• Calum

    does anyone know if there is anyway of getting round not having a record out port on your mixer so you can record a mix? My mate has a djm-250….thanks

  • Lord Hyperlord

    Check out Reloop “Tape”
    Costs around 100€

    http://www.reloop.com/reloop-tape

  • Perry

    so how can i record to audacity out of my pioneer mixer without the clipping, without having to turn all my levels down?!?!

  • Si

    Hi, can anyone help, I’m running the old Torq and mac, mixes have always been fine, however recently I’ve noticed a slight click before the mix happens on recordings, like a pre-warning, very frustrating, anyone know why, I don’t remember this before, I did change the buffer rate a while ago would this have anything to do with it? I also have a lot of music on my laptop…?

  • DJ Reflexion

    Hey guys,
    I’m recording straight from my Numark Mixdeck Quad to the basic sound recorder on my HP Envy laptop with Beats Audio. The sound is great, but the problem I’m having is that it’s picking up EVERYTHING meaning that when trying to beat match the song on the speakers with the next song in my headphones, it picks up myself beat matching and records it as well. Does that make any sense? I sure hope it does.

    Is there a way to stop this from happening? Any feedback is pure helpful and much appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/LatestArtists Andrew+Deb O’Malley

    After researching the H4 recorder recommended by this article, I found several references stating that the H4 doesn’t properly record line level signals, so I went w/ a Sony PCM-M10 and have been really happy w/ it:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Portable-Condenser-Microphones-High-Speed/dp/B002R56C4O/

    • Luiz Zen

      Yeah, I have read something like that somewhere.
      DJTechTools guys, could you please confirm or not that thing?

      I have also heard that the Tascam DR-40 does have a line level input.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lies.vandenbroeck.75 Lies van den Broeck

    Hey
    We have a problem with recording our dj-set. We’ve done it before and everything sounded fine but recently our recording sound is really weird. It sounds like we’re under water and there is almost no bass. First we thought it was our amplifier but we tried with a second one and we had the same problem.Then we tried using two computers but that didn’t help either. Now we were wondering if it could be the cable or is there anything else we are overlooking..? Thanks, Greetz Kaesar & Pingu

  • Chris

    I just go from my DJM-900 mixer Record out through a Behringer Audio Interface connected through USB into my Mac and then I either us Logic Pro 9 or Audacity to record the final mix…but yes make sure to check you levels on the mixer…the master, the individual channel gains and the input volume in your DAW

  • djmarkee2002

    Hi guys, can anyone help please…

    I recorded my mixes using Traktor Pro 2s internal recorder and controlling Traktor in HID mode with CDJ 900s and DJM 900 Nexus (using DJM as the sound card).

    However, I don’t understand what level meters and buttons/knobs to use. For example, do I use the UV meters and EQ on my actual mixer to solely record how the mix sounds, or do I set the gains and master on Traktor and use just the EQ and volume faders on the mixer??

    Also, when in the mix I can never seem to get the transition volumes right. For example, (after making sure the gains are the same volume)when the master track is playing at volume level 10, when i bring the second track in up to 7, it sounds like they are at the same volume, but when fading out the master and when the second track kicks into the breakdown it sounds really low… how come? Also, if I continue to increase the volume on the second track to the same level or just under of the masters, it sounds far too loud on playback through speakers. How can i solve this problem? Can this be ironed out when mastering? (if the second track seems too low when kicked in).

    Any help would be great guys

    Adam

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.bankston Samuel Eric Bankston

    What to do if your using a cheap mixer with no rec out? Master is a given no no but splitting the booth turning it only half way and usin a master speaker as your booth? Still sounds a little distorted what are my options?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MikeBlades Michael G Blades

    Its better to record the mix at a lower volume and the edit in in software to make it louder (amplify) than recording it loud and clipping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753224018 Michal Pardus

    HI. I am looking for advice. I have Ecler Nuo4, Old PC with EMU1212Card and I use Wave Lam currently for recording (best IMO). Now, I use booth out XLR to Jack in my PC sound card (balanced) to keep sound best possible. I have separate volume knobs for speakers and booth (booth out volume is at 80%). All levels are as they should be and everything look fine (no peaks). When I play back it sounds simply weak. I mean lifeless. Like radio or bad mp3. I tried to add more volume but I am just getting clipping sound. I tried Rec Out output from mixer but more less results are the same. I record using 96KHz 24Bit and I was expecting no difference between what I hear in speakers (clear punchy sound). After playing playback sound is loud and all but like the life was sucked out of music. Weird. Is is mastering issue or my setup is wrong? I am suspecting my sound card settings to be wrong (i am using default EMU settings for line record). I was planning actually set it up (record) for balanced recording on my EMU but this soft is way too complicated for me. Can anybody help me? Is it problems with my choice of using booth out for recording or my EMU sound card settings? Or simply sets just sound flatter after recording compered to playing mp3 form traktor and needs to be mastered after?

