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    Default Your most frequently used mixing tools/techniques

    Hi, I was just wondering what general techniques or software features you consider essential to your DJ'ing. The reason I ask is because I'm a beginning DJ trying to make a custom midi mapping for an akai lpd8. With 8 buttons and 8 knobs, there are a lot of possibilities. I'm using a mapping someone else made right now, but I find I only use the cue points and effects controls primarily. I don't see myself using a lot of samples, but I do use looping for transitions between tracks sometimes. Besides EQ kills (which my controller lacks) and an echo freeze button, I'm wondering what other kinds of things I could incorporate into my mixing. I know there are threads similar to this, but just a general idea of what you use the most as a digital dj would be helpful to me.
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    Cue points, loops, filters, beatmasher, build up effects, drop effects.

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    Alright, thanks. I should try out beatmasher more. I've only used it in group effects mode, so I didn't really have much control over it.

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    That's all? With so many people using midifighters and other kinds of MIDI equipment, I thought I would have gotten more ideas. I may just stick to using cue points, EQ'ing, and a little bit of effects until I become good enough to branch out further.

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    eq, filters, subtle fx and hotcueing.

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    4 decks and a mixer. Thats about it really. I generally only use 2 decks at a time though.
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    I love the echo effect on the midi fighter instant gratification mapping...probably too much, but I just got my midi fighter. It's handy when you want to change the bpm dramatically though.

    Echo/filter out of current track...drop new track, boom!
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    Good call on the LPD8! I have one, and have each program set to do different things. PRGM1 is my looping functions, PRGM2 is my effects section, PRGM 3 is Hot Cues and PRGM4 is sample deck control. I can send you the mapping if you'd like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Sunshine View Post
    Good call on the LPD8! I have one, and have each program set to do different things. PRGM1 is my looping functions, PRGM2 is my effects section, PRGM 3 is Hot Cues and PRGM4 is sample deck control. I can send you the mapping if you'd like.
    Would be interested to see your LPD8 mapping chap?

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    Acapella and clap loops can be gold if you want to get an audience going!

    But for the most part, I do use a lot of filter, beat juggling, and light FX. I pre-cue most of my tracks so that I can skip over a large portion of it if the audience just isn't feeling it.

    Something else I like to do here and there is slow the tempo of a song dramatically before the buildup and slowly speed it back up before the chorus or drop. You don't do anything fancy but it gives a song just a little bit more energy.

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