What Equipment do I need to DJ

May 28, 2010
What Equipment do I need to DJ

You want to become a DJ but don’t know what DJ equipment you need.

This is a common problem for all DJs starting out; it’s no wonder, as the variety and choice available these days is unbelievable and at the very least confusing.

When looking for your first DJ setup the trick is to keep it simple, perhaps most importantly you need to make sure you only end up buying once. By this I mean get it right the first time so you don’t have to prematurely upgrade. The last thing you want is to get talked into buying some wiz bang DJ setup that when it’s all said and done is crap.

Your first DJ setup should stand the test of both time and your DJ career.

Buying DJ Equipment – Tip #1

Avoid “DJ in a box” packages as they are often very basic and are insufficient for what you want, as a serious budding DJ.

Buying DJ Equipment Tip – #2


Get advice from someone you trust, do your research and shop around. If you have the option, play around with a friend’s DJ equipment first for a genuine feel of what you will be getting.

Buying DJ Equipment – Tip #3

Second hand is always an option, particularly with quality DJ equipment like Pioneer and Technics, brands that are built tough to last in the club environment. They are also designed so problems can be fixed.

Buying DJ Equipment – Tip #4

If you don’t have money for the higher-end equipment to begin with, do not let that hold you back. Buy what you can afford and upgrade further along the track, when you can.

Equipment Needed to DJ


A minimum of 2 input devices – Depending on whether you decide to use vinyl, CD, or a combination of both, you’ll require at least 2 input devices, which are generally either turntables or CD decks. You are only limited as to how many input devices you can use by the amount of input channels on your mixer. In order to put two tunes together you require at least two devices. Anything after that is a personal preference.


A DJ mixer – Used to control and mix the music from your first input device to your second input device. It is the control centre for your mix. Initially, any standard two-channel DJ mixer will suffice, but as you get better and begin to understand the different levels of sound quality and response you can get from its functions, you will demand more from your mixer. At that point you can upgrade as you require.


Headphones – Using headphones, you can listen, cue and mix the next tune without anyone else hearing what you are doing. Headphones are probably your most important piece of equipment, determining not only the comfort in which you will be mixing but also the quality of sound you will be hearing to conduct your mixes. The equipment you use is based totally on personal preference, but I suggest experimenting with friends equipment, or at least trying before you buy if possible.


Sound system – Either a home hi-fi system or an amplifier and speaker setup, although these days (depending on your budget) powered (amplified) speakers are definitely an attractive option not only for sound quality but for their ergonomic and sleek designs. I find them perfect for my home set-up.

If you have any DJ equipment questions that need answers feel free to drop me a line to ben@djmastercourse.com anytime.

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  1. Cornerty January 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm -

    What are your thoughts on newly released DJ controllers? Can they help budding DJs? Would you recommend them?

  2. Benny January 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm -

    Hi Cornerty,

    I think the new DJ controllers are awesome to learn how to become a DJ with.

    I definitely recommend them to the budding DJ! You are fortunate to live in a time when all these options are available and are often reasonably priced, the new DJ controllers are perfect for your home DJ setup.


  3. Shawn April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm -

    Where can I go to take some one on one DJ lessons here in Chicago

  4. Benny April 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm -

    Hey Shawn,

    I’n not sure about in Chicago BUT the DJ Master Course is similar to a one on one training course but better as you can work through it at your own pace. It is everything you need to learn how to become a quality DJ. Click on my name to find out more!

  5. tony October 2, 2011 at 3:19 am -

    i recently bought a pioneer DDJ T1 ,i was wondering your thoughts on this deck as a start to become a dj?

  6. Benny October 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm -

    Perfect Tony!

  7. Alankar November 22, 2011 at 9:17 am -

    Hey Benny what’s up??

    hey i’m not clear about the demo cd thing……can you help me out……and is it ok to work under a dj in the beginning or i should go on my own??

  8. Benny November 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm -

    @Alankar if you can learn under another DJ that is only going to help speed up your learning process, at which point you can go out on your own!

