Turntable Techniques

Turntable Techniques

How to Play Melodies With Serato’s Pitch ‘n Time

Serato’s Pitch ’n Time plugin can be used to play virtually any melody using a single cue point. By following a few easy steps, you can use the performance pads on a mixer to shift a cue point’s key, enabling you to perform creative tone play routines.

Watch Beat Refinery’s DJ Little Rock demonstrate the technique on this episode of Turntable Techniques.

Related: How to Use Pitch ‘n Time’s Key Sync Feature

Turntable Techniques

Using the Echo Effect to Transition Between Songs With Different Tempos

Not every turntable has a wide pitch range, which makes it difficult to transition between songs of different tempos. However, if you have a mixer that has an internal echo effect, you can transition with ease.

On this episode of Turntable Techniques, Beat Refinery‘s DJ Little Rock demonstrates how to use the technique with two examples.

Watch the tutorial above.

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How to Use Pitch ‘n Time’s Key Sync Feature

Serato DJ’s Pitch ‘n Time plugin enables DJs to shift and sync the key of a track. It improves your ability to mix harmonically, helping to make your blends and transitions sound cleaner.

On this episode of Turntable Techniques, Beat Refinery instructor and 2016 Red Bull 3style U.S. Champion Trayze breaks down how to use Pitch ‘n Time’s key sync feature.

Watch the tutorial above.

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Using Loop Techniques to Mimic the Echo Effect

Popular mixers such as the Rane Sixty-Two and Pioneer DJM-S9 have a built-in echo effect, but a lot of mixers don’t. On this episode of Turntable Techniques, the Beat Refinery‘s As-One demonstrates a couple of ways to mimic the feature with your DJ software.

“It’s great to have these new fancy mixers with tons of onboard effects. But at the end of the day, the best trick in your bag is to master your software, so you’re not relying on any particular piece of DJ gear.”

Watch the tutorial above.

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How to Use ‘Transition Stingers’

DJcityTV and Beat Refinery are back with a new episode of the tutorial series, Turntable Techniques. This time, DJ As-One demonstrates how to use “transition stingers” in DJ sets.

Transition stingers are exclusive performance tools that start at one tempo and end with a sample. They enable DJs to drop a song of any tempo immediately after the current track. By being able to jump around different BPM ranges, DJs can add creativity to their sets.

Watch As-One break down how to use stingers above and download them only on DJcity.

Related: How to DJ House Music Like a Dancehall DJ

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How to DJ House Music Like a Dancehall DJ

Reggae and dancehall DJs are known for mixing together multiple versions of the same instrumental a.k.a. riddim. The technique can also be used outside of those genres and is a great way to add creativity to your sets.

On this episode of Turntable Techniques, Beat Refinery instructor DJ Obeyah shows how to apply the reggae and dancehall style of mixing to house music.

Related: How to Perform the ‘Rockit’ Scratch

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How to Perform the ‘Rockit’ Scratch

Turntable Techniques

DJcity and Beat Refinery have released a new episode of the tutorial series, Turntable Techniques. In the video, DJ As-One explains how to do the “Rockit” scratch, which Grandmixer D.ST performed on Herbie Hancock’s 1983 hit of the same name.

The song was the lead single off Hancock’s landmark album, Future Shock, which saw him venture into the worlds of electro-funk and instrumental hip-hop. “Rockit” is recognized as the first popular single to feature scratching and has been cited by DJ QBert and Mix Master Mike as a pivotal influence on them.

“You can gauge a DJ’s skills by when they use [the ‘Rockit’ scratch],” QBert said in the documentary Scratch.

Watch As-One break it down below.

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