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Creative Guide To DJ: From Start To Finish Part 8 The End

teacher avatar Costas Papa, Costas is a Dubai based sonic artist.

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. 01 Session 8 Intro

    • 2. 02 Slip Reverse

    • 3. 03 Sync

    • 4. 04 Instant Doubles

    • 5. 05 Course Review

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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.

Here are some of the controllers you can follow this class with: 


*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 8 Intro: In this final session, we go over the few last features, direction on the joke, reverse and river slip, as well as the sync option. And finally, we do a quick review of all the topics discussed. So far. You're expected to record a 4560 minute DJ set and share with me and your friends. More importantly, listen to it over and over again and see what details need polishing. Use this set as your benchmark for future comparisons. With practice. You will perfect the skill sets needed to DJ. 2. 02 Slip Reverse: Alright, so in this video, I want to show you some last few features. So it's a really cool feature right here, which is the direction of the jump, the joke. Each Eddie boasted a clockwise founder and I could have it moving universe. That's pretty cool. It's a cool effect. And you also have a slip reverse. So on slip reverse, you have to hold this for the duration of your direction that you want to go, move backwards. When I was in the reverse, it just goes red. And while this is their keeps going backwards. So the difference is that the top is not only the reverse is actually slipped reverse. So it can only go back to about eight beats, Ed man, the song keeps moving forward. That song is actually that slipping, right? So jumped a e to the power, the baseline came through. So again, it's gonna jump like right there. Yeah, so skipped all that section. So that is reverse and slip reverse. You can see this lights up to let us know that we are in diverse and in slip mode just like there, right? So pretty cool feature to use every now and then to do some creative mixing. So thank you for watching, and I'll see you in our next video. 3. 03 Sync: All right, so in this video, I'm gonna show you one last feature, which is pretty amazing. But please, please, please make sure you don't get to use Twitter. And this is our sink option right here. So what I'm gonna do first, I'm going to be playing this song here. This one here is at once 23.9 BPMN. So let me just nudge it to 124, right? This Tricare is at 118 BPM and I'm just going to keep it there. What I'm gonna do is just click on sync. Yeah, light on our screen right there as well. And you see that automatically it went to 124. Just because I precinct, when I let go of sync, it goes back to 118, which is its natural tempo. So I'll press play. And then I want you guys to hear that this is out of bed, completely, completely out of beat. Super slow compared to this. And then I've just sink her story. So we see that where two beats behind Northern issue, there you go. Seamless. Are phases, are lines. Yeah, and we've allowed the technology to beat match it for us. Right. So let me do another truck. Cool. All right, so a quick mix, right? Sank and we're good to go. Alright, so you've gotta be careful with this. I use it sometimes when I do like a really huge mistake and I wanted to really quickly get out of it. So I might go insourcing and outsourcing really quickly just to fix the error, right? But I honestly hardly ever do like really, really big mistakes that are like unforgivable. I've seen a lot of people use Sync and DJ, and they consider themselves DJs and that's fine, that's up to them. But trust me, this is not the way to DJ one because it's pretty boring if 50% of the work is done for you and you just move levels. And this sinc function is not actually meant for the equipment DJ on its own. It's actually meant where you might have for CD players, to CD players are your songs just like here. And you might use another to, another to CD players where you have loops. And that's pretty fine for those two CD players. The play loops to be on sync to your music. So you don't need to worry a lot about them when you are mashing up and remixing and performing on the fly. So this was not meant for for a quick mixed in and out for deejays. I really, you know, I'm glad balls whenever I see this, but I get it. It's the technology and it has to be accessible. And we are, you know, the 21st century last time I checked. And this is a pretty cool technology to have as long as you're actually working for it. So you have four pioneer CD players and the players and laptop with another piece of software and you're all in sync and unlink. And you don't need to be always looking at your screen to see more loops you have and what your loops are doing. And you're just going to be focusing on in your mix without worrying that things would go out of time on your computer or on the other two CD players, then that's a really cool way to manage dance, right? And focus on your craft and your skill in use your affects, your mixer, it is your levels. Use your bead effects or your iPad or whatever, you have to create your creative mixes. So it's super important that now you know what this does and you don't really need it cause you've learned things with me and you know how to beat much out accounts, went to mix in, announce and they kill the levels and your affects. So really you don't have a great use for this function, but I left this at the end just to show you what it is and what it does. So again, this is the sync function, and thank you for watching and I'll see you in the next video. 