How To DJ With The Numark Party Mix
From complete beginner to playing on your Numark Party Mix using beatmixing, cues, loops, samples & more…
You’re here because you’ve got (or are thinking of buying) the amazing Numark Party Mix controller and want to know how to play awesome DJ sets on it.
I’m here because I make DJ and DJ/producer courses for Digital DJ Tips, the online DJ school of choice for over 18,000 students in 105 countries.
Welcome To How To DJ With Your Numark Party Mix…
Here at Digital DJ Tips, we train DJs and DJ/producers from beginner right up to fully pro. Scratch DJs, mobile/wedding DJs, club DJs and music producers have all turned their dreams into full-time careers by following our full curriculum.
But we also know that many DJs give up in their first six weeks!
They find taking those first steps in digital DJing just too hard… and so their new gear ends up gathering dust under the stairs. Even if they persevere, it can take them months to nail the basics.
That’s why we’ve created our “How To DJ With…” series.
Featuring the same world-class instructors who teach our pro curriculum, these concise and practical courses take you from complete beginner (yes, we mean complete beginner) to being a DJ!
You’ll master the gear, the music, the skills and the features so that you too can pull tricks that will amaze your friends and family, and help you to pack dancefloors right from the very start.
What makes this course so different?
- It doesn’t throw jargon and features at you with no explanation of what or why.
- It doesn’t lose sight of the fact that you want to know the important stuff so you can actually play the music you love to other people, fast!
- And crucially, it doesn’t forget what it’s like to be a beginner.
- Get started today and join the thousands of happy students of Digital DJ Tips – and who knows, it could be your first step to a changed career, fulfilling a lifelong dream…
So what does this course cover?
- You’ll learn how to set up your new controller and the supplied Virtual DJ LE software
- We’ll teach you how to source, organise and prepare your music, including how to incorporate iTunes into your hardware and software set-up
- You’ll get the lowdown on how to mix, including auto beatmixing and counting beats, for amazing transitions
- And finally, we’ll show you how to use hot cues, loops, and samples, and even how to manually beatmix, so you can play just like pro DJs.
But that’s not all! You’ll also get:
…12 hours of live classroom training via our Digital DJ Tips StudentLive monthly webinars, where you get to ask questions and get instant help with your DJing
…PLUS a free download of “Rock The Dancefloor!”, our best-selling Amazon book on DJing, which has five star reviews
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and start your DJ journey with your Numark Party Mix now.
Over 20 videos and four modules you’ll learn:
- How to download and install your software
- How to connect your controllers, headphones and speakers
- How the DJ controller mirrors what you see on your screen
- How the browser works for organising your music
- How iTunes integrates with your DJ software
- The benefits of using playlists to organise your tunes
- The best places online to get tracks from
- Using the headphones and crossfader to prepare and execute your first mix
- Using “sync” to get your mix right every time
- The secret of counting beats for tighter, more pro mixes
- How to mix from outro to intro to keep your transitions smooth
- How to use hot cues
- Why looping is your best friend
- Using EQs for a cleaner mix
- Mixing without synch
- Using FX creatively
- Using the sampler
- How to light up the dancefloor
What else will you get?
- A friendly, informal community to support you every step of the way
- Personal contact with me, the course tutor
- Lifetime access to course materials
- Hands-on learning to lock that knowledge in
Never waste another minute learning from out-of-date books, or yawn-some, poor quality YouTube videos again!
With How To DJ With Your Numark Party Mix, everything’s ready to go, in one convenient, mapped-out course.
Plus you’ll get fast, friendly, responsive support by email, Twitter and on the Udemy forums. Or enjoy chatting with our 850,000-strong community on our website and social channels.
Your Party Mix may look complicated, but it's all pretty simple when you know how. In this lesson you'll get a quick overview of what all the parts do, as well as an introduction to how it plugs in to everything else - computer, speakers, headphones.
Your Party Mix may look cool, but essentially it's just a dumb box of parts: It's the software where all the magic happens! So we need to get you all set up on your DJ software. In this lesson you'll download and install the supplied Virtual DJ LE program.
Let's take what we saw in the first lesson and make it happen - here you'll attach your headphones, speakers and laptop to complete your setup. By the time you're done, you'll have a complete DJ system ready to use.
