Some DJs would prefer to not hear this, but sync exists. In fact, while it may be new to some people (Scratch Live users), the technology has been around for years. Sure, plenty of DJs eschew it, but for those who don’t, it’s important to have the resources and knowledge to use it properly. In this piece, you’ll learn how to set beatgrids and use Simple and Smart Sync in Serato DJ.
Pop music comes in all shapes and sizes, but when you’re mixing it in the club setting, all that really matters is the fact that each track adheres to a pretty traditional formula. Whether it’s a hip-hop tune, a slab of indie rock, or even Justin Bieber’s latest hit, each one typically falls into the intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/outro standard. Those elements are the building blocks for today’s lesson about mixing pop tracks, from DJ TechTools’ Ean Golden.
Today's review shows how to create a beat, mangle its sounds, and manipulate the unique BreakTweaker sequencer to achieve evolving rhythms that won't create repetition fatigue. Compatible with any DAW software, BreakTweaker could be the first step on the path to music production or the new secret weapon in a well-equipped producer's studio.
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!
A number of readers have written in asking how in the “Stage Principle” tutorial the VU meters of each deck show up on the Kontrol X1 – so today we’ve got a tutorial explaining how anyone with any MIDI controller can map VU meters in Traktor! Watch the full tutorial after the jump and get mapping. […]
Though it came out almost a year ago, many digital DJs may not have noticed the Flux Mode feature available in Traktor Pro 2.6 and up. Flux Mode kind of works like an advanced Looper, allowing you to do all sorts of crazy tricks like jumping around hotcues or adding glitchy effects without accidentally backtracking […]
We’re constantly being asked by Serato DJs who have recently discovered Traktor and want to give it a shot about the best way to easily move their library across without having to start all over with cue points, BPM information, and so on. The good news is that moving your library to Traktor is relatively simple. Watch […]
Have you ever wanted to mix in a greater variety of tempos into a set but were to afraid to screw up the mix? That is the case for many DJs, new and experienced alike. Dropping songs of different styles and tempos can be scary territory but potentially rich with reward. Now with digital technology […]