How to set up a DJ turntable and what you’ll need

If you are a fan of the EDM or Electronic Dance Music and love going to Rave parties with the wildest crowds causing wreckage on the dance floor then you are probably very familiar with DJ turntables. If you aren’t though, then you probably don’t know why you are dancing wildly to those beats and bass drops, irregular but very funky transitions among other things. The thing is, with the rise of the EDM, Trap, Rave and other similar musical genres in this generation, there has been a massive outbreak of DJs trying to claim the worldwide top spot. And only a few have succeeded like Tiesto, Daft Punk, Skrillex and the most recent, The Chainsmokers. A big part of their success can be credited to their DJ turntables.

Almost every DJ or enthusiast knows that EDM features a wide array of electronic beats, sound effects, or a combination of both, but what really separates the top-tier from the regular ones are their ability to scratch those tracks using DJ turntables. By utilizing the sound effects from the scratching of the tracks, DJs are able to produce unique sounds that enchant the crowd. This uniqueness are carried over and is deeply etched in their minds making them instant fans, thus fueling their success.  

If you also want to experience creating those unique beats, then you can easily do so with the help of a digital DJ turntable. In the past, vinyl records were used, although they are still being used today, a majority of the DJs have turned to the digital turntables which are more convenient. Here is a quick guide for you to set-up a DJ turntable:

Things that you will need:

Digital DJ mixer – choose the basic two-deck DJ mixer. With two decks for scratching, you will definitely have a lot of fun playing with the beats and effects.

Speakers – you can use regular speakers if you are just practicing, however, if you plan on conquering gigs, then it would be good to practice on legit speakers.

Headset – for hearing clarity, once things get so loud you won’t be able to hear your music.

Extra CD mats – basically, there are 3 layers of cd mats in the cd decks of dj mixers, one rubber mat for initial protection, a plastic mat for smooth scratching, and a regular mat for the scratching. Be sure to have some extras on hand so you can always replace them once they wear out.

Mp3 player, Music Source, Laptops – your music software, your playlist. Fill them with different songs from different genres so you can practice with different rhythms, tempos and styles.

After getting all these things, it’s time for you to setup your DJ mixer;

Plug the switches, plug the cords – Connect the speakers to the mixers and be sure to plug the cables into the right holes. Take note of the size of the plugs or the number of pins, if they are not compatible then use an adapter.

Connect the Audio Source to the DJ mixer – if you have software on your laptop, then run it and start playing songs with each cd deck. Do a quick test and dry run to smoothen things up.

Add the mats to the cd decks – place and arrange the mats accordingly. DJ mixers are very sensitive equipment, so be sure to properly install them to avoid unwanted effects and sounds while mixing or scratching.

Turn ON the equipment and adjust volume and other levels – After checking the wiring, it’s time to get the party started. Adjust the channel volumes, add your effects, and get the crowd hyped!

Ben Ownes
Ben is our content manager and is perfect for his role due to his vast experience in testing, setting up and using DJ equipment. His love for DJing started at just 14 when he got his first amateur set up in his parent's basement. Since then Ben has perfected his craft which has allowed him to get regular spots in local nightclubs. When he isn't playing or mixing he is writing reviews and guides for our site.

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