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

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    Introduction

    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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    Manual Speed-Up Method

    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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    Manual Slow-Down Method

    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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    Using Manual Adjustments

    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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    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method

    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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    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method

    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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    Beatmatching: Part 1

    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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    Beatmatching: Part 2

    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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    Beatmatching: Part 3

    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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    Beatmatching: Part 4 - Sync Intro

    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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    Beatgrid Part 1: Overview & Transition bpm

    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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    Beatgrid Part 2: Constant bpm

    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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    Simple Sync

    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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    Smart Sync & Tempo Sync

    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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    Simple Blend Mix

    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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    Basic EQ Mix

    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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    Longer EQ Mix

    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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    High/Low Pass Filter Mix

    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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    Drop Mix

    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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    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter

    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

Product Overview


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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The Complete Guide To Beginner DJ Mixing With A Serato DJ Controller is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Shortee rocks a great kick off for beginners! Shortee absooooolutely nails it with her charismatically presented clear, concise and comprehensive series. An awesome introduction for anyone starting their Serato DJ adventure. Thank you Shortee and thank you Groove 3 for an amAzing platform with such great and truly beneficial content.
Date published: 2020-05-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great examples. Passionate, skilled, and knowledgeable teacher. I learned a lot.
Date published: 2019-08-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial Videos are very helpful
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent 5 star program Fits nicely with my busy schedule. Instructor makes lessons easy.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well explained! really well explained abd well structured!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Just starting out and these videos are very clear and informative.
Date published: 2017-08-25
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