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Creative Guide To DJ: From Start To Finish Part 2

Costas Papa, Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist.

Creative Guide To DJ: From Start To Finish Part 2

Costas Papa, Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist.

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9 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Welcome To Session 2

    • 2. Cable Connection Walk Through

    • 3. Concept of DJing Beat Phase, Count in

    • 4. Auto Cue, Time Mode, Info, Menu

    • 5. Utility Settings

    • 6. EQ Mixing

    • 7. EQ Demo

    • 8. Fixing the Grid Using Recordbox

    • 9. Creating Playlists &. Analysing Your Music

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About This Class

This class is perfect for those that would like to learn the art of DJing. The content is specifically prepared and structured to give you the fundamentals beyond the knowledge, experience, confidence, understanding and the ability to DJ. 

This is a traditional hardware course, where attendees will develop, hone and master their skills on the industry-standard Pioneer CDJ setup.

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*Applies to any Rekordbox / Serato Controller 

These sessions are highly practical and are heavily focused on the hardware; and developing the skill-set required to qualify as a DJ. 

By the end of these sessions, you will be able to gain a better understanding in the art itself. Be comfortable using an industry standard hardware DJ setup. Ideally, all attendees will be able to mix songs of their choice and develop their musical repertoire.

This creative journey is an 8 part series.

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Costas Papa

Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist.


Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist, music producer and consultant. He’s an expert educator with more than 10 years of experience and the founder of Granular Academy.

Costas Papa is an educator, sonic artist and media business consultant. Costas currently makes dark minimal techno with dub undertones and is continually reinventing his sonic identity while keeping an eye on developing trends.

Costas has designed and conducted courses and modules since 2007, in various disciplines such as electronic music production, synthesis, recording, sampling, DJing, and mixing and mastering, as well as performing with Live.

Based in Dubai, Costas provides music production training for industry professionals, beginners and hobbyists alike. The programs consist of technical... See full profile

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1. Welcome To Session 2: in this session, we will explore equipment and how they're set up and connected together through audio and data connections. We will then continue to build on top from a previous class. We talked about queuing, counting and mixing in and out with levels. Next we will add our face meters or a Q options time mode, said things. And of course, our info. You are many of options to set up how these equipment should behave on our DJM 900 nexus to mixer. It would go into the equalizer section that will help us better blend our mixes, it record books. We will revisit our songs and see if their analysis is correct or not. And I will show you how to fix thes phase meters. 2. Cable Connection Walk Through: All right, So in this video, I'm gonna show you how to connect your gear together. So we're gonna get the the audio connections first. So I'm going to connect. How were C J Tour mixer using our RC cables? Now, these are standard audio cables Have been with us forever. R C. A stands for Radio Corporation of America is where the first sort of audio or Prodi? Oh, cables that were used in radio and audio transmission. So they are usually reds and something else or usually red and white US. It's displayed here on the city jays and on the mixer, Right. So don't worry about the color important. One is red, so red goes threat, dollar color goes toe, white red goes to red, Other quarter ghost white and we're going to be connecting the city player on channel four . So red goes to right on the other color goes to white. So I'm gonna repeat the same process with our war second CD player right here. So it goes to read are the crew gal's and we're gonna connect. This actually own China one. Now you may not distant on the mix of channels, we actually have two sets off connections, actually, so I connected the CD players on line. So there's another connection called for no fundraise for turntable on line is for more modern equipment like this deeply years left hopes and other mixers and so one. So if you are going to connect turntables, make sure you remember to connect them on formal. Otherwise they won't work or if you're creating or city players make sure you connect him lying. Otherwise, you don't get any, uh, audio running through, so that's an easy fix. Then our next connection still in audio is going to be our connection to our speakers. So this connection runs in my set up with a different type of cable. This is an XLR cable, and we're going to connect the master output, and we're gonna put our left speaker and right speaker as well. And the other end is connected to our speakers, and we're good to go in terms off our audio connections. Now let me show you first the easiest way to share your music across to CD players using a never met cable and using the proprietary Pioneer Link communication system. So I'm gonna put one end of the Internet on one city player than the other here and now this city player that has our USB with the music can actually be transferred over to the city player that has no USB as long as this city player is on link moment. And this is the player, obviously on USB moment, and this is actually the most basic, straightforward standard set up. Now you may notice that our were mixer also has a definite connection, so the mixture actually doesn't need any music to be sent to it, right? But what the mix of really needs from the CD players is to know accurately what the BPM off this song. But we're playing on his soul that makes it needs to know this in order to applying its effects on time. So to do that, I will need another Ethernet cable to connect to our mixer. So I'm gonna connect up there. Another problem is hardly connect the other guys to the mixer, right, so that already occupied. So this is where this solution comes into play. This is a very basic, very cheap dealing router switch or hub. You can't connect upto eight devices using Internet, Right. So what I'm gonna do is first I'm going to connect CD player one one the mixer to then grab another Ethernet cable in Connect Be second CD player. So the third connection here, if we look at the front of the consonant, they're all happily talking to each other right in this box. So this is a bit off wouldn't call it advance. But this is like work around because you may have, ah, mixer that doesn't have either net. So you can have a direct connection from one CD player to another and you don't need a router. But in my case, I do have the DJM 900 nexus to mixer that has an infinite connection. And I really want to use that to so pretty I couldn't precise with my effects. So they took here. You may have another set off to city players as well. So you end up with four city players and obviously you would need, uh, router so you could plug in one USB. An old four city players of the other three city players will be on link, and they would share the music across so This is the set up on how to connect your gear. If you have a controller, then some of the connections are redundant. The controller is pretty straightforward. You may have. Some are seeing connections and speaking connection. Power connection. Maybe the other did not. And maybe you might have a USB the next year laptop and you're good to go. So thank you for watching and I'll see in our next video. 3. Concept of DJing Beat Phase, Count in: All right, So in this video, we're going to look again into our face meter and learn a little bit more and for about this. So let's just play this truck right here. So the red lines you present the first beat off every bar. So that's 1234 And then again, one. The white lines obviously represent beats number 23 and four. And that's even better displayed on our big way from analysis right here. And you can see that below again. And depending on your zoom level, whether you're out completely or zoomed in completely, the analysis gets finer and finer. So this is all the way from day we can see the in between beats, whereas when you're zoomed out of the way for you can only see the first lead off every bar . So what we're gonna do now, we're gonna jump onto this CD player right here, and we're going to visually align the faces off board tracks. So that's the one right there. We're gonna count it in on, played this on the one and then align the two phases. Just so you know, the top face is always this be play year on the other. Science and the bottom