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Owner's Manual
SPECIAL MESSAGE SECTION
This product utilizes batteries or an external power supply (adapter).
DO NOT connect this product to any power supply or adapter other
than one described in the manual, on the name plate, or specifically
recommended by Yamaha.
WARNING: Do not place this product in a position where anyone
could walk on, trip over ,or roll anything over power or connecting
cords of any kind. The use of an extension cord is not recommended! IF you must use an extension cord, the minimum wire size
for a 25' cord (or less ) is 18 AWG. NOTE: The smaller the AWG
number ,the larger the current handling capacity. For longer extension cords, consult a local electrician.
This product should be used only with the components supplied or;
a cart, rack, or stand that is recommended by Yamaha. If a cart, etc.,
is used, please observe all safety markings and instructions that
accompany the accessory product.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
The information contained in this manual is believed to be correct at
the time of printing. However, Yamaha reserves the right to change
or modify any of the specifications without notice or obligation to
update existing units.
This product, either alone or in combination with an amplifier and
headphones or speaker/s, may be capable of producing sound levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. DO NOT operate for
long periods of time at a high volume level or at a level that is
uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the
ears, you should consult an audiologist.
IMPORTANT: The louder the sound, the shorter the time period
before damage occurs.
Some Yamaha products may have benches and / or accessory
mounting fixtures that are either supplied with the product or as
optional accessories. Some of these items are designed to be
dealer assembled or installed. Please make sure that benches are
stable and any optional fixtures (where applicable) are well secured
BEFORE using.
Benches supplied by Yamaha are designed for seating only. No
other uses are recommended.
NOTICE:
Service charges incurred due to a lack of knowledge relating to how
a function or effect works (when the unit is operating as designed)
are not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and are therefore
the owners responsibility. Please study this manual carefully and
consult your dealer before requesting service.
Battery Notice:
This product MAY contain a small non-rechargeable battery which (if
applicable) is soldered in place. The average life span of this type of
battery is approximately five years. When replacement becomes
necessary, contact a qualified service representative to perform the
replacement.
This product may also use “household” type batteries. Some of
these may be rechargeable. Make sure that the battery being
charged is a rechargeable type and that the charger is intended for
the battery being charged.
When installing batteries, do not mix batteries with new, or with batteries of a different type. Batteries MUST be installed correctly. Mismatches or incorrect installation may result in overheating and
battery case rupture.
Warning:
Do not attempt to disassemble, or incinerate any battery. Keep all
batteries away from children. Dispose of used batteries promptly
and as regulated by the laws in your area. Note: Check with any
retailer of household type batteries in your area for battery disposal
information.
Disposal Notice:
Should this product become damaged beyond repair, or for some
reason its useful life is considered to be at an end, please observe
all local, state, and federal regulations that relate to the disposal of
products that contain lead, batteries, plastics, etc. If your dealer is
unable to assist you, please contact Yamaha directly.
NAME PLATE LOCATION:
The name plate is located on the bottom of the product. The model
number, serial number, power requirements, etc., are located on this
plate. You should record the model number, serial number, and the
date of purchase in the spaces provided below and retain this manual as a permanent record of your purchase.
Model
Serial No.
Purchase Date
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
Yamaha strives to produce products that are both user safe and
environmentally friendly. We sincerely believe that our products and
the production methods used to produce them, meet these goals. In
keeping with both the letter and the spirit of the law, we want you to
be aware of the following:
PLEASE KEEP THIS MANUAL
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PRECAUTIONS
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING
* Please keep these precautions in a safe place for future reference.
WARNING
Always follow the basic precautions listed below to avoid the possibility of serious injury or even death from electrical shock,
short-circuiting, damages, fire or other hazards. These precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Do not open the instrument or attempt to disassemble the internal parts or
modify them in any way. The instrument contains no user-serviceable
parts. If it should appear to be malfunctioning, discontinue use immediately and have it inspected by qualified Yamaha service personnel.
• Do not expose the instrument to rain, use it near water or in damp or wet
conditions, or place containers on it containing liquids which might spill
into any openings.
• If the AC adaptor cord or plug becomes frayed or damaged, or if there is a
sudden loss of sound during use of the instrument, or if any unusual
smells or smoke should appear to be caused by it, immediately turn off the
power switch, disconnect the adaptor plug from the outlet, and have the
instrument inspected by qualified Yamaha service personnel.
• Use the specified adaptor (PA-5B, PA-5C or an equivalent recommended
by Yamaha) only. Using the wrong adaptor can result in damage to the
instrument or overheating.
• Before cleaning the instrument, always remove the electric plug from the
outlet. Never insert or remove an electric plug with wet hands.
• Check the electric plug periodically and remove any dirt or dust which may
have accumulated on it.
CAUTION
Always follow the basic precautions listed below to avoid the possibility of physical injury to you or others, or damage to the
instrument or other property. These precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Do not place the AC adaptor cord near heat sources such as heaters or
radiators, and do not excessively bend or otherwise damage the cord,
place heavy objects on it, or place it in a position where anyone could walk
on, trip over, or roll anything over it.
• When removing the electric plug from the instrument or an outlet, always
hold the plug itself and not the cord.
• Do not connect the instrument to an electrical outlet using a multiple-connector. Doing so can result in lower sound quality, or possibly cause overheating in the outlet.
• Unplug the AC power adaptor when not using the instrument, or during
electrical storms.
• Always make sure all batteries are inserted in conformity with the +/polarity markings. Failure to do so might result in overheating, fire, or battery fluid leakage.
• Always replace all batteries at the same time. Do not use new batteries
together with old ones. Also, do not mix battery types, such as alkaline batteries with manganese batteries, or batteries from different makers, or different types of batteries from the same maker, since this can cause
overheating, fire, or battery fluid leakage.
• Do not dispose of batteries in fire.
• Do not attempt to recharge batteries that are not intended to be charged.
• When the batteries run out, or if the instrument is not to be used for a long
time, remove the batteries from the instrument to prevent possible leakage
of the battery fluid.
• Keep batteries away from children.
• If the batteries do leak, avoid contact with the leaked fluid. If the battery
fluid should come in contact with your eyes, mouth, or skin, wash immediately with water and consult a doctor. Battery fluid is corrosive and may
possibly cause loss of sight or chemical burns.
• Before connecting the instrument to other electronic components, turn off
the power for all components. Before turning the power on or off for all
components, set all volume levels to minimum. Also, be sure to set the
volumes of all components at their minimum levels and gradually raise the
volume controls while playing the instrument to set the desired listening
level.
day) to prevent the possibility of panel disfiguration or damage to the internal components.
• Do not use the instrument near other electrical products such as televisions, radios, or speakers, since this might cause interference which can
affect proper operation of the other products.
• Do not place the instrument in an unstable position where it might accidentally fall over.
• Before moving the instrument, remove all connected adaptor and other
cables.
• When cleaning the instrument, use a soft, dry cloth. Do not use paint thinners, solvents, cleaning fluids, or chemical-impregnated wiping cloths.
Also, do not place vinyl, plastic or rubber objects on the instrument, since
this might discolor the panel or keyboard.
