April 2, 2013

Tip of the Day: Developing a Budget

Setting up a DJ rig for the house or the bedroom will require the same type of planning you would use if you were to setup a home theater system.  Basically, you need to understand what will be added to the house, and each component of the system will also need.  Also, you may need to work with what you already have available to you – this could be an old set of two way speakers or even an old receiver that can be used to help route audio.  Budget is often the biggest concern, so it pays to realize the hidden costs of any piece of gear.  For example, if you buy a new pair of studio monitors then you will also need the correct cables to route them with.  You might also need some isolation foam to keep them from vibrating on the desk.

If you are using a laptop (like most of us), you need to consider how you will mount that laptop.  You might think that you can hack it for a while by resting it on your mixer – but in the end it pays to have a mounting solution that is fixed and permanent.  Why worry about knocking it over mid performance?