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 K553 MKII
  • Lightweight over-ear design advanced closed-back technology2 (50mm) transducer low impedance2d-axis fold-flat mechanism.Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Excellent noise isolation on par with closed-back headphone designs
  • Performs well with virtually any headphone connection thanks to low impedance drivers
  • Folds flat for storage and transport

Laptop and Computer

What kind of laptop and computer does The Chainsmokers use?

Apple 15″ MacBook Pro

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  • 9Th-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Radeon Pro 560x Graphics with 4GB of video Memory
  • Ultrafast SSD

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
  • Multitrack audio recording and MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Unique session View for nonlinear composition, flexible performance and improvisation
  • Real-time warping of audio: automatically sync music and loops, regardless of tempo
  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Includes 5000+ sounds (70+GB), 57 effects and 10 instruments (wavetable, Operator, Sampler, analog, electric, tension, Collision, Simpler, drum rack, Impulse)

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
  • Comprehensive range of production tools, featuring KINETIC METAL, ACTION STRINGS, and RISE&HIT
  • Outstanding collection of KOMPLETE Effects, including the stunning MOLEKULAR and SUPERCHARGER GT

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
  • Over 14,000 inspiring sounds
  • Now with Hardware Synth Integration

DJ Setup

What DJ setup does The Chainsmokers use?

Pioneer CDJ-2000

Pioneer DJ Professional Multi Player, Black, 8.10 x 18.20 x 16.30 (CDJ2000NXS2)
  • Professional club standard Multi Player supports USB, SD card, CD, and DJ software
  • Large full-color LCD touch screen and fast track selection with QWERTY keyboard search
  • 8 color coded Hot Cues which consists of two banks of 4
  • 96kHz/24-bit sound card with no loss of quality
  • rekordbox-ready to give access to more features and enhanced track information

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
  • Studio centerpiece: Experience pristine studio grade capture via on board selectable inputs: Turntable (RCA) with ground Peg and stereo balanced ¼ inch jack
  • Infinite sounds, unlimited inspiration: Includes the vault 2.0 featuring samples and kits from leading sound design companies including capsun proaudio, MVP loops, toolroom, CR2 records, loopmasters and much more

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
  • Versatile connection: Pro DJ Link to connect up to 4 CDJ-2000/900s or rekordbox software
  • Top panel USB connector for DVS software

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
  • Advanced visual feedback for quick mixing
  • MIDI mappable controls

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
  • DirectLink mode>automatically map onboard controls to DAW mixer parameters-no complex setup required
  • Axiom Instrutment Maps>instant access to virtual instrutment parameters for a hardware synth-like experience

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).
  • Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring.
  • English (Publication Language)

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
  • Sidechain
  • VU-meters showing output or compression

Clothes

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
  • Rubber outsole for traction
  • Boost is our most responsive cushioning ever, delivering incredible energy return: The more energy you give, the more you get

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.