• Do not rest your weight on, or place heavy objects on the instrument, and
do not use excessive force on the buttons, switches or connectors.
• Use only the stand specified for the instrument. When attaching the stand
or rack, use the provided screws only. Failure to do so could cause damage
to the internal components or result in the instrument falling over.
• Do not operate the instrument for a long period of time at a high or uncomfortable volume level, since this can cause permanent hearing loss. If you
experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, consult a physician.
■ SAVING USER DATA
• Always save data to an external device such as the Yamaha MIDI data filer
MDF3 frequently, in order to help prevent the loss of important data due to
a malfunction or user operating error.
Yamaha cannot be held responsible for damage caused by improper
use or modifications to the instrument, or data that is lost or destroyed.
Always turn the power off when the instrument is not in use.
Make sure to discard used batteries according to local regulations.
• Do not expose the instrument to excessive dust or vibrations, or extreme
cold or heat (such as in direct sunlight, near a heater, or in a car during the
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Congratulations on your purchase of the Yamaha DJX-IIB!
The DJX-IIB is a complete dance-music workstation that can be used both as a real-time performance
instrument and a powerful production tool. Its intuitive interface makes real-time operation easy for artists
with a DJ background.
Read this Owner’s Manual carefully while playing your new DJX-IIB in order to take full advantage of its
various features.
Packing List
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CD-ROM
DJX-IIB
Owner's Manual
(Installed at the factory.)
How to Use the Manual
What is the DJX-IIB? ....................................................................................page 5
Introduces the various DJX-IIB features.
Panel Controls .....................................................................................page 8
Use this section to find out about all of the buttons and controls of the DJX-IIB.
Setting Up.................................................................................page 12
Explains how to connect up the power adaptor and how to install batteries.
100 tips to be a DJ! ................................................................page 14
This section guides the novice user step-by-step through 100 important and useful
tips in playing and creating great dance music. Like a game, each tip is a step up
toward the goal of becoming a master DJ.
Appendix .........................................................................page 70
This contains various important lists such as the Voice list, Preset Pattern list, MIDI data format and MIDI implementation chart.
Troubleshooting.......................................................................page 70
If the DJX-IIB does not function as expected or you have some problem with
the sound or operation, consult this section before calling your Yamaha dealer
or service center. Most common problems and their solutions are covered
here in a very simple and easy-to-understand way.
Glossary.............................................................................................page 73
This section covers various important words and terms related to both the DJX-IIB
and to dance music in general.
Index ............................................................................................................page 88
This section alphabetically lists virtually all topics, features, functions and operations with
their respective page numbers, letting you quickly and easily find the information you need.
The illustrations and displays as shown in this owner’s manual are for instructional purposes only, and may be different from your instrument.
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What is the DJX-II?
DJX-IIB?
The new DJX-IIB is a digital DJ powerhouse!
If you’ve dreamed of creating and performing your own cutting-edge, phat ‘n’ funky dance music,
you’ve come to the right place... The DJX-IIB is a fully digital DJ machine — a revolutionary new
instrument that blends the reliability and clean sound of digital with stunningly powerful and
easy-to-use analog-like controls.
No music knowledge or experience required!
If you’ve got great music in your head, but haven’t had the training to bring it out to the real
world, here’s your chance! You don’t need to know about chords, or how to read and play melodies — all you need is a good sense of rhythm, and the DJX-IIB can even help you develop that,
too!
Let the DJX-IIB show you how to become a master DJ!
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a turntable and mixing genius, the DJX-IIB can help you
fully master the instrument. With the “100 Tips” section, you’re guided step-by-step through 100
tips and trade secrets the pros use in playing and creating great dance music. Like a game, each
tip is a step up toward the goal of becoming a master DJ.
Now let’s take a look at the individual features and functions of the DJX-IIB
● Pattern Player ........................................................................................page 14
The DJX-IIB features a total of 70 dynamic rhythm patterns, perfect for your DJ performance.
Each pattern has 10 different variations.
● Scratch Pad ...........................................................................................page 26
This awesome feature puts a virtual turntable at your fingertips, letting you scratch your own
accents, beats and instrument hits — just like a real DJ! With a huge selection of 73 special
Scratch “kits” to choose from, you can fly in turntable scratches, arpeggios, sound effects, and
vocal soundbites — all while the rhythm is playing!
● Powerful Effects ....................................................................................page 20
The DJX-IIB gives you a ton of amazing sonic control features, including a wide variety of stunning effects that can be manipulated in real time. Use the special Scratch Pad and the knobs to
tweak, warp and mangle your sound as you play.
● Audio bpm .............................................................................................page 62
If you’ve got a favorite beat on CD or vinyl, you can easily sync it up to the DJX-IIB! The DJX-IIB
“hears” the beat (from a connected CD player, MD player, etc.) and automatically locks into the
rhythm by auto-adjusting the bpm of the DJX-IIB’s pattern.
● MIDI Compatibility for Even Greater DJ Performance Power ...........page 65
Grow your own patterns! With MIDI, you can connect a MIDI device (such as a computer or
sequencer) to the DJX-IIB, and send patterns you’ve created on the sequencer to the DJX-IIB as
pattern data. Then wail away with your new patterns on the DJX-IIB!
