“What gear do I buy ?” is easily the most common question asked by Artists, so we took it upon us to give you guys some great recommendations that are both pocket friendly and reliable. We’ve shortlisted some of the gear that we recently spoke about on a live stream (you can re-watch it below)
Here’s a list of some of the products discussed so you can research more about them before making your decisions. If you should require any assistance to buy, just get in touch with us.
1) Pioneer HDJ – X5 Headphone
Hear your tracks loud and clear in the booth and on the move with the HDJ-X5. By taking on board feedback from DJs and analysing many different styles of monitoring, Pioneer have made sure that the new DJ headphone range includes all the features needed for performing at every level. Thanks to the high-quality audio design inherited from our previous professional DJ headphones, you can enjoy distortion-free monitoring, even at high volumes, wherever you go.
2) Hercules DJ HD DJ-M40.1 headphones
Headphones are a must-have piece of gear for any DJ, even beginners! Headphones let you focus and isolate yourself from surrounding noise while preparing your mix. Thanks to their effective sound isolation, trendy design, performance and pivoting ear-cups, the Hercules HDP DJ M 40.1 headphones have everything it takes to become as indispensable to you as your DJ controller, helping you perfect your favorite mixes.
3) Sennheiser HD 25 Light Headphones
The HD 25 Light are closed, dynamic headphones for monitoring, recording and outdoor applications.
Featuring a minimalistic headband, the HD 25 Light are an attractive and lower-cost alternative to the HD 25 while keeping the suitability for DJ use.
4) Pioneer DDJ 400 Controller
Learning to DJ has never been easier than with the DDJ-400 2-channel DJ controller for rekordbox dj. Packed with features to help you comfortably develop your skills, this controller’s layout mirrors that of the flagship NXS2 set-up, with shared elements like dedicated cue buttons, Beat FX, CDJ-style looping controls and more. As a result, the advanced DJ gear will feel natural to use when you’re ready to progress.
5) Hercules DJcontrol Inpulse 200 Controller
Hercules introduces the first-ever range of DJ controllers to really learn how to mix. Train your ear and learn to master beatmatching manually with the DJControl Inpulse 200. Its easy-to-use design and comfort make it the perfect controller to get started with DJing. Controlled by DJUCED® software, the DJControl Inpulse 200 offers new features to help you learn: light guides on the controller to learn the right moves, the Intelligent Music Assistant (IMA) to help you pick the best songs to play, the ENERGY feature to manage the party mood, and the DJ Academy with its onboard video tutorials. It’s got everything you need to become a DJ.
6) Native Intruments Traktor Kontrol S2 – Mk3 Controller
Whether it’s bass-heavy breakdowns, steppy synths, or peak-time rewinds that define your style, the TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 has everything you need to make your mix happen. Craft sets on two decks and get creative with easy-to-use tools like looping, beat syncing, and club-grade effects.
7) Pioneer DM 40 DJ monitors
The compact DM-40 desktop monitors bring excellent audio quality to your home setup. They inherit the best from our professional S-DJX series and Pro Audio speakers, including a front-loaded bass reflex system for a rich, tight bass and DECO* technology for a wider reach and sweet spot.
All these features are combined in a compact design making the DM-40 the perfect match for DJing, producing and simply enjoying music at home.
8) Hercules Monitor 5 Monitors
Building on the experience they acquired creating the Hercules DJ Monitor 5 speakers — widely acclaimed by the DJing community for their excellent precision and accessibility — Hercules’ engineers took extreme care in developing the Monitor 5, the new generation. These monitoring speakers each feature a 5-inch/12.7-cm woofer for precise, powerful and versatile performance. They’re perfect for learning how to mix, producing your first music tracks, and for multimedia creation as well.
9) PreSonus Eris E5 XT Studio Monitors
With their smooth, accurate frequency response; powerful amplification with tons of headroom; and acoustic tuning functions that ensure you always get the best sound, it’s no wonder that the original Eris®-series studio monitors have been a runaway hit since their introduction.
