Beat matching vs Dropping it on the one

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When it comes to Hip Hop and R&B, which transition technique is better: beat matching or dropping it on the one?

The two techniques are totally different and they both have their function, but one is not better than the other. In this video I show the difference between the two and I also share my personal preference.

If you have no idea what “dropping it one the one” means, be sure to check out my counting music tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFcml2J5ElE

If you have any questions or if you want to share your style, join the conversation in the comment section.

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182 thoughts on “Beat matching vs Dropping it on the one

  1. Just started getting into Turntablism for my own enjoyment, much respect for all these quality videos! Respect from Canadian bboys

  2. Pledge / Stupid unfunny memes

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    omg I saw you at dancefair we talked for a very long time and we looked for someone who could scratch very well do you remeber haah

  3. CommeciCommeca 778

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    HEY , could you tell us , what scratch are you using to be able to drop it on the one ? i think it brings a big difference . Or if anybody knows .
    Thank you

  4. Thanks for this. I really need to get my dropping it on the one game on. Well the scratching first (sad I know, im still a scratch novice after 12 years) then the dropping it on the one. I am a mixer. Sometimes I will cut to the next track or “tease” cut the next track (my favorite).

  5. often i will drop on the one, but i will do a preview…(30 seconds about prior to the drop I blend the new song a tad) to let the club know they favorite song is coming up….great way to pull out more folks to the floor.

  6. Quick question. Is there a such thing as too much beat matching? I ask because a lot of my mixing and transitions consist of beat matching

  7. How do i find out the best BPM partners or Blending? For example: 128 – 96 or 140 – 70 . When you mix those BPM together, They sound good!Thanks! in advance

  8. How do i find out the best BPM partners or Blending? For example: 128 – 96 or 140 – 70 . When you mix those BPM together, They sound good!Thanks! in advance

  9. i good way for transition for different bpms are when you drop the track on a break with no beat, easy with edm and electronica but maybe not so much with other genres

  10. Haven’t been through all the videos, I do have a question and a comment. For me personally, mashing an a cappella from one song with a complementary beat from another always makes things more interesting. I have even created a couple that are prerecorded that make it that much easier to do and I wonder what your opinion is on this. To me it is a form of mixing, though if you are doing it on the spot you have to have your next track or two in mind so that you don’t dwell on the instrumental for very long, especially if you only have two channels going. The other thing I feel you have to pay attention to in beat matching is avoiding two melodies overplaying each other. Some complement each other, others just create an unpleasant noise. And definitely not to have tracks vocalizing at the same time over each other.

    I don’t create mixes for anyone else but myself, that way I get to hear what I want to.

  11. lovin these video’s – I mix a lot of between 123 – 130 using Drop, but some times there’s tunes (sub 120) that when beat matching are just out of reach (because of the +/- 5bpm rule) this is a great method of letting loose those low BPM but banging tracks (practice practise practise) 🙂 keep’em coming T

  12. the +/-5 kinda applies to beatmatching. If you change the tempo of a track too much, it might affect the key of the tune or so. So you shouldnt beatmatch and mix tunes which tempo differs too much. Thats about what I have heard.

  13. hey Dj TLM i have a question as far as line dance songs like cupid shuffle dougie and hit the quad etc. is it better to play the whole song or mix it out?

  14. hey Dj TLM i have a question as far as line dance songs like cupid shuffle dougie and hit the quad etc. is it better to play the whole song or mix it out?

  15. TrouserSnake Jake Honcho

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    hey Dj TLM i have a question as far as line dance songs like cupid shuffle dougie and hit the quad etc. is it better to play the whole song or mix it out?

  16. hey Dj TLM i have a question as far as line dance songs like cupid shuffle dougie and hit the quad etc. is it better to play the whole song or mix it out?

  17. can you do a tempo fluctuation on 45’s, with 60’s and 70’s soul and funk? smooth transition as well as drop it on the one. would love to see how you grip the 45’s. thx, dig your vids.

  18. Love your videos, very clear and in depth explanations. I don’t suppose you want to give up what is name of the first instrumental you used?

