Also see: How to DJ.
First off you need a basic mixing set-up
. This usually consists of two turntable
s and a pair of headphones
plugged into a mixer
and then through to an amp
and finally a set of speakers
. If you're new to mixing then I suggest you start with two records
which have a very strong beat
. Hard house
is especially good for this but most house music
falls into this category
- Start by playing record one with the fader all the way across to the channel that corresponds to that particular turntable.
- Towards the end of the track start the second record and select it so that the sound is coming out of the headphones only.
- Unless you're incredibly lucky you'll notice that the songs are at different beats per minute. Listen to the beat of the record playing through the speakers and then to the beat of the one playing through the headphones. Tapping your foot or nodding your head usually helps.
- Now adjust the pitch of the second record until the two records are playing at the same speed. It's preferable to speed up records rather than slowing them down but it can't always be helped. Luckily most house music is at around 140 beats per minute so you shouldn't need to change the speed too much.
- Once you've got the pitches matched you need to match the beats. Usually you'll want to match the two down beats. If you listen carefully, you'll notice that a song can be divided up into series of beats, usually 8 or 16. The first beat of each series is referred to as the down beat.
- To match the two down beats, nudge the second record either forward or backwards. Matching the down beats is probably the hardest part of mixing and takes time to master. Don't give up if you find it impossibly hard at first.
- Wait for a good place to introduce the second record and then move the fader across.
- Repeat steps 1-7.
This is only the bare basics
and there's many other techniques
for mixing two records. DJ
ing should be an enjoyable experience and not just seen as a way to look cool
and to make lots of money
. Whatever you do, have fun!