Someone said to me, “I really like that photo of you and those two other girls.” I had to giggle.
They’re all me! Thanks to Bert’s Eye View for my “Multiple DeeJay Shellys” picture. I just love how our ideas come to life. Bertos had mentioned to me he had been researching how to photograph a multiples picture. It was a type of photography that really interested him. A few weeks later, I heard about a JBL campaign for DJs sending them pictures using their speakers. I asked Bert if he’d help me with a cool photo to post for this campaign.
At first, I envisioned just the “edgy” girl in the middle. The edgy girl I felt represented my “independent self” as a female DJ in a male dominated industry. Then, I remembered Bert had mentioned the multiples photography. So I thought, “Why not show all my personalities!” A few hours before our photo shoot I called Bert and I said, “I have an idea.” As usual he replied, “Oh no.” Then, we went to work!
I decided I also wanted to show the “nerdy computer girl” who I am 85 percent of the time – always on my computer! Whether I’m researching music, or planning my new marketing campaign, most of my time is spent on the Mac Book! I guess this “personality” part of me holds true, because this picture only took one take! The other two…a different story.
What I learned is part of the trick to taking a multiples photo is keeping the background exactly the same, while individually photographing your subjects. This meant not moving the table, or my equipment, at all – keeping everything “in the frame”. Well, trying to stay completely still, while I was leaning over my Numark MixDeck, was no easy task! Not to mention, I had to position myself in a way where I wouldn’t be “stepping” on the invisible girl hard at work on her computer next to me.
Next, there was fitting in the Geisha! The Geisha is really meant to represent the part of me that just likes to make people happy by playing music. In this picture it seems quite simple to fit her into the scene. However, when I leaned down on the table, I moved it! Both situations causing us to take “multiple” tries at these two ladies. Luckily, Bert was able to fix everything back into place.
Finally, there’s the editing. A few days after our shoot, Bert sent me quite a few different girls with different poses, until we both agreed this was “the one”. Thanks so much to Bertos for helping me with this photo!!! It’s such a great feeling to have a vision in your head and having it come to life! We hope you like it!
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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”.
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Are you looking for the perfect gift for your DJ? While this is the perfect controller for beginners, it’s also a GREAT controller for just about any DJ. What I loved about it the most was the price! Even though it may not look as fancy as those $1-2k controllers there’s still a lot of cool things you can do with this Dj controller. As a mobile DJ, I also love the size. What’s more? It’s a Numark! I’ve used Numark my entire career. I’ve never had an issue with one of their controllers that wasn’t because of something I did (I spilled soda one one once and it caused the knobs to get all sticky and stop working. My lesson? Never allow drinks around your equipment!)
What an amazing time we had at the 2015 International DJ Expo in Atlantic City. While Nathan, Juan, John and I were there, we got to check out a lot of super cool DJ equipment. What was one of our favorites? The new Numark NS7III. One of the best benefits about attending the DJ expo is trying out the new controllers. This way, you can find the controller that’s best for you.
Rich Curtis, a product specialist manager for Numark, explained to me a few of the features on the Numark NS7 III. You can check out why we love this new controller in this short video.
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Photo by Bert’s Eye View at the FUGE in Warminster, PA.
When you’re deciding on what DJ controller to purchase, it can be a tough decision. In this DJ Quick Tip, I cover a few things you want to think about when purchasing your first one.
What you want to keep in mind when purchasing any new piece of DJ equipment is what you can use as a back up. S*%$ happens! Computers get loopy! One of the reasons I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express, was because it gave me numerous ways to play music in the event my computer decided to freeze up, or shut down, unexpectedly. You can solve this problem by bringing a back up computer. Yet, what if you don’t have this option? The Numark Mix Deck Express has two CD decks and USB Thumb drives for alternative ways to play music. This means, you don’t necessarily even need to have a computer to use this controller. This is also very helpful if you want to start DJing, yet don’t have the funds to purchase both a controller and computer at the same time. You can start DJing with the controller until you have the funds to buy a good computer. What’s more? You’ll need a good computer to run most DJ softwares.
Not all controllers offer these different options to play music. So, when you are in the market to purchase a DJ controller, you’ll want to check out the different alternatives the controller offers to play music, in the event you can’t play from your MAC or PC.
