Dubspot’s New Digital DJ / Producer Program Now Offered ONLINE & NYC!

Dubspot is very proud to present our first ever Digital DJ and Producer Program as part of our curriculum for Dubspot Online. This new program is a step forward in the evolution of DJing and Production - talents that are quickly becoming intertwined. Digital technology has blurred the lines between DJing and music production with real-time remixing, sampling, and electronic improvisation. Prepare for today’s musical landscape with a balanced education as our program teaches you how to DJ using Traktor Pro 2 and produce using Ableton Live.

This is a huge step forward for Dubspot and our students as this type of course has never before been offered. Today all you need is software and a well-rounded education in the craft and we can have you rocking parties in no time. But your education doesn’t stop there. With a background in music production using Ableton Live you’ll learn the essential skills to take your artform to many outlets while simultaneously raising your DJ game.

Our production and DJ programs are hand crafted by some of the best minds in the business. Our Ableton Live curriculum was developed by a team of experts that includes Steve Nalepa (who has worked with Photek, Adam Freeland the LA Philharmonic) and Thavius Beck (who has worked with Saul Williams and Nine Inch Nails). Our Digital DJ Program was crafted by DMC Champion DJ Shiftee and Native Instruments expert DJ Endo who have brought the bleeding edge of technology to these courses.

DJ Shiftee explains the Digital DJ program a bit further:

What makes a great DJ?  This question is one of the driving forces behind our work at Dubspot.  We want you to be great.  However, there is no single recipe or definition for greatness.  In fact, the simplest issue of what makes a DJ a DJ has become nuanced and ambiguous.  Turntablists, mixologists, controllerists, and laptop based performers are all arguably DJs.  At Dubspot, we think the complexity of this picture is exciting.  Rapidly changing technology has made it so people can express themselves through music with unprecedented accessibility and creative control.  Moreover, they can do so almost right away.  Awesome!

But what about tradition?  What about the fundamentals?  What about building up your record collection and learning how to mix on vinyl?  What about carrying crates of records?  What about earning your stripes and paying your dues?  What about building up your skills and musical repertoire bit by bit?  Surely these practices should not be lost in the digital wave.  They have meaning beyond sentimentality.  They have value.

The aforementioned tension between fundamentals and new technology is central to the design of the Digital DJing Program.  Our goal was to present the latest in DJ technology, but in the context of traditional concepts and techniques.  Our hope is that students can leave with a generalized approach to DJing that they can apply regardless of their chosen tools.  Not to brag (well, yes, to brag), we think we’ve done a great job!  We trust you’ll find the program engaging, diverse, historical & current, logical, well rounded, technical & theoretical, and, most of all, fun.  Enjoy!

Digital DJ/Producer Ableton Certificate Program

Online classes on the week of August 7th and NYC classes start the week of July 20th

This program comprises Duspot’s entire Digital DJ curriculum and the full, 6-level Ableton Live program. Along the way, we’ll talk about composition and orchestration while you produce 4 original tracks. You will leave the program with an EP, a remix, ideas for sharing your music, and the DJ skills to become a compelling and well-rounded artist.

What’s Included:

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Shake Hands with Live
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Production Essentials
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Take Your EP Global

Dubspot’s Digital DJing w/ Traktor: Course Overview – DJ Shiftee & DJ Endo

New skills and tricks will improve any DJ, whether you are a novice or a veteran. All types of platforms (hardware & software) and gear (analog, digital & hybrids) will be covered alongside relevant skill sets. The Ableton Live program takes you from the ground floor with Live to advanced production techniques. Read more.

Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Program

  • Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Level 1: Introduction to DJing
  • Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Level 2: Phrase Mixing
  • Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Level 3: Beyond The Beatmatch

Dubspot’s Digital DJing w/ Traktor: Course Overview – DJ Shiftee & DJ Endo

Starting with a historical overview, students will learn the fundamental concepts of the DJ via Traktor’s intuitive interface. They will then begin to delve into the vast array of new possibilities offered by this groundbreaking software, recording their work along the way. Students will leave with finished DJ mixes, a thorough introduction to DJing with Traktor, and a skill set and knowledge base perfect for further development. Read more.

To get your discount, find the DJ/Producer Program that’s right for you and click “see dates and register.” This exclusive offer is available by phone only. Call now to reserve a space: 1.877.DUBSPOT or 212.242.2100

“Whether learning the methodology behind DJing or expanding my production skills into the live performance realm, Dubspot and its talented & friendly instructors has been invaluable.” - Former Dubspot student Jeff Derringer (Perc Trax, Oktave)

Perc Trax Tarantula EP by jeffderringer

  • robin fletcher
  • 7/28/2011

Hello, I am very interested in taking your courses, as this has been something I have been wanting to learn and do for myself for about 12 years. Is it possible to do it online? Is that what your saying? I am from Los Angeles but live in Reno, NV now.

Lemme know.


  • Michael Walsh
  • 7/28/2011

Robin – Yep! That’s totally what we are saying. If you check out the link at the top of the page that says Online School you can see what courses we are currently offering as part of Dubspot Online. Or, well .. here you go: http://www.dubspot.com/online-school/

Btw – if you are interested in the Online DJ and Producer program we are having a sale (20% off!) until July 25th. http://www.dubspot.com/sale/

  • djxgroove
  • 7/28/2011

hola saludos a todos, como siempre, algo nuevo en esta web; me gusta la musica que cuelgan en esta web, saludos

  • djxgroove
  • 7/28/2011

me gustaria que pusieran fondos de pantallas, wallpaper de Dj para pc, para descargarlo y ponerlo en mi laptop, digo, solo era una sugerencia.

  • William Smith
  • 7/28/2011

I am curious to find out more about your DJ Producer programmmes. I am already a radio DJ in my country, Ghana, West Africa, but I am keen to polish my skills. I am currently in New Jersey (for the next month) and would like to know what could be achieved in that time. I am also interested in ongoing courses with certification.
Can you please contact me as soon as possible so that I can use my time well whilst here in USA. My phone number is 9733916666. My email is as above.
DJ Willie.

  • Tiago De Castro
  • 7/28/2011

I really like the Dubspot youtube channel because it really influenced my electronic music education (which its only based on youtube videos and blogs). It gives me hope since as a 21 years old kid from Portugal, i can´t afford such education. really looking forward to see more videos about Alternative/experimental Artists “in the game”. By the way is there any sort of scholarship i can apply,for me to be able to attend a professional course at Dubspot NY? A man can always try right? but seriously, thanks for sharing this amazing content!


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  • Endo
  • 7/28/2011

@djxgroove – Bienvenido a nuestro sitio web! Me alegro de que está gustando la música y todos los tutoriales! Me gusta tu idea de tener fondos de pantalla descargables dubspot. Gracias!