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Contents
Packing List...................................................4
How to Use the Manual.................................4
What is the DJX-IIB?.....................................5
Contents .............................................................6
Panel Controls....................................................8
Top Panel.......................................................8
Changing the Scratch Pad CD ...................10
Rear Panel & Connections .........................11
Setting Up (Power supply connections) ........12
Switching On the Power ..................................13
Data Backup & Initialization ............................13
Tip 26
Tip 27
Tip 28
Tip 29
Tip 30
Tip 31
Scratch Pad arpeggios .......................................... 30
Scratch Pad sound effects .................................... 30
Scratch low, scratch high... .................................. 30
Stop the turntable ................................................ 31
Give the Scratch Pad a new face! ......................... 31
CD-ROM goodies ................................................ 31
Chapter 6
Part Mixer Basics ................... 32
Tip 32
Tip 33
Tip 34
What is a Part?...................................................... 32
Take the console and remix the Parts! ................ 32
Extra texture!........................................................ 33
Chapter 7
Crossfader Basics ................... 34
100 Tips to be a DJ!
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Chapter 1
Pattern Player Basics.............. 14
Tip 1
Tip 2
Tip 3
Tip 4
Tip 5
Tip 6
Work out with the Patterns! ................................ 14
Switch between Banks .......................................... 15
Mixing Main and Fill-in Patterns........................ 16
Exploring other Patterns...................................... 16
Come down on the “one”! ................................... 18
Keep the bpm steady! ........................................... 19
Chapter 2
Live Effector Basics .................20
Tip 7
Tip 8
Tip 9
Tip 10
Tip 11
Tip 12
Tip 13
Tip 14
Tip 15
Tip 16
Tip 17
What is the Live Effector? .................................... 20
Distortion ............................................................. 21
Auto Pan ............................................................... 21
Ring Modulation .................................................. 21
Flanger .................................................................. 21
Phaser.................................................................... 22
Slice ....................................................................... 22
Delay ..................................................................... 22
Echo ...................................................................... 23
Lo-Fi...................................................................... 23
Wah....................................................................... 23
Chapter 3
Isolator Basics ........................24
Tip 18
Tweak the sound just right! ................................. 24
Work the Crossfader!........................................... 34
Mute the Pattern .................................................. 34
Crossfader cuts ..................................................... 35
Chapter 8
Intermediate
Techniques ............................. 36
Tip 38
Tip 39
Tip 40
Tip 41
Tip 42
Tip 43
Tip 44
Tip 45
Tip 46
Tip 47
Transpose the key................................................. 36
Change the bpm ................................................... 37
Reset to the default bpm...................................... 37
Fade in, fade out................................................... 38
Travel light! .......................................................... 38
Tweak the cutoff................................................... 39
Wah-wah scratching ............................................ 39
Warped vinyl and a cheap turntable!.................. 40
Scratch Drum Loops in sync ............................... 40
Mute the Scratch .................................................. 40
Chapter 9
Pattern Player Power Tips ....... 41
Tip 48
Tip 49
Tip 50
Tip 51
Hitting a new Pattern and Variation
— at the same time! ............................................. 41
Hitting a new Pattern, Bank and Variation —
at the same time! .................................................. 41
Break to a new Pattern!........................................ 42
One-bar Patterns — all in a row! ........................ 43
Chapter 10
Crossfader Power Tips ............ 44
Filter Basics ............................25
Tip 52
Tip 53
Tip 54
Tip 19
Chapter 11
Chapter 4
Cutoff and Resonance .......................................... 25
Quick Crossfader scratching ............................... 44
Long Crossfader scratching ................................. 44
Pattern loop vs. scratch loop ............................... 44
Chapter 5
Using the BPM/TAP button....... 45
Scratch Pad Clinic ....................26
Tip 55
Tip 56
Tip 20
Tip 21
Tip 22
Tip 23
Tip 24
Tip 25
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Tip 35
Tip 36
Tip 37
Work out on the Scratch Pad! ............................. 26
Quarter-note scratching....................................... 27
Eighth-note scratching......................................... 28
Sixteenth-note scratching .................................... 28
Shuffle feel ............................................................ 29
Triggering drum loops from the
Scratch Pad ........................................................... 29
Tap out the beat! .................................................. 45
Start with a tap... .................................................. 45
Chapter 12
The Outside World................... 46
Tip 57
Tip 58
Expanding your DJ setup..................................... 46
Mute the speakers ................................................ 46
Contents
Chapter 13
More Pattern Player Power Tips ...47
Tip 59
Tip 60
Tip 61
Tip 62
Creative Fill-in 1................................................... 47
Creative Fill-in 2................................................... 47
Playing intros and transitions.............................. 47
Playing intros and transitions, part 2 .................. 47
Chapter 14
Tip 95
Tip 96
Tip 97
Upside down, inside out!..................................... 64
Taking the pulse ................................................... 64
Sync applications
— using the DJX-IIB as the master..................... 65
Tip 98 Sync applications
— using the DJX-IIB as the slave ........................ 66
Tip 99 Get more Patterns! ............................................... 67
Tip 100 Create your own Patterns! .................................. 68
Live Effector Power Tips ......... 48
Tip 63
Tip 64
Tip 65
Tip 66
Tip 67
Tip 68
Tip 69
Tip 70
Tip 71
Tip 72
Tip 73
Distortion ............................................................. 48
Auto Pan ............................................................... 48
Ring Modulation .................................................. 49
Flanger .................................................................. 49
Phaser.................................................................... 49
Slice ....................................................................... 49
Delay ..................................................................... 50
Delay fill-in ........................................................... 50
Echo ...................................................................... 51
Lo-Fi...................................................................... 51
Wah....................................................................... 51
Chapter 15
Isolator and Filter Power Tips ...52
Tip 74
Tip 75
Isolator to the max! .............................................. 52
Dark mixes and deep grooves
— cut the Cutoff! ................................................. 53
Appendix
70
Troubleshooting .............................................. 70
Error Message List.......................................... 71
Specifications.................................................. 72
Glossary........................................................... 73
Pattern List ...................................................... 75
Voice List ......................................................... 76
Drum Kit List.................................................... 78
MIDI Data Format............................................. 81
MIDI Implementation Chart............................. 87
Index................................................................. 88
Chapter 16
Scratch Pad Power Tips ...........54
Tip 76
Tip 77
Tip 78
Tip 79
Tip 80
Scratching triplets................................................. 54
Scratch on an intro!.............................................. 55
Spin around and stop!.......................................... 55
Instrumental dropout .......................................... 56
More Part mixing ................................................. 56
Chapter 17
Advanced Techniques ..............58
Tip 81
Tip 82
Tip 83
Tip 84
Tip 85
Tip 86
Tip 87
Tip 88
Delay fill-in and fader cut .................................... 58
Fade the scratch in and out!................................. 58
Bored? Add some chords... and scratching! ....... 59
Down and out!...................................................... 59
One-hand Effector control! ................................. 60
Instant reset! ......................................................... 61
Hit the Part on the “one”!.................................... 61
Check the bpm ..................................................... 61
Chapter 18
DJ Performance
Master Class ...........................62
Tip 89
Tip 90
Tip 91
Tip 92
Tip 93
Tip 94
Cut in with a scratch and hit the next
Variation ............................................................... 62
Auto-adjusting the bpm....................................... 62
Creative Fill-in 3................................................... 63
Crossfader cut-in — Scratch plus effect.............. 63
Crossfader cut-in — Scratch plus Delay ............. 63
Outro -tro -tro -tro .............................................. 64
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Panel Controls
This is the DJX-IIB!
Top Panel
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!8
P 01
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!0
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!1
!4
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w
!2
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u
!3
!6
!5
!7
◆ Be careful! Avoid pressing three or more panel buttons simultaneously. Doing so can
cause the DJX-IIB to behave erratically.
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Panel Controls
q STANDBY/ON switch ................................13
Press to toggle the power on or off. (Power is on when
the switch is pressed in.)
w MASTER VOLUME.....................................13
This determines the overall volume of the DJX-IIB.
e DEMO button
This is used to play the Demo songs that showcase the
sophisticated capabilities of the DJX-IIB.
Press this button to start/stop the Demo songs.
To select one of the Demo songs, hold the button
down and simultaneously turn the scratch pad.
r LIVE EFFECTOR section ................... 20, 48
The DJX-IIB has a wide variety of built-in effects that
affect the entire sound of the DJX-IIB and can be
manipulated in real time. Use the SELECT button to
call up one of the ten effects, then work the knobs to
change the depth and amount of the effect.
t PATTERNPLAYER buttons .......................14
Press these buttons to trigger the various patterns of
the DJX-IIB. The pattern starts immediately, as soon
as its button is pressed.
y A/B BANK button ......................................15
Each of the DJX-IIB’s patterns has 10 different variations. Use this button to switch between banks, then
use the five PATTERN PLAYER buttons to play the
desired pattern — giving you 10 different patterns to
work with!
u PATTERN button .......................................16
This button lets you select the desired pattern. Simultaneously hold the button down and rotate the Scratch
Pad “CD.”
i BPM/TAP button....................................... 45
This is used to change the bpm (tempo) of the selected
pattern.
