• David Carvalho

    Good article. Thanks Ean

  • chris

    A bunch of nice tips, but this article is a solution searching for a problem. Whatever happened to the next DJ having his/her laptop + interface ready to go and just switching each deck’s timecode and output cables one-by-one over the course of two songs? It takes seconds. Even quicker, if there’s 3+ DJs just daisy chain two audio interfaces and rotate use of one of them by just plugging in a USB cable. This is the common ways I see it done in most clubs and generally there no downtime unless the next DJ is complete noob that doesn’t know how to hookup basic gear.

  • dillinger23

    TBH, this is really only an issue in very small venues/bars and house parties. The simple way to get round this whether you are Timecode/HID, controlling Traktor in external mixer mode is simply that the venue has a 4 channel mixer FFS and the incoming DJ uses 2 of them, and each new DJ uses the two unused ones !!!!! Or if using Traktor in internal mixer mode, as long as you have sound checked your levels & EQ beforehand you only need one extra channel!!! You can even do it with a 2 channel mixer like the DJM-400, as long as the second input for each channel can be switched to line and is not just phono. These are all fun ideas, but FFS just make sure they have a 4 channel mixer on site and all of these creative ideas are COMPLETELY irrelevant.

  • Stu Pidaso

    It seems that the Red Bull BPM DJ app isn’t available in the USA iTunes store…. what’s up with that?

  • Chillone

    If you have to take away all your gear, plug one deck out of the DVS sound card and straight into the back of the mixer, play a long track or mix from a real record (if using turntables) or play a CD if you’re using CDJ’s (what all Dj’s had to do before serato etc was invented) The other dj can then plug into the opposite deck with whatever he is using and start playing a track then give you you’re vinyl/CD back and do the same on that channel. Simple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asoasojapanapuh Austin Rafter

    Every DJ I’ve ever opened for just does a quick ROLL LOOP effect and hot cues his next song in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJBlofeld Ond?ej ‘Blofeld’ Posolda

    i switch up with mostly dvs or vinyl djs. So i bring usualy one real vinyl record, just in case it’s handy.

  • http://twitter.com/DJTurtleGL Gian Luca Grinfan

    Great tips 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565885017 Nilesh Parmar

    No3 is my absolute favourite. Wish you could do something like that with Traktor and S2 unit.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/beat3productions Djlbiz

    Nice tips,
    When we play there is 3 of us that need to setup which really adds to the trauma if the booth isn’t ready for it.
    We normally need all four line-in channels of the house mixer, as we have one of us using ableton (apc) one on Serato (turntables) & one with itch.

    We normally get the itch controller setup first with an signature intro that goes into the 1st track as that would normally mean just unplugging cdj.
    After trying lost of different ways this seems to work best for us as there is minimal disturbance to the dj before who probably wants to be in full view while his last track plays. The dance floor is not interested in watching the djs doing the famous ‘Serato Cable Dance’!!
    Practice helps and knowing how to rig your set up in any situation.

    good vid and article cheers guys

  • 1000 Cutts

    Machete dont text – he DJ’s….

    http://www.facebook.com/1000cutts

  • Steven Walker

    great video, only audio and video were out of sync

  • Laszlo Sajtos

    where can i buy that blue usb cable?

  • james1

    Another idea that’s simple and works well is using the ‘sweep’ sounds built into traktor. I use s4 and find it easiest to plug my s4 into the unused cdj channel, wait for the final track playing to be a few seconds from finishing, drop the sweep sound on deck A to fill the gap and then fade my first track on deck B into the sweep. This means I dont have to worry if the dj before me is playing at 100 and my first track is at 70 etc.

  • Kieron C

    Or just do what everyone else does, play a long track (5 mins +) and swap? It doesn’t take that long..

  • http://ax11.myopenid.com/ Tom AKA Cosmodrome

    7. Turn off the music. Blame each other in coarse language. Start a fist fight in the booth*. Priceless…

    * optional: unite as soon as the bouncer shows up and beat him up. I’ve never seen this happen.

  • http://twitter.com/andrei_matei Andrei Matei

    Awesome video. Anyone know what track Mei-Lwun brings in at 3:10?

    • J. Beta

      Magic Carpet Ride by The Mighty Dub Katz….classic!

