Drum & Bass 3 DECK MIXING

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  1. Memro

    Memro Member

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    i've been getting into mixing with 3 decks which is a lot of fun, but i find myself doing something like this:

    first 2 minutes - 3 or 4 or maybe 5 tunes using 3 decks all the time
    next 4 minutes - 1 or 2 tunes often with only 1 tune playing
    another 2 minutes of quick 3 deck
    next 10 minutes with very slow mixing while i look for tunes for the next little bit, often leaving one tune in for a good 3 minutes or so
    etc etc, you get the idea.

    it just seems to naturally happen, so has anyone got any tips for keeping it fairly consistent? friction, andy, mistanoize, amc etc etc manage to have a steady flow of tunes, and obviously that's a different class of djs but i'm wondering what they do to keep it so steady, rather than really blocky like when i mix

    so it'd be great if you could just put any tips you can think of down, such as cueing a tune from 16 bars etc, i mix mainly on vinyl so i can't edit the tunes so they have short intros, but i can usually find the necessary cue points

    thanks a lot

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    :Dalso, feel free to post anything you like to do when mixing 3 decks :D
     
  2. Teddy

    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    5 tunes in the first 2 mins? i do single mixes that last longer.
    in my opinion this is reason why so many 3 deck mixes make me cringe.
    quality not quantity. slow it down a bit, give your selection more thought and get some rolling mixes on the go, not just quick transitions.

    but thats just my preference, if you want it fast paced for the whole set then prepare yourself, get your tunes in order, maybe have someone dish them out for you, or even better get a friend that can dj and practise together.
     
  3. Kobi

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    plan ajead for a few mixes then try to have in mind the kind of tunes you want to mix so you don't spend ages looking for them. Also just tease a few rather than going for constant double drops
     
  4. Memro

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    i do tease quite a bit, but i probably should more. and yeah well as for selection i tend to pick out 3 or 4 tunes i know to be in the same key, mix them fairly quickly then i end up at a loss of idea as to what to mix next, maybe i should just plan a bit more!
     
  5. DJError

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    All it is mate is practice, the more you get used to using 3 decks it will become easier and you'll naturally become quicker, it don't happen over night!
     
  6. alexanthony

    alexanthony Impact (Engage Audio)

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    How well do you know your tunes as well? if not very then get to know them inside out that way when you have a tune playing you should be able to think of a number of tunes that would probably go well with it straight away

    Hope this helps but i also agree with teddy, too much going on can be a bad thing! when my mate first got a third deck we used to try and mix as many as poss even 3tunes at once sometimes until we realized this doesn't normally sound good!
     
  7. littlesnitch

    littlesnitch big up the goons

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    know your tunes. i like having 2 going then dropping the 3rd to double with the second letting you beatmatch and get the tune in with the drums of the first if the breakdown has no drums.

    err slightly long winded
     
  8. Mish Mash

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    5 tunes in the first 2 minutes made me lol pretty hard! Quick mixing is fine and all that, but having 3 tunes playing together for any length of time never sounds good IMO... I'll only ever have 3 playing if I'm bringing one in and taking one out, also keeping 3 tunes in time is a bitch
     
  9. Memro

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    hahaha yeah i may have been strongly exaggerating i'm not quite sure, i don't really take much notice of the time, so that schedule, so to speak, is fairly rough. and same i never keep 3 tunes in, i've tried and it's such a nightmare keeping them in time i just gave up, i only have it when i'm bringing on in like you say
    has anyone got any sort of general tips for more exciting 3 deck mixing anyway?
     
  10. muzzadj

    muzzadj POW!

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  11. danwell

    danwell BAAAAAAAAAAAAABE WAIT

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    Shouldn't need tips to make mixing exciting IMO
     
  12. Subjekt Music

    Subjekt Music Well-Known Member

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    Some DJ's need to realise just because you CAN use three decks, doesnt mean you SHOULD
     
  13. muzzadj

    muzzadj POW!

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    Certainly makes it more fun though, for me anyway. Takes a long time to get it spot on aswell and I personally am loving the journey, remember my first 3 deck mix 'triple drop ye m9'
     
  14. DJrsa

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    ask david guetta im sure he can show u how to improve :teeth:
     
  15. sam the dnb man

    sam the dnb man Variation

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    I've heard some mixes over the years where people just do teases for the sake of it.

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    Imagine what your mixing would be like if you never met me ;)
     
  16. Subjekt Music

    Subjekt Music Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Sometimes it's good to let tunes breathe rather than just whacking something else over it all the time
     
  17. sam the dnb man

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    I think tracks such as DJ Friendly Unit Shifter are ideal for 3 deck mixes. The reduction of bass modulation and the introduction of melodic elements/pads after 32 bars that lasts for 16 then straight back into the rowdyness for another 32. This enables you to bring in another track during that 16 which will drop work well with the next 32.

    Floating Zero is another good example
     
  18. Subjekt Music

    Subjekt Music Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I remember when Friction used to drop Unit Shifter then would tease in Facade VIP after that 16 bar switch for the last 32. Was a large mix. But constantly banging in tunes just for the sake of it gets a little yawnsome after a while
     
  19. sam the dnb man

    sam the dnb man Variation

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    I like mixes like my coffee. A smooth blend.

    Although saying that I tend to just cue tunes 16 bars before the drop which isn't the smoothest style of mixing
     
  20. Dilla

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    Heist - night shift is another.