face is always dedicated to the city player you're working on. So let's start to an alliance and face the meat. So let's wait for them. Just quickly skip out of this break so one to be for one. So you can see here that the phases all the two songs are not aligned. Anybody raised the fader up Complete chaos. So what we're gonna do here is seeing that we're going to see which trike it's faster or slower. And obviously, just by looking on the BPM, this is 1 21.5 This is 1 26 This is significantly faster. So I need soup. Bring it back down again temporarily until they align. And once they're lying again, you see that this bottom place keeps shifting forwards. The cars are moving from right to left. So again, I have to bring this guy back and let me permanently adjust the speed here and again there out of face. So I'm gonna bring it back before I permanently adjusted speed there. And now they stay in face sliding longer, but they still go out off face right about Now this truck is still slightly faster, so I'm going to bring it back and you consider my movements are shorter and shorter, close their break close together in terms off temple. So they do done here line. It's and you see the top truck patrol top phase, which is this truck and the butts on phase, which is this truck, the red and the three in between. White lines are perfectly alliance, so I'm going to stop this. And when we get out of the break off this trunk on the first beat off, the first musical phrase kicks in. I'm going to press play. So they both are the same beef. 1234 point So immediately. There are lines I press play on the spots on the dot, so I don't need to slightly adjust any human error by pressing play earlier or later in time. So now when I raised this fader, you can hear both of this song support of this. Songs are playing on time on beats and face. Meter helps us keep things, keep music on time or in phase. That's why this is called face. So while this to some for playing in the background. This face meter is let's call this face meter two point. Oh, if you touch the screen, you will see the older face meter that was on the previous models from the access to, and it's a pretty cool face meter. It just doesn't tell you in detail how far out you're out of face. So, for example, if I intentionally move this out of phase and make it slower, you can visually see you that he has the bottom tried to blue four squares or rectangles are falling behind from the top orange, but you can tell by how much. And even if I go and bring this forwards and they're both sort of together visually, you can still see that they're slightly out of time. But again, by how much? That is not evidence right here in this face meter. So always, always, always use the second face meter the second version of this face meter, and now you can see exactly that this track is actually behind that track by just a little bit of an amount. So I'm just going to push that forward, nudge it forward online them again on they both are on beats on beats and in temple. Another way that you could go into the face menu and check out the details is by clicking the shortcut right here, and you can see the face meter type one, the old face meter and the time to write here. So if I click on type one, get out off my shortcut. That's type one shortcut. Time to truck it again. That's type two, and this is what we need to understand and follow every time we look at our face meters in order to help us perfectly beat much, both tracks together. Thank you for watching. 4. Auto Cue, Time Mode, Info, Menu: All right, so in this video, we're going to see a few features and functions right here on this. DJs, We're gonna first CR r a Q options than our time modes. Then we're gonna move into our more info and many buttons right there on the top. So first things first, we're gonna talk about order Q and R. A Q function was on in all previews videos. And I like this to be the standard because every time you switch a song, you don't want that song to do anything until you press play or do whatever functions you need to do. So if I switch off auto cue right here or a Q is off the red button disappeared us opposed to this. When I choose a song from here, it suddenly starts. So whether I move and change a song of the night, so for my part, my truck search same story here, and this could be confusing. Every time you look for a song, you choose it, it instantly place. So this is why I like to have the default us or a Q on So the system will trying to do a couple of things. One not play, which is huge feature, and the other option is to somehow some would try to help you to sort of cute things for you. You know, sometimes depending on the music, you might get a right sometimes might get it wrong. So oh, it's always super important to or acute things on your own. So that's why trying has a beats here, so they order que function actually does look correct here. It's keep Thesis einen on its own and they didn't do anything but again, just to be perfectly safe for Spain, play again. Go back on such a cue point manually. So the Oracle function is here. And to get to it, there's a dash Abovitz we're getting toe hold it and then it disables and hold it again for two seconds to enable so the same, but has a jewel function. Or like a second set of functions, which is the time molt. And we see here it says, remaining seven minutes, four seconds, seven minutes, three seconds, seven minutes two seconds and so on. So it's counting you down till the end of the song. So now you know that you got about six minutes 50 seconds to prepare your next song. To be mixed in other time mode is time elapsed. And here it tells us that now we've been paying this home for 33 seconds. 