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How to DJ With a Laptop

Watch more How to DJ videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - DJ with a laptop and a few other sound devices using these simple tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Load software and drivers Load software and sound card drivers on to your laptop and read the user guides to become familiar with them. Step 2: Rip audio CDs to laptop Rip any audio CDs to the laptop that you would like to use. Tip Bring a few backup CDs with you in case of software malfunction. You may quickly need to cue some music while you fix the problem. Step 3: Set up a playlist Set up a playlist that can run for the duration of the event. You can always pause the soundtrack to queue up any requests. Step 4: Test your playlist, cables, and mixing Test your playlist, cables, and mixing capabilities at least 24 hours before a scheduled event. Step 5: Plug laptop into surge protector Plug the laptop in to a surge protector. Step 6: Connect amp to the laptop Connect the amplifier to an audio output on your laptop with an RCA cable. Then plug the amplifier into the surge protector. Step 7: Connect speakers to the amp Connect the speakers to the amplifier using an RCA cable and plug the amp into the surge protector. Tip Make sure that all volume knobs are at zero before playing any music. You may need a ground-lift adapter to remove any buzzing noises. Step 8: Connect the microphone to the amp Connect the microphone to the amplifier. Keep the microphone away from the speakers to eliminate feedback. Step 9: Tape down cords Use the gaffer tape to tape down any cords that could be a hazard. Now get ready to watch your guests get down! Did You Know? Did you know? The first known recording of sound was made by a Parisian named Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in 1860.
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