How-to-DJ Tips

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1. Digital DJ Mixers Infos

# older music (such as soul, rare groove etc) or music recorded live will be very difficult to beat match well. This is purely because the drum beats are often produced by a human and not produced by a drum machine or synchronised using a computer sequencer, and hence aren\'t perfectly in rhythm.

# To get started your mixer needs to have a minimum of two channels so you can adjust the volume of the music playing on either turntable. A cross fader to cut quickly between the two channels and we would also recommend that you go for a mixer that has an EQ with 3 bands per channel - hi, mid and low.

# The hi frequency band can be used to decrease or increase the amount of high frequencies that are let through the mixer, hi hats, cymbals and percussion generally sit in these frequencies. Mid range frequencies are where the vocals sit and low frequencies hold the bass, which is where the low frequency parts of the drums and bass lines live.

# the human ear becomes accustomed to a certain frequency spectrum. So, avoid the trap of equalizing everything too sharp. If you see (you won\'t hear it) that your equalizing is completely out of balance fix it slowly. In fact not that many (modern) songs need equalizing anymore.

# Some DJ\'s like to turn their three equalizer buttons completely to the right when they play. This should not be done because it modifies the sound and often removes critical information from the music. Normally the sound is unmodified if all equalizers are set to 0, not to +15dB.

# Once you understand the principles, go stand behind a DJ and watch; see how well you can follow the correspondence between what the hands do and what you hear. Watch when a new record is coming in (typically the bass gets shut down and the high hats come in first, much less likely to be obnoxious if it slips off), listen as the sync gets fixed, think what you would do to it.

# never play to track with both basses all the way up.

# Most dance tracks have an \"intro\" (where you mix into it) and a break and/or \"outro\" (where you mix out of it). An\"outro\" area on a track is often the final opportunity to mix out of the song; while a \"break\" may be an earlier opportunity to mix out of a song. A song can have more than one break, but will have only one outro.

# When the mix is finished, be sure that the new song\'s volume is exactly at the volume of the previous song. Even if the new song seems as loud as the one being played, watch the bass or high-end volume (of the song you\'re \"bringing in\") to make sure that you don\'t muddle-distort the mix. You should be aware that not all songs are recorded at the same volume level.

# As you listen to the song being played (song one) on the dance floor, cue the song that you want to beat match (song two) through your headphones on the other turntable or CD player. When song one \"breaks\" to end in its outro section, start the new song at the first beat of its \"intro\" (thus, you\'re matching the \"intro\" of song two with the \"break\" or outro segment of song one). As you match the drum beats, place your hand on the turntable or CD player\'s pitch adjust to gradually adjust the speed. As one hand adjusts speed, place the other hand on the mixer and gradually slide the crossfader so that song one\'s volume declines and song two\'s volume increases.

2. The different Types of Scratches

# Baby Scratch, which is just pulling the record forward and backwards. That\'s the most basic scratch and that\'s what you really gotta\' learn if you wanna\' ever start scratching - you can\'t run before you walk.

# The Military Scratch this is a scratch which incorporates the cross-fader and the Baby Scratch. So what I\'m doing here is I\'m clicking the fader once, in and out, while I\'m doing the Baby Scratch.

# A good thing to do when you\'re scratching is to mark the record so you know exactly where the scratch begins, so you don\'t have to be all lost. You just look at the record, look at the point where it starts and that way you\'ll know where you\'re at, at all times.
get a little piece of tape and put it on the middle of the record. You can just look at the middle of the record and you know where you\'re at.

# The flare It\'s an imaginary scratch because it sounds faster than I really am. When you scratch you start with start with the fader off. So right now you don\'t hear me moving the record. But here, you hear me moving the record. With this scratch I start with the fader on, I don\'t start with it off. I do the same as I was doing but I start with the fader on... that\'s why it\'s called an illusion scratch.

# The Crab This is one scratch I don\'t recommend you learn first. If you try to run before you can walk, you\'re gonna fall. What I\'m basically doing is snapping all my fingers on my thumb. So it\'s like - the pinky, the other finger, the middle finger and the pointer finger, but I\'m snapping them all on the fader. So what I do with the cut is move it forward and backwards. When I\'m doing the crab all I\'m doing is applying a little pressure on my thumb. And like I said, you snap your fingers on the fader.