• Manel Pincel

    you forgot the CDJ firmware so you can use the new HID feature with Traktor might aswell add the DJM firmwares too

  • Digital Dave

    Both my cdj-400s using usb drives, only count up to 99 songs with titles. After that, can only play staight through without titles and no counter. Is this normal problem with cdj-400s?

  • Bobby Boy

    btw, the USB flash drive shown on the top of the page is the Super Talent Pico C drive. Those drives are great imo.

  • Marcel Mono

    I laughed harder than i should while looking inside the music folder included in the zip…

  • ForestP

    Does anyone use cloud disk drives?
    I used to have a backup external hard drive, and a USB stick for super emergencies. But now I just prefer to just backup everything on cloud, and download everything when needed. FYI, it’s a 50GB service.

    I once totally misplaced my gig bag and urgently bought a USB stick at a nearby store and downloaded everything at a nearby internet cafe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kandythrower Konrad Carelli-Thrower

    Aside from the obvious connectors, backup sticks and whatnot, the only thing that’s ever really saved a gig for me was good old CD’s. I carry a small book of about 30 CD’s with me each with redundant copies (so that’s 15 CD’s actually). that’s about 120 tracks or a 2 crates of records, enough for a 4 hour set without repeats. The only problem is selection is limited but that’s never been a problem. I’ve done some awful summer outdoor gigs on side stages or small rooms where everyone’s laptops would overheat or drives would go into thermal fault (no, promoters really don’t give a shit about non-headlining dj’s) and the only thing you can resort to is a good ol’ CD. I’m just happy that the days are gone where you put vinyl on the platter and watch it warp in the sun as it plays…

    moral of the story, burn a few CD’s. It doesn’t hurt and in the worst case scenario, you’re the guy that succeeds when everyone else is failing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/russell.hockey Russell Hockey

    Possibly the best thing I have ever read in an article “a wedding reception playlist (We Are Family, anyone?)”
    Congratulations Dan, you could not have hit the nail on the head any harder. Can guarantee millions of kids around the world are still stuck up the top reading that line over and over and going “What is a wedding reception playlist”.
    A wedding reception playlist is the list that takes most people back to their roots. It may not be the same music for everyone but its the list that should put everyone back into perspective of what a DJ does. Reads a crowd and plays music to suit. No good playing Skrillex for the Queen.
    Great article mate!

  • Mr. Chips

    Chaps. In case you did not know, Serato Scratchlive does not have a sync button and I have never in my entire life seen that dreadful button anywhere on Serato!

    • BPSS of Dub Church

      Scratch live does not but EVERY other Serato flavor does.

  • Mr. Chips

    Chaps. In case you did not know, Serato Scratchlive does not have a sync button and I have never in my entire life seen that dreadful button anywhere on Serato!

  • kebzer

    Seriously, people need to get over the whole “sync” thing. For all those that claim that they can “sync on the fly”, how about some real djing, like scratching or even beatjuggling? Too old school maybe? Nevermind.

    This site is doing a great job and this article is perfect for everyone who is actually djing outside his bedroom. Keep up the good work.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DJHazlo DJ Hazlo

    I always carry my 15″ Mackie Thump wherever I go, just
    in case. Kidding aside, great article and agree with most of the comments,
    especially Mike Heymans in that you need to know how to mix
    “oldschool” without sync in case you have some Technics in front of
    you or some CDjs. Not to argue anything is better than anything else, in the
    case of an emergency, the truth is your technical and musical knowledge is
    probably the best bet after all the tech gadgets. I literally always carry my laptop
    and external hard drive though! Either way I’m investing in a pair of thumbdrives
    and downloading the starter kit here! Thank you Dan White and DJ Techtools!

  • https://www.facebook.com/DJHazlo DJ Hazlo

    I always carry my 15″ Mackie Thump wherever I go, just
    in case. Kidding aside, great article and agree with most of the comments,
    especially Mike Heymans in that you need to know how to mix
    “oldschool” without sync in case you have some Technics in front of
    you or some CDjs. Not to argue anything is better than anything else, in the
    case of an emergency, the truth is your technical and musical knowledge is
    probably the best bet after all the tech gadgets. I literally always carry my laptop
    and external hard drive though! Either way I’m investing in a pair of thumbdrives
    and downloading the starter kit here! Thank you Dan White and DJ Techtools!