    PS> My friend was recording his set in local radio station and sound was just amazing! I want that sound! How to do it? Please help!

    • trema

      plug into the blue input not the red. on the back of your soundcard u should have green red and blue plug it into you blue thats you line input. the green is line out. That should sort out all the issues. Try using audacity aswell its a free recording program. You can set the levels there, make sure you set them so that when you record the blue wave form doesn’t peak.

  • http://twitter.com/Nogui Nogui

    Traktor to Audacity via the rec out on the mixer. Loop the intro 16 or 32 beats for a cleaner, smoother mix. Some mixers kill eqs much broader than others, so get a feel for your bass kills, and faders when mixing.

  • Mugen

    jaja, i have got around 250 dj mixes in my computer…. trust me, is the most valuable thing I did for my DJing, could be confused in a while, specially if you record a lot (I mean 3 or 4 mixes per week) is normal to make them quite alike, but this is something to pay attention to avoid monotony and of course, everything labeled, titled, dated, commented and stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.kapski Mike Kapski

    Hey y’all! This is my first post, long time reader. I am getting to the point that I want to start recording my mixes and have had very little luck with Audacity. I tried using the Rec Out from the back of my Numark Mixdeck but got almost 0 volume even with the mic gain all the way up in audacity. I then tried the Booth Out with the Booth gain turned down very low so as not to clip, but the sound is terrible. It sounds like a light phaser is being applied to the highs and the lows only just come through. This is leading me down the road of an external recording option. I know that the article recommends the Zoom H4n but I have been looking into the H1 (as it is a lower cost alternative). Does anyone have any experience with this recorder? Does anyone have any advise for my Audacity problems? HELP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pitchcruzerdjs Pitchcruzers Wkris

    Hi guys,

    i have a stupid Mix setup problem : traktor (last version), 2 cdj 900 as controller playing on the cdj’s soundcard and a audio8dj card for the recording. I playing wtih an external mixer

    My problem is in the configuration : when I select cdj900 in taktor for my sound card i can not select the second cart (audio8dj) for the recording

    What is the solution ?

    Thanks

    Kris

    • http://swiftrhythm.com/ SwiftRhythm

      if u are using an external mixer, just use the rec/line out of the mixer to the audio8dj. Use what ever recording software is your fav. and test, test, test until you get the volume right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593473275 Mario Zamarripa

      You should be able to use the CDJs as controllers even if you select audio 8 on traktor. Do you plug them directly to the computer through the USB? If you are using the MIDI interface as opposed to the control CDs it should work, at least it does for me with CDJ 400s. Then just plug the rec out from the mixer into one of the input channels on the soundcard…

  • Lee Netana

    I used to mix live on a webcast years ago using Winamp’s shoutcast and plugins. The format of our broadcasting changed to a pre-recorded shows. To achieve this I recorded to my PC / hard disk using Soundforge. I used to test all my levels using a combination of tools that came with my external sound card (creative audigy), the windows mixer and level meters within soundforge and of course the recording output levels on my mixer (Pioneer DJM-600) until I had a consistent and audible level. I used to use a Behringer Composer Pro compressor/limiter/expander gate but removed this from the equation as I could clean up the audio with soundforge

  • VitaminB6

    I’ve been finding it tough to come up with a system to record audio out of my S2 when paired with Maschine. Internal recorder only ever picks up what the S2 pumps out without the Maschine fills and loops, etc…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.hemopo Ray Odtoxd Hemopo

    http://soundcloud.com/odtoxd333/meth-n-redman-tear-da-roof-off i have just started using the remix decks on traktor and loving it still adjusting to new mapping but good advise record everything

  • http://www.facebook.com/RotemAyalon Rotem Ayalon

    In the past 4 years Iv’e recorded every single set Iv’e played live.

  • Chris Green

    Hey guys, some great comments, keep them coming!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexio-Beez/1466215280 Alexio Beez

    About the point nr 3. :onesheet.com will no longer be free…that sucks big time!

  • Pitch Master

    First of all, thank you for this great article. It reminded me the importance of recording a mix.

