How-To Tuesday: Beatmatching

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If you want to be a Superstar DJ, but don’t quite have the basics down yet, this How-To Tuesday is for you.

Beatmatching is basically the technique DJs use to sync an upcoming track’s tempo to that of a track they are currently playing. This process allows DJs to weave in and out of songs without stopping the music.

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How to Beatmatch

  1. Select two tracks from your music library
  2. Determine the beats per minute (BPM) of each track
    • to do this manually, play each song separately and count the number of drumbeats for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4. (i.e. if you count 25 beats over 15 seconds, the song you are listening to plays at 100 BPM). Knowing the BPMs ahead of time will help you understand how much ground you’ll need to cover when introducing a new song to sync.
  3. Match the gain levels of each track
    • use the gain/trib knob on your mixer to match the levels of Track 2 to Track 1.
  4. Play Track 1
  5. Cue Track 2
    • scan Track 2 to find the starting point you’d like, then use the Cue Button to cue the track just before the first note of a 4/4 time signature.
  6. Play Track 2
    • use the cue to begin Track 2 on the first note of a 4/4 time signature of Track 1.
    • if the beat on Track 2 hits before the beat on Track 1, the song you are introducing is too fast; use the pitch to manually slow down the speed of Track 2 to bring the beats in sync.
    • if the beat on Track 2 hits after the beat on Track 1, the song you are introducing is too slow; use the pitch to manually slow down the speed of Track 2 to bring the beats in sync.

Now go give it a shot! If you’re feeling confident, you can even head to 1vsOne.com to register for our beta so you can compete with other DJs once you’ve had some practice.

How-To Tuesday: March Madness Brackets

This week’s How-To Tuesday aims to demystify a great American pastime—March Madness Bracketology.

(Photo: mnapoleon)

(Photo: mnapoleon)

Whether you’re a fan of basketball or not, March Madness Brackets have become increasingly difficult to avoid with each passing year. As a result, if you’re unfamiliar with how these things work you’re likely going to find yourself confused, embarrassed and/or clueless in many conversations throughout the month of March.

Fortunately for you, and in the name of good competition, 1vsOne has developed a quick and easy How-To for approaching the whole March Madness thing for those not in the know.

How To Fill Out a March Madness Bracket (for Rookies)

  1. Download a bracket.
  2. Choose your strategy: as a complete beginner in Brackets, you have three strategies to choose from: favorites, statistics or random guessing.
    • Using the ‘favorites’ strategy means you are selecting the higher ranked team in each matchup.
    • If you chose statistics, you are going to follow a statistical framework to select seeds/teams based on the seed’s probability of advancing in each round based on historical data and using your own judgement (flipping a coin) about upsets. Here’s a great article that provides a framework.
    • The ‘random guessing’ strategy is at once the easiest to execute and most difficult to execute successfully. To use this strategy flip a coin for each matchup.
  3. Fill out your bracket.
  4. Begin to trash talk and let madness ensue.

So enjoy filling out your brackets and let the games begin.

 

How-To Tuesday: Train for a Mud Run

Welcome to the first installment of 1vsOne’s How-To Tuesday—a weekly blog post that teaches you how to do something new that you can then share with our community on 1vsOne.com.

With spring right around the corner, some of you may be thinking about ways to get outside and get into shape in time for the summer. One way to kill the two aforementioned birds with one stone is to compete in a mud run.

So what is a mud run?
A mud run is a course or trail between 5 and 25 kilometers in distance that includes a number of military-style obstacles along the way. Mud runs are designed to test your strength, stamina, mental toughness, decision-making and ability to work with a team. In addition, they’re a great way to be active, get in shape and bond with friends.

(Photo: Jollyboy)

(Photo: Jollyboy)

That sounds awesome, so how do I compete in one of these things?
The first step to competing in a mud run is registering for an event. Just head over to SpartanRace.com or ToughMudder.com (the two largest event organizers), check out their calendar of upcoming events in your area and sign up. Now that that’s done, lets move on to the hard part.

The second step to competing in a mud run is training. You’re going to want to make sure you’re physically capable of completing the course so here’s what you’ll need to do to get ready for run day.

How To Train for a Mud Run

1. Choose an Event: select the event you’d like to participate in so you can get an understanding of the course distance and obstacles you’ll likely encounter. The trick to training effectively is understanding what you’ll go up against.

2. Create a Circuit: based on the distance and obstacles your course will offer, develop a circuit to mimic the challenges that will arise. Circuits are a form of conditioning that use high-intensity aerobics that aim to build strength and muscle endurance; since mud runs are designed to test your strength and conditioning over a long period, circuits prove to be an ideal vehicle for training. Here are some workouts you may want to consider as you create your circuit:

• Push ups
• Sit Ups
• Crunches
• Burpees
• Planks
• Side Planks
• Leap frogs
• Lunges
• Bench dips
• Step ups
• Bear crawls

3. Track Progress: be sure to monitor your progress from week to week so you’ll know when you’re ready for the event. A good goal to shoot for at the onset of your training regiment is to be able to run 4+ miles without needing to rest, as well as being able to complete 15+ pull-ups and 30+ pushups in a row on a consistent basis.

So have at it – find some friends, sign up for an event and get busy training. Feel free to share your thoughts on this How-To in the comment fields below and good luck! We hope to find some awesome videos of your training and mud running on 1vsOne.com in the near future.