DJ/EDM Tools for Kids?
TL;DR: Blues Dad needs help buying DJ/EDM software and hardware for a 10yo.
Everytime we go to GC my son plays with their demo DJ setup and pleads with me to buy something(anything) for him. If he were 13yo I'd forgo the expense in a heartbeat. But, at 10yo I'm reluctant to invest.
He has Garageband, and makes crazy EDM mixes on it. I have an Alesis Mini to connect, but he doesn't seem interested in it so much. I think he really wants to play with the turntables and mess up his favorite Marshmello jams.
He does listen to all kinds of streaming music and often asks me to search specific songs he learned about at school or heard me playing. He's very musical, but not at all disciplined enough to practice an instrument.
Recently, (because I've been reluctant to buy) he's been telling me he's going to DJ the music while his buddy raps over the top. He obviously knows how to manipulate me as I have bought him lots of lessons and instruments in the hopes that he'll become the great musician that I'm not.
What are my best money and complexity value options for getting him started?
Is it Serato Lite and a used Pioneer DDJ?
Is there a simpler software he could use to mash songs and scratch over them?
What's my value buy for DJ Controllers? I don't want to purchase something obsolete.
I perceive this stuff as being only performance equipment. Will he be able to compose music, remixes, mashups, or whatever and save them on the computer?
I assume I'll need to purchase every song he wants to use, or can we leverage Spotify?
How CPU/RAM hungry is this stuff? He uses my old 2008 MacBook for Minecraft and it's a little sluggish. Am I looking at spending another $300+ on a computer to run this stuff, or fight with him over time on my laptop?
Many kind thanks in advance.
submitted by Gdiminished
Lightweight, Sleek Laptop for University
Total budget and country of purchase: ~$750, United States
Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply: 2-in-1s seem pretty and nice but I don't think I'd use it often. Looking for something to keep up with university and lifestyle needs, so a good battery life and a solid processor would be preferable. I don't think I have any need for an added GPU.
How important is weight and thinness to you?: Pretty important! I'd like something thin, sleek, and lightweight. Easy to carry around and attractive!
Which OS do you require?: Windows, preferably 10
Do you have a preferred screen size?: I think 14" is my perfect screen size, but anything from 12"-14.5" should be fine. The smaller bezel the better since I'm looking for something light and low-profile.
Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming?: Not super often, but I would like something capable of occasional Adobe usage (Photoshop, Premiere, etc.), Serato usage, and very light gaming (like Minecraft or similar low-processing games). In general, it will mostly be used for school (writing papers, research, projects, etc) and internet-browsing.
If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?: N/A
Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?: A comfortable keyboard and good touchpad (reliable, smooth, comfortable to use frequently). I'd use a touchscreen if I could find one in my budget, but it's not necessary. USB 3.0 and USB C inputs would be nice to have.
Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion: Overall I want something lightweight and low-profile that can keep up with frequent usage and hold a charge so it's not constantly dying on me throughout the day. I'd be looking for something to keep up with 8+ hour days that I don't have to constantly worry about slowing down, booting up slow, or dying. 2-in-1 is not necessary but I have been open to it and considering some of the Microsoft laptops, Lenovo Yogas, etc. I've also been looking at the ASUS VivoBooks and Dell XPS 13s, but having trouble determining reliability and finding something in my budget. I'm open to buying pre-owned, refurbished, or open box. My budget is slightly flexible but I'd like to stay around $750.
submitted by mrpaulmaroon5