Hot DJ & Turntablism How-Tos

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: Mix rock music

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 rock music. Most rock, soul, disco, motown and other old school styles had real people playing real instruments, so the timing was never exactly the same all the way through the song. So it becomes quite difficult to mix these styles. Watch this DJ tut...

How To: Set your power amp

Check out this instructional DJ video that shows you how to set your power amplifier. In this video, the instructor gives you an idea on what is going on inside a power amp using diagrams and colorful explanations. This tutorial has nothing to do with speakers, and deals exclusively with setting the power amplifier. Practice your DJ skills and have fun!

How To: Use the EQ, bass, mid and treble 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 explains how to use the EQ, bass, mid, and treble on a DJ mixer. This video gives you a demonstration on how to use the EQ on a DJ mixer while a track is playing. It should be set at twelve o'clock because when that track is made at the studio, it's made as a flat signal....

How To: Plug the vinyl turn table into a mixer

Check out this instructional DJ video that demonstrates how to attach the vinyl turn table into a mixer. In this video for the totally new DJ, learn where to plug the RCA cables (or phono plugs) from a Vinyl turntable into a DJ mixer. Discover the proper way of plugging your equipment in by watching this DJ tutorial video.

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: Do a spin back on a vinyl turntable

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 do a spin back on a vinyl turntable. This video also how to use a vinyl turntable to get a faster spin back. Watch this DJ tutorial and you can learn how to do a spin back on a vinyl turntable.

How To: Create a trance production

Check out this instructional DJ video to learn how to create a basic trance production track. Learn a few techniques to put a few tracks together. Start with the piano to establish the core sequence before inputting the drum, bass, and the tune. Watch this tutorial video and learn how to create a catchy trance song.

How To: Set the tone arm on a vinyl turntable

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 set the tone arm on your vinyl turntable. Remember all cartridges have different weight settings so look at the box or go on the web to make sure the weight of your tone arm. Watch this DJ tutorial and you can learn how to set the tone arm on a vinyl ...

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: Make a Reggaeton beat

Love Daddy Yankee? Check out this DJ tutorial video on how to make a Reggaeton beat. Watch as this instructor guides you along the beat-making process using FL Studio 7. This video is great for beginners who want to learn a few DJ tricks and techniques. Just follow along at home and you can make the next hot Reggaeton beat!

How To: Set up a big sound system

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 set up a big sound system. This video provides an idea of what you may need for a big sound system. Remember that an event outside will need far more power than inside an enclosed area. Watch this DJ tutorial to learn how to set up a big sound system.

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: Cue your vinyl records on a turntable

Check out this instructional turntable video to learn how to cue your vinyl records. It's not scratching, but it is cueing. This takes some skill because you want to align two songs perfectly in sync. Remember, this only works if the stop and start time of your platter are the same! It does not matter if your start or stop time is 1 hour, 34 minutes and 48 seconds! Use this method if you need a clean, fast and easy way of starting a vinyl in sync. This video tutorial is great for DJs and anyo...

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: 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.

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: Use the crossover frequency dial

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 the crossover frequency dial. This demonstration shows you the crossover frequency dial on the Peavey VSX active cross over. Watch this DJ tutorial and you can learn how to use the crossover frequency dial so you can separate the bass sounds from the mid and top ...

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...

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