Each pattern of the DJX-IIB has been programmed
with a default or standard bpm (tempo); however, you
can change the bpm to any value between 32 and 280
beats per minute.
This button also determines whether the DJX-IIB will
use its own internal clock or whether it will use MIDI
clock received from the MIDI IN connector.
o KEY SHIFTER button............................... 36
This convenient button lets you change the overall
pitch of the DJX-IIB to match the music on your CDs
or vinyl, or to create chord changes. You can change
the key of the pattern by pressing this button while the
pattern is playing.
!0 ISOLATOR knobs ............................... 24, 52
Use these knobs to change the timbre or tone of the
sound, adjusting the level of each frequency range:
Low, Mid, and High. Turning each knob to the right
boosts the level at that frequency, while turning it to
the left cuts it.
!1 AUDIO BPM COUNTER button, knob...... 62
The DJX-IIB has a powerful and convenient function
that lets you synchronize external audio (such as from
a CD or MD) with the patterns of the DJX-IIB. Hold
down this button while playing the connected audio
device. The DJX-IIB monitors the beat from the
audio, and automatically locks into the rhythm by
auto-adjusting the bpm of the DJX-IIB’s pattern. The
extracted bpm value is indicated in the display.
The SENSE knob is used to adjust the input level of
the external audio source.
!2 PATTERN STOP button ............................ 14
This button stops playback of the Patterns and Scratch
loops. Start the DJX-IIB’s patterns by pressing one of
the PATTERN PLAYER buttons and stop them by
pressing the PATTERN STOP button.
!3 SCRATCH PAD .......................................... 26
This amazing feature emulates a real turntable. Turning or rocking the CD back and forth lets you play various turntable scratches, as well as loops, hits, and
other special sound effects. Select the desired Scratch
sound or effect by pressing the SCRATCH button.
The CD “platter” can be changed as desired. (See page
10.)
!4 SCRATCH button ...................................... 26
The Scratch Pad has a total of 74 different presets/
functions. Use this button to select the desired preset.
The preset number is always indicated in the small
display next to the SCRATCH button.
!5 LOOP button ............................................ 29
Pressing this button (to turn Loop on) lets you vary
the Scratch effect in different ways, depending on the
selected Scratch preset.
!6 FILTER knobs........................................... 25
These adjust the filter cutoff and filter resonance of
each part of the pattern. For the RESONANCE knob,
turning to the right increases the effect. For the CUTOFF knob, turning to the right raises the frequency.
!7 Fader......................................................... 34
This determines the level balance between the pattern
and scratch sounds.
!8 Display
This shows important information on certain settings
and values of the DJX-IIB.
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Panel Controls
Changing the Scratch Pad CD
Included with the DJX-IIB is a special CD-ROM disc. The disc normally serves as a “platter”
for the Scratch Pad function. Since special software is included on the disk, you will need to
remove the disc to install the software.
If you have a CD with a particular design that you like, you can replace the included CDROM disc with a disc of your choice. To change the disc, follow the instructions below.
• The DJX-IIB does not read audio or other data from the Scratch Pad CD or CD-ROM. It
merely functions as a physical “platter” for controlling the Scratch Pad, and provides
added decoration. Feel free to install your own CD for different decoration if you like!
• Make sure to treat the included CD-ROM disc with care and be very careful not to damage
it (especially during removal), since the reverse side of the disc contains important data.
Yamaha cannot be responsible for any loss of data resulting from mishandling of the disc.
(Normal use of the disc as a Scratch Pad will not damage the disc.)
1 Remove the indicated screw with a screwdriver.
2
3
4
Remove the CD-ROM disk.
Place the desired audio CD (or CD-ROM) on the
Scratch Pad.
Replace and tighten the screw.
■ About the included CD-ROM
The included CD-ROM contains the following data:
DJX-II/IIB Premium CD-ROM
• Live Movie at DJX Satellite
• DJX-II/IIB Function Guide — a fun way to get to know the DJX-IIB and its features!
• Pattern Launcher Application — for loading new Patterns to the DJX-IIB!
• Extra Patterns — a selection of specially programmed new Patterns you can load to your DJX-IIB!
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Panel Controls
Rear Panel & Connections
A standard pair of stereo headphones
can be plugged in here for private practice or late-night playing. The internal
stereo speaker system is automatically
shut off when a pair of headphones is
plugged into the PHONES jack.
• Connect the AC adaptor
(PA-5B, PA-5C or other
adaptor specifically recommended by Yamaha)
to the power supply jack.
• Do not listen with the headphones
at high volume for long periods of
time. Doing so may cause hearing
loss.
See page 12 for details.
Refer to page 13.
CD
MD
Connect an external audio device (such
as a CD player or MD player) to the
AUDIO BPM IN terminal, and play back
the desired audio passage. The audio
can be used with the Audio bpm Counter
function, in which the DJX-IIB reads the
tempo of the audio and synchronizes the
pattern rhythm to it.
The DJX-IIB also features MIDI terminals, allowing you to interface the
DJX-IIB with other MIDI instruments
and devices. (For more information,
see page 65.)
Amplifier
The LINE OUT jacks are used to send the DJX-IIB output to
a keyboard amplifier, stereo sound system, mixing console,
or tape recorder.
• Connect the DJX-IIB to external equipment only after
turning off power for all devices. To prevent damage
to the speakers, set the volume of the external
devices at the minimum setting before connecting
them. Failure to observe these cautions may result in
electric shock or equipment damage.
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Setting Up (Power supply connections)
Although the DJX-IIB will run either from an optional AC adaptor or batteries, Yamaha recommends use of the more environmentally safe AC adaptor. Follow the instructions below
according to the power source you intend to use.
The batteries should be considered an auxiliary power source for data backup (page13).
■ Using An Optional AC Power Adaptor • • • • • • • • • • • •
1
2
3
Make sure that the STANDBY/ON switch of the DJX-IIB is
set to STANDBY.
Connect the AC adaptor (PA-5B, PA-5C or other adaptor
specifically recommended by Yamaha) to the power supply jack.
Plug the AC adaptor into an AC outlet.
To disconnect the adaptor: Set the STANDBY/ON switch to STANDBY,
then unplug the adaptor from the AC outlet, and then disconnect it from
the DJX-IIB power supply jack.
• Use ONLY a Yamaha PA-5B or PA-5C AC Power Adaptor (or other adaptor specifically recommended by Yamaha) to power your instrument from the AC mains. The use of other
adaptors may result in irreparable damage to both the adaptor and the DJX-IIB.
• Unplug the AC Power Adaptor when not using the DJX-IIB, or during electrical storms.
■ Using Batteries • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
For battery operation the DJX-IIB requires six 1.5V SUM-1, “D” size, R-20 or equivalent batteries. When the batteries need to be replaced, the volume may be reduced, the sound may be
distorted, and other problems may occur. When this happens, turn the power off and replace
the batteries.
Replace the batteries as follows:
1
2
3
Open the battery compartment cover located on the instrument’s
bottom panel.
Insert the six new batteries, being careful to follow the polarity
markings on the inside of the compartment.