    • J. Beta

      Sorry, wrong, it’s Da’ Bomb by The Bucketheads…my bad
      still…classic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1436480896 Jesse Herr

    you definitely don’t do it using 480p lol

  • obvioussolution

    or you could go the most obvious route for something like serato…ac adapter. derp. or you could find of the few “double-sided time code records” and always limit your last song to those. uh, yeah

  • B3NNY

    That was a fun vid.  It’s not really rocket science, and I’ve never  had a problem transitioning w/ other DJ’s, but it was nice to see a couple different creative ways

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571457867 Justin Milla

    Great video.  Some of those techniques I would have never thought of especially the noise scratch. 

    Great skills by the DJ’s on the transitions.  I think one thing to mention is that some of these are not going to sound perfect if you aren’t as clean as J or Mei-lwun.  these guys are both very talented.

  • Asignorelli

    easy, do the job like a real dj an drop a vinyl…. mixed like a pro, and then dop another vinyl, and mixed like a pro.
    go this way all the time, is more easy, dont need to plug……
    and the first dj, can pick his mac book and go to the bar…..
    easy…

    • (JSM)

      perhaps you miss the point of this website & blog. 

      DIGITAL & CONTROLLERS 

      BTW Dropping vinyl damages it and is not recommended.

  • JOHNHAMMERCOK

    I DIDNT KNOW THAT GERALDO RIVERA WAS A DJ NAMED MEI-IWUN

  • Kundabuffer

    Another tip: get two sets of the Traktor Scratch cables (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TraktorScrCable). This works even if the other DJ is using Serato. I used to play a night with a Serato DJ and we’d take advantage of the analog pass-through to put a vinyl on in between sets and then swap to the other with two quick snaps of the XLR connections.

  • (JSM)

    You missed an obvious one! Shared USB. There are loads of USB “printer” sharers in online stores. I have a couple and we can control two s4′s with one laptop, or 2 laptops connected to one S4. It requires a click of a button to swap them, but it’s all done in under 5 seconds (that’s the time needed for windows to realise it’s got a new sound source – if i could find a way of decreasing this time it would be almost perfect).

  • Anonymous

    also, imo mixing into whatever the previous dj is playing is totally overrated and i almost never do this. a lot of n00bs will ask “hey what bpm is your track?? i need to mix in.”  i’d rather spin it back and drop something new. only exception is if i’m playing B2B w/another DJ or two.

  • Anonymous

    or just stop the music and talk to the crowd for a bit, thank everyone who came, introduce the next dj… that’s how we do, always works.

  • http://www.djpc3.com/ DJ PC3

    Pretty dope guys, nothing ground-breaking or unknown, but all the same a dope lesson that I bet some people didn’t know about…

  • http://twitter.com/SoundPond Soundpond.net

    gahtlkjgfg

  • http://twitter.com/DjMeiLwun DJ Mei-Lwun

    im like eans “Teller”

  • djmpire

    how would you do a laptop change with traktor???

  • http://www.facebook.com/marius.mathias.7 Marius Mathias

    can anyone tell me where can i find the usb blue cable??

    • Michael

      On our store, available in straight or right angled. 

    • Spacecamp

      Right here: http://store.djtechtools.com/dj-tech-tools-high-quality-usb-cable.html

  • Gray M

    Any club I’ve ever played at there is one DJ playing using 2 channels on GENERALLY a Pioneer mixer. The next DJ hooks up his equipment.. be it Serato, Traktor, CDJs or Vinyls into the 2 other unused channels. The DJ playing after then beatmatches with headphones and mixes in to his music. I’ve never heard of ipods, unplugging soundcards, and all these improvised echo freezes. 

    • DJ 1Luv

      Yup… perfect.,.

    • dillinger23

      Unless the previous DJ is using ‘Vinyl Vinyl’, no one really needs to beatmatch anymore, whether it be a laptop of a CDJ or Timecode (controlling software), you can sneak a peak at his BPM, all one has to do is ‘phrase match’ (still very important, and the one thing I would never ever trust sync or a button to do on my behalf!).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1540569313 Stoyan Velkov

    just a note, if using SL box, don’t forget to use external power, else unplugging will cut the power for the signal… like in #6…

    • Djpenfoldnz

       Not if you unplug the Turntable/CDJ out of the interface and into the mixer then change it back once the change over is complete.

