Complete Guide to the Traktor Remix Decks

Impress your fans by taking complete control of the Remix Decks in Traktor Pro DJ Software.
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Learn your way around the Traktor remix decks so you can create amazing and unique DJ mixes to impress your fans and take your DJ career to the next level.

Master the Remix Decks with Ease by following this Comprehensive and Direct Video Course.

  • Master the Basics of the Remix Decks
  • Discover the Hidden Features
  • Create your very own unique remix sets
  • Find alternative ways to creatively integrate the remix decks in your DJ Sets
  • Recognize the full potential of Traktor software
  • Peel away the layers of confusion with ease & take control of the software

Understanding the Remix Decks Sets you apart from many other DJ's

Traktor is a very popular DJ software and is used by many professionals, knowing how to use it to it's fullest potential will give you an edge over many other DJ's. Even with the recent introduction of 'Stem Decks' (a simpler form of the remix deck) the remix decks remain, which proves they are an important and useful part of the Traktor software. The remix decks are a little more complex than the stem decks, therefore offering you much more control and scope for being creative. By understanding the full potential of the remix decks you will develop your own unique sound, taking the next step towards blending the two disciplines of DJ'ing and music production.

Content and Overview

This course is designed for those who have some experience using Traktor, but not yet ventured into, or fully grasped, the Remix Decks.

The course is broken down into 6 sections.

  1. Intro and Setup
  2. Functions of the Remix Decks (Part 1)
  3. Functions of the Remix Decks (Part 2)
  4. Creation
  5. Live Uses
  6. Bonus Material

Sections 2, 3 & 4, end with a quiz to aid in your learning. Throughout the 75 videos (approximately 3 hours 20 mins) you will learn all the functions of the remix decks. Once you have mastered these functions, you will piece together these skills to create a remix set of your own.

You will be shown, step-by-step, how to build a remix set from scratch, with the option of downloading the demo remix set so you can follow along and develop your skills as you go.

You will be given a number of suggestions for how you can integrate the remix decks into your performance and additional bonus material to take you a little deeper into accessing your own creative talents.

By completing the course, you will become a master of the remix decks enabling you to bring a level of individuality and creativity to your DJ sets. By fully understanding the software it frees you up to focus on the important part of DJ'ing; the Music. By embracing the Remix Decks and completing this course, your DJ sets will never be the same again.

What are the requirements?

  • You should already be familiar with Traktor Pro 2 software.
  • A kontrol F1 would be beneficial, but not entirely necessary.
  • We will supply you with Remix Sets, but you can also use pre-existing ones if you choose.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Integrate the Remix Decks into your DJ worklow
  • Perform exciting routines with the Remix Decks
  • Create unique Remix Sets of your own to share with others
  • Utilize every function of the Remix Decks, even the hidden ones.
  • Play the Remix Decks like an instrument using just your keyboard.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone with an interest in using the Remix Decks in their DJ performance. It creates a short cut to discovering everything there is to know about the intricate and amazingly powerful Remix Deck. Whether you know nothing about the remix decks or have started to play around with them but failed to see the potential, this course will give you the full working knowledge and more.

What you get with this course?

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Intoduction & Set up
Introduction
Preview
00:40
01:52

Let me explain how the course is divided into sections and what you ca expect from each.

02:34

What will you need for the course and what I will be using?

00:45

A brief look at the differences between internal and external mixing, and why it matters.

00:55

Don't worry if you don't have a midi controller, theres a lot you can do without one, let me show you.

05:03

Here's an introduction for those wishing to use the keyboard to control the remix decks.

Kontrol S8
00:43
01:30

How and where to download free remix sets.

01:15

How to import a remix set into Traktor.

Section 2: Functions of the Remix Decks
04:36

Setting up the Decks and Layout to work best for you.

03:17

In this section I will explain the deck header section and what is displayed and how you can change it.

03:57

Discover different ways to browse and load remix sets and individual cells

01:55

In this tutorial I will explain what the quantize function is in relation to the remix decks and how you can adjust this on the fly.

03:24

Discover the different cell play types and how to change them using just your mouse, including stopping cell playback by using just the keyboard.

00:45

Here I will show you how easy it is to Launch and Stop the Remix Deck Cells.

01:51

Overview of play, trigger, sync with a detailed look at 'Play' settings.

02:22

An indepth look at the 'Trigger' Settings - Latch & Gate Explained

01:03

Understand if your cells are synced or not - This could prevent some awful sounding sounds.

01:07

CDJ's have a reverse function - well now so does your Traktor Set up.