As we've learned, your software is where the power lies in a laptop DJ setup. So here we'll get your copy of Virtual DJ LE up and running, and you'll get a detailed overview of every part of your interface, covering decks, mixer and music library.
So the cool thing about using a DJ controller is that while all the clever stuff goes on in your laptop, you get intuitive, tactile control of the important stuff - just like a DJ on traditional gear does. In this lesson you'll learn how the physical controls on your Party Mix mirror what's going on onscreen.
Getting Your Music On
As well as being your "decks" and "mixer", your DJ software is your music library, too. But you need to tell it where your music is for that to work. In this lesson, you'll learn how to get music into your library, how to get it from the library onto your "decks", and how to use iTunes as part of this process if you wish.
For lots of reasons, many DJs choose to use iTunes in their music organisation. Here you'll learn about why this is the case, and some of the essential settings you need in iTunes to make sure that if this is how you choose to work, everything works flawlessly.
One of the absolute biggest secrets of successful DJing with laptops is that you should DJ from "playlists" rather than from your whole library. Playlists give you what to everyone else looks like a "sixth sense" for choosing the best tunes, every time. In this lesson, we'll get you started with your own.
Music is cheaper and more accessible than ever before in history, but you still need to know where to go to grab the latest sounds. In this lesson, we'll give you a handful of choices for shopping, so you can source everything from the latest chart hits to the hottest underground sounds.
We're going to start coaching you in the basics of what a DJ actually does here. By the end of this lesson you'll have learned all the steps to doing your first mix from one track to another. Along the way you'll learn about all the controls needed to mix music, as well as how to preview tracks on your headphones.
One of the biggest innovations that digital DJing brings to the (turn)table is the "sync" button, so now you know the mechanics of mixing from one track to the next, in this lesson we'll show you how to use sync to lock the tracks together for a smooth, professional blend.
So if just hitting "sync" is what it's all about, why do some digital DJs sound so awful? Part of the answer is that they haven't worked out the secret of counting beats. If that sounds complicated, fear not - in this lesson you'll learn that as long as you can count to four, it's easy. This is the next step in doing great mixes every time.
So now you know how to choose the right beats to mix on, the next step is to know where in your tracks to mix. In this lesson, we'll explain how to match up the right parts of your songs to mix with, and you'll see (and hear) the difference it can make to your DJing.
In the days of turntables, the controls available to DJs for manipulating their music were pretty limited. But with digital gear, you have a whole host of extra buttons to make playing your music much simpler - even on the tiny Party Mix. In this lesson, you'll discover hot to use hot cues and performance pads to enhance your performance.
Again, back in the days of turntables, DJs had no choice but to play their tracks from beginning to end, and mix with what they had. But with looping, you can alter your tracks to make beatmixing much easier (among other things). In this lesson you'll learn all about auto looping, and how to do it manually.
EQ, or "equalisation", describes the controls used to boost or cut, for instance, the bass and treble of your songs. One of the the big uses for it is to adjust the overall balance of sound within a DJ mix, to make your mixing sound much better. In this lesson, you'll learn how it's done.
So, the sync button is undeniably a huge boon for digital DJs, but for several reasons, it doesn't guarantee great mixes every time. Moreover, not all gear even has such a function. So in this lesson, you'll get an introduction to the tried-and-tested way of mixing on ANY gear - manual beatmixing. It's a stepping stone to becoming a great DJ - and you can practise it right here on your Party Mix.
Effects, or "FX", describe features that let you alter the sound of your tracks - think echo, filters, flanger/phaser and so on. They are exciting digital DJ features, but as with all such functions, it pays to understand why to use them as well as how. This lesson is your "effects 101".
Samplers let you take (or "sample") snippets of sounds and trigger them when you want. They can be useful for everything from simply playing DJ jingles (or idents) over your mixes, to creatively remixing whole songs. Here's how to access the sample functions of Virtual DJ from your Party Mix controller...
One of the unique features of your Party Mix is its built-in light show. From getting you into the mood when practising, to lighting up small house parties, it's a fun addition to the controller's feature set. In this lesson you'll learn how it works, and how to switch light presets to vary up your shows.
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