    Now let me tell you how I approached this subject. When I installed my setup, I connected the “Booth” output of my mixer to the “Line In” input of my PC. On the PC side I installed Wavelab. On the mixer side I adjusted the “Booth” volume knob and never touched that knob again. Now, every time I want to record a mix, I simply open Wavelab and click on the rec button. Simple as that.

    Tip 1: use the louder part of a song to adjust the levels
    Tip 2: never let the waveform touch the top or bottom of the window
    Tip 3: when editing the mix, push the gain a few db over 0db and then use a compressor

    • http://twitter.com/iamscenic Scenic

      Pushing the gain over 0db would cause clipping, which should be avoided “at all costs.” Use a compressor on the low-level audio first. If you want your levels hot, crank the output gain, post-compression, and throw a limiter on the master.

      • Pitch Master

        You’re right. If we push the gain up first it will clip and will ruin the sound. The compressor must be activated FIRST and then we can work on the gain. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pieter.passmann Pieter Paßmann

    Get it setup at home and leave it like that so you can mix on the fly and record. Got this from practising electric guitar. You always keep it ready so you can just press record and rock out without the hassle of setting up.

    Also try to go a bit lower than 0 dB on your mix – you can always boost and compress it a bit if the signal is to weak but if it is too loud or you have some nasty peaks you’re screwed.
    I always go for -6 to -3 dB when recording and afterwards put my recorded wave (please always save in a lossless format for quality’s sake) in ableton and do a little compression so it sounds nice on Hi-Fi.
    I think this is pretty neat to do because it can make up small level mistakes and also people at work, in the office for example, get a nice listening experience too, as it just has a bit more of a punch through small headphones/earbuds.

    For more advanced stuff as preplanned mixtapes and what not I suggest trying to route all channels seperately into a recording device. This gives great control over every channel in your mix (jackRouter is good on PC and Mac for routing Audio out of Traktor or Serato and into a DAW of choice)

    Last tip for today: When in Ableton – turn of the Warp on your recording. I sometimes forget and end up rendering it again and that is a real pain in the bum :>

  • http://twitter.com/iamscenic Scenic

    I am really glad to see information on clipping and appropriate levels. I’ve seen amateur DJ’s pride themselves on the meters “turning red” because that’s what they see around them. I personally set my master volume in Traktor at about -4db to -6db when recording because there’s compounded energy when blending multiple sources of audio that could cause you to clip. Afterwards, I’ll drop the mix into a DAW and add some moderate use of mastering plugins like the Waves SSL Compressor, L2, or Izotope Ozone. The L2 will bring you right back up to 0db and preserve a good sound (if you use it right!)

    • http://twitter.com/psyOPs_ psy/OPs

      those are some expensive plugins you use to just compress your dj mixes. do you produce as well? ;D

  • http://facebook.com/djdomas Domas

    Creating podcast is a great way to put pressure on yourself and do more mixes. Also keep you on your toes digging for new music.
    In my case it also landed me a residency on Digitally Imported’s Tech House channel. :)

    Recording tip: Leave EQ’s alone as much as possible. The music your are recording has already been mastered. Dropping out the bass and creating buildups, for transitions etc. is obviously ok! Just don’t crank it to much. People are most likely listening with headphones…

  • Roger Johnson

    Hi Guys, gr8 bit of info.
    All i would lie to add,as a veteran is.

    “Record,Record,Record”

    Nuff Respect

    Roger Johnson.

    1985 Dmc World Mix Champion.

    • jiggywiggy

      thanks rog, ‘ppreciate the love

  • Justin Milla

    I have recorded a mix just practicing or an hour out of a live set and even though I didnt think it was perfect I posted it up and got a bunch of plays. People like to hear new music.
    Also I think you need to plan out a mix but not overthink it. As Dj’s we are ahead of the curve musically so something you think isnt mixtape worthy or “new enough” might just be someones new favorite jam. Also a nice throwback in a mixtape is refreshing.

  • Play!Doh

    I send the master output from my mixer to one of these, http://tascam.com/product/dr-100mkii/ It’s the best (<$500) option I could find, and the audio quality is perfect.

  • tr4gik

    What about recording your mix in parts? From song A to song B … from song B to song C. Or 3 songs then the other 3 songs. Then at the end gluing all together with ableton or audacity? Its easier this way, especially for promotion mixtape, you dont want to be doing an hour mix and then make a mistake at minute 50 … ouch.

    • Utunga

      If you’re going to go down that road, why not just build the “mix” in DAW to begin with? Why bother with manual mixing at all?

