Practically anyone can burn a CD these days, but there are only a few that can burn a beatmatched CD where each song fades into the next song exactly on the beat!
The trick is to line up the start of one song with the end of another so that the beats line up. The software needs to automatically determine the tempo and then time stretch each song. Luckily, this is automatic in DJ Twist & Burn!
Set Up Your Project
Click 'New' on the toolbar or select "New Song List" from the "File" menu. Choose "Beat Matched Audio CD" and click "OK". Choose a master tempo, default fade times and fade types. If you want to mix harmonically, click "Use Harmonic Mixing"
Pick The Right Songs
You can beatmatch any songs together, but you still need to pick songs that are at a similar tempo. It wouldn't make sense to beatmatch classical music against punk rock, for example. The software can be amazing, but you still need to choose good musical sets.
Pick A Tempo
Add your songs to the song list. Rearrange and sort the songs based on your aesthetics. Functionally speaking, you might want to try and group similar songs together.
In the picture above, I clicked on the "Orig BPM" colum (Original BPM) to sort it by original tempo. I selected the first 5 songs by holding the Ctrl key down and clicking each song under 120 BPM. I then clicked the "DJ Fader" button on the toolbar. On the "DJ Fader" screen, it will either adjust things for all selected songs or the entire project. If there is a selection of more than one song, it will default to modify the selected songs.
Usually, you can time stretch songs by +/- 15 BPM without having the song sound too different. Therefore, you should artistically keep the song choice in a 15 BPM range, ie: 100 BPM to 130 BPM with a project tempo of 115 BPM.
Alternatively, you can beatmatch several groups of songs, by making selections and adjusting the tempo for those selections.
How Does It Sound?
Click the play icon next to a song or double click a song to play it. To hear the transition to the next song, right click on the song and click "Preview Track Ending" or move the playback cursor to the end of the current song.
Each song that has been beatmatched will have an icon next to it.
This track has been time stretched
This track has been time stretched from 10% to 20%
This track has been time stretched more than 20% (It may sound wrong.)
Fine Tune The Mix
If the automatic settings don't work for a particular song, you can adjust it. Select a song and then click the "Mixing" button or right click on the song and select "Edit BPM/Pitch Settings" which brings up the following screen.
Two songs are shown on this window to illustrate the overlapping area. You can change the Fade In, Fade Out, Fade Types, Trim Start and Trim End of the current song. Set the exact overlap time in seconds or use the handy "Next Beat" or "Prev Beat" to align the mix to the closest beat point for automatic synchronization. ( Remember, these controls are not measure aligned...so you may need to move 3 beats, depending on the time signature.)
You can uncheck "Beat Match" and the song will revert to its original speed/tempo. Or you can change the pitch if you don't like the automatic settings.
Fade In - The time that the song fades in
Fade In Type - The type of fade in. It can be volume, low pass, high pass, resonant and/or panning!
Trim Start - The number of seconds to start the fade in at. (Useful for trimming out silence and non-danceable parts of a song.)
Overlap- The amount of time that the two songs overlap.
Fade Out - The time that the song fades out
Fade Out Type - The type of fade out. It can be volume, low pass, high pass, resonant and/or panning!
Trim End - The number of seconds to cut from the end of the song. (Useful for trimming out silence and non-danceable parts of a song.)
Beat Match - Options to adjust the tempo of a song
Pitch Change - Option to adjust the pitch or key of a song.
You can edit the settings for all the songs by clicking the "Previous" or "Next" button which loads the previous or next track. (In many cases, when perfecting a mix, you'll need to go to and from the settings of one track to the next.)
Listen To The Mix
If you want to hear how it will mix together, click the "Preview Mix" button. To hear the song's intro, click "Preview In". To hear the song's end, click "Preview Out". When you are happy with it, click OK.
Burn A CD
Put a blank audio CD in your CD recorder and click "Burn CD" from the toolbar. Click "Start" and after a few moments your beatmatched CD will pop out of the drive. (Note that it may take longer to burn than normal CDs, because a lot of processing and complex audio rendering is happening at the same time. Be patient!)
Beat Matching The Easy Way!