I have used a variety of different DJ equipment over the years. Thanks to the internet, you can undertake a vast amount of research prior to making a significant purchase, but there is no substitute for getting hands. I need to know what works in terms of usability, portability and most importantly, sound quality.
Having begun my Mobile DJ career on vinyl using 1210’s in the 90s, I’m always keen to replicate the feel of those turntables. At the same time, I need to ensure rock solid reliability while keeping all the practicalities in mind. At this moment in time, I feel I have a set up which is a close to perfect as I have ever had, or am likely to be able to achieve.
Here is my current set up and why it works for me.
My DJ Controller of choice. This thing is a tank. I’ve flirted with various DJ Software, but always come back to Serato and the NS6II is currently top of the tree for me when it comes to Serato controllers. A lot of DJ Controllers, even those at the high end of the market, are largely made of plastic and have a rather cheap feel. The NS6II has an all metal construction and all the inputs and outputs an Event DJ could ever need. The dual mic inputs can come in particularly useful for Wedding DJs, while the display in the center of the jog wheels really makes the controller pop.
Apple Macbook Pro
I have been using a Mac for around seven years now and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the only option if you’re a professional DJ. The initial outlay for one of these bad boys is significant, but handle with care and a Macbook will last you a number of years. Mine is solely used for DJing purposes and means I have peace of mind when arriving at any gig. I’d recommend a screen size of 15 inches to ensure you have enough real estate to incorporate both waveforms and your track details comfortably.
Sennheiser HD 25 Aluminium Headphones
The Sennheiser HD 25 is an absolute classic and I’ve personally never used anything else. They are the industry standard for a reason. I treated myself to the limited edition aluminium version a couple of years ago, but I’m also a big fan of the Sennheiser HD 25 Light. These come in a little cheaper than the standard version and are a solid option if the split headband and rotatable ear cup aren’t deal breakers.
AKG D5S Microphone
This dynamic vocal microphone receives five star ratings across the board, and for good reason. The AKG D5 provides superb vocal clarity, and has never let me down. A big issue for mobile discos and the like is feedback when using microphones. I have performed at various venues in Bexleyheath and Sidcup where the acoustics are less than ideal. Since employing the AKG D5, any problems with feedback have been eliminated. This mic also appears to interact very well with the Numark NS6II. There are two versions of the microphone, the D5 and the D5S. The S simply has an on/off switch where the standard model does not. This enhancement is definitely worth the small additional cost.
Electro Voice ZLX-15P
Having spent a number of hours listening to various powered speakers, the EV ZLX range stand head and shoulders above anything else in their price range. These speakers are relatively lightweight for their size and power, and a pair of the 15’s will provide enough output for any mid size venue. Yamaha would be the only other brand I could recommend as an alternative, with the DXR range producing a comparable sound but you’ll pay roughly £200 more per speaker. A pair of EV ZLX-15P’s is a great choice for any Event DJ or musician.