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  1. #21
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    At the moment I'm just learning riding the pitch on my xdj 1000s. Someome has gifted me some vinyl turntables this weekend though but not sure what model they are yet. Currently I'm trying to get in 2 hours a day practice. Shame I have to work lol

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    Beatmatching today's music is much easier than back in the day.

    Try mixing 70s disco for a long transition (30 seconds or more) and you will know what I mean.

    When mixing different genres (disco, funk, rock) I would ride the pitch fader like a gear shifter.

    After becoming proficient in this exercise - mixing modern music will be easy.
    Unforgiving, unrelenting, unrecoverable double beats!

    Once the wife and kid are asleep... the DJ awakens

  3. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDC View Post
    Try mixing 70s disco for a long transition (30 seconds or more) and you will know what I mean.
    Yeah... anything not tracked to the grid in a modern day style DAW, you have no choice but to ride the pitch. Not only are you relying on the timing of the drummer but in the recording process, bits of tape from various takes will be sliced together, these splices aren't accurate, no mater how good you are at riding, you're going to get a sudden shift. Listening to the record the shifts not noticeable, only tens of MS, but that's more than enough to throw your mix completely, you have to know it's coming.

  4. #24
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    In my opinion, it's sort of a waste of time. There are so many other techniques and skills I would want to learn before this. Riding the pitch was a skill built out of necessity, not practicality. Most people that ride the pitch, learned because of vinyl and just kept the technique on CDJs. It's helpful if you plan on using vinyl at any point, but if you don't plan on mixing vinyl then I would focus your skills elsewhere. Embrace the conveniences and other creative outlets technology affords you.
    Last edited by Dubflakes; 05-15-2019 at 07:41 PM.

  5. #25
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    If track B is slower than track A, greatly pitch up
    When the kicks line up again, pitch down
    If too slow, pitch up again, but not as far this time
    Repeat 2-3 if necessary.

    It just takes practice, I can usually get it almost perfect by step 2. Keep in mind I wouldn't recommend this method if the song is already the same tempo just offbeat, then I would nudge or drag the record to regain sync.

  6. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel S View Post
    No, you didn't assume wrong. All the best DJs I've seen have always been riding the pitch. It makes the adjustments less obvious to hear than when touching the record or platter. It's a good technique to learn if you want to spin vinyl. Check this example of Kenny Dope playing live in Las Vegas.


    I used to ride the pitch when I played vinyl all the time. Definitely makes it less obvious when adjusting.

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    So frustrating.

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