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This series of workshops focuses on introducing the basics of DJing using controllers and Serato software as a starting point. Turntable based courses, which will be a follow up to these courses, are coming soon.

CrossFade

An Introduction to DJing

One x 2 hour workshop: $38

  • This introductory, 2 hour, hands-on workshop utilizes the DJ 808 controller recently launched by Roland and Serato.  The workshop provides a general overview of the gear and various functions including BPM, SYNC, Mix use of the TR S drum feature and the Sampler. Each participant will have a DJ 808 to work with during the workshop.

BeatMatch

4 Session DJ Workshop Over 4 Weeks; Includes CrossFade Content

Four x 2 hour weekly sessions: $139

  • What is BeatMatch? 
     
    BeatMatch is an intensive 4 session DJ workshop over four weeks, designed specifically for people that want to jump in and immerse themselves in learning how to create and produce a mini DJ set.  No experience is required and the objective at the end of the session is that you will have a solid 2-3 minute DJ performance utilizing the concepts learned in the workshop. The workshop is limited to 9 participants and each participant has exclusive use of  their own Serato/Roland DJ 808 Controller and Laptop. No equipment is required of the participants.
     
    Who should attend?
     
    1. Anyone with a keen interest in learning to DJ.  No previous experience is required and no musical knowledge or skill is expected.
    2. Anyone who has used Serato, ABLETON Live, FL Studio, or a TR 8 Drum machine and wants to extend their creative canvas and integrate software with hardware.
    3. Anyone who has traditional musical knowledge or training and wants to explore DJ performance techniques.
    4. Anyone wanting to extend a first date over three consecutive days.
     
    A Few Details
     
    •  Overview of DJ808 Controller layout & Serato software
    •  Concepts of mixing
    •  Nudging with the platter control
    •  Cue Markers
    •  Serato Sync Features
    •  X fader Curves
    •  Headphone Cue.
    •  Cue Assignments
    •  DJ 808 Effects
    •  Channel Effects
    •  Deck Effects
    •  Changing and tweaking Deck Effects
    •  Looping and autoloop Function
    •  Serato Beat Jump
    •  Track Selection and overview of Crates and Library Management
    •  Analyzing new Tracks for Tempo and Key information
    •  Prepping library and new songs,
    •  Beat Grid overview and time aligning tempo on songs that change bpm
    •  TR-S Drum machine basics and overview, sequencing basics
    •  Concepts of Mixing in Key
    •  Overview of Camelot wheel (Mixing in Key)
    •  Scratching overview and basic moves and exercises

DJ Live

4 Session DJ and Ableton Intermediate Level workshop Over 4 Weeks

Four x 2 hour weekly sessions: $139

  • What is DJ Live?

    DJ and Ableton: DJ Live is an Intermediate Level workshop, one evening per week for four weeks, that will give participants a better understanding of how to utilize Ableton Live and build more interesting sets. Participants will also learn:

    • techniques to create intro edits, where no instrumental exists, to improve song matching
    • mash-ups
    • warping  
    • DIY vocal adjustments
    • ghost tracks
    • acapella tempos and
    • shortcuts

    Four (4) Free DayPasses to use our Studio Pods are included as part of this workshop so you can refine and develop what you learn if you do not have access to adequate gear at home.  More info here: www.wiredmusic.ca/use-our-gear

    The workshop is limited to 6 participants and each participant has exclusive use of their own “pod”.  No equipment is required of the participants.

    Who should attend?

    1. If you are a practicing DJ with some passing or even limited experience with Ableton Live, this workshop is for you.  You will get to experience the depth and power of ABLETON Live in the context of being a DJ as opposed to using Ableton for production or recording purposes.
    2. If you have a solid working knowledge of DJ Controllers but want to push your knowledge into the Ableton Live world, this workshop could be for you.
    3. We do not recommend this workshop for anyone less than 16 years old, a casual user or a date.

    A few details:

    1.  Editing  Basics:
      • Loading songs, warping, master tempo, session view, grids
      • Shortcuts for cutting, pasting, duplicating, etc (provide short list handout)
      • What is MIDI and how can we use it
    1.  Edits Advanced
      • Creating intro edits when there is no instrumental, matching the same song
      • Using Sampler/Simpler
      • Warping with live drummers, settings, exporting methods
    1.  Mash-Ups
      • Mash-ups, using MIK/Serato DJ, acappella tempos, warp techniques
      • EQ’ing, DIY vocal adjustments
      • Using side chain on vocals, creating ghost tracks
      • Export methods, compression, limiting
    1.  Effects and Techniques
      • Direct effects, send/return effects, grouping
      • Effect layering and sequencing techniques
      • Manipulating effects, gating, parameters
 

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Your Instructors

Michael Henry, better known as DJ Marvel, is a renowned DJ, producer and live remixer.

A distinguished entertainer and member of Vancouver’s premier DJ collective, The Freshest, Marvel has performed all over North America, including frequent appearances in SF, LA, NYC (The Rub / 1 Oak), and at major music festivals like Rock The Bells, Fuse, South By Southwest,

DJ Marvel

Michael Henry, better known as DJ Marvel, is a renowned DJ, producer and live remixer. A distinguished entertainer and member of Vancouver’s premier DJ collective, The Freshest, Marvel has performed all over North America, including frequent appearances in SF, LA, NYC (The Rub / 1 Oak), and at major music festivals like Rock The Bells, Fuse, South By Southwest, & Olio. Most notably, Marvel has performed with famed recording artists Drake, Nas, Lil Jon, Z-Trip, Slum Village, De La Soul and the late DJ AM. Well-versed in contemporary genres, Marvel is also a prominent nightlife DJ with popular residencies at Fortune Sound Club, Republic, The Alexander, 303 Columbia, and Barnone in Vancouver where his reputation as a musical tastemaker is undisputed. Marvel recently garnered significant attention as ½ of a live production duo Live Evil. Their 2013 remix of Ciara’s “Body Party” achieved critical acclaim on Pitchfork, and is one of Spin Magazine’s Top 40 Songs of 2013. The Freshest’s original song “Call Your Name” earned the support of Diplo and MistaJam on BBC Radio 1. Revered by fellow DJs and artists, Marvel’s edits and remixes receive play all over the world.
Nick Bike is a DJ living in Vancouver, BC. He is a 2-time regional Red Bull 3style champion ('13 Vancouver, '15 Western Canada). In addition to being a regular contributor to The Beat Junkies record pool, his edits and 45s have found their way into the set lists of Skrillex, Grandtheft, Z-Trip, and Jazzy Jeff, as well as radio playlists of BBC Radio1, Brooklyn Radio, and Shade45. Multiple tours in previous years have seen him across Canada and the United States. Whenever and wherever the party is, Nick is ready to bring to you his eclectic taste in music and turn the party out.

DJ Nick Bike

Nick Bike is a DJ living in Vancouver, BC. He is a 2-time regional Red Bull 3style champion (’13 Vancouver, ’15 Western Canada). In addition to being a regular contributor to The Beat Junkies record pool, his edits and 45s have found their way into the set lists of Skrillex, Grandtheft, Z-Trip, and Jazzy Jeff, as well as radio playlists of BBC Radio1, Brooklyn Radio, and Shade45. Multiple tours in previous years have seen him across Canada and the United States. Whenever and wherever the party is, Nick is ready to bring to you his eclectic taste in music and turn the party out.
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