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DJ 101 - 2012 Winter Session - Jan 17

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6 weeks 12 hours

hosted @ SAIT - The Gateway Winter Session - Jan 17,24,31, Feb 7,14,28 Register Now

6 two hour classes. All gear is provided! Must be 18 years or older.

Upon finishing this class you will know: 1. How gear is setup and what gear is right for you. 2. How to DJ comfortably with Serato and Traktor using controllers and CDJ's. 3. Begin to understand how to count and listen to music. 4. How to develop as a DJ and how to take the next step in pursuing a career as a DJ

Who is this class for?

• People interested in learning how to DJ with Serato and Traktor. • People who are passionate about music and wanting to share it live with others. • People who have DJ equipment and want to goto the next level with their DJ'ing.

Topics Covered: • DJ Equipment • Music Genres • Music Theory • Beat Matching • DJ Psychology • Advanced Techniques

The only pre-requisite is a basic understanding of computers and a love for music. Students will work on fully equipped Beat Drop certified DJ setup to practice and learn on throughout the class.

Tuesday's 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8 spots only $599 + GST SAIT Students receive 25% off (please call for SAIT coupon code)

Instructor

Location: SAIT – The Gateway SAIT Campus Centre at 1301-16th Ave NW, Calgary AB C-TRAIN: SAIT/ACAD/Jubilee Station (Exit station into Campus Centre Building)

Winter Session - Jan 17,24,31, Feb 7,14,28 Register Now

** Please note there will be absolutely no refunds after the first class has taken place. ** You may be offered a credit if you cancel your registration within 2 weeks before the first class takes place.

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DJ 101 - Winter March 2013

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6 weeks 12 hours hosted @ SAIT - The Gateway

Winter March 2013 Session - March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $599 $499 Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm (ages 18+)

6 two hour classes. All gear is provided!

Upon finishing this class you will know: 1. How gear is setup and what gear is right for you. 2. How to DJ comfortably with Serato and Traktor using controllers and CDJ's. 3. Begin to understand how to count and listen to music. 4. How to develop as a DJ and how to take the next step in pursuing a career as a DJ

Who is this class for?

• People interested in learning how to DJ with Serato and Traktor. • People who are passionate about music and wanting to share it live with others. • People who have DJ equipment and want to goto the next level with their DJ'ing.

Topics Covered: • DJ Equipment • Music Genres • Music Theory • Beat Matching • DJ Psychology • Advanced Techniques

The only pre-requisite is a basic understanding of computers and a love for music. Students will work on fully equipped Beat Drop certified DJ setup to practice and learn on throughout the class.

Tuesday's 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 8 spots only $599 + GST $499 SAIT Students receive 15% off (please call for SAIT coupon code)

Instructor

Location: SAIT – The Gateway SAIT Campus Centre at 1301-16th Ave NW, Calgary AB C-TRAIN: SAIT/ACAD/Jubilee Station (Exit station into Campus Centre Building)

** Please note there will be absolutely no refunds after the first class has taken place. ** You may be offered a credit if you cancel your registration within 2 weeks before the first class takes place. *** If you miss a class you may book a private lessson with the instructor (private lesson fee applies)

Beat Camp Remix Competition 2012

Beat Camp Remix FinalistsRed Bull Beat Camp on Sat Dec 15th is a Free day of workshops starting at 1pm, for aspiring DJs and Producers of all levels. Sponsored by Ableton, Novation, Akai, SoundCloud, DJTechTools, Good Child Cartel, HiFi club, Commonwealth and of course Beat Drop. Get your FREE ticket NOW.

Harm [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/x_clusively_harm/preach-beat-camp-remix-jocelyn[/soundcloud] Crimson [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/crimsy/preach-crimson-remix[/soundcloud] Buska [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/bassface101/preach-beat-camp-remix-l[/soundcloud]

Finalists will have 5minutes at Beat Camp on Sat Dec 15th to explain how they made their track, what inspired them and what techniques they used to create their track. There will be a live panel of judges and the winner takes home a Beat Drop prize pack of over $2000.

Special Categories

10@10 Favorite - Egypt [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/egyptianproductions/preach-beat-camp-remix-jocelyn[/soundcloud] Best Non Eligible Favorite - Kyle Morgan [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/kylemorganmusic/secret-remix[/soundcloud] Best International Entry (Poland) - Pikka [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/pikaaa/preach-beat-camp-remix-jocelyn[/soundcloud]

Ableton Live Core Certificate - WINTER 2013

30 hours Thursdays 8:00pm - 10:00pm Jan 17 - April 25 2013 $1599 $1399 (Until Jan 15 2013) SAIT Students receive another 10% off this Core Course. Location: SAIT Instructor

Who is this course for? • DJ's looking to get into the world of Live and begin the journey of producing and performing their own material • DJ's and Producers looking to learn to remix their own and other's material • Producers looking to for new tools and sounds for their own music • Singer/Songwriters looking to learn to sketch out song ideas and produce professionally sounding tracks

Computer, Software, Midi Controller and Headphones provided.

