November 17, 2020

Blog Update

I have said before that anyone can learn to beat match it is just a matter of practice. Some people can pick it up quickly others find it takes a little bit longer. Either way it just takes time and active practice to master a new skill.

I don’t have time!

For November that excuse is pretty much null and void. Now that we have been forced into a second lockdown, the one thing we all have is time. If your job is currently furloughed then even better as you are still getting paid to not work. If you are lucky enough to still be working then you may be unlucky in having time to focus but even 30 minutes a day over time is a lot of practice to be doing.

Most entertainment venues are closed but when they are allowed to reopen they will most likely find rules for reduced capacity. This sounds bad to start with as they will most likely be less profitable too but this could also be an opportunity as the number of people looking for things to do will mean there is still a high demand for entertainment.

Should all those people still want to go out then the only way forward would be for more venues to open to cater to the demand. More venues, means more DJ’s so this could be the perfect opportunity to pick up some skills and potentially earn some extra money after lockdown and for the next few years.

I can’t afford new turntables

You do not need the latest tech to learn how to beat match. You can practice on what you have now. There are two reasons I can think of for needing to buy new equipment.

The first reason to buy new kit is if your current equipment does not work. You obviously can’t learn on decks that don’t work.

The second reason is if you have vinyl turntables and want to learn to beat match on digital/CD decks or vice versa. Whilst the skill is the same, how you do it varies slightly.

Differences between Vinyl and Digital Cues

If you have mechanised digital decks then you can still skip forward or slow down using your fingertips on the platters as you would on vinyl decks then use the pitch slider to increase or decrease the pitch.

If your digital decks do not have mechanised platters then you have to use the buttons to skip forwards or backwards. This can feel a lot less like you are in control and does take a little bit of getting used to for vinyl DJ’s.

You also need to use the cue buttons or use saved cue points. This takes some time to setup for each track but once done you will not have to do it again. In contrast on vinyl decks you need to find the cue point you want each time. You can do this by putting a sticker on the record to show your start point or you will have to try and remember where your cue is for each record in your collection.

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Charles Duance

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