Today we explore one of my favorite techniques for working in drums into a live deep house or techno DJ set - playing drum fills on a Midi Fighter 3D and using Traktor's effects to loop, extend, and modulate them. Done correctly, this becomes a powerful tool for any DJ looking to add a bit more interesting elements to their sets - so watch the full tutorial inside to get started.
We've seen the Traktor Kontrol S8 rumors and various leaks around the web, but today everything has been confirmed: Native Instruments is set to release a new jog-wheel free controller with dual screens that pull information directly from Traktor Pro. Watch the teaser introduction video inside to see the first glimpses at the controller.
Serato DJ comes out with another strong release today that provides new functionality like Flip mode, along with some older loved features missing from Scratch Live such as AM mode (hide your tracks) and Chronological cues. A new MIDI Map panel also promises to provide deeper control over the software for those who may wish to dive deeper into the realm of customization. The update is available now from serato.com/dj.
Serato DJ continues get serious feature additions in 2014 with an upcoming new release, 1.7, that will incorporate a new way of recording custom cue point juggles and playing them back. It's called Serato Flip - and it could be a killer feature for all kinds of DJs looking to build more intricate routines in a DJ software.
Today we are going to demystify the popular Instant Gratification mapping, a one press = many effects concept that made big effects fills crazy easy. A while back I explained how to MIDI-map your own super-combos, but that was the gravy to the Gratification's mashed potatoes. Here we'll dive into the core concept of that mapping, which was intuitive, fun, and (most importantly) consistent-sounding. Read on to learn how to MIDI-map these button-friendly effects and also a sneaky trick to play a row of effect buttons musically.
At DJ Techtools, we're always the lookout for unique topics for tutorials and demos. Sometimes the best stuff is very simple but often overlooked. In this video, we'll take a look at the Layout Manager in Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro to help you maximize that screen real estate for any type of DJing situation.
Marketing, promotion, and tricks aside, transitioning from one song to another is at the core of what every DJ does. Therefore it's not surprising that one of the most requested tutorials continues to be how to use effects for transitioning between tracks. Though there are many gratuitous and overboard uses of effects out there, they can be masterfully utilized as powerful mixing tools to shape sounds and make room for new tracks. In today's video, I am happy to share two of my very favorites.
Just getting started with finger-drumming and want to begin adding some basic effects to your set? Today’s tutorial will help you do so while staying in time, and will allow you to make simple patterns more interesting and effective in a club setting.