  • Anonymous

    Additionally a good backup strategy is to put (two or more) USB sticks together with a wide range of tunes that you can play easily with any CDJ 2000/900/850/350 available at the venue.

    I simply exported* my main Traktor playlists to rekordbox and was actually shocked that they only contained 10 gigabytes of music :) Besides if you happen to usually use timecode you should simply rip your Timecode CD to the rekordbox collection on the USB drive as well and always play it with the stick. Therefore if anything goes wrong the backup music is already engaged and only a few button presses away.

    * You can easily export your Traktor Playlists to rekordbox with the nice RekordBuddy app (Mac only) by DamienSirkis (get it here: https://www.facebook.com/DamienSirkis/app_201143516562748) – it’s a bit slow for big collections to load but other than that it runs smoothly and does the job nicely, actually way better than regularly crashin’ rekordbox does :)

  • Anonymous

    Additionally a good backup strategy is to put (two or more) USB sticks together with a wide range of tunes that you can play easily with any CDJ 2000/900/850/350 available at the venue.

    I simply exported* my main Traktor playlists to rekordbox and was actually shocked that they only contained 10 gigabytes of music :) Besides if you happen to usually use timecode you should simply rip your Timecode CD to the rekordbox collection on the USB drive as well and always play it with the stick. Therefore if anything goes wrong the backup music is already engaged and only a few button presses away.

    * You can easily export your Traktor Playlists to rekordbox with the nice RekordBuddy app (Mac only) by DamienSirkis (get it here: https://www.facebook.com/DamienSirkis/app_201143516562748) – it’s a bit slow for big collections to load but other than that it runs smoothly and does the job nicely, actually way better than regularly crashin’ rekordbox does :)

  • Supaflyer

    the sync? whats about the sync??? the dj was allways about creativity, anyone can learn to manual sync, is not rocket science, one learn in a week another in a month is the same , creativity u cant buy it or learn.

  • Supaflyer

    the sync? whats about the sync??? the dj was allways about creativity, anyone can learn to manual sync, is not rocket science, one learn in a week another in a month is the same , creativity u cant buy it or learn.

    • Theant

      How this reads to me: “I can’t do something, therefore its not worth doing.”

  • Fattybarlow

    Mike, you do realize that modern dance music stems from technology don’t you? Do you think that electronic producers should ditch drum machines, samplers and sequencers and play everything live, in fact what about multi track recording, that’s a bit of a cheat isn’t it? Do you use 1210s or do you prefer wax cylinders – fuk it, why not just go right back and bang some rocks together.

    It’s 2010 people use technology – just deal with it buddy – dex or digital there’s so much to it than just beat matching

    Duh !

  • Fattybarlow

    Mike, you do realize that modern dance music stems from technology don’t you? Do you think that electronic producers should ditch drum machines, samplers and sequencers and play everything live, in fact what about multi track recording, that’s a bit of a cheat isn’t it? Do you use 1210s or do you prefer wax cylinders – fuk it, why not just go right back and bang some rocks together.

    It’s 2010 people use technology – just deal with it buddy – dex or digital there’s so much to it than just beat matching

    Duh !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000219207730 Curtis Clough

     looked in the music folder (all the music you will ever need ) to find levels hahahhaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000219207730 Curtis Clough

     looked in the music folder (all the music you will ever need ) to find levels hahahhaha

  • Elliot K

    I’ve owned one of these USB drives (32gb) for a couple of years now, and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made. http://www.supertalent.com/products/stt_usb_detail.php?type=Pico#

    After adding a small wax string, I now wear it as a necklace. It looks surprisingly good, as the front side is just a nice chrome silver finish. Most people don’t even notice that it’s a USB drive.
    It’s tiny, light, rugged, and most impressively water resistant (i even wear it in the shower).
    Used constantly as my emergency everything. I keep DJ tracks, backup installers, documents and passwords (the latter stored via 256bit encryption).

  • Anonymous

    Its worth noting that Pioneer CDJ 400 only read 4gb USB sticks

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7934434 Addison Staples

      This isn’t true. I use 8GB SanDisks on 400s all the time.

      • Anonymous

        I have this problem on mine, and I have others do to, perhaps it is luck of the draw?!

