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DJ Tips & Tricks

Most of these are old school tricks but can be impressive, if there pulled off right.

Using Two of the Same Records to Achieve a Reverb or Delay

I learned this trick from dj shagz. Take two records of the same song and get them in beat with each other so that the songs are literally over layed exactly on top of each other. Once you have this draw the base out of the record you are about to mix in and bring the track in. Now slowly bend the pitch ever so slightly and a reverb effect will occur. Now repeat the same procedure except slip the record out of beat and fade in and out for a delay effect.

How to Play a Record Backwards

This trick may not work with all turntables but it defiantly works with the Vestax PDX-A2's that I use. Take an ashtray a little thicker than the cartridge on your turntable, and place it upside down and centered on the slip-mat. Now take a piece of gum and stick a record centered on top of the ashtray, the gum helps hold it in place. Now you must flip your cartridge upside down, and then screw it back into the tonal arm. You must also weight the tonal arm so that it has a tendency to spring upward instead of down. Now start the record and slide the tonal arm underneath the record as far as you can towards the ashtray and it will play your record backwards.

How to Add your own Drums on a Record

Another trick you can do is have a record playing on one deck and set the tonal arm on the beginning or the end of the record where no music is written now have the record stopped and tap on the record with your finger. The vibration from you tapping will sound like a base beat. Tap in beat with the other record to fatten up the base or add your own percussive touch.

Suggested Reading
  • How to Mix Down a Song
    Creating the initial tracks, mixing down the song, and then mastering your musical projects. This article goes in depth on mixing levels and techniques to improve your songs.
  • Creating a Demo Tape
    Every record label has its own guidelines for submitting demos. This is a general guide for some of the production standards when creating your demo tape.
  • How to Set Up and Record Vocals
    This article explains how to set up and record vocals. The equipment that you need to get started and some recording techniques.
  • The Flanger Effect
    There are countless effects out on the market that help mold, shape, and totally distort your sound. But today I'm going to tell you a little bit about, one of the more popular, and commonly used effects, the flanger effect.
  • Reverb Tutorial
    What reverb is, and tips when applying reverb to a track



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