Hercules JogVision

Are you a beginner DJ just starting out? If so, it’s important to know there are all types of ways you can mix music. You can mix in key, use special effects, scratch, use instrumentals over vocals, etc. One of the most used mixing techniques is beat matching. It’s also one of the most often questions I receive from beginner DJs, “How do you beat match?”  In this video, I use the Hercules DJ Control JogVision DJ controller, Serato DJ Software, and my own body movement to teach you how to match BPMs (Beats Per Minute).

1) First, you want to select two songs similar in BPMs. Please note, you can match songs that aren’t similar in BPMs. However, in order to keep this tutorial easy to understand, I’m using songs that are close to each other in beats per minute.

How do you find the BPMs? In most DJ software programs, you’ll find a menu bar on top of your playlist. In this menu bar most programs will tell you the name, artist, album, and BPM. More advance software programs, or editions, will also tell you the key.

2) Once you have two songs loaded (deck one (A) and deck two (B)) you can adjust the BPMs of the song in deck 2 to match the song in deck one. On almost every controller, you’ll have a pitch fader for each deck. It’s normally located on the right hand side of your platters, or jog wheels. In the example, the deck B pitch fader on the Hercules JogVision is located on the upper right hand side of the jog wheel. The one for deck A is located on the upper left hand side of the jog wheel.

3) After you match the BPMs. Play track one (or your master track —meaning the one that is playing versus the one you’re mixing in) and start to count the beats in each measure. Not all, but most songs play to a four count. You want to count the beats so that you can bring song B in on a single beat of song A to line them up perfectly.

4) One of the best things about this Hercules controller, especially for beginner DJs, is it has a beat display. The beat display, actually shows you how the beat is moving. This way, you can see when to bring in your second track.

5)Another quick tip I learned years ago from DJ Joey is to tap your foot to the beat of the song. Joey and I have been DJing since we were very young! We both learned to mix beats by ear. I was so thankful for this tip he gave me! It made it so much easier for me to match BPMs and I still even use this technique today!

I hope my video helped you! If it did, please don’t forget to subscribe and sign up for notifications. This way, you’ll be notified each time I post a new video. Coming soon! I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my two new Hercules DJ controllers! The company sent me two of their latest controllers to review. Look forward to my thoughts about these controllers in a few of my upcoming videos.

As always – thank you for watching! – Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly)

Beginner DJ: Mixer Vs Controller

(Please note this is a 16 channel mixer. In the video when I say “12 channels” I am referring to the 12 input channels. Nathan found a great deal on this Behringer mixer on Amazon $199 from $349).

Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between a mixer and a DJ controller? After all, they look kind of similar. They both have channels, volume controls, mic inputs, XLR inputs – so what is the difference?

The mixer allows you to plug in numerous musical instruments and mix them all together (for example DJ, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Mics, Violin, etc). A DJ controller, controls how music is being mixed from DJ software (Serato, Traktor, etc.). Some controllers also have the option to mix music using CDs and Thumb drives. When using a mixer and DJ controller together, you can use the controller as the master volume control for all.

For example, when Nathan and Joe play DJ & Drums they both plug into the mixer. Then they set the volumes on each channel on the mixer. It won’t sound pleasing to the ear if the volume of his drum set is overpowering the music being played from the mixer. They leave the mixer at those settings the entire time they play. Using the master volume on the DJ controller, Joe can control the volume of the sound throughout an event. This way, Joe uses one volume control for both the music and the drums. As apposed to Nathan and Joe trying to adjust their volumes individually.

