Seasoned Beatmaniacs with a few editions and mixes of practice
under their belts will take to 5th Style like rainbow trout to
running water. You're fast enough, you're good enough, and songs
with 1200 note counts and higher won't phase you. Perhaps.
Mixes from favorites such as OutPhase (TaQ/dj TAKA), L.E.D.,
Naoki, and many others fuel the rhythm attack as your fingers
dance across the Beatmania IIDX controller in time to the flashes
on screen. Can you say SYNC? Tap deftly and break out the
scratch when commanded and you'll be fine.
For new inductees into the Beatmania fold, you might
not have what it takes to play with the old hands who have fought
their battles and paid their dues. Practice with Beatmania 2nd
Mix, 3rd Mix, Dreams Come True and earn your chops first. Once
you're confident your abilities have risen to the level of
intermediate DJ, then consider taking on the mania and speed that
is 5th Style. But then again, don't let NCS' advisory deter you