  9. Eric November 24, 2011 at 11:44 am -

    Hey there i have two questions,
    Question one: What’s your opinion on the numark mixdecks dj controller?
    Question Two: how much would you charge if your were to dj at a party

  10. Benny December 1, 2011 at 2:49 am -

    Hi Eric,

    I have answered your questions below:

    1) perfect to get you started!\

    2) If I was just learning i would play for free for the experience and to get myself out there, if you do a good job then more gigs should start flying in, at which point you could start charging then!

  11. Laura December 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm -

    Where are some other places can you get Dj equipment???

  12. Benny December 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm -

    Hi Laura,

    Check out http://www.storedj.com.au


  13. Eric February 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm -

    Do you cover a section on tricks when mixing like messing around with the trebble the mids and the bass

  14. Benny February 28, 2012 at 12:26 am -

    Hi Eric,

    We cover the fundamentals so you have the skills and knowledge to start executing tricks correctly instead of just messing around…


  15. patrick April 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm -

    is the pioneer cdj 400 k and djm 400 k good to start off with and what are your thoughts on them?
    thx in advance :D

  16. Arthur May 1, 2012 at 5:44 am -

    Hey Benny,
    I was wondering, for a first gig what cables do you need? Just the standard RCA?
    Also, how long should cables be? How many should I have? Do I need lots of adapters as well?
    Cheers, Arthur.

  17. Benny May 3, 2012 at 3:21 am -

    Hi Arthur,

    Standard RCA cables are perfect. Just check your equipment for how many you need.

    A one or two meter’s in length should do the trick.

    Lastly as far as adapters a power board with about 5 sockets you will need.

    I hope this helps!

  18. Arthur May 3, 2012 at 6:51 am -

    Thanks for answering, Benny!

    Just another quick question: how important are 1/4 inch jacks? Are they the standard in clubs etc.? Or are RCA more used? Is there any difference in audio quality, or is it negligible?

    Cheers, Arthur.

  19. olawoyin May 11, 2012 at 11:57 am -

    i won’t to be more perfect in it.

  20. Chris June 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm -

    I was looking at some pioneer equipment and I was wondering what the difference is between a player and mixer… And a controller

  21. Benny June 25, 2012 at 1:24 am -


    The player is where you put your CD and the mixer is the controller that you use to move between two players.

    A controller is something you can assign different things to, sounds, channels etc…


  22. justine stidmon August 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm -

    OK so I’m 17 years old and wanting to become a dj. But I have no experience and don’t have the money to go get lessons. can someone please help me?

  23. justine stidmon August 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm -

    If anyone can help me please contact me at splatter2013@gmail.com. or u can reach me by facebook.

  24. Benny August 24, 2012 at 12:10 am -


    Check out the article at the link below, that should help point you in the right direction:


    Good luck!

  25. abdullah December 10, 2012 at 10:33 am -

    i need to become a good dj so i need to get more new music to play can any one advice where i can get those latestest music

  26. Benny December 12, 2012 at 1:23 am -

    @abdullah you should check out: http://www.beatport.com

  27. Aaron Kenyon December 31, 2012 at 1:11 am -

    I need to know how to get DJ equipment cheap and for a beginner, but also for a small business I need to know what all I need

  28. dj binay January 24, 2013 at 12:43 am -

    next i was going to rock the india i was the next dj…………..

  29. justin March 2, 2013 at 11:05 am -

    I got a question:

    I just got the Numark mixtrack pro and was wondering how you can hook the Behringer eurlive B215xl speaker to the mixtrack pro. I’m new to djing as well

  30. Benny March 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm -

    @Justin – the best bet for you is to do a search on You Tube, that should bring back a video that will provide you a step-by-step tutorial.

  31. Keegan lavender July 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm -

    I’m wanting to start djing.. And I got a question. All I need is a computer, sound system, headphones, and a Mixer?

  32. Taylor Johnston July 21, 2013 at 1:19 am -

    hey benny is it ok for a dj to try to learn on his own ?