Being able to dynamically jump around within a playing track was a major innovation that Serato introduced back in ITCH. Now, every Serato user has access to the function in Serato DJ - but like many advanced features it takes a bit of work to figure out when to actually use it. Watch today's tutorial for some great techniques on using the Slicer in a DJ mix.
Serato recently introduced a new plug-in, Pitch N' Time, that claims to be the best DJ keylock algorithm on the market. Want to slow down a track 40% and keep it in key? It takes a powerful engine to make that happen. Today we investigate how well keylock works in three softwares - read more inside and listen for yourself.
One of the frustrating things about using timecode systems is that they require an official soundcard that works with your DJ software of choice. If you want to use an alternative piece of hardware, you're out of luck. Today we're sharing a tutorial found on YouTube from "DJChadG" on how to get a mixer (in this case the DB2 or DB4) working with Traktor Scratch Pro.
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 […]