Have you ever asked yourself “How do I DJ with my laptop?” Nowadays, it’s easy for anyone to get started learning the basics of DJing. In the past, you would need hundreds of dollars worth of audio equipment and crates full of records or CDs. All you need to get started today is your laptop, DJ software, music files, and a DJ controller.
Your laptop will be the heart of your DJ setup. It will hold your music, run your software, and connect to your mixer or controller. You don’t need to go out and buy a new laptop – your current one might work just fine. As long as you have a USB port, a decent processor, and a few gigs of RAM you’ll be good to go. Decided which DJ software you would like to use? Make sure to double-check the developer’s specs to make sure your computer can handle the program.
There are a variety of DJing programs available to use. Some of the most popular include Serato, Virtual DJ, Rekordbox, Traktor, and Djay Pro. Each of them has strengths and weaknesses. For example, Serato has been the club DJ standard for years. Many mobile DJs like the features offered by Virtual DJ. Most of the programs offer a free or “lite” version that you can download and test before forking over the money for the full license.
Having a good music library is essential for being a DJ. While there is some progress being made in the world of streaming for DJs, you’ll most likely want to start building up a library of MP3 files. Make sure to get all of the genres and artists you are interested in mixing. Once you download an MP3 it’s yours (unlike a streaming file). It’ll always be ready to go whether or not you have an internet connection. You can buy MP3 files individually from places like iTunes or Amazon, but many DJs choose to join an online music pool. A pool is a membership site that allows DJs to download all of the most popular new songs.
The last thing you’ll need to DJ from your laptop is a DJ controller. This piece of hardware will allow you to manipulate your DJ software with buttons and sliders so that you aren’t confined to a keyboard and mouse. It will also allow you to play your music back through a speaker system. Being able to mix with your hands on a controller will help you grow your beatmatching and mixing skills quickly. Look for budget, entry-level DJ controllers from reputable companies like Pioneer, Numark, and Denon. Make sure that your DJ controller is compatible with your software – many controllers will actually ship with a free copy of a basic DJ program included.
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