Over the course of this 30 hour intensive course we will teach you everything there is to know about creating music in Ableton Live.

Prior musical experience or knowledge of Live or is not required. Through hands-on exercises, students learn Live’s various panes, effects and mixing facilities. By the end of the course, students will be ready to showcase and perform their songs for their peers. Because of the small class size and open learning environment, each student receives ample personal attention and comes away with a working knowledge of this ingenious program.

Topics Include:

Ableton 101

• Overview of Live • The Geography of Live: A Tour of the Ableton Interface • MIDI Clips & the Note Editor: Writing Music with Live Clips • MIDI Quantization & Drums: Building Rhythms and Drum Tracks • Intro to Audio Effects: Tweaking Your Sound • Intro to Midi Effects: Varying your performance • MIDI & Key Controls: Using Live with MIDI Controllers • Recording Your Session: Committing Session View Actions to the Arrange View • Editing Your Arrangement: Refining Your Production in the • Arrange View • Customizing Global Preferences: Making Live Your Own

Ableton 201

• Recording Ideas into the Arrangement View • Editing in the Arrangement View • Introduction to Automation • Warping and Audio Clip Manipulation • Recording Methods • Drum Racks and Beat Slicing • The Groove Pool: Shuffle, Swing and Timing • Arranging and Exporting • Routing & Group Tracks: Directing Your Signal Flow

Ableton 301

• Audio and Live (Sampling and recording techniques) • Creative Use of Effects • Live’s Mixer and Signal Flow • Advanced Automation Techniques • Advanced Production Techniques (Sidechaining, Compression, •EQ'ing Gating) • Advanced Key and MIDI Mapping • Freezing and Flattening • Intermediate Arranging Concepts • Intro to Playing Live with Live • Intro to Mastering your tracks

Each student will practice and learn on a Beat Drop certified rig. This includes laptop, midi keyboard, headphones and software. The only pre-requisite is a basic understanding of computers.

Why Ableton Live?

Nothing touches it for simplicity, creativity and spontaneity. It's super fun to work with and has a unique interface to interact with. For recording and producing to playing live with it simply is the best option out there. For more videos on Ableton Live check out Ableton's Youtube page http://www.youtube.com/user/AbletonInc

** Please note there will be absolutely no refunds after the first class has taken place. ** You may be offered a credit if you cancel your registration within 2 weeks before the first class takes place.

Testimonials

"Having walked in with absolutely minimal knowledge I did not know much of what I was getting into. I can now say after completing Ableton 303 the knowledge gained from the course is absolutely worth it. It was an incredibly helpful course and I had a lot of fun taking it. Infinite thanks to Mitch and his crew." -Russ

"The Ableton Live Core production class is an awesome crash course in professional audio production. Whatever your musical style, the course teaches the fundamental skills to start producing, remixing, and performing with Ableton Live. I had a great time learning, and the classes are fun and engaging. I would highly recommend BeatDrop if you're trying to figure out how to take your passion for music to the next level." -Steve

"Beatdrop was such a helpful course. Coming into beatdrop I had no prior knowledge of the program, Now I have the skills and techniques to lay out a ton of "sick beats" and we got to watch cat videos!!!" -Gage

"This class was well worth the money. Great environment to learn in, and awesome people teaching it. Learned everything I needed to know, and more. Went into this class with out ever touching a DAW, and came out pretty confident in my abilities. Would definitely recommend this class to anyone." -Brad

"The live course was dope! Instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. The course was well prepared and formatted to give a solid memorble introduction to Live. I came away from the course with an understanding of the abilities of the software, a starting point to pour creativity into, and a lot of song production and mastering ideas to further study and explore. I have been recommending the course to friends that have expressed interest in learning beat production. I've also been loving the free artist workshops. Calgary is blessed to have Beat Drop!" -Scott

“I had a fantastic time at Beatdrop’s Electronic Music Production 101 course. I was very impressed with the facilities and Mitch’s instruction. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to get started producing music on their laptops, and I look forward to taking further courses at Beatdrop to further my education.” –Tyler

“Beat drop was super hype.I love the small class size and hand on approach. Made it easy to learn things quickly” –Kamille

“Beat drop was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. The class was very easy to get along with and the teacher went very in-depth for all the questions I had. Thanks to Beat Drop I’ve made Ableton my main digital audio workstation and I have progressed a lot in electronic music.” –Mike

Ableton How To - Quick Start Overview

Beat Drop's course Ableton Quick Start. Instructed by award winning Producer and Ableton certified trainer Mitch Lee. This short course shows you how Ableton works by taking you through the basics of building a track. Make sure to follow along and download the Ableton Session Files Download: http://bit.ly/KHkRkb

Topics covered:

Lesson 1 - Beats Understanding the interface of Ableton Live and how to navigate the Session View. How to create a midi clip and create a basic drum pattern using Ableton instrument Impulse.

