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.
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At its core, DJing is about playing great songs and transitioning between them smoothly. DJ software makers invent new features to set themselves apart, but sometimes it’s hard to tell how you would even use them! The Remix Decks are a prime example: great in concept, but practically speaking, most DJs don’t end up utilizing their potential […]
In 1983, Grand Master Flash was making history and paving the way for the future of turntablism. Grand Master Flash pioneered the way for DJs and innovated numerous techniques. Today we have an antique routine that doubles as a fun tutorial from the master himself. Grand Master Flash demonstrates what the whole world wants to know, “What is a break mix?” Break out your notebook and watch how to do a break mix below.
Pioneer's CDJs are some of the most prevalent pieces of DJ hardware found in current DJ booths, and mixing harmonically has become a critical element of crafting a great set for many DJs. Today, Chris Brackley goes through a few of the best ways to mix in key on Pioneer's CDJ units - including a little-known trick on newer CDJs where they'll use a stoplight system to let you know if an upcoming track is compatible with the playing one. Watch the full thing and read more in today's article.
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. […]
One of the most successful articles of all time on DJ Techtools was a how-to guide for building a home DJ booth out of Ikea parts, and it continues to be one of the top-ranking articles on our site every month. It looks like Ikea themselves might have finally read the article – have a […]
Many of you have seen plenty of videos featuring artists and DJs banging away on pads and buttons creating near perfect musical jams virtually from thin air. If you’re like a lot of finger drumming novices, you probably marvel at their incredible skills, but are disappointed when you turn around to have a jam session yourself. Today […]