DJ Mixing Techniques: A Helpful Guide For Beginners
A blog talking about mixing techniques in a helpful guide for beginners.
If you are a beginner in the world of DJ’ing and you want to learn some new mixing techniques, then this article is exactly what you need.
Many people want to be DJs but they don’t know where to start, let alone how to properly mix. After reading this article, you will have the basic knowledge needed to start mixing like a pro. So let’s get started!
These DJ tips will help you to get started and inspire you to become a better DJ.
Whether you want to be a club DJ or just an occasional party rocker, there are some basic things you need to know about DJ mixing techniques.
To prepare for your first gig, it is important to understand how the parts of a DJ system work together. Whether you are using turntables or CDJs, a mixer and headphones make up the essential components of a DJ system.
How to choose your first mixer
Depending on your budget and style, there are many different kinds of mixers available. In general, mixers with more knobs, sliders and buttons will give you greater flexibility in mixing. It is important to note that digital mixers have much fewer moving parts than analog mixers and can be less durable.
The good news is that most budget mixers have effects like reverb, echo, phaser and more built in. Some even include filters that allow you to change the EQ of your track while it’s playing. This gives you freedom to experiment with different styles of mixing without having to buy additional gear.
“The art of DJing is the art of programming music in a way that’s going to keep people dancing and having a good time. It’s not about the artist in the booth, it’s about the dancers on the floor.” – David Guetta
Learning how to DJ is an exciting journey for any aspiring musician. The process of creating and sharing your music with those around you is truly rewarding and can quickly become addictive. Unfortunately, when many people are first starting out, they find themselves really overwhelmed by all the different things they need to learn.
If you’re just starting out as a DJ, one of the most important things you’ll want to spend some time learning about is how to use mixing techniques. By using these techniques, you can make a smooth transition from one song to another, create a sense of anticipation for your audience, and generally give your set that professional “polished” sound that will keep people coming back for more.
Let’s take a look at some basic mixing techniques that will help you get started!
The great thing about DJing is how accessible it is. You don’t need an expensive studio or a lot of high-end gear to get started. All you really need is two turntables and a mixer, though the current generation of DJs use MIDI controllers or even their laptops as their primary music source.
The most important part of DJing is your ear for music, not the equipment you’re using. There are some pretty amazing tricks that you can pull off with a simple 2 channel mixer and 2 turntables.
One of the coolest tools on a mixer is the crossfader. This allows you to fade smoothly between the two different channels so that if you’re fading out one song while fading in another, there will be no gap between them so the mix sounds seamless.
While practicing your mixes, try playing around with the crossfader and see what kind of creative things you can do with it. Practice doing quick cuts and scratching techniques with it as well as slow fades.
Mixing is one of the greatest art forms in DJing. If you can mix well, you are a great DJ. If you can’t, chances are people will not enjoy your sets. You will not be able to play a wide variety of genres. And you will not be able to shine as a DJ.
Now, mixing takes a lot of time and practice. It’s one of those things that you’ll get better at over time and with more practice. But there are some techniques that can help you learn faster than others.
So here they are: my top 10 techniques for learning how to mix.
Note: I’m going to assume that you’ve already chosen your gear and have it all setup properly with no technical issues (i.e., no feedback, buzzing, hums, etc.). I’m also going to assume that you know how to beatmatch by ear fairly quickly, but not perfectly (there’s still some slight drift). If any of these things is not true for you, then go back and fix them first before moving on to the mixing techniques below.
Nowadays, many DJ’s are using software to mix music instead of turntables or CD players. Using a laptop and DJ software are becoming more popular across the globe as it allows you to have all your tracks in one easy-to-access place.
A lot of Advanced DJ’s will still use vinyl or CD players, they just prefer the sound and feel that these physical sources offer. However, if you are new to DJing, then it is worth looking into a laptop and DJ software as it is easier to get started. There are many great pieces of DJ software that you can purchase, such as Traktor Scratch Pro 2 and Serato Scratch Live.
So, you want to start mixing and you don’t know where to start. This guide is here to help you out. There are many things we need to consider when mixing and i will discuss those in this guide.
First of all, make sure you do not start with too much at the same time. In order to be able to mix well, you need to get to know your decks/mixer very well. You need to know how they work before you can use them effectively. The best way to do this is by starting with only two decks and one mixer channel (left or right). Once you master that, add another deck (your choice which one) and then master that. Once that has been done increase the number of mixer channels gradually until finally you are using all four channels.
In order for your mixes to sound smooth and professional you must take care of a few things:
EQ – Make sure your bass frequencies from each song do not interfere with each other and make sure your mid/high frequencies do not interfere either.
Pitch – Keep the pitch of the new track at about the same level as the previous one. Try not to go more than a couple of semitones up or down on the pitch fader otherwise your