How much % of your playback is with pitch on zero?

A friend of mine who still scratches on vinyl was saying that he never uses the pitch control, except to slide it out of the way of his finger/hand movements.

It made me think: how often do we all use pitch? Either with the hardware pitch control, or auto-sync, doesn’t matter?

How much of your usage is the pitch on zero percentage?

For me, My first track might be at 0% but after that, beatmatching will mean that none of my decks will be back on 0% for the rest of the night. The only exception I can think of is if I’ve had to do a cut mix through silence or Echo/wash out effects Into a different genre. And even then the first track might be played at 0% but then it’s almost any % within acceptable reason to keep beatmatching

So I’d probably say that I’m on 0% pitch for about 5% of the night , if that

My sets go somewhere from 160 to 180, or when playing uptempo I go from 190 to 230. So there are tracks that match my current speed, then I have the pitch fader at 0, but if the track is 199 and need to push it a bit, then pitch fader is somhere else than 0. I mostly have the pitch resolution on 4% to have maximum precision. Try to avoid tracks with too much speed difference but if needed then I go to max 20% range. Summing up - yes I use pitch fader a lot.


Exactly the same as @NoiseRiser, except 30-40% less BPM!!!


Traveling +/-4% range mostly for me.


Play most of the time with 4% pitch range…usually return to 0% , as I don’t use Keylock or sync. I play mostly melodic techno and progressive house, so BPM range is around 120-124 BPM most of the time.


Does anyone do much playback at their events at 0% pitch like at 0% pitch for half the night?

Old broadcasting rule. Play tracks at +1% or +2% to make them sound fresh!

I think most radio stations still do this to put more commercials in an hour as well.

At events, I don’t know. Perhaps DJ’s still do this as an old habit; to avoid the zero click on the Technics. :wink:


A lot depends on the genre for this but I know a lot of RnB/HipHop DJ’s play tracks a few percent over 0 simply because it makes it easier to groove to, e.g. Hotline Bling is a “banger” to the HipHop crowd but it’s too slow at 0% to figure out a decent groove that’s inline with the hype part of the night that you’d drop this track, so we play it a few percent above to make it easier.

I’m sure there have been many times where I’ve done an entire gig and not touched the pitch faders at all.

I do mostly general parties these days (pre covid) - birthdays, weddings etc. where the clients want to hear the music untouched. They don’t expect to hear scratching, looping, effects, samples or long beat mixes.

There are plenty of ways to get from one track to another without needing to beat mix or adjust tempo, so I rarely even do running mixes. It’s the music choice that’s important, not how it’s segued.


Like Martijn Garritsen, who’s tracks were made for him to be 138bpm, so he wouldn’t have to pitch. :smirk:

You are right of course. I make evening openers for a wedding-DJ friend of mine, with 3 or 4 tracks fitted in 3 to 4 minutes that the couple specifically chose to start the dance with. Simple transitions and sometimes a real mix

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Me too. I’ve actually been hired by other DJs to make first dance medleys for them, because the tracks were so far apart in genre or BPM (or both) that they couldn’t think of a way to do it themselves.

I got a lot of inspiration from the early DMC DJs who made megamixes when there was no such thing as samplers or key lock. Splicing quarter inch tape to create stutter edits and loops.

For such thing I like to do some old school drop mixing - just find a good spot in both tracks to do an instant change without any blending together. This technique is very fun but also can be very hard if the songs don’t match together.

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Dropping in a Spandau Ballet track in 3-2-1 :wink:

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GOLD! Always believe in your soul.

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I mapped a button on my MCX8000 to an effect string I made in VDJ which stops the song playing instantly then starts the next one (like a chop mix) but with an echo trail from the first track BPM matched to the incoming one.

Works well for parties, weddings etc where the music is quick fire to keep the atmosphere going.

I hardly ever use the pitch sliders when mixing EDM as sync works so well when the BPM and beat grid are correct.

I can see a scratcher not messing with the pitch as often if he’s mostly just scratching over other tracks. I don’t scratch much.

Making mixtapes - I hover around the 0%

Party/Bar/Club/Disco - I don’t know what pitch I’m at, as long it’s moving air and butts

A proper “slam in” on the most epic notable portion is always my go to go for wide tempo or even vibe changes, and you can also get on the mic :studio_microphone:

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Anywhere from 90 bpm to 140… So the pitch slider get used a lot :blush:

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Someone I knew a few years ago used to make tracks for him, and others as a ghost producer. He knew him quite well and can confirm this haha.

Although as we all know this happens to all the top DJs anyway.

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Hmmm…this has made me take a look at the Martin Garrix tracks in my collection.

Most of them are 128bpm. Others are 106, 114, a few around 70.

None (that I’ve got anyway) are 138. Someone has their wires crossed. 128 maybe, not 138.