      For me a promotion mixtape that doesn’t have a single mistake anywhere is usually a sign of a person who is not ready for live playing. Other option is that the mixtape is from someone who does not need to promote themselves ;)

      • Justin Hollingsworth

        Can we maybe distinguish between “imperfection” (ie, the human touch, or the “live version”) and “mistake” (eg, train wreck)? I would say you don’t want mistakes on promo mixes. I think of it as the difference between listening to and enjoying a guitar/rock band’s polished studio album, but losing my mind over the live show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/donovan.aenslaed Ðonova? ??gustu? Ænslae?

      Many would say that’s the deal with a “mixtape” (nowadays better called a “mixfile”)… If you glue and fix your mix then it will not showcase your actual skills. I know how I feels to screw up a mixtape at the last moment, and then record it all again, but otherwise you won’t be up to par with expectations your mix can generate…

    • perry

      so if you are doing 1 song every 2 minutes roughly, you keep going till you make a mistake wither way then at minute 50 if you make a mistake on track no. 25 then start that track again and carry on and glue everything before the mistake with everything after it… whats the point in stopping every 3 tracks if you havent made a mistake

  • Anonymous

    Tip #1 helped me in a big way but I sort of tweaked it a bit. This may sound weird but I treated the recorder as my audience. At the time I was not playing in front of anyone, not even friends and so visualizing the recorder in Traktor as my audience made me focus a lot more when mixing. When I made mistakes I actually felt embarrassed even if I was alone. After a while I began to take a closer look at the decisions I was making while the recorder was on and this lead me to get my game up progressively. Not only was I able to catch mistakes and less than appropriate decisions I had taken during the mix (like mixing in a track prematurely or late) but it also gave me confidence to start going out to play. When I was finally at a venue I still felt the jitters but only before I pressed play, after that it felt like I was just recording another mix at home. Needless to say I was able to eliminate the mistakes I had when setting my frequencies in the mixer. My transitions became a lot more seamless even without the use of filters and it became second nature to me. After that I was then concentrating on using effects to make bigger build-ups and aid my transitions even further. Recording your mixes is something every DJ should be doing!

    • http://www.soundcloud.com/kroniked kronike d

      Hey cool advice man, I am starting and have recorded a few sets, in front of a wall :] ..going to start using the visualization exercise from now, sounds like a lot of Fun. Thanks for the useful article djjt! Cheers

      • Anonymous

        I’m glad you found some use in my comment as well as the DJTT article. I know this method might not be for everyone but in my case it worked wonders. Fun is the right term you should associate with mixing, have a blast!

  • http://twitter.com/realjuicy DJ Real Juicy (WFGC)

    I should really record more often.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.northern Andrew Northern

      DA REAL JUICY! Respect!

  • http://www.facebook.com/peterokarma Pete O’Karma

    I know you guys are Traktor gurus, but can you explain how to record Serato thru the Bridge?

    • campark43

      Good luck! Anyone want to argue why serato sucks? Dont bother.

      • antidouche

        no need to be a douchebag campark43.. recording on serato depends on what you are trying to accomplish. heres their own detailed explanation
        http://serato.com/thebridge/howto

        • douchebag43

          Your right. Usually just being funny. That was douche. My apologizes.

    • http://twitter.com/djnyce DJ Nyce

      if you want to record you should use serato’s built-in record feature. if you have the bridge you could also record using the bridge’s mixtape feature. if you really want to record inside ableton live, you’ll need to run a cable from your mixer to your computer’s line in.

      You could also use a 2nd soundcard or 2nd usb feature of the rane 62/68.

  • beardslap

    Tips? Make sure you plan it so that you’re not in the mix at 45 minutes – it’s difficult to set it up the same when you turn the cassette over…

    ;-)

  • Q

    The new Pioneer DJM-350 allows to record directly in .wav format on a USB device, it’s making my life so much easier compared to when I had to record via RCA to a computer or another recording unit. Once recorded, it’s just a matter of importing into Garageband or Logic then compressing in MP3. The entire process only takes minutes – excluding the time spent recording of course :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.peek2 Andrew Peek

      new?! where have you been for the last few years

    • http://swiftrhythm.com/ SwiftRhythm

      DJM-350 is a great way to go… solid state
      recorders with less functionality cost more…

  • Ruben daCosta

    I use VirtualDj to record my mixes, but only for personnal relistening, for sharing and promotion i recommend using a digital audio recorder..

  • Solomix

    A mix I made on air, listened to it many times to catch flaws and what not… http://m.soundcloud.com/dj-solomix/weci-sample-mix-5