Home Studio Recording for Top-Notch DJ Sets
Producing your own electronic music is something that can be done from the comfort of your own home without the need for high-cost studios and a mountain of instruments. If you're an aspiring DJ, it's always a great idea to mix in some of your own tracks and complications during your sets to offer something new and original, and all you need to do this is your basic DJ equipment and, more importantly, a home-studio setup. It can all be put together on a budget, especially if you're willing to purchase second-hand equipment initially and upgrade when you can, and some of the gear can be used for both DJ-ing and recording.
The home studio technically requires just a laptop with some recording software in order to make the tracks for your DJ set. With this you'll be able to mix and produce tracks ready to be played during your set using industry-standard software, which doesn't always have to cost a fortune. You can easily find light or student versions of software, which have a reduced track and effect capacity, but tend to require less processing and RAM power. If your laptop fails to have sufficient power, then you may run into clocking issues and screen freezes, which can cause latency problems.
If you want to make sure that your mixes are well balanced when they are played through the speakers, you should invest in some monitor headphones. These look like headphones, but monitors in both the headphone and speaker variations differ by projecting a flat frequency response, helping you to EQ and mix your individual tracks without over-boosting certain frequencies. If you mix using commercial headphones, you'll find the upper and lower frequencies are naturally boosted, and so mixes often sound weak when played through larger speakers because producers haven't compensated for this. Try using both monitor and commercial headphones for mixing, using your DJ-ing ones to save money.
If you want to create music in real-time and perhaps perform during the set with some manipulated effects, then a MIDI-controller keyboard may be worth a look. They look like keyboards and come in various sizes and can be used to play effects and sounds by allocating the relevant files to the keys. This can give your music a more organic feel and allow you to ensure you have lots of sounds at your finger tips without having to waste time browsing through laptop screens.