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Creative Guide To DJ: From Start To Finish Part 7

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6 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. 01 Session 7 Intro

    • 2. 02 Preparing A Set

    • 3. 03 Search & Tag

    • 4. 04 IPAD FX RMX1000

    • 5. 05 Harmonic Mixing

    • 6. 06 Performance Demo

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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. 01 Session 7 Intro: In this session, we will explore ways to prepare. A deejay sits recording them to produce a mix, which I got the search function on the sea. DJs are quick pack list and our utility options with an expander mixer by connecting the iPod to it and using the item x 1000 up from Pioneer. Then we check out the best recording settings and record books, and finally we talk about harmonic mixing in record books and in mixing key. 2. 02 Preparing A Set: all right, so in this video, I'm going to show you some really cool ways on how to organize your music. Don't do that first. Here in the hardware and the next video, we'll show you that in the software. So there's a couple of really cool features. I think I've done this before with you. So let's go in tow. My playlist here, the techno playlist on while I have the browse butts and on I could Click on Menu, and it gives me a little sort option where I could have the default, which is this right here. Or choose by alphabet if that makes sense to you or by artist name or by BPM or any rating that you may have added to your trucks, like a star rating system or the actual key. So I use most of the time by BPM. Yeah, if I want to start my night a bit slow and pick up as I progressed through the hours off my set, right, or if I want to quit to see which trucks are at about 100 and 20 ppm, get a quick list right there. Click menu again on Go Back to sort. And let's say I sometimes like to mix demonically, which I'll explain to you in the next videos, and I like to see the keys that are associate ID with the trucks on. That also, alternatively shows me the BPM as well. So I get to see both the key and the BPM, and I could sort them by King so I can move harmonically, climatically up or down skill. So that's a quick way to see some quick sorting options. Now the power lies within the record books, software. And of course, this deeply has run record books. So we could easily go into what we have here. The bottom button track filter. And we can actually filter this trucks by just pressing and holding. And we come into our record books sorting options so we can against sort by BPM and gives us a bit off extra control. So now I could say I would like to sort or look for, let's say, hundreds and the 19 BPM tracks that have about 3% positive and negative difference, right? And then you know that you're sort of filter is sort off working because you have this little funnel icon right next to the head up on the top and then in brackets. It says here, 55. And that means there are actually 55 trucks that are 3% from 1 19 bpm. And if I go back out of this, these are the tracks. So anywhere between, like 1 18 ppm to 1 24 I could make it a bit or precise will see again. Maybe 117 And it's actually zero deviation from that DPM. And let's do that again. It didn't work. So let's explain why that doesn't work. When you don't see the funnel and the brackets with the numbers there, that means you are way out off your playlists. And I pressed back a couple of times before and I went really out of my playlist right here in the menu. So I have to go in back into my playlist cause this is also playlist dependent when I go back into my techno playlist. So I see the trucks right here. Now I go back 1 17 0 have a fun elsewhere sorting that out for me and three press back ones . These are the three track that are exactly at 1 17 and I could also see their keys right next to him as well. So I hold down track filter on back here again. That's sorting out stuff by BPM. So let me go and disabled all BPM and look for certain key soils. Explain about keys and dramatic mixing and then choose here. Let's see a minor scale, a minor related key and all the kids that are related by a minor. Right here are 39 of them in my playlist, so we can stay in kids for a couple of minutes or hours or throat or whole set and play traumatically in that a minor key and their other four kids are associated within the scale . So tell you a bit more about reminded mixing. So again I jumped out off my playlist. I need to go back, hold my truck filter, and that's a good way to sort things out with key. Now, if you are in so the record books, software or even you can do it from your hardware right here, you could easily rate your trucks right. Rating your trucks from your least favorite to the most favorite I don't think it's pretty useful because if you really have tracks that are one star or worthy off one star, I think if you just let them off your playlist and not play them right. So I like to have the star radical system tell me a little bit about the energy of the songs. You know, That's just one thing that is quite interesting in it. And you could easily, uh, do that with Star. So I say One star, it's very like energy wise is very low. It could be at a very fast BPM, but the overall energy and viable the track is quite low on, You know, three is like in the middle range on five. It's like a Bangor, and you can see here five stars. It says three trucks are there, so this street tracks. I've already set them up. Let's just have a look here. Unwto the info view. You can see right there that this truck that have five stars and I could present hold and edit that and you know, I changed my mind. It Z like two or three stars, give or take, so it za tractor will play normally in the in the middle off my set or where need, like maybe a bit of a monotonous or static medium