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The Complete Guide To Beginner DJ Mixing With A Serato DJ Controller

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    5:50

    DJ Shortee introduces the course in which she teaches manual adjustments, tuning your ears, beatmatching, and beginner mixing techniques using a Serato DJ controller such as the Numark NVII. She explains what beatmatching actually is and why it's important for DJs to learn to beatmatch manually. She also compares manual beatmatching versus relying on the automatic "Sync" features available in most DJ software, and lists the benefits of each.

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    Tutorial 2

    Manual Speed-Up Method

    7:53

    DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate the jog wheels on the controller in order to temporarily speed up the tempo of your songs. She explains why manual adjustments are crucial to the manual beatmatching process and then demonstrates the manual speed-up method using both visual and audible techniques. She teaches you how to perform this technique without looking at the software so you can train your ears to hear the adjustments and then she shows you how to "read" the Serato DJ software as you manually adjust the jog wheels so you can actually see the adjustments affecting the sound waves in real time.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 3

    Manual Slow-Down Method

    4:17

    DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate your records in order to temporarily slow down the tempo of your songs. She demonstrates the manual slow-down method, using both visual and audible techniques. She teaches you how to perform this technique without looking at the software so you can train your ears to hear the adjustments and then she shows you how to "read" the Serato DJ software as you manually adjust the jog wheels so you can actually see the adjustments affecting the sound waves in real time.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)--115 bpm
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 4

    Using Manual Adjustments

    14:31

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to use manual adjustments to adjust your songs while beatmatching. She explains why you should only adjust one song at a time and what sounds to listen for while you are beatmatching in order to tune your ears. She shows how to determine if a song is playing faster or slower using just your ears, as well as how to use your eyes to determine this visually in the Serato DJ software.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm
    Scary Fox 'Subway' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 5

    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method

    6:01

    DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual speed-up method, an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments. She also explains how these continuous manual adjustment methods can be used when you are beatmatching live music with a beat played by a live drummer in real time, rather than beatmatching songs that are quantized during production.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox 'Subway' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 6

    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method

    4:18

    DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual slow-down method, an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox 'Subway' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 7

    Beatmatching: Part 1

    11:33

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two of the same song using your ears only. She breaks down the entire process slowly, walking you through it step by step so that you can fully grasp the concept, while also teaching you a fundamental exercise that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm
    Scary Fox 'Subway' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 8

    Beatmatching: Part 2

    7:47

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two different songs with the same bpm using your ears only. She shows how you can combine the techniques more efficiently in order to beatmatch faster, while still breaking the process down step by step so you can follow along in real time.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm
    Minesweepa 'Later Gator' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 9

    Beatmatching: Part 3

    11:02

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two different songs with different bpm using your ears only. She explains what a "safe" bpm range is, why it's important, and how to determine the range on your Serato DJ controller. She also reviews the importance of the key lock function and how to use it.
    Songs:
    WiseLabs 'Family Values' 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--124 bpm
    Minesweepa 'Later Gator' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 10

    Beatmatching: Part 4 - Sync Intro

    1:45

    DJ Shortee introduces the Sync functions and teaches you how to use the Numark NVII's hardware Sync controls.
    Songs:
    WiseLabs 'Family Values' 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--124 bpm
    Minesweepa 'Later Gator' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 11

    Beatgrid Part 1: Overview & Transition bpm

    12:09

    DJ Shortee shows you hot to set and adjust your beatgrids in Serato DJ. She gives an overview of the controls and then demonstrates how to manually adjust a beatgrid for a song that transitions from one tempo to another.
    Songs:
    The Damn Bell Doors ft. A Girl & A Gun 'Stun Gun' Urban Assault Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--142 bpm > 172 bpm

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    Tutorial 12

    Beatgrid Part 2: Constant bpm

    5:40

    DJ Shortee shows you how to set a manual beatgrid in Serato DJ for a track that stays the same tempo the entire time.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 13

    Simple Sync

    4:42

    This is the first of two lessons in which DJ Shortee shows you how to use the Sync features in Serato DJ. This video is all about Simple Sync.
    Songs:
    Digital Fracture 'Inflexible' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--130 bpm
    BSSFST 'Superalligator' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 14

    Smart Sync & Tempo Sync

    4:54

    This is the second of two lessons in which DJ Shortee shows you how to use the Sync features in Serato DJ. This video is all about Smart Sync and Tempo Sync.
    Songs:
    Digital Fracture 'Inflexible' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--130 bpm
    BSSFST 'Superalligator' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 15

    Simple Blend Mix

    11:07

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform a simple blend mix using the volume faders on the DJ mixer to transition the songs from one to the other. She quickly walks you through the process of beatmatching two different songs manually, and then shows you how to begin mixing the second song in at a mix point and how to use the volume faders to seamlessly mix the two songs together.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 16

    Basic EQ Mix

    5:22

    DJ Shortee shows you how to begin incorporating the EQ into your mixing by transitioning the bass frequencies of your songs. She explains why this basic EQ mix is the most important EQ mix you will ever learn as a DJ and why you should use it, or a variation of it, most often.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 17

    Longer EQ Mix

    5:54

    DJ Shortee shows you how to perform a more elaborate EQ mix by mixing each of the three frequencies separately, creating a longer EQ mix together with the volume faders.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 18

    High/Low Pass Filter Mix

    5:12

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to use the high/low pass filter to isolate certain frequencies of your songs while mixing between them using the volume faders.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