Replace the compartment cover, making sure that it locks firmly
in place.
Use a coin or a slotted
screwdriver to unlock
the cover
• When the batteries run down, replace them with a complete set of six new batteries.
NEVER mix old and new batteries.
• Do not use different kinds of batteries (e.g. alkaline and manganese) at the same time.
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• If the instrument is not to be in use for a long time, remove the batteries from it, in order to
prevent possible fluid leakage from the battery.
• Plugging or unplugging the AC
power adaptor while the batteries
are installed will reset the DJXIIB to the defaults.
• If you play the DJX-IIB with the
volume at its maximum level
when the batteries are used, the
life of the batteries will be shorter.
Switching On the Power
Once you've set up your DJX-IIB, try turning the power on.
Make sure your sound system's main level/volume control(s) and the DJX-IIB volume control are turned all the way down prior to turning the power on.
0J'.
Set the MASTER VOLUME
knob to "min."
Turn the power ON by pressing the
STANDBY/ON switch.
Press the STANDBY/ON switch
again to turn the power OFF.
• Even when the switch is in the “STANDBY” position, electricity is still flowing to the instrument at the minimum level. When you are not using the DJX-IIB for a long time, make sure
you unplug the AC power adaptor from the wall AC outlet, and/or remove the batteries from
the instrument.
Data Backup & Initialization
Except for the User Pattern data, all DJX-IIB panel settings are reset to their initial settings whenever the power is turned on. The Use Pattern data is backed up (i.e.
retained in memory) as long as an AC adaptor is connected or a set of batteries is
installed.
All data can be initialized and restored to the factory preset condition by turning on
the power while holding the LOOP button. “Clr!” will appear briefly on the display.
C|r'.
• All settings listeda bove, will be erased and/or changed when the data initialization procedure is
carried out.
• Carrying out the data initialization procedure will usually restore normal operation if the DJX-IIB
freezes or begins to act erratically for any reason.
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100 Tips to be a DJ!
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This is NOT an owner’s manual! At least not an ordinary one. But, then again,
the DJX-IIB is no ordinary instrument. It’s packed with exciting, easy-to-use
dance music features that instantly sets it apart from run-of-the-mill conventional
instruments!
This collection of 100 hot tips shows you how to get the most out of your new DJXIIB in the shortest time possible. It’s like an expert DJ or mixer taking you by the
hand and showing you the ropes, sharing all the tricks and techniques you need to
be a master DJ yourself! It takes you from the
bare-bones basics, to advanced power tips that get ◆ The Levels — Work your way up!
you mixing like a pro in no time!
..................... Basic operations
............... Intermediate functions
So jump in!
......... Advanced tricks and techniques
... Power user features
Chapter 1
Pattern Player Basics
Start your DJ apprenticeship right here! The Patterns are the basic building blocks of the
DJX-IIB sound — they’re the rhythmic foundation for everything else on this dance machine.
1
Work out with the Patterns!
Here’s where it all starts!
Hit one of the buttons in the PATTERN PLAYER section — and the Pattern starts immediately.
Hitting another button instantly switches to a different Pattern (actually, a variation on the main
Pattern).
Since the DJX-IIB starts the Pattern right away, be careful to press the key in time with the
rhythm
Practice this a while — there’s no better way to get your timing tight and develop a solid sense
of rhythm!
To stop the Pattern, press PATTERN STOP.
Chapter 1 Pattern Player Basics
2
Switch between Banks
Even though there are five buttons in the PATTERN PLAYER, you have a total of ten Patterns at your disposal — thanks
to the A/B BANK button.
Each Bank, A and B, has five Patterns. When the A/B BANK button lamp is off, you can play Patterns A1 to A5. When
the A/B BANK button lamp is on, you can play Patterns B1 to B5. Pressing the button doesn’t change the Pattern, it only
enables the Bank. So if you press the A/B BANK button by mistake, don’t worry — simply press it again, and you’re
back to the original bank, without any sound changes!
Try this example:
1 Start Pattern A1.
Press Pattern button 1.
2 Select Bank B.
Press the A/B BANK button. The A/B BANK button is on and Pattern button 1 flashes. (The flashing Pattern button indicates Bank select standby.).
Flashes
Notice that Pattern A1 is still playing. It will only change if you press another Pattern button..
3 Press Pattern button 3.
Now Pattern B3 is playing.
4 Select Bank A again.
The A/B BANK button is off and Pattern button 3 flashes.
Flashes
5 Press Pattern button 1.
Now you’re back to Pattern A1.
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3
Mixing Main and Fill-in Patterns
Try mixing it up!
As you learned in Tip 2 above, each of the DJX-IIB’s Patterns has ten
different Variations. The main Patterns are played with buttons 1, 3,
and 5, while the fill-in Patterns are played with buttons 2 and 4. (Fillin Patterns are usually used as dynamic breaks or transitions.)
Main Patterns
In general, the higher the Variation number (A1 - A5, B1 - B5), the
busier or more complex the Patterns become.
Listen carefully to each Pattern — remember how each of them
sound — then play them one after another for your own special performance!
Fill-in Patterns
4
Exploring other Patterns
Try out some different patterns
To change the Pattern, hold down PATTERN and simultaneously turn the Scratch Pad.
Check the display to see what you’re selecting. The two numbers on the left indicate the current
Pattern number, and the numbers on the right indicate the new one. Turn the Scratch Pad clockwise to advance through the Pattern numbers; turn it clockwise to go back.
But wait! The new Pattern doesn’t actually start until you release PATTERN! Keep holding down
the button while the Pattern loops, then release PATTERN on the “one” downbeat (see Tip 5) — the
Pattern changes immediately!
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Chapter 1 Pattern Player Basics
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q
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p 01
Flashes
01.03
Current Pattern —
now playing.
e
p 03
New Pattern — waiting
in standby.
The new Pattern is up and
playing!
● Exploring other Patterns
Category
FUNKY HIP HOP
OLD SKOOL
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01
05
11
17
34
50
52
59
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Pattern Name
Japan Beatz
Detroit
Disco House
Hard House
Jazz D&B
Light
Female
Club Funk
Scratchin’
TRIP HOP
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Deep
TECHNO
DISCOMANIA
CLUB VIBES
DRUM'N'BASS
GANGSTA
Comment
Experimental electronic madness — way cool!
Serious House music — from where it all started!
London’s disco club scene.
Harder than you might expect...
Straight from the heart of London — fast and stylish!
Feel it flow, a real Hip-hop cruiser from L.A.
Extra smooth ‘n’ silky R&B-style Hip-hop.
Funk with a Hip-hop flavor — real nice!
Really dark and hard Hip-hop — with a nice melody on Variation
10.
Dark and heavy Trip-hop, atmospheric and dreamy.
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5
Come down on the “one”!
The key to great timing is knowing where the “one” is. And the “one” is the first beat in a four-beat
Pattern. Another key to timing is feeling the downbeats (four downbeats to a Pattern). The DJX-IIB
makes this easy to do!
Check this out:
While the Pattern is playing, the dot in the bpm display flashes rhythmically. (If the bpm display is
not shown, press BPM/TAP.)
