• ivan

    very usefull tutorial and clear explanation, thanx

  • Natusiek

    Look here
    http://www.lucidsamples.com

    There is a good samples for DJs :)

  • shim

    i want to buy mixer pioneer djm t1 with TRAKTOR™ SCRATCH 2 DJ
    any one can help?

  • BradCee

    Loops should be downloadable again

  • http://www.blenheimdj.co.nz/how-to-dj.htm DJ Kiwi

    Thanks for showing how to DJ with traktor using only loops and samples. Prepping the loops info was very helpful.

  • Jdreau

    Sure you could do it, but why not use ableton with something along the lines of the novation launchpad, thats what madeon did, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTx3G6h2xyA  and its freakin amazing, why not just spend 150 and get a super sweet piece of equipment, ableton, 64 freakin leds, and not have to sacrifice your time, energy, and s4? seems like a no brainer, unless you want to just to do it for the fun of remapping stuff and teaching youself stuff, which i always enjoy (no sarcasm intended).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guilherme-Müller/1504366995 Guilherme Müller

    The ideia is cool but the “Concept in action” the loops are to distance from each other, not the key but the mastering and mixing feeling… It’s hard to make many loops playing together live looks like a finished track, cause Traktor doesn’t have mastering effects…
    Sorry for my English…

  • Pato_ucb

    Got the S2 yesterday And today I had the same idea and here is the confirmation that it works! Thank you for the great article!

  • Oscar Peñas

    amazing tips! can’t wait to try them in my setup soon as i can!

  • Dannybyrne

    download linit reached..!

  • Rebourne

    any chance you can post a link for more sample downloads? :) the soundcloud page reached the capacity for downloads and i would love to hop in on this :D

  • Anonymous

    Great article from Brad, brilliant use of the sample slots. On the subject of BPM detection for sample NI have a workaround:

    This is just a workaround for versions 2.1.x – the detection for short samples will be properly integrated into the analysis in the next version of Traktor and a more detailed explanation will be available in the Traktor FAQ on the Support website very soon.

    BPM Detection for Samples

    ==

    Due to a bug in version 2.1.x, the tempo detection when loading samples usually fails to determine the correct tempo, as it triggers the regular tempo detection which must fail on such sort samples.

    Here is a workaround for achieving the correct result, when importing new samples (which generates a sample length based BPM value) .

    Please note that when you do this for several files at once, you should only use files which have the same tempo range.

    - Before even importing the new samples, turn off the option Preferences > File   Management > “Analyze new imported tracks”

    - Import the new samples into a new playlist (verify that the BPM column shows 0.000)

    - Select the entire playlist and select “Enable BPM Lock” in the context menu for all samples.

    - Then Analyze the entire playlist by selecting “Analyze” in the context menu for all samples at this point all samples have a grid but their BPM should still be 0.000

    - Leave the BPM Lock in place

    - Set the Master Clock to a typical tempo of the imported loops

    At this point  the algorithm will find a BPM value as close as possible to the current Master Clock tempo when dragging the new sample into a slot for the first time

    Hope this helps,

    Karlos

  • Jukebox

    I was just willing that mix to go into Prodigy Firestarter.. It never :-(

  • Dabizarone

    nice tut i ve been thinking about doing this but never got around to it because i also use able ton .now since i got all my loops prepped in live it should be alot easier to just import the over
    i ll let yall
     know how it turns out

  • Stefanomdj

    Nice post, only difficult things: find nice loops to play!

  • Anonymous

    Nice article, but theoretically, you can only do this with loops. Ean said he could get one shots in sync with some mapping on the S2. I am still waiting for that explanation.;)

    scamo

  • Itsbentheboy

    glad to see a great article on here again… i was a bit concerned with the recent content, but my faith has been restored. Also, this can be an inspiration who dabble in Ableton as well as Traktor. im thinking of making a 8 track A channel and 8 track B channel to dj with and crossfade between. :)
    i love articles like this that can spark ideas in many new forms

  • http://SHIGGA.com SHIGGA.com

    wow, gotta try this when i get back to my cave!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001227092920 Vincent Perrone

    Still confused as to how to map properly. 

  • Chrisross

    could it be done in kontrol s2??

  • Adelmur

    I have been thinking about mixing only with sample deck since the beginning of those decks.
    I love Looptastic on the ipad it works a bit on the same concept. my idea would be to produce basses, leads samples and vox on the Machine or Live and load them in Traktor. 
    Use : 
    - Deck A basses. 
    - Deck B leads 
    - Deck C samples 
    - Deck D voices. 
    Some effects works better on basses. some on the lead or samples .. this way it is easier to preload your samples with the dedicated preselected effects. 
    My main problem now is to get a dedicated controller. There is noting available on the market right now. maybe we can use the Akai pad drum controller. this means 2 controller per deck …
    I am a designer. so I have designed a Controller that mimic traktor S4 Style. and get some stuffs from an APC40 (infinite LED knobs) see the image below. the layout is pretty simple and efficient. my idea would be to have those controllers as add on to the existing S2 or S4. it is the same length. 
    To be more specific, I would like to design some kind of lego based traktor controller.
    one main controller for the sound card a USB HUB and the basic controls The center of a S4 is fine. then add-on controllers deck in regards of your style. 
    - Platers deck for scratching, 
    - Trigger desks for controlerists. 
    - Sampler decks for looping and sampling. 
    Those deck could be purchased separately. and when plugged to the main mixer via some kind of USB hub or even better use wifi or RFID to avoid cables. the interface on the screen change to adapt to your needs. 
    does it look interesting for you ? would you like to get something like that ? 
    I don’t know who ask to build this. 
    maybe native instrument maybe someone else ?  any help ? 

