5 Mix Techniques

Any business (including community buildings) that plays recorded music in public is almost certainly legally required to have a PPL licence. If a program knows what key a song is in (instead of just displaying the key), the user can use their piano keyboard controller (or assigned hot keys) to play a song as though it was an instrument/voice. Mixed in key is a great program, and I prefer the Camelot (Pentatonic) scale to Native Instuments’ key system. I hear D-Jam talking about a few services that already provided the key on the labels of vinyl, but it actually goes way further back than that.

If you don’t choose the Rec Location, you will find recordings from Serato DJ are saved in the following hard drive locations on your computer. Recordings can now be loaded onto the decks, renamed, and managed like other files in the Serato DJ Library. To enter the track list on Mixcloud, you can easily find the ‘Artist’ and ‘Track’ names of all the songs in your set in the History panel of Serato DJ. The easiest way to now share your mix is by using the share buttons on the Mixcloud page, once your Mix has been uploaded.

In general beat-mixing is only possible when the two songs are playing at the same speed. Therefore, one needs to bring the tempo of one of both songs to the tempo of the other song. Therefore, one only needs to try to follow the music and focus specially on one of the both songs. If the volume is good, switch off song A’s bass drum while you turn on songs B’s bass drum.

Before we get to mixing our club bangers, check out the previous tutorials in our series on building a custom DJ template below. In this tutorial, we will focus on creating custom mix faders that will allow us to execute seamless transitions from one track to another quick and easy. The Assist Mix Fader Rack we will develop in this tutorial can be downloaded for FREE by filling out the form below.

The key to using effects is first to know your hardware and setup (the wiring to/from the mixing desk/effect box(es)). Delays, when they are matching the tempo of the music are excellent tools to add some extra layers to the music. These tools are used to have the effect of a ‘talking synth’, which is a good effect for certain songs and to convey a kind of robot life. In a sense, the previous DJ decides what your first half hour will be since you will need to shift from their style to yours.

Spotify integration in djay includes all of your existing playlists, starred tracks, and Inbox (to send real-time song requests to the DJ); powerful search capabilities, charts, browse (by genres, moods, DJs); and Match (for song recommendation). Users can seamlessly switch between Spotify and their existing local iTunes library, as well as mix tracks from both of these sources simultaneously. These new beat-synchronized effects bring unprecedented creative expression to DJs on iOS and support real-time audio manipulation of both local tracks from iTunes and streamed tracks from Spotify.

They were all done with ‘key mixing’ using the Camelot Wheel (it was my laptop wallpaper for easy reference). Since I come from a musical background (Jazz Sax), it really hurts my ears when I hear DJ mixing tracks in the wrong” key. One or more songs that follow another song on the same track, usually after a longer period of silence, but are not listed on the sleeve.

This way, it can be easier to mix (certainly if you know the genre well) and public starts to get interested in you as a DJ and the musical stuff you play. Over all, DJ Mixer Pro is a perfectly workable DJ mixing application that fails simply by not being up to the standards of either the free or paid competing software. DJ Mixer 3 Professional is the ultimate audio and video mixing software for live DJ performances. Easy to stream, mix and match, comes with a-lot of cool effects with some awesome skins.

How To Make A DJ Mix Set Using Ableton Live (With Pictures)

DJ Mixer Express gives you a set of easy to use digital decks to create marvelous (or monstrous) mash-ups of your favorite mp3s. I can use the music I have downloaded on my phone or connect to SoundCloud and use some of my liked tracks from that app. She soundtracked her DIY session by creating a DJ mix exclusively for the Nordic Playlist, so press ‘play’ below to hear it and scroll down to find out more about this exceptional artist and the music scene that she’s so key in creating.

In this particular mix for example, I set out to accomplish several things: 1) recreate a mixing gesture accomplished by one of my favorite DJs, 2) practice balancing basslines; 3) explore mixing styles and genres; 4) explore mixing different patterns, 5) smoothly transition between all tracks; 6) experiment with effects such as echo, flanger, filter; 7) sample a vocal element and make it part of the preceding track.

What makes the importance of knowing a musical key so much greater today then in the good ole vinyl days is actually the key lock feature. After all, when you move the pitch fader on a turntable not only the BPM, but also the key changes. I think if you are just starting in this business now, key mixing is a great tool that can severely shortcut your path to having harmonically correct” gigs. Some harmonically matching tracks sound ridiculous together, while some tracks that are hugely different in key can have a great effect on your set. Adjust the recording level using the gain control to ensure that your songs aren’t clipping.

