Beat Match Brunch Class #2

Handling Records and Isolating Sounds


The combination of isolating sounds and identifying BPMs will have you on your way to #DJlife in now time. Class #2 focused on understanding how to identify and isolate sounds with records. We first we looked at our records and analyzed the groves. Closer together groves meant there were more complex sounds happening, multiple instruments at once. While farther apart groves showed us where breaks or song gaps, these could be "breaks" or instrumental break downs. This knowledge will help you tell time and give you queues on where to mix in another record. 

To Isolate the sounds we played with the High, Mid, and Low knobs on the mixer. We learned that higher sounds like high hats, symbols, and claps can be isolated by turning the lows and mids down, then turning up the highs. We also learned that instruments like vocals, pianos, snares and horns live in the mid range. If we want to isolate them we simply turn the mids up and the highs and bass down. Lastly we learned that instruments like the kick drum and bass live in the lows and we can isolate them by turning the lows up and the highs and mids down. Paying with these various frequencies or sound ranges can offer a arsenal of mixing tricks. Lots of DJs take out the bass of the track they are playing and introduce the track they want to mix in by using its bass line or kick drum to take over the track. Others might mix in vocals or a piano adding to the track they are already playing. Messing with the highs, mids, and lows gives you some room to mix and play with your dj creative style.

Play around!

Grab a record.

 DON'T TOUCH THE GROVES-- touch the side of the record or the middle. See if you can read where the start, where the vocals may enter, and a break in a song by reading the groves. Do you see a difference in the widths of the groves? 

Que it up.

Place the record on the player, press play, then use your middle finger on the record label to stop the record from spinning. use your finger to rewind. listen to the sounds as they are being played backwards. Can you hear the different frequencies or instruments? Try to cue up the record where the bass line or vocals drop. Practice this so you get use to handling the records and finding sounds. 

Mess with the Knobs.

Play your record and try to isolate some of the sounds. Use the knobs to mess around to see what it sounds like you move them around. Try to isolate the vocals or a bass line. Use your other skills too - keep an eye on your record groves, see if you can take the bass out in the middle of a break then bring it back when the break is finished to add that extra hype feel. Messing around is the only way you'll understand the gear.. so have fun and listen deep.