Lesson 2 - Bass Creating a simpler instrument and adding a waveform to create a bass instrument. How to create a midi clip and add a bass line in Session view.

Lesson 3 - Synth Stabs Create an Ableton Simpler instrument and add a simple synth stab chord progression. See how Ableton has changed the game and added "Clip Envelopes". An amazing way to add automation to clips inside of Ableton.

Lesson 4 - Guitar Stabs Learn more features inside of Simpler and learn how to add some of Ableton's amazing audio effects and how they can give you clips life and energy.

Lesson 5 - Midi FX Not only does Ableton come with amazing audio effects there are some incredible effects that you can add to your midi clips. From building chords to arpegiators to randomizing velocities. An incredible set of tools.

Lesson 6 - Vocal FX How to add a couple vocal samples and mess with it. Add fx and learn to tweak the Simpler instrument.

Lesson 7 - Arranging Learn how to use Arrangement View window and how to take clips from Session view and start to arrange them in Arrangement view. Arrangement view is linear and is the view typically found in most DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) If you watch only one video in this series this video is it. Most people have a hard time understanding Live's two views.

Lesson 8 - Mix and Outputting Learn some quick tips on mixing in Ableton and how to render or bounce your track in Ableton Live.

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NAMM 2012: Akai Max 49 USB/MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller

It's about 21 hours until NAMM 2012 begins and the new toys are already being rolled out.

Akai's latest instalment to their keyboard controllers line is the ultra cool Max 49. What makes the Max 49 unlike most keyboard controllers is the fact that it offers USB, MIDI,CV and Gate outputs. The ability to output to a USB or MIDI doesn't really set this keyboard apart, but the fact that it outputs CV and Gate puts this little red synth into a whole different category of controllers. For those of you who may be new to the world of electronic music production, CV stands for control voltage and is how old (and new) analog synthesizers send musical data. Having the ability to output CV and Gate signals means that with this controller you can dive into the world of affordable analog synthesis and not have to worry about getting a controller specifically design for only one purpose.

Along with the awesome ability to control mighty analog synthesizers, the Max 49 also comes with 12 backlit MPC style drum pads, eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes,  four pad banks, four fader banks, a built-in step sequencer, AkaiConnect for quick mapping to VST plugins, an arpeggiator, and an LCD screen for flipping through presets.

All in all it's a really cool take on a very common controller, and hopefully it will live up to all it advertises. And plus, it's an awesome way to start off NAMM and it definitely builds the anticipation to see what else will come out of this years show.

We are so very excited - NAMM 2012

So it's one day until the 2012 NAMM show kicks off, and if like us you enjoy drooling over cool new gear, and music toys galore, then get ready for the greatest four days of the year. In years gone by, NAMM has been the host of some of the most amazing new instruments, software, and well pretty much anything else musical you can think of. This year hopefully won't be any different. If you're new to the music world, or are just looking to beef up your arsenal of gear, NAMM is a great place to look, as it's sure to have something for everyone, beginner to expert.

Over the next few days we will be posting some of the new equipment announced at NAMM, so be sure to check back and subscribe to our Facebook and twitter feeds for all your 2012 NAMM news.

Also if you are curious about learning how you can become involved in the rapidly growing worlds of electronic music and DJing be sure to sign up to one of our courses and learn how to spin and create your very own tracks.

BeatDrop - Open Decks

Sponsored by SAITSAStarting Jan 17 2012 Every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm at The Gateway @ SAIT we will be hosting OPEN DECKS. hosted by Calgary's DJ Drew Atlas. DJ Drop in Fee: $10 All gear provided. Bring your own laptop. NO COVER.

This is for beginner's to advanced DJ's to come spin a 20 minute set at Calgary's award winning Gateway.

Introducing Calgary's official weekly Open Deck session at The Gateway. Calling all DJs! Be a part of it all every Tuesday night from 8-10pm. We have space for up to 6 DJs to Jam out every week!

Need to get your skills up? Want to play for a live audience? Get feedback from your peers and improve your live set.