She had the floor packed by 10:30 with a mix of what to us were obvious hits and nobody here knows this” tunes, but to Edith they were just her favorites. So I began playing my beloved rockabilly, mixed at that time with jump blues, blues boppers and a hint of northern soul because people still had a hard time accepting music that wasn’t black. There are still so many I want, and probably loads I have not heard yet, so I think this will do me until I am too old to DJ anymore.

I never really planned becoming a DJ so for me this has been something parallel to my everyday life. I don’t really care about being a DJ or not, It’s just what I do today because people ask me to play, which i’m very grateful for. Plug your headphones into the headphone jack; it has a separate mix you can adjust without affecting the music in the external speakers.

DJ Mix

As a DJ , one of the basic fundamentals of performing is knowing how to mix music. Best of all, DJ Mixer 3 Professional has an intuitive interface, closely resembling a real-world mixing board, that makes it easy to set and save multiple loops and cue points in a track. I have made a quite wonderful DJ music by it. And the music is also very professional. If you need an easy to use and professional DJ Mixer software, then this software is your best choose! If you are planning to mix the tracks together, it helps to choose songs of the same genre or at least of similar BMP. PPL-licensed music suppliers are authorised to copy recorded music to provide their services.

Mixtapes have over the years shaped so much of what I listen to today and they continue to do so. I still have tape recordings of many of the Breezeblock mixes (the Steve Mason mix being my favourite – notable ones also by BS2000, Chilly Gonzales, Jimi Tenor and Radiohead). The DJ Shadow DR2 mix (already mentioned) got me into psych with current current psych artists themsleves putting out good mixes that can be found online, see Ripley Johnson of Wooden Ships (Needle Exchange). In addition to the Andy Votel mix mentioned, he has also put out a plethora of mixes, again many can be found online and are all up there with ‘Music to watch…’.

T52’s are belt driven but it doesn’t matter because beginners should start on belt driven turntables anyway. This will instantly cause the songs to switch, so you want to be sure that they are beat matched and are at a point in the song that makes sense to do this. One of the most effective ways to transition between songs is by using your EQ controls. This can depend a lot on the style of music that you are playing as well as several other factors, but there are a couple of places that generally work well. A good place to start when learning to mix is by matching up these sections in both songs.

You are playing music either for money, for personal reward or because nobody else wants to do it. In any case the result: ‘the audience stays and is happy’ is the most important. Tip #1: Comb the aisles of your local record store, hit all the online music outlets and follow the dots from song to song and artist to artist (this is the fun part of DJ’ing – research). This means that if the songs is not good or boring that it is not your responsibility to fix it. You should select songs that are already good in the first place.

If you wish to take it a step further, you can add a track listing to your mix by using the Serato Playlists feature. Serato Playlists is a way for DJs to export their playlists from Serato DJ and share them online through their Serato profile. In the first two parts of our series on building a custom DJ template in Ableton Live , we looked at how to build a basic DJ template and created some DJ-style effects triggered by Dummy Clips. In this third part of the series, we will build up the DJ template even further by creating an Assist Fader Rack for seamless mix transitions. This version featuring four DJ decks with professional grade mixer and playlists.

Once that’s accomplished, you’re freed up to focus entirely on the vibe and creative feel of a mix transition without being bogged down in technical concerns that might take away from the feel of a mix. With over 8 releases already in the bag on the likes of Steve Lawler’s massive VIVa MUSic plus Arpana, BCBtec and Waldliebe Familien, They have received excellent feedback by many artists globally such as Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Steve Lawler, Dubfire, Mark Knight, SIS, DET LEF and many more. These As Soon (As You Know Mix) fits nicely between the realms of deep and tech house with it’s driving deep bassline and percussive vocal stabs. Try playing songs with similar beats after one another to help your audience maintain a steady groove.

Some lovely mixes to work my way through and a number of worthy inclusions (Shackleton, DJ Harvey & Villalobs) here. Haha, I may have been living under a rock but I’ve never met anyone else who gives a damn about that Carl Craig mix – it was stapled into my CD tray during a work assignment with a particularly irritating office-mate. In addition to its iPod dock, iDJ2 has two sets of analog phono/line-switchable inputs with grounds so you can connect CD players, turntables, drum machines, and other analog music sources.

Modeselektor will play at LEAF, London on March 6 & 7, Friday’s performance will be live and Saturday will feature a DJ set, to grab tickets to the event and for more information head over to the official website. N.B: edjing has developed its own Sound System to offer you the best audio experience possible: real time sound processing enabling you to mix your music live with realistic DJ effects. It happens on both A and B with songs which was played before and new loaded songs.

