maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

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maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by re:dream » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:50 pm

Hi all

Here's a n00b question about DJing on Live. Can't find an obvious answer on the web or the forum.

I am making a mixdown of a DJ set I recorded on NYD. It's all nice and smooth and mixed in harmony now BUT I am noticing the volume levels go way too loud during the fades between one track and another. Obviously caused by the kick and bass from two different tracks running at the same time.

What's the simplest and most professional way of keeping it smooth? Just attenuating the bass on the incoming track / outgoing track? Or putting a compressor on the master track with a really hard ratio?

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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by andydes » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:20 pm

quiet_ou wrote:Just attenuating the bass on the incoming track / outgoing track?
^ that one.

Remember in ye olde days DJs only had a crossfader and 3 eq knobs and a fader for each track to work with.

It's the "proper" way.

But try it with a compressor and see what happens. I bet you run into all sorts of issues though.

Of course, keeping everything smooth isn't always what you want, but that depends on your style.

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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by 102455 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:55 pm

andydes wrote:in ye olde days DJs only had a crossfader and 3 eq knobs and a fader for each track to work with.
Nah. In ye olde dayes DJs had a volume control for each deck and that was it.

No gain per channel, no EQ (or bass & treble on the master output if you were lucky), analogue VUs on the output.

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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by yur2die4 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:20 pm

For future reference, you may want to look up 'smart mixing' er whatever.

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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by regretfullySaid » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:31 pm

or "eq'ing" or "mixing"
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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by yur2die4 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:32 pm

Smart mixing is a specific, unique technique that is mentioned on this forum.

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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by ian_halsall » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:38 pm

it's called skill

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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by regretfullySaid » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:42 pm

I tried it before, it's kinda cool, personally I like old school control.

The funny thing is, it's supposed to make things easy like for the OP, but the setup could be a mindfuck to set up, depending on the person.

I would start with EQ 3 just to practice mixing between l/m/h.

I wish I could remember who did it but someone made some racks modeled after a few different EQ's, like A&H. Iirc I liked the "green" one trying on a mix.
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Re: maintaining even volume levels during a DJ set

Post by yur2die4 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:49 pm

Yeah, it never interested me personally, but it seems endorsed by a few people and it sounds like it might benefit this user.

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