34 2nd 35 seconds. And I think that is not super important or helpful. Having the time remaining is super helpful. So you know how to manage your time behind next in order to choose your next song? Que It's countenance, Play it beat much It budgets. So faces line. And I know I have about five minutes or maybe four minutes to duel that on this side here, so I don't need to be freaking out. Was time lapse doesn't mean anything. Labs for a minute. But maybe this song is just three minutes long, so until minutes the song ends. I need to know exactly how much white time is remaining. So both of this functions both acute and remaining time mode, should be the standards now moving on to our in for many right here when we are in, uh, in full view, we see a lot of information, a lot more information about the tracks, and we see here upto four city players. But we're just connecting these two right here. So player, too, is this player. One is the one on the left and we can actually see both right there. So both tracks so in player to which is this player here we can see a lot more details about the truck. So the truck title, the artist, they p the length off the trunk bpm the key that is in any rating and call recording that you may have ardent the genre and all the men attacks that you wish toe have here on all this could be edited through record books and actually, whatever metadata information is useful to you and obviously, uh, the art cover off the track. Super nice to look at your visual person. And now we've got this combo key. So, for example, if I get out of info on get some browsing for my next trunk, my settings aren't to see my playlist up on the top blue bar and then my truck's name and the BPM and the key and I set this up through record books. I could also have a secondary view at the same time, which is browse and info. I can still see the truck names and then the in for with the artwork and a quick view off the BPM and that a total time and someone so you could use both. Or just browse. Or just in four. If you want to dive into that's one specific truck, so in four just gives you just more information as it applies, and it's pretty useful and super customizable right here as well. The next thing we're going to see upon their top buttons is actually our menu. So without selecting anything, anything, being on menu gives us a quick A list off what we have previously loaded. So these are all my tracks that have previously loaded on. I can quickly jump into those trucks from here from my menu. Now, when browse is enabled and menu is also enable. So we have a dual view here. We actually have some extra sorting options so we can actually sort this deep house playlists by default, which is how I set it up in record books. I could also set up alphabetically, so it will give me all the names here and ascending order from a all the way through that or the last one being a number. And then I get When I click on menu, I can sort them by artists by BPM. So by BPM it will start from the lowest opium, which is 1 22 in this story 1 18 in this playlist, and it's gonna go all the way down to the highest, which it's one 25 BPM. And by key by rating, whatever other settings you may wish to sort, and these are also customizable and play states place state either the songs that have been played or the songs that have not bean plate or an plates tracks. So super easy way with with menu and browns to quickly go through your, um, tracks, Right, So make sure you're in science playlist. So have those sorting options there for you. So this three functions are super important. The time moments to show you remaining the auto queue to be owned, so track stones play instantly when you choose them. Browse we've seen throughout all our videos we just added the in full view that gives us all the information about the track and the artwork if it has any artwork and also with menu on its own, it gives us a quick view on how on what charges were previously plate and menu and browse option. Give us a beautiful sorting category for our trucks. So these are the three super important options and functions on the city players to know right now. And then we'll move on into our next videos and talk more about different other options and functions on this DJs as well as the mixer, which we're gonna see right in the next video. 5. Utility Settings: all right. In this video, we're just going to see what options we have in the utility in the utility is right above the many button, and it has a long dash. That means we need to actually not just press the menu button, but to actually hold in many button. And then we jump into our utility this again, a super customizable. You can do it from here but also advise you to actually choose your favorite settings. Do it on record box so it's six to your USB, and then you have exactly the settings and functions. And the way that these devices should behave is all prearranged or preset in our in your record box. But just to have a quick overview of all the settings here, play more. The single we have single and continuous continue would treat the USB as one single playlist, us one single track, and it's going to play the next song when the current song that is playing it's finished so you can just have some music playing on mixed. So single the best option. Reject load. Ah, lock should be unlocked. I like unlock. Some people like to have it locked means. When one song is playing, you can choose another song to play over it. Unless you press pause or cute to stop it, then it will allow you to choose a different song. I just like an unlocked because I think I wouldn't do such a mistake. But again, maybe in the beginning, you could use it as locked and then put its toe unknowns whenever you're ready. Quantities bit value would talk about this in the future. One beats Hot Kyoto load record book setting That's also sometime in the future. Videos Hokie colors are on is our old different options that were seen the next videos or a Q level, which is are setting the with previously talked about minus 60 decibels, which means almost silence. And that's the correct setting slip flushing should be on so slipped flushing is useful indicator when your song reaches toe about 30 seconds remaining their rooms right here. This four lights start to blink from 30 seconds to 15 seconds, so now they're going to start linking, and from 15 seconds zero second, they're going to blink twice us fast. So in a dark environment in the club or in a venue in the dark space. This is very helpful in case you might get carried away or you might lose track of time or someone eyes asking for your attention. This will be super so visible to you, and it can quickly act so slipped. Rushing is cool to have it on our own air display. I like toe. Have it off. If I switch it back on again and I raise, Let me do it here, honor display on right So the rooms here are white in color. As soon as I increased the fate or even just by touch, they go red, indicating that this is now audible. I don't like this setting personally, so I have the owner display off on my CD players, cause it's just that the red light annoys me. Beautiful