DJ Tutorial For Setting Up Your DJ Equipment

The following Atomix Virtual DJ Tutorial will teach you how to mix tracks together using the Crossfader in Virtual DJ. You simply load them onto a Remix Deck and you’re all set to trigger them during a live performance! The Traktor Kontrol F1 is a hardware controller made by Native Instruments that gives you intuitive control of the Remix Decks. Do note that you can use any kind of Midi controller to take control of the Remix Decks, as long as you have the mapping, or are keen on making one yourself. Remix Decks function quite similarly to grid-based studio production software like Ableton Live, except that Remix Decks are designed for live performance use, so it’s a lot simpler to operate. Remix Decks bridge the gap between DJing and performing songs live in an easy and intuitive manner.

Our Serato DJ lessons go in-depth on the most important parts of the application, along with features that you can only find on Serato DJ. With controller and mixing capabilities in tow, Serato DJ is one of the most comprehensive programs in the DJ industry. DJing is not the same today as it was ten years ago, and most of that difference stems from the introduction of digital mixing software. Digital mixing software takes the analog controls of classic DJ turntables and streamlines them into an easy-to-manage interface on a computer. Don’t worry, though; this course details each part of the Serato DJ dashboard and what you can do with each to make your mix the best it can be.

For all intents and purposes, all you have to think about is you will be counting to four a lot, because most DJ-able” music (and most music made these days) is 4/4. It gets you in the ballpark of where you want to be so that your levels match up when mixing one song into another. But to get started, just realize that the majority of your space” is taken up by lower frequencies, especially in dance music. In which case, keep it commercial and don’t stray too far into the underground sound.

I love the feel of mixing records, and I love the convenience of showing up somewhere and not having to make room for a bulky controller. However, I love some of the functionality that I gain from software… such as perfectly quantized loops and the convenience of a meticulously organized music collection. Once you have a basic idea of how to do basic mixing, you should record yourself to see how you sound.

So don’t freak out if you are not great at mixing, it will come with practice, and with a few basic skills you can rock a party and still not be amazing at mixing. To play an hour long DJ set it is recommended that you have at least a hundred songs, preferably a bit more. You can learn how to do all this your self however it will be way faster and more fun if you check out our videos on how to DJ here, or get a private instructor. These gigs will have less focus on the DJ but will still allow you to practice how your songs work on the crowd and your DJ skills.

Great article – thank you for taking so much time and effort to write and publish it – at 43 and having spent too many years hijacking people’s party music you’ve provided a realistic insight into what’s required and I’m going for it! Your son would do well with some sort of all-in-one DJ controller, assuming he is going to be connecting it to a computer.

If you want to give it a go, you’ll need a mixer, pair of speakers, headphones, and either two vinyl/CD decks or a laptop with some DJ software on – and loads of music of course. The cheapest way to get into DJing it to buy a MIDI controller that doubles up as a mixer, and download some DJ software like Virtual DJ or Serato. There’s a lot to consider when mixing one record to the next, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s a doddle.

Home Based Setup & Tuts

The browser is where you access files and import them into your Live project. To ensure you get the best out of your software you should also be able to edit loops, have a good sampler, and be able to sync with your DJ mixer, turntables or CD's. There are several FREE DJ mixing software available online, but they've really limited features, and that's why they're free. Paid DJ music software (or any other software) always easier to use and helps you to create things faster, compared to the free ones.

For example, if I am Djing after a Garage DJ, I might kick off my set with something by Martin Solveig which is quite breaky, or I might play a funky house remix of a well known Garage tune This helps to keep the crowd on your side when you step up and also makes the transition between DJs a smooth one. Its no good playing some piano led Jamie Wamie track before mixing it straight into a bit of Prodigy It just does not work.

I think traditional long mix smooth transition trance style mixing is cool too and i have apperciation for both, but sounds like we can't have a world of both. The concept I am most interested in is using all of the effects to mix completely different genre's with each other and really play around with music styles. Not that it matters but I normally call slam mix cut mixing” another method of cut/slam mixing is to stop the 1st song on the very last the snare before the last bar count, this leave's a small gap, where if your on turntables you get a nice slur on the snare.

Choose a software package and start playing around with it. There are plenty of tutorials which can be found on YouTube that can go over the basics of most DJ software. There are a number of things you will need to learn in order to be a competent DJ. We're only going to cover them briefly here… remember, you will probably need to research some of this stuff on your own… and practice, practice, practice!


