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How To DJ – How to DJ 101 Series Part 1

Posted By — October 15, 2012

Two Deck Fundamentals

The most common form of DJing is the basic two deck setup.  Almost every club has a variation of this setup installed in the DJ booth and every professional DJ should be able to perform a set using one.

This setup uses two players (either turntables or CDJs) connected through a mixer (consisting of a crossfader, volume faders, and EQ controls, among other things).  Through these three simple devices the DJ creates a continuous stream of music by playing songs on each deck and transitioning between them using the mixer.

There are a few basic steps that are fundamental when learning how to DJ.  Once you have mastered these you can start experimenting with more advanced techniques.

Genre Selection
DJing is about playing music for an audience, so your first step should be deciding what type of music to play.  One of the easiest genres to learn the basics of DJing with is any ‘four-on-the-floor’ style of music (house, electro, techno, etc.) because the beat is very apparent and repetitive.  Even if these genres are not what you would ultimately like to play they can help you develop your skills in the early stages of learning.

Step 1 – Playing the first song
Once [...]

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How To DJ – Introduction

Posted By — October 11, 2012

Introduction to DJing
This is the first on a series of posts explaining the fundamentals of DJing.  These articles will be aimed toward the beginners wanting to get into DJing.

A DJ or ‘disc jockey’ is someone who plays recorded music for an audience.  In a modern context this generally involves playing music for people at a bar, lounge, or club.

Purpose
First and foremost, a DJ is a music lover.  They have in-depth knowledge of many musical genres and have a music collection that they want to share with the world.

The DJ’s purpose is to ALWAYS keep the music playing.  Silence or ‘dead air’ is the DJ’s enemy and he or she must keep the music flowing.  This is achieved through a continuous process of song selection, mixing in to the current song, and mixing out into the proceeding song.  Mixing techniques vary depending on the musical genre, style, and equipment being used.  The one thing that is constant is that the DJ must immediately start playing another song that meshes well with the preceding song.

Styles
There are several different styles of DJs and different contexts in which a DJ might have to play.  Depending on the venue your job may be to get [...]

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Serato Scratch vs. Traktor Pro

Posted By — September 26, 2012

Traktor vs. Serato Intro

There has been a large debate on this topic, hundreds of posts on the internet of different DJs with different opinions on what is the better option, Serato (a.k.a Serato Scratch Live) or Traktor (a.k.a. Traktor Pro). I’ve always been curious as to which is better therefore I have approached it from the perspective of someone getting their first set up or perhaps someone who’s used either for some time and was considering making the switch. I’ll be looking at two different setups, first the Trakor Kontrol S4 with its native software, and second I’ll discuss using a Serato Scratch Live box (with any basic mixer, two turntables, or CDJs). The main points I will be looking at are: price, sturdiness, workflow, turntabalism, effects, creativity and music organization.

Traktor vs. Serato: Price

Let’s start with the bottom line. Whether you’re starting out and looking for your first setup, or a weathered veteran considering making the switch, you’re going to want to know what you’re committing to.The Traktor Kontrol S4 is about 899$-999$, depending on where you get it. This comes with everything you’ll need to pull it out of the box and get it up and running. Although Traktor requires [...]

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Message From A Founder

Posted By — August 30, 2012

I am Roshan Virk co-founder of Spin Academy, and I am excited to announce the launch of our new blog! Our goal with the blog is to post all sorts of great content related to DJ’ing and producing music. We are going to post gear reviews, celebrity interviews, free tutorials, product give aways, and much more.

I would like to personally thank you for visiting our website and if you have any ideas of content you would like us to post, or would like to get in touch with our staff please do email us at: support@spin-academy.com.

If your interested in learning how to become a pro DJ fast please do visit our online school directly at www.spin-academy.com.

 

Sincerely,

Roshan Virk (Co-Founder)

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