The most common types of DJ set intros are performance openers of your live sets as well as broadcasting intros. Both are pretty different in terms of structure and making process. This article will reveal how to create an awesome DJ set intro for any situation you could come across during your DJ career.
The purpose of these intros is to introduce the artist and create the excitement for the crowd. If there is no MC introducing you, you have to prepare it at home before the gig.
Depending on the musical genre, this is usually a chilled intro track that builds up to the second track. It could be an intro remix of a track, a VIP edit or a mash-up.
The aim of these kinds of intros is to introduce the podcasts name, episode number and the host of the show himself.
Broadcasted intros are usually pre-recorded with lots of effects, swoosh noises and may even include countdowns or brief shout-outs to sponsors.
Option 1: Make them by yourself
Create the musical background. Take some tracks or produce your own original material. Make a mash-up of your best tracks or if you use other producers work, make sure you get the correct permission from the original producer or rights owners.
Record your voice. Use a quality pop filter microphone, as those are usually appropriate for recording your voice without distortions. If you have to record longer phrases it’s recommended to do many takes. Print them out and then read them as scripts.
Process your recordings. Pitch your voice down, cut down frequencies and use filters. Add some saturation to your voice. If you want to take it to the extreme, make sure you use Vocodex or Melodyne. Export your final audio as quality as possible.
Option 2: Order them from third party
Search for the quality intro services. It would be recommended to contact audio designers or voice over artists, or even both to get the most quality results.
Send the script to them and add your ideas on how you want the intro to sound. It’s best if you can add links to some other examples, so the get around some practical sketches and concepts of your imagined idea.
It’s possible that third parties would come up with different ideas, so feel free to ask for some variations or revisions. This way you will get a chance to compare the intros and choose the best one for your specific needs and personal taste.
The making of your own intros will always give you a chance to express yourself best. If you have what it takes, including appropriate voice timbre, professional syntax, feel free to give it a try.
If not then best to leave it to a pro!