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Syncing Beats For Beginners

9 AUG 2013
Career Path : Arts and Entertainment

In the days of yore, DJs used vinyl records and traditional turntables to mix, sync, and keep the party going. While the music streamed through the house or club, everything was groovy. Until, all of a sudden, the gut-wrenching screech of a needle sliding across the record made everything stop: major party foul.

With the hazard screeching needles diminished, beginner DJs are more concerned with their ability to beat match and seamlessly sync tracks. Even though technology has seemingly simplified the process with the “Sync” button, novice DJs shouldn’t rely on the one-touch solution. Instead, beginning DJs should learn the basics and understand the craft before attempting to raise the roof.

Understand the Sync Button
Simply put, the most basic sync button matches the tempos of the tracks. Some of the more advanced sync buttons also lock the kick drums together so there is no need to manually merge the tracks. In addition, this even reduces the need to keep pressing the button to keep both tracks in the same time. However, before you assume what your sync button will do, it is best that you spend a little time reading through your user’s manual. This will explain the options that are available for your sync button, which will make you conscious of the effects of pressing the button. In effect, you will have confidence when you are syncing beats, and you will be able to easily troubleshoot any potential problems if they arise.  If you are unsure about this, there are additional audio courses to help you get on track.

Final Countdown
Any DJ School (or elementary school) teaches you to count. As an essential part of DJing, counting is actually more important than mixing. Being able to count and drop the next song in on the exact beat will enable you to keep the party going all night. In case of a sync button malfunction, your ability to count or keep time can save you years of embarrassment and make or break your reputation.

DJs Using the Sync Button Should Be Able to:
-Know then the sync button isn’t working properly and the problem of split hearing arises.
-Understand everything about how beat grids work, including how to set the beat grids and how to fix them, etc.
-Understand what the sync function does in relation to beat grids.
-Implement a plan of recovery if the sync button messes up or if the laptop crashes.

Today, syncing tracks is not as tedious as it used to be. Previously, DJs went through audio courses and spent tireless hours at the turntable learning to keep time and count. However, innovation has offered new and improved methods of syncing music, such as the sync button. While the sync button may simplify one of the tasks of DJing, it is only a tool. And like any other tool, its effectiveness is only as good as the one using it.

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