Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 188: How to make seemless tempo changes in the mix

This is a good question, and one I have thought about a few times. The following video shows an interesting and clever way of doing this in Traktor. This is great if you use traktor, however not so good for the non software DJ.

I've been trying to think of ways of emulating this idea without software. The only way I can think of getting close is by maybe using a delay on your mixer (if it has one) tho I am not sure if you will get the delay tempo to change speed like it does here.

There are other ways of changing tempo mid mix, such as the brutal pitch nudge method (nudging it up slowly and hope its not obvious!). Also you can do it by being creative with spin backs etc (dropping the new tune in on a beat after the spin). If all else fails you can go for turning of the turntable effect. Creating a bit of atmosphere maybe with it, get some claps going maybe! Then using the break in the music to drop in on a new tempo.

Any other options? I'd be interested to know!




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