Keep up to date with all of Point Blank's news, tutorials and giveaways by subscribing to our Youtube channel , or following us on Facebook and Twitter … and if you have something to say about this post, start the conversation with a comment below. Back once more to show you some cool little tricks with Ableton Live 8. And sounds and samples and loops from Tonight I'm putting together a little DJ mix. I'm 17 too and spire to be a DJ at least as a part time job one day, so I'm with you haha.

Remember that just because two songs are in the same key doesn't mean they will sound good together (think Nirvana and Metallica mixed together – never going to sound good). Learning harmonic mixing makes an enormous difference in your sound and proves to your audience that you are a professional that understands music better than most other DJs working the clubs. Understanding your options will help you pick the perfect warp mode so you get the best sound quality and desired results. When you DJ you need to be able to listen to your cue mix so you can blend in your tracks and also understand your external and monitor outputs.


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Here is the second and final part of a series on how to DJ in Ableton Live. Spin Academy has a very wide array of lessons on DJ’ing producing music and lessons are constantly being added; therefore this list is constantly growing. If you want to be a DJ you are going to need to decide what style of music you want to play. Learning to DJ is not a fast process, therefore we highly recommend that you pick a style of music that you love. When learning to DJ it is highly recommended that you do not go out and buy the most expensive gear right away. Also DJ gear is expensive so you want to know you are really going to want to follow through with it before you blow 10 thousand dollars on a awesome new Pioneer setup. You could also get a cheap or used pair of Pioneer or Denon CDJ’s and a Numark mixer.

Some mixers will have a BPM counter on the board, while most DJ software will calculate the BPM of a track for you, although this may not be completely accurate 100% of the time, so it’s good to have some sense of the BPMs yourself. When you’re starting out, make mixing easier by sticking to two songs that are within 3 BPMs of each other. Using conventional DJ hardware, this involves listen to the second song’s intro in your headphones, moving the pitch slider until the songs play at the same speed, and cueing the song simultaneously with the preceding song. A music specialist sticks to a particular genre of music, regardless of what the crowd demands. After you’ve watched them a few times, approach the DJ after the show and ask for a few tips.

Several Videos of Sample DJ sets, designed to help a beginning DJ understand how a DJ mixes tracks, can be found further down this page. Recording Voiceovers for DJ Sets – This video teaches you how to record and edit a voiceover, to be used in a radio show or as a promo over a DJ mix. Audio Recording #10 – Recording & editing voiceovers to overlay on top of music in a radio show or DJ mix. You can download audio versions of these sets at no cost from my DJ Mixes page or from iTunes. Africa Footage & DJ Set – A recording of a show I played in Arusha, Tanzania, with video footage from Africa. Without getting too philosophical, this is quite an integral part of your DJ set.

Today we’ll focus on introducing you to Traktor’s Remix Decks and Remix Sets, explaining the fundamentals and giving you a high-level view of what’s creatively possible with them. The succeeding articles and videos will give you a solid foundation on how to use the Remix Decks as a tool for live performance and improvisation, and more importantly, will attempt to show you why you should be using them to take your DJ set to the next level. An empty Remix Deck looks like a grid that contains four rows and four columns, giving you 16 empty cells. Do note that a single Remix Deck houses up to four pages of this grid, effectively giving you 64 cells total. You can use the Traktor Kontrol F1 alongside any DJ controller you already own.

For example, if I am Djing after a Garage DJ, I might kick off my set with something by Martin Solveig which is quite breaky, or I might play a funky house remix of a well known Garage tune This helps to keep the crowd on your side when you step up and also makes the transition between DJs a smooth one. Its no good playing some piano led Jamie Wamie track before mixing it straight into a bit of Prodigy It just does not work.

Keep up to date with all of Point Blank’s news, tutorials and giveaways by subscribing to our Youtube channel , or following us on Facebook and Twitter … and if you have something to say about this post, start the conversation with a comment below. Back once more to show you some cool little tricks with Ableton Live 8. And sounds and samples and loops from Tonight I’m putting together a little DJ mix. I’m 17 too and spire to be a DJ at least as a part time job one day, so I’m with you haha.

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Until very recently that is, thanks to new electronic gear and a whole new approach in concert for the turntable-based jazz trio. The layout of Cross DJ replicates the industry standard DJ setup: jog wheels, Cue/Play/Sync buttons, full-fledged mixer. Based on the same engine as our Mac and iPad apps, Cross DJ for iPhone provides the most reliable synchronization engine and BPM analysis of the market. The app can work two different ways: with your music imported from iTunes, or your premium subscription Spotify account. Since I am not a subscriber to Spotify, I am just using Pacemaker with my iTunes music.

