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Setup For Success

M:DJ students will begin learning on a traditional DJ setup which consists of 2 turntables and a mixer provided by M:DJ (stays on site, renting unavailable). This is new, state of the art, industry standard gear. Students will only have the allotted time they choose for their lessons to learn and get familiar with M:DJ's equipment which, as the lessons are laid out, they will progress naturally in learning the in's and out's of the hardware.


Getting familiar with the gear goes hand in hand with getting familiar with the actual concepts of DJing. Once the concepts are learned however, they can be transferred to any DJ equipment setup. Once proficient, there will only be a brief orientation needed with the new setup in order to pick up where the student left off on the previous setup. 

It is recommended students purchase their own DJ equipment as soon as possible so they can practice outside of their lessons. Homework will occasionally be assigned as a means of getting them into a consistent practice regime which is the best way to progress (in any skill). No equipment, means no homework.

Purchasing Your Gear

Various online outlets can be utilized as well as some local shops and distributers where you might be able to get your hands on the gear before you purchase to get a good feel for asthetics and function.

Online Resources

Click & Shop

Provided below is a brief overview of the main selling points for each setup option that Mission: DJ recommends. 


There are many potential setup options for any student to purchase DJ equipment (CDJs are another option not mentioned). This "guide" is just that - a guide to assist students in making the right decision on any gear purchases. Any specific questions can be brought to the instructor.  


Controller Setup
A controller is a great "all in one" mobile setup that is the most economical (usually) for students to acquire. It is also a bit easier (than a turntable setup) to operate for several reasons. There is a solid digital signal through minimal nodes (from controller to computer) which provides for more efficient beatmatching. There is no motor beneath the jogwheels that you have to get used to (on most controllers). Controllers are "all in one" pieces of equipment so they are very mobile therefore take up less space and are easily transportable. These are just a few of the benefits.


Components Needed (minimal setup)

  1. Hardware: Controller

  2. Software: Serato DJ

  3. Proper Cables - USB, AUX, power 

  4. Laptop

  5. Headphones (1 pair)

  6. Monitor (Speaker) (1-2)


Turntable + Mixer Setup 
Turntable setups are often described by DJs as having an authentic and "tactile" feel to them. They are harder to learn on but have also been known to be more fun and versatile when performing. Learning on a turntable setup will prove beneficial in the long run for the student. It is a great skill to know how to DJ on turntables because it is industry standard gear and at the professional level, you will encounter them often. Controllers, not so much (unless becoming a mobile DJ is your path of choice - which is a great choice!). Think of it as having the skills to drive a stick shift car as opposed to only being able to drive a car equipped with an automatic transmission - you'll get more places. That being said Mission: DJ recommends practicing on turntables as often as possible, I.E. if you have the budget, go with a solid turntable setup. 

Components Needed (standard setup)

  1. Hardware: Turntables (2), Mixer (1)

  2. Software: Serato DJ

  3. Proper Cables - USB, AUX, power 

  4. Headshells (2)

  5. Cartridges (2)

  6. Stylus'/Needles (2)

  7. Control Vinyl/Classic Vinyl Records (2)

  8. Slipmats (2)

  9. Laptop

  10. Headphones (1 pair)

  11. Monitor (Speaker) (1-2)

Pioneer DDJ-SR DJ Controller
Pioneer Turntable and Mixer, PLX-1000, DJM-450
Gear Guide
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