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Beat Matching Everyone has seen or heard a DJ perform at some point in their life The type of disc jockey I am referring to isnt a radio DJ that just plays songs for people to listen to I am referring to what is best know as a club DJ one that uses two turntables and a mixer Most people dont even pay attention to what exactly the DJ is doing behind the turntables and to tell the truth most people dont care The final product produced is good music that is blended together to make a continuous mix of music It is not a very easy process to accomplish even though everyone thinks that it is easy and that anyone can do it The process that a DJ goes through when they are mixing is a process called beat matching Beat matching is a very complex process and takes an extreme amount of practice The process includes about sixteen steps but can be described in four steps play one record on the turntable and listen to other record in the headphones grab the beat of one record and release it on beat with the other record using the pitch control analyze then re-analyze the two records and finally blend the two records using the cross-fader If you dont know how to match beats it is almost certain you will not succeed as a DJ The main equipment used by a professional DJ is two turntables hooked up to mixer in the middle with a cross-fader for selection There is other equipment used such as CD mixers but the main type is the turntable set-up The main purpose of this process is to make one record blend with the other record at the same speed to create one sound The first step in the process is to play one record off of one turntable through the main sound system The cross-fader on the mixer should
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