How to be a DJ: Things to know when purchasing a DJ Controller. Do I need a computer?

When you’re deciding on what DJ controller to purchase, it can be a tough decision. In this DJ Quick Tip, I cover a few things you want to think about when purchasing your first one.

What you want to keep in mind when purchasing any new piece of DJ equipment is what you can use as a back up. S*%$ happens! Computers get loopy! One of the reasons I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express, was because it gave me numerous ways to play music in the event my computer decided to freeze up, or shut down, unexpectedly. You can solve this problem by bringing a back up computer. Yet, what if you don’t have this option? The Numark Mix Deck Express has two CD decks and USB Thumb drives for alternative ways to play music. This means, you don’t necessarily even need to have a computer to use this controller. This is also very helpful if you want to start DJing, yet don’t have the funds to purchase both a controller and computer at the same time. You can start DJing with the controller until you have the funds to buy a good computer. What’s more? You’ll need a good computer to run most DJ softwares.

Not all controllers offer these different options to play music. So, when you are in the market to purchase a DJ controller, you’ll want to check out the different alternatives the controller offers to play music, in the event you can’t play from your MAC or PC.

Lastly, most controllers do have an auxiliary channel. You can use this channel to play from your iPhone, iPod, or smart phone.

Hope this DJ quick tip helped! If you have any topics you’d like me to cover please post them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to Subscribe to the SBS channel. This way, I can keep bringing you DJ tips so you can do what you love – play music! Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly

Tuesday’s DJ Tip! How to Adapt! Quick Tip on RCA connectors and adapters.

Have you ever wondered what adpaters you need to correctly set up DJ equipment? Well, I’ve been DJing for over 15 years and I’m still learning new things! Since I LOVE MUSIC, on this Valentine’s Day, I decided to talk DJ with one of my good friends, DJ Nickels. In this short quick tip from DJ Nickels, I learned about a new adapter I could use to improve the balance of my sound.

When hooking up from my controller to my JBL Self Powered (Active) Speaker, I was using a single Male RCA to Male XLR. While the normal ear may not be able to tell the difference, I learned I was missing half the signal. What DJ Nickels explained, is in order to have balanced sound, you want to make sure you are plugging into both the left and right signals on your controller. If you only have one Male RCA to XLR, you can use a RCA adapter with one Female and two Male RCA to split the signal into two.

A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We hope you spent this weekend doing what you love! I know I did – playing music!

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How to Buy a DJ Controller. Review of the Numark Mix Deck Express.

A lot of beginner DJs ask me about controllers. What is the best controller to purchase? In this short video, I tell you why I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express. I also give you some questions to ask yourself before you purchase a controller. Hopefully these questions will help you select the best one for you.

Numark MixDeck Express Quick Overview:
1) Great for the beginner DJ
2) Great for the mobile DJ
3) Great for your wallet!
Do you want to DJ full time? Or, is this just a hobby for you?

As a business owner, I have to look at every piece of equipment as an investment. The Numark MixDeck Express is great for DJs who are just getting started. So, I purchased the MixDeck so that I could teach my DJ assistants how to use a controller. Which is what I did. Now, when I book them their own jobs the MixDeck Express is the controller they use.

What is your budget?

Controllers are expensive! Usually bundled with software, controllers average around $800 and can go as high as thousands. At $500, I feel the MixDeck with Serato DJ Intro is a steal! While I think this is a great controller for any Mobile DJ, the price makes it a great buy for the beginner DJ who is just getting started.

What kind of DJ are you?

While this controller does allow you to do many of the same things other controllers offer; Cue, Brake, Reverse, Scratch and Loop. The one downfall is you don’t have the convenience of the special effects buttons being right on the controller. You have to use your software. Yet, for the types of events I DJ, this is not a deal breaker for me. I DJ all types of events from corporate Gallas, weddings, fashion shows to teen events. I don’t use the special effects at every event, as apposed to a club DJ, who needs to have the convenience of these buttons on the actual controller. (As with anything, the more bells & whistles and the more convenient something is usually means more $$$).

Great for the mobile DJ.
I’m a female DJ. Plus I’m a Mobile DJ. I need equipment which is easy and light weight for me to transport around. The MixDeck Express is so easy to pack up and take with me anywhere to any type of event. So if you’re a DJ who is always on the go this may be a great DJ controller for you.

Hopefully this helps you out if you are a beginner DJ, or any DJ in the market to purchase a new DJ Controller. Hope to see you back here every Tuesday, when I launch a new video. If you found this video helpful, please don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and sign up for email notifications. This way, you’ll get notified each time I launch a new video. Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly

LASER LIGHTS

Are you a DJ looking for some big lighting effects but don’t want to spend the big bucks most lasers cost? galaxian laser 3Then check out the Micro Royal Galaxian.

Mike, the guest DJ at my event last night, was checking out my cool mini laser. He wants one! What’s great about this mini laser? The price! It can work for many types of events, yet not cost you a fortune like most laser lights.

Four reasons why DeeJay Shelly likes this:
1) Mini laser
It doesn’t over take the entire room like a “club” style laser. This doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a club or small bar – you absolutely can – and provide a great light show. What the mini laser offers is the ability to provide a tasteful laser light show effect even at an upscale venue. This way you don’t have to spend a ton of money purchasing numerous light shows for different types of events.

If you DJ kids’ parties you will thank yourself for bringing this to your next kid event! You have the option to shine it on the wall, ceiling, or dance floor. Shine the laser on a wall and the kids will keep themselves busy chasing the moving lights!!

2) Light show options are blue, red, or both.
Most people associate green lasers as “club” type light shows. Florescent green lasers provide great lighting effects for night clubs, but for a wedding they can come off as tacky (of course, unless your client wants the “club” type feel for their reception). For a few of my younger clients’ weddings, I’ve used this laser for the end of night dancing and they loved it! The blue color lights especially seem to be a favorite since they provide the laser light show type feel, but with a more subtle tone.

3) IT’S SO SMALL! If you are used to carrying around the big and bulky lights, you’ll be very happy that this light is about the size of a cable box! Especially for FEMALE DJs – considering the size and weight of this product and the fact that it provides a great light show it’s really a must have!

4) You can’t beat the price! Some lasers can cost up to $1000+. You can find this mini portable laser online – new $200.00 and used $125.00.

Are you a DJ? DJ Shelly wants to know…What lighting effects do you use at your events?