12-30-2010 07:41 AM
Thank you everyone for all the advice! My son loves his DJ equipment (and is now driving me crazy with it, lol)! I think for his purposes it will be a great starter unit and we can move up from there. Again thanks for all the help and I hope everyone had a great Christmas
12-30-2010 12:19 PM
@bpeck - i'm not too experienced on the speakers and amp setup - i've always had that done for me whenever i've played out and that was the setup in the club... i myself only choose to use Powered Speakers because they are so easy to hook up to the mixer. With powered speakers it's almost like a plug n play device - you plug them into your power outlet and then plug the cord (usually 1/4 inch or rca) to your mixer... and then you are set to go..
However with your setup - amp and speakers... well you're gonna def get more wattage out of your setup - that's the plus of having that amp.. but whenever i've had the amp/speaker setup - (not sure on the order you do this in-->) i always saw them hook the speakers into the amp, plug amp in, and then the amp gets connected to your mixer usually via 1/4inch cable - i remember it's usually 1/4 inch cable cuz i always showed up w/ 1/8 in and rca and i always had to borrow a 1/4 inch from one of the bands or other dj's that night i was playing...
but don't quote me on the above - i think that is what you do for connections to an amp - if i was you i would go into a place like Guitar Center or ask a local band in the area - they will definitely know and be able to guide you.
also - a power strip (aka surge) def wouldn't be a bad idea to have a couple of those on hand.
12-30-2010 01:21 PM
07-21-2011 01:15 PM
@bpeck - i was trying to send you a private msg to your question but am unable to. i'm going to try my best to help you out... and also, it's not alot of questions you're asking like the 'super user' claimed below... but i will try my best to answer them.
okay, here's the first thing... you're using an amp and unpowered speakers... there's 2 kinds of speakers - powered (which don't require an amp, they're just like plug n play. you plug them in, connect them to your mixer, and you're good to go.. i like powered speakers.. it keeps everything simple, and that's what i like - simplicity.). Then, there's what you got - unpowered speakers. Unpowered speakers tend to be cheaper then powered - understandably - i mean they're not powered. So what happens is, when you have a pair of unpowered speakers (such as what you got), you will need an amp. The amp is what is going to get the sound played thru your speakers (the unpowered ones).
So you're going to need to hook up the unpowered speakers to the amp. Now, i don't use this type setup, but when i use to play shows w/ bands in the past, since i didn't know how to connect my gear to theirs, i let the band handle connecting me to their amp... i think what they did was run my 1/4 inch jack (RCA i believe) - one end was in my master out part of my mixer (or line out), and the other ran to their amp. the amp ran to their speakers. don't quote me on if it's line out or master out... i can't remember it was a while ago.. but i know the band hooked me up. if i was you, i'd ask a local band to tell you the setup, they'll definitely know... or a music store who's well versed on the setup's - or a soundman.
but i know for unpowered speakers, you will need an amp. speakers go to amp, amp goes to mixer, mixer goes to turntables or whatever you're using for the instrument, be it midi controller, etc..
now here's the other part. you mentioned you're using traktor scratch duo 2 turntables - i use to own a mixtrack so i am kinda familiar with traktor (i hate it, lol)..
when working with traktor, you're most likely going to need a laptop or computer, since it's software. i am aware that this software comes with 2 vinyl records, so to me that reminds me of serato. i haven't used either, but i may be able to provide some guidance for you on it.. seen it used. i'd like to try at least serato.
if you have your sound setup like i mentioned above.. your mixer is going to connect to whatever you're using as the instrument.. now traktor scratch duo 2 is on the computer. if you're doing a hands on type thing w/ that program, then you're going to be on a midi controller. the midi controller will connect to your mixer - only if it has a soundcard in it (such as vestax typhoon having a built in card). however, if you are on something like mixtrack (not the pro version, the one that doesn't have a built in card), then you are going to need a card such as native instruments audio 2 dj or the other high end ones... now if you need something like that - setup will go something like this:
laptop to midi controller - to audio card - to mixer - to amp - to speakers
if the midi has a card in it - then setup goes something like this: laptop to midi controller - to mixer - to amp - to speakers
now if i was you and you want to simplify this crap, i'd sell your amp and your unpowered speakers or trade them in to a music store for POWERED speakers. get powered speakers - cuz with powered, you plug in the powered speakers. you rca your 1/4 inch cord from the speakers to your mixer. then your turntables go into the mixer.
or if you're using midi, i think nowadays since the midi's have built in soundcards and mixers, you could just plug your midi right into a powered speaker and go.. it really just depends on what you have. but if i was you, i'd sell the amp and unpowered speakers and go for powered. much easier and way less hassle.
hope that helps
07-29-2011 09:53 AM - last edited on 07-29-2011 04:40 PM by Kyle-BBY
I would suggest the Stanton SCS4 DJ. This a product that will stand the test of time with your son as he grows in his skill. It doesn't need a computer. You just connect your iPod or flash drive. The coolest part is an Auto DJ function that matches the beats of your songs, makes a playlist, and starts doing the work for you. At any time your son can take over it and start manually using it. A real great way to start. I have had a Demo in my 9 Year old Son's hands as well as professional DJ's that fill stadiums with fans and both were able to use it right out of the box. Check out this link [see link in next post]
11-15-2011 08:56 PM
When i was younger, in my teens and 20's i shopped around for a good all in one beginner setup.
If you can afford it, purchasing turntables that are good quality now, will save you alot of headache later, and turntables are the one dj equipment invest,enmt that is good to just get the best to begin with, becasue repair and parts for turntables canm be expensive.
first of all, get a DIRECT-DRIVE turntable, not a belt driven turntable, direct drive uses gears and a clutch to turn the record, instead of a belt which tends to slip and cause sync problems. You could also opt for a CD-DJ system, which treats compact discs just as if they were vinyl records, and can spin and beatmix them just the same way.
there are great all-in-one cd-dj systems, where you get your 2 cd-dj decks, with a mixer already setup and placed in the center between the two cd decks, and a hard-shell case to protect everything. basically this type of all in one setup includes everything you need except the music itself, and an amp for live performances. everything can be used as is with some headphones, for practicing.
I find the best all in one dj setup deals are usually found in the Musician's Friend catalog or online http://www.musiciansfriend.com/
with that being said, if you find something you like at musicians friend, there is a good chance Best Buy can get the same product, and may be able to give you a pricing deal. Maybe...
I find things i want pretty often at Guitar Center, and then if i see the same otem at Best Buy i ask if they can make me a deal, and while they often cant give me a discount, sometimes they are cool and are able give me a Best Buy gift card.
most dj's will tell you they all prefer Technics brand turntables, as well as CD-DJ decks.