function. Joke Brightness is the brightness of these led lights, so you can go off or every day one or two joke instigator is on this flock. Illumination is for your city tree right here. Language off the menu and everything of the software. Here's in English history. Playlists should be known US history. The player number should be to link status is connected. So from our previous videos, we've talked about the Internet cables on how they're connected and talking to each other and sharing one USB. Thus, that's through link media channels that for this one, you have 16 channels on again with this could be used with your in conjunction with your laptop and use this as a MIDI controller to control record box Digital our the quantity on digital out cable, which we could essentially connect and get some high definition audio. If you are using high definition audio. Former toe start with LCD brightness. Three is the standard. You can go lower or you can go higher up to five, but three is the sweet spot touch display calibration. We can calibrate the display if we touch it, and it doesn't do what it's expected to be done. You have this option where you can calibrate it and just keep pressing this crosses. And then any issues that you may have faced hopefully would be resolved and whatever get touches responsive now. So that's the patch green calibration screensavers on. So when things go idle, theme software puts up a screen saver, moans on duplication options and the version number off our from where which is right now 1.81 point 83 So these are again all this functions. We will, um, have them set up once and photo in the record books. And then when we sing in tow, are yours be they load up here. So just to show you that when I eject my USB and I plug it back in and choose us to be here , the first thing that pops offices, my say that my settings data was found pushed the many button to load. So pushed the menu, my settings and loads, and you can save over them, maybe do any changes or whatever. And now it says your settings were loaded. So let me just change some things around here. Um, and I'll do the same thing here. I'm not a news be. I'm on link. My sentence data was found pushed the many button to load menu when I pressed loads, vinyl mood will change. And wide we're goingto plus minus 10 right. And the city player behaves the way that expected to behave. So you don't need to worry about DJs that were before you and using the decks. And they had their own. Maybe settings. You don't need to change anything. All you gotta do is plug in your USB, load your settings, how you're used to playing it at home or are usually and you're good to go. So you don't need to worry to press things around and whatever. It's gonna behave exactly the way you expected to behave. And that's the importance about utility right here. Thank you for watching. 6. EQ Mixing: All right, so in this video, we're going to further develop are mixing skills by adding one more layer using our equaliser. So we're gonna be mixing with our levels elsewhere, the Trumpster one, and then we're going to be enhancing that on top with our equalizers. Don't show your capital of mixing techniques with that as well. But before we get into this super important is to talk about once again about levels. So, first lady, to understand our master channel right here and we need to set a level that is comfortable not to allow us not to know. And this powers are speakers in our Ben. You in our room. So sometimes you don't even need to touch the master level because this might be preset by the venue or the audio engineer that is there. But you will healthy level. So for us in this environment, right here, this level is good enough. Yeah. So what's really important for us is the days are we also talked about in level one is our individual levels for the truck. So I like to work with zero green orange when there's a beats alone. This room right here All right. So our levels for our some of the same night and also decides the level just using digital CD players in port said to line this makes her we have a couple of input. So we go through this a B. So as soon as I switch there, the audio drops because it expecting audio from a computer or laptop that is connected to port A or port. Be. Then, if you're using the digital cables and not the RC A cables, then you switch on to digital. If you're using the Arcia cables. Sweet line. If we were to use turntables, they have their own signal, and that's for no. So far, no is for turntables. And also, if you're using the send and return option here on the mixer and you're adding maybe another pioneer unit for effects like there makes 1000 or any other third party hardware devices and you want that to be coming back to your mixer, you would go through the returning CD Eri option here. So let's put it back to life. Come here. So now the equalizer is this section here. These are the three people. Leiser, we've got lo mit and high no control. So let me just demonstrate what the low no does from point to remove the low frequencies. So now our base from our beats has significantly dropped more or less everything else. I'm gonna put this back wearing a break. So let me just let me jump out of the way cutting the load. Now let's jump on. Those are frequent killed high frequencies Hold a dry she Mary Hi again. Bring it in here now The lows and the highs is a very similar equalization system that we have in our car stereo system. So you've got low and trouble in your car and you've got like a plus. 123456 steps and a minus, maybe minus 11 is 234 minus six steps and a zero, which is our 12 o'clock. So no boosting or no cutting. So base and trouble. It's known in more commercial systems, but we'll talk about lows and highs in our Q cores here. So right now it's a very interesting layer because the middle has usually vocal melody. So let's see if this song is a vocal. Your logic. Yes, I know that sounds a bit right here. Yeah. So I think the vocals are gonna jump in. So not super melodic. Try different track. Just toe here. That effect. So that, like melody right in the center in the middle, it's gone back again. You can never remove any one of these three completely. There's always going off lows. But you can significantly, I think e completely this'll local always you kill the lows killed a missed and you killed the Hiestand Because all three are killed, the level gets killed completely. So it's the same thing as if you pull down the fate or completely right. So this just the lows off the song just minutes for the song and just the highest off with so helping us mix better with levels on and our equaliser By blending different frequencies from one song into the other and also with level you get I think it would be our second day year mixing our 1st 1 is just buy levels as we've done in the first chapter and now we're going to aunt our equalizers. And of course, needless to say, you need to always que your song on then counted in and played on the one before you go in and adjust your levels and your accuse, right? So in my next video, I'm going to put my headphones own so I can properly cube everything and then do a mix with levels and equalizers and then explain to you my my thought process. So I'll see you in our next video. 