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SOS DJ

Testimonials

Nick Hamilton

I would rate the Alive with Ableton Live course 10/10. The teacher was top notch. Have always wanted to learn, but haven’t had anyone explain it in a way I understood. So with a great teacher and small class size, meant I loved every aspect of the course!

Amelia Abley

I did the SOS DJ course over a weekend. I learnt so much that weekend! DJ Leroy was running the course. The tutor knew his stuff and makes it his personal mission to make sure that you get out of this course what you are looking for. Yes you will learn beat matching skills and the secret formula for seamless transitions between songs. But he is also really happy to give you all the other pearls of wisdom which come with many years in the industry. Thank you SOS. Xx

Jitan Chander

I enjoyed the DJ course with the School of Synthesis. I learned 80% more and faster than through studying through online research. The tutor was an easy-going and forgiving teacher. The DJ course is an affordable price, reasonable length of time, and reasonable class durations. Skills taught are beat-matching, transitions skills, DJ setups, software and where to get the music. The equipment used throughout the course is of high quality, so the best equipment is provided. Thank you to the School of synthesis for being kind and generous with knowledge, practical skills, advice, and more. I personally recommend doing the DJ course if you are seeking to become a DJ.

Kara Spain

SOS DJ was excellent. The class was extremely interactive which I loved. After completing the course I feel confident enough to start practicing at home with the software that we were taught, and with the equipment we were shown. I liked how hands on the course was as we were able to get a feel of how the equipment works and how to use it when playing our own music. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who has an interest in djing and wants to learn how to on quality equipment.

Signe Joosua

SOS DJ course is a great start for everybody who loves electronic music. We covered all the basics from beat matching to getting your foot in the door of DJ world. A really practical course I would recommend to anyone who wants to become an excellent DJ and broaden the knowledge of electronic music.

Callum Lawson

As an aspiring electronic music producer I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn some DJ skills. SOS DJ course was a great opportunity to learn from a professional DJ. We covered all the basics and got plenty of good tips and tricks to compete in this already competitive DJ industry. I specifically loved learning about the different types of hardware from XDJ-R1’s to CDJs and Turntables.

Zac Galevski

In my search for a place to learn some DJ skills – I came across the School of Synthesis. Walking into the course as a complete novice I was a bit nervous. We started with the basics and quickly progressed to mixing beats and having a lot of fun. The benefit of being a small group was that we got to ask a lot of questions and be very hands on. We covered set-up, playlists, industry exposure and various genres within EDM. I highly recommend SOS. It has left me with oodles of enthusiasm to learn more about music and become a DJ.

Annabel Ross

The SOS DJ course was exactly what I needed to finally start DJing. You have a knowledgeable tutor on hand to answer any questions and you learn using the same equipment you can expect to use out in the club. Leroy was patient and gave us lots of handy tips. I went out and bought decks after the first week of the course, I felt so excited and inspired.

Dates
Days
Times
Duration
Price
Code
Spaces
 
15/10/2022 to 05/11/2022
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
22DJ8
3
19/11/2022 to 10/12/2022
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
22DJ9
4
04/02/2023 to 25/02/2023
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ1
9
07/03/2023 to 28/03/2023
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ2
9
05/04/2023 to 26/04/2023
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ3
9
04/05/2023 to 25/05/2023
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ4
9
03/06/2023 to 24/06/2023
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ5
9
03/07/2023 to 24/07/2023
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ6
9

PLEASE NOTE: Our DJ Course runs in two different formats:
A 4 week course of 3 hours per week or a 2 day course of 6 hours per day

 

SOS DJ

 

At SOS DJ our maximum class size is 5 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 and renowned Australia DJ / Producer Lance Harrison in an intimate setting of only 1-5 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, 2 Traktor controllers and an Allen and Heath XONE92 DJ mixer. We also use a combination of software including Pioneer Rekordbox and NI Traktor software, to best represent the set up most used by club DJs.

Course Level

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/Controller 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 and Traktor)
  • 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

Permanent access to our guides and articles in our Content Portal:
Each student gets access to detailed notes and references covering all courses and providing a valuable ongoing and updated resource to aid learning reinforcement.

Carbon Electra:
Each enrolment includes a software licence to use the award-winning 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 EQs, Compressors, FX and Limiters available.

Analogue Sequences:
Each enrolment includes an authorised download of the Loopmasters Analogue Sequences pack designed by School of Synthesis trainers.

SOS Loopmasters Pack:
All SOS students receive 2 gigabytes of samples from the award-winning Loopmasters collection.

Educational Discounts:
As an SOS student, 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.

Learning methods:
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. a 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 receive a t-shirt, sticker and completion 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’!