      • Anonymous

        I have this problem on mine, and I have others do to, perhaps it is luck of the draw?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7934434 Addison Staples

      This isn’t true. I use 8GB SanDisks on 400s all the time.

  • http://twitter.com/NotSoSiniSter NotSoSiniSter

    If your a CDJ this is a smart idea. But if your a midi guy, idk I wouldn’t want to take a gig if I couldn’t do a good job. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/DjDuckie Duckie DigDoug

    just have a small cd case that carries around 20 cds. 

  • Peter van den Berg

    Never leave home without it

  • Just Friday

    The correct emergency kit might contain mixxx OS… If nothing is working on the PC Host. It’s a bootable OS wich contains a minimal ubuntu based OS with the requirement to launch Mixxx. It’s very usefull cause you can use your PC even if winndows blows out (and use your tracks wich are on our HD)…
    http://www.mixxx.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1493&hilit=mixxx+bootable

  • Will T

    You guys are way too nice to us!

  • Anonymous

    that’s why i like SSL, same keyboard shortcuts on every computer. and yeah you should always bring some CDs just in case. you never know when a venue is gonna have a shit TT. and if you can’t beatmatch on CD you really shouldn’t be playing gigs. sorry but it’s true. there’s more DJs than ever, needs to be a minimum skill requirement. oh, and learn how to use serato with one TT/CDJ for when shit gets fucked up.

  • Anonymous

    “wedding reception playlist”! I’d much rather not play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GiddyKong Giddy Kong

    pretty good artile. you can go abit further if you have the know how and create a live stripped down version of windows or linux on a usb 3.0 flash drive and have all your software + drivers + tunes already on there so all you need to do is plug in your drive and boot to it. also have that shit on cds!

  • http://www.facebook.com/miss.sara.simms Sara Simms

    This is a great idea, thanks for compiling this kit for everyone.  I like the fact that you included the Camelot Wheel of Sound in the kit (and it was first on the list!)  Btw, your article made me laugh Dan!  :)

  • J.J. Cruz

    honestly a kit should just be a 2 timecode vinyls/cd , spare needles, a flashdrive with software/ music, an on the go midi controller (akai lpd8), headphones, adapters, spare rcas, and spare usb cables.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497504799 Stefan Schaich

    add KEYBOARD-MAPPINGS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1388181638 Dane Zen

    Very nice.

  • DJ ForcedHand

    If you’re traveling out of country, it might even be worth getting a copy of your itinerary, important contact numbers (including the hotel you’re staying at and the promoter in each town), the location of your local embassy and even a copy of your photo ID on that back-up drive. Of course you’ll want to password protect this part, but if your wallet gets stolen as well, at least you’ll be able to prove who you are and know where to go.

  • DanjaOne

    hell yes!!! you guys are always so up o your game!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wish I’d read this before showing up at SupperClub in SF a few weeks ago only to discover my Audio 8 wasnt working. Had to borrow someone’s CDs and wing it

  • Rafael

    Having your 2º emergency kit in dropbox can be helpful, you can loose everynthing but not your dropbox ( unless you forget your password … :) good article 

  • http://twitter.com/Ham Tom Hammer

    I feel this flash drive may be slightly more appropriate. http://www.wiretotheear.com/2012/07/16/tr-808-flash-drive/

  • Ekoz1337

    “Buying two or more identical drives and mirroring them for extra redundancy”
    Not a good idea, except if you want  them to die at same time.

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

    For me, the solution is super simple. iPad + DJ Player and a cable to connect it to whatever mixer the club has. No drivers, no cables and super stable.

    • Thisisian

      I tend to agree with this.
      I make sure i’ve got a back up system I can do the gig with. It used to be a 2nd laptop, but now it’s an iPad with DJ Player installed.
      I do carry most of the stuff listed on a flash drive. But in the heat of the moment at a gig, & the shit hits the fan. I want a replacement system running straight away.
      ….I can sort a broken computer out the next day, in my own time.

  • djet0

    I know that the kit called for a USB drive, but as an added measure, I recommend accommodating yourself with an SD card or two as well. Or maybe you can pack an kit into a card and use a reader to convert to USB. The extra precaution is for situations where a club is has aren’t up to date with the equipment. Say a serato based club; I’ve noticed that they’re equipped with CDJ 1000s. If you’re lucky enough, they’re mk3 and have SD card readers built in. Or in the case that a club or venue has the 2000s, what if some prick tears out a USB stick as well as the port? Fortunately you Also have an SD card reader under that.

