How To: Use the live external effect plugin in Ableton Live

The raging debate in the electronic music world between digital and hardware music production is virulent and unnecessary when the best setup is clearly a mix of the two. In this video you'll learn how to get your computer and your DJ hardware together by using the Ableton Live external effect plugin to control sounds from your gear using the computer. It's the best of both worlds!

How To: Add delay to monitor mix on StudioLive 16.4.2

In this tutorial, we learn how to add delay to monitor mix on Studio Live 16.4.2. First, hit the mix control and turn up channel 15 for some volume. Next, you will assign a digital delay to effect a. To do this, hit the effects button, then page down to the first page and you will see the value knob. Put in a mono-delay, then hit recall. You can manually adjust the decay time, or it will automatically adjust to the tempo to the song. When finished, add this to your music and play back to see ...

How To: DJ the 1 click flare scratch

In this video, we learn how to DJ the 1 click flare scratch. When you are ready to DJ, you must first make sure you have all the proper equipment. You will want to put an album into the player and then learn the proper technique on how to scratch the music without hurting it. As you do this, you will want to push the album back and fort on the spinning table as you are using the knob on the right hand side to control the level of sound while scratching. Record this to use when switching up mu...

How To: Make an dubstep "wub wub" bass beat on your computer in FL Studio

Dubstep is the music of the moment in the global underground electronic music scene, and producers from all types of music are incorporating it into their tracks. One of it's distinctive features is the "wub wub" style of bass track that dubstep producers favor, and it can improve all kinds of songs. This video will show you how to get a really good "wub wub" bass effect in FL Studio for use in all your Dubstep and fusion tracks.

How To: Scratch records like a professional DJ

In this tutorial, we learn how to scratch records like a professional DJ with Eric Roman. First, go to your DJ equipment and move your hand back and forth to scratch the record that is inside of it. Make sure you aren't too loud so you don't over power the song you are currently playing. You can use the normal way, which is using the left player. Or, you can use the right side to open up the left player. Either way you choose to do, you are doing a back and forth movement with the record and ...

How To: Get good audio for your DJ mixes on YouTube

Interested in sharing your DJ mixes online via YouTube? This clip offers some useful instructions on how to get the best audio on your YouTube DJ mixes. Because it's difficult to show off if people can't hear what you're doing. For complete details, and to get started improving the sound of your own YouTube mixes, watch this guide.

How To: Create a buzzy sound effect on the pioneer CDJ-800

Interested in jockeying discs? Compact discs? If so, you'll want a CDJ, which will permit you to do with your CDs what your turntable permits you to do with your records. In this DJ tutorial, you'll learn how to create a buzzy sound effect with the Pioneer CDJ-800. For more, and to get started creating your own sound effects on your own Pioneer CDJ-800, take a look!

How To: Mix in key with your pitch control when DJing

Learn how to mix in key while using your pitch control in order to create harmonic mixes. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Use the loop function on a CDJ turntable

Interested in jockeying discs? Compact discs? If so, you'll want a CDJ, which will permit you to do with your CDs what your turntable permits you to do with your records. In this DJ tutorial, you'll learn how to use the loop function on a Pioneer CDJ turntable. For more, and to get started creating loops on your own Pioneer CDJ-800, take a look!

How To: Mix trance music into your sets when DJing

Learn how to mix with trance music while considering all the important factors with regard to trance's structure. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Mix soul, R&B and hip-hop into your sets when DJing

Learn how to mix soul, R&B and hip-hop into your set. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Drop in and fade out on a turntable when DJing

Learn how to drop a track in and fading her out. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Improve your scratching as a DJ with active listening

Learn how to scratch in a mix by listening to the tracks playing. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Beatmix without headphones when DJing

Learn to read the mixer in order to understand what is coming out of the speakers. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Stay in key when mixing as a DJ

Learn how to take the crowed to the next level by listening to what's actually happening and staying in key. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look

How To: Mix dubstep style music

In this tutorial, we learn how to mix dubstep style music. A lot of people don't like dubstep because it's hard to time, but it can be done because you are just pushing the pitch control all the way down. A lot of bass will be in dubstep, which is why it is called dubstep. To count the timing, you must become familiar with dubstep and count time with the bass. The snare can also help you count the bass as well if you are new to this. Take a minute and listen to the way the bass works, the mor...

How To: Mix 80s era music as a DJ

In this tutorial, we learn how to mix an 80s era music as a DJ. There are so many different styles of music from the 80s, start at modern day dance music to see how the beat sounds now from then. A lot of the dance music back in the 80s was off key because it was done by people and not a computer. You will first have to take several hours to construct the mix that you like. Chop and mix the different sounds together, then bring different songs in at different points. For old school, the sound...