  19. TheOfficialShapeshifter

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    you make my day better, I’m 17 and I’m a DJ/Producer. I have been offered a residency in zante this year, which my friend who has 3 years experience me secured me. He told me i need to mix all genres to show I’m a good dj to get the job but i don’t like mixing all genres i prefer house and baseline. what should i do? i feel like giving up and that I’m getting nowhere. help me please TLM

  20. Do your thang bro-ham!!!!! I really enjoy your videos! I do share your relevant videos… Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

  21. could you give me a suggestion I can’t go to clubs i am restricted to go there so what do u think i do to perform DJ

  22. Not that it matters but I always used the term “blending” instead of beat matching and “cutting” or “quick mix” instead of dropping it on the one. Anyway nice channel you have here. cheers

  23. i live in dayton ohio and most of the hip hop dj’s just mix the song in together even at the hype level which don’t make sense to me

  24. how long have you been mixing? I’ve bought controller yesterday so I am a total noob. I LOVE your tutorials.

  25. Drop on the 1 equals when u miss your mark and last minute drops! Or, when someone gives u 20 bucks to play a track out of range

  26. Great videos! Very helpful.. would you be able to teach us how to do the scratch you use when scratching in the track?

  27. thank you for doing what you do.learning alot. i got a ddj sz2 and want to start doing partys asap .you been a big help. djbigL

  28. thank you for doing what you do.learning alot. i got a ddj sz2 and want to start doing partys asap .you been a big help. djbigL

  29. what id the tempo of both the songs are totally different . for example the first song is rock and the other one is a slow song

  30. Thank you for sharing and give us insights form your experience, totally make sense to me now thinking about it, when you said the crowd not really hearing the mix till you drop the new track .. glad I came across your channel! well done

  31. You rock bro. I’m a mobile wedding dj who learned to mix by giving a cassette tape a quarter turn back to find the “one” (at the best fade out point). It always worked. In this new era, I felt I couldn’t keep up with beat matching dj’s, so I’ve been doubting my mixes. You’ve reaffirmed what I’ve always done……feel the song and crowd….cue the next banger….let it fly at the right time!

    you have great videos. i’m going to watch them all (learn how to best mix “Old Time Rock N Roll into Funky Cold Medina”

  32. Excellent advice!!!  Reassuring, actually, because sometimes I feel like a failure when I don’t blend.  I drop it on the one when the bpm’s are far off.  It seems like it is all that I can do to make a good transition…

  33. I had a question that non of the YouTubers can answer but I’m wondering how can I playing a different beat with vocals is it just playing instrumental or there’s other ways to do it

  34. Hey DJ TLM, love your work, thanks for the great videos. I’m trying to learn how to scratch, and checking out your tutorials on scratching. Your scratches in this video sound great, can you please explain the combo and names of the scratches you are doing in this video?

  35. Wow what a great tutorial. Can you please explain what scratch techniques you’re using to scratch in the song on the one at 2:10 and even at around 3:20. Is it the Joe Cooley scratch you’re using to get that sound ? If anyone else can help it would be much appreciated:)

  36. What is your take on teasing in a recognizable part of the next track over the current track for a while before doing your mix and totally bringing in the new track…?

  37. When starting to beat mix it’s always better to start at the most difficult end of the spectrum…. 70s disco soul and funk… why ? Cos when you understand the machanics of how to beat mix and can conquer this genre modern day computerised music will be easy.. why ? Old ( Disco music ) was recorded by REAL PEOPLE who played instruments and therefore their timing although very good was off albeit slightly. Therefore the B.P.M WILL drift off slightly… Master this and master ANYTHING… warning tho… it’s not easy to master but well happy when you do….. And it will make you a much better mixer…

  38. Good ol fashioned CHOP MIX that we used in the 70’s. … Still has its place… But on a lot of tracks the one your chopping in needs to be off the intro and into the next phrase… never chop when current tune is banging and new tune is right at the start.. less the new track bangs from the off, naturally

  39. i find it hard to get my drops exactly on time when i want to beat match like this. it sounds awful. obviously i can match it up correct before i bring in the new track but i’d like to be able to scratch my drop in to the beat match like DJ TLM here. any tips / advice?

  40. i find it hard to get my drops exactly on time when i want to beat match like this. it sounds awful. obviously i can match it up correct before i bring in the new track but i’d like to be able to scratch my drop in to the beat match like DJ TLM here. any tips / advice?

  41. I get what you’re saying BUT i don’t get how i should transition with a scratch, so that the actual beat is audible (say I wanna drop it on the one), i think because of my controller (numark mixtrack 3, not pro) it just let the scratch go further than me pushing it to that point (and so the beat starts playing a bit too early). And I’m sorry for my words, I can’t really describe what happens in english, that’s why my explanation sounds strange af ??

  42. I get what you’re saying BUT i don’t get how i should transition with a scratch, so that the actual beat is audible (say I wanna drop it on the one), i think because of my controller (numark mixtrack 3, not pro) it just let the scratch go further than me pushing it to that point (and so the beat starts playing a bit too early). And I’m sorry for my words, I can’t really describe what happens in english, that’s why my explanation sounds strange af 😅😂

  43. I get what you’re saying BUT i don’t get how i should transition with a scratch, so that the actual beat is audible (say I wanna drop it on the one), i think because of my controller (numark mixtrack 3, not pro) it just let the scratch go further than me pushing it to that point (and so the beat starts playing a bit too early). And I’m sorry for my words, I can’t really describe what happens in english, that’s why my explanation sounds strange af 😅😂

  44. I enjoy your explanation TLM 4 you break it down for young DJs like me can fully understand. I would like to add that it solely depends on the genre. I notice most Hip Hop and R&B DJs drop it on the 1 while most House/Techno DJs beat-match. They use both methods but I know one is used more than the other. Like you said. There is no wrong way and DJs of all genre use both. I personally have dropped it on the one. Especially if one track is running out and there is no time to beat match it. It is good to practice dropping it on the 1, but since I am a House DJ, beat-matching is the #1 thing.

  45. Michael D. Anderson

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    I appreciate you Bro! I Dj’d in high school and college. Back and be record crates and turntable coffin days. Your videos are extremely helpful and on point. Exactly what I need to help me make this transition back to a professional level. Peace and Blessings

  46. Hey I was wondering if you can make a video of how you drop songs on the one when you at the peak of the night? Do you scratch them in or just hit the cue?

  47. I like to mix the intro of a popular song in a subtle way on the last chorus, play it all the way through the track in a different arrangement in splicer mode, and then drop it on the one with a cue point!?? go get em fam!

  48. I like to mix the intro of a popular song in a subtle way on the last chorus, play it all the way through the track in a different arrangement in splicer mode, and then drop it on the one with a cue point!💪🏽 go get em fam!

  49. I like to mix the intro of a popular song in a subtle way on the last chorus, play it all the way through the track in a different arrangement in splicer mode, and then drop it on the one with a cue point!💪🏽 go get em fam!

  50. It’s interesting you mentioned that as a DJ your ear is conditioned to know when a DJ is making a transition but the average person just dancing along doesn’t really care or hear it. I just started DJing few months ago but I always been fascinated with DJs that I think I developed the ear for it long long before o got my first mixer and pair speakers. So hopefully it helps me moving forward. Great video

  51. It’s interesting you mentioned that as a DJ your ear is conditioned to know when a DJ is making a transition but the average person just dancing along doesn’t really care or hear it. I just started DJing few months ago but I always been fascinated with DJs that I think I developed the ear for it long long before o got my first mixer and pair speakers. So hopefully it helps me moving forward. Great video

  52. Thought that dropping on the one is finding the first beat of the bars because not every track or beat starts ith the first beat of the bar,
    there’s a good video by Rob Swift that explain it.

  53. I have a question, how do you switch up the BPM from time to time, as the only time I do is through dropping it on the one with the echo effect on the other song ? Any other ways to do this ???

  54. I have a question, how do you switch up the BPM from time to time, as the only time I do is through dropping it on the one with the echo effect on the other song ? Any other ways to do this ???

  55. I have a question, how do you switch up the BPM from time to time, as the only time I do is through dropping it on the one with the echo effect on the other song ? Any other ways to do this ???

  56. I can see a high problem. Bpm at 90 and other track is at 70 bpm do you scale down or up? If you dont have hype man or mic to say anything.

  57. Great info for beginners. I do have a question, though. Is there a formula, or rule, when beat matching regarding mixing two phrases together? In other words, can you mix a 32 bar phrase with another 32 bar phrase without a break in between?

  58. Great info for beginners. I do have a question, though. Is there a formula, or rule, when beat matching regarding mixing two phrases together? In other words, can you mix a 32 bar phrase with another 32 bar phrase without a break in between?

  59. Really great video! Question – Do you have a video specifically on the scratching you’re doing at the start of the blend or drop on the one? Thanks!

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