Learning how to mix solely with your DJ headphones is a really good skill to have and whenever you see DJs wearing in ear monitors that's exactly what they're doing. The advantages of mixing with your headphones on the whole time is: you can hear everything so much better, which means greater control of your EQ, FX and the overall sound of your mix, not to mention you can turn off your speaker when playing at home and play all night without concern of noise complaints.
This method of using the headphones is game changing but in truth can be compared to getting to know a friend that you don't immediately like but you end up loving them once you know them better.
My personal choice of headphones are the Sennheiser 25 hd (above left) but Pioneer headphones are also good - I also have a pair of the HDJX7's (above right)
- Get your songs in sync without everyone hearing the beat matching process
- Hear how your songs sound together before introducing your new song to the mix
+ when you get more advanced, perhaps you can use your headphones to prepare your EQ pre mix to make certain the song you are about to mix in, enters subtly to the mix for a flawless transition.
The concept of double dropping is you play both chorus's together at the same time. Now I'll be honest this is risky as quite often the chorus is the most intense part of the track so putting big bit on big bit can often sound messy...
The advantages of sync are difficult to overlook: firstly it can take the pressure off new DJs big time, as beat matching by ear gives you more to do and remember and if you don't have to worry about beat matching by ear...
I know for a fact, as far as entry level controllers go, a tonne of people are choosing the DDJ400 and why not, it has the same basic operations as the club gear, it reads Rekordbox, the same software used to prepare music to play in clubs, and it's very affordable and I personally know a tonne of people that have started on this controller and have honed their skills to a club standard.
Many people have asked me to do a video on what goes into DJ set preparation, so in this video I will talk through my process with the goal that you can put together some really pumping sets that people will respond well to.
I was recently in a studio learning mastering from an audio engineer. If you listen to music anywhere in the 21st century, this person was...