Getting prepared for your Online DJ Class
To get the most out of the DJ Class we recommend you take a moment to complete the DJ Check List and watch the Videos below before joining the online class.
- Approx time required 1.5 hours
A message from Kareem
Being prepared for the training.
(This video was prepared for our longer 6 day training but the same applies for the online class / trainings )
You will need the following equipment to take part in the DJ Training:
- Laptop Computer.
- DJ Software: Traktor PRO or Serato PRO installed on you computer.
- A compatable DJ Controller for either Traktor or Serato. (ensure the controller you choose has FX controls and the right controller for your software)
- 10 Music tracks installed and analyzed on you computer.
- A device to connect to ZOOM, with microphone and webcam.
If you have any technical questions on what equipment to buy please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
DJ Check List
The class will move at quite a quick pace and we want you to get the most out of your time with us. There will be online technical support during the training, but please ensure you are ready to go before the training starts.
- Traktor PRO or Serato PRO is installed and working on my computer (DJ Software).
- DJ software is connected and working with my DJ Controller / Mixer (Hardware).
- You can load and listen to tracks in the DJ Software and listen on head phones.
- You can fade in and fade out a mix using my DJ Controller / Mixer.
- You have a minimum of 10 tracks you know well (listen to these a lot ) and can load into your DJ software and play on your DJ Hardware.
- You have completed the online training tutorials below and have an understanding of beats, bars & phrase mixing.
Setting up your equipment
We will be covering the DJ Basics on the course, but to give yourself a head start and set up your equipment correctly: familiarise yourself with these online Tutorials and set-up your DJ hardware and software (either Traktor or Serato).
Understanding the basics
Beats, Bars & Phase Mixing – (A new way of COUNTING for DJ’s)
How to beatmix and understanding the basics of music structure is fundamental to DJing.
Watch these two video, so you have a better understanding. Don’t worry if you don’t quite get it yet, we will be covering this in more detail on the course.
Where to download music
There are a multitude of resources on-line to download FREE and PAID Music to add to your music library.
You will be given some music files during the training but we recommend you come with at least 30 of your own music track/files on your computer.
We recommend downloading your audio files in either WAV or AIFF format.
- Band Camp https://bandcamp.com/
- Beat Port https://www.beatport.com/
- Juno https://www.juno.co.uk/ (to name a few)
This blog post lists some of the other site available:
What audio format to download ?
It can be quite confusing with all the various file types available, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, MP3. It might seem that downing an MP3, which is smaller in size might be the best option to save space on your hard disk, and it sounds fine when you listen on your headphones, but try listening to the same file in MP3 & WAV on a big sound system and you will hear and feel the difference in the music quality.
Audio quality explained…
A 44,100 KHz 16 bit WAV has a full frequency response up to 22KHz where as a MP3 cuts off around the 18KHz mark. WAV format can cover the full frequency that the human ear is able to hear. An MP3 file is compressed and has quality loss whereas a WAV file is lossless and uncompressed. An MP3 will never sound better than a WAV, no matter what kbps in is encoded at.
If a MP3 is played out on a big and loud sound system, the stereo information is brought into the dual mono signal, and the digital noise is still there. If a WAV is played, the stereo information is brought into the mix as lossless quality. Also MP3 can not code 5.1 stereo surround sound.
There are countless reasons why WAV format boasts much better audio quality over MP3. Although .WAV formats are much bigger than MP3s, storage these days is not such a big problem so quality can generally be afforded.
What is the difference between AIFF and WAV ?
WAV is mostly used for PCs and AIFF being used mostly for MAC, but either can be played on virtually all types of computers and devices. Both use the same type of encoding that results in a relatively large file size, but a maintaining a higher quality sound compared with mp3 m4a or other smaller files.