What DJ software/equipment is needed in the production of electronic music? For example, house/electro?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Pro-Audio Equipment
by Jordanhill School D&T Dept

Question by ahoff314: What DJ software/equipment is needed in the production of electronic music? For example, house/electro?
I researched equipment and it seems as though most of it is used for mixing songs. I’m more interested in the production of electronic music. So if you could tell me what software/equipment I may need that would be greatly appreciated

Best answer:

Answer by Sullivan
Generally “DJ” equipment is not used in electronic music production.

What you want to be looking at are synthesizer/sequencer applications.

Minimum hardware for this is just a PC or Mac with a sound card, plus a decent pair of speakers. You do want a pair of relatively neutral speakers, often sold in pro audio channels as “monitor speakers” – typical “computer speakers” aren’t really neutral enough. But you can start with them. Good quality headphones work well for this too, and will be easier on your neighbors, but to really preview something you need to hear how it will sound in open space, not just inside your head. Do learn to recognize “one-note bass” and avoid speakers and headphones that do that.

The next step for most is to add a keyboard controller – this looks much like a piano keyboard, but is often narrower (fewer octaves), and it makes no sounds of its own; it has to be connected to a computer or a hardware synthesizer to produce sounds. In the past this connection was via MIDI cables but a lot of today’s controllers just have USB plugs. n.b.: Most all music keyboards (standalone keyboard/synths) can be used as controllers too, as long as they have MIDI connections.

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One Response to “What DJ software/equipment is needed in the production of electronic music? For example, house/electro?”

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    Topher Says:

    A USB keyboard, A Sequencer (Ableton, FL Studio, Logic, Reason), and VST’s (Virtual Studio Technology). VSTs are synthesizers, compressors, fx, drums what have you. Buy an M-Audio Oxygen 25, Ableton Live, and Nexus 2 with some expansions, you’ll be set to produce some good house, electro or trance.

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