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Definition: Beatmatching is a technique used by DJs that involves adjusting the tempo of a track to match the beat of the previous track. The purpose of this technique is to create a seamless transition between songs during a set.

What is Beatmatching?

Beatmatching is a technique used by disc jockeys (DJs) to synchronize the tempo of two or more songs in order to create a seamless transition between them. The goal of beatmatching is to ensure that the beats and rhythms of two tracks are aligned, allowing them to be played together without sounding out of sync.

Beatmatching involves manually adjusting the speed of a song, either by speeding it up or slowing it down, so that its beats align with the beats of another song. This is typically done using the pitch control on a DJ mixer or software. Once the beats are matched, the DJ can begin to creatively mix the two tracks together, creating a smooth and seamless transition.

Beatmatching requires a good ear for rhythm and timing, as well as a thorough knowledge of the music being played. It is an essential skill for any DJ who wants to create a smooth and continuous flow of music throughout their set.

With practice and experience, DJs can become skilled at beatmatching, allowing them to create unique and dynamic performances that keep their audience engaged and energized. Beatmatching is now often done digitally, with software providing automated beatmatching tools and syncing tracks to each other.

Related Terms: Beatmixing, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Tempo, Crossfading

Usage or Example Sentence: “The DJ showed off his skill by beatmatching two songs of different tempos, creating a flawless transition that kept the energy on the dance floor consistent.

Cross References: DJing, Turntablism, Mixing

Translated terms: French: Beatmatching, Spanish: Sincronización de beats, German: Beatmatching

Sources or references: How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records, by Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster

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