Hi, I use Rekordbox DJ, when I form a loop, BPM matched and in Phrase I find that on some occasions, not all that after a couple of loops the tracks start to drift apart, no longer aligned. Is this something I’m doing or is it the software?
In my experience if you have everything set up properly the loop function in rekordbox DJ is rock solid.
My first question would be about how the tracks are drifting apart – is it the beats (e.g. galloping horses), or are the tracks still beatmatched but it is the phrases that are going apart?
Secondly, how much is rekordbox doing automatically – are you using sync or manually beatmatching yourself, is quantise switched on, are you using autoloop rather than setting the In and Out points your self.
And finally have you checked the beatgrids on the respective tracks are properly set (by using the metronome in Export mode)?
Ok – so whilst rekordbox is probably creating a loop of the correct duration (e.g. 4/8/16/32 beats or bars) that loop will only stay aligned with the other track as well as you have manually beatmatched it. Test this by blending both tracks and seeing how long they stay in sync without any intervention. If you want to keep the loop going for 30secs then you’ll need to manage a beatmatched blend for that duration too (I assume you can use pitch bend on loops but haven’t tried it myself). The longer you want to keep that loop going the more you’ll have to hone your beatmatching skills…
…or use sync and spend that time adding something else to the mix. Since I started using rekordbox and my DDJRX I’ve been able to add a lot more to my mixes, e.g. looping the outgoing track and keeping some of the beats in the background then layering on a 3rd track. I’d suggest experimenting with sync if only to rule out the potential cause of your issue.
Hope this helps!
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