Try hitting a different Pattern button on the “one” downbeat — when you’ve hit it right, you’ll feel it!
If you’re having trouble coming down on the “one,” here’s a handy hint that’ll help you keep time...
Double-up your count! This works especially well for slower rhythms — because even slight deviations from the beat can put glitches in your groove!
For a four-beat measure, count two on every beat — like this: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8.
Or count: “One-and-two-and-three-and-four-and...”
One
Count:
( or:
1
2
1 - and
Two
3
4
2 - and
Three
5
6
3 - and
Four
7
8
4 - and )
Hit it here!
Try this technique while changing Patterns. Press a new PATTERN PLAYER button every bar, right
on the “one,” all the time counting out the beat like above. It’s a fool-proof way to master the
groove!
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Chapter 1 Pattern Player Basics
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Keep the bpm steady!
Once you’ve started a Pattern, it's better to keep it playing at a steady bpm — unless you’re aiming
for special effects and sudden tempo changes.
Actually, the DJX-IIB takes care of this for you — automatically! If you change Patterns while a
Pattern is playing, the bpm setting stays the same. However, if you stop the Pattern and start a new
one, the bpm is automatically reset to best suit the newly selected Pattern.
While the Pattern is running...
01.03
... and the bpm stays the same.
When the Pattern is stopped...
01.03
... and the bpm is set to best
suit the selected Pattern.
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Chapter 2
Live Effector Basics
The effects of the DJX-IIB are more than just frosting on the cake — they’re powerful
tools that can completely transform the sounds and rhythms, and put a whole new spin
on your tracks!
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What is the Live Effector?
Here’s where you can really get down and dirty with your beats!
The Live Effector gives you a wide variety of real-time effects that let you mangle and munge the
sound in wild and exciting ways. All of the sounds of the DJX-IIB — the Patterns and the Scratches
(→ page 26) — are processed by these versatile sound shapers. You can turn the effects on and
off in time with the rhythm, and adjust a pre-programmed key effect parameter and the balance
(depth) of the effect in realtime as the Pattern plays.
A continuously lit LED indicates
that the effect is selected. When
the effect is turned on, the LED
flashes in time with the Pattern.
• To keep the effect locked on:
Simultaneously hold the toggle
switch on and press SELECT.
To “unlock” the effect, turn the
effect on and off again.
Turns the effect ON or OFF.
Changes the sound of the effect.
(Each effect lets you control a different key
parameter.)
Changes the depth of the effect. When set
to "Dry," the effect cannot be heard.
When the effect is set to on, turning the
BALANCE knob may generate noise.
Press this to change the effect type.
When changing the effect type, the new
type is applied immediately from the next
note (with the exception of the Slice type).
• Doing too much at once?
Changing the effect type while the effect is on and a
Pattern is playing back and/or while you’re playing the
Scratch Pad can overload the processing power of
the DJX-IIB. This could affect the sound in different
ways, making the overall sound softer or changing
the sound of the effect in unexpected or undesirable
ways. For best results, stop the Pattern and/or stop
playing the Scratch Pad briefly before changing the
effect type. Better yet, turn the effect off briefly, then
change the type and turn it back on again as needed.
◆ Tech note:
You can change the effect type while the effect is on
in the "hold" condition; however, it cannot be changed
when holding down the toggle switch manually.
q Start the Pattern.
w Select the desired effect, turn the Effect on,
and twist the knobs.
e Stop the Pattern.
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Chapter 2 Live Effector Basics
8
Distortion
This popular effect lets you distort the sound — from a soft grunge to a full-on
metallic assault. Turn the CONTROL knob to the right for more crunch and
bite.
9
Auto Pan
Get your sound moving in space! This effect shifts the sound in the stereo
image back and forth between hard left and hard right. Setting the CONTROL
knob toward max speeds up the panning so much, the sound seems to be
modulated — like on a synthesizer!
10 Ring Modulation
Here’s an ultracool effect straight out of analog synthesizers! The Ring Modulator changes the sound dramatically by “overdriving” the oscillator — as set
with the CONTROL knob. This effect can completely destroy the original pitch
of the sound while generating a whole new set of pitches and harmonics, for a
massively dynamic metallic sound. Use the CONTROL knob to change the frequency of the oscillator.
Use this sparingly! You’ll want to save this awesome, powerful effect for certain climactic parts of your performance — and then blow people away!
11
Flanger
This modulation-based effect produces a “swishing” or “tunneling” sound.
Changing the speed of the modulation with the CONTROL knob produces a
characteristic metallic, sweeping effect — much like a jet airplane taking off.
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12 Phaser
The Phaser effect is similar to Flanger (in Tip 11 above), but more subtle — not
quite as dramatic. Phaser is good for adding a little bit of warm animation and
movement to the sound. Use the CONTROL knob to change the speed of the
modulation.
13
Slice
Chop up the beat, slice and dice — completely change the feel of the rhythm!
Use the CONTROL knob on this happening effect to change the “slice” patterns,
and come up with new rhythms on the fly!
14 Delay
Delay is a popular effect that repeats the sound in rhythm. (There’s a related
Echo effect; see Tip 15 below.) And check this out — no rocket science needed!
The DJX-IIB automatically syncs the delay time to the current bpm, so you don't
even need to re-adjust the knob, even when the bpm is changed. Use the CONTROL knob to change the relative delay time to match the rhythmic effect you
want. The DJX-IIB syncs to note values — 16th, 8th, 4th, triplet, etc.
◆ Be careful — changing the delay time (by changing the CONTROL knob or
bpm) may result in some noise.
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Chapter 2 Live Effector Basics
15 Echo
Like Delay (in Tip 14 above), Echo produces repeats of the sound for rhythmic
effect. However, the CONTROL knob is used to change the number of repeats
(also called “feedback”). Naturally, the DJX-IIB automatically syncs this effect
to the bpm of the Pattern.
16 Lo-Fi
Need to grunge up your sound, but Distortion is too nasty for you? This useful
effect lets you slap that retro, lo-rez sound onto your beats — just like they do
in hip-hop, trip-hop and other styles. Lo-Fi gives the sound just a little bit of
“dirt” — and lets you add a vintage analog-like touch to your performance.
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Wah
Wah is a special moving filter effect that gives a funky feel to the sound. Use
the CONTROL knob to change the speed of the filter motion. Setting this toward
the maximum produces a trembling sound.
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Chapter 3
Isolator Basics
More sonic control to you! The Isolator lets you tailor the sound just the way you want
it — phat and round, thin and edgy, or big and banging!
18 Tweak the sound just right!
Need a beefier low end? Want to put some edge and shimmer in the top? Tweak these knobs to
your heart’s content, and get the sound just the way you want it! Try turning the Low and High
knobs of the Isolator a little bit to the right, and make the sound more punchy. Try other settings as
well to get the sound just right!
Each of these knobs boosts or cuts a general frequency band of the sound. Technically, the range
for each knob is -12dB to +12dB.
◆ Be careful with this, though — if the Master Volume is at or near the max, boosting these frequencies can result in some nasty distortion!
◆ Helpful hint: Avoid boosting the level (when possible). For example, if you want to emphasize
the highs and lows, add a gentle mid cut instead.
