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.
I recently did a video on how to get out of sticky situations and the long and short of it is, the more prepared you are the less likely you'll even find yourself in a sticky situation, so in this video I will share with you some common ways to organise and even categories your music so you are ready for any eventuality.
In this article / video I will talk about the effects you will find on club mixers. Now, you may have noticed by now, I do lean towards preparing people to play in clubs as running clubs and DJing was what I did full time for almost 20 years and it's best to talk to my experience, but I want to really emphasise one thing and that is all DJ gear shares the same features.
People often remark on how I use my volume faders and EQ so today I'll explain why I often use the whole EQ to mix in my new tracks as opposed to volume faders.
The beauty of learning to DJ is, absolutely everyone can do it. I have taught people from 8 to 80 and most of these people had no background in music or experience of any kind.
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...