The Ticket Fairy continues to be the premier platform for ticketing events featuring renowned names from the world of drum & bass, as well as showcasing interviews, album reviews, and highlights and recommendations in the DnB genre here on TFword.
As we proceed to spotlight such artists, events, and festivals, we wonder if our readers ever wanted to try their hand at becoming a DJ? Master the art of transitions on a virtual turntable? Take your DJ skills to the next step, or just give it a try?
Here are 5 tools and programs that are currently accessible to help you learn the art of DJing from home!
Crossfader was founded in 2014 by DJ Jamie Hartley and entrepreneur Katie Riddoch. Headquartered in a studio in Leeds, UK, Jamie would initially provide DJing lessons. The lessons and further developed courses were eventually adapted into a variety of online DJ courses, allowing people to learn to DJ from their homes.
Budding DJs can master the art of DJing on Crossfader. You can choose from a selection of courses (beginner to advanced) and follow the step-by-step guidelines. Students can emulate these guidelines by watching tutorial videos, reaching out to resident DJ mentors, and connecting with others who are part of the program.
According to the Crossfaders website, their classes have trained 10,000 students from over 120 nations worldwide. In a 2021 interview with the content strategist of Dropbox, Hartley shared, “Other than the guy my dad hooked me up with for a few lessons, I didn’t have any other mentors. It was years of trial and error and figuring things out the hard way. This was a huge part of how Crossfader was born.”
Click here to visit Crossfader’s official website to know more
Download Crossfader on the Apple Store HERE
Until AM is a free online DJ tool that lets users mix and master music. A user can source music from SoundCloud as well as audio files on their local and google drive. They create a DJ set by selecting music and modifying the sounds on Until AM’s effects pad. Vinyl scratching with two turntables, playback speed control, sound manipulation via fx, and other features are available on this DJ tool. Its virtual turntables can also be added as an extension to Google Chrome browser.
Transitions DJ is a music mixing application available for Windows, Macbook, and Google Chrome. This tool works with a user’s locally stored music collection and SoundCloud’s library. It has a simple interface that allows you to produce and remix music easily. It has cross-fading, looping, tempo synchronization, and cue points as well as free access to a crowd-sourced database of song structures, beats, and bars. Transitions DJ was started by software engineer Adam Hilss.
Click here to download Transitions DJ
Did you know?
Archie Norbury aka DJ Archie entered the Guinness book of records as the world’s youngest DJ when he was 4 years and 130 days old in October 2019.
Youtube DJ is a free online music mixing tool. It enables users to create beats, mixies, and mashups. Users can pick music from YouTube videos. With Youtube DJ, you can make your own mix combining tracks to create your party mix. It lets users add songs to the playlist, crossfade between them, increase and slow the pace of the track, loop them, and save the mix.
Click here to start mixing on Youtube DJ
YouDJ is a DJ mixing and mastering application that can be used online and downloaded. As you get onto the online portal, it displays two turntables and a mixer with a list of tracks. YOUDJ’s music is updated regularly and contains music from independent musicians. As you create an account and begin experimenting with the system, your progress can be tracked.
It has a 4.8 rating on the Apple App Store and over a million downloads on the Google Play Store.
You can also look into BeatportDJ, which is similar to the application.
Rave DJ is perhaps one of the most simple and straightforward tools for creating mashups for anyone who wants to give it a shot. All you have to do is add links (Spotify/Youtube) of songs to mix, and the website will do the rest. You can combine two songs or make a mix of several tracks.