Remember the last time a major feature was introduced in Traktor Pro? No, unlocking Remix Deck support for all controllers doesn't count. Neither does having a mapping window that expands when you drag the corner. Berlin's Native Instruments has stayed relatively quiet while Serato DJ and a number of other smaller softwares have been in the limelight. The silence is slowly starting to show cracks - with a second video just uploaded in the "Future of DJing" series, this time featuring techno duo Pan-Pot. Watch below (or watch the first one with MK here):
At DJ Techtools, we're always the lookout for unique topics for tutorials and demos. Sometimes the best stuff is very simple but often overlooked. In this video, we'll take a look at the Layout Manager in Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro to help you maximize that screen real estate for any type of DJing situation.
Native Instruments put out a brand new interview video earlier this morning focusing on house legend and 20 year DJ veteran MK. In the video, MK waxes poetic on the state of DJing and it's transformation to digital - as well as sharing his own feelings on how software and controllers like his Kontrol X1 MK2 have changed his approach to the craft.
Marketing, promotion, and tricks aside, transitioning from one song to another is at the core of what every DJ does. Therefore it's not surprising that one of the most requested tutorials continues to be how to use effects for transitioning between tracks. Though there are many gratuitous and overboard uses of effects out there, they can be masterfully utilized as powerful mixing tools to shape sounds and make room for new tracks. In today's video, I am happy to share two of my very favorites.
Have you ever been inspired with an amazing idea of how to take your MIDI controller to the next level by making your own custom super DJ mapping only to find yourself confused, frustrated, and ultimately stumped when dealing with Traktor and its Controller Manager? Chances are, some of you got scared off before even attempting it. Today we’re going to break down the basics of Traktor mapping in a simple and easy-to-digest manner.
Before his recent show at Mezzanine in San Francisco, Chicago house superstar Felix Da Housecat (who now splits his time between London and Atlanta) stopped in to the DJ TechTools studios. Throughout our chat, the man born Felix Stallings Jr. waxed philosophical on his musical upbringing, making classic tracks for future generations (despite the disposable nature of today's singles-based dance-music industry), and how he finally came around to digital DJing.
Whatever style of music you play as a DJ, whatever kind of crowds you play to, visuals will always be a big part of the experience you present. That doesn't have to mean video—a blacked-out room with a solitary strobe provides as much of a visual statement as a 40-foot video wall—but a well crafted video and graphics show can be breathtaking if done well. Today we’ll show you how to get started with MixEmergency and Traktor.
There comes a time in every DJ's career where mixing two decks is no longer creatively challenging. Three or more decks, cue point juggling and effects mastery are all ways to up the excitement, but they lack the creative expression of music making. It's at this point that drum machines, synths, and truly musical hardware can unlock new territory in DJing. In today's article, we will show you how to exactly that by connecting Native Instruments' Maschine with Traktor.