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How to Use a DJ Mixer

Learn how to use a DJ mixer in this Howcast DJ video with Rock and Soul DJ School.


"Pretty much every mixer has standard features. For instance, this mixer is a two channel mixer. So, if you have a two channel mixer as well, most of the features that are there on this mixer you'll find on your mixer somewhere. The layout now isn't always the same but the functions and features are pretty much the same, more or less. For this mixer is a RANE TTN57, 2-channel mixer. You have two channels right, starting with the first knob; it's labeled ‘gain'. So that's just the volume control. It's also referred to as ‘trim' on some other mixers. Underneath that you have your EQs, your HIGHs, your MIDs and you're LOWs. And then, this mixer offers kill switches which you can actually cancel or kill or mutes that frequency. So your HIGHs, MIDs and LOWs. So you have your volume control for the signal that's going into that channel. So this is the volume control for your left deck. This is the volume control for your right deck. And then you have your cross-fader which allows you to mix both signals together. When it's to the extreme left, you only hear the left signal. When it's to the extreme right, you only hear the right signal. I hear the signal that I'm playing on Serato. Right now I don't have it going out to a main play system. I have my own personal monitor set up so I'm going to raise that volume and there you go. I have the volume coming out of my own personal monitor. Gain adds more volume or decreases volume. So if I bring down that level for my gain you barely even hear anything. Let's raise that back up. You have your HIGHs, MIDs, LOWs okay. Then you have your killer switches which kills the frequency. So I just cancelled my high frequency, brought it back in. Mid frequency cancelled, brought it back in. Low frequency cancelled, brought it back in. Then you have your pan. Pan allows you to only hear the left or only hear the right or hear both. So, pretty much that's how it works if I had a microphone plugged in and I would plug it in into the mike jack. And then, you also have to check to see if your mixer has any built-in effects. Also there is contour. For those that don't know what contour is it allows you to either have a soft fade-in or fade-out with your signal or hard, you know, you know signal meaning like it comes in right away. So I'll give you an example of what I mean. So, for those that ‘scratch', that's the contour setting that you will like to place it on. You will like to have it on the fast contour setting not the slow. Fast you're able to bring in the volume or bring in the signal at full volume right away okay. That's pretty much it.


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