10) Kali Audio LP6 Studio Monitors
Kali Audio’s Lone Pine Series studio monitors are designed to allow you to hear every detail that’s happening in your mix. This starts with an exceptionally accurate frequency response. Whatever is present on your mix is what you’ll hear in these monitors. Nothing is boosted or suppressed to cover flaws or try to sound more pleasing. With the LP-6 and LP-8, you can mix with more confidence, and you can also be assured that your mix will translate as best as possible to whatever systems your audience is using.
11) KRK Rokit 5 G4 Studio Monitors
The new 5″ KRK ROKIT RP5 G4 (Generation 4) bi-amp professional monitor takes music and sound creativity to a whole new industry-level. DSP-driven Graphic EQ with 25 settings help condition your acoustic environment while offering new levels of versatility in a studio monitor.
12) Beyerdynamic DT990 Studio Headphones
For decades now, professional users all around the world have placed their trust in our classic range: DT 770/880/990 PRO. These benchmark-setting studio headphones, available in three different models, boast extremely detailed resolution and very transparent sound. The DT 990 PRO headphones is the range’s open-back model offering impressive spaciousness.
13) Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Headphones
As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating ear-cups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.
14) Audient EVO 4 Audio Interface
With the rise in podcasting, streaming and gaming, alongside the continuing rapid expansion of home recording, the EVO concept is designed to address the affordable audio interface market with a new range that offers an intuitive user experience, with application-specific features and stunning aesthetics – all whilst retaining the professional sound and technical quality expected from Audient.
15) Native Instruments Komplete Audio 1 & 2 Audio Interface
KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and 2 are a pair of simple, great-sounding audio interfaces with all the software you need to put ideas into action. From recording songs, to mixing down and playing out – they help you go from a spark of inspiration, to finished results you can be proud of. Choose between two – same sound, same software, different connections – and start creating outside of the box.
16) PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Audio Interface
Whether you are a musician, producer, or podcaster on a tight budget, the AudioBox USB® 96 audio interface is for you! This simple, handy little audio/MIDI interface has just the right features for basic recording needs, allowing you to plug in and start recording up to 24-bit, 96 kHz audio right away. Bus-powered and built to travel, the AudioBox USB 96 makes recording easy.
17) Ableton Push 2 MIDI Controller
Making music is hard. To stay in the flow, you need to be able to capture your ideas quickly, and you need technology to stay out of the way. Computers make it possible for one person to create whole worlds of sound. But instruments are where inspiration comes from. Push gives you the best of everything. It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.
18) Novation Launchley Series MIDI Controller
Launchkey is our easy-to-use MIDI keyboard controller. It’s pretty much the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music, especially in Ableton Live – because we designed it specifically for the purpose. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs and pads immediately spring into life, giving you hands-on control of your grid, instruments, effects and mixer.
Of course, if you don’t use Ableton, it’ll automatically map to other major music software too
19) Nektar Impact LX Range MIDI Controller
The Impact LX49+ and LX61+ USB MIDI controllers are jam-packed with intelligent and expressive performance control not even available on many premium products. Ever wanted a controller that hooks up automatically to your DAW? Impact LX+ does exactly that.
Nektar DAW Integration custom designed for Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One takes Impact LX+ way beyond functionality normally offered by a USB MIDI controller keyboard. With Impact LX+ the hard work is done, so you can focus on your creativity.
20) Arturia Microlab MIDI Controller
MicroLab is a small, smart 25-key controller that ticks all the boxes. You don’t need to install complex drivers, it comes with great software to get you started, has a great-feeling keyboard, and has loads of smart design features.
21) Arturia MicroFreak Synthesizer
A synthesizer like no other, MicroFreak is a peculiar, exceptional instrument that rewards the curious musician. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters. It features a unique poly-aftertouch flat keyboard. It adds controlled randomness to sequences. This isn’t a revolution, it’s a mutiny.
22) Modal Synth Series Synthesizers
Incorporating the power of 8 wavetable oscillators, CRAFTsynth 2.0 is an exciting modern monophonic synthesiser, not confined to just ‘mono synth’ sounds. With its complex and rich sonic spectrum, CRAFTsynth 2.0 produces modern and contemporary synthesiser sounds for new-school musicians, performers, sound designers and producers.