- Professional sound recordings (for example: compact Discs, media files and vinyls.)
- Combination of two devices is a must (only one, if playback is digital) to make audio recordings, to make a continuous playback of remix (for example: CD players, media files, MP4 and record players)
- PRO Sequencer which can easily mix different MIDI tracks with Digital music
- Sound system for broadcasting the audio recordings (for example: PAS system or a radio broadcast)
- A DJ mixer, which is an electronic (usually 4-channeled) audio mixer which is attached with a crossfader in order to smoothly go from one mix to another.
- Headphones is a must! They are used to listen to one recording while the other recording is being played to the people in the club, or to listen to both recordings contemporary.
- There is always option for microphone, so the DJ can introduce himself/herself or the music.
Other equipment can be included to the simple DJ setup, providing unique and neat sound manipulations. These devices contain:
- Electronical effects such as octave, chorus and equalizer. Some of the DJs use also a synthesizer effect for a VERY low bass-sound, which most likely is added to the mix.
- Computerised performance organization, which can be used with vinyl simulation software to operate digital files on the CPU in no time.
- Multi headshells, which allow a DJ to play different channels of the same record at the same time.
- Special DJ Software for manipulating digital files on laptop or a PC.
- And of course – drum machines, samplers and sequencers.
Different techniques are used by DJ in order to mix perfectly and blend the recorded audio. They primarily use equalization and cueing. The frequency and complexity of Several techniques are used by DJs as a means to better mix and blend recorded music. Those techniques mostly include the equalization, cueing and music mixing of three or more sound inceptions. The complexity and frequency of special manner depends mostly on the setting in which a Disc Jockey is working. DJs from Radio don’t focus on mixing music, because CLUB DJs rely more on a smooth transition between two songs. Club DJ techniques mostly include phrasing, beat-matching and slipping to preserve energy flow on a club floor.