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DJ Packages for Beginners: Getting Started
DJ Packages will usually be one of the first things you notice when browsing through DJ gear online and offline.
These packages are all-in-one setups that aim to get you started with DJing as quickly as possible; but are they worth it for beginners?
What is an all-in-one DJ package?
A DJ All-in-One package generally comes with a few basic items:
- 2 x Turntables
- 1 x Mixer
- 1 x Headphones
Some do come with a few extra hookups but the general idea is that you’re getting the bare minimum to get started with DJing – quite perfect for beginners actually.
These DJ packages generally run anywhere from $200 – $500 dollars which puts them in the lower quality gear bracket although that’s not to say that you’re getting complete crap – it just means that you’ll most likely be replacing it in the future once you start to land professional gigs (since you’ll need more robust gear).
A few of these DJ packages include:
The pro’s and con’s of DJ packages
You’ve probably picked up that I’m a bit 50/50 on the idea of DJ packages; here’s a bit why:
- PRO: They’re generally cheap – DJ packages aren’t all that expensive and can be picked up with a paycheck; they’re not going to break the bank.
- CON: They’re cheap because of cheap gear – The gear isn’t all that high in quality and can easily break; just don’t drop them – pretty basic care.
- PRO: You get everything you need – Everything is included with the package to start DJing in an afternoon; you can pull it out of the box, hook up and go.
- CON: You could do better – You can mix and match your own gear from various sources online and offline; this lets you pick up gear that may last longer.
There’s not much to say other than you get a lot for a relatively inexpensive price. DJ packages are really great when you’re just a beginner and don’t want to invest a TON into your equipment (especially if you’re just playing in your bedroom).
On the other hand, you could do better by mixing and matching your gear from items you find elsewhere online (think of it like building your own computer).
How to make the best of DJ packages
Their relatively cheap price tag, DJ packages are a really easy entry point when you begin DJing; it’s actually hard to resist and you may spend hours looking over all those that are offered. Although they do have a few problems and aren’t always recommended, you CAN make the best of them by doing a few of the following:
- Don’t expect the best – Some DJ packages are actually quite nice (if you spend the money) but if you go with the cheaper sets than don’t expect the most out of them – go into the purchase with the thought that you’re getting the bare minimum to get started.
- Give them away – Chances are, once you get going with DJing, you’re probably going to be hooked; this generally leads to you buying bigger and better gear. Instead of tossing out the old DJ package, consider handing it off to a friend or someone that has expressed interest in starting to DJ.
- Resell them online – DJ packages (if you keep them in great shape) can be resold online for around the same price as you’ve bought them. If you get the basics down using these inexpesive pieces of gear than you could always pass them off to others and get most of your money back (which can go toward new gear).
- Use them to teach – Once you upgrade (if you do), you can always use the extra equipment to teach others how to DJ. Consider setting up a small workshop where you can teach others for a small fee or just as a fun activity for those within your neighborhood.
In all, you get what you pay for and when you go into the deal knowing that you can always resell them or share them with others than you’re putting yourself in a great mindset.
Overall, I don’t entirely recommend DJ packages for most beginners because it’s best to get started with gear that you KNOW will last you. However, because DJing can be a big investment, packages can be great for those that are on a budget and have been itching to get started. It’s totally up to you.
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1. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
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The Mixtrack Pro DJ controller is perfect for those on a tight budget; it has everything you need to get started with digital DJing and continues to drop in price every few months.
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If you're really itching to start DJing and don't want to spend a whole lot than the MK4 is for you. You'll have complete control over your mixes plus it's packaged with Virtual DJ.
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