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Make Your Own DJ Edits

Stand out as a DJ by editing and remixing the music you already own to make exciting new versions, giving yourself unique music to play in your DJ sets.

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Last modified May 5, 2017

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Make Your Own DJ Edits

In the modern DJ world, where everyone’s got the same music, and the same skills, what can you do today – right now – to actually turn heads, to get noticed, to make an impression? Well, making your own DJ edits is a fast-track way to stamp individuality and credibility on your DJ sets. Pro DJs have been making and playing their own edits to use as “battle weapons” in their sets for decades and this course, taught by our senior tutor Steve Canueto who has edited 1000s of tracks and DJ mix albums, teaches you the pro secrets using free software to get you editing your own tracks, fast!

Make Your Own DJ Edits is delivered online in full HD video, viewable on your computer, tablet or smartphone, so you can learn anywhere. With over three hours of expert training across 30 videos taking you step-by-step through the process of editing real tracks, 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

  • Exactly how to take your favourite tracks and remix them into versions that only you have
  • The eight most powerful editing techniques the pros use to make music easier to mix
  • A step by step tour of each technique, using multiple genres of music
  • How to master music structure and phrasing, so that you can edit even the most complicated tracks
  • How to make your own mashups using acapellas, giving you killer tunes everyone will ask about
  • How to re-edit a DJ mix to make it fit onto a CD, to a radio show format and so on
  • How to add intros and outros to difficult to mix tracks, so you can play them whenever you want
  • How to make tracks longer or shorter to suit whatever DJ set you want to use them in
  • How to make your own radio edits, and remove profanity quickly and painlessly
  • Countless examples, to give you the confidence to apply these techniques anywhere

Full Course Details

Here you’ll get an overview of what’s in store, we’ll cover the legal and copyright issues you need to respect, plus you’ll meet your tutor.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll get a special Quickstart Guide and Extra Resources PDF to help you as you work through the course
  • You’ll discover where editing started, how it has developed, and how it is now available for anyone to do at home, for free
  • You’ll meet the eight different types of editing techniques, as we highlight the key uses and applications for each one
  • We’ll take you through a real-life music collection highlighting the typical “prime candidates” for edits for all of the techniques

Before you can get going, you need to get yourself some editing software (we use a freely available program), and nail some music theory basics. We do that here.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll get the lowdown on the software available for editing, as we analyse the key differences and explain our choice
  • You’ll learn about the software interface, screen and waveform navigation and cut, split, copy and paste key commands
  • You’d struggle with structural editing if you didn’t have  counting, beats, bars and phrases down, so we give you all the info
  • You’ll get the basic ground rules that are worth sticking to regarding file formats to get good quality results

This is one of the more simple and most useful techniques of re-editing, and we give you four very different examples of how you can approach it.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn how to restructure the intro of a notoriously difficult track to mix, to give us a perfect, 16 bar opening section
  • You’ll discover how to “fix” a track that heads into its first drop way too early, creating instead a long intro to mix with
  • Wondering if this stuff works with extreme genres, too? Here you’ll apply all we’ve learned to a two-minute-long indie-rock track
  • You’ll crack dealing with things like FX builds and drum rolls that can otherwise sound strange when they occur in intro edits

Same four tracks as the previous section, only this time – having “fixed” them to make them easy to mix into – we’ll extend their outros to make them easy to mix out of.

What’s covered:

  •  You’ll learn how to loop a chorus and delay the original fade, winning you plenty of creative freedom for mixing
  • You learn how to take a part of a new intro section, and use it at the end to create a mixable outro with the track’s original flavour
  • Back with our indie tune, you’ll learn how make a brutally abrupt ending extend exactly perfectly in time and sound right, level-wise
  • You’ll learn two methods of adding/extending an intro on a track, including splicing intro beats onto the end

As you learn how to extend a track, cut it down to size, add a fade to an otherwise abrupt ending, and create a “bedding” track from it, your skills will expand considerably.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll get the lowdown on the “envelope tool” function of the software, giving you the flexibility to put your own fades on music
  • You’ll learn how to take a favourite part of a track, identify the “in & out” points and repeat the section as often as you like
  • By cutting out sections of a track yet respecting the structural integrity, we’ll show you how to successfully halve its length
  • You’ll learn how to build a continuous “sound bed” that can be used as an intro to a set or radio show, or to put dialogue over

From splicing together different versions of a track to a full restructure, working with beatless sections to automating DJ mixes, we reveal all the tricks.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll watch us take a short radio edit and an original full-length club version and splice them together to make a new track
  • You’ll learn how to permanently remove profanities and offensive words from tracks – this is how the radio stations do it.
  • We’ll show you how to remove entire sections from a track and “restructure” the remaining track to ensure it still works overall
  • Drums on waveforms make it easy to spot the in & out points of edits, but what about when there’s no beat? We explain how
  • You’ll learn how to make your own radio edits of full-length club tracks, by understanding when you can be brutal in editing
  • We give you an extended low-down on making mashups, by splicing together totally different tracks, and adding acapellas

Once you’ve spent all that time on making a great edit, re-edit or remix, it’s important to know how to export it and make it sound great. We show you how here.

What’s covered:

  • You’ll learn how to ensure your levels are exactly right – loud enough for your track to stand up against others, but not distorting
  • We’ll explain how to check and fix your track’s EQ to make sure your overlays and blends sound sweet
  • We’ll cover exporting, including using the LAME encoder to export your finished work as a high-quality MP3 in addition to WAV
  • We close with a unique offer – send us your re-edits and we’ll happily give you constructive feedback on your efforts

Our Customers

Ronnie, London, UK

“I loved it! The course managed to deconstruct some of the daunting music theory required to use simple software to edit. I’ve now made a few re-edits that have been really useful in tidying up a number of my favourite tunes and now I can play them without worrying about the abrupt endings because I learned how to extend the intro and outro. It’s cool that the tutorials are actual live action videos and not still screenshots and it’s delivered at a great pace for a rewarding learning curve. It will give you even more control of your tracks.”

John Joesph, Mumbai, India

“Before taking the course, I was in two minds whether it would enhance my skills as a DJ. Although I’m a beginner, I wanted to scale myself to different level, where I could “chop” parts of songs and include mash-ups in my sets, not just blend songs. I now understand the nitty-gritty of chopping and editing a track, and more importantly, how to seamlessly perform a mashup. I am confident to approach bigger clubs and pubs with my mixtapes and edits. When I listen to mixes now, I can understand what the DJ has done to that track.”

Gary Coles, Oxford, UK

“This course has saved me hundreds of pounds in making extended four bar radio edits that I can mix together. I use it to mix genre to genre, decade to decade or an edited outro into acapella vocal intros. I can make edits with the parts of tracks that I want to use rather than the edits download pools want me to use. I’m not the only person who would like to extend tracks to the way I like them… but I had no idea on how to do it! With the help of this course, I have learnt the things I needed know so that I can do what I always wanted to do with the tracks I wanted.”

Phil Morse

Phil Morse is the founder of Digital DJ Tips. He's DJed across Europe, including 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.

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