About this course
The Intermediate DJ Course is where you get creative with your mixing. If you have mastered beat-matching, and want to get the most from the latest DJ technology, then these are the skills you’ll need. We’ll look at CD mixing, MP3 mixing, effects, and recording a set.
Pro DJs show you how to add a real performance element to your set and how to put together a professional demo to get those all-important gigs. We teach in small groups, and every student has their own decks and mixer in class to ensure plenty of hands-on experience and one-to-one coaching.
Consolidate your Mixing:
- Professional tips for a solid DJ technique
- Resolve any problems with your mixing
- EQ, Monitoring, Headphone Levels
- Panning, Level Matching, and Phrasing
- Pioneer CDJ-1000s
- Vinyl mode, Pitch Controls, and Time-Stretching
- Creating Cue Points and Loops
- Saving Loop Points to Memory Card
- Using Hot Cue Function to Trigger Samples
MP3 Mixing with Serato Scratch:
- Mixing MP3 and Wave Files Using Regular Turntables
- Hot Cues in Serato
- Sampling and Scratching Audio with Serato
Sampling and Effects:
- How to use Effects to Spice up your Mix
- Delay, Flange, Phasing, and Filter Tricks
- Pioneer DJM-800 Onboard Effects and Sampler
Recording and Editing Your Mix:
- Record your Mixes and Insert Track Markers using Steinberg’s Wavelab
- Introduction to Audio Editing (removing mistakes from your mix!)
- Audio file formats
- Burning to CD
- Promoting yourself as a DJ
- Tips for an effective demo CD
- Getting gigs
- Promoting your own event
Rekordbox: You will be taken through the industry standard DJ program Rekordbox, which is used by most club DJs. Serato and DJ Pro 2 are also available to learn.
Playlist creation: We’ll show you how to use all of the features included in Rekordbox to help you create the best playlists.
DJ Theory: You will learn in detail how to identify and count beats, bars and phrases which can immediately help you mix tracks at the right points. You will also learn the definition of Tempo and BPM.
DJ Equipment Walkthrough & Connectivity: You will learn the ins and outs of CDJs, as well as the Pioneer DJM mixers and controllers which are the industry standard, used in events and club venues all around the world. You will also learn how to connect everything so you know you are always in control.
Fundamental DJ skills: Beatmatching is the first step to creating a smooth transition between two tracks. We will ensure you master all the techniques required to beatmatch like a pro. This includes learning about about pitch and tempo matching. We’ll take you every step of the way towards creating a seamlessly smooth transition between tracks.
Learn to mix: You will cover every step required to go from complete beginner to mixing your first tracks. You’ll learn how to set up the decks and mixer correctly, loading the track, pitchmatching, beatmatching, and using the faders.
EQs: EQs are a vital part of mixing and, when used well, can allow you to create mashups on the spot, as well as improve the sound of your transitions drastically. You will learn the theory behind how EQs work and how they can be used across multiple mix routines.
Loops: We’ll show you the power of using loops. You’ll learn multiple uses for them, from extending tracks to adding powerful, creative effects to your mix.
Hot Cues: You’ll learn to set up and use Hot Cues, as well as Hot Cue Banks, to create incredible remixes on the spot. There are many uses for Hot Cues and we will cover them all.
Record your first mix: At the end of the course you will record your first full mix using all the techniques and skills you have learnt thus far.
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