Dubspot DJ Video Tutorial Roundup: Serato, Traktor, iPad w/ DJs Koolis, ENDO, Shiftee, OP!

In this DJ tutorial roundup we highlight some of our best videos for digital DJs from Koolis, ENDO, Shiftee, and OP! Our DJ / Producer Master Program is the most comprehensive collection of courses that we offer. We are currently in the middle of a SaleEnroll now, save 15% and get free Ableton Live Suite while seats are still available!


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

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

DJ Tutorial: Rane 64 Mixer for Serato – MIDI Mapping the Mic + iZotope Effects w/ OP!

The first part of the tutorial focuses on disabling the two dedicated mic controls on the mixer. The Rane 64 mixer does not have dedicated knobs to control the dry/wet parameters of the internal effects. By disabling the mic section on the mixer for this example, each knob is able to be MIDI mapped to control the dry/wet parameters for the effect you choose to use.

The second part of the tutorial focuses on MIDI mapping the third and fourth layers in the cue point section to control the on/off parameters of the internal effects. By default, layers one and two control the cues/loops and sample decks respectively. These layers are not re-writable. Layers three and four have default controls over cue points, but these are user re-writable and can be used via MIDI mapping control the on/off parameters for the effect you choose to use.

Once the knobs and buttons are mapped for the internal effects, they will work by default to control the parameters for both the single and group effect, thus preventing you from having to do additional mapping for both effects.

While this example focuses on the dry/wet and on/off parameters for internal effects through MIDI mapping, the mic knobs and layer buttons can be mapped to control almost any rotary on button function inside Serato DJ. With these examples of MIDI mapping fundamentals, you will be able to control any internal single or group effect combination to add dynamics and creativity to your mixes.

DJ Tutorial: Serato MIDI Mapping – Controls and Functions w/ OP!

In this video tutorial, Dubspot DJ instructor OP! demonstrates how to  map a MIDI controls to an Akai LPD8 controller in Serato DJ. This tutorial focuses on using the MIDI mapping function in Serato DJ to map cue points to the Akai controller’s pads. Once the cue points are mapped to the controller, the cue points can be retriggered at will and also jump you to a specific point in a track based on the placement of the cue point. The tutorial also focuses on MIDI mapping the rotary knobs to control the Izotope internal effects in Serato DJ. Once the mapping is created, you can control the dry/wet amount of the effect to the track that the effect is assigned to. Lastly, you will learn how to save a custom mapping so it can be recalled in Serato DJ for future use. With these examples of MIDI mapping fundamentals, you will be able to create your own midi mappings according to your specific needs for control within Serato DJ using the Akai LPD8 or any other midi controller.

Traktor DJ for iPad Tutorial w/ Endo: Harmonic Mixing, BPM Detection, Touchscreen DJing +

I’m impressed with how Native Instruments have adapted Traktor’s design to take advantage of the touchscreen interface of the iPad, and they’ve also added in some new features that even go beyond what Traktor Pro can do on Mac OS/Windows. The best example of this is how the whole interface has been designed around the two parallel waveform displays, allowing you to control playback by directly touching the waveforms on the screen! This is a more useful approach than the typical “spinning platter”-style interface offered by many other iOS DJ apps, and controlling the tracks directly on the screen gives a much different feeling than DJing on a laptop and controlling your tracks with keyboard commands or a MIDI controller. -ENDO

Dubspot @ Harvard University – DJ / Producer Workshop w/ DJ Shiftee + Dan Freeman

In this recap video from the second Dubspot DJ / Producer workshop at Harvard University, two of our talented instructors – Harvard grads Dan Freeman (bassist/singer of C0) and Sam Zornow (a.k.a. 2X DMC Champion Shiftee) – visit their old alma mater to present workshops on DJing and production. Shiftee demonstrates some digital DJing and performance techniques with Native Instruments’ Traktor Pro and Maschine, while Dan Freeman offers production and performance tips and highlights some of the new features of Ableton Live 9 and the new Ableton Push controller.

DJ / Producer Master Program

The DJ / Producer Master Program is the most complete and extensive collection of courses offered at Dubspot. Build on the fundamentals behind the music to produce, design, master, and perform your tracks.

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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

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