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.

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