What to buy a DJ? – The Ultimate DJ Gift Guide
Knowing what to buy a DJ can be a complicated process, but don’t worry! In this easy DJ gift guide, we’re going to break down the perfect gifts for DJ’s at every stage of their progression. As one of the world’s largest DJ schools, we know exactly what DJ’s want and need to not only enjoy DJ’ing more but to also progress in their development.
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Perfect DJ Decks for first time DJ’s
Small, affordable and great for beginners, the DDJ 200 is an excellent choice for those not looking to break the bank when purchasing their first set of decks. Designed to be used with the DJ’s phone or iPad, this portable controller can be used almost anywhere. The small size and wireless nature does create drawbacks with awkward speaker connectivity.
We offer a dedicated DJ course specifically for the DDJ 200, and it’s the perfect way for you to get started on your DJ journey. Learn how to mix, beat-match and play your favourite music with our dedicated video training.
With fantastic build quality, great jog wheels and unique paddle effects, the Numark Mixtrack Pro is an excellent entry-level two-channel controller that comes bundled with Serato DJ Lite. If the budget can stretch, the Platinum model is almost identical but adds onboard jog displays and the ability to mix four channels.
The Hercules Inpulse 500 is one of our favourite controllers released in 2020. With a built-in beat matching guide, which helps beginners master the basics, the Inpulse also features controls and features for more advanced DJ’s. The ability to use this controller with the more advanced Serato DJ Pro (paid upgrade) means this controller is an excellent investment with dedicated buttons for features not included in the beginner Serato DJ Lite.
A superb investment for those looking for a controller to last them into the intermediate stages of DJ’ing!
The Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 is one the most popular controllers on sale, and for good reason. This little controller takes full advantage of Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox software with advanced features such as effects, pitch play and more.
Designed to resemble the more professional Pioneer DJ products, the DDJ-400 certainly looks the part. We’re a huge fan of this controller and it’s certainly very popular within our community!
Which Headphones to buy a DJ
Solid sound at a great price, the Pioneer DJ CUE1 headphones come in various colours to match a DJ’s style. Available in a Bluetooth option for listening to music on the way to a gig, the CUE1 headphones feature a solid build.
The custom coloured cables and ear pads make for great stocking fillers to accompany these headphones!
Professional DJ’s love to customise their equipment with logos and branding. The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Headphones are not only superb premium headphones with high resolution audio, but they are fully customisable with removable shields.
The shield designs are personalised on the V-MODA website. With custom printing and engraving options available, the shields can even be made from precious metals! The ideal personalised gift, these headphones sound just as good as they look!
The worlds most popular DJ headphone, used by some of the biggest act, the HD 25 is a superb gift for any DJ. Known for it’s balanced sound, superb isolation and robust build, the Sennheiser HD 25 is a lightweight headphone that can be comfortably worn for hours. Every part of the HD 25 can be replaced if required, meaning the same pair can last for decades if required!
Available in a different versions to suit different budgets, the HD 25 can even be customised to suit an individuals personality. Take a look at our friends at Custom Cans for one of a kind HD 25 headphones, either full custom designs, or one of their amazing off-the-shelf colours. Their work is first class and backed by a warranty.
Practical DJ Gifts
USB sticks are the primary method used to carry music to be played back on external players at the club such as CDJ’s. Exporting music to these drives can be a painfully slow experience though! That’s all because of the speed of the drive used. These Sandisk Extreme Pro USB sticks feature fantastic read/write speeds and are well known for being the best USB sticks for DJ’s using Rekordbox or Engine Prime.
Available in various storage sizes, every DJ should carry one or two of these sticks for live performances!
As the saying goes, buy cheap, buy twice! Oyaide cables are far from cheap. However, they last a very long time and are found in the majority of professional DJ’s bags.
Available in green or white, Oyaide cables are flat in design to combat tangling. Used by world-class DJ’s such Carl Cox, Dubfire, Loco Dice, Diplo and Sasha to name a few, these cables are high on every DJ’s wish list of gear!
Making a back up of your music is essential for any DJ. The Samsung T5 external SSD features lightning-fast read/write speeds and the ability to be used with regular USB ports plus newer USB C connections.
With a tough aluminium case, this drive is ideal for storing music collections on or creating large backups!
Looking after your equipment from accidental knocks, scrapes and spills is vital. Thankfully, DeckSaver has everyone (literally) covered! Their range of covers not only protect the equipment from knocks and drink spills but they also act as great dust covers.
The covers are made of a polycarbonate material that can take incredible loads without even scratching, jumping on the cover or even driving over it won’t damage these amazing covers! Deck Saver have an incredible range with a cover for almost every piece of equipment, every single one fitting like a glove.
2020 has been a strange year for DJ’s with most venues closed, however there has been a monumental uprise in streaming and sharing DJ sets online. The Evermix Box 4 is a small sound card thats designed for use with the DJ’s mobile phone. The box allows DJ’s to record their DJ sets straight into their phones.
