We’ve teamed up with our partners at Pioneer DJ to bring you a brand new tutorial series focussed on the basics of DJing. For this series, DJ Ravine uses the Pioneer DDJ-400 controller – a fantastic piece of kit for beginners looking to brush up on their mixing and scratching. The DDJ-400 is packed with features to help you comfortably develop your skills, including cue buttons, Beat FX, CDJ-style looping controls and more, shipped bundled with Pioneer’s professional performance software, Rekordbox DJ. If you’d like to get to grips with DJing, our London school is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and kitted out with the latest and greatest in studio tech. Check out our full line of DJ courses here.
During the videos, DJ Ravine runs through a number of essential tips from how to drop mix and mixing with effects to blending with loops, working efficiently in Rekordbox and more. Check out the first line of quick tips below and keep an eye out for the second batch coming soon.
How To Drop Mix
Drop mixing lets you transition from one track to another instantly by hitting play and slamming your crossfader over. This is a great technique to use for quick transitions and hefty switch-ups in the mix whilst keeping the energy alive.
Long Mix with Loop
In this tutorial, DJ Ravine explores the DDJ-400’s looping function and how you can use it creatively to add extra control to your DJ sets. Looping, paired with using the controller’s EQs, can create some ultra smooth blends and build epic tension.
Mixing with FX
Effects are a great way to spice up your mix and smooth out your transitions. In this quick tutorial, DJ Ravine runs through the different effect controls and how they work before showing their application in a live situation.
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