    • Dj Kizouk Kizouk

      Vestax VCM600 

    • Dj Kizouk Kizouk

      Maybe Vextax VCM600 is what u lookin’ for

    • Kristopher Lingo

      Adelmur- I have been through this and am working with some companies in Europe and asia to produce this product.  We should talk.  I just setup a show for the Emulator here in LA.  email me at kristopher.lingo58@gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/SamBenDavid SamBenDavid aka DJew

    If you are going to DJ in Traktor with just Loops and Samples….you may as well use Ableton?

    • Stighharris

      However if you do not only dj with loops and samples and does not want to spend 350$ extra on Ableton live 8

  • Abletom

    “One option that would make loop DJing in Traktor really work is group loading of samples into one deck.”

    Although it might be a bit of a headache to set up, I think if you combine the earlier article on ‘string theory’, this could be possible by using one midi button press to trigger other subsequent midi notes at set time intervals. 

    Eg. 
    (with browser open and top sample of a group of 4 selected)
    ch1 cc1 note – button press
    (would then trigger)
    ch10 cc1 – load selected sample deck 4 slot 1
    (10ms later)
    ch10 cc2 – move down list once(10ms later)
    ch10 cc3 – load selected sample deck 4 slot 2(10ms later)
    ch10 cc4 – move down list once

    and so on…

  • Dennis Parrott

    BradCee  – You da man! Awesomely inspiring. 

    Seriously, this in interesting to me because I am in one of those funks where I don’t try things because I just can’t quite visualize how things fit together and will work out. (yes, I can be a bit OCD/anal about this stuff…) Now I have an example to deconstruct and text to explain it.  For that, I have to say thanks!

    Now here’s the $64 dollar question:  if I have all 4 decks tied up doing samples, how do i transition out of that sort of thing back to just mixing?  I can see where I’d do a routine like this but want to switch back to just mixing songs when finished. (I am a mobile DJ…) It seems to me that you couldn’t just switch layouts and load a song seamlessly…

    I guess I’d have to play a song from the iPod which means I need some extra gear beyond my Mac, S4, and PA… 

    Time to head out to the woodshed….

    dp

    • Chris

      You could always use the loop recorder to a 16-beat loop of whats playing, then turn the dry/wet up to 1. This would free up your sample decks, so you can then turn some (or all) of them into track decks. Just click on the decks icon and select “track deck”

    • Chris

      You could always use the loop recorder to a 16-beat loop of whats playing, then turn the dry/wet up to 1. This would free up your sample decks, so you can then turn some (or all) of them into track decks. Just click on the decks icon and select “track deck”

    • Chris

      You could always use the loop recorder to a 16-beat loop of whats playing, then turn the dry/wet up to 1. This would free up your sample decks, so you can then turn some (or all) of them into track decks. Just click on the decks icon and select “track deck”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eugene-Whocares/660072149 Eugene Whocares

      “if I have all 4 decks tied up doing samples, how do i transition out of that sort of thing back to just mixing?”

      it shouldn’t be much of a problem to switch one of the sample decks to a regular deck, load track, and proceed as you would with a regular mix.  i seriously doubt that many people would have 16loops going all the time where they cant sacrifice 4sample decks to switch into deck view.

      also, its been a while since ive messed around with tpro, but, can’t you load a full track into the sample deck?  youd obviously give up quite a bit of controls, but it should be workable enough to at least transition from samples to decks.

  • BradCee

    Apologies for lack of vid, my laptop is too old and battered to run screen capture, without the end result being too jumpy. and i’ve found that just pointing a camera at the screen doesn’t get the best result…

    • Mmclau14

      if you have a mac, i use this app:
      http://screenyapp.com/
      it’s pretty sweet, you can then just put a recording of you talking over your video.

    • Cazcoronel

      DJTT give this man a new laptop!

  • Jasonmd2020

    I’ve actually been toying with this for performing my own material. If you have a track you’ve written yourself, save the tracks/stems as individual files and load ‘em as loops in Traktor. I found using two sample decks, one turntable/cdr controlled deck, and one as an audio input for a synth works great for improving.

