What Are DJ Cartridges?

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DJ cartridges are parts of record players, and they contain the wires that read the grooves in the record. Discover how DJ cartridges are used to send signals through record players with help from a professional saxophonist in this free video on music and DJing.

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Hey, I'm DJ Jazz B. And I'm going to explain what a DJ cartridge is. Cartridge is on a record player. You have a needle that reads records. And this is, I'm demonstrating using the Numark TTX record player. And this is the Numark head shell here that you see, sliver. The actual cartridge is this little black and red piece with the wires coming off, of it. And these need to be replaced and changed. Depending on how often you play. And how hard you're working the needles. Every six months, two years. Depending on you know, how hard you go on. I probably replace them every year. And they have, they have this little needle on it. That goes in between the grooves of the record. And basically reads the music. Puts it out through the speaker for you. The different part of this, you have the needle. The cartridge is the little black and red part. Like I said. This top part is called the head shell. And that just kind of, contains everything. And has the wires that read the grooves in the record. And send the signal through the record player out of the speakers. And that's the cartridge used for DJ.

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