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DJ Basics - The perfect transition

You can find out here how to conjure up a clean and musically sophisticated transition. We reveal the secrets of artistic mixing on turntables, jog wheels and faders. DJ basics, in a nutshell in the delamar infogram - if you want to grab your audience, you have to master these tricks.

As an ambitious DJ, you can master the perfect transition with the delamar infogram.

From Felix Baarß

delamar Infogram: DJ Basics - The perfect transition

Here you will find two fundamentally different techniques in the spotlight - »Blends« as inconspicuous flowing, gentle transitions and the concise, abrupt »Cuts«. Why you should have both in your bag of tricks for impressive sets is highlighted here in the video.

The infogram in the checklist:

  • Blends
  • Blend technique
  • volume
  • Equalizer
  • Mix the blend
  • Cuts
  • Cut technique
  • Mix the cut

The perfect transition in the #infogram

Supplementary tutorials on DJ basics

You have now got to know the essentials in the video, but of course there are other tutorials and advice on delamar that will help you get on with DJing. If you feel like diving in, you've come to the right place ...

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Blends

Blends are good for when you don't want the audience to notice that one piece ends and the next begins. Techno and house sets are full of such transitions, as the musical flow should not be interrupted and the bass drum always marches on. Inextricably linked with this is the skilful matching of the beats (»Beatmachting«) - and we have something for you
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Blend technique

The second ingredient for successful blends is that you know the pieces inside and out. You have to know when a new element is coming and when a break is coming, in order to find the right place for the slowly ending and the new piece. But not only the perfect transition from one track to the next is important - with long sets, a dramaturgically appropriate stringing of the pieces is essential throughout the evening!

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volume

As soon as the two tracks are synchronized in beat AND measure, the time has come to adjust the volume of the new piece to the one currently playing. In the headphones and with the help of the gain control, of course. In a pinch, you can also do without the latter (using the line fader alone) - if you don't want to resort to this workaround, you will find a large selection of DJ mixers and DJ controllers on delamar to exclude certain models from the purchase decision: DJ controller | DJ mixer

Equalizer

Another piece of the puzzle for blends that are as inconspicuous as possible is the skillful use of the equalizer. With the new track, you can use it to turn down particularly prominent frequencies a little. If you want to know more precisely how an equalizer - or a filter - works, we recommend the following link: Everything about the EQ »

Mix the blend

To refine the blends using the line and crossfader, the EQ is again available: As soon as both tracks sound the same, you slowly turn down the middle of the old one and increase the middle of the new one at the same time. The volume of the old track then only has to be turned down slowly until it falls silent. As an alternative for these decay phases, a low-pass filter is a good alternative.

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Cuts

Cuts are far more conspicuous than blends - EDM, dubstep and of course hip hop are indispensable. If you use this stylistic device often, a robust crossfader is essential. The way in which the volume is cross-faded is also important - some mixers or controllers offer the option to switch between several gradient curves.

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Cut technique

In principle, the same rules apply here as with the blend: the tempo and beat of the two tracks should be synchronized and the volume should be adjusted to one another. The point where you make the cut also needs to be chosen carefully - it should be noted once again that you have to know your pieces like the back of your hand.

Mix the cut

There are two options: start the new track immediately after the cut or, if running synchronously, cut to a point within the track. The latter is a little trickier, but it sounds a lot more organic. In general, the only recommendation left is: practice, practice, practice! And a final reading tip from our book tips: Dirk Duske - in a good mood

Now you can start!


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