If you’re in the market to purchase a mixer, Nathan found this great deal on Amazon $199 from $345. It’s a Behringer XENYX X1222 USB. The 12 channel input allows us to play with numerous instruments if needed. The USB allows us to connect to our computer so we can easily record our mixes.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video. Thanks for watching! Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly)

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: How to be a Mobile DJ: How to use a Generator

 

http://www.MichelleLeeEntertainment.com I don’t normally like to use generators, but when there’s no electricity near by, you may need one. If you’ve been hired to DJ an outside ceremony, you always want to find out if you’ll have electric. If not, you may need to buy, or rent a generator to power your equip. Things you’ll need to know:
1) Make sure you get one that is strong enough to power your equipment
2) Make sure you have a long extension cord (while they’re not super loud, they do make some noise. You’ll want to make sure they are a bit aways from the ceremony area.
3) Make sure it’s filled with gas
4) Turn the choke On
5) Turn the generator On
6) Pull the cord and start er’ up!
7) Once warmed up you can turn the choke off

I’m not a big fan of using generators because I’ve been told by electricians and sound guys they could put stress on your equip. So I only use them when I absolutely have to. Plus, if it’s not strong enough you can feel the electricity pulling and if this happens it can effect the sound of the music going high and low. If you need to use one just make sure you test it out before hand.

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

 

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: Why we love the Numark NS7 III

What an amazing time we had at the 2015 International DJ Expo in Atlantic City. While Nathan, Juan, John and I were there, we got to check out a lot of super cool DJ equipment. What was one of our favorites? The new Numark NS7III. One of the best benefits about attending the DJ expo is trying out the new controllers. This way, you can find the controller that’s best for you.

Rich Curtis, a product specialist manager for Numark, explained to me a few of the features on the Numark NS7 III. You can check out why we love this new controller in this short video.

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

 

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: How to hook up a Controller to Self Powered or Active Speaker. French subtitles.

In this video female DJ, DeeJay Shelly, provides the BASIC steps for beginner DJs (or any DJ) on how to connect the NuMark Mix Deck Express to a Self Powered Speaker.

In this example, I use the Numark Mix Deck Express and the JBL 515XT Self Powered Speaker. However, this should give you a general idea of how to hook up any mixer/controller to a self powered speaker. In this short tutorial, I use XLR connectors which you’ll find you can use with most types of DJ equipment.

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

MODERN. EXCITING. DIFFERENT. Our ENERGY is infectious. We SPECIALIZE in UNIQUE EVENTS. We are a full service event company owned by one of the only female DJs on the east coast, Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly). GET SHELL SHOCKED!

We understand every client has different needs and every event should be unique. We are professional, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about entertainment.

Our services include: disc jockeys & MCs, photography, greeters, characters & entertainers, photo booths, videography, event planning and more. Our mission is to make every event spectacular and create experiences that your guests will continue to talk about for years!

Sounds By Shelly is the division of Michelle Lee Entertainment. We’re a team of interactive DJs & MCs dedicated to making your event special. Not only do we play great music, we play great games!

The piece of song used in this video is by Goodwill Hook and Sling called, “Take You Higher” if you’d like to purchase it click the link below:
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Tuesday’s DJ Tip: How to be a DJ: How to Connect Numark Mix Deck Express to Passive Speakers and amplifier

In this short video tutorial DeeJay Shelly, one of the only female DJs on the East Coast, walks you through four easy steps to connect your Numark Mix Deck Express to Passive Speakers & Amplifier.

Who should watch this video?
Any DJ who owns a Numark Mix Deck Express Controller (or is looking to purchase one) and wants to learn how to hook up the controller to passive (non self powered) speakers.

MODERN. EXCITING. DIFFERENT. Our ENERGY is infectious. We SPECIALIZE in UNIQUE EVENTS. We are a full service event company owned by one of the only female DJs on the east coast, Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly). GET SHELL SHOCKED!

We understand every client has different needs and every event should be unique. We are professional, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about entertainment.

Our services include: disc jockeys & MCs, photography, greeters, characters & entertainers, photo booths, videography, event planning and more. Our mission is to make every event spectacular and create experiences that your guests will continue to talk about for years!

Sounds By Shelly is the division of Michelle Lee Entertainment. We’re a team of interactive DJs & MCs dedicated to making your event special. Not only do we play great music, we play great games!

