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    Default How to mix pop music?

    Okay. I admit. Sometimes I like to mix pop music. Don't kill me.

    However, while I can mix electro and house relatively well, pop music just doesn't lend itself to smooth transitions....or so I think

    Does anyone have any tips on mixing pop tracks together? Specifically any tricks you use to transition from one song to another if you want to share.

    Thanks guys!

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    most pop music is split into sections of 16 bars usually, so a 16 bar verse, 8-16 chorus, another 16 bar verse, etc.

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    Try to keep your transitions a bit shorter for the most part.
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    set crossfade to 12 seconds in iTunes *wink* ;p
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    anyone can fade from one song to another, but I'm looking for more creative ways to mix them into each other, especially with the advantage of midi controllers

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    cut and slam!
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    good tips here: cute and slam! keep it short, etc

    its all about setting your songs up. Sometimes you can cut on a keyword and it sounds great. Other times I might create a quick loop on the playing song during the chorus and bring in the next song. Transition will be 4 bars. other times I might create a loop short the loop, shorten it again while bringing the next song and fade out the oringial loop. Even with a vci-100 you can do a baby scratch and bring it in on beat. use your for decks to set up a loop and transition from one pop song to the loop then to another song.

    cut on a key work with an intro from the next song is probably the easiest. just keep on beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceBlaise View Post
    cut and slam!
    If not, try and get an accapella of the next track (and maybe do some juggling) over a non vocal part of the previous track, done it a few times and it came out really well, then slam it in where you feel it works

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    yea thats kinda more the thing i'm talking about.

    got any tips specific to juggling and working in accapellas? I can never really seem to make them fit right..

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    Quote Originally Posted by faeruithir View Post
    yea thats kinda more the thing i'm talking about.

    got any tips specific to juggling and working in accapellas? I can never really seem to make them fit right..
    I'd usually use a part people definitely would know, like a chorus (obviously) or a chant or something, not really long vocals, just snippets really. Saves from being too caught up with bpm issues etc...
    Juggling, I tend to just grab words that fit and make a new loop with the slicer for a few bars.

    It's mostly just trial and error (like every other thing in DJing)

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