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    How do DJs mix drastic BPM differences? (ex. in post)

    Hey guys,
    I've been trying to mix different genres, similar to what Designer Drugs always showcase in their DATAMIX series.
    My question is, How do to they do it?! I am having tons of trouble.

    Here is an example:
    http://soundcloud.com/designerdrugsmusic/datamix-17

    A super drastic example in this mix:
    @5:00 its Alcoholic (Dada Life remix) which is originally 128 BPM into Atrium (Designer Drugs Remix) which is 140 BPM..
    How do you pull off something clean like they did in this mix?

    Another ex:
    @22:50ish the song playing is Monolith -Congorock, which is 128 BPM
    it then mixes into Earthquakey People (Alvin Risk Remix) which is 139 BPM.

    It sounds super clean but when I try something similar I can't seem to get it to sound right.
    Any tips/help would be great

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    easy. both times the outgoing traps were significantly pitched up. just tapped it out and for your first example the track was already played at 135BPM when it hit the break before the transition and was gradually sped up during the break.
    for the second track it's the same. track going out is running at roughly 136BPM.
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    name one dj that can replicate richie's drums in a minimal techno way, this coming from a plastikman background...then again i figure trance heads would respond this way they always seek the BUILD UP AND DROP THE BASS BRO

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    ahh, thanks for the explanation. I guess I'll get back to practicing more.

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    So, back to my examples, they basically mixed this entire mix at 135-138 bpm.
    The issue I am having is that when I take songs that are at 128 BPM and ramp them up that high, the tracks are VERY difficult to keep in synch for more than 15 seconds or so...
    I like to think my beat matching is pretty damn solid so I am wondering, could Designer Drugs possibly just be throwing tracks into Ableton and having them pre-synched or have pre-made, re-adjusted BPM edits?

    I'm just getting a little frustrated i guess...

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    the mixing part was short in that section you pointed out, which lead me to think that there were definitely some pre production planning going into it. Either they used digital tools to pre plan the transition or they carefully calculated and executed it. Either way it wasnt done randomly. Some people makes transition tracks specifically for this type of situation.

    btw - i never really listened to these guys. Im not really into this style of music, but i enjoyed their set and it gave me a few ideas. thanks for posting it

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    Most people use premade transition tracks these days. I have a whole folder dedicated to transitions from dance to hiphop (128 - 90 or 128 to 70 etc) and another dedicated to transitions from hiphop to dance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mantis View Post
    btw - i never really listened to these guys. Im not really into this style of music, but i enjoyed their set and it gave me a few ideas. thanks for posting it
    Designer Drugs are the shiiiett!!! go to their soundcloud and check out their other DATAMIXes. (DATAMIX 16 is pretty rad)

    also, thanks for the additional info

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevin View Post
    Most people use premade transition tracks these days. I have a whole folder dedicated to transitions from dance to hiphop (128 - 90 or 128 to 70 etc) and another dedicated to transitions from hiphop to dance.
    How do you go about making these transition tracks? do you just loop the end and have the BPM slowly ramp up or down to the BPM you want to mix into?

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    +1, also very interested in these transition tracks. Just how do you do it?

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    Electricsmooth, Transition tracks are easy to find in record pools.

    TBA, what kind of equipment are you using? These types of mixtapes can be laid out entirely in Ableton.

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