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Best DJ equipment for beginners.

I get this question a lot. People want to know what would be their best option when it comes to getting their first DJ equipment. CDJ? A controller? Turntables or a DVS?

I can’t answer that with one simple answer because this will be different for everyone. What I would say is that nowadays your cheapest option would be to start with an entry controller like the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 or the Pioneer DDJ-SB. These devices can be used see if you really like DJ’ing and they only cost a couple of hundred dollars and they do offer a lot of functionality.

DON’T SPEND HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT!

After a while you can always look into trying out other (more expensive) equipment, but that all depends on your goals and needs. What is it that you want to do and what kind of functionality are you looking for

– If you want to be a turntablist you should get a turntable set. If you also want to be able to take advantage of newer technology get turntables with a DVS like Serato or Traktor. Maybe add a small controller like the Novation Dicers or a DDJ-SP1.

– If you want to use what most DJ’s use in the clubs you can get CDJ’s.

– If you like to be mobile or do a lot of live remixing/performing a more advanced controller could be your best choice.

Enjoy the video and share the knowledge!

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Comments

angel arellano says:

Been waiting to learn scratching on some technics 1200 & 1210 all i want to
know is was is a good needle cartridge to use for scratching?

Veera L says:

I do watch and learn from your videos.
What do you mean that Virtual dj “might not be up to par with Serato or
tractor”? What do you think Virtual dj 8 needs to improve on to bring it up
to par to Serato or Tractor.

Dj Zdee Ben says:

Best Solution 4 many years…… : Rane sixty tow + 2 Technics SL 1210 MK 2
+ serato scratch live or serato dj
Peace

Rob Temple says:

I think all DJs should start with belt driven turntables, with worn
belts… master that, everything else will be childs play lol

DJSHARK9000 says:

To me I have been a pro dj for 20 years now and I think for the money the
vestax 380 cant be touched . I just got one after watching your video
acouple of months ago. Ley me tell you bang for dollar and quality nothing
can touch it. Even for traveing its perfect. I have already logged at least
100 hrs on it and its solid. This was my first controller and my next one
will be a ns7mk2. Thanks as always and by the way you can pick up a new 380
fro $450 to $500 bucks crazy cheap.

Aymen ouni says:

TRAKTOR Kontrol S2 MKII + TRAKTOR Kontrol F1 + Traktor Software
Is it a good setup ? 

Ken Russell says:

Thanks for the reply on you prior video. I use to use Technics 1200 many
years ago and recently NS7 FX (sold) I really love the true turntable
experience. Long story short what brand /model will be the closet to the
1200’s.

Thanks for all the great videos. 

Michael Di Ruocco says:

I agree that the controller is the cheaper way. However learning on cd
players/turntables gives you a better appreciation and you learn much
better. This happens because people with controllers rely too much on the
laptop and look with their eyes instead of mixing by ear. Not to say that
controllers are wrong. Once you know how to mix they are just as good to
get the job done. My point of view 

djTLMtv says:

Best DJ equipment for beginners.

I get this question a lot. People want to know what would be their best
option when it comes to getting their first DJ equipment. CDJ? A
controller? Turntables or a DVS?

I can’t answer that with one simple answer because this will be different
for everyone. What I would say is that nowadays your cheapest option would
be to start with an entry controller like the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 or the
Pioneer DDJ-SB. These devices can be used see if you really like DJ’ing and
they only cost a couple of hundred dollars and they do offer a lot of
functionality.

DON’T SPEND HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU
REALLY WANT!

After a while you can always look into trying out other (more expensive)
equipment, but that all depends on your goals and needs. What is it that
you want to do and what kind of functionality are you looking for

– If you want to be a turntablist you should get a turntable set. If you
also want to be able to take advantage of newer technology get turntables
with a DVS like Serato or Traktor. Maybe add a small controller like the
Novation Dicers or a DDJ-SP1.

– If you want to use what most DJ’s use in the clubs you can get CDJ’s.

– If you like to be mobile or do a lot of live remixing/performing a more
advanced controller could be your best choice.

Enjoy the video and share the knowledge! 

Isaiah Furrow says:

One lower cost controller that I’ve seen recommended a lot is the Denon
MC2000, do you think that would also be a decent option? The new Akai
modular bits also have my interest, as well as the Reloop Neon and a couple
“decks”…. For now I’m happy with my Terminal Mix 8 and learning the full
Serato DJ, but if my Mixtrack Pro 2 doesn’t survive it’s bath in CorrosionX
spray, the Denon might be my portable, compact, small gig and practice
setup, along with the Neon. I actually really want the Neon even with my
TM8, as I could have it set to deck 3 or 4 and leave it in sampler mode.
Also it would give me flip controls and I have recently read about using
Flip for putting together scratch tools/sentences, and would love to give
that a try as it seems like it would be much simpler than learning a DAW.
I have enough to learn for now as it is without throwing a piece of
production software into the mix at this point. Already have Maschine
Mikro sitting in the “studio” and haven’t really done much with it lately.
Thanks again for all of your videos! Keep shining bro….

arminxX vlogz says:

hey dj TLM look i have a numark mixtrak pro 2 i’ve had it for around 2
years and im starting to feel that i cant do everything i would like to do
i would like know which one you think is a better controller my budget is
700 dollars thank a lot. and if you can answer it, it would be great.