7. EQ Demo: - So I kid my strong right here. This song is playing from when we were promising on this side right here. And I'm gonna be counting beats when this hits one. I wanna press play right here. So, my love, it is old green and one orange. This truck that's first. See what? This sort of one so more or less the same level Pickup orange. First orange led. This song is quite slow, so I'm gonna get my base meter. Speed it up behind time. All these movements in my head phones slowly adjusting it both of my bones. This is my headphones are almost in a daze, like I know have 12 minutes and 30 seconds remaining. It was a different song. Cooper 11 off the song might seem a bit low, but this is because no kicking yet And I need to have 11 register here when the highest right now. So we get still picking. I wanted to be increasing picks up and then just not stay fully at one perfect good sometime. This is three minutes and 20 seconds left. And now we're break way. Don't mix in a break. So when I be counting it in ass one as it hits the first beat right there, right after the break. I am going to press play here. I want to just a little bit of to and I'm going first. Demonstrator Equalization mix, and then you process just know where they use on. Don't worry about the level here. So right now, Okay. So I'm going to practically no where they cute. And I'm gonna wait to about here to make this in, and I'm actually going to slum it, take the fader, and on the way go my headphones working here things from the speakers. I went to slowly increase the load, and I'm going to slowly decrease the load. So what I have is what I for the nose? Stay consistent, do the same with high. Same thing with slow down the fader. So let me explain to you my thought process. So while this song was playing to about right about here, I started playing this song. This science and I killed with base all the way down and the minutes on the height, right? At 90 clock. It's a good level to have a safe level as you can see it drastically lower the level because I've seen removing all the load on half minutes, put it back, get out again. And because this is off a significantly lower level than this, it allowed me to actually slum. It's on when I do this song, this song on the background of this, because such a lower level. So now as I increase the base this song, I need to decrease equally the base this song so I don't have too much same concept here with the highest increase, The highs this song have to lower the kinds of the other song, so I don't have too many highs, conflicting with each other and also with the minutes. Where is the melody? In any vocals, fight locals here is equality increased and increased, and then either slowly or drastically lower the level because it is quite know e want to evidence. So when blending with equalizers is always good to keep the balance and prepare your equalizer by lowering that knows all the way down and the maids and the highest right in the nine oclock position. And then, even if you want to go up slowly or slum the fader. You're more or less in that safe zone because the Satan is quite low. Then the safest way is when you aunt something, you will remove something else. So the same base with base, you add on one side you move, you can do it slow. Or you can do it super fast, depending if it's more appropriate or not. And then the same concept for the minutes on the same concept for the highs. So again there is no rule in terms off you start with the base and the mizzen in the highest. Let the songs tell you how they want to be mixed, whether songs quite melodic than you probably want to work with the midst first, because you don't wanna have two songs that are quite melodic, conflicting, with their melodies or two storms are very, very corriente. And there's a lot of vocals. You don't wanna have a clash if there at those two positions that you're mixing them in and out. The vocals are playing in both um, the high hats and the bright staff not super conflicting, but sometimes they do. They're very heavy, high hearts or you're playing like very heavy techno. You might have that conflict. So the safest way is what you are, is what you remove and you do it this way, and that's super safe. Then there are other mixing techniques again that you need to sort off balance and hear things out. And you mind, for example, at the base off one song and maybe move the mitts off the other completely. And then you have to baselines or two bass frequencies. Uh, and one high, Yeah, the rest are also here, taken out, and then you might lower the high. And you, my aunt, the minutes from this song. So you have to base and one mint, and then you might kill the base and at the high end of this song. And if you notice in every position right here. So let me redo that for you. There's always three equalizers that our own. So in our first example, it waas at the base and then I moved them. It's right so 123 that are fully active. Then the next step I'll aunt, was that I think it was the midst, and I'll remove the highest. So again. 