Is it me or do you sometimes feel as if you don’t have enough fingers to hit all the buttons you want to while you mix. I noticed that while trying to be as creative as I want to be, I am limited to what my two hands can touch at any one given time. And I’m not sure how to get around this other then setting ridiculous amounts of cue points and getting them in the right order on my set list.
A big held for me was starting to group my songs in the order I want to play them in. I notice that a lot of DJs seem to surf their library as they mix. I try and build my set list before I play a particular night. This way I can practice the set (so I don’t have to use too many finger combinations), as well as not have to spend too much time staring at a computer screen.
I also noticed that having the cue point set in the right order of where I want it in the song allows me to load the song and have it instantly start playing at the point I want. Some DJs always make the first cue point the very first down beat in the song. I tend to make that the point that I want the song to start playing when I load it.
The use of pads has also helped out a lot, but I still feel as if I would love to have 2 more hands. Between the pitch adjusting, effects, triggers and loops, and of course the constant, quick mixing, it is no wonder why I am so tired when I get done a set.
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