    • Rofl

      Mk3 sd card Reader is only for storing cue point data and loop and wave data- not playing music

      • djet0

        Well, snap, I’ve been duped. Still, not a bad idea to have your digital emergency kit on an SD card anyways.

        • http://www.kallekenkel.de Kalle

          Yeah, and maybe also on a floppy. (?!?!)

          • gheorge muresan

            I back up all my information to tape reel and bury it in clay pots. It’s not a bad idea to just have it stored on this useless technology anyways

  • jeff ducharme

    You forgot all the various adapters you might need in the club or house parties or (insert crazy setup here) that can be absolute life savers. I always bring a pack of adapters to adapter anything to anything. Top’s – 1/4 inch to  RCA – RCA to XLR – Degrounder for power outlets (you’d be surprised how this simple addition can cut out that annoying humming that’s driving you crazy) – spare cables – etc.

    But having all your material and enough tracks to get you through a gig on a USB is also a great idea. You should also include the install for you fav dj rig and the hotkey setup file so you can grab your friends laptop and take over their lame Pandora dance party.

    and p.s. @Mike Heymans – hey old timer – should people have to use a rotary phone before they can use an iPhone? stop fighting the future. Any dj using those programs is going to have to know something about beat-matching because the algorithms are not perfect. I often have to correct the program on the fly. Look at Sync more like your bpm reader on your pioneer, without having to look like an idiot tapping it out. It just makes things a little easier. And if your goal is to have 3-4 tracks playing at all times for 30 sec – a minute, like mine is, doing that live with cdjs or records would make me rjd2 or atrak. I’m good with the challenge of keeping track of where all the tracks are and lining up the breaks and drops using beatjump on the fly.  Average people just want to dance. DJ heads wanna boost their egos by saying their ways is better; the best way; the only way. Fact is, in the end is all about the mix. If you are gonna train wreck you are gonna train wreck, program or analog.

    • Spacecamp

      I agree that there’s a very different kit to bring when you’re playing a gig, but the idea behind this kit is that no matter what the context is, you have this digital emergency kit with you. 

      Perhaps we’ll do another article that covers the items you should bring with you to a gig in a physical emergency kit : ) 

    • creamy

      Completely agree with the adaptors, I carry a small tacklebox of adaptors and rca cables etc to all shows, made many friends and saved many djs many times!

  • kashiusfresco

    Excellent article. Like the other posts I see that they forgot to add an ipod/mp3 player to the list. I think that is the most important piece in the e-kit.

  • djYanaki

    You guys are so awesome… This is great… 

  • http://twitter.com/mikeheymans Mike Heymans

    This is why everyone that uses traktor or serato or whatever software that has a “sync” button should at least try to do a whole set at home without using the sync function. You never know when you will need to pull out your usb drives, plug em in, and beat match the old way with just your head cans. I always thought the sync button should be an unlockable feature like in a video game. You have to beat match a few tracks manually first before the software would let you use the “easy button”.  If you are going to take the time to make an emergency kit, take the time to practice for the day you will have to use it. :)

    • Djkeywee

       http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/22006065.jpg

    • old head

      yea, take that you stupid kids!

    • Fow-T

       Achievement unlocked!
      Beatmatched 2 tracks !!!

      xD had really to laugh!!!

    • Peter van den Berg

      THat’s why BPM studio was perfect, no sync button. It’s different but at the end the same!!!!!

    • Fattybarlow

        Mike,
      you do realize that modern dance music stems from technology don’t you?
      Do you think that electronic producers should ditch drum machines,
      samplers and sequencers and play everything live, in fact what about
      multi track recording, that’s a bit of a cheat isn’t it? Do you use
      1210s or do you prefer wax cylinders – fuk it, why not just go right
      back and bang some rocks together.

      It’s 2010 people use technology – just deal with it buddy – dex or digital there’s so much to it than just beat matching

      Duh !

    • Fattybarlow

        Mike,
      you do realize that modern dance music stems from technology don’t you?
      Do you think that electronic producers should ditch drum machines,
      samplers and sequencers and play everything live, in fact what about
      multi track recording, that’s a bit of a cheat isn’t it? Do you use
      1210s or do you prefer wax cylinders – fuk it, why not just go right
      back and bang some rocks together.

