(1) Sound Gear and Mixing Basics



Are you DJ-Curious? Comfort & Joy is hosting free DJ workshops for anyone interested in learning this magical art. The workshops will be led by seasoned disc jockeys from very different parts of the DJ industry. You will learn how to set up sound and lighting gear, how to mix music, and how to pick tracks.

At this first workshop, we will learn how to set up DJ controllers and mix tracks using Serato.

Workshop Outline

    • Meet and Greet
      • What kind of DJ are you?
      • What kind of DJ do you want to be?
    • Industry Timeline
      • Turntables and Crates
      • CDJs and Crates
      • Scratch Live and “Crates”
        • MP3 / MP4
      • Midi CDJs and “Crates”
      • Controllers and “Crates”
    • Power Basics
      • RMS and preparing for peaks
      • 120 light vs heavy duty
      • Load distribution, especially with lights
    • Sound formula: Source -> Mixer -> Speakers
      • Sources
        • Turntables
        • CD players
        • Controllers
        • Microphones
      • Mixers are pretty interchangeable for most purposes. We will look at a few examples in the practice session today.
      • Types of speakers
        • Unpowered speakers
          • You need to worry about:
            • Amp racks, signal processors, parametric equalizers, crossovers, power conditioners, etc
            • Specialized unpowered, HEAVY connection types between speakers and amps;
              • Speakon
              • Banana Jacks
              • 1/4″ T/S
        • Powered speakers
          • SO MUCH EASIER
          • All that is built in and you don’t need to worry about it.
  • Mixing Basics
    • Playlists and Autoplay
    • Verse; Chorus; Mix
    • Beat Matching and Turntablism (The Meat)
      • Everyone gets a chance to practice in a moment…
      • Pitch bend and jog wheels
      • Line up the beats, then cross-fade to the new track
  • What To Play?
    • Goals and Cadences
    • Have Options
      • Decades, Genres, Special Event Types
      • You need 20 songs per hour!
  • Practice Your Skills!