Acapella Mixing Masterclass

Create instant live mashups and remixes by mastering this essential DJing skill. This course teaches you quickly and painlessly how to revolutionise your sets with acapellas.

Course introduction

Every smart digital DJ understands the power of being able to mix acapellas – vocal-only tracks – into their DJ sets. Whether your ultimate aim is to get better paid gigs, add a new DJing skill to your repertoire, make your mixes stand out from the crowd, or just to have more fun with your DJing, it’s an essential skill. Acapella Mixing Masterclass takes you step by step from complete beginner to being able to perform live DJ remixes, mashups and more using acapellas, with clear demonstrations that you can follow along with.

Acapella Mixing Masterclass is a complete video course, delivered online in full HD, viewable on your computer, tablet or smartphone, so you can learn anywhere. With “over the shoulder” screen recordings, detailed follow-alongs, plus downloadable supporting documents, it’s everything you need in one place. What’s more, pay once and it’s yours for life, so you can take it at your own speed and refer back to it whenever you want.

What you'll learn

  • How to keep your acapella mixing as tight and professional as any studio-produced remix or mashup
  • How to avoid lame, out of key, out of time acapella “mixes” like those of countless lesser DJs
  • How to master song structure and keymixing for properly fitting, harmonically matched acapella mixes
  • How to perform tricks with FX, loops, “loop shifting”, cue points, extra decks and more
  • How to perform pro techniques like mashups, drastic tempo shifts and genre changes
  • The secrets of where and how to use acapellas in your DJing (and where you definitely shouldn’t)
  • How to master digital DJing’s advantages, like beatgridding, online acapella banks, multiple decks…
  • How to deal with “problem” acapellas, so no acapella need be a problem any more to use
  • Where to find the most sought-after acapellas, both free and paid for
  • Our suggestions for “must have” acapellas, including a “top ten” list of absolute greats…

Full Course Details


As you begin the course, we’ll outline for you why our method is absolutely authentic and takes no short-cuts, but at the same time doesn’t miss out on all the cool tricks of digital.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn about different types of acapella that are out there and the differences between them, with examples
  • You’ll get a Quickstart PDF and three MP3 beats that you’ll be using throughout the course, free for you to download
  • You’ll learn how DJs are using acapellas to create new vocal tracks and how they can be used as a starting point for mashups
  • You’ll discover how acapella use can make your DJing more creative and often unique
  • We’ll give you an important briefing on the legalities of using acapellas in your mixes, so you can DJ safely with them
Finding Acapellas

Remember record shops? And more specifically, the difference between “High Street” stores and specialist shops? That’s our starting point for this primer on how and where to start looking for acapellas in the online age.

What’s covered:

  • Our searches start with Google, and you’ll learn some cool tricks, including one where Google finds acapellas for you…
  • You’ll learn how to trawl all the main music stores online for acapellas, with a trick for finding ones others will definitely miss
  • We’ll show you how to leave the beaten path and start entering the world of free, semi-official and enthusiast acapella sites
  • We’ll show you digital download pools – sites that specialise in providing exclusive DJ-friendly acapellas that others often miss
Preparing Acapellas

Unless you’re an old skool vinyl-style DJ, you’re going to want to prepare your acapellas by BPM and beatgridding them. We’ll take the fear away and show you how.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn how to BPM/beatgrid in your DJ software, and how to use the sample beats that you get with the course
  • We’ll show you how to “transfer” the BPM from the original of a track to the acapella, sense-check the beatgrid and test the results
  • You’ll learn several ways of BPMing an acapella should you not have the original and your DJ software can’t help
  • Not all acapellas are taken from songs, where they follow an actual rhythm, so we show you how to use these in your DJing
Mixing Basics

We’ll look at the theory behind getting tracks and acapellas to work together, and show you two solid methods for making it all work.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn how to mix acapellas the “old” way, so that when we move on to automating it, you understand what’s going on
  • You’ll learn the beats/bars counting tool for keeping acapella mixes in time, and how singing the song in your head can help
  • We’ll show you how to use sync and beatgridding, so you can get tighter results than the manual method
  • You’ll see how this frees you up to do more creative things once your acapella is “locked in”, with just a tiny alteration to the technique
Advanced Mixing

You’ll now be at the point where it’s time to take the trainer wheels off, and start to try out some of your own ideas. We’ll give you a thorough understanding of structure and key in order to do this.