How To: Find a beat with the pitch control when DJing

Learn how to beat match with the pitch control when on the decks. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Fix a wobbly platter problem on a turntable

Learn how to open up your turntable platter in order to fix a wobble on your table, getting those records to play smooth. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Adjust EQ settings on a mixer when DJing

See how to adjust the relative levels of low, mid and high frequencies when on the decks. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Create smooth samples with the loop function on a CDJ

See how to use the loop function on a CDJ CD turntable. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Jump between two different genres when DJing

See how to smoothly segue between two distinct genres of music when on the decks. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Use crossfades to segue between tracks when DJing

Learn how to create smooth transitions between tracks with crossfades when on the decks. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Concentrate on a single mix when DJing

Learn how to focus on a single mix when on the decks. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Count beats per minute (BPM) of drum-and-bass music

Learn how to calculate BPM for different types of DNB. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions,

How To: Mix with a DCJ-400 or DJM-400 when DJing

Watch this practice session between two seasoned DJs and learn how to mix with a DCJ-400 and a DJM-400. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For complete instructions, take a look.

How To: Use volume and EQ controls on a mixer when DJing

Learn how to adjust volume and the relative levels of the bass, mid and high frequencies. While DJing might appear simple to the untrained eye, truly mastering the turntables requires as much time and dedication as mastering any other instrument. Fortunately, the internet is awash in free video DJing lessons like this one, which make the learning process easier than it's ever been. For complete instructions, take a look.

How To: Mix track beats as a professional DJ

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to mix beats as a DJ. When beat matching, a DJ usually uses headphones. Start by just listening to one song. Figure out where the beat of the song is and find the first beat of the bar (the beat count). To sync the two songs together, adjust the pitch controller. Some pitch controllers have a high pitch range than others. When the beats are properly mixed, it should sound like one complete song, almost like a remix version. This video will benefit tho...

How To: Choose songs to play as a professional DJ

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how a DJ chooses their songs. A DJ should be creative, unique and try to manipulate music to continue the artistic for of it. Experiment with song selections. Mix all sorts of music together such as: underground music, remixes, samples and the top 40 hits. Select songs that you enjoy. Make sure not to always play the same music or only play the popular songs on the radio because it can get annoying. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested...

How To: Make Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" in Ableton

Remember Prodigy's massive hit "Smack My Bitch Up" released in 1997? The band's twelfth single, the song scored some serious airplay by deejays across the country. In this video, learn how to make Prodigy's legendary track "Smack My Bitch Up" in Ableton. Hosted by Jim Pavloff, this video goes over which samples were used by Liam of Prodigy for this hair raising track.

How To: Dress nice and comfortable when working a DJ gig

Dressing appropriate yet comfortable as a DJ go hand in hand in this video.Although tuxedos or suits can be worn this particular DJ prefers a little more dressed down. With a dressy button down and a pair of white cotton Dockers, he explains he looks professional yet he's comfortable. Sitting as a DJ is a bad idea. So standing for several hours definitely requires a comfortable pair of shoes. The Clark pair shown are his choice and said to have great soles, and very comfortable. Two tips for ...

How To: Connect your laptop to your DJ mixer

This video shows you how to connect your laptop to your mixer. First you will need two different sound sources from your laptop to your mixer. This is so that you can use all of your mixer functions on two different channels. The way to do this is to run a 1/8" RCA cable channel 7 from your normal earphone jack to the mixer. Also use a behringer uca202 audio interface to connect to the laptop via USB cord. This provides another earphone jack. Then use a master out cable to connect it to an am...

How To: Become a wedding DJ

Do you love music and need a little extra cash? Do you think you have a knack for entertaining others with your rockin' playlists? Check out this video and learn how to turn that musical mind into a career as a wedding DJ. The most memorable part of the wedding reception is the music and dancing and you could be a part of it! Follow these steps and have people complimenting you on your awesome tunes as they leave the reception.

How To: DJ with your PC or Mac laptop

DJing with your laptop computer requires a combination of specialized hardware and software. This video tutorial demonstrates how to DJ with your laptop computer, using both a Mac and PC system. From the audio output jack, connect your laptop to an amplifier, then to your mixer where you can apply effects to your music.

How To: Become a working DJ using pro digital techniques

In this video tutorial series, DJ Sarah Main explains how to become a working professional DJ. She offers tips on how to set up your digital DJ rig, cueing up tracks in the mix, and cataloging your music library. In the second half of the series Sarah shows how to mix tracks with the cross fader, and progressively layer audio elements.

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