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DJ Cartridges


DJ cartridges: Buying Guide

Having a cartridge would definitely add more style into your DJ skills and variety into your track. A good cartridge will transfer the song from the vinyl record without any skipping. Buying DJ cartridges is a great investment for your profession. However, there are lots of things to take into consideration.

1) Types of cartridges

Half-inch mount
This will connect the cartridge to the tone arm using a different mounting piece. This cartridge requires a wire connection that may cause some trouble and lots of technical issues for a beginner. However, for a beginner, this will be a cheaper option.

P-mount
This cartridge is favoured by most DJs because all the connectors are located inside the house, preventing any problems.

2) Type of needles

Spherical needle
This type of needle is favoured by most DJs simply because it is easier to use, with less tendency to skip on any vinyl record, simply because of the rounded tip which allows the needle to play properly on its line.

It is strongly recommended for any newbie. However, this needle could easily damage your vinyl, reducing its lifespan. The sound quality is also quite low. Overall, for scratching or simple play purposes, this needle will do a great job.

Elliptical needle
This type of needle will produce a higher sound quality because of the triangular tip which fits perfectly in most vinyl record. However, its tendency to skip is very high because of the fine tip.

For a professional DJ who love to scratch, this type of needle is recommended because lots of different styles can be added. You also do not have to worry about damaged vinyl afterward. You can just feel free to scratch and mix on any record you like.

In my opinion, if you are a beginner, buying a simple cartridge will be fine. It is important that you do not neglect the quality as some cartridges tend to damage easily, accompanied by low sound quality.

In the end, it all depends on the technique you want to use, either scratching or mixing. These two techniques are an important element in determining the type of cartridges that you want to buy.

 
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