level energy. So now when I go back into rating and I go back it on my playlist, surely brows go back. Playlist Track filter. Now my rating has two tracks because I removed that one truck so you can actually edit the star system from here within your in for view. So it's pretty handy and useful. Another thing that I would like to sort my truck sometimes is by color, right and color means different things to different people, and I like to use color as well sometimes to specify how important those songs are. So I would use, like maybe reds if they're super important. Oh, are orange or yellow? Theun. I would use blue and purple, very light colors too hard to say. Maybe they're not super important or their falling out of the trends. You know, some other people don't like to use the star system in terms of energy that I actually used the colors in terms of energy so they would use like the really hot colors are really high energy tracks and the cold colors has really low energy tracks and then green your middle energy that works quite well as well. So again, you could sort them out by each category here, either by BPM, by key, by rating or by color. Or, if you have a really huge playlist, you could actually do a bit off both. So let's say I choose BPM again and I'll go to 1 21 I should have a few more tracks in there on Let's see 6%. So 105 tracks. Let's go known. Let's keep it rental trucks right here, BPM. And when I choose key a minor. We went again, I assure you that we went from 99 tracks down to 36. So 1:21 p.m. plus minus 5% that are in a minor key. No, true. I have any stars here. I mean, just switch stars on. So yeah, with this one star is zero with two stars, is 034 and five. So with five starts is just one truck with four stars is actually to track. So I do have these two trunks that are at 1:21 p.m. plus minus 5% of a minor that R four star so that, like really high energy, right color? Not too sure if I have any color settings here, but let's see. So if it's pink, nothing read nothing orange. Nothing yellow, green, nothing. All right, so you could really narrow down your track. So very specific. Maybe they could be temple specific key specific the way you raided or colored them or any combination of that. And that comes directly from the default settings within record Box your software. And obviously we have that here cause record books does run on these guys right here. The other thing we could have is my tank and my time Again. It's in record books software. You could also drill down and filter down, um, on your playlist, for example, and see I want a track that is, you know, as it housed genre, and it's off beat components. So it's a very beat driven or drum driven on different situation, whether it's a built down or has a rise, or it's like a main track, and then you could also have on untitled column or or user named renamed column. I just don't have the time to name that. And I have a category here called My Five London. So my favorite tracks, I do play longer. They're old here, and then again, you get the little filter with again. There is no trucks with all these situations and components right here, right? So it's zero for me. So if you have a huge players, you can also filter stuff down and say, I want Tracks are quiet, drum based, driven, you know, or vocal that have a lot of vocals or they're very melodic. And they're like Acid house or tech House techno or Greek folklore, whatever you're into and the situation I'd like to play there may be, as on Early said in the middle of your said, or at the very end, so you could actually use my tag and specify all those customized, personalized types within record books after I'm going to show you all this again in our next video using record books, software and how you could. Defying all your settings are best reflect how you like to organize your music so as you use record books and as you grow us a deejay and artists, and your library gets bigger and bigger. You never lose control in your own ways, two clicks away from going in and filtering stuff out or using my tank to drill down to your music. So thank you for watching our signature or next video. 3. 03 Search & Tag: this video. I want to show you the search function, which is pretty cool to go inside search. You are already in your playlist. You just hold down brows and then we get a pull Cuba right here where we could start searching and updates. Exactly So searching for D. J and I get D. J. Taylor Cozy Najar. There's a deejay in the name digit boring and again major Lind remix, and I could quickly find whatever truck I'm looking for, so fundamental. No job and quickly load that in another cool thing into in terms off remembering songs to play. Besides, search is when you are in your brows when we get out of search, right when you are inside your playlist on you are looking maybe for the next song to play and you see maybe one of your favorites and you're like, Oh, I want to play these but not right now, but not the next track out. When you wait, maybe like half an hour when I get into that zone or that energy, you can quickly create a tactless, so for you to attack this there is attack, but right here, so tack trunk and you get a little check mark there and the trick flushes. And then you keep looking for the next song. You say, Oh, on drug cartels. Sure. I could also take that on. Yeah, I want to play this love Nothing. No, at the time Where you want to play those two or more tracks you can go until your title is trying here. And you have those tracks that you know you might forget to play them later on. And while you're doing something else, you're like, Oh, I better talk these for the next year. Trucks. I want to play so really cool to features to even drill down further into your playlist And you're trapped on track so searched by holding down browse on one year in your playlist you can press the button here to aunt