this thread after I started a similar one. I like David4Syth am new to the whole world of DJing and trance producing. But just speaking on the topic of DJing live and being in the clubs and playing trance, I still have lingering questions.

    Now I currently have a beginner DJ Controller, a Pioneer DDJ-Ergo V, and I use my laptop, a PC, Alienware M17x, which runs Virtual DJ, DJ Intro by Serato, and Ableton Live. But you all speak of CD Mixers and such. Is this standard for the digital DJing world? I mean that I'm guessing the Pioneer DDJ-Ergo V, a digital USB DJ Controller that works through my PC can learn me the basics of DJing, but do I in principle need a mixer that uses CDs to play at the clubs?

    Thank you.

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