Digital DJ'ing

 

101 // 110 // 210

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DJ 101: CDJ's & Rekordbox

This course begins with the basic fundamentals of DJ’ing including beat matching, EQ’ing, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing, effects, set prep, and more. Students will learn how to DJ using Pioneer’s CDJ 2000 Nexus, DJM 900 Nexus, and Rekordbox. With classes capped around 10 people, students get ample time with the instructor and opportunity to practice on Pyramind’s DJ equipment. The class culminates with each student performing a 15-minute mix. The highest scoring student earns the opportunity to DJ at a Pyramind or partner event in San Francisco. 

Topics Include:

  • DJ Fundamentals & Equipment Overview
  • CDJ 2000, Zone 92, and RekordBox in-depth look
  • EQ, Effects, and Gain Matching
  • Song Structure, Harmonic Mixing, and Genre Mixing
  • Track Selection, Stage Presence, and Promotion

DJ 110: Traktor & Serato

This is a ground-up look at Native Instruments DJ software “Traktor.”Students will review the key fundamentals of beat matching, EQ’ing, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing, effects, set prep, and more. Using Traktor controllers and software, students will learn how to prepare and perform a DJ set from top to bottom and remix on the fly. Students will also be introduced to Rane’s DJ software, Serato, and will get one on one time with the instructor and opportunities to practice on Pyramind’s DJ equipment.

The class culminates with each student performing a 15-minute mix. The highest scoring student earns the opportunity to DJ at a Pyramind or partner event in San Francisco. 

Topics Include:

  • DJ Fundamentals and Equipment Overview
  • Traktor Software in-depth look
  • Serato Software in-depth look
  • EQ, Effects, and Gain Matching
  • Song Structure, Harmonic Mixing, and Genre Mixing
  • Track Selection, Crowd Read, Stage Presence, and Promotion
  • MIDI mapping and Advanced Traktor Techniques

DJ 210: Live Performance & Advanced DJ'ing with Ableton Live

This 16-week class focuses on harnessing the power of Ableton Live to create sophisticated DJ sets and Live Performances. If you’re looking to take your Live Show to the next level - this is it! We will focus on workflow strategies to ensure successful performances in a variety of applications. Whether you want to create all of your sounds on the fly or simply DJ with the most power and flexibility possible - this class is for you!   

Topics include:

  • Live Performance Workflow
  • Warping - The Right Way
  • Critical Organization Tools
  • MIDI Controllers
  • Audio Interfaces
  • MIDI Mapping
  • MIDI Remote Scripts
  • Working with Loops and One Shots
  • Complex Launching Techniques
  • Creating Custom Racks
  • Live Instrument Performance
  • Live Vocal Performance
  • Performing Original Music
  • Syncing Traktor and Ableton
  • Manipulating BPM
  • Many Advanced Ableton Tracks and Techniques 

DJ Instructors

M3RC

DJ101 // DJ110

After graduating high school, Shawn decided to take the next step and start producing his own original music. Shawn has performed at many world renowned venues & events including; Avalon Hollywood, Ruby Skye, The Regency Ballroom, Fox Theater, Sunrise Event Center, LovEvolution, Control LA/SF, Insomniac Awakening, etc. He has performed with artists such as; Noisia, Zedd, Sub Focus, Jack Beats, Madeon, Tommy Trash, Dada Life, The M Machine, The Chainsmokers, LA Riots, Blasterjaxx, and many more. Shawn currently holds a residency at Ruby Skye nightclub & Control in San Francisco under his solo alias ‘M3RC’. 

Will Marshall

DJ210

Will Marshall is a DJ, producer, teacher and technologist, originally from New Zealand. Beginning his musical career as a jazz trumpeter, Will started producing in his late teens, releasing a string of psychedelic breakbeat tracks with Broken Robot Records and playing festivals across the world.
After moving to Oakland in 2014, Will founded Coma Cartel, a production duo focusing on experimental bass music. He runs a small studio in Temescal, where he writes and teaches production.
An experienced programmer and Ableton guru, Will is expert in developing technology for live performance, working with artists such as Patrick Gleeson, Ill Gates, Freq Nasty, Mr Bill and the Fungineers to develop their live shows, as well as developing tools for Ableton performance.

I really enjoyed the classes. I feel I can go into any venue now and rock it, CDJs, LIVE or my custom setup.
— Peter Clark (EMP Graduate)