#1 Rule for DJ Effects

#1 Rule for DJ Effects

This #1 rule for DJ effects I am going to tell you in the next few sentences is what separates the amateurs from the pros.  I hear many DJs who use effects and, although they sound kind of good, they are not using them to their full potential.  This is because they are missing out on a crucial aspect.  It’s a bummer, because what they are missing out on is what is critical to making the crowd think you’re a DJ to making them think you’re an SICK DJ.  If you take anything away from this article on best practices for DJ effects, take this away.#1 Rule for DJ Effects

OK, here we go.  The #1 rule for DJ effects and the trick to making your effects sound 100% better and compete with pro DJs like Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, and Tiesto, is you need to use your effects musically.  This is the #1 rule for DJ effects.  What I mean by this is the #1 rule for DJ effects is split into two parts, style and time.

#1 Rule for DJ Effects

  • Style: As you DJ more, you will start to develop your style.  For example, some DJs use effects more than others, they use them for longer periods of times, and they also use certain effects while not touching others.  It doesn’t mean the others sound bad, but they’re not for everyone.  It all depends on what you like and how you want to approach your mixes.  This is the important in the #1 rule for DJ effects.

Remember, this is the best practices for DJ effects, not me commanding you to DJ a certain way (just like you would a robot).  This is music, baby.  Music means soul, love, and passion for what you do.  If you have that, you’ll find your groove in what you want to do/sound like and you’ll be successful at it.  Trust me, style is essential as one part of the #1 rule for DJ effects.  However, the next tip I am going to give you on time is something that is more of a “rule” among DJs and music in general.

  • Time: Keeping the right time while using your effects is crucial to making good, tight, and smooth transitions.  This is done by knowing the structure of songs.  In most pop/EDM/trance/house/dubstep or any other type of music that you dance too, music is split up in 32 beats.  Getting the timing down is key for mastering the #1 rule for DJ effects.  If you don’t know how to tell if your song is split up into 32 beats, then refer to here where I show you how to do it.

#1 Rule for DJ Effects

Note: this next part on time which is very important in the #1 rule for DJ effect may be a bit confusing, but bear with me.

Now that you know how many beats your track is, you need to keep this in mind when making your mix.  This is done by enabling the effect on the first beat of the 32 beat count.  Or, if you only want the effect for half of the 32 beats, you can enable it on the 17th beat (which would be right after the 16th beat in the 32 beat count).  You can do this further and enable it on the 25th beat (right after the 24th beat) of the 32 beat count.  As long as the effect is enabled on the 1st beat (also known as “the one”) in the 32beat segment, or the first beat after the 16th (the 17th beat), then you’re use of effects will be much more powerful.  In other words, enabling the effect on the beat after the 16th beat, which would be the 17th beat will make your effects sound in time with the track.  Take a quick break and think about that again, it is they second key to the #1 rule for DJ effects.  OK, you got it down?  Here we go.  Furthermore effects can be enabled on the beat after the 24th (the 25th beat), 28th (the 29th beat), or 30th (the 31st beat) beat in the 32 beat count.  These are the typical practices that DJs use when using effects in musical time.

#1 Rule for DJ Effects

 

If you’re still a bit confused, check out my video series which I have a video that explains this exactly.  Click this link now: How To Pro DJ: Quickly and Easily.

I hoped that video helped you out, if you want to see the full video where I reveal even more secrets that the pro DJs do not want you to know about regarding the #1 rule for DJ effects, then go here now for more information (I am running a sale right now, so you can get it for cheaper than usual): LINK

Utilizing style and time in your mixes correctly will help you master using your effects in your mixes.  Remember, this is the #1 rule for DJ effects, so be sure to use this while practicing and while playing at your gigs.  You’ll notice a definite increase in sound as well as a drastic increase in energy the crowd has.  If you want to learn more about effects themselves, then check out my post here, where I go into all the best practices of using DJ effects: Best Practices for DJ Effects.

DJ Whrr
DJ Whrr
Starting at the ripe age of 15, I (DJ Whrr) started my DJ career. After buying up high quality equipment and teaching myself how to mix, I soon hit the DJ scene. From DJing graduations and weddings, to clubs and house parties, I tried it all! I have performed at many venues including the Filmore in Detroit, MI the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI and 5th Quarter in Ann Arbor, MI (if you want me to connect you with any of these venues, I’ll do my best – just shoot me an email in the lower right-hand corner). Finally, I also taught DJing at the University of Michigan for a little while. All these things inspired me to create How to DJ Quickly for DJs to learn online. However, aside from DJing, I am passionate about teaching others. This is why I created How to DJ Quickly. Starting out DJing can be tough (trust me, I know). Whether you are confused about DJ Equipment, How To Mix, How To Mix Like A DJ, Getting DJ gigs, or just need General DJ News, Tips, and Tricks and information about the DJ Lifestyle, I will help you! I know what it is like to be a each skill level and I want to help all! This is why beginners, novices, and experts can use How to DJ Quickly to learn more about DJing! Like I said, I am here to help, so if you have any questions, please email me using my email which you can find on my: "Questions? Contact Me." page. Check out How to DJ Quickly for more!
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