and again it could also going side your playlist on the attack Tracks are also highlighted here in red with a check mark. And you can press that again toe. Actually remove them if you wish to. So pretty quick access to your tracks again. All the stuff that are showed in the previous video a swell as in this. They're all right here. So you could search fly truck by artists like key. When you going to keep you say, maybe I want to search by a minor and then he gives you all the songs that are in a minor or the other associative keys with a minor so a minor and be a minor b d minor on e minor. So this is all the a minor scale. So all this songs, harmonically speaking, So shoot sound good together. So again, all the past videos we've always being going into our playlists and would choose our plane is that techno again and this almond up techno tracks again, You could always search just by key or by BPM or by artists or by history, that you've plaids previously as well searches here, too. You can jump in and out of your search. And then, if you're having a folders and forwarders or any much in between the two players, player one and player two, you can also reach your tracks from here. So this is everything you need to know in terms off finding your trunks and getting to a specific track really quickly with all these different functions. So thank you for watching. I'll see you nights 4. 04 IPAD FX RMX1000: All right. So this video, I want to show you real quickly. Really nice. Up by Pioneer, our friends, our pioneer. They don't sold us. This happened. This is an amazing I remix 1000 up it costs, I think about $10 on the APP store. This is modeled after a real hardware device called the arm X 1000. It's a real hardware with some amazing effects. Andi, I've got this where I have connected the iPod using the iPod section right here and let me show you what this app can do. So look more effects. And that's how it listen. We're playing off a truck right here. And just to show you, uh, some things to note when you're gonna be using this just like everything on Pioneer. This has to be on this section has to be on and it links. And yet you noticed the audio dropped off. So this is the level that were bringing back from the iPod. So the audio goes to war. Um, I pod through the cable, gets processed by our effects and comes back out off our cable and back into our master channel. So the lever being all the way down. That means audio goes through the iPod and stays there. We can see some level flickering right there. So we need to increase the level coming back from the iPod. No. We also need to match the level going out of our speakers and tore iPod. So whenever we switch it on and off, there shouldn't be any apparent difference between the speakers and the I'm pants. So that's 11 off our speaker when I put this around Global Club. Yeah, so that's a bit low right about here is a good level. So we have our first section off effects, which is right here on the corner would have three effects. This is the echo, all right, We can hear that again, way have backspin. And we also have a final break, so some of these effects can actually found on the c. D. J 2000. But again, the RMX 1000 is a quite often old hardware on. This was actually one of the first hardware's to feature all this effect. So this is our first effects section. My favorite is the Echo. Yeah. I love how it fade out. Completes to silence on your back with music. Now, Our next effect a section is this section here, which is very similar sound color effects, actually. So we've got a bright area in the dark area and then the amount right here. Right, So let's try the first effect. So this is a high pass filter echo. We have timing control here as well. This is our echo. This is our noise to be very careful with the noise. 11 is all the way down. But it's pretty loud. The next one to spiral up the next one is a river and the boats on my very similar effects. The top with their own characteristic. I put a filter. No, that a crash. And then a spiral down in a river filter on time on the science. So 10 extra affects here three effects on the first section. And then we have this what more less Looks like an equalizer channel right here. So low, missing highest. And then we go for buttons on the top. So this four. But since we're gonna first play with the 1st 1 on switch that on That's the isolator. So it went Isolates basically amplify that section or another way to cut it off. So think of this as a cure filter with a bit of on edge twit. When you're boosting, that's the isolator. Start again. Now the next effect is a cut and on so we can. You can hear that we're adding like a bit or a roll on on the kick, and then on this side, we're cutting. So it's a cut and are cut on the left and on the right. So it's like two in one kind of effects. Yeah, so put everything back actual clock. Our next effect is a fronts and rolls trunks on the left role on the right, a road on the right again. Same thing with shopping, the mid range with our trans get effect and then Transkei on the hats and a role on the on our next effective gate on the left and a drive or distortion on the right. So forgetting no one's think about it, I said Technol distorted kick. So we're really gating, very similar to confiscate effect. And now we're starting amid a different rhythm, obviously done a trance gate and hear that on the hats. And now we're distorting the hat. Now there is the last section right here at the bottom. It's, uh, it's a pretty good section is actually some perception. I don't use that a lot because for whatever reason, it's one of the call it an effect that doesn't really blew with me. I've got a lot of problems with this. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I don't think so. I'm running a lot out of time with everything and I'll make you guys hear that. Another problem with this effect is the level. It's really strong. So you gotta be very careful. I already put the level at a at a good point right there. So we've got some power right here with four sounds. Go to kick a snare clap and a hats. So I'll play with a kick there and so loud, even at this low level. Better now I run out of time because I could press hold here and choose one beats. You can hear that the hat is played on the beach, get out of beating just me. I already have one size on and on and it's displaced 1 26 pm but we both know that this is 125. So it's on video. Actually been with a kick on the beats, gonna hear it move bright. And it's not super great because this is not tactile, right? So this is not super tacked on, like the real hardware where you have a bit more controls, just a screen. And as you can see here, I'm not going anywhere. Just placing. I'm told my mixer, and it's a bit unstable, but, you know, for $10 this is a super amazing up, especially if you don't have the D. James Nexus Djm 900 Next to mixture. If you have any other type of mixture of smaller mix or maybe a two child mixer, you get a lot off effects. Right and pioneer. They support us with effect. So we've got really six some color effects. We've got 123456789 10 11 12 13 effects. If I counted correctly right here, which can be applied to any frequency, right? And then we go what? Another three? Another 10 here and another seven right there and a sampler. Right? So there is a huge amount of effecting creative uses. We can put them through right on the mixer and also on the iPad. And this is just an app from Pioneer. There are other abs as well out there from pioneer and and other brands that sort of integrate into this powerful mixer. So it's really, really amazing what you could do with an iPod and DJM 900 next to still mixer. So there was a quick overview off this up right here on. I'll see you in my next video. 5. 05 Harmonic Mixing: All right, So in this video, I want to talk to you first about chromatic mixing and basically with chromatic mixing your chief of better seamless mortar mix because the two trucks that you're mixing are incompatible with each other. So they are in the same key or in the same skill, and they are not clashing in terms off harmonies or frequencies. Right? So there are two solutions for this one is a free solution, and it's in. It's built into record books, and I've shown this before I'm gonna show this once again because it's really worth noting the pioneer keys right here. So we have all the possible keys right here, the major and the minor keys in our scale. And we could choose, for example, a C minor key. So right now, when we imported ourselves into record books, it analyzed the way form in the BPM. And of course, any meta data information that was in it and also analyzed the key that that song was produced. So, for example, this is a C minor key, and right here in my playlist, it's are all the scene minor keys. So, you know, usually you know logic says that if two sons are in the same key, that means they're they're they're tonalities quite similar, you know, so again it doesn't need to be in the same key a tracker. Also, be incompatible. Other keys within the scale. So ah, seem minor Skill has on e flat on F minor and a G minor. So usually a scale would have four keys that, you know, if you're into music production, you Pressel's four keys together and you create your court progression right here. These four keys are the keys that allow you to choose your songs and jumping from key to key or staying within the same key and moving from another kid toe another key within those four key. So, in a C minor scale, we got C minor, obviously which is the root key than a flat, or are e flat and F minor and G minor. And again, you need to be a bit off a musical person. Oh, are No. This is the basic off music fury just to solve, understand? And remember, you know, seem minor. A flat F minor and G minor. This is something I personally struggle with. I have a very limited musical background in terms off like fury music theory. So I use a second solution, which we're going to see in our next video called Mixing Key. They're exactly the same. To be honest, it's just mixed in. Keep gives you numbers, so it gives you like 123456789 10 11 12 on the rule or farm is don't skip number so you can go from, ah, song that it's one 22 than three them back to back to want them forward to the second story . Key to Key 345 So you can move around a circle by one increment off a number, and I'm gonna show you the You Don in more detail. I think it's it's worth it. Mixing key has been around for many, many years, and it's a trusted technology, and most of the time it gets a right same thing with Pioneer. It's beautiful. It's in built right here. You don't need to spend any money. It's free and uncomfortable record books and again, most of the time gets a right in the beginning. I think this is a really, really good tool and great technology to help you develop your ear further, right so you might depend a bit more on the technology. And, you know, see what souls are in C minor on your playlist. And then while you're doing that, your training, your ears and you depend less and less, and then you make better judgments on what track or were key. What sequence of tracks you want to play next. So one and you depend less on the technology, whether it's in the Pioneer one or in the mixed in key, which I'll show you next. But at the beginning, it's super super important to be able to use the technology and help you better your ear and your sense of music. So thank you for watching. I'll see in the next video when we talked about mixing key. 6. 06 Performance Demo: All right. So this is our last video for this session right here. And I'm going a perform a little bit with our I'm parent and obviously take a lot of advantage off our keys on harmonic mixing right here. So, joy, See you in the next video.