Turn Up the Music with DJ Decks and Mixer
Whether it’s for a hobby DJ or professional mixer, finding the right deck and equipment makes all the difference to the success of your set. With models suitable for all levels of skill and music, eBay offers a broad selection of DJ decks and mixer combinations.What should a DJ deck and mixer be able to do?
Basically, a DJ deck and mixer is the essential set up for any DJ. It enables the DJ to transition smoothly from one record to the next. It should also help the DJ work on special effects, such as animal or instrument-style noises, or even allow new effects to be created. Depending upon the intended use – whether it’s for hobby or work – the deck will have a certain number of outputs.Can a mixer be connected to a computer?
Provided the mixer comes with a USB port, then it can be connected to a computer. This will enable you to record your performances and work on your set electronically. You will have to check the manufacturer’s instructions and the exact details of the listings to find out if the mixer has a USB port. You will be able to find any required software for working on music on eBay.Can DJ decks play CDs?
Yes. Although the traditional setup includes turntables, as this means the DJ can work on scratching and manually manipulating the sound, many DJ decks can also play CDs, too.What are the key features to look out for?
Although decks and mixers vary in their cost and what they offer, a few key essentials to look out for include:
- Crossfader: With this, the DJ can hear the next track via headphones, and can smoothly blend it in to take over from a previous track, as the crossfader works like a sliding bar. Leaving the crossfader at centrepoint will play both tracks together.
- Mic Input: Ideal for DJs who like to make announcements during their set, a mic input ensures they can be heard above their record playing.
- BPM Counter: This indicates the beats per minute of a given track, which can be really helpful when it comes to beatmatching tracks.
- Channels: The simplest setup should include two channels, as this will ensure you can play two records. Larger mixers will have more channels, making them more suitable for use in clubs and discos.