Press Release: DJ Equipment Maintenance

The Importance of DJ Equipment Maintenance DJ equipment is expensive to acquire and expensive to replace. Starting a maintenance program for your DJ equipment to prolong the life of your equipment, provide optimal sound quality, and save money over time by avoiding costly replacements and repairs. Maintaining a crisp, clear sound and ensuring the longevity of your equipment is all about preventative care. You don’ need anything fancy – some cleaning cloths, slip covers, water, compressed air, and rubbing alcohol can provide total maintenance for your entire rig.
Turntables If you take away one thing from this article, make it this: dust is your equipment’s biggest enemy. To keep dust off of your equipment you must clean it regularly, especially if you work in smoky, dirty club environments. Buy dust covers for each piece of your equipment, or make them yourself using old T-shirts or pieces of fabric. Covers prevent dust from accumulating on your equipment when it’s not in use, but it’s impossible to keep everything completely dust-free. To get the dust off your gear, invest in a can of compressed air. Use it to clean out all of the little crevices in your equipment. This applies not only to your turntables, but also to your mixer, amps, and speakers.
On your turntables, the stylus is the only other feature that needs regular attention. Use a short-bristle brush to gently dust the stylus. This will keep the stylus head free of dirt and debris, providing the cleanest sound possible. And pay some attention to your slipmats. Slipmats are super easy to clean – if your splimats aren’t too dirty, you can use a slightly damp cloth to gently brush the mat. A vacuum cleaner attachment can also be used to remove any dirt or dust from the slipmat. While you are cleaning the slipmats, go ahead and clean the turntable plates in the same manner – your turntable will thank you.
Mixers Aside from keeping your mixer dust-free, you also need to generously lubricate the faders. A simple do-it-yourself project, you can lubricate the faders with either generic oil for hair trimmers or a lubricant specifically designed for electronics. All you need to do is: • Remove the faceplate on the mixer in order to access the internal workings of the fader. • Clean the fader thoroughly with a water and alcohol solution on a cotton swab. • Apply a couple of drops of lubricant onto the fader, swabbing repeatedly to ensure full coverage. • Use the compressed air to clean any dust that might be trapped in the fader’s inner workings.
Cables Kinks in your cables can result in static or hiss in your sound quality. Keeping your cables in good repair will help ensure a crystal clear sound. Respect your cables: coil them neatly after use and store them in a protective container. Try not to unnecessarily yank, tug, or kink your cables – they’ll last longer and sound better. Maintaining your DJ equipment doesn’t take a lot of time or money, just a little know-how and regularly scheduled cleanings. Be sure to include your records and CDs in your regular maintenance activities. These maintenance tips should increase the life and performance of your electronic equipment, ensuring a high-quality sound instead of a noisy, static-ridden mess.