Learning to DJ (w/ the 3345 Team)
Starting to mix : mixing the two tracks
Ok, so you’ve memorized the cue points at the end of
record 1 and of record 2. You have also memorized the cue points
at the beginning of record 2. Lets start mixing.
Things to keep in mind:
Before you can set record 2 on its cue point and put the turntable
on standby, you need to pre-adjust the track equalization.
Use the three knobs (high, mid and low) to do this. Let us
When you listened to the ending of record 1, you were counting
periods, but did you also keep in mind what happens at the
end of each period? For example, when does the bass stop playing
on record 1, when do the pads cut out, and finally when does
the beat end.
If you did listen carefully enough to record 1, then you probably
also did so on record 2, which we are soon to mix in. Knowing
this vital information will allow you to mix properly without
Apart from synchronizing and cue finding, to mix two tracks
properly, you don’t just simply cross-fade from one to
the other. You must use:
- The cross fader
- The equalizing knobs and if needed
- The line faders (the vertical faders that control output
on each line)
We will give a detail example at the end, but for now, lets
move forward with the theory.
- Quickly set record 2 to the beginning of your first cue.
If you are using a turntable, then pause the plate and spin
the plate to the correct position and then pause there. Leave
the needle on the record.
- Record 1 is playing and nearing the start of its first
end-cue. Record 2 is on pause at the start (before the first
beat) of its mix-in cue.
Starting the mix-in:
Now, there are two ways you can start record 2 when the cue
point of record 1 hits.
- If you have a really powerful turntable, that really gets
going quickly, then you can simply wait for the right beat
and then slam the play button on record 2. You may still
need to set the needle half a beat before the first beat
in order to achieve close sync with this method.
- About half a period before the start of the first cue
point on record 1, put your hand on record 2 and start the
plate. Hold the record still, then start jerking it forward
and back, feeling the beat of record 2. When the cue beat
from record 1 hits, simply let record 2 go, so that it goes
from a back and forward jerking motion, to a forward motion
Adjusting the sync:
Now, unless you’ve done this thousands of times, it
is likely that your two tracks will be out of sync. Don’t
despair, you have not yet began to cross-fade, so no one even
knows. You do however really need to get a move on during this
stage. Don’t stop record 2, simply determine whether
it is ahead or behind record 1. If ahead (say), then apply
breaking pressure to the edge of record 2 until you hear it
sound in sync. If behind, then try to use your finger and over-spin
record 2 on the label area near the centre.
We recommend accelerating a record from the label area because
the torque applied to the record in the label area will generally
be small and will therefore give you smoother control over
So, break along the edge of the plate and accelerate on the
Now as soon as you’ve achieved sync, you can start
crossing from one track to the other, but always keep in mind
the periods lapsed and more importantly, just listen and see
if the sound makes sense.
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