Brief on Disc Jockey History

The art of DJ has come from the early 1940s, with the first introduction of music during the radio show.

DJ was used as the format to enjoy the music later. Now huge DJs are set for the festivals today. DJing events started with the radio hosts wanted to change the monotony of the chatter and conversations while on the air. Music was a massive hit among the listeners, and hence the need for newer equipment for the radio shows to shift from one to another was intense.

The DJ started was the basic one which required the use of vinyl. The presenters assured to play a steady flow of the music to the listeners. The disc was spun with a rotating unit that operated on a belt system, which is the archaic method of playing music.

Back in 1970, the original technics 1200 was introduced. The most influential brand in DJ history is considered as the Technics, the de facto brand among audiophile DJs that are known today. The vinyl turntables had the compact motor inside the unit that rotated. This made the belt that was connected to a platter to turn and in turn, made the needle to move across each groove and played music. This method was slow and not much effective.

The need for a quicker system and efficiently changing from one record to another has led to the creation of the improvised style of a turntable. These are used by the direct-drive motors. These turntables were operated by the electromagnet, allowing the records to start instantly with accuracy. It helped the performers to experiment with much-exiting things with their tracks.

These turntables were used for many years until it was finally discontinued in the 2010s, though some DJs still prefer using this method or its improved versions of DJ equipment that we see around now.

In the 20th century, CDs overtook the vinyl discs with the launch of adapted units such as Pioneer CDJ1000. The presenters now started using the skills they used in the vinyl machines and paired them with the CDs to experiment and explore more DJ equipment and modern technology that could be used in DJ.

Next, during the digital age, DJs were allowed to access thousands of songs with the highest quality.  With the introduction of DVS – the Digital Vinyl System to control the playback the tracks on the computer, it was even more striking to enjoy the music. Time codes –the final scratch were pressed with the modulated signal that was fed into the PC through the audio interfaced and copied by the software. And then it was played, and when DJ stopped the record, the digital track stopped. Now they would not need to carry the music around to be played for people. With just a double click on a file, the music would start to play.

The options now are endless, and the range of software packages and better versions and equipment are now introduced to the presenters to play. With the right knowledge, DJs are now part of a musician’s right to create new and music for the world to enjoy!

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