The needed stuff for the professional deejays never really changed in the last 15
years. Two turntables for vinyle records (with needles and slipmats of course) + a mixer +
a set of headphones + some record bags to carry it. Yes ok... But which turntables and
why? Which mixers and why? These are some answers for info and for fun. There is nothing
commercial in this... no one paid us to stand on this page. This is only a statement of
what professional deejays use, done by observing the scene. I just added some fun tools
that I found on the way.
There are three different types of turntables for vinyles:
1) the classic turntable for home and collectors
2) the dj turntable with speed control (pitch) and move by wire transmission (it's far too
sensitive but cheaper)
3) the dj turntable with pitch and Direct Drive (the rotor is at the center of the circle
and drives the records).
Denon was already doing Direct Drive turntables since 1980, but the pitch was a hard to
use running button... and then came the
Technics SL-1200-MK2, the legendary tool that satisfies the deejay scene since the early
80's. It was the most resistant and precise turntable ever, and it's still the leader
today. Its handy pitch control, the easy start/stop, its great functionnal look, all made
it a best-selling over the years. One could say that the SL1200 has been part of the
evolution of music since 20 years. Now there are the SL1210 and all the new variations
You may find a new SL-1200 in Brussels at 625 Eur (all taxes incl.)
SL1210 MK website
But no one ever invented anything more for years... until Numark changed the
rules with the TTX1. Everyone has been surprised by this new machine. All deejays were
bored of all the fake 'new' turntables, featuring unuseful crap... but this was something
real. The same resistance and quality, but with many new handy options: digital control,
stretch effect (changing speed but not the tone), reverse playing, beat calculation,
special hiphop version, etc... and, well, even more expensive. It has not been a
revolution yet, but this has really been a change and could hit the score soon.
You may find it in Brussels at 730 Eur (all taxes incl.)
By the way, a Direct Drive is not the magic word. It surely helps, but the magic word is: 'fast start'. And only a few brands can give that.
They also do turntables, but not of the same quality or duration. Since it's cheaper,
it could help to know: Stanton, Gemini, Monacor, many sub-brands, (and JB-System but the
pitch is reversed). You'll almost never see those in serious clubs.
The mixer (mixtable) is another thing, because American and European deejays have same
needs but not the same references. In USA you'll see many Numark, Pioneer (the famous
mixer with build-in effects) and Gemini ... when in Europe the most demanded name is Rodec
(and sometimes also Pioneer). A strong tool for deejays, with wide frequencies, resistant
plugs, the best VUmeter system available, and all single part can be removed and changed.
After 15 years, nothing took the leadership of Rodec in the largest clubs of North
Europe... clubbers know why. Now they even do cheaper reduced size mixers for
You may find a new MX180 in Brussels at 1119 Eur, or a Mixbox at 450 Eur (all taxes incl.)
MX180 - Rodec
MX300 - Rodec Mixbox
You'll also see mixtables by Numark, Ecler,
Pioneer, Stanton, Vestax, Gemini, BST, ... of diverse qualities.
Here comes a really nice brand: Vestax. Not that the tools they build are the best on
the market, but they really are inventive and searching for things we never would think of
(or very late at night and badly drunk).
Well, their PMC-06T Mixer is a seriously nice and small tool for home-deejaying. The
headphone output has a very handy split system.
But it starts to be interesting if you check this: thanks Vestax, now you can mix in
your bed! Or simply upside-down. They created a turntable of which you can change the
angle. The PVT-e2 Pivot Table. Look at this picture... no more comment.
You think they stopped there? No no... they also made the VRX 2000 ... a turntable with
a cutting head that makes your own records. Yes, it puts your music onto specially
designed Vestax vinyl blanks, from any source. Sure... it's expensive, and the blanks are
sold around 30$ ... but it's a very innovative tool for all kind of deejays.
They also created a one-ear Deejay Headphone. Beyer did one, but it was half
a professional studio tool... too heavy for most deejays. This one is more like a
telephone (or a shower?). I saw some homemade on stages, but never a branded version. Now there it is.
so, this is not really new, but it's what deejays use these last years to carry the
records. The classic Magma DJ Solutions bag, and the classic Lynx hardbox. Name it flightcase
or dj-case, whatever... each are between 70 and 100 Eur.
here is one
possible shop where to find it but I found some at USA Import Antwerp.
Of course now there are some serious CD mixers and some specially designed effects
box... even some very nice computer softwares to mix mp3 ... but here is a strict
selection of the most demanded brands and tools for genuine professional deejays. Who said
Some of these are available online from Amazon
(at least they're safe, our selection on the dj-stuff
Some also available, with many others, at USL
Begonialaan - 1790 Affligem
Some also available, with many others, at Orbit Brussels (online ordering),
Marché aux Charbons - 1000 Brussels