20 September 2010
Posted in How to become a DJ?
Very useful and cool trick when you play from Pioneer CDJ turntables. Many djs already know about it and use it constantly, while many others heard about it somewhere but they don't know what it's all about. Adjusting track's speed is a process, that takes a half minute for a professional dj, but for a beginner it takes much more time. With practice you'll get some experience to adjust track's speed at your ear automatically, while doing other things (e.g. while choosing next track for your set). To mix a track, a dj must adjust next track's speed in headphones to be exactly equal to the speed (bpm) of the track, which is currently being played at the master, using a Pitch regulator.
If you are a beginner, then you should develop your ear and learn to adjust track's speed by listening to the beat. It can take several months of trainings, but... if there were such unique, i can even tell a little bit fraudulent ability, why not to use it? ))) I will be glad if this technique will somehow help you and speed up the process of your learning mixing up tracks.
Now let's get closer to the trick. There is a very simple method, which allows you to set equal speeds of both playing tracks easily. It works however only on CDJ Pioneer 1000 Mk2 and newer turntables. On 2000's it works too, I've tested it. The main goal here is to use a BPM-indicator. Many of you, who already tried to setup track's speed by bpm-indicator, probably will now say: hey, this is bullsh*t, it doesn't work because bpm-indicators are not precise, adjusted speeds are not equal and the mix is falling apart! I used to think this way too, but suddenly I figured out a one little trick with bpm indicator, and I keep using this trick very often now. The thing is that bpm indicators are not precise. The numbers on it are not carrying much information within. But! If you setting up the pitch while watching not at the number, but at the number's boundaries, where one number changes to another, then this way you can adjust track's speed very precisely! I cannot understand why Pioneers didn't use this hidden ability of their turntables and didn't developed it in some way further.
Sequence of what to do:
1. BPM of the track, which is currently playing at the master, must be set by it's pitch regulator to a closest boundary of tempo values, using bpm-indicator. For example, if you have 128 at the bpm indicator, then smoothly lower down the pitch to that moment, when it turns to 127, and then turn it back a very little bit so it just became 128 again. You can also do this, not by lowering the pitch to 127, but by rising it up to 129, as you wish. The main thing here - is to get exactly to that boundary of changing bpm values at the indicator. It is very simple.
2. Set up your next track's speed, which sounds in your headphones and which you wish to mix in, just the way you did with the first track. Pitch of the second track must be set at the same bpm boundary, as the first track.
3. That's it! The whole operation took about 5-10 seconds! Pitch is adjusted, bpm's are equal.
All the time utill the mixing process, while current track is still playing, you can now dedicate to building up your compilation, choosing the order of the following tracks, or to communicate with the public, or just to drinking :))), while the ordinary dj will convulsively try to adjust the pitch at his ear, turning back and forth the pioneer's jog just like a bike's helm.
This trick made me "lazy" some time ago. In that sense, that before knowing it I could adjust track's speed in 20-30 seconds at ear, but now I use this trick very often, and to adjust a speed at ear without bpm indicator became much harder for me. But at the other hand, don't you think that the deejay's number one goal is to be able to adjust the track's pitch? Let's not get bored with this, and better work with building up your dj set right. Or maybe better let's take a look at the dancefloor and try to work with the crowd, because these guys already started to fall asleep watching at the dj, who staring at his mixing deck all the time and trying to read some microscopic egyptian manuscripts there. )))