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

The song used in this tutorial is Express Yourself (feat. Nicky Da B)
Diplo.

You can purchase it on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Express-Yourself-feat-Nicky-Da/dp/B00864UP8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399583703&sr=8-1&keywords=express+yourself+diplo

 

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: How to Adjust your EQ

If you are a beginner DJ just getting started you may not be familiar with EQ, or the terms Treble, Mid, Bass and Gain. In this short video for beginner DJs, I hope to provide you with easy examples, and a basic understanding of how to adjust your EQ. (Luckily the FUGE already has an AMAZING Sound System. The rooms in this video are used just for the example of different types of rooms you may encounter as a DJ)

On a side note, I am learning a basic understanding about videography!!!! Like most things in life, things don’t always turn out as planned! The extra audio Rachael and I took didn’t turn out. Then, during editing I got the error “.50” meaning a corrupted file was not allowing me to upload the video to my computer. This forced me to delete the video section explaining Mid and Bass. However, I noted the bullet points below. I still think there’s enough content in this one to walk away with something. I’ll try to make a better one for you in weeks to come! Always Troubleshooting!

Basic Concepts and/or examples:
Treble: High frequency such as cymbals or soprano
Mid: Mid Frequency such as Tom drums, Alto Tenor, Voice
Bass: Low Frequency, Bass Drum, Bass Voice (low/deep)
Gain: Increase power of signal from your amplifier (This seems as if you are increasing the volume however you are actually increasing the power to that channel)

Why do you need to adjust your EQ? When a song is produced in a recording studio it is recorded perfectly. What happens to us as DJs (especially if you are a mobile DJ traveling to many different venues) we encounter many different spaces where we are hired to play music. The way the song sounds in one type of room may sound completely different in another.

When you adjust your EQ you are balancing out any sound distortions. In this video, I show you two completely different rooms. One room is huge with concrete floors, high ceilings and steel beams in side. Some people refer to this as a “Hard” room. In these types of rooms the sound bounces off of these hard surfaces. A “Soft” room would soak up the sound because you may find “cushy” things inside it like a carpet, furniture and curtains. People are even considered to make a room “soft” because they absorb the sound as well. This is why you find yourself turning up the volume as more people enter the room.

What’s the Walk-a-Way?
1. Your first priority when arriving to a job should be to perform a sound check. Then continue to perform sound checks throughout the night.
2. Trust yourself. If something doesn’t sound right to you then most likely it doesn’t sound right to anyone else. Try different things out. Sometimes even switching from mono to stereo can make a difference (I have a video on that too. Check it out!)
3. Fake it until you make it! No one starts out as an expert. It takes time and experience. (As I am slowly learning with videography!!) Don’t worry if you don’t know how to adjust it right away. The truth is, only the very experienced sound guys are going to hear the imperfections. If it sounds ok to you, it probably sounds ok to everyone else. Just start practicing adjusting your EQ, and listen to how things sound.

I hope this at least gives you a basic understanding on how to adjust your EQ. I’m trying my best to post a new video every Tuesday with helpful information. Let’s all keep doing what we love! Playing Music! Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks guys! DeeJay Shelly

Thank you to the FUGE!!! and the LAB at the Fuge for allowing us to film this video. It really is the MOST UNIQUE VENUE in the UNIVERSE! We host many events there and we LOVE IT. As a matter of fact if you mention DeeJay Shelly sent you, you’ll receive out of this world pricing!

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

THANK YOU TO RACHAEL CONLAN for being on camera! And helping me finish this today!

You can purchase, “You Can’t Hurry Love” here:
http://www.amazon.com/You-Cant-Hurry-Love/dp/B001RHPJJW

 

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: For the Beginner DJ: How to use a DJ controller or mixer – the basics.

Are you just getting started as a DJ? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to be a DJ and intimidated by some of the equipment? I was once there! When I first thought about becoming a DJ over 15 years ago, I was very intimidated by some of the equipment – especially the mixing board!!!