4. 04 Instant Doubles: There's a really cool feature with sync. If you keep holding it down, it's jumps to instant doubles. So you could have them choose a different song. So we could have this song playing. And then just hold sink down. And it actually loads this song here. And it loads it at the exact same time. But this song is playing out. So you could go from one to the player, to the other. Maybe because you want to change those bees and, or you want to plot this out and add another USB there. And you might need maybe the next digit to prepare he's set. And maybe they like to work on the right CD player in all this weird stuff. So if you are on this site, you can instant double onto the left and three this up. So you can do that as well. You can do like a jet effect by playing them both and slightly moving the jogger parts. Yeah, so that's a traditional sort of DJ effect. Slightly go out of time and back into time. And you create that phasing in and out. 5. 05 Course Review: Alright, so we're coming close to the end of our course. And so far you've pretty much learn almost everything right here on our controllers. And now it's all about practice. So let's do a quick review, a quick recap and seal the different sections, features and functions of this controllers. And then I'll give you some pointers and some tips and tricks to learn. Continuing on from here. So we know how to cue our truck using this section here, we know how to move around our playlists using this section here and through our truck. We know about our hot cuz we've talked about the joke and the importance of nudging and back and forward. And our temple slider or mastered tempo or temple range, Anwar, jock mode, whether on vinyl or CDJ. And the weight of the jog, we've used our looping functionality right here. We are in an outlook and exit, and we loop our foreign aid beat auto loop here, and our sleep modes right there. And then we've talked about different memory locations so we could add to our track and, or delete those. And we've definitely seen this when we were talking about violin mode, which is our touch and release. Then we moved onto our mixer and we've seen our levels and really how important they are in order for us to do a similar mix. Then we've talked about even further by blending our frequencies using our three band equalizer and the trim on top to make sure that our volumes are at the same level. That has our mixes and our sets with these six sound color effects. Then we move forward and we learned our second sound effect section, which this right here is our beat effect. And we can move it all around and across our mixer. And we've got a variety of effects. Then we've seen a third such enough effects or we could use with iPad applications and even enhance our mixes further. So now, you know pretty much every button, every switch, every slider, every knob on this professional setup. And knowing the CDJ line, that 2 thousand nexus two and of course our DJ M 900 nexus two mixer. All this translates onto other controllers. So whether you have a DJ-1 1000 and anarobes to an SP3 and RX or any other brand? Not necessarily even from Pioneer. Whatever you have learned right here, I would say about 80, 90% of that knowledge is transferable onto your controllers. You might prefer to use even a different software, which I don't recommend. But if you do like to use like Saratoga even tractor, in terms of the software that we've learned so far from record bugs are, you would say about a good 60-70 percent of these features are found in other softwares because at the end of the day, so that attractor record books or any other software. But it's made for deejaying, is for DJing, limited to the skill set that is needed for any J2 uses piece of software, so it's pretty basic and pretty common. So you've got all the features in all these softwares. And again, you got some exclusive features that are relevant, Tony, in that specific type of software. I highly recommend we record box if you're coming from a Saratoga attractor background, I think Record box is the leader. Especially if you're in the pioneer ecosystem, is your go to software for getting a playlists and experts onto a USB aswell as using lacquer box through a laptop. If you're a lapse of d j and you can connect Adapter bright here as we have right here on the site and use that as well, not necessarily just a USB. So there's a lot of more things that you discover. You have learned the fundamentals in this course. You've went through the course with me right here and you've learned everything there is to it. And I wish you best of black scholar your music, learn the equipment, perfect your craft and better your skills. And please do watch the videos again and again, make sure you don't miss any crucial information. So thank you for bearing with us and I hope you had a good learning experience, hope to see you onto our next courses.