One of the more common questions I receive from readers and listeners of the podcast goes something along the lines of, “What’s a good budget DJ setup” or “How do I start DJing if I don’t have any money?”
It’s not surprising that this comes up often, because the modern DJ landscape is chock full of options. Once upon a time, your choice was simple: you needed two turntables and a mixer. If you were on a budget, you got the cheapest setup you felt like you could stand to play on. If you had the money, you got a pair of Technics and (probably) a DJM-something.
But now, the lines that define what a DJ does are blurred and confusing to newcomers… and this isn’t helped by the fact that there are not just turntables anymore. There’s standalone controllers, modular controllers, FX units, mixers with sound cards, sound cards, software… the list goes on and on. What does one actually need?