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Four Major Reasons to Become a Digital DJ
These days, a lot of people want to get into DJing but don’t really know where to start. There are endless choices when it comes to gear and that’s not even accounting for the music formats. A popular choice for many beginner DJ’s is to go the route of Digital.
Digital DJing has seen a dramatic rise over the years. You can now get started, with DJing, for a fraction of the price one would pay just a decade ago.
Access to music has never been easier. New Digital DJ gear is being released on an almost monthly basis. It’s the age of the Digital DJ.
Not sure where you want to start? Here are four good reasons why Digital DJing may be for you:
#1: Gear and Music is Less Expensive
Digital DJ gear and digital music is extremely inexpensive. You can get started, with DJing, for nearly a third of the price if you choose to use digital gear over vinyl or CD decks. Likewise, your music format will also come at a steep discount.
Proper vinyl turntables, mixer and the rest of the setup will generally run you almost $1000 – $2000 but digital gear can be as low as $100 (although you should opt for a little higher end gear). Digital music often runs for less than $1 a track rather than dropping nearly $10 – $20 for vinyl releases.
Overall, digital DJing will be less of a hit on your wallet. When starting out it can be hard to get up and running because of so much overhead. Digital gear is the way to go if you’re itching to get started and don’t want to drop a small car payment.
#2: You’re Future-Proofing Yourself
Digital is going to be around forever. Vinyl and CD has already seen its slow crawl to becoming obsolete; when’s the last time you played a vinyl record? Likewise, CDs are falling out of favor especially when you can pick up the same album online for half the price and instant download.
Digital DJ gear and music lets you future proof yourself. You know that in ten years your gear will still be going because we’re most likely not going to make a dramatic jump in music formats and if we do than DJ programs will make up for the lack of hardware support.
Likewise, your gear can always have additional add-ons rather than full upgrades. A software update may be all that you need to stay competitive, in gear, rather than going out to buy an entire new DJ setup.
#3: It’s Easier to Lug Everything Around
It’s one thing to have access to your vinyl and CD collection in your bedroom; it’s another when you have to lug it around from club to club. Vinyl and CD’s can be heavy, get damaged while moving and require a lot of effort to upkeep them to maintain quality.
Digital music, on the other hand, lets you take your collection around the world on the size of your keychain if you really wanted to. You no longer need to lug the heavy DJ bag; you can take your digital controller, setup and be ready to go without digging through crates the entire time.
MP3’s are also very easy to organize. You no longer need to sort your records and CD’s which makes for many less headaches when you can’t seem to find the perfect track. Just do a quick search and the song is ready for you.
#4: You have Greater Flexibility
Lastly, you have greater flexibility in every aspect of your DJing. You will be able to quickly mix, find tracks, travel, organize, record sets, transition between clubs, host internet shows and much more if you go with digital DJ gear.
Overall, you gain a higher level of flexibility if you go the digital route. Less upkeep means that you have more time to practice your mixing. How can you beat that?
As you can see, Digital DJing gives may new comers a greater amount of flexibility in all areas of the profession and hobby. Digital gear is here to stay; vinyl and CD is beginning to take a slow but eventual phase out (although it will always have its place). If you’re just getting started than consider these four major reasons why Digital DJing may be for you – then get mixing!
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