      It’s 2010 people use technology – just deal with it buddy – dex or digital there’s so much to it than just beat matching

      Duh !

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.rosas Paul Rosas

      Serato doesn’t have a sync button…just FYI.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.rosas Paul Rosas

      Serato doesn’t have a sync button…just FYI.

      • BPSS from Dub Church

        Itch does & so will Serato DJ…

    • https://www.facebook.com/DJHazlo DJ Hazlo

       I use SSL and no Sync button but I think the point is that this is a response to; in case of emergency. Technology is the basis of modern music but when technology fails, which it does often, you have to back it up. Respect the oldschool but embrace the future.

    • DJSOUNDZ

      real talk actually i do the opposite i mess with the sync button at home but on the road i always freestyle.i been doin this since 88 and if i cant beatmatch w/out a sync button by now something just aint right lol

    • http://twitter.com/Jon6oy jon6oy

      Your right in certain respects- but this comment is not valid on this article. This emergency kit isnt a DJ in a FlashDrive. A vinyl DJ wouldnt be able to just do a set miles from home without their records needles etc.. But a digital DJ could use these files/drivers and with some well pre-selected tunes be able to perform full sets at the drop of a hat any time, any where on any kit. Yes beat matching is an essential part of being a DJ, but with no record to match your pretty useless. If there are records available they probably belong to the DJ and you are surplus to requirements. Digital is the future, take your hating elsewhere.

      • BPSS of Dub Church

        A digital DJ who depends on sync will be UNABLE to use it if he is in an emergency & has to play on a different system than the one he normally uses. I love Traktor’s beatgrids & the tightness of it’s sync as a result. But if I had to, in an emergency situation where my S4 was put out of commission, use a clubs CDJs or god forbid someone’s Serato rig. I would be forced to mix every tune by hand as the comforts I’m used to will be completely unavailable to me. I don’t believe his comment was a dis on sync, it was a factual statement. If you can’t mix 2 tunes by ear & come into a worst case scenario with your tunes but not your computer, you’re SOL. I use sync myself religiously but if all else failed, I could still take 2 tunes on ANY analog or digital players with pitch controls & mix. Tunes would just end up playing out a bit longer than when I use sync.

    • BPSS of Dub Church

      Personally, I use sync. I LOVE IT, use it constantly. I’m even a Traktor Product Specialist for NI & train other people how to sync. I know how to do it properly enough to actually take pride in my “sync skills”. That being said @twitter-20354085:disqus is 100% correct. Simple tempo matching may be the most basic skill in the DJ game but none the less it is the fundamental basis of our craft. If you don’t understand the basics of driving a stick shift, you don’t just get to hop behind the wheel of a high performance race car & take off around the track. This should be the same for ANYONE who considers themselves a “DJ”.
      It’s quite a sobering experience to be in a room full of highly skilled DJs & the suggestion of a freestyle jam comes up if you don’t even have a grasp of the fundamentals. Every electronic musician needs to learn how to play their synthesizer with other instruments, whether sequenced or played live. This is the same thing unless we’ve somehow relegated our DJ devices back into mere machines as opposed to when we were still considering the turntable a musical instrument. I actually like the “unlock sync” idea a lot. It’s really not that hard to beatmatch a couple tracks of the same dance genre together if you make any effort. Frankly, if you CAN NOT figure out at home to do it at least once by hand, you probably lack the basic musical intuition to be DJing altogether.
      We’re talking about preparing an emergency kit for a worst case DJ scenario after all. If you’re unable to perform a mix by hand without the use of sync, the likelihood is that you’ll be unable to use anything but your own laptop/controller rig anyway.
      [Note: If you play at least some of your own tunes & you use ableton to perform, you are in fact a LIVE ACT & are fully exempt from this generalization. If you're using ableton to "DJ" with & DO NOT produce original music, you're severely wasting your software & to you I suggest Traktor LE & a Mixtrack Pro so you can actually start learning the craft.]
      (Also, obviously not every style & format of DJ work relies on beatmatching but I don’t imagine the majority of us on this site are wedding DJs)

  • http://twitter.com/mikeheymans Mike Heymans

    This is why everyone that uses traktor or serato or whatever software that has a “sync” button should at least try to do a whole set at home without using the sync function. You never know when you will need to pull out your usb drives, plug em in, and beat match the old way with just your head cans. I always thought the sync button should be an unlockable feature like in a video game. You have to beat match a few tracks manually first before the software would let you use the “easy button”.  If you are going to take the time to make an emergency kit, take the time to practice for the day you will have to use it. :)

    • James H Hau

      like u say do the whole set at home b4 using the SYNC button, but yourself needs to know which program has the SYNC button, an not name them both like u have without thinkin an writing this massage, Now which one is it?? 

