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jodi

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I got the following email from a friend of a friend, and thought I would crowd-source the reply out to you, the experts! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions :)


"Hi Jodi!
I was hoping to chat with you because my son is turning 9 and swears he wants to be a DJ when he grows up! My hubby and I would like to buy him something for his upcoming career and wanted your help. We aren’t looking at spending thousands on equipment but wondered if there was a computer program or something out there he could use for “mixing” songs. We are up for purchasing some equipment if it’s not too expensive. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Why not go to an expert for advice, right?! Thanks. P.S. His birthday is in March so no big hurry."


Thanks again, everyone!
 

bill_smith

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Yeah.

Where to start?

One QSC k 12 for the house. Stand, wires. Buy up every "NOW" CD in Walmart(clean edits), downlaod audiograbber, rip. But Dell win 7 with 4 gb ram, 500 hd. Buy VDJ, a numark dual prostyle deck, and a case to rack it in.

And some lights. and a controller. And a table, and, and and and and and....

Yeesh. add it up.
 

BillESC

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One of these will give him a good start.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
http://www.numark.com/product/mixtrack-pro-ii

http://www.pssl.com/Powered-Full-Range-Speakers/American-Audio-PXI-8P-8-Inch-Powered-Speaker-

Let's put things into perspective. It's an 8yr. old. Now after saying that, if he's wanting to be at home as a hobby or to learn it, you could plug the controller I listed into a home stereo to practice. If you buy a 2-way cabinet you prob won't get the bass you want to hear as you're really learning to mix in harmony etc.

I have a sony boom box with amazing bass and volume for what it is. It has a 3.5mm input and I have played in my living room from my lappy and a controller like the one I listed above.

The kid probably wants to mess around with dance music etc. and without hearing the bass (IMHO) in any music you're not going to learn it the right way.

This stereo will have his parent banging on his door. It has the input on the front for 3.5mm plug and you just need the RCA to 3.5mm cord.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/700w-st...=1662019&st=categoryid$abcat0202002&cp=1&lp=1

This is my idea of the minimal spending starter home DJ learning equipment. If the kid loses interest in a couple of years at least he's still got a nice little stereo to play music.

Most new laptops have high enough specs to meet the minimum system requirements for DJ software. Check with the mfg. recommendations and go above that to be safe.

Then in a couple years or whatever the parent can determine if they should get some more expensive stuff.

The sky's the limit on what you're willing to spend on music.

Encourage the youngster to acquire music legally rather than pirated music on a HD. Teach a kid at that age to steal music and you never know what the future could hold.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
The term Bedroom DJ comes to mind.

Virtual DJ has the FREE home program http://www.virtualdj.com/download/free.html.

Assuming he already has a modest MP3 collection, he can tough it out and learn to use VDJ without a controller.
Yet at the same time there are plenty of affordable VDJ controllers that he could USB up to his lappy.


For under $200 he could get started and see if his interest holds.

[video=youtube;K3sWl3QEzA4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLF3FCDE716E39499A&v=K3sWl3QEzA4&featur e=player_embedded[/video]
 

Conanski

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my previous post was tongue in cheek;)

Yet.. while I was at my favorite local pro audio retailer last week a phone call comes in for somebody pricing a full CDJ 2000 Nexus setup.. 2 decks and the mixer. I'm thinking a club is doing an upgrade so I ask my sales rep about it and he says no it's a parent buying it for their kid. I think wow.. somebody has a lot of disposable income.. $7000 of pro level gear for a bedroom DJ, and he says.. yeah.. and we have sold the exact same combo 3 times already and all to parents of kids. WTF!!
 

jodi

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Hey thanks everyone.

I appreciate the sincere ideas .... and also enjoyed the ridiculous ones. Although, who is to say. This request came from a friend of a friend, so I don't know if they were planning to spend $50 or $5000. And, I obviously don't know the kid - he could be one of those super-driven-science-fair kind of kids, and really take to it and keep with it. Heck, he might be the next Avicii or David Guetta ... or ... he might play with this stuff for a few minutes, and toss it aside in favor of baseball, girls, or Culinary School!

I'll continue to pass on your ideas, I thank you for your input!

Too bad that 8 (almost 9) is TOO OLD for Baby DJ School

http://www.vice.com/vice-special/baby-djs
 

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Old_Goat

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Geez...8? Maybe a video game as mentioned is a good place to start! No gear to learn or bust up.

If not that, well...used gear is available. And "old school" dual deck can be had online for as little as $25. Add in a mixer, (I've seen those very cheap, too), and the home stereo...or even a pair of computer speakers. A set I bought for my stepson, (granted, he was 30), from Gemini had a set of comp speakers in it. IIRC, (15 years ago), the kit was $150.

Also, the "Now" collection, (esp. from Wallymart! ), is a good idea. Learning to mix physically is a great start for anyone of any age.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
Yet.. while I was at my favorite local pro audio retailer last week a phone call comes in for somebody pricing a full CDJ 2000 Nexus setup.. 2 decks and the mixer. I'm thinking a club is doing an upgrade so I ask my sales rep about it and he says no it's a parent buying it for their kid. I think wow.. somebody has a lot of disposable income.. $7000 of pro level gear for a bedroom DJ, and he says.. yeah.. and we have sold the exact same combo 3 times already and all to parents of kids. WTF!!

The parents probably had a sigh of relief that he wasn't asking for another Three wheeler, or the 2015 Camaro.
 
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