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Intro to DJing Workshop with DJ Skinlayers

Intro to DJing Workshop with DJ Skinlayers

📅 Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
⏰ Time: 3:00 to 5:00PM
💵 Price: Suggested Donation $25
Presented by Gabriel Totusek

2 hours

Have you been curious how to get into DJing but didn't know how to get started? Then, this workshop is for you! Gabriel will demonstrate the basic techniques and aspects of DJing with a laptop and controller for a live club environment. Attendees will be given an opportunity to practice and experiment while having a veteran DJ on hand to answer questions and give practical advice.

Topics will include:

* Hardware/Software Setup & Overview
* Queueing Tracks via Headphones
* EQing
* BPM & Beat Matching
* Transitioning Between Tracks
* Preparing for a gig
* How to Handle Disasters During a Performance
* And more!!!

To keep the bar for entry low, this class will focus on laptop-based DJing with the free DJ software MIXXX. As such, we will not be covering stand-alone Pioneer DJ/Denon CDJ's and mixers, though the majority of what you will learn will also be applicable to those platforms as well as other DJ software such a Traktor Pro, Serato, VirtualDJ, etc. While you are welcome to attend this class without any hardware, to get the most out of it, we recommended at a minimum that you bring a laptop (Mac or Windows) with you. Don't forget the power cord!!!

Ideally, you should also bring:

* a MIXXX-certrified DJ controller, preferably with a built in audio interface (with ASIO drivers, if using a Windows laptop).
  * https://manual.mixxx.org/2.4/en/chapters/hardware
  * https://manual.mixxx.org/2.4/en/hardware/manuals
* Headphones that can plug into your DJ controller/audio interface.
* a USB cable that can connect your DJ controller to your laptop.
* a pair of small desktop speakers that can connect to your DJ controller/audio interface.

If you only have access to a DJ controller that is not supported by MIXXX, or one without a built-in audio interface you are welcome to bring it, but be aware we will have limited time to troubleshoot individual setups and address how other DJ software packages implement the features and techniques being demonstrated.

About Gabriel Totusek (DJ Skinlayers):
Gabriel has been spinning in Goth/Industrial clubs around the Seattle area for nearly 20 years. He is a resident at The Mercury@Machinewerks and can be seen performing there the first and second Fridays of each month at GASP and Ornament & Crime, respectively. He has also been found, on top of a Metro bus or in the middle of a storm, DJing at Burning Man from time to time. During the pandemic, he aided a number of his fellow DJs with the technical setup & troubleshooting required to livestream on Twitch. Since then, he has taken several artists under his wing and used his decades of experience to help give them the confidence and know-how to launch their DJ careers in the local club scene.

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synthesizers for beginners

Synthesizers for Absolute Beginners Workshop

📅 Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024
⏰ Time: 6:00 to 7:30PM
💵 Price: $25


This workshop, presented by Cindy Reichel, will explore the fundamentals of how synthesizers work and how they are used in various styles of electronic music production. Other related technologies including samplers and drum machines will also be covered. No experience is required for this workshop, and all gear will be provided.

Tickets are available for $25 via Eventbrite or at the door.

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Introduction to Ableton Live Workshop

Introduction to Ableton Live Workshop

📅 Date: Thursday, June 6 2024
⏰ Time: 6:00 to 7:30PM
💵 Price: $25


In this workshop, presented by Cindy Reichel, participants will learn the fundamentals of Ableton Live including navigation, session and arrange view workflows and tips and tricks for using audio clips, effects and VSTs. No experience with Ableton is required for this workshop and no equipment is needed to attend. 

Tickets are available for $25 via Eventbrite or at the door.

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patchwerks core class


📅 Date: Wednesday June 18 - Wednesday July 3 2024

⏰ Time: 6:00 to 9:00PM

💵 Price: $349

Register Here

Learn about Synthesis & Making Music!

Are you ready to learn about the basics of synthesis and producing electronic music? This course is for you!

You'll learn synthesis on the Moog Music Mavis semi-modular synthesizer , which is provided for use by Patchwerks during the class.

Sign up for a 4-module course live, in-person in our Seattle classroom. The course meets on Wednesdays from 6 to 9PM starting on May 15 and is what you need to get started learning hardware, working with software, and interfacing the two.

The course will be given 6-9PM in the Patchwerks Seattle Showroom on the following dates:

May 15 Start Date:

  • Wednesday, May 15
  • Wednesday, May 22
  • Wednesday May 29 * laptop recommended
  • Wednesday, June 5 * laptop recommended

Why take this course?

Today there are more tools than ever to use in creating electronic music. The purpose of this in-person course is to provide an overview of key tools and to deliver specific techniques that you can develop and use in your own musical expressions.

Subjects covered include:

  • Synthesis fundamentals and techniques
  • Intro to modular synthesis
  • Production basics in Ableton
  • Hybrid hardware and software setups for recording and arrangement
  • Sampling

By the end of this course, you will have gained a set of techniques in hardware and software to aid in the process of creating music. You will have met and collaborated with other members of the Seattle-area electronic music community. And, you will have the skills to record a track idea.

This course is designed for people looking for structure and a community with which to invest energy and time into developing a musical practice. 


The price for 1 student to take the course is $349. Note that Mavis instruments will be provided to all students for use during class, so purchase of a Mavis is not necessary to take the course.


After registering for this course, our Lessons Coordinator will reach out to you by email with the syllabus, instructions, and downloads to complete prior to class.

Mask-wearing will be voluntary. Patchwerks COVID protocols will be updated per CDC recommendations.

Class will be held in the event space adjacent to our Seattle showroom.

Participants under 18 should be accompanied by a guardian – contact us at support@patchwerks.com to discuss registration details.

Purchase of this course is not eligible for returns or exchanges.

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