Digital DJ’ing?








I’m a “Digital DJ”….so what does that mean exactly?

Let’s start from what “Dj’ing” means in general…

Traditionally, Dj’ing from the late 60’s to the late 90’s remained essentially unchanged. Dj’s spun on 2 (or more) vinyl records and a central mixer. The mixers from the mid 80’s onwards were equipped with a crossfader that allowed you to mix the audio from one player to the other (or even play both at the same time). The equipment was then hooked up to speakers. It looked something like this…









The Technics SL-1200/1210 turntable became the gold standard of DJ’ing…








This remained the same until about 2001, when CD-DJ players became available. Pioneer brand CD-DJ players, or CDJ’s as they are called, are now the standard DJ gear you see in clubs around the world now. They allow CD’s (and now USB flash drives) to be used as audio sources and manipulated like a record with the on-board controls. Once again, the equipment was hooked up to speakers. A typical CDJ-mixer setup in a club may look like this today…



The one thing that these set-ups had in common was that the music was coming from a physical source (either a vinyl record or a CD). That has now changed with “Digital DJ’ing” as you now have the option of using your digital files, such as .mp3’s and .wav’s as your source of music.


Digital Dj’ing uses your digital audio files on our computer along with a software package. Many of these software packages utilise a virtual two-deck-and-mixer interface to keep that “traditional” look. However, there were two hiccups in the early days of Digital Dj’ing: the trouble of hooking up your computer to speakers and the lack of tactile feedback when using a computer.


This was solved by using a MIDI controller that could include professional audio outputs to hook up to the speakers and provide the necessary knobs, sliders and buttons that make DJ’ing more tactile (and fun)!

It is hard to find a “typical” digital dj setup, as the modular approach makes options almost endless, but it will look something like this:











Why do I choose to DJ “digital” style? Well, thats for another post!

Check back next time when I discuss the pros and cons of “Digital Dj’ing”…


Check back at the corner,


2 thoughts on “Digital DJ’ing?

Leave a Reply