Open to the public so bring your entourage. All club music styles are welcome.

(In the event that there are more than 6 DJs registered on a night, preference will be given to BeatDrop students and past students)

Limited space is available so submit your mixes now to our soundcloud account: http://www.soundcloud.com/opendecks (mixes must be NO MORE than 10 mins)

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Beat Camp Saturday Dec 3 2011

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55U98JLkoY[/youtube] Beat Drop is hosting its first ever all ages Beat Camp.

A full day of FREE workshops from Beat Drop instructors and Beat Drop Family members.

Saturday December 3rd 12pm The Amsterdam Rhino

Clinicians include:

NYC Dubspot SR Instructor Daniel Wyatt (http://www.danielwyatt.com/) DMC Champ DJ C-Sik Ableton Certified Instructor Mitch Lee Amsterdam Rhino Resident House DJ Kyle Morgan

Topics will focus on the Producer, the DJ and the DJ/Producer.

Topics include:

-Working w Maschine and Ableton - Mitch Lee (YYC) -DJ'ing Dubstep 101 - DJ Kyle Morgan (YYC) -Advanced Serato Turntable Mixing Techniques - DJ C-Sik (YYC) -Mastering Demystified - Daniel Wyatt (NYC)

PLEASE NOTE:

In order to be eligible to win these prizes you must get your tickets FREE of charge from Zoobis

We will draw for these prizes during the different clinics.

Prizes include:

-1 Hour of One-On-One Lessons In Music Production and Ableton Live with Mitch Lee (Value-$75) -1 Hour Of One-On-One Lessons In DJ’ing (Value-$75) -1 Free Track Mastered By Daniel Wyatt From DubSpot (Value: $200) -Behringer Rack Tube Composer (value: $299)

FREE EVENT

Location: The Rhino Time: 12pm-5pm

BeatDrop p: 403.453.1160

GET FREE TICKETS HERE

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OSC - What is it? Why do I care?

by MAFF (Producer and Artist) With technology changing faster then most people can tie their shoes, it’s easy to get lost in the world of computer-based music. As a computer based DJ, musician, or producer, it can be infinitely hard figuring out what new equipment, programs, or processes to include into your workflow. In the next few weeks, we’ll take you through Open Sound Control (OSC), introducing this new and wonderful music-messaging medium, and help you pick the best app for your workflow.

OSC is a content format for messaging amongst computers, sound synthesizers and other multimedia devices. Created with the intent of sharing music performance data, OSC allows for a note sequence, parameter (such as a fader movement), or almost anything else to be shared with another musical instrument, computer, or multimedia devices. Not to be confused with MIDI, OSC was designed as a higher performance, higher resolution musical parameter space to its 1983 counterpart. One of the huge advantages that OSC has is that unlike MIDI, OSC messages are most commonly transported across the Internet or within a home or studio network. As a DJ, electronic musician, or producer, OSC creates for a massively flexible environment allowing computer-based musicians and DJs, the freedom to interact with their instrument in a more organic, hands-on way. Let’s says for example you’re on stage and for the longest of time you have struggled with the fact that all you do is hide behind your laptop. Lacking any sort of interaction with your audience you start to look for an alternative to the countless hours spent watching your laptop screen waiting for your next cue. OSC is this bridge between screen jockey and performer. With Apps available for devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch, computer based musicians and DJs have been given the opportunity to move out from behind the confines of a computer monitor. Take your iPad, walk to the back of the crowd, and mix the next song while you listen from the audiences perspective. Get on a speaker like your favorite guitar god and chop up a sampled drumbeat live - OSC makes the possibilities for your musical expression virtual endless. The only obstacle now is your own imagination. In the next part of this series we will dive in deeper and talk about and show you some great apps that let you harness the power of OSC on your iOS Device (iPad, iPhone, iTouch).

Do you use any controllers in your DJ setup? Production Setup? Any experience with any of the OSC apps?

MAFF is a Calgary based producer and musician. For more information about MAFF or to hear his music go to http://maffskills.tumblr.com

Also, stay in the know about what’s going on with Beat Drop by hitting us up on Facebook or Twitter or joining our Mailing List if you haven’t already.

