DJ Tutorial: Phrase Mixing 101 – Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 w/ Koolis

In this DJ video tutorial, Dubspot Instructor and Native Instruments DJ Product Specialist Brian Koolis demonstrates phrase mixing using Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 and Traktor DJ iPad app.

DJ Video Tutorial: Phrase Mixing 101

In this video tutorial, Dubspot instructor and Native Instruments product specialist Brian Koolis a.k.a. Kooli, breaks down the concept of phrase mixing. Kooli is a classically trained pianist, DJ, and producer. He began his twelve years of classical training in piano and tuba at the age of seven. Since joining the Dubspot family in 2009, Kooli provides in depth instruction in all Traktor products and advanced DJ performance.

“The first part of the tutorial breaks down the process of determining how long a certain section of a record is. With this information, we are able to determine when and where the best starting point of the next record will be. We can use hotcues to help us mark those starting points. In addition to beatmatching, we need to make sure the musical phrases of two records are matched. By knowing the phrasing between two or even three records, it frees up your mind to be more creative, such as adding 2 additional decks, effects, or even add a live element to your performance.” - Brian Koolis

Listen and download the two tracks used in this video tutorial below:

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Dubspot DJ Extensive Program

DJing with Traktor Program

The definition of DJing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged alongside traditional turntables and CDJs, smashing the barrier to entry. In today’s digital age, anyone can become a DJ. To reflect this renaissance, Dubspot has created the DJing with Traktor Program. In both our physical and online schools, students will learn how to DJ entirely with Traktor’s cutting-edge technology. An emphasis will be placed on the concepts of DJing rather than simply learning how to use the software.


Dubspot DJ Extensive Program

DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato and Traktor.

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

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Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

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