  • Batking

    And with a S4 ? Ha ah!

  • Anonymous

    whats the name of the track the 2nd DJ was using? something “mad men” ?

    • Killerfanatics

      Jay-Z and Kanye West – Otis

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, it’s all about creativity and being original.

  • Tragik11

    that dj mei-iwun looks kind of old with that mustache. I though he was the maintenance guy or something there at dj-techtools :P ….  excellent tips though. +1

  • http://twitter.com/Lylax_Dubs Lylax

    also having DJ know what they are doing also helps. I have seen so many DJ walk into a club and just start unplugging the house equip then ask how to hook up their equip to the mixer 5 min before they go on.

    IMHO if your a DJ you should know how to hook your shit up….and break it down and be able to transition between DJ’s no matter what DVS they are using. Ive seen setups where the TT plug into an SL1 then route to the audio4….then plug serato lines into chan 1 and 2 and traktor lines into chan 3 and 4.

     

  • Jack

    SL4. Problem Solved. 

  • Banana Split

    If I play with other DJ’s using Traktor with vinyls, I used 4 “Y” adaptors to duplicates the out sources of the Turntable. So we can use two turntables for two Dj’s and do great back to backs ! Two soundcards are needed though. But take car, that doesn’t work with serato ^^

  • RockingClub

    Nice article and very helpful! Thanks guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

    Just a thought but… you could manually beatmatch and work your groove over the previous DJ’s song… slow fade-ins work well when you have two completely independent systems on two separate channels. The ever-tricky flying drop is much harder, but can be used very effectively and (of course) you could drop your signature DJ sample over the top, announcing the next DJ coming up. I think this works effectively when it has a known bpm in the background (you could give this to the DJ prior to you and you’d know you were synched up by listening to your cue of the same track). One of my favorite DJs (Led Manville) does this.

  • http://twitter.com/bartykutz DJ Barticus

    you left out a big one

    1) let the music end cold
    2) get on the mic hype up the crowd
    3) start a new song at any tempo

    • http://spencerthayer.tumblr.com Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

      Usually that’s lame unless your an experienced MC. 

      • http://twitter.com/bartykutz DJ Barticus

        practice, and make yourself sound not so lame

        there is going to be a time that a computer crashes or something gets unplugged and you need to fill the dead air

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Reynolds/748309866 Grant Reynolds

      number one DJ rule: 
      dont stop the music.
      second dj rule: 
      dont use the mic
      third dj rule:
      dont use the mic
      fourth dj rule:
      punch the MC that tries to grab the mic.. 

      • http://twitter.com/djkeb Kyle Emerson-Brown

        the only person i want on the mic is the producer, not dj i’m going to see. and i want him to say one of two things. “how you feeling OC!?” and “THANK YOU!”

      • Anonymous

        Any twatface DJ who thinks grabbing the mic for a quick “Yo yo yo!” is a good idea is probably playing shitty music to retards who think this kind of behavior is normal. So hey, keep doin what you’re doin.

    • http://twitter.com/protocollie late-model haterbot

      you did mean this as a joke, right?

    • RizkiLamid45G

      I guess it’s ok if you DJ ing in the middle of a ghetto and plays some hip hop genre,

      If you do this kind of crap and spinning house genre …like stop the music cold and grab the mic and YO YO YO, I hope you know how to dodge all those beer bottle matrix style !

  • Slak Jaw

    One of the best DJTT videos I’ve seen in a while. Great work! Thanks for the tips.

  • DexterBee

    Simply amazing. Thank you for the useful tips!

  • http://davepermen.net davepermen

    I’ve seen the control vinyl done often with cds. control signal as track 1, some audio tracks behind it. great tip if something goes wrong during the set, too. for those who use that kind of thing (i’m an s4 guy by now.. i typically remove one cdj and plug myself in there. very fast to switch)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.v.jones Ian V Jones

    The roll loop is awesome! I love freaking noobs out with this one! The panic on their face as you unplug all their stuff and the track’s keeps playing!

    • dillinger23

      you love freakin ‘noobs’ out? As opposed to mentoring up and coming new DJs who are probably pretty nervous already? You Sir are, what we refer to in London as, a bit of a twat.

  • Redcarlsen

    great tips and well demonstrated too! thank you DJTT