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DJ Tables: The Definitive Guide
You know what’s one of the worst unexpected things that can happen to you when you’re off doing a DJ gig? The DJ tables at the venue are rickety and so worn out that your DJ gear is at risk of fall off or everything breaking down. Ouch!
If you’re doing DJing as a profession than you will want to invest in a DJ table to ensure that your gear never gets wrecked from less than stellar venues that are out there. This post will take you through everything you need to know about DJ tables (and stands) …
What is a DJ Table?
A DJ equipment table holds all of your equipment; it quite literally is a stand for your gear to sit on with the exception that the DJ tables are often built so they form to your gear and they’re sturdy enough so you don’t easily have the stand tipped over from some drunken dancer.
Most DJ stands and tables are road-ready for mobile DJ’s. You can setup your table by just unfolding it which makes it extremely efficient for your DJ business since you can pack it up and lug it around without needing a van or truck.
DJ tables and stands are made by a wide range of companies that aren’t deep in the DJ equipment business but still offer excellent gear for this specific need. Some of the companies include Odyssey, Sefour, Road Ready, SpaceTek, Grundorf, QuikLok and many more. Prices for the DJ tables run anywhere from $100 – $300; the higher end obviously coming with additional features and sturdiness.
A stand is literally just … a stand. You put your DJ gear up on the table so you don’t have to worry about whether your venue has one available; this is especially important if you’re doing weddings or local parties.
How is a DJ Table used in DJing?
As noted, you can never be sure if the venue or event you’re going to have a place for your DJ equipment. There’s nothing worse than not being able to setup after you’ve traveled all the way. Additionally, a DJ table gives you a professional appearance so you’re not stuck asking people if they can help you setup once you get to the party.
The DJ tables are used to hold the heavy gear such as your turntables, mixers and monitors where stands are generally used for laptops or speakers if you have the type for them.
The table also keeps people behind the DJ booth rather than letting people walk right up and mess with your equipment; there are times when someone might get a little too loose from the party and stumble around your area and may even knock over stuff – this is why you need to have a strong stand so nothing gets wrecked.
Top 3 DJ Tables on the Market
Running a mobile DJ business? Than you may be in the market for a DJ table; here are the top three in the market that’s worthy of your time and money:
The Odyssey CTBC2060 is about as basic as you can get in terms of a foldable table for DJ’s. This table comes with port holes so you can run your cables along without them getting in the way. It’s foldable for when you need to pack it up and carry it around. The surface is stable and sturdy enough for all of your gear; nothing too fancy but certainly gets the job done.
Learn more: Check out the CTBC2060
The Marathon MA-Table is a bit sturdier with the metallic supports while also being a bit lighter which comes in handy after a tired night of DJing. Again, nothing entirely too special about the table but what can you really expect; it’s something to put your DJ gear on so you can rock the party. The table is easy to fold and has locking leg braces so you don’t accidentally kick the support out from underneath it or if someone bumps up on the table.
Learn more: Check out the MA-Table
With a name like that, you’d expect the Odyssey FZF5437T to be something from space. This DJ table is a step ahead of the others on the market because it’s more or less built like a tank; it literally looks like a carrying case for gear … but it’s a table. The FZF5437T is slick and sturdy as hell with aluminum support edging; great for your home studio or on the go. You’re going to pay more for this table but it will definitely be the last time you’ll need to buy one.
Learn more: Check out the FZF5437T
You can expect to spend anywhere from $100 – $300 for a good DJ table. Make sure that the one you buy has supports for the legs else it’s going to tip over if you’re getting too rough with it. Also, make sure that there is enough space for your gear else you’ll be so cramped that you can’t easily get to mixing.
A DIY DJ Table for Less than $100
Having a professional table is important if you’re a mobile DJ that wants to represent their business but I know there are people, perhaps you, out there that don’t have a lot of money to dump into a DJ table. Here’s the great news: I’ve built one before on the cheap using easy to access materials and all of it under $100.
I wouldn’t recommend lugging this around to your venues but it’s perfect for the bedroom:
- 8 cinder blocks
- 1 flat, wooden door
You can pick up cinder blocks at Lowes or Home Depot for about $2 – $3 a piece so you’re spending no more than $20 for the blocks. The door you can pick up, easily, for about $20 – $50 at a local thrift store. Make sure the door is solid wood; it’s going to be heavy but that’s a good thing because you don’t want your gear sitting on top of a flakey piece of door.
As you could imagine, just line up your cinder blocks to the height that you want (generally around mid waist) and then put the door on top. For added value, drill some holes into the back of the door so you can feed cords through so they’re out of your way.
DJ Table Accessories and More
DJ tables have caught on so you can imagine that there are additional items for them, including:
- DJ Skirts – These are draped over the table to give it a nice look so you don’t have exposed legs. You could get a graphic designer to add your name to the skirt to give yourself a bit more promotion.
- Laptop Stands – These stands hold your laptop if you’re a digital DJ. You don’t have to worry about your laptop sitting on top of the table where it may fall over from heavy usage.
- Equipment Desk – These are more like stands/desks that fit on top of your DJ table where you can have your laptop, midi controllers, synthesizers, drum machines and more. These are more used for someone doing live performance but you could definitely take advantage of them in your mobile DJing.
Most of the accessories for the tables are to make it look better and keep your gear organized but it’s certainly worth throwing a few more dollars at to make sure that your gear is safe and sound while playing.
Boring subject for today’s post? Maybe. But, it’s important that we look at all the different types of equipment you may be using when DJing which definitely includes DJ tables. If you’re professional than you need to look the part.
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