In 2005 I decided that I wanted to be a DJ. Vinyl was on the way out and evolving digital technologies took its place. A lot has changed since then. Today, DJs are using all sorts of different technologies in the DJ booth: laptops, tablets, CD players, and MIDI controllers.
I created The DJ Podcast in 2009. What originally started as a class project has turned into a video series that explains techniques and features in various DJ software applications and devices.
I hope that you enjoy the courses that I have created for Udemy and look forward to your feedback.
Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 is one of today's leading DJ applications. In this course you will learn about the following topics and more:
You can learn more about Traktor Pro 2 at native-instruments.com
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Watch this video lecture to learn about the course and some of the concepts that we will be covering.
You need to set up your soundcard and MIDI controller before you begin mixing. In this lecture we cover the basic audio settings and how to configure your hardware MIDI controller.
You can customize Traktor Pro 2's layout and browser to your liking. The interface is designed to give you control over what you see on the screen in front of you. Spend some time and create the layout that is right for you.
Traktor Pro 2 need to analyze each track before you can play it. By default the software will create a waveform display and determine basic information about the track like BPM and length. In this lecture we go one step further and examine the advanced analysis features like setting auto-gain levels.
In the world of digital DJing, you can have an almost unlimited number of tracks available to you on a hard drive. It's important to organize them so that you can find just the right track for that perfect moment. In this lecture we go through the steps of creating a playlist, adding tracks to our new playlist, and saving a copy of a recently played tracklist.
Beatgrids are an integral part of Traktor Pro 2. By creating beatgrids, you are telling Traktor Pro 2 where all of the beats in a song are. This allows you to utilize the SYNC button and never have to worry about manually beatmatching one track to another.
Cue points are time locaters that allow you jump to different points in your tracks. In Traktor Pro 2, cue points are taken to another level. Not only are there standard cue points, but special types of cue points like Load, Fade In, and Fade Out. In this lecture we cover how to add cue points to your tracks, and how to use the advanced cue point types.
One advantage of using DJ software like Traktor Pro is the ability to automatically sync tracks together. You don't have to do any manual beatmatching. This allows you to focus on track selection and effects use in the time you would other be spending beatmatching. In this lecture we look at the different methods of using sync including basic auto syncing, syncing a deck to the master clock, and syncing the master clock to a deck.
One way to get creative with your mix transitions is to use loops. Loops allow you to replay select parts of a track or sample. In this lecture we look at how to create, edit, and save loops.
Don't bother using a seperate program to record your latest mix. You can record it using the built-in mix recorder.
The loop recorder is one of the biggest additions to Traktor Pro 2. It records and layers the audio that you play. You can then use the layered loops in the remix decks. In this lecture we cover how to configure the loop recorder's audio input, record a layered loop, and play the loop in a sample deck.
Remix decks allow you to play multiple synced loops and samples with the same level of control that you have over conventional track decks. To use the remix decks, you need to install the 2.5 software update. In this lecture we look at the basic funtionality and controls of the remix decks.
MIDI modifiers allow you to create MIDI mappings that react to various software parameters. If your controller has a shift button on it, then you are probably utilizing modifiers without realizing it. In this video we look at how to map 2 FX on/off commands to 1 button on our MIDI controller.
Have you ever dreamed about a DJ who played only your favorite songs one after another? With cruise mode, you can turn that dream into reality. In this lecture we look at cruise mode, a feature that automatically mixes one track into another.
Instant doubles is a term that refers to copying a track from one virtual deck to another while maintaining its tempo and position. Traktor Pro 2 has this feature, but does not refer to it by that name. This lecture explains how to enable instant doubles and use them in your mix.
This course is very good to understand all the functions of Traktor Pro 2. Lessons are well explained and you can learn easily how to work with Traktor Pro 2.
Well laid out Video Learning! Be Nice to see some Multiple Choice Questions at end of each section to just re-enforce the main areas of understanding! Overall, would be most handy to a beginner using Traktor Pro2! And experienced DJ's might even learn a new trick or two! Liked the Section 4 the best and Lect. 17 "adding Live inputs" Good Job, Thanks!
I'm coming from Serato over to Traktor and there's so much more to learn. This course was very informative and I can't believe it's free. I'm so grateful!
Sit down. Take the time to watch. Every single video. Just watching his interaction springs thousands of ideas into your head of what you could possibly do. No that I have a general feel and know where specific functions are in the videos, I'll simply go back and review. 10/10 A+ 100%
I went through half of the lessons today and they were awesome! The first half of these provided so much clarity. So much needed vs. only having the electronic manual. I am a trainer by profession and I can attest that Peter is doing a very good job with these. I stumbled into a few unknowns in between his pace, here and there, but I was mostly able to figure them out on my own. He had taken me far enough. Thanks much for these great lessons. They're an easier and faster start than I could have done on my own! I can't wait to go through them again.