It’s always exciting to get a new Traktor update and play with new features. But all too often DJ’s will go out and play shows without completely testing the latest software to make sure it's stable. Without proper testing, DJ’s may encounter bugs or glitches in their performance. The last thing any DJ wants to do is spend time troubleshooting an issue they’re completely unfamiliar with mid-performance. Luckily with Traktor it’s easy to roll back to a previous stable version of the software. Today we’ll show you how to do that.
The most valuable tool a DJ has at their disposal is their ears. Unfortunately it's also the tool that gets abused the most. This is no surprise given the environments DJ's frequently find themselves in: nightclubs, music festivals, and DJ booths with the loud monitors. Prolonged exposure in these loud settings is very hard on the ears and if a DJ isn't careful, they risk damaging the only set of ears they have. Today Ean is going to share some valuable tips that DJ's can follow to protect their hearing and continue DJing for years to come.
It was 1998 in a club called the Unit in Sheffield, UK, when I first witnessed live scratching. Like many I was transfixed. I didn’t have a clue who the DJ was, but I remember how utterly amazing the noise sounded and how the fingers would move so fast they appeared to dance around the fader often in a ‘pinching’ motion. It was bemusing, fantastic, and mysterious all rolled into one. Before the time of YouTube it took many years to understand why the hands and fingers moved the way they did. Partly by trial and error and partly by scanning a VHS tape of the 1998 DMC world championships and a Vestax Prime Cuts tutorial, I worked out that the key to it all was the ‘orbit’ scratch.
Every thursday we’ll be bringing back a helpful article from the DJTT archive. The article will be updated where necessary if any information is outdated. Whether you're just learning how to DJ or you've been DJing for years, this is a timeless article that will teach the importance of trusting the mixer levels. Originally posted by Ean Golden on May 16, 2010.
Like the tale of how a couple fell in love, a DJ's background story is always sentimental and interesting to hear. Today we're reaching out to younger DJs to show them a way they can begin DJing, practicing their skills, and even making a little bit of money. I became interested in DJing around ten years old, scoring my first MIDI controller and speakers a few years later. This allowed me to start my own mobile DJ business in high school - and in today's article, I'll share what I learned.
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.
Happy New Year! 2013 is upon us – but we’re taking one more day to look back at 2012 and remember the best articles of the past year. It’s often easy to forget some of the incredible tutorials, techniques, and editorials that have come and gone – let’s strap on our time machine and remember […]
One of the few DJs in the world who needs nearly no introduction, Armin Van Buuren is one of the most successful, highest praised, and experienced DJs on the planet. In our exclusive interview, he shared his thoughts on what the greatest skills that DJs can have are, and what the most important obstacles they […]