There are well-known brands that are 100% professional equipment. These include Pioneer, Denon, Technics. You can see the equipment of these companies in many clubs, and the reviews about them are mostly positive. True, they are more expensive than similar models from other manufacturers.
You can find something cheaper, the so-called budget options. Reviews about them are not so good, and in reliability they are inferior to more expensive models. But if finances do not allow you to purchase expensive equipment, you can get by with them. Therefore, the demand for such budget models is very high. Inexpensive equipment also pays off faster.
Now let’s move on to the DJ equipment itself. The most important for a DJ are three devices – a mixer and two sound sources. But, besides this, you still need headphones and overall sound to work.
The mixing console is the link between all the other equipment and is always involved in the work, so it is very important that it be of good quality. In general, mixing consoles can be very conditionally divided into sound engineering consoles and DJ consoles.
A DJ console must have a crossfader, a CUE function (listening in headphones), and it is also desirable that there be a three-band equalizer (scratch consoles often have a two-band one). Of course, you can try to use the sound control panel for DJing, but this is very inconvenient, it is unlikely that something good will come of such an undertaking.
According to the form factor, DJ consoles are divided into built-in and desktop, which differ in shape. But, besides this, there are many models that can be either installed in a rack or kept on a table. A rack-mounted console is suitable in cases where you need to save a lot of space, in other cases it is better to purchase a regular DJ console.
Another distinguishing feature of the consoles is the number of input channels. In principle, two channels will suffice at first. It must be remembered that many models have the ability to switch between inputs. For example, you can connect two CD players and two vinyl players to a two-channel mixer and switch from one sound source to another.
A DJ mixing console may have one or more microphone inputs, which can be very useful when working in front of an audience. More expensive consoles may have a built-in effects unit. It is its presence that significantly increases the price of the mixing console.
The effects block gives more options in the DJ’s work, but is completely optional at first. Different models of DJ consoles provide various additional features, but they are not used very often. At the initial level, a gain control, a three-band EQ and a volume fader for each channel, a crossfader, a headphone volume control and a headphone control will be enough. Having a microphone input would be a nice addition. Having such a set, you will soon figure out what else you need for comfortable work. Ignore all sorts of bells and whistles: you can do without a bunch of buttons and glowing tempo counters.
Vinyl players have traditionally been used as sound sources. The simplest CD players only play audio CDs and allow you to pitch, that is, change the playback speed. More modern models can play mp3, make scratch and other effects and bonuses.