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.
We've seen the Traktor Kontrol S8 rumors and various leaks around the web, but today everything has been confirmed: Native Instruments is set to release a new jog-wheel free controller with dual screens that pull information directly from Traktor Pro. Watch the teaser introduction video inside to see the first glimpses at the controller.
One of the best things a DJ can do to understand a track, the structure of a song, and how different parts work together is by deconstruction. Then through re-creating the track, you come out the other side with a better understanding of the music and, maybe, an awesome routine. DJ Pipes is a DJ from Tel Aviv and in this routine he uses turntable, a Maschine MK2, and a Kontrol Z2 to remake an Israeli Rasta track. Watch his routine and read inside to see how it was done.
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.