Three easy ways to level up your DJ’ing with the Pioneer DJ DDJ-200!
Take your DJ’ing to the next level on the DDJ 200 by levelling up your transitions. In this article and video, we will run you though three easy ways to make your mix sound more creative and interesting.
Roll FX Chain
Roll effects are super simple to activate and sound great when used correctly. A roll essentially is a loop that is activated whilst a performance pad is held down. Once released, the track returns to the position it would have been if no loop was applied, effectively slip mode. Roll effects can be any beat value but sound best when set to one beat and under. Half beat and quarter beat rolls are especially effective for creating great sounding effects.
To apply a Roll, open the PAD FX pad mode. From default a roll of 1/2 beat will be available, however you can change this value or another PAD FX to become a roll by hitting edit in the bottom right corner. From here any effect can be changed, with various modes and values available.
Slip mode once activated allows the DJ to perform various actions with the track returning to its normal position once that action is over. For example, when slip mode is activated a DJ can spin the jog wheel backwards to create a spin back. Once the spin back is over, instead of resuming playing from the position the spin back ended, the track will jump to the point where it would have been if the spin back never occurred. Slip mode helps keep the rhythm of a dance floor as the track always returns to its normal position.
When active slip mode allows the DJ to affect the Play, Cue, Performance Pads and Jog Wheel with the track returning to its usual position. Set hot cues on key notes within a track, with slip mode enabled the hot cues can now be played as musical notes. This allows for amazing creative possibilities.
Sadly only available when using the DDJ 200 with WeDJ on iOS, transition effects are activated with the dedicated button above the crossfader. The transition effects can be chosen via the application, with the effects split into four categories. On the left side are effects named Cut In. Cut in transition effects will stop the playing track and introduce the next track quite abruptly. The right side are labeled mix, these keep both tracks playing whilst applying effects over the transition. Finally the effects on the top half of both cut in and mix are designed to be used to build energy up. Effects on the bottom are designed for use when mixing on a break down.
The transition effects automatically apply. It’s as simple as choosing an effect, waiting for the right time to transition between the two tracks. Try each effect separately to learn which sounds best for your given tracks. When used correctly the Transition Effects can make even the simplest blend sound complex and creative!
Taking your DJ’ing to the next level with the DDJ-200 is easy with these three simple tricks. Get creative with Lawrence James as he shows you how to set up and use roll effects, slip mode and transition fx using WeDJ on iOS.
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