What’s covered:

  • Not got any idea about bars and beats? You’ll learn this so you can analyse the structures of your tracks and acapellas for “tight fits”
  • You’ll learn common ways producers “break the rules” – and how to turn them to your advantage in your acapella mixes
  • We give you a basic grounding in what you need to know about keys / harmonic mixing in order to mix acapellas harmonically
  • You’ll get an introduction to the incredible Camelot and Open Key systems for key detection, to help you spot compatible acapellas
Real-World Examples

The biggest part of the course is a “cookbook”: Learn skills and techniques adopted by pro DJs when mixing with acapellas, and how to combine them with digital tricks.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn the overarching principles of what makes a great mashup, using a couple of particularly successful examples
  • We’ll discuss the pros/cons of various different combinations of “known” and “unknown” acapellas and backing tracks
  • You’ll learn how to set load-in and cue points, drop backing tracks in and out, and juggle with cue points
  • You’ll master dealing with long gaps in acapellas, and how to use cues to “remember” points for perfect mixes
  • We’ll cover mixing acapellas over breakdowns, using them to transition  and looping backing tracks (including loop roll)
  • You’ll learn how to change tempo and key with acapellas, and how to use echo, delay and filter for stunning mixes

Meet your tutor

Phil Morse DDJT Team

Phil Morse is the founder of Digital DJ Tips. His DJ career has taken him from a 15-year residency in Manchester, England, to the main room at Privilege in Ibiza - the world's biggest club. He is also an award-winning club promoter, and has taught music tech and DJing since 2010. He regularly speaks at DJ seminars and events worldwide. His book, “Rock The Dancefloor!”, is a global best-seller on how to DJ.

If you want to learn from big names like DJ Jazzy Jeff, James Hype, Laidback Luke, DJ ANGELO, who are proven at their game, this is the school for you.
We offer 12 month money-back guarantee on all of our courses - All our training comes with our cast-iron, no questions, 12 month money-back guarantee - the risk is all ours.
Every course includes a live “remote classroom” element - spend a minimum of an hour each month with your tutors, where you can ask any questions.
Our courses are delivered in full HD on-demand videos, yours for life and are viewable on any device, so you can learn from anywhere.
Multiple camera angles, on-screen annotations, step-by-step explanations, make the training easy to follow and fun! Plus resources to further lock in your learning.
“The course is so well explained that it quickly helped me discover totally new ways of putting together new mix creations because the limitations that I had before had gone, once I knew the secret to mixing acapellas I felt like I could mix anything over anything and sound amazing! “I have even done a special mashup after only a few lessons and it was awesome to share it with my friends and on my Souncloud. I only thought that professional DJ producers could do this but now I am able to combine tracks and make my own special edits… thanks! “It’s totally worth it guys, I suggest this to everyone to take your DJ skills to another level.”
Diego "DJ Tiofunk", Andalucia, Spain
“I wanted to use acapellas in my DJ sessions but I didn’t know anything about it. After taking the course I understand the principles behind acapella mixing and now I can use them during DJ sessions. I feel more confident to use acapellas while DJing and know the principles to help me choose the proper songs to mix. The videos are HD and the delivery of information follows a logical order which makes it easy to understand. The coolest thing was to understand the musical structure of an acapella and a particular song and be able to mix them together easily.”
Miguel Martinez, Fukui, Japan
“I hadn’t really thought about using acapellas in my DJing, but because I just like everything about music and creating new stuff I bought the course to see what the fuss is all about. The videos explain in a very clear and calm way how to get familiar with acapella mixing, and I quickly learned that mixing a famous acapella over an unknown track can really help you introduce new music to the crowd and be a lot of fun. The tutors are very passionate about their work and it gets me also enthusiastic to learn more, making doing the course easy.”
Maykel Smits, Oosterhout, Netherlands