Related Courses

Advanced Ableton Live

Making Music with Logic Pro

Making Beats

Tutorials

Dates
Days
Times
Duration
Price
Code
Spaces
 
15/10/2022 to 05/11/2022
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
22DJ8
3
19/11/2022 to 10/12/2022
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
22DJ9
4
04/02/2023 to 25/02/2023
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ1
9
07/03/2023 to 28/03/2023
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ2
9
05/04/2023 to 26/04/2023
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ3
9
04/05/2023 to 25/05/2023
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ4
9
03/06/2023 to 24/06/2023
Saturday
14:00 - 17:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ5
9
03/07/2023 to 24/07/2023
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
4 Weeks
$ 690
23DJ6
9

PLEASE NOTE: Our DJ Course runs in two different formats:
A 4 week course of 3 hours per week or a 2 day course of 6 hours per day

 

SOS DJ

 

At SOS DJ our maximum class size is 5 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 and renowned Australia DJ / Producer Lance Harrison in an intimate setting of only 1-5 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, 2 Traktor controllers and an Allen and Heath XONE92 DJ mixer. We also use a combination of software including Pioneer Rekordbox and NI Traktor software, to best represent the set up most used by club DJs.

Course Level

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/Controller 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 and Traktor)
  • 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

Permanent access to our guides and articles in our Content Portal:
Each student gets access to detailed notes and references covering all courses and providing a valuable ongoing and updated resource to aid learning reinforcement.

Carbon Electra:
Each enrolment includes a software licence to use the award-winning 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 EQs, Compressors, FX and Limiters available.

Analogue Sequences:
Each enrolment includes an authorised download of the Loopmasters Analogue Sequences pack designed by School of Synthesis trainers.

SOS Loopmasters Pack:
All SOS students receive 2 gigabytes of samples from the award-winning Loopmasters collection.

Educational Discounts:
As an SOS student, 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.

Learning methods:
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. a 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 receive a t-shirt, sticker and completion 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’!

Testimonials

Nick Hamilton

I would rate the Alive with Ableton Live course 10/10. The teacher was top notch. Have always wanted to learn, but haven’t had anyone explain it in a way I understood. So with a great teacher and small class size, meant I loved every aspect of the course!

Amelia Abley

I did the SOS DJ course over a weekend. I learnt so much that weekend! DJ Leroy was running the course. The tutor knew his stuff and makes it his personal mission to make sure that you get out of this course what you are looking for. Yes you will learn beat matching skills and the secret formula for seamless transitions between songs. But he is also really happy to give you all the other pearls of wisdom which come with many years in the industry. Thank you SOS. Xx

Jitan Chander

I enjoyed the DJ course with the School of Synthesis. I learned 80% more and faster than through studying through online research. The tutor was an easy-going and forgiving teacher. The DJ course is an affordable price, reasonable length of time, and reasonable class durations. Skills taught are beat-matching, transitions skills, DJ setups, software and where to get the music. The equipment used throughout the course is of high quality, so the best equipment is provided. Thank you to the School of synthesis for being kind and generous with knowledge, practical skills, advice, and more. I personally recommend doing the DJ course if you are seeking to become a DJ.

Kara Spain

SOS DJ was excellent. The class was extremely interactive which I loved. After completing the course I feel confident enough to start practicing at home with the software that we were taught, and with the equipment we were shown. I liked how hands on the course was as we were able to get a feel of how the equipment works and how to use it when playing our own music. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who has an interest in djing and wants to learn how to on quality equipment.

Signe Joosua

SOS DJ course is a great start for everybody who loves electronic music. We covered all the basics from beat matching to getting your foot in the door of DJ world. A really practical course I would recommend to anyone who wants to become an excellent DJ and broaden the knowledge of electronic music.

Callum Lawson

As an aspiring electronic music producer I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn some DJ skills. SOS DJ course was a great opportunity to learn from a professional DJ. We covered all the basics and got plenty of good tips and tricks to compete in this already competitive DJ industry. I specifically loved learning about the different types of hardware from XDJ-R1’s to CDJs and Turntables.

Zac Galevski

In my search for a place to learn some DJ skills – I came across the School of Synthesis. Walking into the course as a complete novice I was a bit nervous. We started with the basics and quickly progressed to mixing beats and having a lot of fun. The benefit of being a small group was that we got to ask a lot of questions and be very hands on. We covered set-up, playlists, industry exposure and various genres within EDM. I highly recommend SOS. It has left me with oodles of enthusiasm to learn more about music and become a DJ.

Annabel Ross

The SOS DJ course was exactly what I needed to finally start DJing. You have a knowledgeable tutor on hand to answer any questions and you learn using the same equipment you can expect to use out in the club. Leroy was patient and gave us lots of handy tips. I went out and bought decks after the first week of the course, I felt so excited and inspired.

Related Courses

Advanced Ableton Live

Making Music with Logic Pro

Making Beats

Tutorials