Live Quick Start - 8 Videos

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-Rl2pyVXA8[/youtube] Looking to get into Live but don't have the time to take one of our hands on classes? Check out Beat Drop's new HD video series on Ableton Live. Beat Drop's lead instructor Mitch Lee breaks down Live and takes you from start to finish producing a track in Live.
Live Intro Course 8 Ableton Live Sessions and Samples to follow along 8 HD Video Lessons 60 minutes of instruction -Beat -Bass -Synth -Guitar -Vocals -Arranging -Mixing and Output

Watch the first lesson here: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ_f2m3TOms[/youtube]

DJ Etiquette 101: Playing With Other DJs

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by Rick Cruz aka DJ C-Sik (Beat Drop DJ Instructor) As you start playing out more often you’re probably going to start sharing the stage with other DJs. Sometimes they might be DJs you know, maybe in your own crew, or it might even be with other DJs that you’ve never met before. In any case, when you start to share the stage, there’s a certain set of unspoken rules in the DJ world that are a good idea to follow. Not only will it keep a good rapport with your fellow DJ brethren, but it will also help keep the flow of the night running smooth. I’m going to break down a few major points and issues to consider:

1. The DJ Hog

It’s always a good idea to have a quick game plan with the other DJs you’re playing with before the night rolls out to figure out the timing logistics of the night. Sometimes it’s beneficial to come up with a set list, that way there’s no arguments as to which DJ is going on when. Sometimes this means each DJ gets a certain time slot and sometimes this means that the DJs play in a steady rotation. Whatever the case, it’s always good to discuss this before the night gets rolling so everyone gets his or her fair shot and no one’s being the “DJ Hog”. Obviously these set times can be bent to fit the needs of the night. If a DJ’s on a roll and killing it but his or her time is almost up, it’s probably a good idea to let him or her keep going and figure out when a good time to switch would be later. Most DJs out there are gracious enough to know when their time is up and sometimes they’ll ask for the next DJ to switch anyway.

2. Sharing Equipment

Some DJs really don’t mind sharing their records, needles, CDs, etc. but some could be pretty particular about it. At every gig, make sure you always have your own equipment ready to go just in case the next DJ really doesn’t want you sweating all over their new headphones.

3. Switching

There are a lot of different setups that allow for more than one DJ to play a night (we’ll get into these at a later post). Whatever the case, make sure the transitions between you and the other DJ run smooth. There’s nothing worse than a big “train wreck” as another DJ is taking over (this happens a lot when inexperienced DJs are playing the 2 x 4 turntable/CDJ setup). Communication is the key in these instances. It’s a good idea for DJ B (who is getting on) to let DJ A (who is getting off) know how many bars his song is coming in for. This way it keeps DJ A in the know as to when to drop the bass and fade out the song just as if DJ B was controlling both setups. These mixes are about teamwork; try not to let DJ B hanging. Not only does this ensure the night still runs smooth but it more importantly doesn’t leave DJ B with a mess to clean up at the very start of his set.

4. Let the DJ do His Thing

This is kind of a given but if you’re DJ B waiting to get on (again, this is usually in a 2 x 4 setup) while DJ A is doing his thing, be respectful and keep your volumes down. This means your tracks, your sample effects, scratching, etc. If DJ A wants you to join in with them, he or she will ask. It could be disrespectful to the DJ and it usually ends up turning into a bunch of noise. Unless you both planned to play at the same time, be courteous to the DJ you’re playing with and don’t interrupt their set.

5. Resetting Your System

DJ setups have come a long way in the last decade. They’ve gone from two sources and a mixer to the Star Ship Enterprise’s bridge controls. With a 4-channel mixer, midi controllers, and a few laptops with spinning circles and lights, things could start getting pretty distracting for the DJ who’s playing. This may sound trivial but there’s a small favour you can do for your DJ partner to help them focus better: EJECT YOUR SERATO TRACKS. One, this will stop the song on your laptop so there’s no chance of accidentally bringing up the wrong channel. Two, stopping the song/ejecting the track will stop the LED level lights from jumping on the channels that the current DJ isn’t using taking down four meters to the two that the DJ is trying to focus on.

Some of these points may seem insignificant to the average working DJ, but I’ve heard enough complaints from DJs out there about these very issues. Sometimes a few bad DJ habits could label you as the DJ that no one wants to play with. Above all else, be respectful and have fun up there. When there’s more than one DJ, the task to rock the party has gone from you to the collective of you. You’ve become a team for the night (and hopefully more nights in the future if things go well). Keeping a good rapport on stage (and off stage) with other DJs will open doors for you as a working DJ as you never quite know what opportunities your partner for the night might have in store for you.

Do you guys have any horror stories about playing with other DJs? Or how about a great experience sharing the decks with someone? What are some of your pet peeves when sharing the stage with other DJs?

C-Sik will be teaching a new class DJ 101 that is perfect if you are looking to get into DJing but don't know where to start. You can also visit the Events section of our Facebook page to check out all our other events and courses.

Also, stay in the know about what's going on with Beat Drop by hitting us up on Facebook or Twitter or joining our Mailing List if you haven't already.