Episode 088 – Intro to Beats & Bars

Today’s episode is a primer course, a 101 if you will, for our upcoming “Tricky Counts” series.  This episode lays the groundwork for how to properly count beats and bars so that everyone can be on the same page when we dive into talking about confusing songs and song counts in the future.  Please use this episode as a reference and watch it as many times as you need to.  If you don’t have any musical background or are new to DJing, this stuff can be intimidating and difficult to understand, but with a little time and practice you can use this knowledge to become a much better DJ!  We’re here to help you, so if you have any questions about this episode, please post them in the comments and we’ll answer them as quickly as possible.

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  1. I have a studio in prov….spend countless hours in the studio learning new ways to use ableton, during my downtime i tend to watch all of your tutorials !! remixreport is great!! i have been djing for over 15 years & i always learn something new on remix report keep all of the vids coming!! if there is anything i can do to help please email me @ djmikelowrey@gmail.com!!!!! keep up the hardwork!!!!

  2. That helped out a ton. I always thought that the b in 8b (i12inch) was for beats but now I am educated and know they are bars. Insane stuff! I always like learning little things like this.

    And sometimes if You want to get real creative you can drop the 8bar intro over the first track chorus to give it a new beat (make sure the eq is set properly) and then once the chorus drops out you crossfade into the new song. I do this all the time but make sure the two beats go together and don’t clash. i12inch.com is perfect for 8b intros and outros If your looking for a site that can help you with this.

    Good stuff keep it coming!

  3. It always helps to have your tracks BPM scanned and cue points set. I always set mine at 1, 5 and 8… I believe most DJ’s do, esp. for quick mixing.

  4. Nicely explained. Anybody DJ’ing or getting started needs to know this stuff…

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