DJSlimCutta says:

This was very helpful. I have been using a controller for about a year and
a half now but I want to switch to turntables. You definitely gave me a
great idea to start. What is a great place to buy stuff from?

max sather says:

I know dj TLM is all the way into serato but if you have a computer or a
lap top the cheapest way to mix digitally is with the traktor A2 interface.
it cost $99.99. instead of a controller you can use your own presets and
mix with your computer. the next best deal for digital dj’ing is the
traktor A6 interface that comes with traktor pro 2. it sells for $299.99
dollars with the software and its fully loaded with the interface, control
vinyl and cd’s, cords, and power cable for when the interface is not
connected to the computer and you just want to mix normal vinyl. it
sounds amazing and competes with serato. I have used serato I have never
figured out witch is better. so if you want to use something like the A6
with control records or you would like to play on vinyl the turntables I
recommend balancing budget and quality are the: audio technica
AT-LP120USB($400) or the Stanton T.92USB($300).

Lennard van Domburg says:

Just wanna say, love your videos! keep it up man

D3ntNL says:

if new to DJing, get your hands on the cheapest turntable set you can find,
new or secondhand, doesnt matter.
Why turntables? because you cannot cheat with turntables! there is no BPM
counter no Sync button, nada. just you and the records. so you HAVE to
learn how to beat match by ear. and that is a really valuable skill to
have! 

Ben Moss says:

I’m a new DJ and, following your advice, got a Numark Mixtrack Pro II, and
it works well for for me! Thanks!

Dj Red VAder says:

i have ddj sb and its so simple with serato dj intro, loving it 🙂 Its wort
to buy it (y)

Chris Parkey says:

I currently have the Numark Mixtrack Pro and use Serato DJ. I’m planning to
move on to using CDJ’s. Preferably Pioneer. What would you suggest for
something affordable (Nexus 2000 is out of the question lol).

SuicideMessiah360 says:

at first i got 2x reloop rp 2000 mk3 (about 200 euro for both), then a
pioneer djm 250 (150 euro) then serato sl 2 (this one was more expensive
then my whole equipment combined lol)

Michael Daugherty says:

What do you think of the new Numark NV that’s coming out and if it’s
possible will to be doing a tutorial on it. 

Ciaran Maxey says:

This was basically how I started out, I played around on virtual DJ just
with my mouse before deciding to upgrade to traktor and map this old midi
keyboard I had lying around to control it and when I was confident that
DJing was definitely something I was interested in and not a fad, I bought
a mixtrack pro 2. Now Im eying up a decent set of CDJs, confident that
DJing is something I am really passionate about and that it will be worth
the investment.

Bergamoism says:

I had a DDJ ergo for about 6 months allong with Virtual DJ LE and I have
been able to learn quite a few things with your help +djTLMtv The big
question here is what would you suggest (for a beginner still and for a
limited budget) as far as stepping up the game. I mix the same kind of
music you mix, and I would like to get a couple turntable and a mixer. I
don’t think I want to go with real vinyl, just the coded ones. I get
confused with how much choice there is, and I want to keep most of the
features I had with the ergo: queue points, effects, samples. What would
you suggest? 

Heavie Walker says:

The equipment for beginners is what you can afford. You can begin on
anything.

Sanchez Parsley says:

Could you do a comparison video of the more intermediate level dj
controllers? Im looking at getting one and cant find any decent comparison
videos, I dont want to go buying one and not knowing if im getting the
right one for myself, I like the pioneer ddj range but I also like the
reloop terminal mix 8, be great if you could help out, thanks

Gio Di Lusa says:

When I started DJing, I bought a DDJ ERGO, 2x Pioneer S-DJ50x Monitors,
Traktor Pro and a odyssey flight case. Works perfect!

Ilan Camhi says:

Nice video!

Bueller Brown says:

#STK 

Scout Scamp says:

I could have used this video about 2 months ago, but I will defiantly tell
my friends about it. Stay awesome. 

Andeejay Baeeza says:

Well said you are the man bro thats why I keep following you on your
channel….bless

Martin Fowler says:

i like the q and a videos….also i love how you keep it personal with your
channel. quick to answer and solid advice. 

Rodolfo Soler says:

I think its all about which style are you going to apply in your sets and
where you’re gonna be playing, money IMO is, and will always be the
problem, but for begginers, there’s no need for something very expensive,
you will be needing something to keep training yourself and get better and
understand more the effects that you can apply. Later on, when you have
mastered everything you can change your old equipment for a new better one.

jordenke98 says:

Hay tlm I had a mixtrack pro 2 but I had to sell due to financial reasons.
I want to get a new controller, I have a friend that will let get his ns6
in payments. But I’m not sure if I’m ready for that advanced of a
controller should I just go back to the mixtrack pro 22 ?

Veera L says:

thx for clearing that up.

DJSHARK9000 says:

To me I have been a pro dj for 20 years now and I think for the money the
vestax 380 cant be touched . I just got one after watching your video
acouple of months ago. Ley me tell you bang for dollar and quality nothing
can touch it. Even for traveing its perfect. I have already logged at least
100 hrs on it and its solid. This was my first controller and my next one
will be a ns7mk2. Thanks as always and by the way you can pick up a new 380
fro $450 to $500 bucks crazy cheap.

ILLKICKMUSIC ILLKICKMUSIC says:

I’m going with the Numark NV, Good price and you get so much bang for your
buck. Especially for a beginner but that’s just my opinion but I also agree
with DJ TLM about depends on your preference and starting out something
entry level isn’t not a bad idea also

spaceorbison says:

Man you hit the questions right on head for beginners. The hardware looks
awesome but I think to myself… whats the point of getting all that
hardware if you’re just gonna be controlling software with it anyway? 

DMC *official* says:

Virtual dj is good but I’m currently using sarato and if anyone is using
modern cdJs than I would dj using CDs . And if ur using vinyl than use your
laptop 

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