WTF for users
What is it?
A Homework (HW) is a pictorial view of a DJ set containing the tracklist as well as mixing instructions for each track. Timestamps indicate when to press “Play”, when to bring the fader up or down or when to start using the equalizer (EQ) to mix the next track in. If you follow the instructions you’ll get the same mix as in the preview but performed by you.
What do I need to play?
You can use any DJ software/equipment from digital mixers such as YOUDJ, Serato, Rekordbox, Traktor, BeatproDJ, etc. with or without controllers, to professional DJ equipment such as Pioneer CDJ-2000’s.
Who can play?
Anybody! You only need to know which fader needs to come up or down and how to tweak the equalizers (EQ’s). Their actions and place on a mixer are clearly marked for you (see our diagram of the DJ mixer). That's it!
Where do I start?
1. The “Play” button can be found on the cover of each HW. Press this button to listen to a mix played using this HW.
2. You can also check out detailed information about every HW, so pressing the Homework button opens the page indicating the genre, suitable venues for the DJ set and other information.
IMPORTANT. The Description section contains information about the skills required to play this mix. Check this information in order to find an HW that is most suitable for your level of expertise and the venues you’ll like to play in.
3. Press the “View” button to open a HW. Some of the HWs are only available after purchase. After purchase, HWs are saved in your account forever and are available at any time.
IMPORTANT: Do not pay for an HW on the homepage or other pages if you’ve already paid for it. In order to open a previously purchased HW, open the Purchased Homework tab in your account.
How to use a HW?
1. An HW contains instructions and an easy to read layout with all the necessary timestamps to make your mix sound professional.
2. Explanation of the main symbols is provided above these instructions.
3. Each rectangle (block) covers actions and instructions related to a single track, the name of which is indicated next to it.
4. The ▼ symbol indicates pressing the “Play” button. 00:00.0 is the time when the track starts playing.
5. The ↑ symbol indicates the time when it is necessary to start raising the fader. Raising speed is indicated in a comment next to the symbol.
Therefore, you need to start track 2 at 00:00.0 and begin to raise the fader slowly.
Attention: according to these instructions, Track#2 must start playing when Track#1 reaches a timestamp of 04:30.0.
6. This symbol indicates the time of the track by which the fader must be at the maximum position. Therefore you need to raise the fader very slowly from 00:00.0 to 01:18.0 in order to be ready for these further actions by 01:18.0.
7. This symbol is used to indicate the position of equalizer (EQ) controllers.
Beginning of the track = initial position.
Further - required position of the controllers starting from specified time. Controller rotation speeds are indicated in the comments.
Attention: Controller are shown in horizontal position; however, their sequence is the same as on a DJ mixer:
(L )– Low; (M) – Medium; (H) – High.
8. The comments indicate the required course of action. They also contain other information e. g. looping etc.
9. The ↓ symbol indicates a downward movement on the fader. Start lowering the fader at 06:11.0.
10. The Х symbol shows the time when the track should stop playing. As a rule the fader is already at the very bottom by this time. Therefore from 06:11.0 to 06:14.0 the fader is smoothly lowered and the track stops playing.
11. The scheme contains links to all tracks used in the mix. In order to open the link to a track, simply click on its title.
By following all timestamps and instructions in the scheme, you’ll be able to play this mix on your own and it’ll sound as if it’s performed by a professional.