The ever-increasing world of digital technology has made so many things easier and more convenient, and this includes the wonderful world of DJing. DJ software packages like Traktor and Serato and the hardware that controls them have taken mixing songs together from the realms of mystery through to the ease of pushing a few buttons.
But there’s more to being a digital DJ than just mixing two songs together. Today’s software and mixing equipment comes complete with many advanced features to spice up the mix and help you get get creative. Check out these 3 advanced digital DJ tips.
One advanced technique for the digital DJ is loops. This enables the DJ to loop 1, 2, 4, 8 and all the way up to 32 bars of a song. It can even be used to loop ½ or a ¼ or a bar. This can create tension, allow breathing room for the next track to be mixed in or even as a huge build up tool. A really creative digital DJ could even create their own unique palette of sounds by having four decks going with different length loops on each - one with vocals, one with bass, one with the high end and another with sound FX. You get the idea. That leads right onto the next tip.
The benefit of having multi-deck software and hardware is that a DJ can mix more than two songs at once. The mix can get really interesting when three, or even four decks are used simultaneously. It can be difficult to get right, but it’s all about the levels and correct EQ. For example, a DJ could have just a basic kick and bassline on deck one, and a percussion pattern going on deck two. Then decks three and four could have some more interesting, layered music happening and the DJ could mix (using the crossfader or the volume sliders) between these two decks to create a cool and interesting sounding mix.
Another cool benefit of the latest and greatest in digital DJ software and controllers is that they come with powerful in-built FX units. These units allow the truly creative DJ to really manipulate the mix. Delays, reverb, flangers, phasers, beatslicers, freezers and the rest can be used to create trippy pauses, cool echoes, huge sounds and other things to really rock a dancefloor. Try to use them occasionally instead of all the time, and remember that these FX can peak the signal, so watch the levels while you do it.