• Feel

    Youtube suck now, I can’t see this tutorial. Go on Vimeo Chris ;)

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  • TJ

    I wish there was a way to use these visuals and just ‘marry’ them, or almost record them, to the song so that when you load it up and play them, they play with the song and when you remix or beat mash the visual does exactly that because it is part of the song. Any thoughts?

  • sixfootsix

    erm… Video has been taken down due to a copyright issue? Any chance you (DJTechTools, I’m looking at you!) could provide a text transcript of the critical MIDI connection bits?

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  • shufflesam

    Awesome article! I have a problem that I have not been able to figure out on my own: When running Traktor with a external audio card ( such as my Trakot A2 or My Vestax VCI 400) I get some weird and loud buzz when i hook any sort of monitor/TV or projector to my mini display port (with a HDMI adaptor). I have tried different adaptors and HDMI cords as well as audio cards TV’s and projectors. And its always this very loud buzz as soon as I plug into the mini display port. However there is no buzz if I run out of my system audio, but that just doesn’t work for Djing on many different levels. I have a 2010 13″ macbook pro, with 16 gigs of ram, 250 gig HD, and a 250 gig SSD (In my optical drive slot). Any advise would be super helpful this problem has been plaguing my video djing dreams for a while now…

    • Joseph Wilk

      Sorry, this is long overdue but I was re-reading this post and saw your comment. I find it really strange that you’re getting that kind of noise with digital audio interfaces. Try investing in a ground loop isolator and seeing if adding that to your signal chain helps at all.

      • shufflesam

        Word! Thanks for getting back to me! I will try to get a hold of a ground loop isolator and see if that helps! Thanks again!

  • Djravenkl

    “If Native Instruments won’t give us visuals, maybe we can do it ourselves…”

    Words. Heard that NI?

  • http://www.2pr0sp3r.tk ??????? ???????????

    Great article Chris!
    A point that a new club vdj should take into consideration is outboard hardware. Not simply about the platform you are running your chosen program, but think, “Into what and how will I be connecting my mind-blowing visual show?”
    You will be surprised by how many different in-house AV hardware structures exist in different clubs. Some are integrated; some are completely separate, some are Frankenstein creations added after the need for club visuals became necessary; and some were put together by the bartender’s old roommate who once hooked up a projector to his Xbox. There are three solutions to this problem.
    (1) Scope out the setup beforehand. I realize this may be difficult if you are traveling to a location outside your normal stomping ground, but at least call. We ended up at a club where the wall monitors for the ‘club sounds’ room were actually controlled out of the customer service office…by the main entrance…three rooms away at 200 meters.
    (2) Bring your own setup. This does not need to be a complex setup. A portable quality projector that can be flown with a projection surface…done. Easier if you can do geometric editing (but that is another topic).
    (3) Work with a VJ! There is so much I could write here, but it should be a separate thread. There are extremely talented vjs out there also looking to showcase their work.

  • Juicy Jane

    2 bad MAC only

  • J.sto

    Awesome article, but even more awesome white Traktor gear. That’s fly as hell

  • chris

    a very nice tutorial.
    maybe you need a sound for testing different spheres of VJing

  • Kosta X

    Really enjoyed this article and video. I’m experimenting with similar stuff but with VDMX: http://kosta-x.com/vdmx-the-visual-performance-midi-mixer/

  • Vanholsaet Chris

    I use QC on my 2013 Macbook but the image is delayed when I use traktor. I will try MixEmergency…

  • going to make a plug here for VDMX. It’s a modular layout program like MixEmergency, but it has loads more options for FX and MIDI mapping and routing. it can take in the MIDI clock from Traktor or Ableton Live, audio in with adjustable bands that can be routed to every parameter in the program. If you really dive into it, it’s practically limitless on what you can do with the program. you can download the fully functioning demo (minus saving layouts) for free as well http://vidvox.net/

    • CodeE

      Dan, why am I not surprised to see you here.

      I’m hearing things that Traktor is jumping into video with another Video software.

  • Mutis Mayfield

    Virtualdj? The new CrossDj? Vjay for ipad? Even Ms. Pinky has visuals from her begginings (maxipatch AV) and Ableton live maxforlive with vizzable or v-Module…

    FLStudio has plugin for video composition visualizarion based on open source zgameditor soft.

    Also there are alternatives to QC in windows (or linux) such maxmsp (jitter) with their runtime (no need to purchase the whole package if you find an abstraction who works for you) and pure data with GEM which no need runtime (it is open software, you could install entire package)

    At last it is a matter of time for NI releasing video manipulation… They announce it in the last S2/S4 mk2 ads more or less… And you know it so I supose this blog post is a “getting ready the target” third step (make the numbers including the earlier blog post and the video…)

    The question now is: it will be before the video integration or the secuencer (upgrading the F1 in the same way you did with Twister/Digitalwarrior)?
    Because Traktor has Remix decks (half of the Bridge) but still needs Serato Video and Mixtape features and Maschine/Battery 3 are good candidates to share/integrate features… Ah! And for maxforlive users NI has Reaktor…

    Close the circle.

    • Ezmyrelda

      Yes, but Ms. Pinky was one of the first, and has always been the most open option for tinkerers. I don’t think there is any other timecode format that is as open source on the software side and open to multiple software vendors as Ms. Pinky.

      • Mutis Mayfield

        Agreed…? Well in the same line there is a Serato option with QC, check.

      • motosega

        ms pinky is a very nice thing, but it’s NOT open source. and it runs on max/msp. which isn’t open source either.

        ms pinky is Closed source, you can buy the source, but you can’t distribute it.

        if your looking for open source DVS you should look at xwax, it IS open source. (it can use serato/mixvibes vinyl) and there is even a PureData external.

        i’m in no way hating on ms pinky, ms pinky is beautiful, and they were probably the first dvs video solution.
        i’m just being pedantic because i don’t want even more people wandering around with the wrong idea about open source software.

        • Ezmyrelda

          You are correct.. It itself is not Open Source with capitals. Perhaps I should have been more precise by saying that it is one of the easier options to obtain working examples of code that you can work with and use in your own artistic endeavours.. I am in fact not looking for open source DVS.. and were I.. I’m not interested in linux until the os.. Well.. What I want from linux is never going to happen.. Which is why I went from PC to Mac.. But I digress..

          Perhaps it would have been better to say if you can afford to purchase the entire Ms.Pinky package.. (Which I did when I purchased it) you can use it in your project without having to start from 0. Assuming you have Max/MSP..

          I think that making sure people know that XWAX and MIXXX exists is a good thing.. (I was aware of it.. I obsess about developments in this field and without money self education is the only thing available.) I thank you for bringing them up so other people can be made aware of them.. I personally have never found the UI interface elements in any *nix package up to my personal standards.. Though this is coming from a person who spent probably ten years toying around with Shell customization software on Windows and Linux.. enlightenment, Litestep.. that kind of stuff.. I think KDE and Gnome leave a lot to be desired and essentially just gave in and settled.. Same with the rest of the linux dev community.. no flair for visual interface…

          Pedantry is very well acceptable when its for the right purposes.. Thanks for your reply..

  • Tom Wenger

    awesome video ! realy interesting too bad that software is 200$ :/ that’s expensive for a software

    • Ezmyrelda

      Most good software is expensive..

  • Ezmyrelda

    Awesome video and dope Z2 skin.. I was thinking of doing this but I just went the cheap route and carefully scraped the crappy white silkscreen off everything I could to give mine a piano black effect.

    • stefanhapper

      The white Z2 + X1 where the first things I noticed. Seeing this I wonder when NI will introduce a white edition of their DJ products. They do it for Maschine, so why not for the Traktor Kontrol series too. I’m sure it would sell well.

      • Ezmyrelda

        That’s a good question.. Though hard to speculate on.. I haven’t even heard anything about them starting to sell replacement face covers. I’ve been thinking about purchasing an aftermarket skin.. But I am kind of fond of the shiny glossy super classy piano black thing I have going on.

        • Chris Brackley

          I’m rather disappointed that NI haven’t at least released different coloured faceplates for the Z2. It feels like it was designed for that purpose… :(

          • Ezmyrelda

            That was definitely implied when it came out.. Although I think the skin printing companies stole a bit of their thunder on the idea.. Nevertheless. I would rather have a nicely silkscreened coverplate set than a sticker that would eventually start to look ragged.

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  • Marco Antonio

    This is an excellent write up! I too started off with Traktor 6 years ago and Loved it… However 3 years later I found myself a bit bored with audio-only mixing, so I made the jump to Serato & Mix emergency… I miss Traktor, however Traktor is VERY Flaky with Mp4 Files… Especially Music Videos… I’ve experienced the following with tractor:

    1) Can’t write / read Tags
    2) Artwork is too Big
    3) File is not Found. (Even after I completely clear my collection, and RE-ADD it, I have problems locating several video files). I have to manually drag and drop the Mp4′s from iTunes. Using the built in “iTunes shortcut” within traktor gives me the same problems.

    Traktor REALLY has to step up their game in this aspect! Makes Traktor a PITA to use.

    **Quick question… If I were to use Mix emergency with tractor with either a DVS or Midi controller (i.e. S2/S4), would the video “scratch” if I were to scratch on the controller / DVS?

    • Ezmyrelda

      Doesn’t sound like it in as far as what was covered in the video.. It’s receiving a midi clock which is translated to a 4 beats to a bar sync.. Unless it was also able to receive a timecode signal somehow or use the HID info from traktor there doesn’t seem to be a way for the video to read what traktor’s playhead is doing.. As least as far as I can figure out..

      • Chris Brackley

        Yes, that’s right Ezmyrelda, there’s no way using midi clock alone to synchronise back and forward motion, although you guys should check out the link from Digital Dj Tools at the bottom of the article where they achieve something like that.

        Marco, I found similar issues with using mp4 video files in Traktor. What I ended up doing what using the free app MPEG Streamclip to extract the audio portion of my video files as AAC audio, and just used those in a fresh Traktor library instead.