DJing has grown in popularity as a career choice for many people, and it's easy to see why. This job, however, necessitates a lot of equipment that can wear out over time if frequently used. Is DJing a bad idea for something like a record?
DJing can damage a record over time, mainly due to the fact that the more a record is played, the more it wears. DJing can degrade the sound quality of a record over time. So it's important to take care of them so that the quality can be maintained as long as possible..
It's common to refer to a vinyl record as a "record" because vinyl is the most common material used to make modern records. There are a number of ways that DJing can harm or ruin records, and we'll go over some of the equipment that DJs frequently use in the following sections.
Things That Cause a Record to Wear Out
Vinyl records' sound quality can be harmed by direct sunlight, for example. Vinyl can warp over time if it is exposed to a lot of sunlight, especially if the heat is strong enough. As long as they're exposed to sunlight, this won't be a long-term issue, but rather a short-term one. Vinyl's lifespan can be affected by how you care for it. A lack of cleaning or a lack of a good place to store them can lead to faster deterioration.
Another factor that contributes to finger fatigue is where you place them. Records can be damaged by the oils on our skin. Make sure the vinyl doesn't get stuck to the surface. The safest place to put your fingers is in the middle of the disc, since music isn't stored there. This is the best option and will make it easier to protect it, but it may be more difficult to store.
A record can be ruined by the needle as well. Record damage can occur more easily if the needle isn't up to snuff. The weight of your tonearm is another component of a needle that has the potential to cause more damage to your vinyl. The needle will dig deeper into your vinyl with a heavier weight. A lighter-weight tonearm setting would be ideal, but only if it doesn't affect the quality of your music or how well you perform. In terms of overall protection, this option isn't going to do much.
Scratching techniques (which we'll discuss in more detail in the following section) and having an endless cue up to the exact same point on a record are two other small things that can ruin it (meaning that you constantly are repeating the vinyl from a certain point).
What About When Scratching?
It's important to understand what scratching is first. It's a common DJ technique in which the DJ repeatedly spins a record to create a rhythmic or percussive effect. As a DJ, it isn't the most straightforward skill to acquire, but many find it a rewarding one to master.
Scratching your records is a sure thing, but with the right equipment, you may be able to minimize the damage. A special mat can be used to protect the record from being damaged by the turntable. While the bottom is protected by this, your fingers will still get oil on the top when you scratch it. Washing your hands before handling your records helps minimize the problem of oil affecting the sound quality over time.
Even if you take additional precautions like this, damage will still occur, but it will be less of a problem and will not progress as quickly.
It's important to keep your records clean and safe if you want them to have a long life on the spindle. Just be careful not to clean them too much, as this can also damage the recording. Find a middle ground that works for both of you! It's also a good idea to use a specialized cleaner. Use a cleaner designed specifically for records and vinyl to avoid damaging them during cleaning instead of a general household cleaner. You can clean vinyl in a variety of ways, such as with a brush, a liquid cleaner, or even a special vinyl cleaner machine. Before you begin, learn more about the various methods.
Keep them out of harm's way by storing them in a secure location. Always keep them upright (never stack them on top of each other) and in a dark and cool area. Listen to how you handle and care for your records while DJing; put them away immediately when you're done.
It's best not to play your records all the time or all at once. As previously mentioned, unlike CDs or digital files, vinyl can become worn out or lose sound quality if played frequently. In this case, you and your listeners will notice a difference in the recording's sound quality as a result of your efforts.
Using music digitally, such as playing it on your computer, is a safe bet because it's impossible to damage something tangible, like vinyl, over time. In general, it will probably last longer.
As a final point, it doesn't have to be a time-consuming and complicated process to maintain records if you don't want it to be. You'll be glad you did it if you just make it a regular part of your routine.
Other Equipment DJ’s Often Need
The right software
An input device (such as turntables)
Monitor speakers/ a sound system