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How to DJ With Traktor Pro 2

Learn how to DJ with Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 DJ software.
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  • Peter Morgan Producer at The DJ Podcast

    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.

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How to DJ With Traktor Pro 2

Learn how to DJ with Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 DJ software.
33 reviews

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:

  • How to properly set up your MIDI controller and soundcard
  • Create beatgrids to automatically (sync) beatmatch your tracks
  • Record and play loops using the Loop recorder
  • Add samples into your mix using Remix Decks
  • Advanced MIDI mapping with modifiers

You can learn more about Traktor Pro 2 at native-instruments.com

Visit TheDJPodcast.com for more video tutorials.

    • A Mac or PC capable of running Traktor Pro 2
    • Traktor Pro 2
    • A good pair of headphones
    • Over 24 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
    • Learn the Ins and Outs of Traktor Pro 2
    • Set up your DJ gear and configure it with Traktor Pro 2
    • DJs of all skill levels
    • Music lovers

CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    Getting Started
  • 1
    Course Introduction
    00:59

    Watch this video lecture to learn about the course and some of the concepts that we will be covering.

  • SECTION 2:
    Properly Configure Traktor Pro 2
  • 2
    Soundcard and MIDI Controller Configuration
    03:05

    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.

  • 3
    Browser and Layout Configuration
    05:40

    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.

  • 4
    Importing and Analyzing your Tracks
    02:55

    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.

  • 5
    Create and Save Playlists
    02:55

    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.

  • SECTION 3:
    Basic Techniques
  • 6
    Create Beatgrids
    03:20

    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.

  • 7
    Cue Point Basics
    03:52

    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.

  • 8
    3 Ways to Use Sync
    03:21

    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.

  • 9
    Get Loopy with Loops
    03:02

    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.

  • 10
    Recording Your Mix
    04:30

    Don't bother using a seperate program to record your latest mix. You can record it using the built-in mix recorder.

  • SECTION 4:
    Advanced Techniques
  • 11
    Loop Recorder
    05:30

    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.

  • 12
    Remix Decks
    04:00

    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.

  • 13
    How to Map Shift Buttons with MIDI Modifiers
    02:32

    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.

  • 14
    Cruise Mode
    03:04

    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.

  • 15
    Instant Doubles
    01:46

    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.

  • SECTION 5:
    Extras
  • 16
    Turntable Brake Effect
    01:45
  • 17
    Add Live Inputs to Your DJ Mixes
    02:10
    Want to mix with a friend using CDJs or turntables? Watch this lecture to learn how to route audio into Traktor Pro 2 using live inputs.
  • 18
    EQ Types
    02:07
    Watch this lecture video to learn how to change Traktor Pro 2's internal EQ options.
  • 19
    How to Beatgrid Tracks with Intros
    02:10
    Watch this video tutorial to learn how to beatgrid tracks in Traktor Pro 2 with intros or sound elements before the first loud kick drum.
  • SECTION 6:
    Advanced MIDI Mapping
  • 20
    Tips for Mapping Multiple MIDI Controllers
    01:13
    In this video I'm going to share a few tips that might help you if you're mapping multiple controllers in Traktor Pro 2.

    Learn more about Xtreme Mapping by visiting http://thedjpodcast.com/tag/xtreme-ma... and buy it on the Mac App Store at http://bit.ly/buyxtreme.
  • 21
    MIDI Command Interaction Modes
    08:58
    Interaction modes in Traktor Pro 2 affect the way physical controls on your MIDI controller interact with the software's digital controls. In this video we take an in-depth look at the 7 different interaction modes and their settings.
  • 22
    MIDI Macros
    04:20
    Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 allows you to perform multiple actions at the same time by using MIDI Macros. MIDI macros are created when you assign more than one command to one control on your MIDI controller. Watch this video and learn how to create MIDI macros by creating a time-saving track preparation macro.
  • 23
    Mapping LEDs on Your MIDI Controller
    05:03
    Using a MIDI controller with Traktor Pro 2 enables you to spend less time staring at your computer and more time interacting with the crowd. Watch this video to learn how to map MIDI-out commands that trigger changes to the LEDs on your MIDI controller.

    For more infomation on mapping LEDS in Traktor Pro 2 visit http://thedjpodcast.com/episodes/traktor-pro2-mapping-leds/
  • 24
    Create Effect Presets with MIDI Mapping
    04:25
    Traktor Pro 2 allows you to save an effect snapshot for each of its effects. It's great, but you're only allowed to save one snapshot per effect. Watch this video to learn how you can use midi mapping to get around this limitation.

    Visit http://thedjpodcast.com/episodes/pro2-effect-presets-midi-mapping/ to download the TouchOSC layout and Traktor Pro TSI files that I used in this video.

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REVIEWS

  • Marcell Mazzoni
    Awesome Course

    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.

  • Scott Bailey
    As an Ex-DJ, I found the tips given Very Helpful! Recommend!

    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!

  • James Morgan
    Exactly what I was looking for

    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!

  • Mike Fagan
    Everything.

    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%

  • Pamela M. Covington
    Very Valuable!

    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.

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