Personally, when I am on a gig, I don’t have time or rather don’t want to spend time on fixing beatgrids on the fly. Just switch to manual beatmatching and be done with it.
That said, this hooks into the (wall of text, I know, sorry) post I just wrote on knowing your collection intimately.
The question that pops up for me is, “how is it possible a track with an incorrect beatgrid made it into my collection in the first place?”. Every single track in my collection needs to be 100% prepped properly before being used in a live gig. Except requests, but beatgrid worries for those don’t exist, imho.
I understand that moving tracks from other platforms to EP might cause re-analyzing of beatgrids with unintended results as beatgrids being off.
We are so spoiled that something imposible only a few years ago, taking a collection from platform xand playing it on platform y, now in’t just possible but we expect it to be picture-perfect.
Years ago moving from one DJ software to another was a serious undertaking, because you knew you had to rework EVERYTHING, from cues and loops to beatgrids. I went Traktor to Mixvibes Cross once. Took me 2 months to check every track brought over into Cross, before I had the confidence everything was in order and decided to play live with it.
With today’s tools like the ATGR suite, it would have taken me no time at all to get all the stuff over. Still I would have done the same track for track status check I would have done otherwise before going live. With all the info already there and a lot of it being correct, that might have taken me a week instead of months, but still.
If you say you have to many tracks to check them all, my reply would be that te number of tracks in your collection is to big.
Your collection is your DJ working capital. It’s the one thing that separates you from your colleagues. A relatively small, well-curated collection defines who you are as a DJ. The most important skill of a DJ imho is knowing what track must come next, not from the near infinite music out there, but from your hand-picked collection.
Clearly tools should work as intended. But you can’t blame the manufacturers and software developers for things not being right in your collection.
Play out only with tracks you know you’ve prepped and vetted in advance. Don’t depend on the tools to do that work for you or to offer live fixability. When it does fine, but the final responsibility lies with you, the DJ.
Just my 3 cents as usual. (Can anyone tell I’m passionate about the subject? )