I'm looking at everyone's setups and almost all of them have a lot of advanced looking equipment. Turntables and things that look like they simulate turntables...etc etc.
How much of that is needed for party style dj-ing?
I've DJed for 12 years...country bars...gay top 40 dance bars...strip bars. For awhile (like many on here I'm sure), I used cds and then transitioned out of that into using a laptop. PCDJ...now Virtual DJ. I don't specialize in a lot of beat matching...it's never really been needed with what I've been involved with. When needed, I can synch (I know...dirty word!) and it gets the job done.
I guest djed one time with someone who had a laptop running a program and then also had two external turntable type devices that were somehow hooked up to the laptop but records weren't being played on them. It looked similar to some of the setups I've seen on here. Keep in mind, this was another top 40 dance situation...mix of gay and straight listening to a lot of 80's and other party songs. Full dancefloor and beat matching more obscure mixes didn't seem to be what was on the menu. He gave me quick crash course and said that after I selected a song and loaded it into one of the players on the screen, I had to do something with the turntable devices before hitting play on the computer. If I didn't, the song wouldn't play. It seemed really strange because it didn't seem to help anything. This was like 4 years ago so I can't remember any details. It just seemed like another thing to do for no reason. I asked him why I had to do that and he didn't know.
I'm looking to get into dj-ing weddings and dances and other events...your standard mobile DJing I would think. Mainstream top 40 stuff for the most part. These setups seem so intimidating. For what I'm doing, do I really need the fancier mixers and such?