Mixing boards or mixers are fundamental for a disc jockey (DJ). Any DJ worth his salt is going to have a mixing deck or mixing consoles to ride his act, and spin his tunes. Either, you own your own mixer studio, or you are employed somewhere that will provide it.
Determing the mixer deck
Digital mixer or analog mixer Firstly, you need to determine the basic style you want to roll with, digital or analogue. This is important, based on the style and type of music you will be playing, and on what medium you want to present. Digital is the simplest and packs the most bang for the buck. Going digital will allow you the freedom of mixer consoles, readily available on the market.
How much you have to spend Beginning DJs should consider a lower-end mixers, until you have established yourself. Mixers can be found relatively inexpensive, but can easily get into the thousands for a good sound mixer or recording mixer. You can shop around and when possible, try out the mixer in store or on stage to get a better idea of capabilities, and your personal likes and dislikes.
Sound mixers provide the ability to control all aspects of the music, and frequencies moving in and out of the deck. This is especially important if you are going to be speaking during your gig. As a DJ, you may have the option to levy your words onto the crowd, to get them moving or in the groove of what you are spinning.
Have a mixer which will travel Another consideration is the portability of your mixer, recording consoles or whatever tools you have to support the mixer you employ. This is important for the home mixer mostly. In reality, moving your studio from location to location to play gigs is wonderful freedom, but a hassle to move equipment from place to place. Looking for a more portable deck, and gear is a good choice for any DJ in this environment.
Wrapping things up
Putting it all together Once you have decided on a mixer based on style, portability and finances, you are set to make the purchase. As a business expense, it is good to note that the money you spend on your gear is tax-deductible. This is always helpful for the small business person, looking to make ends meet or a little extra flow of case.