Boosted low end, slightly
crisper high end.
Low
Mid
High
Very tinny sound — almost
no bass, very bright and brittle high end.
Low
Mid
High
Flat response — normal settings.
Low
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Mid
High
Chapter 4
Filter Basics
Pump up the energy on the dance floor a serious notch or two with these powerful filter
tools!
19 Cutoff and Resonance
The CUTOFF and RESONANCE knobs control the filter effects. And what are “filter effects,” you
ask? Well, filters have been used for a long time with analog synthesizers, and in the right hands
they are capable of turning static, boring sounds into something really dynamic and animated.
Turn CUTOFF to the left and the sound becomes darker or “muffled.” Turn CUTOFF to the right and
the sound becomes brighter. The RESONANCE knob controls how sharp the peak of the filter is.
Turn RESONANCE to the right and the filter peak becomes sharp and pronounced. Turn the RESONANCE left and the filter becomes flat.
Darker
Brighter
Volume
Volume
Cutoff frequency
Resonance
Frequency (pitch)
Frequency (pitch)
These frequencies are
“passed” by the filter.
Try tweaking CUTOFF while RESONANCE is at about 2 or 3 o'clock (see below). The filter becomes
sharper, and you can actually hear the filter peak moving according to the CUTOFF knob position.
There’s no way to adequately describe this effect in words — you just have to try it out for yourself,
and hear how awesome it can make your music sound!
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Chapter 5
Scratch Pad Clinic
The true mettle of a DJ is in his or her turntable work. That’s why the DJX-IIB has a
special Scratch Pad that lets you strut your stuff!
20 Work out on the Scratch Pad!
Step up to the turntable and work the platter like a real DJ! That’s what the Scratch Pad’s for!
Set the Crossfader to around the center, then rock the Scratch Pad back and forth. Now you’re
scratching!
Start a Pattern and work the Scratch Pad while the Pattern’s playing back — adding your own
rhythmic parts and accents to the mix!
Rock the Scratch Pad
back and forth with
your finger.
Set the Crossfader to around the center.
No need for vinyl here — leave your records at home! The DJX-IIB has a whopping total of 73 special Scratch “kits” that you can call up instantly and scratch right along with the Patterns!
To change the Scratch kit, hold down the SCRATCH button and simultaneously turn the Scratch
Pad. Check the Scratch display to see what you’re selecting.
Indicates the Scratch
kit (function) number.
06
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Chapter 5 Scratch Pad Clinic
● Scratch List
The Auto kit (0) automatically selects a kit to best match the currently selected pattern.
No.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Category
Name
AUTO
VINYL LAB
HIP HOP
X-TRA
Scratch Name
No.
Auto
Vinyl Lab 1
Vinyl Lab 2
Vinyl Lab 3
Vinyl Lab 4
Vinyl Lab 5
Vinyl Lab 6
Vinyl Lab 7
Vinyl Lab 8
Vinyl Lab 9
Vinyl Lab 10
Hip Hop X-tra 1
Hip Hop X-tra 2
Hip Hop X-tra 3
Hip Hop X-tra 4
Hip Hop X-tra 5
Hip Hop X-tra 6
Hip Hop X-tra 7
Hip Hop X-tra 8
Hip Hop X-tra 9
Hip Hop X-tra 10
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23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
Category
Name
BASIC DJ
TOOLS
TECHNO
LOOPS
HIP HOP
LOOPS
Scratch Name
No.
Basic DJ Tools 1
Basic DJ Tools 2
Basic DJ Tools 3
Basic DJ Tools 4
Basic DJ Tools 5
Basic DJ Tools 6
Basic DJ Tools 7
Basic DJ Tools 8
Basic DJ Tools 9
Basic DJ Tools 10
Basic DJ Tools 11
Basic DJ Tools 12
Basic DJ Tools 13
Basic DJ Tools 14
Techno Loops 1
Techno Loops 2
Techno Loops 3
Techno Loops 4
Techno Loops 5
Techno Loops 6
Hip Hop Loops 1
Hip Hop Loops 2
Hip Hop Loops 3
Hip Hop Loops 4
Hip Hop Loops 5
Hip Hop Loops 6
Hip Hop Loops 7
Hip Hop Loops 8
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
Category
Name
DEEJAY
ARPEGGIOS
Scratch Name
DeeJay Arpeggios 1
DeeJay Arpeggios 2
DeeJay Arpeggios 3
DeeJay Arpeggios 4
DeeJay Arpeggios 5
DeeJay Arpeggios 6
DeeJay Arpeggios 7
DeeJay Arpeggios 8
FILLS 'N
Fills 'n Breakz 1
BREAKZ
Fills 'n Breakz 2
Fills 'n Breakz 3
Fills 'n Breakz 4
Fills 'n Breakz 5
Fills 'n Breakz 6
HITS &
Hits & Special FX 1
SPECIAL
Hits & Special FX 2
FX
Hits & Special FX 3
Hits & Special FX 4
JAZZ PADS Jazz Pads 1
Jazz Pads 2
MYSTIC
Mystic Pads 1
PADS
Mystic Pads 2
Mystic Pads 3
PITCH &
Pitch & BPM
BPM
PART
Part Mixer
MIXER
21 Quarter-note scratching
Now that you’ve tried out the Scratch Pad and some different Scratch sounds, let’s get started using
the Scratch Pad in real musical examples.
Quarter notes are the simplest to scratch in time with, since you simply scratch on every downbeat.
In this example, select P12 and start up V A1. Rock the pad forward (clockwise) on the first downbeat, then rock it back (counter-clockwise) on the second downbeat, and so on. Notice that the
scratch sound is actually a musical part that changes with the chords in the Pattern. Tap your foot
or your heel with the beats (count out loud if you want, too!), and try to hit each beat with a scratch!
Try different scratch “lengths” as well — for example, scratching forward for a short 1/8 turn, and
back for a long 1/2 turn. Stay on the beat!
One
Two
Three
Four
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22 Eighth-note scratching
Once you’ve mastered quarter-note scratching, eighth notes are real easy! Just double up your
scratching and play two scratches (forward and back) on every beat!
For this example, call up P39 and play V B5. For your scratching, try out Scratch 01 and rock the
pad back and forth in short 1/8 turns.
One
Two
Three
Four
23 Sixteenth-note scratching
Now let’s go a little bit faster. Since sixteenth notes are half the value of eighth notes, you’ll have to
play twice as fast! This means four scratches (forward-back-forward-back) on every beat.
For this exercise, call up P41 and play V A1. For an alternate scratch, try out Scratch 13 and (like in
Tip 22 above) work the pad in short 1/8 turns.
One
Two
Three
Slow down the bpm (Tip 39) if necessary — this will let you lock into the rhythm more easily.
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Chapter 5 Scratch Pad Clinic
24 Shuffle feel
Here things get a bit tricky! But don’t worry — once you feel the rhythm, you’ll have no trouble
playing it!
Shuffle rhythms are a cornerstone of hip-hop music, and feature a heavy “swing” feel. Scratching
to this rhythm is tricky since the forward scratch and backward scratch are not even — you’ll have
to do one slower than the other!
