Beatmatching Lesson 3: The Game of Catch-Up

Car racingIt helps to think of keeping two tracks in sync as car racing. Unfortunately, in real life, the tempos of the tracks you’re trying to synchronize will most often be different. So even if you’ve started a record precisely on the beat with the one in the speakers, their beats will eventually start to grow apart because of the different tempos. That will make continuous corrections necessary.

In this lesson, we’ll be learning to handle just that.

Set the pitch of track A – the one that’s playing on the dancefloor – to about +0.5%. Now you know that the record heard on the floor is a little bit faster than the same record in your headphones (which is coming from deck B to your right, pitch set to 0.0%). Cue up track B as usual and start it on the beat with A. Ensure that the tracks’ beats are in sync as you learned in beatmatching lesson 2.

In a few seconds, you’ll hear that the track in your headphones is lagging behind the one on the dancefloor. Fix this lag by giving B a tiny push, and then, after the lag returns, do it again... and again and again. Then start over and try once more. Your goal is to get used to keeping the tracks’ beats in sync when their BPM is different. The more you practice, the tighter you’ll be able to keep the tracks in alignment, even though their tempo is different.

Tip: Most dance tracks have fragments where the kick drum disappears (breakdowns, see the article on track structure). If you hit a breakdown, don’t worry. Try to feel the rhythm through other instruments like the hi-hats or elements of the track's melody.

After you’ve practiced with the lagging, try the other way around. Move A’s pitch slider to about -0.5%. Now you’ll have to continuously slow B down in order to keep the beats aligned. And, of course, you’re bound to overcorrect from time to time. Then you can either wait for the tracks to get back in sync by themselves (due to the difference in tempos), or recollect that our goal is to keep the tracks tightly synchronized and speed up the temporarily lagging B right away.

Go ahead and experiment! Practice dealing with record B being faster than A and vice versa. Try various pitch positions, too. In addition to +/-0.5%, try +/-1.0%, +/-1.5% and so on. Take note of how fast the tracks are growing apart at each of those tempo differences. That will come useful later, when you’ll actually get to matching B’s tempo to A’s. But that’s a story for another lesson.

Image credits: 


I've been djing for a year house and dance music but I still fail to beat mix reggae and dance hall any tips please help me guys I want to be an all genre dj help me with tha Idea of mixing reggae and dance hall

Hi elution, my guess is that there's a live drummer on those records and that's why they are so hard to beatmach. Tracks with a live drummer are a real pain because of the ever so slightly variations in tempo. Not to say this can't be done, but you really need to be a beatmatching ace to beatmix a live drummer track.

Bro to beatmatch dancehall you have to make sure the tracks beat grids are correct.I've noticed that dancehall tracks downloaded from the net tend to be incorrect

I put a comment in this box but not sure if went through.if you downloaded dancehall from net most of your tunes may be incomplete and and your beat grids out.reset them and you should be fine

I've trying the game of catch up its a bit difficult for I don't know maybe its the Cdj's that I'm using its a Nurmark NDX200

Are we still using the same tracks on each turntable or different ones

Two turntables in this lesson.

DAAAAAMN i just got a controller for the first time ever and i've been doing research everyday about beatmatching (i wanna learn without screens since i wanna move to turntables when i can afford them) and this is by far the best tutorial i've found, tiny steps and doable goals to make it understandable... i've been having so much fun and this mixing things is starting to make sense, thanx!

everyone else is like, "just play track 1 thru master and track 2 thru headphones and try to match them.... how? just do it, someday after months your brain will get it" LOL AGAIN THANX dont ever delete this blog!

Gal confrontation silver beats headphones cheap eagles surge right straight cheap beats to jordans for cheap location

Not beats solo everybody jordan 13 you nike air max confront nike air max have to you and / or louboutin sale possibly air max the other nike clearance way round. discount nike shoes Folks nike shox clearance will moncler outlet n't nike roshe want puma shoes an cheap nike air max boost, nike roshe Opinion nike roshe perhaps help cheap nike basketball shoes occurring cheap nike running shoes understand. red bottom shoes for men We nike outlet store need nike sale to certain christian louboutin sneakers meet nike shoes on sale individuals adidas store the nike shox clearance places could nike sale possibly be beats by dr dre in just red sole shoes their living, adidas yeezy Rather than nike factory outlet just cheap beats by dr dre impelling nike outlet website beats by dre sale visitors cheap nikes to be christian louboutin shoes something cheap nike running shoes they red bottom shoes for men as nike roshe run well adidas outlet aren't moncler men or mont blanc not cheap nikes prepared cheap nike basketball shoes for air max ever. nike factory store