The included application helps ensure the best possible sound quality and helps with uploading the mix to either personal online storage or social media sites such as Soundcloud. In addition to record sets, the Evermix box 4 also allows DJ’s to stream their sets with perfect audio quality direct from their phones, ideal for those without access to a second computer.
DJ Gifts That Keep On Giving
DJ’s can legally download music in bulk from services called record pools. These services charge a set subscription price and offer unlimited downloads from their massive collection of tracks. The songs available are tailor made for DJ’s and are often very difficult to find elsewhere. One of our favourite record pools is BPM Supreme.
BPM Supreme offers a massive catalogue of music, covering various genre’s and eras. On top of this BPM Supreme’s mobile application allows DJ’s to search for music whilst on the go, automatically downloading them next time they are at their computer. Updated daily with new music, this gift is one that will fuel a DJ’s career for years to come!
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Here at Crossfader, we offer dedicated courses for DJ’s of all abilities and backgrounds. We provide dedicated courses for every major software and hardware platform, breaking the lessons into ability levels to make it easier to progress at your own pace. With beginner, intermediate and advanced courses available for every major DJ software, we cover 95% of all major decks on the market.
Our creative DJ courses serve the more advanced DJ who wants to learn advanced skills such as scratching, key play and creative transitions. There truly is a course for everyone; if you’re unsure which course will suit best please feel free to get in touch. Alternatively, purchase a Crossfader Gift Card and allow the lucky DJ to choose their own course!
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Almost every DJ will at some stage in their career want to create their own music. Wether it be an original track, simple mashup or even a remix, creating your own music is a huge step in a DJ’s career. However, the programmes used to create music can often be expensive and confusing. Enter Serato, creator of one of the world’s most popular DJ software.
Serato Studio is a fantastic application that bridges the world of DJ’ing and Producing, making creating music easier than ever. Available as a one time purchase or as a monthly subscription, Serato Studio won’t break the bank either!
Services such as Spotify have kept the general public streaming music for years. However DJ’s have long relied on paying and downloading tracks individually. This can not only get expensive, it also takes up valuable storage space! Thankfully this all changed recently and streaming services are now available to DJ’s!
Ideal for beginner DJ’s who haven’t built their own record collection yet, streaming services are monthly subscriptions that allow DJ’s to play millions of songs! Each service offers slightly different music collections and not every streaming service works with every DJ application. Thankfully we have a full streaming guide which explains which service will suit best, you can read it here.
Gifts for the Turntablist DJ
The perfect gift for any DJ with a set of turntables, custom slip mats are a cheap and easy gift that every DJ will adore. Perfect for decorating and personalising turntables when they aren’t in use, the slip mats can be customised with text, images and logos.
Vinylify offer the ability to create completely custom vinyl, pressed with songs and delivered in art work of your choice! Pick ten minutes of audio per side, the vinyls sticker and even the artwork for the sleeve and Vinylify create your masterpiece.
What will you pick to press into the vinyl, the DJ’s favourite song or maybe a remix they have created! The options are endless.
As any DJ will know, there’s nothing worse than playing on dirty records. This cleaning kit has everything needed to keep the whole set up running dirt and dust free with brushes and fluid for not only the records but also the needles too! The perfect gift for turntablists of all ages!
Cartridges are one of the most import elements of a turntable and sadly they wear out over time. Thankfully, Ortofone create amazing cartridges tuned to particular styles of DJ’ing. So no matter who you’re buying for, there is the perfect cartridge for their style!
The Ortofone Concorde is widely considered one of the best cartridges in the business, offering superb sound for the price!
Give the gift of noise… DJ Speakers!
Prepare to be amazed at how small a good speaker can actually be! The MiniRig 3 is a battery powered portable speaker that neatly fits into any DJ’s backpack. With high quality bluetooth and 3.5mm auxiliary input, this speaker is ideal for DJ’ing on the go and listening around the house! The battery boasts 100 hours of life on a single charge too, ideal when traveling!
It only takes DJ’s one glance at the legendary yellow speaker cone to recognise a KRK speaker. These new RP5 G4 models have a new refined, balanced sound that will suit DJ’s playing at home. With built-in custom-tuned amplifiers, these speakers are straightforward to connect and get set up. New for 2020, the speaker can be tuned via a phone application to get the best possible sound!
Bag it up, bag it in, let me begin! The perfect DJ Bags this Christmas!
The Riot DJ II from Magma is an extremely popular backpack in the DJ community. Big enough to fit a mixer inside, 12″ records, 15″ laptops and so much more!
This backpack strikes the right balance between storage and size, not being much larger than a regular backpack. Built for life on the road and being kicked around DJ booths, the Magma Riot features high quality materials and neat compartments for perfect organisation!
The perfect solution for USB DJ’s, the Ultimate DIGI Headphone Bag carries cuts the bulk out, carrying just the essentials. Complete with detachable shoulder strap, this little bag contains clever solutions to maximise its organisation.
With room for headphones, numerous USB’s, spare cables and even bank cards, this little bag is all a digital DJ needs when traveling to the club! The DIGI Headphone bag is available in numerous colours which is ideal given how popular this little bag has become!