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The Chainsmokers Equipment

The Chainsmokers’ are an electronic DJ duo from the United States. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart formed in 2012 and achieved success with #SELFIE in 2014. Since this time, The Chainsmokers have won a Grammy award, two AMAs, and seven Billboard Music Awards. So when it comes to The Chainsmoker’s gear and equipment, you’d expect that he uses quality keyboards, synthesizers, DJ decks, guitars, microphones, headphones, and more. So if you have been asking yourself what kind of equipment The Chainsmokers use, you’ll soon find out everything.

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V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphone

The Chainsmokers are best known for wearing the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphones with a custom logo.

V-MODA M-100-U-SHADOW Crossfade M-100 , Shadow
  • Award-winning M-Class sound tuned by over 200 audiophile aficionados. Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Patented 50mm Dual Diaphragm Drivers to separate bass from mids and highs
  • Compact design for easy transport

AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones

In a YouTube video for How We Made It, Alex Pall can be seen wearing the AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back studio headphones.

AKG Pro Audio K553 MKII Over-Ear, Closed-Back, Foldable Studio Headphones,Black
  • Lightweight over-ear design for maximum wearing comfort
  • Advanced closed-back technology for high noise insulation
  • 2" (50mm) transducers for precise sound reproduction

Laptop and Computer

What kind of Laptop and computer does The Chainsmokers use?

Apple 15″ MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro (15-Inch, Latest Model, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) - Space Gray
  • 9th-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

VST and Software Plugins

What DAW and software plugins does The Chainsmokers use?

Ableton Live

During a Reddit AMA, The Chainsmokers talked about using Ableton Live.

Ableton Live 10 Suite Multitrack Recording Software
  • This item is shipped as a download card with a serial code and instructions to redeem your software from the Ableton Website
  • Multitrack audio recording and MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Unique session View for nonlinear composition, flexible performance and improvisation

Native Instruments Komplete

Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate Crossgrade
  • 75 products in total, with over 440 GB of samples
  • Over 17,000 sounds covering a full range of styles from electronic to cinematic to sound design
  • Includes the expressive ROUNDS synth and the drum designer POLYPLEX

Xfer Serum Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer

During a Reddit AMA, The Chainsmokers talked about using Ableton Live and that one of their favorite VSTs is the Xfer Serum Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
  • Flagship synthesizer of Spectrasonics
  • Used by top artists all over the world
  • Extremely flexible with many synthesis types

DJ Setup

What DJ setup does The Chainsmokers use?

Pioneer CDJ-2000

Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 Professional Multi Player - Black
  • DJ CD Player/Media Player with 7" Multicolor Touchscreen
  • Complete rekordbox Integration - Black
  • Extensive Media Format Support

Akai Professional MPC Live

Alex is seen using the Akai MPC Live during his World War Joy Tour and can be seen in this video.

Akai Professional MPC Live | Ultra-Portable Fully Standalone MPC With 7-Inch Multi-Touch Display, 16GB On-Board Storage, Rechargeable Battery, Full Control Arsenal and 10GB Sound Library Included
  • Standalone: Fully standalone MPC natively powered by MPC software 2 with 7 inch high resolution display, ableton link over wifi and bluetooth 4.0 midi support no computer required
  • Control evolved: 16 MPC pads, 4 touch capacitive Q links, transport controls, full monitoring control and much more
  • Portable powerhouse: Internal, rechargeable lithium ion battery and ultra compact footprint makes MPC live the ultimate go anywhere production solution

Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus Mixer

Pioneer DJ Mixer, Black, 9.70 x 17.40 x 20.60 (DJM-900NXS)
  • Multitude of effects including 3 new sound Color Effects and 2 new Beat Effects
  • Quickly access and manipulate the parameters of each beat effect with the new X-Pad control
  • Supreme Sound Quality: Built-in 24bit/96kHz high performance soundcard

Serato Scratch Live DJ Software

Rane Serato Scratch Live DJ Solution with Audio Interface
  • Creative DJing features: cueing, looping, keylock, the SP-6 Sample Player and DJ FX
  • Intuitive file management with smart crates, easy file and iTunes playlist migration
  • Multiple display modes for optimal library browsing

Studio Equipment

What kind of studio equipment does The Chainsmokers use? Read on for all of The Chainsmokers’ studio gear.

M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller

M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Semi-Weighted Keys and Assignable Control Surface
  • 61 piano-style, semi-weighted keys>musically satisfying playing experience
  • 9 mixer-style faders and 8 smooth rotary encoders>hands-on control over your DAW
  • angled top panel and centrally positioned LCD>better ergonomics on stage and in the studio

Apogee Duet 2 USB Audio Interface

Apogee Duet 2 - 2 Channel USB Audio Interface for Recording Mics, Guitars, Keyboards on MAC and iOS Devices, Made in USA
  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz / 24-bit.
  • USB 2.0 High Speed connection to Mac or Windows PC
  • Direct digital connection to iPad and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lightning and 30-pin cable sold separately).

Tube-Tech CL 1B Opto Compressor

In this video, The Chainsmokers talk about their Tube-Tech CL 1B Opto Compressor at the 3:57 mark.

Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor
  • Non-degrading optical gain reduction element
  • All-tube amplification
  • Linkable for stereo applications - up to ten units


What kind of Clothes does The Chainsmokers wear?

Adidas NMD

The Chainsmokers have discussed wearing their Adidas NMD shoes in this article.

adidas Originals Men's NMD_R1 Boost Shoes
  • Men's NMDs with a weather-protective overlay and see-through midsole plugs
  • Regular fit; Soft feel
  • Textile upper for durability

Adidas Ultraboost

The Chainsmokers have discussed wearing their Adidas Ultraboost shoes in this article.

Nike x Off-White

The Chainsmokers have discussed wearing their Off-White x Nike shoes in this article.

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