You’ve probably seen a DJ using what’s known as a DJ console or DJ controller with software on the laptop playing music while you’ve been out, or you may well have used one yourself when playing.
Relatively recent changes in technology have meant the digital DJ is to be found in many bars, nightclubs and parties.
What is it?
The DJ console or DJ controller is a sophisticated piece of hardware which connects to your computer (usually via USB) and in simple terms, successfully simulates the behaviour of traditional turntables and/or CD decks using digital (MP3, wave, wma, flac) files managed by a software application with which you play and mix your music.
A good DJ console generally has many more functions than turntables and more versatility than CD decks.
Both turntables and CD decks can indeed be emulated with the DJ controller, using timecoded CDs and vinyl discs.
There are several reasons for the current increase in digital DJing and using this DJ controllers with software.
DJ controllers are easy and convenient
Ok, not as easy as that girl you once met who gave you…sorry I digress. What I mean by easy is that they are relatively simple to manage in a few different ways:
- you can manage and find all your music in a very convienient fashion using the libraries and search facilities incorporated in the software
- you can carry it around with you in a kitbag
- you fit all your music inside your laptop
- you can apply effects and remix on the fly
- for beginners especially, mixing and beatmatching is far easier thanks to BPM indicators, autosync functions and the lower cost of MP3 files as opposed to CDs and vinyls
- the cost of the hardware is very reasonable, especially for novice DJs
As you can see from this image, the Xponent is like many others in its range and incorporates the mixer so you have no need to add an external mixer, unless you are using it with other equipment.