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Pioneer XDJ Beginner Intermediate
Music Management
Music Theory
Software Settings
Beat Matching
EQ Mixing
Hot Cues
Basic FX
Advanced FX
Beat Jump
Acapella Mixing
Transitition Techniques
Slip Mode
Mixing Different Genres
Advanced Hot Cue & Looping Techniques


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What You’ll Learn

Pioneer XDJ Courses

The all-in-one Pioneer DJ units such as the Opus Quad, XDJ RX3, RX2, XDJ RR, and XDJ XZ almost perfectly mirror a CDJ setup, which you will find in any pro DJ booth. After taking these DJ courses, you’ll be confident playing in any club DJ booth on a CDJ and DJM set-up. Or if you already own a set of CDJ’s/DJM mixers then these courses are also applicable.

You’ll learn how to mix creatively and confidently with your equipment, helping your sets stand out from the crowd. Our courses will help you master everything from the foundations of beat matching and mixing to advanced cross-genre mashups and creative use of effects, plus much more.

We pride ourselves on not just showing you what a button does but how to use it creatively. The lessons all work chronologically so that as you master one skill, you can combine it with others, instantly improving your creativity. Each video in the DJ course features overhead shots of the equipment, making it easy for you to follow along step by step.

Pioneer CDJ Masterclass

Most DJ’s end goal is to play in bars, clubs, or festival stages. The one thing all these places have in common is Pioneer DJ Equipment. Nearly all clubs and venues will have a set of CDJs and knowing your way around them is essential to becoming a confident club DJ. If you’re used to playing with a controller in your bedroom, moving on to a set of CDJs and a mixer can feel daunting. The buttons are in different places, they connect differently, and you may want to choose between using USB sticks or a laptop to DJ. All these things bring challenges; however, inside this course, we will arm you with the tools and techniques for stepping up to a pro DJ setup and playing quickly.

This course is for any DJ who wants to feel confident using a CDJ set-up. Perfect for those DJs making their first steps into the booth and starting their career or for seasoned DJs who think they don’t know the club equipment inside out yet. Please note that this is not a creative mixing DJ course. This technical course will prepare you to move on to CDJs. If you still need to master the art of mixing, please check out one of our standard DJ courses specific to your software or equipment.

CDJ Masterclass

Lesson Plan

Getting Prepared – What To Carry to Any Gig
Formatting USB/SD Card
Exporting Music To USB
How To Set Up CDJs & DJM Mixer
How To Connect A DJ Controller To A Clubs Mixer
Using CDJ’s in HID Mode
Rekordbox HID DJ Lesson
Serato DJ HID Lesson
Traktor HID DJ Lesson
Virtual DJ HID Lesson
Algoriddim DJAY HID Lesson
Performing Your First B2B DJ Set
Using Pro DJ Link
CDJ Walkthrough – Browse Section
CDJ Walkthrough – Performance Controls
DJM Walkthrough – Channels, Inputs & Outputs
Level Controls – Gain Structure And Channel Faders
DJM Walkthrough – Headphone Cueing
DJM Walkthrough – Microphone
DJM Walkthrough – Mixer Effects
DJM Walkthrough – Advanced Settings
Updating Firmware
CDJ Settings
Moving From Controllers To CDJ’s
How To Practice On Controllers To Play On CDJ’s
Fault Finding
How to DJ With Just One Deck
MIDI Mapping Your Mixer For Extra Functions

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Why Crossfader?

Access to videos 24/7

Free music & DJ/scratching tools

Learn at home on your own equipment

Unlimited views of your lessons

Join a community of other DJs

iOS app available for offline learning


Course FAQs

Which course is right for me?

Here is a breakdown to help you choose the right course to start at:


Pioneer XDJ Beginner DJ Course

This DJ course is the perfect starting point if you’re just getting started with your XDJ unit or the Rekordbox software in export mode. If you’re struggling to beat match by ear manually or need to master phrasing, music theory and mixing, this is the place to get started. This course covers some of the initial performance features and effects used by DJs, so you can even begin to add some extra flair to your transitions.


