How DJs Make Remixes

Serato Studio - How To Make A Remix

How DJs Make Remixes

How DJs Make Remixes & Edits

When you’re just starting out on your journey into music production, it can feel overwhelming and complicated. One of the first hurdles is ‘what music production software should I use?’ There isn’t just one answer to this question; however, some production software is much easier to get started with than others. In this article, we have decided to help you get started producing music with Serato Studio.

What is Serato Studio?

Serato Studio is a music production and DJ remix software. It’s perfect for anybody just getting started on their journey as its so simple to use. You don’t need to know how to play a keyboard or piano, what a scale is or how to play in A minor, for example. You don’t even need to know how to write a drum pattern. Serato Studio has the option to automate these complicated tasks meaning you can focus on producing or remixing a song quickly. 

How much does it cost?

Serato Studio is free to download, unlike other music production software making it a great starting point. Only when you advance and want to unlock more features and functions, do you need to pay for it. This is also another great reason to use Serato Studio if you’re just getting started. You don’t need to invest lots of money before even opening up a piece of software.

To unlock the full version of Serato Studio, download the software here. Use coupon code ‘CROSSFADER’ or click here to get two months free subscription.

How do DJs remix songs?

Naturally, as we’re an online DJ school, we also love the way Serato Studio can feel very familiar to DJs as the company also own a DJ software called Serato DJ Lite and Serato DJ Pro. One of the best ways to get into music production is to start creating DJ remixes, DJ edits or mash-ups. A DJ remix or edit merely is taking one of your favourite songs and then editing and adding new elements, drums or instruments to that song to make it your own. In turn, helping make their DJ sets unique to others!

Serato Studio allows DJs to create remixes or mash-ups of their favourite songs quickly. All you need to do is follow along with the step by step tutorial videos below.

How to use Serato Studio?

In this 6 part Serato Studio tutorial series we break down the basics of making a DJ intro, DJ edit, DJ remix and mash-up!

Follow along with the first three videos step by step just using the free version of Serato Studio. Videos four, five and six use the paid version (these videos will be added over the coming weeks). Remember you can get two months free Serato Studio using voucher code ‘CROSSFADER’ at checkout. Click here to download Serato Studio now!

Learn how to make an acapella intro with wordplay plus build your DJ remix, adding drums, instruments, samples and more!

Part One – Your First DJ Intro Edit

Skills covered in this lesson:

  • Navigating interface
  • Importing music
  • Using slicer to extend sections of a song
  • Phrasing and basic music theory
  • Exporting

In this first part of the series, you will learn how to navigate around Serato Studio. We show you how to work with audio, set up endless slicer’s and quickly make a useful DJ intro edit!

Part Two – Building Drums and Creating Extended Edits
  • Introduction to scenes
  • Writing drum patterns
  • Sidechain

One of the first things any new producer needs to learn is how to write a drum pattern. Serato Studio is excellent because there is the option to automate this process as well as do it manually. It’s a perfect tool for learning how a drum pattern’s together. You will create your first scene and then add that to the intro edit made in the previous video.

Part Three – Acapella Wordplay Intro Edit

Skills covered in this lesson:

  • Drum racks
  • Sampling
  • Audio editing
  • Scenes
  • Wordplay Techniques
  • Using Serato Studio FX

In this tutorial, we take it up a level! Wordplay is a technique used by battle and performance DJs to transition between songs. Acapella intros are also handy tools for DJs as they can layer the acapella over the instrumental of another song creating the perfect blend. B combining both of these techniques in this tutorial, you will start to see the creative power of Serato Studio as a music production tool. 

Part Four – Creating A Basic DJ Mash-Up

Skills covered in this lesson:

  • Multiple Audio Sources
  • Sampling
  • EQs

In this tutorial, we’re moving onto the full version of Serato Studio. Remember to get 2 months free of Serato Studio just click here or enter the coupon code ‘CROSSFADER’ at the checkout. Creating a DJ Mashup is one of the best ways to make unique edits and tracks for your DJ set. It’s also the perfect way to get started in the world of producing your own music. This lesson will introduce the art of sampling, using EQs and really making the most of what Serato studio has to offer.

Part Five – Adding FX, Instruments & Drums

Skills covered in this lesson:

  • Writing Melodies
  • Using Instruments
  • Adding FX
  • Writing Drum Patterns

In this tutorial, we continue working on the project from the previous video to enhance the mash-up and turn it into a full remix. Serato Studio allows you to add instruments, FX and more to your edits to help make them unique. This lesson will teach you how to quickly write melodies and drums plus much more!

Part Six – Adding Automation & Mastering

Skills covered in this lesson:

  • Automation
  • Mixing and mastering

The final touches in a DJ edit or remix are what make your idea come to life and sound powerful in your sets alongside the rest of your library. In this video, you will learn how to add some automation to the FX as well as mixdown the different elements. Getting your levels right and mastering the song can usually take a long time with other production software however Serato Studio has made it really simple. Watch to find out about the final touches you can apply to your DJ edits and remixes.

We want to hear your remixes!

Have you followed this series and come up with your own DJ mash-ups, edits or remixes? We would love to hear from you and the music you’re producing. If you want to send Crossfader your work please click here to add them to our dropbox.


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