First up: I believe that matching the BPMs and blending two tracks together is the most important skill of a DJ. Off cause playing the right music at the right time and looking like you’re having a good time is more value added skills if you look at it from a clubs perspective, but to call oneself a DJ and not be able to “beatmix” doesn’t add up in my book. (This is the rule of thumb for all genres, Hip hop DJ a like)
Back when Beat Keepers hit the market for the first time I actually wasn’t a big fan because newer DJs might only use the numbers as a guide and let themselves be fooled. You’ll still need to know how to match up two tracks and there are a lot of great tutorials online how to learn this. This also applies to Digital DJs. You need to learn how to beat match WITHOUT sync to really get the experience needed to be a proper DJ! All you need is practice.
One of the main issues a lot of non-digital DJs have with DJ software is the sync functionality. Serato Scratch is probably one of the only DJ software on the market still without sync capability and I've even heard some DJ say that they will stop using Serato if they incorporate sync functionality! Tough luck! Traktor, Serato Itch, Ableton, Torq, Virtual DJ, Mixxx, Mixmeister, Mixology all have sync functionality. I believe the only option left is Pioneer Record Box, but I’m sure they’ll add it soon as well.
It is as simple as this: IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE FEATURE THEN DON’T USE IT!
The sync feature for me means freeing up more time to focus on the other tasks like planning ahead, selecting the right music, testing harmonics, working the crowd, adding more sources to the mix, playing around with effects and last but not least, mixing more effectively. All in all it simply gives me more time to focus on other things and giving the crowd more by upping my game. Just beatmixing and playing whole 5-7 minutes tracks wouldn’t be very interesting.
- LEARN HOW TO SYNC MANUALY
- Sync is here to stay and is a very powerful tool.
- Use the free time added by upping your game!
- If you don’t like it: DON’T USE IT!