Lastly, most controllers do have an auxiliary channel. You can use this channel to play from your iPhone, iPod, or smart phone.
Hope this DJ quick tip helped! If you have any topics you’d like me to cover please post them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to Subscribe to the SBS channel. This way, I can keep bringing you DJ tips so you can do what you love – play music! Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly
What are the benefits to being a Female DJ? The BLING! I mean, of course, I NEED my headphones to DJ. Yet, they’re seriously my favorite accessory. I don’t even wear a necklace anymore. Why would I!? They’re big, shiny and red!
Now, if I can only find a way to wear my mix deck … with so many cool blue lights, silver buttons and wheels, I would bring the bling! #djstyle
Thanks to Rachael Conlan Photography for our “Female DJ Dreams 2” photo! Last year, one of my DJ friends sent me an image called, “DJ Dreams”. I thought it was really cool, but it was a guy DJ. I looked around and couldn’t really find any female DJ ones. So I thought, “Hey, let’s make one!” I called up Rachael Conlan and told her my idea. Next thing ya know, we were going on a shoot! The left hand photo below in black and white was from our first shoot. The black and white on the left hand side, and the green down below were from another shoot we did about six months later. I’m so glad I have friends who like my crazy ideas. I think they turned out pretty well!!
Thank you Rachael Conlan Photography! Photos take at The FUGE.
Have you ever wondered what adpaters you need to correctly set up DJ equipment? Well, I’ve been DJing for over 15 years and I’m still learning new things! Since I LOVE MUSIC, on this Valentine’s Day, I decided to talk DJ with one of my good friends, DJ Nickels. In this short quick tip from DJ Nickels, I learned about a new adapter I could use to improve the balance of my sound.
When hooking up from my controller to my JBL Self Powered (Active) Speaker, I was using a single Male RCA to Male XLR. While the normal ear may not be able to tell the difference, I learned I was missing half the signal. What DJ Nickels explained, is in order to have balanced sound, you want to make sure you are plugging into both the left and right signals on your controller. If you only have one Male RCA to XLR, you can use a RCA adapter with one Female and two Male RCA to split the signal into two.
A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We hope you spent this weekend doing what you love! I know I did – playing music!
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A lot of beginner DJs ask me about controllers. What is the best controller to purchase? In this short video, I tell you why I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express. I also give you some questions to ask yourself before you purchase a controller. Hopefully these questions will help you select the best one for you.
Numark MixDeck Express Quick Overview:
1) Great for the beginner DJ
2) Great for the mobile DJ
3) Great for your wallet! Do you want to DJ full time? Or, is this just a hobby for you?
As a business owner, I have to look at every piece of equipment as an investment. The Numark MixDeck Express is great for DJs who are just getting started. So, I purchased the MixDeck so that I could teach my DJ assistants how to use a controller. Which is what I did. Now, when I book them their own jobs the MixDeck Express is the controller they use.
What is your budget?
Controllers are expensive! Usually bundled with software, controllers average around $800 and can go as high as thousands. At $500, I feel the MixDeck with Serato DJ Intro is a steal! While I think this is a great controller for any Mobile DJ, the price makes it a great buy for the beginner DJ who is just getting started.
What kind of DJ are you?
While this controller does allow you to do many of the same things other controllers offer; Cue, Brake, Reverse, Scratch and Loop. The one downfall is you don’t have the convenience of the special effects buttons being right on the controller. You have to use your software. Yet, for the types of events I DJ, this is not a deal breaker for me. I DJ all types of events from corporate Gallas, weddings, fashion shows to teen events. I don’t use the special effects at every event, as apposed to a club DJ, who needs to have the convenience of these buttons on the actual controller. (As with anything, the more bells & whistles and the more convenient something is usually means more $$$).
Great for the mobile DJ.
I’m a female DJ. Plus I’m a Mobile DJ. I need equipment which is easy and light weight for me to transport around. The MixDeck Express is so easy to pack up and take with me anywhere to any type of event. So if you’re a DJ who is always on the go this may be a great DJ controller for you.
Hopefully this helps you out if you are a beginner DJ, or any DJ in the market to purchase a new DJ Controller. Hope to see you back here every Tuesday, when I launch a new video. If you found this video helpful, please don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and sign up for email notifications. This way, you’ll get notified each time I launch a new video. Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly