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EARLY BIRD PRICING WINTER 2017

EARLY BIRD PRICING WINTER 2017

Take advantage of the quality you've come to expect from Beat Drop at a fraction of the cost. Save up to $2,296 with Early Bird pricing on all certificate programs and courses Beat Drop offers. Discounts apply to all Music Production and DJ Certificate Programs, Online courses and courses at our Calgary location. Early Bird is only available for courses starting in the Winter Semester. Act fast, Early Bird pricing ends November 20th 2016. For more information contact dan@beatdrop.ca or register online.

The History of DJ Gear Part 2: Rise of the Technics 1200

The History of DJ Gear Part 2: Rise of the Technics 1200

Although the basic principles of how records work haven’t really changed in over a century, the equipment and techniques used continue to improve. These days, a turntable is not hard to get a hold of. Every so often a half-decent deck pops up in thrift stores or Kijiji. Many record stores also sell used home stereo decks on consignment. There are also tons of currently produced models ranging from the cheap $130 belt drive deck with built-in USB converter from Best Buy to the opulent (but probably very satisfying) audiophile hi-fi decks. The ones listed here start at $100,000 US! Of course, none of these are suited for the demanding rigours of DJ’ing.

The History of DJ Gear Part 1: Ancestors of the Turntable

The History of DJ Gear Part 1: Ancestors of the Turntable

Take moment and think about how music has changed in your lifetime.  Now try to imagine what that music would sound like today without the influence of DJs.  It's hard to even conceive what modern music would sound like without them.  Join me as I investigate the history of the tools that DJs used to build their craft and how those tools altered the course of music history.  Like any good story, this story has a beginning and it all started with the most important tool in the DJ's arsenal – the turntable.

Former Beat Drop Student Funk'nRight Wins Dirty Tones DJ Competition

Former Beat Drop Student Funk'nRight Wins Dirty Tones DJ Competition

Last weekend former Beat Drop student, Carsen Kendel aka Funkn'Right, won the 8th Annual Dirty Tones DJ competition. Carsen was enrolled in our DJ Program and successfully completed DJ 101 and Turntablism 101. He joins two other Beat Drop DJ students, Goodbar and Mystique, as winners of the Dirty Tones DJ Competition. Rick Cruz (DJ C-SIK), our head DJ Instructor, sat down with Carsen to learn what it takes to be the Dirty Tones champ and find out what the DJ community means to him.

Beat Drop Spotlight - Brynn (DJ Heebz)

Beat Drop Spotlight - Brynn (DJ Heebz)

Byrnn Collingridge (DJ Heebz) is one of Calgary's hardest working DJs.  He holds down residencies at The Hifi Club and Commonwealth Bar and Stage in addition to co-instructing Production and Remixing for DJs at Beat Drop.  Brynn is a prolific remixer, DJ and an amazing communicator.  We sat down with Brynn recently to get his take on DJing and life in general.

Beat Drop Spotlight: Krystle B

Beat Drop Spotlight: Krystle B

Few people have been a part of the Beat Drop community as long as Kloves (or NJVK).  This talented Calgary based producer is well known in western Canada as a purveyor of exquisite four to the floor beats and has experience rocking clubs and destroying dance floors on the festival circuit.  This rising young star of the Calgary scene is one to watch.  Kloves began her time at Beat Drop as student of our Music Production Certificate Program.  Since she graduated Kloves has been a TA at Beat Drop helping instruct Ableton Core I and Music Fundamentals. 

EARLY BIRD PRICING SUMMER 2016

EARLY BIRD PRICING SUMMER 2016

Beat Drop is offering early bird pricing for students registering for courses beginning Summer 2016 (May). Register now! Early Bird pricing is valid for all certificate programs & courses until February 15th 2016.  Early bird pricing is not available on payment plans.  For more information contact dan@beatdrop.ca or register online.

POWERUPS: SCRATCHING FUNDAMENTALS

You play around on the good ol 1's & 2's? Tired of rigid Beat Matching? Maybe you want to add some flare to your current sets, if we've sparked some sort of interest then this class was made for you! Our instructor and award winning selector, DJ C-SIK has an amazing class prepared for the DJ looking to expand on their game. We have all the gear you would need and we're sure you'll walk away excited! 

Description:

Learn basic scratching techniques and methods to include into your DJ repertoire. All equipment is provided. Limited spots.

Topics covered:

  • Introductory scratching techniques
  • The Baby Scratch, The Transformer, Tears, Chirps and the crab
  • Combining scratches into combo chains
  • Practice exercises and drills

Who it’s for?: 

  • Bedroom, Mobile and Club DJs

Powerup:

  • includes a copy of Super Seal Breaks, the best selling scratch record of all time.
  • $75 credit  towards any DJ or Production certificate
  • $10 shop gift card (on purchases over $100)

Teacher Info:

DJ C-Sik is the current Redbull Thre3style Regional Champ, a 3-time Calgary DMC champ and is one of Alberta's most sought after hip-hop, R&B and party rockin' DJs. With over 15 years of experience behind the decks, he's your guy if you are looking to get into hip-hop, turntablism or funk.

This Powerup is available on the following two dates: 
May 22 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
May 24 - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm