How To Beat Match

Learning how to beat match can be tricky, but practice makes perfect. Use these tips to impress your competition!

Instructions

  • TIP: Keep track of beats per minute as you practice seamlessly cueing records while working the mixer channels.
  • Step 1: Start Turntable A's music phrase intro. As it enters its outro, start Turntable B's phrase intro while using the mixer's crossfader to transition the sound channels.
  • Step 2: Learn how to use pitch bend controls on your turntables in order to easily adjust the beat speed of one turntable's track to match the beat speed of the other track.
  • TIP: Take one headphone earphone off your ear to hear the track you're cueing along with the track on the speaker.
  • FACT: In 1969, DJ Francis Grasso invented beat matching to keep his music playlist's beat and energy level going for hours.
  • Step 3: Buy a beginner's digital DJ console package for beat matching with different media. They can include CD players, a two-channel mixer, and graphic pitch controls. Stay with the beat, and enjoy yourself!
  • TIP: When cueing tracks, consider marking the cue points directly on the vinyl with a colored marker.
  • Step 4: Cue the song on Turntable B. Set the needle down. Rock it back and forth to find the music phrase's "intro" cue point while listening through headphones.
  • Step 5: Decide which songs to match. For absolute beginners, learn beat matching with two copies of the same record. Place the records on the turntables.
  • TIP: There are metronome devices or software programs that can help you find a song's BPM.
  • TIP: While different records of the same genre may have similar tempos, there will always be some tempo variation between them.
  • Step 6: Plug headphones into your two-channel DJ mixer console. Play a song. Select a musical phrase in the song with a strong break.
  • TIP: Old-school DJs started beat matching with soul music records because of the strong musical phrase breaks.
  • Step 7: Select a song on a vinyl record. Count the tempo or beats per minute (BPM) in the song. An easy way is to start counting the song's kick drum beats.

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