There comes a time in every DJ's career where mixing two decks is no longer creatively challenging. Three or more decks, cue point juggling and effects mastery are all ways to up the excitement, but they lack the creative expression of music making. It's at this point that drum machines, synths, and truly musical hardware can unlock new territory in DJing. In today's article, we will show you how to exactly that by connecting Native Instruments' Maschine with Traktor.
How do I transition from __ BPM to __ BPM, or from house music to hip hop? Today's tutorial shows how to use Ableton to create a premade track that gradually transitions from one BPM to any other. We can use this transition track in DJ sets to go from an original track to an uptempo remix or switch between different genres. Build your own and download an Ableton template inside!
Over the years we've heard endless numbers of requests from digital DJs asking for help crafting clever effects combinations while mixing. Effects have many uses - from creating tension, to dynamically tweaking drums or vocals, to even filling in sparse tracks with a flourish. Watch today's tutorial and learn four new techniques - the Techno Fill, Vocal Repeat, Off-Kilter Echo, and Filter Kill.
Today's article is inspired by the king of loops: Mr Richie Hawtin, who masterfully moves around songs, layering loops into an energetic blend of drums that always stay in time. How does he do it? Fortunately for you, I asked him that exact question on the CNTRL tour. Today we're sharing one important concept from Mr. Hawtin that is critical for DJs looking to play musically with loops.
OK, you’ve figured out basic two track mixing, started blending four decks, and even thrown in a little beat juggling for good measure. What’s next in the pantheon of creative DJ mixing? How about advanced harmonic transitions? DJs talk all the time about taking people on a “journey”, but to really create a musical story […]
After a brief hiatus from updating the software, Vincenzo has released Xtreme Mapping 1.5 and is compatible with the recently released Traktor 2.6.5. The 1.5 update includes a few key features, the foremost of which is Remix Deck support. While it still is missing direct mapping of the 16 cells in the Remix Decks, Traktor […]
There are many plays that have only one or two actors, but the most dynamic often contain many characters – rotating in and out of the spotlight. Some of my personal favorite movies, like the film Magnolia, introduce new characters throughout the plot while managing to reintegrate and tie in the past roles. I propose […]
Remix Deck content in Traktor has been relatively standstill – with Native Instruments releasing limited artist sets every few months, there’s a pretty limited selection of new content for DJs to add to their Remix Deck collection. Today we look at a completely different way to build Traktor Remix Sets using an increasingly prevalent source […]