Pioneer XDJ Intermediate DJ Course

The intermediate DJ course is the perfect place to start if you already know how to beat match manually and mix intro to outro confidently. This course will help you discover all the creative tools available on your equipment. You’ll learn how to start mixing creatively, use the effects to their full potential, mix between genres and more! If you feel stuck mixing intro to outro and want to take your skills further, this is the one for you.


Pioneer CDJ Masterclass

This is the perfect course if you already know how to DJ on your equipment, but you will be playing on CDJs soon in clubs, bars or venues. This course will teach you everything you need to know about the pro Pioneer DJ setup giving you the confidence to step up and perform at the next level. Please note this is not a mixing course. If you want to learn to DJ and mix, please choose one of our other courses. The XDJ Courses also apply to CDJ setups for learning to mix and DJ.

Do I need the XDJ course or Rekordbox Course?

These Pioneer XDJ courses are filmed and designed for DJs using USB’s to play their music after exporting from Rekordbox. (We explain how to do this within the course)

If you’re using Rekordbox in performance mode (with your laptop plugged in), then the Rekordbox DJ courses are more suitable as the performance pads work slightly differently and you may want to understand how this mode works more in-depth.

However, please note that the Rekordbox courses are designed for controllers, so there may be lessons on features in Rekordbox that your XDJ all in one unit can’t access.

What equipment will I need?

To make the most of this course, you will need one of the following setups:

  • Pioneer XDJ RX
  • Pioneer XDJ RX2
  • Pioneer XDJ RX3
  • Pioneer XDJ RR
  • Pioneer XDJ XZ
  • Pioneer DJ Opus Quad

or a combination of the following CDJ/XDJ/DJM setup:

  • CDJ 3000
  • CDJ 2000nexus
  • CDJ 2000NX2
  • XDJ 1000MK2
  • XDJ 700
  • DJM A9
  • DJM 900nexus
  • DJM 900NXS2
  • DJM 750MK2
  • DJM 450
  • DJM-250 (This mixer works for the beginner course but not the intermediate as it doesn’t feature effects, a large part of the intermediate course)

What music should I use?

There is a free direct download for our Crossfader Music Pack filled with exclusive music from friends of ours. You won’t be able to find these tracks anywhere else! Some of these tracks are used in our lessons so that you can follow along step by step.

All the techniques taught in our courses, however, can be applied or adapted to most music. Our aim is for you to get creative and mix confidently with your music library.

The beginner course also has Crossfader DJ Tools available to download. We develop these tools to help you master basic skills such as timing and beat-matching manually.

Who's the tutor?

Our dedicated DJ tutor Jamie Hartley started working in the industry as a full-time DJ over a decade ago at the age of 16. Since 2014 he’s worked to build Crossfader from a small UK based DJ school where he taught aspiring DJs in his studio into what you see today, a global online DJ school and community.

From working one to one for years in a studio, Jamie has developed foolproof and systematic ways of breaking down DJ skills and techniques so you can master them! Many other DJ schools will show you how things work rather than teaching you the creative skills needed to help you stand out from the crowd.

What Support Will I Receive?

After you enrol in a course, you will instantly access all the videos and lessons to watch as many times as you like. Each lesson has a dedicated comments area for you to ask tutors any questions you may have. You can also get in touch with tutors via email if you’re having problems, and we’re there to support you every step of the way.

How Do I View My Course?

Purchased courses are instantly accessible via our student portal learning area. You can access your course and lessons 24/7 and watch each video as many times as you like. If you have an iPhone, we also have an iOS app to access our learning portal on the go! Everything in the app syncs up with the web so that you can work seamlessly between the two.

You can also take your lessons on the move by downloading them for offline viewing inside the app. Just like Netflix!

Which Languages Are The Courses Filmed In?

Our courses are all filmed in English. Unfortunately, we don’t have subtitles available in other languages. Multi-language support is something we will be adding in the future so check back for updates.


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Take your learning on the go with the Crossfader iOS app. Download from the App Store and log into your account to access your courses from anywhere! Watch lessons on your commute, listen on the go and pick which videos you want to make available for offline viewing, just like Netflix!

Ask your tutor a question on the go, then pick up your conversation when you’re home as your courses progress and comments sync between devices seamlessly.