How to DJ for Beginners (2021)

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in this video I'm gonna give you a guide

on how to DJ for complete beginners but

if you already know how to DJ and just

want to see what this video is all about


then please feel free to go to any of

these timestamps who knows you might

learn something new you can try to think

of it as a delicious sandwich if there's

too much breading if there's too much

spam if there's too much cheese sandwich

now if you're a complete beginner who

doesn't know anything about DJing I'll

start this tutorial with a brief

overview of what DJ is then another

overview on the equipment in general

followed by two of the easiest and least

controversial methods of mixing and DJ -

a piece of boomers out there so without

further adieu let's get started

the overall objective of DJ is to play

and mix music to a piece of crowd so

when you see a DJ DJ one is technically

mixing two songs together and the tools

that enable that to happen most of the

time are - DJ decks and a mixer but

these club standard DJ tools you see in

front of you

cost over $5,000 seriously really and to

be completely honest with you if you're

starting out beginner DJ please don't

buy any of this you'll be much better

off buying any of these DJ controllers

that cost around $250 and below because

all DJ equipment and I mean all of them

basically and essentially do the same

thing playlist music the reason why

these guys cost so low is because they

utilize DJ software which requires a

computer and that DJ software basically

does everything and these things here

just give you a tactile and physical way

to control your software that's why

they're called DJ controller

now there are many DJ controllers and

offers out there but they all

look and do the same thing so what I'm

about to discuss with you can pretty

much apply to any digit kripp meant you

may have so enough talking let's first

break down the equipment then teacher

gets on the DJ and mix with it so the

first thing you want to do is plug in

your DJ controller and open up your DJ

software these white and red outputs on

the back of your controller so in a

master volume of your mix to your

speakers and this little input over here

is for your headphones which will be the

audio you hear when you're prepping and

mixing songs now you may be wondering

what's the point of connecting your

headphones to your controller when your

speaker's ready output the sound to you

and your audience well it's because your

headphones when plugged here give you

the ability to pre hear what you're

doing when you're prepping your song to

mix for the crowd because not all songs

are the same some are faster some are

slower somewhere in different keys and

some of different structures but the

point of mixing is to transition one

song to the other despite their

differences the bigger their differences

the harder they are to mix but as DJs

it's our job to find a way to

proficiently and smoothly transition and

blend two tracks together to make a

cohesive clean mix so since you're

starting on the beginner DJ let's first

another transition between songs that

are on the same speed and tempo or what

be professionally refer to as BPM or

beats per minute so we're gonna mix a

couple of songs that are between 124 to

127 BPM before we move on to doing your

first transition if you want to follow

along with this video good news all the

songs used in this tutorial are free to

download so check the links down below

first thing to do is load your songs to

your respective decks on the left side

is deck 1 and on the right side is deck

2 so let's use this browser knob over

here to browse through our songs

so once you find your first song click

the load button on the left and that'll

bring your selected song to deck 1 and

once you find your preferred 2nd song

click the load button on the right and

that'll bring your selected song to deck

number 2 so once you know your songs

your software automatically determine

their BPM and create a beat grid you can

think of your bead grid as a visual

guide and series of markers that point

to the location of beats within the

track and speaking of tracks most DJ

friendly tracks have an intro and outro

section these will be the sections will

primarily do our mixing now with our

tracks analyzed and loaded onto their

decks let's discuss the deck functions

both text basically do the same thing to

their respective song that's why they

look alike but their four most important

functions are the following first the

plain slash pause function this green

button here toggles between playing and

pausing your track second the cue

function the orange button over here Q

is your song so if you press play too

soon or too late

you can quickly go back to the start of

a song and stop the deck


third the temple function this long

fader here controls a BPM of your song

when it's in the middle it's in its

neutral state at zero fourth the jog

wheels they temporarily speed up or slow

down your song when you push or pull

them from their side now these third and

fourth functions basically are the tools

you will use to beat match songs that

aren't in the same BPM with each other

so with our tune song is loaded up and

you know in the very basic functions of

the deck section let me discuss with you

now the mixer section this areas in

charge of being a section or e blend and

mix songs and the four most important

functions of the Metro section are the

following first the volume fader area

this section here is in charge of the

volume of each respective deck second

the cross fader section now this section

has many functions but at its default it

basically controls both volumes of each

deck simultaneously so if the crossfade

is on the left side deck one will be at

its loudest and vice versa and if the

crossfade is on the right side deck two

will be at its loudest and vice versa

and using the cross fader is by far the

simplest and easiest way to mix between

two songs and will primarily use this in

our first transition lesson but before

we get to it let me discuss with you the

third and fourth function third the EQ

these knobs high mid and low if you

further control of the frequencies of

the song and to keep things really

really simple you can just think of

these knobs as three parts that comprise

your volume so the low knob can chose a

base of the song the mid NOC controls

acapella / not instrumental like

sections of the song and the high knob

controls the higher sections of a song


so since you're starting out these knobs

should be mostly kept at the 12 o'clock

position when mixing and blending later

on in this video we'll start

implementing the no knob into our mixing

so stay tuned for that fourth the

headphone cue section these buttons are

in charge of letting you pre hear what's

going on in each deck regardless of how

high or low the volume fader is


so now that we understand the basic

functions of the deck and mixture

section let's do our first transition so

the game plan of your first transition

is to simply mix a next song at the

outer section of the current song so you

want to mix a next song exactly at this

point here and play the next song at

that exact point is the most important

step of this whole process

so let's finally begin our first

transition lesson step zero make sure

your cross fader to the left side on

neck one your volume faders are all the

way up your temple faders are in the

middle and your EQ sections are all set

to the 12 o'clock position step number

one load your first song play it and

wait for its outro section so this will

be the part to get at your audience

enjoy and dance to the song and this

will be the part where you look at the

first songs BPM and verify it so it's

set to 124 let's keep that in mind

step number two as a first song plays

with your second song to deck number two

and simply just have both faded two have

the same BPM as a first song so the

second songs in eight ppm is 125 so

let's drag it up to decrease it so

that'll match the current songs BPM


and with that out of the way just wait

for the second songs outro section step

number three the most important part now

at the exact moment to reach the outer

section which should be here player

second soul and make sure the peepers

are aligned with each other so you want

them to look like this now your timing

of playing the next song made me off so

be ready things your job is to bring the

beakers aligned and together with each


step number four as both songs play

smoothly dry the crossfader from all the

way from the left side to the right side

to completely transition to the next

song and congratulations you've just

made your first transition so let's keep

this up a transition to the next song

step number five as a second song plays

though your necks off the deck number

one Mattox BPM with the currently

playing song


and wait for the current Psalms outro

section which should be here step number

6 the most important step once you reach

your outer section which is the

transition point play your next song and

make sure to align the beat beats


so use your jog wheels to do so and you

can verify things sound good

using your headphone cue functions step

number 7 drag the cross fader from all

the way from the right side to the left

side to complete your transition if you

want to continue mixing simply repeat

this process starting from step number 2

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master using the crossfader let's move

on to just mixing with the volume fader

in EQ section which most professional

DJs prefer for more control the main

idea behind using the volumes and accuse

to mix is to mix tonic room for the next

song step zero make sure Dec one's

volume faders all the way up the cross

faders in the middle section let those

volume faders all the way down your type

of faders in the middle and your EQ

sections are all set to the 12 o'clock

position step number one load your first

song to deck one play it and wait for

the outro section step number two as a

first song plays or your second song to

deck number two and adjust its BPM DX

tempo fader to be the same BPM as a

first song once you're done with that

just way to the first song reaches its

outro section step 3

the most important part at the exact

moment you reach the outer section play

your second song and which of the beats

are aligned with each other if the art

simply use a joke was to correct and the

line of BP's together and you can verify

this with a headphone cue button over


step number four once you know both

songs are aligned and our beat matched

perfectly bring the volume fader of deck

number two up and as you do still reduce

a loan above deck number one to make

room for the volume of deck number two

and when you reach this point on deck to

its volume start bringing the volume

feet of deck 1 all the way down to

complete the transition


now if you're having a hard time mixing

your songs together it could be because

of your bead grids so here's a quick way

to adjust them on record box DJ click

this section here and use either these

two buttons on either be credits with

the beat you want that'd be great to be

exactly where the beat starts and here's

the waiter just a monster auto DJ click

Edit grid then click clear and position

your song to the exact section where the

beat starts and click set and save to

get smooth cross fader settings and

isolated EQ controls and record box DJ

click this icon here then click in

Schaller then slate mixer then bring the

crossfader curve not to the 12 o'clock

position and then click isolate on the

EQ such isolator setting to get smooth

cross fader settings on Cerato

click this icon here then click mixer

then click the knob near the cross fader

area and bring it to the 12 o'clock

position and you've made it to the end

of the video and if you want to still

continue on your studies on how to be a

better DJ every day today check out

these other things I have around me here

they'll really help you out and with

that said thank you so much for watching

guys and I will see you all in the next

one peace