How to Beatmatch (Part 3)

by Mixing Dj on April 1, 2009

in DJ Tutorials

In Part 1 of How to Beatmatch we learned how to beatmatch on a very basic level, just matching the beats of two tracks playing at the same speed. In Part 2 we learned a useful trick to easier beatmatching by cueing the track the moment before the beat hits and releasing it at the same time as the beat is hitting in the track that’s playing. In Part 3 let’s learn how to beatmatch two tracks that have different speeds.




Let’s look at a realistic situation. You’re playing a track on Deck A and somewhere in the middle of it you want to blend into a new track on Deck B. So, while track A is playing you start cueing up track B in your headphones. You use the technique from How to Beatmatch (Part 2) and find the moment right before a beat hits at a part of Track B that you want to blend in.

As you’re previewing the Track B in your headphones, you notice that it’s starting to get out of sync with Track A. This is where you’ll find that it’s crucial to really know your music. At this moment you have to figure out which beat is coming from which track. The only way to do this is to know what that track sounds like and how the beat sounds different from the beat of the other track. You can figure this out by trying to focus on just one of the tracks and getting a feel for the timing, or you can quickly switch back and forth between the tracks in your headphones. Another good way is to check the meters on your mixer. You’ll see which bar is late in bouncing up, and that’s the track you need to speed up. Use the tempo slider in conjunction with the jog wheel (or the actual record) to do this.

This process takes a lot of practice and you’ll be doing a lot of trial and error. Don’t worry about it, this is the whole point of practicing. Once you master this technique, you can safely say that you have learned how to beatmatch. And you’ll be well on your way to learning all the other aspects of mixing music.

Now you have the basics of learning how to beatmatch. The most important thing is that you have fun DJing. As long as you keep it fun, you will stay interested in it and won’t mind practicing. The key to being a good DJ is practice practice practice, just like with anything else. So have fun, practice a lot, and you’ll start seeing results pretty quickly!

-Mixing DJ

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Shai September 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

I have gone through 3 steps of yours of how to beat mixing and I have it, but that was great, but I still find it difficult to match the beats.
.-= Shai´s last blog ..Mismatch – Movie MP3 Songs =-.

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Bar and Night Club Enthusiast December 21, 2009 at 3:35 am

I think Im still stuck in the bedroom DJ fphase… great tutorials though… very comprehensive

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admin January 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

@Shai – I’m glad this tutorial helped you out. Keep at it, beatmatching is all about practice. The more you practice the better you’ll get at it!
@BaNCE – Nothing wrong with being in the bedroom DJ phase as long as you’re having a good time and constantly learning new skills.

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Inpsyde January 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Hey bro, so nice to take some time an explain this techniques!

Thanks!

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Pinoy Tech Blogger January 17, 2010 at 1:38 am

Thank you so much for your help. The very best. Man, this thing’s getting better and better as I learn more about it.

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deathmitten January 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hey, thanks for this. I too am in the bedroom DJ phase yet, but I’m hoping to grow out of it soon.

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admin January 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the comments, all the best luck to you guys!

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Ultradrive March 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Heeey maaan, great posts about most i`ve be read. I`m a dj from Serbia (Belgrade) and these posts are just how I was learning about djing. Very very very nice from you. I must to send this link to my friend who wants to learn about djing cause I dont live in same town as him to show him these steps. Great job, really nice from you. What stiles you prefered to play?? All the best.

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Ryan Je March 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

thanx 4 d very in4mative toturial bro…it helps me a lot….

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LADY LOVE March 19, 2010 at 2:15 am

I got my first set of decks yesterday and had a go last night, beatmatching was causing me some concern as I have my first gig in 6 weeks to 200 people!! I have sort of blagged that I have done it before lol, nothing like jumping in at the deep end. Having read your tips today on beatmatching, I will try this on my Gemini cdj’s tonight, I wasn’t that bad last night but I know this will make be a much better Dj come the gig. thank you soo much. Simon (aka Lady Love) 🙂

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admin March 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Great to hear, Simon! I’m always glad to help… best of luck on your gig!

Gammbit April 7, 2010 at 5:14 am

thanks man i think it helped me im new to this and i really dont know much about it …. basically im garbage but tryin 2 get better thanks alot tho

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camisa polo April 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

the beatmatch series is helping me a lot. will we get video sometime?
thank you so much guys!

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shorty buck June 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

hey men i like how you teach beat matchin i been a dj for 12 years and i have hell beatmatching i kind of suck doing it and i give up doing it. but i gonna keep trying to do now that i read your tutorial and hopefully i get it soon. thanks men

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Alex July 1, 2010 at 4:33 am

Thank you so much!
Greetings from Amsterdam

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Virtual dj August 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

Thanks, Your blog provide me some good infomation. nice blog, good info.ThanksEverything For DJ’S

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DJ Trinity February 16, 2011 at 12:27 am

Beatmatching is the number one fundamental skill of all DJs, it’s also the skill that is going to take the longest to master. It’s important you understand that once you do master beatmatching you shouldn’t stop there, it isn’t enough, not if you want to become a world class DJ.

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compra coletiva February 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Great tutorial once again. Will try at home asap 🙂

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Steve Cartons November 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Beatmatching is such a great skill. And I want to learn more about it. Could you give me more instructions?

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Phoenix December 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Thanks for that tutorial, It helps alot, many people have tried teaching me to beatmatch and i couldnt quite get it, but you have helped alot, dj’ing at a party on new years eve so this should come in handy 🙂 thanks

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Hayden January 4, 2012 at 7:16 am

I am brand new to DJing, and i received a numark mixtrack for christmas, I’m curious on exactly how you cue one song in your headphones and have it not play through the speaker output. Your information on beatmatching has given me a great start. Thanks a million!

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admin January 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

You need a sound card or interface that has separate channels for the main output and the headphone output. Not sure if the Mixtrack does that.

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