  • Jasonmd2020

    I’ve actually been toying with this for performing my own material. If you have a track you’ve written yourself, save the tracks/stems as individual files and load ‘em as loops in Traktor. I found using two sample decks, one turntable/cdr controlled deck, and one as an audio input for a synth works great for improving.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darakelyan Dave Ruff

    REALLY GREAT ARTICLE:) ONLY QUESTION I HAVE IF YOU HAVE IT MIDI MAPPED FOR MY LAZY BUTT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darakelyan Dave Ruff

    REALLY GREAT ARTICLE:) ONLY QUESTION I HAVE IF YOU HAVE IT MIDI MAPPED FOR MY LAZY BUTT.

    • Spacecamp

      Butts aren’t MIDI-compatible :( 

    • Spacecamp

      Butts aren’t MIDI-compatible :( 

    • Spacecamp

      Butts aren’t MIDI-compatible :( 

    • Spacecamp

      Butts aren’t MIDI-compatible :( 

  • R3Production

    Wow impresieve. I have just changed my set up from previous running ableton into deck 3 audio through and now i am running  Traktor in Ableton. Using Looper and beat repaeters over the audio input. On the fly copying loops from looper to other tracks and layering synth or base lines or percussion over some other tracks creates endless opertunity of remixing on the fly….
    But i will try your tricks..Maybe prep the loops and samples in Ableton and copy in Traktor will be a faster way creating a play format. Variation and creativity is the key to new style dj-ing. Regardless all comments we receive from CDJ and Vinyl dj’s, i like to explore all methodes and so far i can be more creative with laptop & controllers than on a pair of CDJ’s. Never the less i respect every style and methodes. 
    DJTT Thanks for your always impressieve articles…

  • koffa

    I’d +1 on this really needing a video to be explained. And with all this prepwork being required, I’d also say that I’d probably prefer a ableton setup. But show me a video of someone rocking out on it and I might just change my mind! :)

  • http://www.langsman.com Marc Langsman

    This is definitely inspiring me to dust off my S4 ! 

  • Guest

    this is cool but at that point i’d be looking at Ableton and an APC40 instead of Traktor

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    Yet another reason to get the Novation Twitch with it’s magical 16 button layout.

  • Dennis

    Seems like a lot of work instead of just using Ableton? What would be the benefits over an Ableton setup (besides the price point)?

  • Dennis

    Seems like a lot of work instead of just using Ableton? What would be the benefits over an Ableton setup (besides the price point)?

    • Sava Tasev

      i was about to post the same opinion +1

    • Sava Tasev

      i was about to post the same opinion +1

    • Sava Tasev

      i was about to post the same opinion +1

    • Sava Tasev

      i was about to post the same opinion +1

    • Mylestec

      one reason would be the simplicity of switching between standard two or three deck mixing and live remix… could be useful for extended sets where you really can’t be remixing live for 6 hours.

    • Mylestec

      one reason would be the simplicity of switching between standard two or three deck mixing and live remix… could be useful for extended sets where you really can’t be remixing live for 6 hours.

  • Dennis

    Seems like a lot of work instead of just using Ableton? What would be the benefits over an Ableton setup (besides the price point)?

  • Dennis

    Seems like a lot of work instead of just using Ableton? What would be the benefits over an Ableton setup (besides the price point)?

  • Dennis

    Seems like a lot of work instead of just using Ableton? What would be the benefits over an Ableton setup (besides the price point)?

  • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

    Great piece… thanks!
    Will be trying out some chops of this myself (if I actually dare :-)

  • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

    Great piece… thanks!
    Will be trying out some chops of this myself (if I actually dare :-)

  • Si Siddy

    thumbs up!

  • D Holling

    the blog posts are becoming increasingly forum inspired…

  • Eddierolando

    this is awesome i’d love to see a video of someone rocking the 4 sample decks with maschine

  • Mitchamytosis

    Why no video, even a screen capture would have helped a lot! Not trying to detract from what is an amazing article (& the recording is killer) but I can’t see any reason not to add a video when it’s obviously going to add a extra dimension to the article?

  • Mitchamytosis

    Why no video, even a screen capture would have helped a lot! Not trying to detract from what is an amazing article (& the recording is killer) but I can’t see any reason not to add a video when it’s obviously going to add a extra dimension to the article?

    • BradCee

      Unfortunately my laptop is too beaten and old to run video capture software at the same time as traktor – did try but was too jumpy.
      maybe if i owned a mac…

      • Mitchamytosis

        Bahaha, well played, Sir :)

      • Mitchamytosis

        Bahaha, well played, Sir :)

      • Mitchamytosis

        Bahaha, well played, Sir :)

  • Movieland2

    another great / impressive / informative article, you guys continue to be my inspiration ! 

    cheers to mixing till 6 am and having to be @ work by 7 :)

  • Movieland2

    another great / impressive / informative article, you guys continue to be my inspiration ! 

    cheers to mixing till 6 am and having to be @ work by 7 :)

  • Movieland2

    another great / impressive / informative article, you guys continue to be my inspiration ! 

    cheers to mixing till 6 am and having to be @ work by 7 :)

  • Movieland2

    another great / impressive / informative article, you guys continue to be my inspiration ! 

    cheers to mixing till 6 am and having to be @ work by 7 :)