Looking at major clubs and festivals around the world, the setup most often found in the DJ booth or on stage are Pioneer CDJ 2000s and a Pioneer DJM 900. This is paradise for Rekordbox DJs, they show up, plug in their USB sticks and they're good to go. Imagine being a Traktor DJ and having the ability to show up at a club and get the same setup convenience. Today Ryan Dejaegher is going to show you how by using the CDJ 2000s in HID mode with Traktor. No more soundcards or timecode CDs, just USB cables.
One of the most powerful features of Traktor is it’s midi mapping capabilities. Midi mapping allows DJs to create custom mappings that are unique to their workflow or performance and it is what has made things like the Instant Gratification mapping possible with Traktor. It can be intimidating to create a mapping so today Ean Golden is going to walk through the basics of midi mapping.
For club DJs, making edits are the key to having a unique performance and track collection. Lots of DJs find themselves making edits in their DAW before a gig. When Serato finally released Serato DJ with Quantize and the Flip feature, this allowed DJs to make edits even faster, and improved the time and number of edits DJs could create. Today DJ Kue is going to show how you can create your own edits using Flip in Serato DJ.
Depending on the venue or type of event there may be a point in the night when the DJ needs to make an announcement (or several) such as last call or birthday shoutouts. What if they forgot to bring a mic or a mic isn’t available at the club? There’s a very simple solution, use headphones as a microphone.
Red Bull Thre3style has grown to a global competition that challenges DJs to showcase their best technical and party rocking abilities in a 15 minute set. DJ TechTools got a chance to speak with the 2012 World Champion, Four Color Zack, who shares his creative process for crafting a set and important tips for tone play in a set. As a past world champion and now as a judge for Red Bull Thre3style, Zack knows how to stand out and more importantly ways to go unnoticed. Keep reading and take notes!
Ever since Native Instruments released the Maschine Studio with large color displays, DJs have imagined a Traktor controller with full resolution displays. Last November DJs got their wish when Native Instruments released their first Traktor controller with fully integrated screens, the Traktor Kontrol S8. The controller has been out for a while, and our own Ryan Dejaegher has been putting it through the real world trials to see if it's worth the investment.
One of the challenges for Traktor and Serato DJs playing in a multi DJ lineup is seamlessly transitioning between laptops with only one soundcard or mixer. This isn’t an issue for DJs that use CDJs or Rekordbox since the other DJ can throw in a CD or their USB stick. Luckily Ean Golden has a simple trick that makes switching between DJs on 1 soundcard super easy using the Roll effect commonly found on club mixers like the Pioneer DJM 900.
Tucked away on the western shores of India lies one of electronic music’s most storied towns. Anjuna Beach, located in the state of Goa, has developed a name for itself in the rave scene for their legendary full moon parties, but its musical history goes much further back. Today Akhil Kalepu gives a history lesson on Anjuna Beach and its influence on shaping the sound of Goa trance and the Goa scene.