If you want to become a DJ then the first step is into the world of mixing.
If you how to become a DJ is throwing two tracks into Ableton or Traktor, then you are mistaken. It is easy to do that, but you need to learn the basics because there is so much more to mixing than meets the eye.
So, you want to become a DJ, so how do you mix?
Here are 6 easy steps to mixing:
1- Get a Groove
Don't rely on headphones. Just find two similarly tempoed tracks that are electronically beat made and are quite minimal. Mixing live music is very hard.
2- Add a track.
Cue your next track to the first beat. Counting out the bars of the previous track, but wait until the start of an eight bar segment. Release/ Start track two on the first beat of the next eight.
Note, if you think of a bar as something that the instruments sit on, so a four bar beat would look like this
3 snare/ kick
So an eight bar beat would be double the length and usually on the second part of the beat you hear a slight change.
Once you get the hang of it, it is easy then to get tempos matched within 16 bars. If you want to become a DJ, it is easier and better to use a tempo fader rather than a nudge for 2 main reasons:
1. It is far less likely that you will accidently let the needle skip.
2. It makes for far better smoother and finer control than a nudge or even pushing a record/ CD- you can hear the nudge.
Please note: Some cheap CD decks with pitch faders that allow fine tuning only down to tenths of a per cent (some tracks won't sync and require constant attention), or that allow more without displaying a value change.
3- Nudging Pitch
If track 2's beats are coming in sooner than track 1's, reduce the speed of track 2 as track 2 is a little faster. Do this by pulling the pitch control to a minus number, but further than you think and then nudge it up again.
4- Adjusting Tempo
By pulling the tempo down further than you need to and then back to roughly where you guess it should be, you can now nudge it a little higher than you think it needs to be again if you've gone too far. By making increasingly smaller changes you will find the right setting quickly. And if the track is slower? Just reverse the technique.
5- Beat Matching
Become a DJ tip: The smoothest way to beat match two tracks is to use the pitch/ tempo control to speed up or slow down track 2 until its tempo matches that of track 1. As soon as you hear the second beat of the new track you will be able to tell if it comes in before or after the second beat of the first track.
6- Kick Sync
A pain, and some DJs still don't get it right. So is there an easy method to match our kicks? If track 2 is playing ahead of track 1, pull the pitch-control down to about -4% until you hear the kicks match, and then when they do, quickly move the pitch back to zero. If the track is playing behind, just reverse the technique. Now listen carefully and see whether track 2's beats start to come in before track 1's or after.
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