      • BPSS of Dub Church

        Serato Itch, Serato DJ intro & the forthcoming Serato DJ all feature sync. So ALL the major digital DJ software brands offer sync options…

  • BlueSphereProductionpdx

    missed the 3 1/4 twists

  • Anonymous

    have linux running of a usb stick with mixxx and or wine with your favorite dj software :D it works for me… i boot from usb and all my laptop comforts are with me on an 8gb stick

  • Lauti

    I would add to this kit: electrical tape, swiss army knife, usb cable, connectors

    • Spacecamp

      That’s good for a physical kit – but the idea here is just a tiny digital kit that’s always with you, even when you’re not planning on playing a gig! 

  • Guest

    The Mac download link doesn’t work, I am interested in see this starter kit 

    Thanks !

    • Spacecamp

      You broke it! 
      Just kidding, we were updating the title of the file, it should work just fine now : ) 

  • Martel

    *Open folder “The Only Song You’ll Need”. Proceed to laugh uncontrollably! LMFAO

  • Chraibiyacine

    Awesome article !

    Awesome Kit !
    Thanks !

  • D3rkin

    Just opened the file for pc and no scratch live or itch, but it is in the mac file.. :/

    • Spacecamp

      This should be fixed now, and the PC file also now has ASIO4ALL included! 

  • http://twitter.com/Lylax_Dubs Lylax

    great article. I have done this already and it has been a lifesaver!

  • Shufu

    I really love this song…I have to add it to my playlist, so I can play it along with my David Guetta Album using my Hercules DJ controller. ;)
    Thx a lot Ean and Crew

  • Morpse

    Ryan’s old ipod idea is one of the best I’ve heard, you can use most old Ipods as portable hard disks anyway, so just load up the emergency kit on there and keep a cable with it. No equipment, just play from the ipod, proper equipment then use it as a usb drive.

  • Athson

    Emergency kits are definitely a necessity – I was playing a gig on Serato last month and a punter knocked my laptop clean off the stand and onto the floor…music stopped and the promoter was at panic stations. Pulled out my 2 identical backup USBs and after about 30 seconds on silence the show went on.

    Never did manage to track down the culprit though…

  • tictactictactictictac

    Chewing gum is of the essence as well

  • tictactictactictictac

    I thought a DJ emergency set consisted of an extra shirt, a bottle of water, jägi (i.e., jagermeister), energy bars, a bit of herb, spare cables, and a reserve DJ cart or two ;)

    • Spacecamp

      Not sure if serious or actually Steve Aoki’s rider. 
      Edit: Now with full visual meme: http://i.imgur.com/8Ft80.png

    • AA

      it also contains a large empty bottle for a pee break

    • Morten Agnor

      Add some condoms, and you’re spot on. :)

    • muffintop

      Clean socks are my favorite thing in the morning.

      And a toothbrush

  • DJ Max D.

    Got all the bases covered: two OSes, a pair of CDs with my emergency collection, a pair of USBs with all my music, one USB with software and a CD with my nLite XP and drivers.. never failed me :)

  • Ryan Leo

    What happens if there is no usb cdjs?

    I bring my old ipod with me and sort the music the same.

    I have a couple of mixes I’ve done in the past that I have on sound cloud and I have a couple different lists done up so there is no large amount of thinking involved getting the music going.

    When I go to setup, I plug the ipod into an empty channel or microphone slot and have an emergency mix prepped so I can mess around with effects and work it in.

    That being said, I haven’t ever had to use it because something had failed.

    Traktor never died on my while playing out. The most that has happened it CDs skipping.

    I hate CDs.

    I’m back on traktor 2.01 with 2 midi fighter classics in 4 bank mode with mirrored mappings, until I can get a decent pair of usb cdjs.

