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Sound equipment comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, for many purposes, and sometimes they overlap in purpose. So, what is covered here only pertains to the equipment our organization offers.

Here is a breakdown of the various equipment:

  1. Microphones are used to pick up sounds. Wired and Wireless simply refers to the means by which the sound is sent to the rest of the system.
  2. Mixers are tools in to which you connect multiple sources of sounds. They allow one to vary the volume levels of each of the different sources of sounds with respect to each other and output them to speakers. So, a microphone might get plugged in to a mixer, and a karaoke machine as well. Once the voice and music are mixed, it then gets sent to the speakers. Mixers also allow the DJ to plug in effects equipment (eg: echo, which is useful for singers). You will almost always need a mixer and it is usually included standard with every type of occasion.
  3. DJ lights include lighting for stages, decorative lights and dance music lights - lights that display colours and patterns depending on the music
  4. DJ software is software that allows one to play music to an audience while simultaneously listening to music to determine what to play next. It also allows DJs to modify music on the fly. Traktor Pro, is a 4 channel DJ software. It allows us to cue 4 pieces of music, play any combination we choose and preview any of the songs without interfering with what the dancers are listening to. Mixxx is a free software available online that allows several tracks to be played, and monitored in any sequence/combination. It runs on Linux as well, which allows it to behave well under other processing stresses on the computer (ie it has the means to assure itself proper computer resource devotion, to prevent your song from "clicking" and "freezing", while the computer devotes time to pursue other work).
  5. Music editing software is software that allows one to record from multiple sources or one source at a time. Sources of music can include orchestra instruments, vocals, all kinds of file formats (mp3s, wav, video...). The software then allows one to edit/save/add or remove different portions of the music, as well as adjust the music with all kinds of effects and subsequently export it to a format the client would like to have. Audacity allows us to do all this for you. Running Audacity on Linux allows one to take sources from several external and internal sources simultaneously. It also has a means to ensure proper computer resource allocation while it is open.
  6. Consoles are devices that connect to computers and interact with the DJ software. Consoles provide a means to access the most commonly used features of DJ software, in order to facilitate quick reactions. Consoles are used in front of people and so often have a snazzy look to them too. Pioneer is one of the leading companies in this field, and the DDJ-SX is an extremely versatile DJ console for those who are very well versed with music and it's nuances that makes it sound good to people. The DDJ-SX has extremely sensibly laid out controls, while simultaneously appearing visually stunning. (seeing is believing - check out our equipment images link - from the "Our Equipment" page.)
  7. DJ Speakers deliver sound to audiences and can be of two kinds: One that requires an external amplifier to increase the sound and one that contains an amplifier built in. DJ speakers are different from home theatre speakers in that they are usually solidly built and meant for carrying around, as well as the fact that they are generally made to handle uncleaned (rough) signals that come from live performances as opposed to pre-recorded CD/DVD/movie/ipod sounds and music.
  8. Echo pedals are devices that take a sound and add different types of echo to it, depending on what options are sought.
   DJ-Raj (Systems Engineer/DJ)
*AVLA (Audio Visual licensing association) approved