Complete DJ Certificate Course

COURSE OVERVIEW

Our Complete DJ Certificate Course will equip students with the skills needed for DJing with vinyl, CDJs and laptop systems. You will cover not only the technical aspects of DJing, but also the art of flow and reading the audience, as well as valuable guidance on getting yourself out there, securing club gigs and getting heard by the right people.

 

You will leave our DJ Course with all the knowledge and skills you’ll need for any kind of hardware or software DJing, as well as your own recorded demo mix which you can use to help secure professional DJ gigs. In the final week of the course, each student is given a 30 minute practice run, followed by 30 minutes of recording time to perfect their demo mix. Furthermore, you will also be eligible to register for our follow-on Advanced DJ Course.

 

In addition, all of our DJ Course students are in with a chance to book a slot at one of our Secret Sound Day Parties. We showcase our best students live at regular club events, and we’re always looking for promising talent.

 

Our DJ Courses are held in our studio in the heart of Dublin city. We provide all of the gear, so all you need to bring is your passion! No experience is necessary, and whether you want to learn how to DJ House, Soul, Breaks, Funk, Techno or any other type of music, we welcome all students of all ages.

MODULES

Module 1: Mixing Basics

Learn the fundamentals of DJing by becoming acquainted with the essential equipment needed for any DJing setup. Learn how to blend two tracks together to transition seamlessly from record to record.

 

  • The DJ Mixer
  • Mixing tracks
  • EQ
  • Thinking in frequencies
  • Making room in the mix
  • Understanding Rhythm & Beats
  • Intro to Beatmatching
Module 2: Software Mixing
Explore the powerful software DJing environments of Traktor and Rekordbox as you begin to develop your mixing skills.

 

  • The Traktor Interface
  • Housework: Organising your collection
  • Mixing in Rekordbox
  • Syncing, Phase Mixing and Beatmatching
  • Effects
  • Loop Recorder/Sampler
  • MIDI Setup
  • Beat Gridding
Module 3: CDJs

Add CDJs to your arsenal of skills to prepare for any club DJing environment.

 

  • Pioneer CDJ interface and features
  • Cueing
  • Beatmatching: Cue and vinyl methods
  • Looping
Module 4: Vinyl DJing

Explore the old-school world of vinyl on Technics 1210s and understand why so many DJs today still swear by this tried and tested format.

 

  • CDJ Recap
  • Turntable setup and calibration
  • Needles maintenance
  • Record maintenance
  • Beatmatching / Mixing vinyl
Module 5: Record your Mix

Cement your knowledge of DJing with vinyl, CDJs and Traktor DJ software. Record your own demo mix to help secure your own DJ gigs and promote yourself online.

 

  • Course Recap
  • Promotional techniques
  • Q&A
  • Demo mix recording

SECRET SOUND DAY PARTIES

In conjunction with established promoters, we select our top students to DJ live at a venue in Dublin City every ten weeks. The venue and night is chosen depending on the style of the selected student. This is a great chance to play for an audience, demonstrate the skills learned on our course, and open the door to making further connections in the industry.

DJ TECH SPEC

  • Pioneer DJM 800 Mixer
  • 2 x Pioneer CDJ 900 Nexus
  • 2 x Technics 1210 MK5
  • Allen & Heath Xone Mixer
  • Traktor S2 mkII Controller
  • KRK Rokit monitors
  • Yamaha HS5 Monitors

TUTOR

Alan Keane

DJ Training Dublin - Alan Keane - Course Tutor

 

 

Dublin based artist/producer Alan Keane is the founder of vinyl label Indicate. An honours graduate of the Dublin Sound Training Centre and IADT, Alan is a veteran live performer and has appeared at countless club nights and festivals over the last decade.

 

 

Performing and producing under the alias Pusher_(Indicate) since 2012, Alan has numerous releases under his belt and has secured their physical distribution worldwide.

 

 

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Great time, great craic, great people, great music – what more could you want for 5 weeks of music tuition. In fact I finished the course and ordered my setup right away! The tutor is a top bloke, no issues whatsoever, very engaging, assisted when needed and let us enjoy our course.”
John Turner

 

“Went into the course not even knowing the basics and finished with a confident knowledge of mixing and experience with decks. Great course for kickstarting your DJ life! Highly recommended.”
Roly Smithers

 

“Excellent. It wasn’t even like going to ‘class’ – it was more enjoyable! I found the tutor to be sound. He never made mixing boring and we all had a laugh as well which made us want to attend. He taught us well, was well spoken, clear and to the point when explaining how to use Traktor and answered all our questions. Always obliging to help during the course and after the course too. I would recommend Secret Sound to anyone who wants to start DJing. You will have a great experience and you will enjoy it throughout. ”
Jason Molloy

 

“Really easygoing, realistic atmosphere to learn in, the kind of environment where you can have a laugh while learning at the same time. I was never afraid to ask a question.”
Amy Coyle

 

“This course happened to be the best thing I could have done at this moment in time. I learned all the key aspects of DJ’ing that I needed, thanks to the tutor, who was patient and explained things very well and gave me my own time to understand and get things, nothing was rushed or skipped. Thanks a lot to the Secret Sound guys, really nice fellas and made you want to come back week after week. 10/10 – best around in my opinion”
Liam Shannon

 

“Excellent course, very detailed and very reasonably priced. Great introduction to Djing and highly recommendable. Ideal times and sufficient hours to cover all topics included on the course. The tutor was brilliant, very encouraging and supportive in classes, and great for help and advice outside of the course.”
Vourneen Ryan

 

“Fresh and well taught course that gave me motivation and knowledge to do more and better. Very reasonably priced for the amount of hours and high level of knowledge of the tutors.”

Ann-Marie Murphy

 

“Classes were great and the tutor knows his biz. The course gives a great overview of the various methods of mixing and was perfect for me as I knew nothing about mixing before.”
Greg Ler

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Course Package Includes:

 

  • 30 minutes practise time and 30 minutes recording time for each student to perfect their own demo mix in the final class.
  • 10 hours of classroom tutoring with extra time before every class dedicated to helping students one-to-one with specific questions and issues.
  • Access to our online Q&A wall, where you can post your questions and have them answered by our practicing professionals. Every question stays up on the wall, so our database keeps growing as each questions is answered for all to see.
  • Weekly downloads including class notes, resources, FX banks and sample packs

PRICE & SCHEDULE

Price:
€300 (Cash, cheque or bank transfer accepted)
Students are required to pay a €50 deposit to secure their place on this course, which will then be deducted from their remaining balance. Balance should paid in full on or before the night of the first class unless a payment plan has been arranged.

 

Schedule:
5 weeks (5 x 2 hour sessions)
Saturday afternoons 12-2pm OR 3-5pm for five weeks

 

Each student receives 30 minutes practise time & 30 minutes recording time to create their demo mix in the final class.

 

What You Need:
We provide all of the gear, and no experience is necessary. We encourage students to bring their own vinyls, CDs or mp3s from week 3 onwards, but you are not required to have your own equipment.

 

Discounts:
10% Student & Unemployed Discount applicable

 

Status:
ENROLLING NOW (max 4 students per class)