Posts Tagged ‘Torq’

2 October

Episode 1 – Technology advancements

Vinyl Emulation Software (Serato) and CD Player Technology (CDJs) – DJ equipment changes

Question: What equipment do you need to be a DJ?

Serato with Mac Laptop and CDJ
Serato with Mac Laptop and CDJ – New Technology


Over the past 4-5 years, the answer to that question has changed drastically. The correct answer used to be 2 turntables, needles and a mixer along with records but that is not what a DJ will tell you right now. Technology has changed this answer in the form of 2 things: Vinyl Emulation Software and CD Player Technology.

Now, a DJ might suggest you at least get a laptop computer along with Serato, Rekordbox, Torq, Final Scratch or some other form of Vinyl Emulation Software and DJ oriented CD players. What Vinyl Emulation software does is allow a DJ to use a digital form of a song like a MP3 or a WAV file the same way you would use a vinyl record. This software can eliminate the task of carrying heavy milk crates of records. Most DJs will say records have a warmer sound and feel to them. However, carrying a laptop computer and an external hard drive is a small price to pay to have an arsenal of songs with the equivalent of 50+ milk crates of records. You might not need that much music but it does add that diversity that is needed for a DJ. DJ Jazzy Jeff used to have to pay extra for all the crates of music he used to bring on the airplane when he would travel but not anymore. He said he’s saved so much money in extra baggage fees due to him not having to carry records. (more…)