One of the most questions asked in the DJing communities is certainly this: “Do DJs use sync when pre-recording mixes that they post online? And should I feel like I’m cheating if I do?”
Well, this is a topic for discussion, but it will be nice if you know how many people use this technique. Because of one simple mistake, people spend hours mixing and scrapping to beatmatch that one small error. It is an exhausting thing that takes a large amount of time to be completed.
On the other hand, the way we communicate with our audience is very important. Your mixtapes sometimes need to be fast, clean and moduled. Of course, we want to be as creative as possible and re-define those little mistakes in something esle, but the live DJ set is something way different than a mixtape, it’s just a temporary powerful experience, so your mix should be your guide to the top. The data written is something that is everlasting. One mixtape could float around the internet eternally and that’s how you will build a strong reputation.
Don’t worry about using sync: A bad DJ will still produce a bad mix, so to do an awesome job you’ve still got to be a great DJ even with sync turned on. The interesting thing here is that sync isn’t the only tool available for creating a perfect mix: DJs use post-processing tricks in digital audio workstations to tweak, fine-tune and generally improve a recorded mixtape.
Using plugins could also help. Be aware that everything that could help you become better, faster and precise, you will grow better and more experienced. This may look like the easier way, but accept the fact that is not a sin or a mistake to take the shortcut, especially if you already work, both on mix gear and on live gigs.