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Learn how to become a great DJ and be the life of the party!

Being a DJ is more than pressing buttons. We will teach you the skills of DJing and how to become a great party host!
4.7 (306 ratings)
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7,113 students enrolled
Created by David Truong
Last updated 11/2014
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Set up & troubleshoot DJ equipment, Perform and mix songs to an audience, Perform advanced mixing techniques
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  • Students should have access to DJ gear (CDJs, mixer) either during or after the course

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Ever wanted to be a DJ but thought it looked too complicated? Are you a self taught DJ but would like to improve your DJing skills?

Then this course is made for you! We'll cover all aspects of DJing, from the basics of setting up, which cables to use, and how to troubleshoot your gear, to basic mixing, beat matching, and more advanced techniques like telegraphing.

There's nearly 2 hours of comprehensive video content.

Who is the target audience?
  • People wanting to learn about DJing with no prior knowledge
  • People wanting to work as DJs
  • DJs who want to improve their DJing skills
  • DJs who want to strengthen their foundational skills
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 29 Lectures Collapse All 29 Lectures 01:52:38
2 Lectures 03:10

Awesome! Glad you're here!

Welcome to the course!

Contact me anytime: david@djinstitute.co

Welcome to the course!

Corin (half of the production duo Karboncopy) is a DJ with releases under the labels: Ministry of Sound and One Love, tells you why you should take this course.

Also David James, founder of Griffin Alliance and DJ for 20+ years gives his support for the course.

A message from Corin (Karboncopy) and David James (Griffin Alliance)
Setting up your gig: The Tripods
2 Lectures 02:35

We talk about the tripod, how to set them up safely, and what heights are appropriate for certain dance floors.

The Tripods and how to set them up

This is a quick side note about speaker and tripod positioning for different room sets.

Tripods sidenote
Setting up your gig: The Cables
1 Lecture 02:59

This video explains the difference between 'input' and 'output', as well as what each cable is used for and why they are important.

Knowing which cable goes where and why is very important in a DJ setup.

The Cables (RCA, XLR, IEC)
Setting up your gig: The Speakers
2 Lectures 04:15

In this video, we describe the industry standard speaker - the Mackie SR450.

We explain what each button means, how to set them up, and a basic overview of how they work.


On the back of Mackie speakers, you'll noticed there are a few more buttons, lights, and sockets. In this video we explain what each one is for and how to take advantage of them.

Speakers sidenote
Setting up your gig: DJ Mixer and DJ Decks
1 Lecture 02:09

In this video, we explain the purpose of the DJ mixer and DJ decks. We also explain how to set them up properly and get them ready to be used.

DJ Mixer and Decks
In Depth: The CDJs
1 Lecture 03:29

In this video, we talk in depth about the CDJs and their core functions - master tempo, auto cue, tempo slider, the jog wheel, and the track selection controls.

We'll focus on the lower end CDJ100, the industry standard CDJ1000, and the more recent CDJ900.

The CDJs
In Depth: The Mixer
2 Lectures 09:14

In this video, we'll go in depth with the mixer and its functions - channel selection control, master channel control, headphone control, and controlling gains and volumes.

We'll focus on the basic DJM300 and then industry standard DJM600. Once you know how to use both of these mixers, you'll know how to use any other mixer.

The Mixers

Mixer sidenote
Playing your first track
2 Lectures 05:25

You're finally ready to play your first track. Make sure you have completed all the previous videos as they contain fundamental information for you to get the most value from this course.

We'll explain how to set the 'trim' or 'heat' of a track, cue the track, and perform a simple fade in mix.

Playing your first track

Playing your first track sidenote
Troubleshooting your gear
2 Lectures 06:50

In this video, I'll explain how to fault check in any scenario by using the technique: "follow the signal".

We'll also have some exercises for you to try and think about at the end of the video. The answers to the exercises will be in the next video.

Fault Checking

Fault Checking Solutions
Packing Up
1 Lecture 03:19

In this video, we talk about packing up your gear and why it is important to tie your cables properly.

We'll also show you how to tie your cables properly to keep them lasting longer and for quicker setup times.

Packing up & Tieing
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About the Instructor
4.7 Average rating
306 Reviews
7,113 Students
1 Course
DJ of 7+ years

David has DJed in the top nightclubs, bars, and functions in Adelaide for more than 7 years. He has held residencies at the Dog & Duck, Red Square, Seacliff Hotel and Buddha Bar, among others. He has also DJed at hundreds of birthday parties, private parties, special occasions, and corporate functions.

A few years ago he opened up a 'school' to teach at risk students how to DJ, to re-engage them back into the school system. Since starting that venture, David has moved to a fully online experience.

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