To get you into this, select P36 and start V B1. Try locking into the hi-hat groove — that’s where
the shuffle is!
One
Two
Three
Four
25 Triggering drum loops from the
Scratch Pad
A common DJ technique is to scratch a vinyl loop a couple of times, then let the rhythm play. On
the DJX-IIB, you can do the same thing!
Call up Scratch 01 and press the LOOP button (the lamp lights). Now, give the Scratch Pad a light
push or pull, and the drum loop starts!
To stop the drum loop, press LOOP again (or press PATTERN STOP).
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26 Scratch Pad arpeggios
The Scratch Pad has so much more than just scratch sounds! For some examples of how musical
you can get with the Scratch Pad, check out the Arpeggiator kits.
Try this out! Select P29 and start V A3. Call up Scratch 49. Now the Scratch Pad plays arpeggiated phrases in time with the rhythm. Mix the arpeggios in with the Pattern and create your own
sophisticated, multi-textured arrangements! You can keep the arpeggios playing indefinitely —
even when the Scratch Pad is stopped — by pressing LOOP. Try working the Scratch Pad in different ways — rotating the pad in full turns, and changing speed, too. Notice how the arpeggios get
higher or lower in pitch, depending on how fast you turn the pad!
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27 Scratch Pad sound effects
The DJX-IIB’s Scratch Pad has a slew of special sound effects you can fly into your tracks and give
your mixes a unique, dynamic touch.
Select Scratch 63. Turn the Scratch Pad clockwise to get one sound effect, and turn it counterclockwise to get a different sound!
63
28 Scratch low, scratch high...
The pitch of the Scratch Pad depends on how fast you scratch — just like a real turntable!
To get real low and grainy, turn the pad real slowly. For an edgy, high-pitched scratch, move the
pad fast. Play around with this, and experiment with different Scratch kits!
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Chapter 5 Scratch Pad Clinic
29 Stop the turntable
You’ve heard the effect — where the whole track drops in pitch and slows down to a grinding halt!
Guess what — you can do the same thing on the DJX-IIB, and have fingertip control over it, too!
Select Scratch 72. This assigns the Scratch Pad to control both pitch and bpm simultaneously.
Spin the pad counter-clockwise — and hear the pitch go down and the bpm slow down. Naturally,
the bpm value is shown in the display as well. Turning the pad continuously until the display shows
“- - - -” brings everything to a grinding halt — just like turning off the power on a turntable!
72
108.5
q
w
---.-
Press the LOOP button, and the “turntable” starts up again! The Pattern starts at low pitch and
bpm, and quickly works its way back up to speed. An awesome effect that cranks up the excitement factor a couple more notches!
In a variation on this, try spinning the pad clockwise slowly a few turns to bring the pitch and speed
up, then press LOOP. This gives you a more gradual build-up.
30 Give the Scratch Pad a new face!
Sure, this tip doesn’t change the sound — but you CAN give the Scratch Pad a new look by swapping discs!
If you’ve got a CD or CD-ROM disc with a design you like, you can easily attach it to the Scratch Pad
platter. For instructions on how to do this, see “Changing the Scratch Pad CD” on page 10.
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CD-ROM goodies
The CD-ROM on the Scratch Pad actually contains a wealth of interesting and useful stuff for your
DJX-IIB! It’s compatible with both Windows 95/98 and Macintosh, and features the toys and tools
listed below.
DJX-II/IIB Premium CD-ROM
• Live Movie at DJX Satellite
• DJX-II/IIB Function Guide — a fun way to get to know the DJX-IIB and its features!
• Pattern Launcher Application — for loading new Patterns to the DJX-IIB!
• Extra Patterns — a selection of specially programmed new Patterns you can load to your
DJX-IIB!
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Chapter 6
Part Mixer Basics
Now that you’ve got your rhythm chops up to speed and some DJ tricks up your sleeve,
it’s time to work on the Parts! This chapter gives you the keys to improvising interesting arrangements and instrumental textures. Not to mention creating some slammin’
and smokin’ tracks!
32 What is a Part?
The DJX-IIB Patterns are made up of several different instrument Parts: Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, Percussion, Bass, and pitched Phrases. Each Part has its own unique function and sound within the
rhythm.
BASS
KICK
SNARE
HI-HAT
PERCUSSION
PHRASE1
PHRASE2
PHRASE3
The Part Mixer puts you in the producer’s seat — it lets you throw Parts in and drop Parts out in
real time with the Scratch Pad, allowing you to arrange on the fly!
Part Mixer is contained in the Scratch kits — just select Scratch 73. (If Scratch 00 is currently up,
simply hold down SCRATCH and turn the Scratch Pad back a “notch” to 73!)
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33 Take the console and remix the Parts!
Step up to the mixer and start juggling the arrangement around! When the Part Mixer “kit” is called
up (see Tip 32 above), you can mute certain Parts by turning the pad counter-clockwise about 1/4
turn or 90°. Likewise, if you’ve taken Parts out, you can bring them back in by turning the pad back
clockwise by the same amount.
◆ Tech note The specific Parts that are muted and the order in which they are brought in and out
of the mix differs according to the selected Pattern.
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BASS
KICK
SNARE
HI-HAT
PERCUSSION
PHRASE1
BASS
KICK
SNARE
HI-HAT
PERCUSSION
PHRASE1
BASS
KICK
SNARE
HI-HAT
PERCUSSION
BASS
KICK
SNARE
BASS
KICK
PHRASE2
Each 1/4 turn goes forward or back one “step”
in the Part Mix arrangement. Turning the pad
around a full 360° counter-clockwise instantly
takes the mix down to the minimum. Turning it
360° clockwise restores the maximum mix.
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PHRASE3
Maximum mix
Minimum mix
Chapter 6 Part Mixer Basics
◆ Helpful hint:
If you’ve muted several Parts, you can turn them all back on again instantly! Simply press LOOP —
do this on the “one” downbeat — and the whole rhythm kicks in at once!
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BASS
BASS
KICK
SNARE
HI-HAT
PERCUSSION
PHRASE1
PHRASE2
PHRASE3
34 Extra texture!
Work on your instrument textures. All the mixmasters and mixologists do it! Why? Because it
works like a charm!
Here’s a specific example to get you started. Select P05. Before starting the Pattern, spin the pad
counter-clockwise two full rotations. (Make sure Part Mixer is selected!) This takes the Part mix
down to the bare bones! Now, start V A1.
Let the Pattern carry on for a while. Then turn the pad clockwise 1/4 of the way to change the texture. Keep doing this, letting each instrument group play for a while before bringing in the next.
Also, try going back — turning the pad counter-clockwise to take Parts out of the mix. Then, when
you want to get all the Parts happening, simply press LOOP (as in the “Helpful hint” in Tip 33
above).
Experiment with this — on the example Pattern and others — and let your ears be the judge.
Above all, have fun! After all, this is the way the pros build up the sound.
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Chapter 7
Crossfader Basics
The DJX-IIB has a feather-touch Crossfader — just like those found on real DJ mixers
— that lets you crossfade between your beats and your scratching!
35 Work the Crossfader!
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