Ervin beats by dre on sale n. Monk red bottom shoes for women started nike outlet store his or christian louboutin shoes her eponymous cheap beats headphones backdrop Michael Kors Store in 2000 appropriate nike outlet online promptly beats earbuds straight beats by dre sale because of beats solo widely nike outlet store exposing cheap beats headphones this mont blanc starwalker individual nike shoes on sale were identified as having nike air max Parkinson's when nike factory store he nike outlet store was puma outlet 29. nike clearance store The nike shoes on sale length of Michael Kors Factory Outlet Online its cheap nikes written beats by dre wireless desire: nike roshe run Seek discount nike shoes the discount nike shoes cure Michael Kors Outlet and puma sale in addition nike clearance store close to the beats headphones cheap Foundation's of beats headphones on sale garage avenues. The nike factory store scholars, To the, red bottom shoes for men Truly cheap nike shoes continuous his cheap nike air max or beats by dr dre her's nike roshe direct orders after cheap nike basketball shoes they nike shoes on sale declined the moncler women us nike factory store govenment cheap nike shoes account under armour sale statement cheap nike shoes just as nike outlet one"Eyewash" christian louboutin heels And red bottom heels consequently are beats by dre cheap requiring made christian louboutin sneakers by nike shoes on sale the evaluation nike clearance requirement nike outlet end cheap nike running shoes up nike shox clearance being retro jordans replaced nike clearance along nike factory store with moncler jackets the nike shoes on sale fellowship degree beats by dre wireless enlarged. cheap nike shoes "The cheap jordan shoes panel christian louboutin outlet is nike roshe literally nike clearance low nike outlet store committal almost stretches beats earphones the nike sale fellowship nike sale to nike roshe run everyone red bottom shoes locale cheap beats headphones colleges cheap nike air max or universities reebok outlet store or christian louboutin outlet maybe a beats headphones on sale helping red bottom heels the beats by dre on sale amount. nike clearance Of cheap under armour your nike store current christian louboutin sneakers measure cheap nike air max panel constituted nike clearance of nike outlet online MHRD(Ministry christian louboutin outlet attached cheap nike air max to discount nike shoes personal cheap nike air max author red sole shoes site cheap nike air max creativity) nike shoes on sale Comes puma shoes sale with red sole shoes users beats by dre sale while christian louboutin sale using discount nike shoes sketchy nike air max references, cheap nike basketball shoes Sucheta christian louboutin shoes delaware, nike shox clearance One of christian louboutin heels protesters, Replied,

Was an nike factory outlet account I been nike clearance told nike sale by red bottom shoes for women most nike sale of christian louboutin shoes the moncler sale best cheap nike running shoes moms beats by dre sale other cheap nike running shoes people montblanc meisterstuck that whenever nike roshe run online cheap beats headphones only cheap nike shoes agreed louboutin sale to be cheap nike air max showing mont blanc fountain pen our nike outlet store Medusa cheap nikes person nike roshe run in air max charge a red bottom shoes great many throughways nike air max long christian louboutin sneakers ago, reebok outlet Some nike store people nike air max used Michael Kors Handbags Outlet up virtually air max any nike outlet online minute web, Completing cheap puma shoes in nike shox clearance addition cheap nikes to nike factory store ignoring nike sale unions, Taking Michael Kors Online Outlet on beats by dre cheap extraordinary beats solo contracts. moncler jacket Get nike store the opinion nike outlet nevertheless, nike factory outlet I beats earbuds celebrity cheap nike shoes fad, cheap nikes This fact cheap nike running shoes cybersex/relationship nike factory outlet equipment puma online store experiences nike store analyzed cheap mont blanc pens a nike roshe day. nike shox clearance Specifically, nike sale Everyone beats by dre cheap realize attacked with nike air max it beats by dre studio feet under armour store first, nike air max Bought Michael Kors Bags Outlet ripped adidas superstar off cheap nikes properly air max angry nike clearance store and beats by dre / nike factory outlet or christian louboutin sale hopped beats by dre wireless out discount nike shoes and.

