Posts Tagged ‘beatmatching’

Modern radio producers take beatmatching to a new level. Guys like David Konsky expand the simple ‘putting a drum loop under three music hooks’-thing into full-grown mash-ups.

Now you might think: ‘This is pretty easy, just take a few songs in the same tempo and beatmatch them. This will sound great!’ – Think a second time. Have you ever heard non-matching songs clash together? It can be awful as hell. The secret is to mix the right tracks in the keys.

But don’t worry, you don’t need to get into complex music theory to create stunning mash-ups and mixes. There’s a technique, well-known amongst DJs called Mixing In Key. The principle of Mixing In Key is pretty simple and easy to learn, if you’re using the so-called ‘Easymix Wheel’.

Check how it works and get the master of mash-ups. (more…), we had the pleasure to add a new category to our CHR library. A category filled with imaging by one of Australia’s biggest talent in radio – I’m talking about the man himself, David Konsky!

After almost one year with outstanding imaging, it’s time to share some of the best ones with you guys. Listen to some of the sickest examples in beatmatching and modern radio imaging.

Have fun and now, pull it off, DJ Konsky!

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Nothing can push your beat or element more than a powerful bass drum. Most guys just slam in a hot bass drum into their production, beatmatch it and it’s done… but we’re not done at this point.

In the end, every bass drum has a fundamental frequency, which is heard as a deep bass note. If the key of this note isn’t according to the key of your song, you’ll have dissonances, which are not really nice to listen to.

To avoid this, you can tune your bass drum. All you need is a frequency analyzer tool and a way to tune your bass drum like f.e. a pitch plugin  or a sampler. (more…)

Beatmixing Pro and imaging star David Konsky did it again!

A lot of you guys sure remember his last crazy piece from last year, now he’s back with more beatmixing and mash up madness. That’s why Konsky IS THE BEST!

This stunning piece made for 2Day FM summarizes all the hits of 2012… so far. Enjoy and get inspired. Make some noise for DJ Konsky!

Guys like James Smith or Nic Kelly have proven it: Adobe Audition is a hot topic in Radio Imaging. In the last time, we heard a lot of great imaging  produced with Adobe Audition. There is some very hot beatmatching – and all this without the help of a ProTools grid mode.

Morning Show producer for Fox FM in Mebourne, script writer and Pro Tools and Adobe Audition expert, Jerimiah a.k.a. Jez B, created a Beatmixing Tutorial for Adobe Audition.

Check his video, follow a few easy steps and you’ll never miss a beat.

Beatmixing….YES, again! Our blog subscriber Raul sent me this link and I think it was more than worth to share this freaky shit with you guys. The Heavyweight of beatmixing has a new challenger. (Remember Konsky’s XXL beatmix):

check the audio section… unbelievable!

Can you do this? Sure? Send your mashup to and we will send out a few nice pieces to all attendants.

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now my 30th Production Diary, so it’s my 30th week here at the Benztown Studios in Stuttgart.

After my last Tutorial about creating a DJ Mix in Pro Tools, I’m getting a bit more deeper into DJing with Pro Tools.

DJing is not only about beatmatching, it’s about timing, too. Your songs might have the same tempo, but if you’re messing up the right timing, it still sounds like crap.

Electronic (and most Pop-) music works simple. 4 beats per bar. My technique is to sum up bars into  ‘phrases’. I count 2 bars as one phrase. An example: a song with a 16 bars intro has an intro with 8 phrases. After 8 phrases, I start with 1 again. Maybe it’s not the best technique, but it works for me.

Here’s a pic as example (click for full view)

My technique is to mix with phrases, that means, I start phrase 1 of my first song and phrase 1 of my second song at the same time, phrase 2 of my first song with phrase 2 of my second song, etc…. You can also mix phrase 5 of your first song with phrase 1 of your second song, phrase 6 of your first song with phrase 2 of your second song, but that depends on the songs and the way you want to mix them.

When it comes to DJing, you got to know your songs. How long is the intro? How does the Drop sound like and when do you have breaks (softer parts in a song, which build up to a second drop)?

Speaking of Drop, that’s what Wikipedia says:

“The drop is the point in a track where a switch of rhythm or bass line occurs and usually follows a recognizable build section and break.

In Hip-Hop and electronic music, the reintroduction of the full bass line and drums is known as the drop.

In Dubstep, the drop involves a full bass line and commonly a “wobble” bass accompanied by a strong shuffling beat.

In Metalcore sub-genres, drops are often utilized at the first chord of a breakdown, to emphasize the passage.”

In short: the drop is, when the action starts

When your timing is perfect, you’re able to perform a “double drop”, means beatmatching in a way, that both drops occur at the same time. You either can switch to the second song or (if you use the right songs) perform a crazy mash up with both songs.

The following example is one of my favourite double drops, I play in my sets. The included songs are ‘Culture Shock – Bad Red’ & ‘Brookes Brothers – Last Night’ (don’t be afraid. No matter, how fast the music is, the technique with counting phrases works on every tempo).

Performing double drops with vinyl is one of the most difficult techniques in DJing and it might take a long time, till you can do it. With Pro Tools, it’s done in a few minutes. I’ll show you how… (more…)

Hi guys it’s Andre.

It’s now my 27th week as volunteer at Bentztown Studios in Stuttgart.

Do you know what really sucks being an Old School DJ still using vinyl? It’s not the exorbitant prices for vinyl, the heavy cases you have to move to every gig, buying new needles from time to time, it’s recording. Once you f**k up a transition in a record, you have to start the whole freaking recording session, which can be a total pain if you mess up the last transition in a 2 hour session. That’s why a lot of studio mixes are done in Pro Tools. You can restart anywhere in the mix, you want. I’ve tried the same and here’s the result:

It’s just a small sample to show it.

You don’t need to be a DJ to create smooth transitions in Pro Tools. It takes you a few minutes, so let me show you: (more…)

Hi guys, it’s me Andre,

It’s now my 23rd week here in the Benztown Studios and I’m stull learning echa and every day here.

CHR Imaging is all about energy and speed. With the most songs  played in CHR, it’s no big problem to create energetic imaging. Most of them range between 120bpm and 130 bpm and today’s Pop Music is very electronic and rhythmic.

But then there are the other songs in CHR: Slow Urban songs, Pop ballads, acoustic Singer/Songwriter stuff. Most of them are way under 100bpm and here starts the problem… How do I image these songs without destroying that fast, energetic mood of my station? (more…)

Nic Kelly  from Oz. Right, there was this 15 year old self marketing imaging genius. In my opinion, Nic is one of the guys, who will rock the imaging scene in the future. I know no guy having his age, who has the same skill set and industry connections. There are great imaging guys, who give feedback to Nic about his work like David Konsky and many others. Nic is a master of self marketing, but also a great imaging talent. Becuase we really believe in his talent, Mike Santos, Oli and I decided to offer Nic the chance to get an Imaging superstar even faster and improve on a weekly basis by getting detailled feedback on productions, challenges, reviews and and and. I won’t call it an education program, because it is far more than that. Why? See the new category on the left – yes, Nic will have his own category on our blog to let you guys know what he did in the last weeks, what he created and achieved. His first post is about beatmixing in Adobe!

Enter Nic and Adobe Audition! (more…)