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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 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: 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: 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: Construct a DJ set playlist

This video is about how to construct a DJ set together. Ellaskins states in this video that he doesn't feel you should follow his tutorial step by step. Instead, use it to soak up all of the information and to help finalize your own product. In this video he describes what he calls the "Tree Chaos Theory". He states that in your room you can set up any play list and it will work. However, in a club you need to watch the crowd and make sure you know when they want their playlist to go in anoth...

How To: Beat match with off beats

This video teaches you how to become a DJ. In this session we can learn how to keep the beat off beat by keeping the timing of the beats the same. This video shows the specific way of increasing the beats and decreasing the beats according to the tracks that are played. This tutorial also has a live sample of how a beat can be matched off and a how to maintain a constant interval between the beats. It also has some specific instructions on how to maintain a constant interval between the track...

How To: Scratch on turntables for beginners

The video is from the DJ tutorial and it shows us the basic principles of scratching for the beginners. And the first lesson you should learn is that there are basically four movements and here you will actually be not going to scratch put will be moving the record forward and backward. These four moves form the basis for starting to learn scratching. First you need are the type of sounds which are either acapella (song with no music) or with sounds (tracks with breaks on it). Before starting...

How To: Wear the headphones on your head while you DJ

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to wear the headphones on your head while you DJ. If you have the two cups on your ears, it's a good idea to have what's known as split cue. This is when you can hear one table through one side and the other through the other side. But some DJ's like to have ...

How To: Cut and chop on a DJ mixer

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video sequence explains how to cut and chop on a DJ mixer. There are loads of ways of describing this technique: editing the track, washing up, mowing the lawn, or drying your hair.

How To: Mix old school funk tracks

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to mix old school funk tracks together. This video gives you an example of how to mix old school funk. You must remember that this style of music most of the time had no drum machine keeping the timing. It was a real drummer and so in turn the BPM (beats per ...

How To: Drop one track and mix it into another

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to drop one track and mix it into another. This video shows you how to drop one tune into the other. This basically forms a good flow of the music. This method of mixing applies to all formats of a DJ kit, not just CDJ turntables. Watch this DJ tutorial so yo...

How To: Mix a Reggaeton beat

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to mix a Reggaeton beat. Reggaeton is a genre of Latin dance music which mixes rap, hip-hop, reggae, and ragga. Salsa and merengue influences can also be heard in some songs. After becoming very popular in Puerto Rican clubs, it began spreading through parts ...

How To: Plug the EFX-1000 into a mixer without send

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to plug the EFX-1000 into a mixer without a send or return. The mixer in the video is the American Audio QS-D.

How To: Pimp up your Pioneer CDJ-400 mixer

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how to pimp up your Pioneer CDJ-400 mixer. Just follow the simple step by step instructions: remove the two small screws and take off the see through piece of plastic, place a picture down on top of the platter and replace the cover, and re-screw the two screws. ...

How To: Cue a tune on the Gemini CDM-3600

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how you can cue a tune on the Gemini CDM-3600. This video shows you how to cue up a track at the beginning using the play pause and cue options. Watch this DJ tutorial and you can learn how to cue a song on the Gemini CDM-3600.

How To: Mix a Drum & Bass track with a Hip-Hop track

Wonder how to become a great DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how you can mix a Drum and Bass track and a Hip Hop track. These two styles may seem impossible to mix, Drum and Bass has a very high energy, fast beat, and Hip Hop has a slower beat. Watch this DJ tutorial and you can learn how to mix the two popular music styles, Hip Hop and ...

How To: Beatbox basic beats

Watch this music tutorial video to learn how to beatbox basic beats with Venolla. The basic beats include kick drum, closed hi-hat, rim shot, falsetto, and other techniques. Beatboxing will be easy once you've watched this helpful how-to video that is perfect for beginners.

How To: Use the roll feature on the Pioneer DJM-800 mixer

Want to mix and scratch like a professional DJ? To be a good DJ you need to understand the concepts of mixing tracks, adding cool effects, and of course you need a good sense of rhythm to line up the beats. This how to video explains how you can use the roll feature on the DJM-800 mixer. This feature basically samples music. Watch this DJ tutorial and you can learn how to use the roll feature on the DJM-800 mixer.

Wheels of Steel: A Virtual Turntable in Your Browser

Wheels of Steel is a virtual browser-based turntable emulator created by Scott Schiller, a Canadian developer who works on Flickr at Yahoo. This project will appeal to those who A) dig turntablism and B) are knowledgeable in web development. I know nothing of the latter, but from what I can tell, Wheels of Steel appears to be significant because unlike its predecessors, it employs CSS3 instead of flash. Since I'm not familiar with the topic, here's Scott on the history and technical details o...

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 ...