They were joined by his wife and current DJ collaborator Little Edith, who is a familiar face at his Rockabilly and r&b Lost and Found nights at Madame JoJo’s. He continues to DJ throughout the world, turning people on to unheard records, and keeping them dancing to the wee hours of the morning. It was the only way to have the music you liked; otherwise you had to trust a couple of pirate radio stations or mainstream radio. My laptop has crashed.” Lil Louie Vega’s computer crashed even before the gig started.

For example, I often like to bring the new track in so its like a new part of the song, keeping the bass low but letting the treble and mid slowly come in to eventually dominate the mix. I hope it just a typo (twice) because I would be really troubled when somebody that interested in DJ’ing and music would think that’s the correct way. Also although the last technique is Traktor specific you can get kinda similar effects with a beat repeat rack in Ableton. This software has been developed mainly for professionals, to use and experiment advanced DJ techniques.

Since first winning the title back in 2008 DJ Switch has performed on stage supporting the likes of Magnetic Man, Nero, Professor Green and Public Enemy (just to name a few) and is the first ‘ever’ DJ to perform with the National youth orchestra on stage at the Royal Albert Hall plus he’s even appeared on Blue Peter! Enrolling for any DJ Academy course or personal one-on-one coaching session couldn’t be easier. Start preparing your mix now and convince the SUNANDBASS DJ competition panel with your selection!

You can then transition however you want and the song structures will still line up. This can be applied to any part of the songs such as the intro/outro, chorus, build, bridge, etc. Most DJs use combinations of all of these techniques to transition between songs in addition to constantly adjusting their EQ controls to make everything sound as balanced as possible. If you’re just learning how to DJ , practice a bit of everything until it sounds perfect! We have a huge library of high quality up to date video tutorials featuring some of the most successful DJ’s and music producers in the world.

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Back in 2004, disrupt (AKA German producer Jan Gleichmar, who had been experimenting with everything from techno to electronica to gabber) co-founded the Jahtari record label as a platform to release the lo-fi digital reggae – produced on a cheap laptop – he had been creating. It has been intellectually rewarding insofar as preparing DJ sets requires me to engage with and analyze each track in-depth. I found this experience to be inspirational because, in the process of reading about so many different music producers and so many different DJs and genres, I have discovered names and styles that I would have never experienced otherwise. Many DJs began their musical path with limited experience and exposure in electronic dance music.

Traditional DJ mixing with vinyl required the dj sync tracks tempo and the modify each tracks volume and equalisation to create a smooth blend. At this basic level the dj is required to develop a specific auditory skill where each track’s tempo had to be distinguished while listening to more than one piece of music. The use of compact discs and players such as the CDJ by DJs brought technological advances for the DJ performing a mix including a readout of the bpm and a visual representation of the beat. By Brent Silby ─ article provides argument to support the claim that a DJ Mixset is a form of art.

However, I would be flat out lying if I said that I haven’t learned tons since I first started djing – alot of that knowledge coming from this site (especially about mixing in key). I do love how a mix in key sounds so clean, it has revolutionized the way I organize and arrange my music. The one thing for all DJ’s to remember is DJing is about playing the right music at the right time, to the right crowd, regardless of key.

We want to see you tailor a mix that you feel would perfectly sit within this event. The competition is in partnership with Mixcloud which is why you need to upload your mix there :) It’s also one of the only platforms that you can legally host mixes. Self promotion is also part of the competition (and being a successful DJ) but it’s not the deciding factor. We’re looking for a great mix at the end of the day though, not just the DJ with the most friends. The advantage to Mixcloud currently is that they manage all of the digital music rights for your uploads so that your mixes won’t get taken down and are legal.

Regardless, once you pick your music source, the app will give you a list of playlists and collections, and then you can choose songs that you want to include in the mix from there. There will be songs which you like, which nobody else will ever like, try to detect these and cut the crap, how painfully it might be to play a night without your favorite songs.

A thing I noticed with many DJ’s is that they often mix too fast and somewhat chaotic during the first 20 minutes of their set. As DJ you will be nervous the first 20 minutes and there is little you can do about it, except to know this and accept it as a fact of life and get over it. Such stage fear is normal and the best thing to do is to breath in and focus on the job at hand and force time to be steady. If you do this after a bad mix because you are frustrated then you will not learn new skills. But the former DJ Academy student and UK Legend who no one could ever beat in the 1 minute heats over the years, had arrived with a set no one anticipated and few would argue was one of the greatest performances ever witnessed!

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music.