At SOS DJ our maximum class size is 4 people to ensure you learn the most important aspects of the craft in a hands-on-hardware environment.
Modern DJing requires an understanding of song structure, EQ and beat matching, plus familiarity with various types of hardware and software to ensure you have full control of your music in your set. Here we’ll cover each of these topics, plus a look at how to go about getting gigs.
Delivered by resident Melbourne DJ, Leroy Amphlett, in an intimate setting of only 1-4 students, SOS DJ sets out to simplify the process of DJing and ensure you're capable behind the decks no matter what the set-up. In doing so we use a combination of 2 Technics SL1200s, 2 Pioneer CDJ 2000s, A Pioneer DJM900 mIxer and an Allen and Heath XONE92 DJ mixer. We also use a combination of software including Pioneer Rekordbox, to best represent the set up most used by club DJs.
The course is suitable for beginners and/or those wanting to learn the fundamentals of DJing. This course is the perfect place to start if you're new to DJing, but depending on the experience of our students we can also cover more advanced techniques of hardware and software. Please contact the school if you have any specific needs or requirements.
Course content and features:
Understanding and simplifying electronic music song structure
Identifying and operating the basic functions of DJ hardware (including CDJ/Turntable and Mixer)
Beat-matching (the fundamental DJ skill)
Basic mixing (with EQ and faders) and music programming
Understanding the basic functions of DJ software (including Rekordbox)
Recording a demo and how to approach promoters for a gig.
Course objectives: by the end of this course you should be able to:
Identify elements of a song or track, including breaks and drops, intro and outro etc.
Operate DJ hardware and identify the features that are common to all
Beat-match between songs, and identify some mixing techniques for when beat matching is not possible
Use EQ and faders on a DJ mixer to blend between songs in a mix
Prepare cue points, loops and playlists for use in your sets
Record a demo and approach promoters for a gig
- EXCLUSIVE LEARNING TOOLS INCLUDED
Each enrolment includes a software licence to use Carbon Electra, one of the worlds leading synthesizers.
School of Synthesis Producer Pack:
Each enrolment includes a carefully selected VST/AU plugin pack for Windows and MAC OSX with everything you need to get producing, including some of the best EQ, Compressor, FX and Limiters available.
Each enrolment includes an authorised download of the Loopmaster Analogue Sequences pack designed by School of Synthesis trainers for Ableton Live.
SOS Loopmasters Pack:
All SOS students receive a free download of samples from the award winning Loopmasters collection.
As an SOS students you will be eligible for student discounts from Ableton, Output, Fabfilter, Rob Papen, Plugin Boutique and more. Information on educational discounts will be sent to you via email upon enrolment.
Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by solo work on one of our eight Mac workstations where you will practice set themes and techniques derived from real-world applications of the technology. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your recreations and save various versions of your work.
Additional resources and materials:
All hardware and software is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes. We also recommend students own a PC or MAC. Students can bring their own laptops to class so the tutor can assist with setting up software like Rekordbox.
Assessment and feedback:
You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will be sent a School of Synthesis tote bag containing a t-shirt, sticker and certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say 'thanks'!