123 How they were active. And then I'll remove the base and I'll add the highest from this song. 123 equalizer filters that they were active so more or less the balance is pretty. Okay, so what I'm gonna do is one more mix with different songs. And I'm going to just mess around and play with the equalizers in different ways so you can hear how they sound like. So I'm not going to go in a linear way. I'm just going to be adding and removing staff as I go along. So you get a different perspective. What is played this trick, It's increase those here my way. Levels prepare. My But I started. Bring this on the one bring the high end killed no one. - Faith is out. So this is one off hundreds, if not thousands of ways that you can actually manipulate the three filter equalizer. And always remember, that's a courtesy of others. If you're doing a back to back or just not to confuse yourself when you're done mixing and the evidence all the way down, put back so you don't have any discrepancies in your levels. When you choose to play your next storm. So in our next chapter, we're going to talk a bit more about features and functions right here on the mixer and city J on also discuss about effects. So see you in our next videos. 8. Fixing the Grid Using Recordbox: All right, So in this video, I want to show you how to not only listen and analyse your music. I want you to depend a bit less and technology, right? So when we input ourselves into record books, record books analyzes our music and puts his grades onto music truck for us. But sometimes record books gets it wrong. For example, right here. Right. So this saw when I press play, right, there's a bit here. Then here there is no, uh, grit on it. So the great is right there. So it's analyzed completely wrong, and this is analyze completely wrong. Then your face meters on the DJs will also be wrong, and you will not be able to beat much this if you are going to use any visual cues to help you. So the first thing I want to show you on how to fix your grid and record books is right here. So first thing you want to do step number one is click on grid and fix your issues. So grid and we get all this little settings menu right here. What's really important is this, said the first beat off a bar toe the current position. So what is the current position? This is the current position. This is where our play it is. So we want to set the first beat off the bar to the current position. So I'd like to zoom in quite well for this. We gotta be super accurate, right? So if I move right there, right for the kick starts the beat starts and I press this me just out no for you. When I press this butts and to set the first beat off the bar to the current position, all this greed is would actually move and you can see right now these are all wrong. The second, the third, The fourth beat is wrong. The 1st 2nd 3rd 4th of and so on. All these beats are wrong. So when I press this magic, all the grades are aligned to a bit so anywhere I click, the grades are lying to the beat. Sometimes what I like to do is just make sure you know, in the break there is no beats. So I would It's very visually clear that the first beat after the break. If the grid is there, it's correct. You know. Same thing here. A break first beat after the break. If the grid there the red great is honor exactly on its, you know, like super super, Super close on it, then the whole truck is pretty much properly analyzed by record box. So it's not really good to always depend on technology. Right? So now we know the technology and we control it rather than that technology controlling us . So this is how we go into record books on fix our greats. See you in the next video. 9. Creating Playlists &. Analysing Your Music: All right, So for this record books Peter, what I want you to do is actually create more playlists and build your library slowly. Give yourself some time to learn your music, listen to it and analyze it. But really, really, what super important is to actually count? Right? So do check back our previous video wise to counting. But you should always have a habit off. Every time you listen to music, start counting and analyze your music and see how long is the beach where it goes into a break. Our long that break is, then how doesn't come back into its beat or main section, and then any other breaks? And then how does it end? So it's really good to start to analyze music. And while you're analyzing, music is always always recommended Right now on the beginning, stage two counts so 1234123412 3412 Keep counting three to beat over and over, get it into your system. Learn how to distinguish the beats and always remember, the first beat is always red and then pulled by three wine arrows and then another red and That's the first, right? So has count to 32 from 1 to 84 times just to keep it simple. So 123456 I 2345678267812345678 and one. Yep. So that little percussion Yeah, a little depression. There is my signal that this is ending and the next beat is the first beat off the second musical phrase, you know? So we're gonna hear that even without counting, you're gonna hear that little would look it on the last beat all the next race that's there . Here, though. So for this song, this is characteristic of this song. This is the sound effect, but lets us know that this is the end off the France on the next beat is one right. And you can clearly hear that there is ah, new addition and a new layer of sound added onto this musical praise for the song is building out off the entrance, slowly developing itself on bond. Let's see. There you go. That's one right there. So it started Developing and building and building is a very sort of chill out one of his truck and to for the last two minutes, it's a straight beats, and after two minutes we going toe a break. We can zoom in and out of our way, form here or zoom in really well. That's a lot to you. Whatever preference you like. That was one phrase we heard a little wooden block. So I was one, prays to phrase three phrases all a break. A little build up right here and we hit our first beat and we start counting again from here, one away to 32 that takes us with very little brakes. That's the one. Yeah, all the way to the middle section of our song and then by until another major great. Probably three phrases long as well and but again in tor main mix. So I would advise you to keep counting. Listen to your favorite music on repeat Andi, so probably start hating it, but it really is the fastest. The quickest way to keep on repeating, repeating, repeating counting counting so you cannot count any more, and your body your brain just tries to adjust with, and this becomes automatic. But one when you're gonna be see just feeling the music and grooving to the music and you would know which beat your in and when is the next 32 ending and when is the first bit of the next 32 starting and so on and so forth? So that's going to come with practice like everything else.