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    Tutorial 19

    Drop Mix

    6:48

    DJ Shortee shows you how to perform a drop mix using the crossfader in conjunction with the volume faders for use with quicker mixes, trick mixing, and songs with shorter phrasing. She also demonstrates this technique using the controller's Play/Pause button with the crossfader, as well as the Fader Start feature.
    Songs:
    D.E.P 'Bikini Girls' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm
    Sharxpowa 'Storm' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm

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    Tutorial 20

    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter

    6:59

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform the drop mix technique in various ways by incorporating the EQ and/or the high/low pass filter so that you can blend the frequencies between songs in a more efficient way for smoother transitions during quick mixes.
    Songs:
    D.E.P 'Bikini Girls' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm
    Sharxpowa 'Storm' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you the essential DJ skills that you need to beatmatch and mix your music using a Serato DJ controller. These skills include manual adjustments, tuning your ears, manual beatmatching, auto beatmatching using sync, and beginner mixing techniques. She breaks down the entire beatmatching and mixing process slowly and clearly, step by step and in multiple ways so that you can fully grasp the concepts, while also giving you specific exercises that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills. Every lesson is taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand.

Discover how to manually manipulate the jog wheels in order to temporarily adjust the tempo of your songs, and how to combine those manual adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to manually beatmatch your music. Shortee shows you exactly what to listen for to be able to tune your ears and how to determine if a track is playing too fast or too slow so that you are able to manually beatmatch any genre of music quickly and easily. She then shows you how to use the Sync features to auto beatmatch your tracks. Shortee demonstrates how to utilize these techniques with multiple genres of music while using your ears exclusively and also looking at the DJ software, so that you can see the adjustments affecting the sound waves in real time. You will learn how to perform multiple mixing techniques, such as a simple blend mix, and various EQ and filter mixing techniques, including an important EQ mix that you will use most often as a DJ. Shortee also shows you how to perform a drop mix using the crossfader in conjunction with the volume faders, for use with quicker mixes, trick mixing, and songs with shorter phrasing, and then combines that technique with the EQ and the filter, showing you how to blend the frequencies between songs in a more efficient way for even smoother transitions during quick mixes.

“The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with a Serato DJ Controller” is an excellent course for beginners who already have some basic skills under their belt or have taken Shortee’s prerequisite course “The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with a Serato Controller.” This course is also perfect for intermediate or advanced DJs who are transitioning from another gear setup over to a Serato controller. This course sets you up perfectly for the next two-part course, “The Complete Guide to Intermediate DJ Mixing with a Serato Controller, Part 1: Vocal-Based Music and Part 2: Instrumental-Based Music,” in which Shortee how to break down your entire song structure; find all your possible mix points; code your music; and create full mix sets, both planned and improvised. This information-packed course is part of the Serato Controller Series of Shortee’s Complete DJ Method and is essential for building a strong foundation to take your skills to the next level.

Songs Used in This Course & Where to Find Them:

Shortee & Step 1 "Wax that Booty" (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

Fransis Derelle "Rocca" (Heavy Artillery Recordings--128 bpm

Scary Fox "Subway" (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

Minesweepa "Later Gator" (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

WiseLabs “"Family Values" 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--124 bpm

The Damn Bell Doors ft. A Girl & A Gun "Stun Gun" Urban Assault Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--142 bpm > 172 bpm

Digital Fracture "Inflexible" (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--130 bpm

BSSFST "Superalligator" (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

Pawax "Shaolin" (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

D.E.P "Bikini Girls" (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm

Sharxpowa "Storm" (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm

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Just starting out and these videos are very clear and informative.

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DJ SHORTEE, described as the “World’s Premier Female DJ” by the Grammy Foundation, is a multi-genre DJ, turntablist, music producer, record label CEO (Heavy Artillery Recordings, Arkade Records, 5 Star Records), DJ instructor, actor, and published author.

Named “Queen of the Scratch World” by DJ Times, Shortee’s unique contribution to the art of turntablism earned her a spot as the only female DJ featured in the critically acclaimed movie Scratch. With over two decades of experience, she is recognized as one of the most diverse and technically skilled DJs in the world.

Shortee is one of the few DJs who are respected globally in a wide variety of genres. Spinning genres such as House, Drum ’n’ Bass, Electro, Dubstep, Drumstep, Glitch Hop, Trap, Breaks, Techno, Hip Hop, Top40, Mash Up, Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz, and more, she has rocked everything from the hottest nightclubs, massive raves, and b-boy battles to huge festivals and celebrity parties. Her fast-paced mixing style, expert scratching skills, and energetic stage presence have made her one of the most in-demand DJs touring worldwide.

As a DJ instructor, Shortee has taught classes, private lessons, workshops, and online tutorials for the esteemed Grammy Foundation, Dubspot, Scratch DJ Academy, Turntable U, Rane, Serato, SAE Institute, and more. She has also produced her own DJ instructional DVD series and has written a critically acclaimed instructional book, Spin Now! The DJ Starter Handbook (Hal Leonard Books), which includes an accompanying DVD-ROM and is currently available worldwide in paperback and kindle editions.

In regard to her teaching style, Shortee is well known for simplifying those intimidating, confusing topics and making them accessible and easy for anyone to understand. Her lessons are extremely thorough and packed with tons of information yet her quirky, easygoing personality keeps everything relatable, approachable, and fun. She breaks everything down into simple step-by-step techniques that you can easily put into action and also gives you the clarity and confidence you need to take your skills to the next level!

For more information, visit her websites:

www.djshortee.com | www.urbanassaultmusic.com | www.heavyartilleryrecordings.com | www.shannonames.com | www.shorteescompletedjmethod.com

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Date published: 2017-08-25