2014 has been a very exciting year with Native Instruments, Pioneer, and Serato introducing new products and software updates in an ever-increasing rate, yet, I have to confess, in the rush to LED glitz and glory some basic functions are still missing. Here are seven Traktor features we’d love to see Native Instruments implement in 2015.
Even though most of our audience is made up of advanced or intermediate dj's we get a lot of new dj's on the site every month who are hungry to learn. The fundamentals never get stale, so we will be rolling out a new "how to dj" article every month for those that are just joining the ranks. Phrasing is one of the most important musical fundamentals out there, so this month we get started there.
Virtual DJ holds an unfair reputation as being an intro level piece of software that serves as a great starting point for many younger DJs. Virtual DJ has been around for a long time and even though their software isn’t as high-visiblity as Traktor or Serato, the Atomix Productions team has put in the resources to develop what […]
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 […]
A-Trak and Milo & Otis are very prolific DJs and their track “Out the Speakers” is an instant trap banger. The song features an island rhythm with bass and catchy synth stabs but it wasn’t untouchable. San Francisco DJ, Teeko, took the track to his studio and decided to create a live remix routine around it. […]
Serato was not the only one to update their software this week. Native Instruments quietly rolled out the latest update to the Traktor DJ app which appears to be a major improvement over the previous version. Read more inside about how NI incorporated Audiobus, external file management, and a lot more into the Traktor DJ 1.6 update.
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.
There's something in the air around the Naonext Crystall Ball MIDI controller: your hands, coaxing any parameter you assign to its five infrared sensors. The accompanying 24-button pad grid either assigns parameters to the sensors or works like traditional pads. With 24 banks of 5 control sets each, there are thousands of programmable controls to give your airborne hands plenty more to do than just pump up a crowd. Let's see how it performs with software like Traktor and Ableton Live.