When I looked at all of the buttons on my first mixer, I thought to myself, “This looks like I’m flying an airplane! How am I ever going to learn what all of these buttons do? Let alone how to use them???” Well, as Paul explains in this video the saying holds true, “You have to learn to walk before you run.”

If you’ve just purchased your first controller, don’t get overwhelmed by all of the EQs, Gain, Pitch Fader, etc. What’s most important are the channels (Channel 1/Deck 1 or Channel 2/Deck 2). You need to tell your controller whether or not to play from your PC (DJ SOftware), or CD (if your controller has the option for CDs). Or, do you want it to play music from the auxiliary channel?

In this video, we are using my Numark MixDeck Express as the example. This is a great controller to purchase if you are just starting out. Why did I purchase this controller if I’ve been DJing a long time? One thing I also want you to learn is to be smart about the equipment you purchase. Since I now own an entertainment company, my goals have changed. My goal in purchasing the MixDeck is to teach my beginner DJs who assist me at my events. This way I can show them how to use their first controller. Then, hand down the MixDeck to them when I upgrade.

Things to know when you purchase your first controller:

There is a function for everything. (Gain, Mid, Treble, Bass, etc) However, when you’re first starting out you really just need to learn the channels. Don’t worry about the other functions until you feel comfortable using all the channels. Keep all you other settings at 12 o’clock, Pitch Fader in the Middle, Cross fader in the middle.
Channel 1 is usually on the left and controls the left side of the board. (Or controls the left side of your DJ software).
Channel 2 is usually on the right and controls what is playing from the right side (CD) or the right channel on your DJ Software (e.g. Serato).
Channel 3 – Auxiliary Input (e.g. iPod, Phone, another computer)
Make sure you set your Channel buttons and volumes are set correctly. (Make sure your Master Volume is set at an appropriate level. Your Master Volume controls the volume for the entire board. Then, you can control each channel’s volume individually).
For example, do you want to play songs using your software? Or from a CD? If you want to play a CD make sure both of your channel’s are set to CD. If you want to play from your DJ software make sure Channel 1 and Channel 2 are set to PC. (If you are using a Numark Mixdeck and Serato DJ Intro you’ll want to make sure your settings for each channel are on “Midi PC” (I’ll show you how to do this in another video).
Do you want to play music from your iPod or phone? Then, you’ll want to use the Auxiliary channel and make sure you are using channel 3 and it’s set to “Aux”.

What I hear from many people interested in DJ’ing is, “I’ve always wanted to DJ, I would just never know how to use all that equipment.” YES! You can! Don’t let yourself be intimidated by the equipment. You can learn to DJ just like anything else. You don’t start out being an expert. Start with the very basics.

How did I get over my fear of the “Aeroplane”? I did what my brother and dad tell me to this day, “Just tackle one thing at a time Shell. Don’t get overwhelmed looking at everything at once”.

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: How to make a Mashup with Serato

 

Check out DeeJay Shelly vs. DJ Rock G in this simple video tutorial where we will teach you an easy way to make a mashup.

Who should watch this video?
This video is designed for any DJ who wants to learn how to create a mashup. While there are many ways to make a mashup, we will teach you a simple, step by step way to create your first mix.

Equipment & Software we used:
1) Serato DJ Software
2) Numark N4

Songs we selected:
1) Team – Lorde
2) Off The Books – The Beatnuts (Instrumental version)

Instructions:
Step 1: Select two songs with similar BPMs (Beats Per Minute).
Step 2: Adjust the BPMs using your pitch fader.
Step 3: Choose the vocals of one song and the instrumental of the other.
Step 4: How to begin the mix.
Quick Tip: Isolate the vocals at certain points in the mix by using the cross fader.

