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Align BPM

Align BPM

First of all, you have to align the BPM and pitch of the two songs. If the BPMs of the songs you mix are significantly different, you will experience a great discomfort when the sounds overlap. After deciding which song to play next, move the pitch fader so that the BPM matches perfectly with the song being played.

Align the measures

Align the measures

There are many complicated rhythm on songs, but club music generally has 4/4 timing. There are four quarter notes in one measure. Hip-hop etc. has a lot of loops in 2 bars and 4 bars, and house has expansion in 8 bars and 16 bars. You will get a beautiful mix if you grasp the bars and stack them so that the heads of the bars are aligned. Conversely, if you make a mistake at the beginning of the bar, even if the BPM is perfectly matched, you may often feel slightly uncomfortable.

About song selection

About song selection

The song selection is also a DJ's favorite and is one of the ways DJs are evaluated. Of course, DJs are free to play what they want, but at other times you have to do a song selection according to requests from your audience. However, when I say freedom, most people wonder what kind of songs to choose. The point at that time is "select songs similar in tune". If the tunes are close to each other, it will be easier to create a mix that is not uncomfortable. I makes it possible, for the time being, to create an alright mix. However, always remember that it is best to choose a song that is as unique as possible.

Small but important skill in connecting

Small but important skill in connecting

Skilled professional DJs make full use of various tricks when mixing. Here are some tips and tricks that are useful to know.

"Cut the bass of the song that was on earlier"

Inconspicuous and subtle kick gaps are caused by overlapping bass sounds when mixing. It's just a simple trick to use the DJ mixer's EQ to reduce the bass of the song you previously played.

"Use not only the crossfader but also the volume fader"

With the crossfader alone, the sound may suddenly become loud, or it may sound like a brutal mix. Use the volume fader to raise the volume a little bit for a delicate and smooth mix.

"Use an effector"

Using a flanger to create a JET sound may also be effective for the mix. On the contrary, it is better to avoid the delay because the rhythm is easily broken.
[Reference]Effector


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