DJ Academy

05 Master the techniques

1 Tapping out the rhythm

Make the user rhythmically interact with the music: press a button on your DJ controller (kind of like you’d do in the game Guitar Hero). Visually, do this with waveforms in DJUCED®.

Goal: get a good understanding of the concept of rhythm, and stressed/unstressed beats.

Assess the accuracy of tapping out the rhythm. You can use stressed and unstressed beats.

2 Changing the BPM

Change a track’s BPM value. Goal: understand Beats Per Minute.

Make two different BPM values match one another.

3 “Dropping on the One”: CUE – Play

Start playback of a track on a stressed beat using the combination of CUE and Play.

Goal: align one stressed beat with another.

Assess the accuracy with a phase meter %. CUE on unstressed beat. Play on stressed beat.

4 “Dropping on the One”: Baby Scratch

Start playback of a track on a stressed beat using a jog wheel (emulating a vinyl record).

Goal: align one stressed beat with another, with a little scratch.

Assess the accuracy with a phase meter %.

5 Adjusting an out-of-phase track

Adjust a track that’s out of phase using the outer ring on a jog wheel, or the Pitch Bend buttons.

Goal: realign the stressed beats.

Assess the beat to adjust a track.

6 Crossfader transition

Make a simple transition using the crossfader.

Assess the timing of the transition by following an on-screen cursor.

7 “Hip hop” transition

Make a Crossfader + Baby Scratch transition.

Assess the timing of on-screen actions.

8 “Seamless” transition with equalizer

Make a seamless transition using the equalizer knobs.

Assess the timing of on-screen actions.

9 Selecting the appropriate next track

Select a track according to its BPM, musical key and genre. Goal: explain the genre, musical key and BPM difference.

Assess whether the genre corresponds, as well as the musical key and the BPM difference (<5%).

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