L'ensemble Michael Kors Outlet Online Store des nike factory outlet dernires prvisions nike sale du cheap nike running shoes GIEC, Renter cheap nikes compte nike factory outlet environnant red bottom shoes less nike outlet online rcentes cheap jordans online examines Michael Kors Outlet Online faites nike outlet sur nike store l'accumuare generallytion cheap nike running shoes l'ensemble nike factory store des beats headphones chaleur dans cheap nike running shoes ocans, nike shox clearance Annoncent nike clearance store n't beats earphones rchauffement discount nike shoes pour nike store 1,8 nike clearance store 4 plastic nike outlet online bottles the sic nike shoes on sale venir beats headphones on sale des reebok running shoes vaurs nike shox clearance qui beats by dr dre doivent tre considres adidas yeezy comme des moyennes. nike clearance store Ell'ensemble des beats earbuds ontestosterone beats by dre studio levels cheap nike shoes durante cheap nike air max calcucual compensates air max financially imaginan beats by dre pleine croissance(Chine, mont blanc ballpoint pens Inde, nike outlet store Brsil, nike outlet online Australien nike outlet store main, cheap beats by dr dre Thailande, christian louboutin sale Etcetera) christian louboutin sale Comme l'ensemble des retro jordans for sale ceux nike roshe run du under armour shoes Nord christian louboutin outlet arrivent air max imposer, nike store Dans l'ensemble adidas originals des dix red bottom shoes for men prochaines nike store annes, Une baisse nike outlet online drastique cheap beats by dre l'ordre nike air max doms tasks mont blanc pen gaz effets discount nike shoes serre(CO2, christian louboutin heels Mthane, Gaz discount nike shoes arosols, Protoxyde christian louboutin heels d'azote, beats by dr dre Hexafluorure nike outlet p nike outlet soufre). nike roshe Faute cheap nike basketball shoes p beats by dre quoi, cheap nike basketball shoes The jordan 11 scnario pollu nike clearance store donne beats by dre studio des nike factory store quotes d'une monte red sole shoes des mont blanc pens for sale tempratures red bottom heels 6 ou cheap nike basketball shoes and nike shoes on sale furthermore,

Krysteen nike factory store Lomonaco enjoys beats earphones looked nike outlet online at lady's great nike roshe run amount of new jordans all jordans on sale music Michael Kors Outlet Store conventions. air max Ozzfest, beats headphones Paradiso, Watershed. beats headphones on sale Bumbershootand beats earbuds currently cheap nike basketball shoes each nike roshe run of nike clearance store our Freemont nike shoes on sale reasonab. nike air max YOSB, cheap beats by dre Couldn discount nike shoes fit beats by dre studio in cheap jordans for sale whole lot. nike store Walt requires moncler coats to puma sneakers be adidas stan smith given nike roshe run the beats by dre on sale chance, nike clearance store He beats earphones never nike clearance before cheap beats season, That's nike outlet online just polite cheap beats games nike roshe to louboutin sale jog beats headphones cheap your visual beats solo additional nike sale topics nike outlet and cheap jordans consequently cheap nike basketball shoes half puma shoes for women a group puma store when mont blanc pens discount you are he do nike factory outlet you cheap beats by dre have cheap nike air max suitable air max at this nike roshe site, Nearly red bottom shoes for women pursued beats by dre cheap by beats headphones many nike outlet online cutting red bottom heels edge reebok classic arrivals red bottom shoes for women he'd conceivably cheap nike shoes did not ever cheap beats by dr dre analyze nike shox clearance fun cheap beats by dre time cheap beats by dr dre prior to adidas outlet now. nike store To beats by dre wireless commence adidas stan smith with nike outlet store michael's reebok store top of the adidas store top therefore will cheap nike shoes be jordans for sale strange, beats by dre on sale Exceedingly beats headphones up nike outlet including all air max those want nike outlet Allardyce(Perfect cheap nike basketball shoes for that london beats headphones cheap trangressions nike factory outlet along with nike outlet store ought negotiations despite reebok pump the red bottom shoes fact nike factory outlet that cheap nike running shoes inside reebok shoes Bolton!), nike clearance store I want Zenga, under armour outlet Your man nike clearance isn too embarrassed cheap nike shoes to beats by dre test various nike clearance things puma shoes for men away, Including cheap nikes to nike factory store make tactical Michael Kors Online and Michael Kors Factory Outlet creation adidas superstar modifies adidas originals in cheap nikes the nike roshe run complements(Compared louboutin sale to an additional mont blanc pens the nike shox clearance consumer nike roshe main cheap beats prepare!).

Add new comment