Want to indicate the moment that a beat kicks in or even modify a song to skip straight past the intro? This is easy in the digital DJ world - but what about when you're mixing on turntables? Today Ean shows a classic DJ technique - using stickers to mark and modify your vinyl records. Watch how it works in this throwback tutorial:
After we published an interview with audio engineer Luca Pretolesi in late July, requests came in to have Luca share more of his studio production, mixing, and mastering secrets in more videos on DJTT. Today's tutorial covers how to process vocals in a track, and what effects and plugins to use to make the most of it.
Beyond beatmatching, one of the most important things a DJ can do when lining up two tracks is to match a song's phrasing. This means both songs will begin and end musical phrases in time with each other. Today's Throwback Thursday technique from Ean covers the fundamentals of counting out the phrases of a song to get them aligned in the mix!
Any DJ who has ever worked a bar gig knows that, occasionally, you might be asked to announce something to the crowd. But if the DJ booth doesn't have a microphone, this becomes a bit more of a challenge. However, using a bit of old school DJ trickery, you can very easily use your headphones instead. Watch Ean's throwback tutorial inside!
About a month ago we featured the first tutorial from mixing engineer Hannes Bieger on how to clean up the high end of a mix. Today we've got a follow up piece in which he shares his techniques on basic drum compression. This is critical for almost every production, and often it's way too easy to apply way too much compression. Learn how to do it right (by setting your attack and release correctly) and why punchy drums matter in this tutorial.
Today marks the official in-store date for the new Kontrol S5 controller for Traktor, and we've already got a number of DJs who have picked one up in the DJTT store. Many of you had questions about the unit and how it works, so we've got a deep-dive review of the controller in today's article. Read on and chat with us about Native Instruments' latest DJ device!
Did turntables ever really go away? We've seen a continued rise of back-to-basics DJ gear, with companies and DJs alike reconsidering the trusty turntable as their weapon of choice. For this week's Throwback Thursday DJ tip, Ean shares an old method of cleaning the contact points on DJ cartridges and tone arms - watch the full thing inside!
One of the oldest tricks in the DJ world is to use any and all of the controls on a DJ mixer to gate or transform one of the playing decks. There's plenty of ways to do it - so in today's Throwback Thursday DJ technique, Ean explains how and why you might want to swipe the input selector in time with the beat. Watch inside: