At Sweetwater, we've seen music technology change dramatically over the past few decades, and no area has evolved at pace like DJ and electronic music equipment. While you'll still find plenty of traditional direct-drive turntables, DJ mixers, and media players on the market, new and more powerful DJ controllers that tap into powerful DJ software platforms dominate the live-performance world. There are equally powerful tools on the electronic-music production front as well, and when it comes to PA equipment and lighting, you'll find everything you need right here at Sweetwater.
Modern DJs - including most of us at Sweetwater - tend to prefer software DJ platforms such as Native Instruments Traktor Pro and Serato DJ because of the power and flexibility they offer. Set up playlists, lock in beat grids, arrange cues and loops, add effects, and so much more " there's no limit to what you can do to create killer live performances. Every year we see amazing new DJ controllers, which provide seamless hands-on control over your software. Whether you prefer a simple setup with a couple of jog wheels and a 2-channel mixer section or a 4-channel rig with pad-based decks for live electronic music production or anything in between, we've got it.
DJ controllers and software aren't the only way to go. If you prefer hardware, then Sweetwater has the decks, mixers, dedicated DJ effects, and all the other accessories you want. Top-of-the-line DJ turntables from Pioneer, Numark, and others cover all the bases, from affordable belt-drive models for record playback to scratch-rated direct-drive models that hold up to the most demanding turntablism. DJ media decks and disc players are also available, and when you combine these or turntables with timecode records, you can easily create hybrid rigs that allow you to use DJ decks and software together.
Want to produce electronic music? These days you have more options than ever before, both working in the studio and creating original beats on the fly. While there are still excellent hardware drum machines and samplers out there, including Akai's quintessential MPC series, most electronic music production now is software based. What's more, the most popular beat-production systems today combine powerful DAW-like music-creation software with hardware controllers from companies such as Ableton, Novation, and Native Instruments leading the way.
For mobile DJs who need to set up complete systems for weddings and parties, no rig is complete without an appropriate PA system. Sweetwater's founder and owner, Chuck Surack himself has years of mobile DJ experience, so providing DJ-ready PA gear has always been a priority for us. Powered PA speakers and subwoofers are ideal for mobile rigs, especially if you have to reconfigure your system for different rooms. We also carry traditional power amplifiers and passive PA speakers, if you prefer that sort of setup. Either way, Sweetwater Sales Engineers can help you configure the perfect PA rig.
Another aspect of mobile DJing we're happy to provide are the latest in LED lighting fixtures. Our collection includes everything from simple PAR-style wash lights and bars to energizing derbies, moonflowers, lasers and other effects. We even carry top moving-head fixtures from ADJ, Chauvet, and others. No lighting rig is complete without fog or haze, and we're happy to recommend the right machine to go with your lighting setup. Most of the LED lighting fixtures you'll find at Sweetwater include onboard programs that make setup a breeze, but we can also provide excellent hardware and software DMX controllers.
As you can see, there's a lot of DJ and electronic-music production gear to choose from. The equipment you need for remixing in the studio may be totally different from what you want for performing live. If you want tips, don't hesitate to get in touch with Sweetwater for expert advice that will let you put together a DJ rig that's sure to satisfy your needs.