Link to the mashup:
https://soundcloud.com/soundsbyshelly/teams-off-the-books-lorde-vs

We want to hear your feedback. Was this tutorial helpful to you? What other topics would you like us to cover? If you liked today’s tip please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep bringing you DJ tips and advice! Thank you for your support! -MichelleLee aka DeeJay Shelly

Tuesday’s DJ Tip: The difference between Active vs Passive Speakers

 

Are you a BEGINNER DJ? Or, do you want to become a DJ? If you are thinking about purchasing DJ equipment for the first time you may have some questions. In this short video tutorial, DeeJay Shelly talks about the basics when buying speakers. If you are wondering… the difference between Active Vs. Passive Speakers.

1) What does it mean if a speaker is “Self-Powered” versus a speaker that’s not?
2) Do I need to purchase an amplifier?
3) What options do I have if I’m working on a limited budget?

This tutorial may be helpful to you! (We apologize for the shakiness in the beginning of the video-it’s just the first few seconds!).

In this video DeeJay Shelly talks about:
1) Self Powered (Active) vs Regular Speaker (Passive)- What’s the diff?
2) Pricing & Quality
3) What’s your best Option?

What is the difference between a Self- Powered Speaker and a Regular Speaker?

Regular speakers (also known as Passive Speakers) do not have an amplifier built into them. Meaning you have to purchase an amp separately to provide the speaker with power. In addition, you’ll need a controller or mixer to run your system.

Self Powered Speakers (also known as Active Speakers) come with an amplifier built into them. The biggest benefit of a self powered speaker is convenience; one less piece of equipment to lug around. In some cases it’s two less pieces of equipment considering that you can plug your computer right into the back of the speaker; taking away the need for a controller or mixer.

Don’t you always need a controller/mixer to play your music?
No. You can play on what’s called “One Channel”. Most DJs don’t play on just one channel because you can’t hook up your microphones to hear the next song in your cue; making it difficult to mix. A few scenarios where you may only need one channel: you’ve pre-recorded a mix for an event, you are required to be more of an interactive DJ (kids event), or you’re playing music for a wedding ceremony.

So how much do Self Powered Speakers cost?
The prices are all across the board. One self powered speaker, such as the JBL 515XT, is going to cost anywhere from $500-$900 depending on where you purchase it and if it’s new or used. That price tag seems a little high for one speaker. Yet, you’re paying for the excellent sound quality of a JBL. You can find a self powered speaker for around $200. But, it’s not going to sound like a JBL.

Now, a regular (passive) speaker, for example a JBL 1500 EON, you can find used on the Internet starting at $150-$200. The JBL quality is still there. Yet, you’ll need to purchase an amp to power these speakers and a controller/mixer to run your system.

What’s the best option for you?
Consider where you are in your DJ career? What’s your budget? Are you just starting out and getting your feet wet? Or, are you ready to start DJing big events?

If you plan on DJing large, professional events, I would NOT purchase a set of self powered speakers that cost $200 each. The quality is just not up to par. On the other hand, if you’re just getting your feet wet and your goal is to DJ parties for family and friends first, then buying a less expensive self powered speaker would be the way to go. More so for the reason that you don’t have to break your bank. The speaker will still do the job and you can get used to using a self powered speaker. This way when you upgrade it will be a smooth transition.

I put together an example for your below. Please keep in mind that prices vary depending on where you go and new vs. used. Also, I did not include the price of a mixer/controller.

Example A: 2 JBL 515 XT High Quality Self Powered Speaker (No AMP) = $1000-$1600
Example B: 2 JBL 1500 (or another high quality passive speaker) + AMP =$450-$750
Example C: 2 Self Powered Speakers (less quality)(No AMP) = $400-$600

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MICHELLE LEE ENTERTAINMENT. http://www.MichelleLeeEntertainment.com.

MODERN. EXCITING. DIFFERENT. Our ENERGY is infectious. We SPECIALIZE in UNIQUE EVENTS. We are a full service event company owned by female DJ & MC, Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly). GET SHELL SHOCKED!