Beatmatching: How To Master The Basics

Beatmatching: How To Master The Basics

How can I learn to sync two different songs? This question is often asked by many new DJs. DJ controllers available today have features designed to help you or do it for you.

However, to become a good DJ, it is essential to know how to do it by ear, that is, by listening only to the rhythm of the music.

In this article, we’ll take you step by step through how to successfully sync two different songs and then mix them properly.

We wish you good luck and above all good fun!

What Is Beatmatching?

What is beatmatching after all? Beatmatching is like perfectly synchronizing the tempo of two or more songs using a DJ controller, CD players, or turntables.

To do this, you must therefore make sure that the tempo of the two songs match perfectly by synchronizing the first beat of the measure of one song with that of the next song.

When two songs have a different tempo, you must first make sure they are at the same speed so as not to hear any lag and to achieve a smooth transition between the two songs.

How To Find The Cue Point

The first step in synchronizing two tracks is to find the Cue point, which is the starting point for playing a track. In electronic music, this cue is often the first bass you hear.

You can find this benchmark on your own during your set, but often DJs who work with software like Rekordbox Traktor or Serato, record a few benchmarks during the preparation of their set.

From this moment, you will therefore launch the second song that you will start to mix. Like most music, electronic music is divided into several bars grouped into 4, 8, 16, or 32 beats.

To make your mix as smooth as possible, start the new track exactly on the first beat or on a kick (kick drum) of the new measure.

Match The Tempo

The first thing you will do when you start the new song is to make it match the tempo of the song currently playing.

Nowadays you can play the tempo or “beats per minute” (BPM) on most media players or in your DJ software.. However, we recommend that you learn to match the tempo of the two songs by listening to it through your headphones.

By using the pitch control (usually a fader), you can increase or decrease the speed of the disc, that is to say the playback speed of a song. To make things easier, you can start with music made up of 4 bars of 4 beats (4/4). You can usually verify this by counting out loud: 1, 2, 3, 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4… Most EDM, house, techno, and trance music is composed this way.

If you want to mix another style of music, try using the rhythm played on the drums as a benchmark. Unlike a drum machine, it is difficult for the drummer to keep the same rhythm constantly.

Setting Beats

When your two tracks are at the same speed, it’s time to match the beats. To do this, the best solution is to return to the chosen cue point and start the track over on the first beat of the measure.

By starting at the right time, the songs will blend into each other without the audience noticing. To make them completely inseparable, you can speed up or slow down one of the two tracks for a short time by turning your jogwheel.

If you’re mixing with vinyl, speed it up by gently turning the vinyl with your index finger or slow it down by lightly pressing down on the side of the platter. If the tempo is really too different, you will need to use the pitch fader.

Advice

The technical aspect of mixing and beatmatching can in principle be learned by anyone. Finding the right moment to open the second fader is above all a question of practice and feeling.

For example, it is not necessarily pleasant to hear the vocals or the highlights of both songs simultaneously. In this case, it will be better to use the equalizer to cut the bass or treble sounds of the new track.

It is also not recommended to mix two powerful bass lines. Some DJs prefer to make smooth transitions while others will favor progressive transitions that last for a few minutes. Depending on the style and of course your preferences, you yourself choose the mixing style you want to achieve.

It is of course very informative to watch and listen to what your favorite DJs are doing.

Don’t be afraid to literally copy your idols when you practice. If you are passionate and perseverant, you will eventually find your own style!

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