  • http://twitter.com/maxledaron Max le Daron

    32GB USB drive are now cheap as hell, you can get one for 25$, so it’s a good idea to buy 2.

    • droxpopuli

      Very late to the party but, I JUST got a USB 3.0 64 GB for like $45 Dead cheap these days. I actually stick my traktor root directory on it too so I can just hook into anybody’s Traktor setup and go.

  • Israel0823

    yep a usb drive saved my night!!! my computer frozed so i needed to play music in order to keep the people inside the club so I had a USB drive with my songs on it!! luckily the club had a set of pioneers cdj with a mixer as well! so i had to use them!! it was my first time using pioneers cdjs and to be honest I was not that good at beatmaching but i had some skills to do it!! so I had to make transitions that didn’t require beatmatching like using effects such as brake,delay and spiral etc… after that I knew i had to learn how to beatmatch with my ears!!

    • Theant

      This kind of story makes me feel depressed. Maybe I am
      really old fashioned and out of date thinking that DJs should be able to DJ.

      • Gimpmaster3

        there’s more to djing than beatmatching.

        • Theant

          Yes, there is a lot more to DJing than beatmatching, but for some types of music, beatmatching IS part of DJing.

          If someone is too lazy to be bothered to learn to beatmatch they need to make sure that they have a backup that can beatmatch for them.

          • Roadieflip

            Theant. I am of the same mindset as you. I feel that if you are playing as a digital DJ, you should at least learn how to beatmatch first.  
            The sync button is a lifesaver in those moments when you are in a bind, but you shouldn’t rely on it…You wouldn’t let an electrician rewire your house if he hadn’t served an apprenticeship, would you?

          • Owen

            Totally agree lads, this isn’t a snob issue, Dj’n is an art and people should be interested in actually mixing and matching tunes because to progress you have to know where you came from. I will admit that in the last couple of years I have grown to rely on the sync button a little too much, only playing chart music in pubs you can become a bit lazy and jaded because to be fair no one there cares how your are playing. That said I was recently at a party in a forest and was asked if I would like to take over for an hour or two while the other DJ’s enjoyed themselves for a bit. I grabbed  some CD’s out of my car and smashed it. Literally the most fun I have had DJ’n in years because I was forced to actually beatmatch every tune and I got to play music I actually like for a change. I think we all need to get back to basics every now and then so we don’t forget where we have come from 

          • Maks

            I’m djing with ableton. Even if your djing digitally with pre-beatmatched songs you should know how to beatmatch your software to other sources. So I totally agree with you that at least the basics of beatmatching are one of a djs key skills!

        • MAks

          But even if you are djing digitally at least basic beatmatching like syncing your ableton set to other sources are a dj’s key skills.

      • Djtechtools

        You should have skills to do your art. Whatever skills that may be. If it sounds cool, it is cool.

    • Theant

      I missed this first time:

      “after that I knew i had to learn how to beatmatch with my ears!!”

      Good call :)

      PS I would also recommend if you are going to play live with a laptop, keep it running well – ie no cracked software, no P2P sharing no pron etc ;)

      • Theant

        That should be porn, no porn. You can put as much pron on there as you like.

        • Israel0823

          Its a mac but still Now I only watch my porn in my Iphone lol hahaha jk

      • Israel0823

        What happend with my laptop is that I didn’t update the Adobe Reader so it stoped Traktor but in another desktop page had the box for updating the software which i missed

    • Mrfantomhawk

       This is what makes digital dj’s look bad.  I am a digital only dj, however, I can still beatmatch across platforms with other dj’s.  I work in a club with multiple dj’s on any given night, and we always switch sets without any interruptions, and always beat match and mix into each others songs.  Hell, we even do battles, up to 4 dj’s all using digital platforms across the tables from each other, beatmatching and mixing by ear.  The software is a tool, not a crutch.

      • Theant

        Yeah, good DJs are good DJs no matter what equipment they
        use.

    • LoopKat

      Definitely learn to beat match by ear man it will save your ass one day! Plus its fun and challenging. 

      • Israel0823

        I know!! Its not bad after all it keeps me entertained and it only takes a couple seconds!! By the way after doing that gig which was a total succes other djs were asking me how did I pull it off by using different transitions! (israel0823)