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English | 2014 | ISBN: 978-1-118-93726-6 | 432 pp. | PDF | 15.4 MB

DJ like a pro—without skipping a beat

The bestselling guide to spinning and scratching is back! If you've ever spent hours in your bedroom with two turntables and an earful of tracks that sound off-beat or out of key, DJing For Dummies is the go-to guide for taking your skills to the next level. Inside, John Steventon, a successful club DJ, walks you through the basics of mixing, the techniques and tricks you need to create your own DJ style and how to make DJing work for you.

Covering both digital and old-school vinyl-based instruction, this guide covers all the latest DJ technology, equipment and software so you can get mixing and stay one step ahead of the crowd. Brimming with expert advice and easy-to-follow explanations, the information in DJing For Dummies gives you everything you need to build a foolproof set and play to a live crowd.

  • Nail down the basics and build on existing skills
  • Sort through the latest equipment and technology
  • Have a go at crossfading, beatmatching and scratching
  • Mix tracks seamlessly to sound like a pro

If you're new to the game or looking to step up your skills and graduate to club work, DJing For Dummies has you covered.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 1
  • Part I: Getting Started with DJing 5
    • Chapter 1: Catching DJ Fever 7
    • Chapter 2: Starting Up with the Bare Bones 15
    • Chapter 3: Shopping for Equipment 29
    • Chapter 4: Retro Chic or PC Geek? Buying Records, CDs and Digital Music Files 45
  • Part II: Stocking Up Your DJ Toolbox 57
    • Chapter 5: The Tech Revolution: Format Choices 59
    • Chapter 6: Getting Decked Out with Turntables 75
    • Chapter 7: Perfecting Your Decks: Slipmats and Needles 97
    • Chapter 8: Spinning with CDs 109
    • Chapter 9: Bits and PCs: Digital DJing 127
    • Chapter 10: Stirring It Up with Mixers 147
    • Chapter 11: Ear-split ting Advice about Not Split ting Your Ears: Headphones 165
    • Chapter 12: Letting Your Neighbours Know That You’re a DJ: Amplifiers 175
    • Chapter 13: Plugging In, Turning On: Setup and Connections 185
  • Part III: The Mix 201
    • Chapter 14: Grasping the Basics of Mixing 203
    • Chapter 15: Picking Up on the Beat: Song Structure 227
    • Chapter 16: Mixing Like the Pros 239
    • Chapter 17: Scratching Lyrical 261
  • Part IV: Getting Noticed and Playing Live 285
    • Chapter 18: Building a Foolproof Set 287
    • Chapter 19: Creating a Great Demo 305
    • Chapter 20: Getting Busy With It: Working as a DJ 329
    • Chapter 21: Facing the Music: Playing Live 341
  • Part V: The Part of Tens 361
    • Chapter 22: Ten Resources for Expanding Your Skills and Fan Base 363
    • Chapter 23: Ten Answers to DJ Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask 371
    • Chapter 24: Ten Great Influences on Me 381
    • Chapter 25: Ten DJing Mistakes to Avoid 387
    • Chapter 26: Ten Items to Take with You When DJing 391
  • Index 395

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