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Skratch Lessons: Beat Grid

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[MUSIC]
>> Yeah man, that's cool, man.
What's your DJ name?
>> Drumcell, man.
>> Drumcell [CROSSTALK].
Hey you got your name on here, man?
>> No, no, no, no.
>> Check out my website.
50 million count likes.
Check it out.
>> No, no, no, no.
You're tripping man.
We've,
we've got some other stuff we gotta go
through and check it out.
>> All right, what else, what else this
could do?
>> I'm gonna show you guys a little bit
something about beat gridding.
Beat grade is pretty important for a lot
of different reasons.
We can actually do beat grading so
we can autosync tracks for DJ's that want
to mix between stuff.
Like let's just say you want to just sync
one bpm to the track of another one.
You can just do it at a ss, a hit of a
button.
Just sync from one track to another.
Beat griding also comes in handy for
all the fly loops as well as doing stuff
like syncopated effects stuff.
You'll notice in one of the effects panels
that I did,
I did some stuff with a gating effect,
where it sounded more like transform
crab type stuff, but I was just doing it
with a knob.
So I'm gonna show you guys a little bit
about beat griding and how we can do that.
It's pretty self explanatory and easy.
Let's move over to the computer, so you
can look at it.
And what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna go
through the loops here, and I'm gonna,
I'm gonna pick a, a specific track, here.
And down in the advanced section of my
details, I'm sorry,
in the advanced deck section, I'm gonna
hit the grid button down here, all right.
And what the grid button does, hold up,
let me just clear this out real fast so
we can start over.
What the grid button does is, it allows us
to go ahead and start setting up the grid.
So let me just explain to you how the
interface works a little bit.
You'll notice that we've got two sets of
arrows,
we got these two arrows right here, that
just got one line,
and then we've got this other two sets of
arrows that have got a bunch of lines.
We're gonna talk about those in a minute,
and
then also notice that this one particular
button that looks kind of like a flag.
And what that button's gonna do is it's
actually gonna place the beat grid marker
in the track, wherever I want it to be.
Right now I've got my system in snap mode.
And I'm not gonna spend too much time
talking about that.
But to briefly just go over, if you go to
the preferences menu.
And we go over to where it says transport,
you'll notice that in my mouse controls
mode, right here where I've got two
different modes, I got a snap mode and
I got a vinyl mode.
'Kay.
In vinyl mode, it works a little bit like
a record,
I can use my mouse to kind of scrub
through the audio like that.
And that's pretty cool if you wanna get
this little red line
cursor right here to line up with a
specific part.
You could actually just scrub it over, and
drop it in there.
Or what I personally like to do, my
personal preference is I use snap mode.
What snap mode does, is it allows me to
snap to any major gradient
crest or troth in a wave file just by
clicking on it.
So you can see, it just snaps over to the
grid right there.
Bam, bam.
So I'm going to snap to the first beat of
the track.
That's the first beat of the track.
And now that I've got that set there.
I'm going to go ahead and drop a beat grid
in to it which remember it's
this little button here that's like a
flag.
When I drop that beat grid in there,
you'll notice that it puts a white flag
here.
You see that little white flag right
there?
And it also places these equally spaced
lines throughout the entire track.
Now that I've got the beat grid set in
place,
the most important part is that you kind
of wanna listen to a metronome, and
the metronome allows you to line the
metronome up with the track itself.
And I'm going to show you how you're going
to initiate the metronome.
It's really important.
For instance, up here in the global
section where I was discussing earlier
where the master volume output is, in the
bottom right hand corner,
you'll notice that there's a button that
says tick.
When you see that button, you want to turn
it on so that it looks blue like that.
Once the tick button's on then the only
that you can
start the metronome is by hitting this
little headphone icon here.
And the headphone icon is gonna turn it
off so
you can audibly hear this metronome now.
So, let's go and listen to the metronome
along side the track now.
There's a metronome there.
[MUSIC]
So
now you can actually hear the metronome
going along with the track.
Now, it sounds pretty much on point right
now, so you know that's a good,
a good place to start.
[MUSIC]
If, for whatever reason,
the metronome was off a little bit, it
might sound more like this.
[MUSIC]
It sounds all off beat and
screwy, it doesn't sound like it's right
on.
So you know instantly that the metronome's
off wrong.
So to adjust it,
we're going to talk about a little bit
about the little arrows in the system.
These two arrows right here,
those two arrows move the entire grid in a
hole from left to right.
So that way it moves the entire grid.
You can notice that if I stop the track
here that
these little white line grid markers are
not lining up with the first peak in
the wave file which is the kick drum or
the clap drum or something like that.
It's not lining up perfectly.
So what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna just
tap this little arrow here and
you can see that the grid's moving.
If I hold down the control button on my
keyboard,
then you can actually see that the grid
moves faster.
And now that I'm moving the grid I
basically want to move the grid so
that it lines up perfectly.
Notice right here this entire section
right here.
I wanna move in it and try to line it up
with the wave file perfectly.
Once it lines up with the wave file and I
hit play,.
[MUSIC]
You can hear it's a little bit more on
beat and now I can fine tune it a little
bit.
[MUSIC]
Bam,
there it is, now the beats on perfect beat
with the metronome right there.
Now to briefly discuss what the other set
of arrows do.
The other arrows, set of arrows, instead
of moving the entire
grid from left to right, what it does is
it contracts and expands the grid.
Very similar to an accordion.
Like when you're just pulling and pushing
an accordion.
And the reason why you wanna do that,
is sometimes you might get an old school
hip hop track or something like that.
You know old school drum machines didn't
have like a fixed tempo,
they tend to drift in tempo a little bit.
They might have started slower and get a
little bit faster towards the end and
that's why you want to be able to expand
and contract the grid.
So when you expand it a little bit, it
catches up with it and
always stays on beat.
And the way you can tell that is for
instance,
let's go to the beginning of the track
here.
And I'm gonna mess it up a little bit just
so you can see.
Now that I've done that, you'll see that
here in the beginning of the track,
the beat grid seems to line up perfectly.
It's all lined up with it perfectly.
But as I skip forward in the track, you'll
notice like right here for
instance, the baet grid is already
starting to drift off.
See now it's all screwed up, and audibly,
when you year by any play,
[MUSIC]
It's perfectly on beat now.
[MUSIC]
And as we start going more
ahead in the track, you'll notice that the
metro is starting to slowly fall off.
So to fix that we're gonna just tap these
two arrows to expand the beat grid
a little bit, and line it right back up.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So once you're done with that and
you got your beat grids lined up, it's
pretty cool,
because you'll notice that in between
these two arrows is the lock button.
If I hit that lock button, what it does is
it locks the beat grid to the track so
it can never be changed.
And it doesn't matter if you take that
track, put it on a USB key and
put that same track on your homie's
computer.
It's always gonna have that beat grid, it
never changes.
It stays locked on every single time, so
you only need to do it once and
one time only and that's it.
Now if it seems like a tedious process, I
assure you,
it's just like everything else.
When you put some practice into it.
You work with it really well.
You're gonna get really used to it.
For me, for instance, I do beat grids on
the fly.
Right when I show up to a club, if I've
never played a track before and
I wanna beat grid it real quick, I drop
the track in there, I drop the beat grid.
I adjust it, I use my headphones to listen
to the metronome and
I just drop it in my set right away.
So like I said, practice with it, play
with it, beat grid your tracks.
You'll get used to it and you'll love it.
Trust me.
So that should wrap it for us talking
about beat grids today.
[MUSIC]