4 Easy DJ Transition Tips You Should Master

There are quite a few styles and practices to transition from one record to the next.  It really boils down to your own finesse and interpretation of the music you spin. Here are a few terms to familiarize yourself with. Cutting Cutting from one track to another in one sudden motion.  You can have a dope […]
There are quite a few styles and practices to transition from one record to the next.  It really boils down to your own finesse and interpretation of the music you spin.
Here are a few terms to familiarize yourself with.

Cutting

Cutting from one track to another in one sudden motion.  You can have a dope track playing simultaneously with the record you are bringing on and both can be very similar in feel and content to the point that when you cut one off, the others continuation might feel like it’s part of the same track.  That’s how you know you’re getting good at cutting when you can’t even tell the difference.

Spinback

Both tracks playing, lower the volume of the out track and spin it back to give a whirling sound.  It’s a much more noticeable transition than the first one mentioned but the deliberation of the transition sounds adds a key component for fun and anticipation.  You can even lengthen the spinback to get a real build up before dropping your next beat to get the crowd thumping.

Fading

Moving from one track to another as smoothly as possible.  Fading is another approach to transitions that can build up suspense.  You can literally build up and shut down beats from records for minutes before going full range on one disc.  You can go back and forth between records as well, the sky is the limit to your imagination with this technique.

Sound effects

There is a ton of different sounds you can add to your transition mix, even to the point where it sounds like it’s actually part of the record. In some ways it actually is and that’s what makes DJ’ing so much fun.  You get to provide sounds within sounds for your crowd to bump too.
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