03:02

Each column or (slot) has an individual volume adjust - Let me show you the different ways you can change this.

01:16

Using the filters can be a great way to mix between cells - see how you can adjust the filter.

02:39

The Key lock can cause the biggest headache if it's not understood properly - let me help you.

01:48

Layering Effects can be the highlight of the remix decks - I will show you how.

04:26

How to use the monitor function for each column of the remix deck.

02:34

Punch mode might appear complicated, but here I will explain just how simple and effective it is.

11 questions

The Function section is rather large, so I have broken it down into two sections so that you may learn in the best way possible.

Let's test your knowledge on how to browse, play and interact with the Remix Deck Cells.

Section 3: Functions of the Remix Decks (Pt 2)
03:12

The pitch of the cells can be changed using the mouse OR the kontrol F1.

Edit Cells - Colours
03:07
03:17

Colour coding the cells can really help you organize your remix Decks - You don't need the F1 to do this.

02:19
  • You can adjust the size of the cell, which basically shortens or increases the loop length.
  • You can not adjust the slot size using the default keyboard mapping. If you don't own a Kontrol F1 or S8, then you would need to create a special mapping for either the keyboard or your own midi controller.
  • To see how you can map a key to conduct this operation head to the bonus module.
04:13

Sometimes it's necessary to adjust the launch point of a cell. This helps you set up your cells to create great sounding effects and rolls, especially with vocals.

01:32

The playback speed of the sample can be doubled or halved - this might come in handy with vocal samples or breakbeat that you want to change to drum and bass, or vice versa.

01:14

After completing this lesson you will know how to delete the following:

  • Individual Cells
  • Whole Pages of a set
  • Entire Sets

The quickest way to clear an entire remix set without a controller is to change the deck to a 'track deck' and then back to a 'remix deck' using the drop down located in the large letter denoting the deck (A,B,C, or D).

03:07

Learn how the Remix Deck interacts with the other decks in Traktor.

02:07

Learn how to loop the entire remix deck.

Preferences - Deck Layout
02:53
Preferences - Behaviour
02:59
Preferences - Saving
04:45
Preferences - Transport
01:07
Preferences - F1
01:04
7 questions

Confirm what you have learned about editing the cells and preferences.

Section 4: Creation
01:13

Watch the Demo Remix Set in Action and download a copy of the set from the resources.

05:49

Here you can examine the remix set in more depth as I show you how I created it.

04:38

Following this lesson you will know a couple of different ways to capture loops from the track decks.

03:05

Sometimes people get confused with the different 'keys' you experience after capturing a sample - you will learn why in this lesson.

01:03

Discover the benefits to using the loop recorder.

04:01

After completing this lesson, you will know how to use the loop recorder to capture samples with effects already applied.

02:44

Layered loops can add even more textures and creativity to your samples, learn how to do this with overdub and the loop recorder.

03:27

See how you can capture samples from an external source to use in your remix decks.

01:12

Here you will learn how to adjust the loop latency.

02:26

If you are not using the auto-save function, then there are other ways you can save the remix set.

00:22

See how simple it is to rename individual cells inside the remix deck.

01:58

Maybe you have captured a sample incorrectly, or it needs some fine tuning. In this lesson see how you can use the nudge function to 'beatmatch' cells inside the remix deck.

03:39

Performing with the F1 is a great deal of fun, for this we use the Gate Override function. Learn how to 'play' the remix decks.

05:27

If you don't have a kontrol F1 yet, no problem, here I show you how to use the keyboard to capture and play samples.

07:25

You can also use the keyboard to control the loop recorder.

01:24

See my recommendations and advice on using pre-planned remix sets versus creating sets on the fly.

9 questions

Fine tune your knowledge for creating your own remix decks and see how well you have absorbed the information.

Section 5: Live Uses
Overview
01:59
Mashups
04:12
Fills and Builds
02:43
Fills and Builds - Demo
04:37
Vocals
02:08
Vocals and Key
01:10
Vocals and Effects
03:07
Jingles or Radio Drop
01:34
Continuity
04:36
Pre-Planned Sets
03:10
Teasing in Tracks
03:08
Section 6: Bonus Videos
Record a Radio Drop or Jingle using Quicktime
01:45
Record Radio Drop or Jingle using Audacity
02:10
Harmonic Remix Sets
02:03
Using only a 2 Channel Audio Mixer
02:47
Export a Remix Set
00:47
'Slot Size Adjust' - Mapping Intro
09:48
Detailed Look at Internal Vs External
08:45
Keyboard Demo
13:03
Final Word
00:16

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Instructor Biography

Alan Churchill, Traktor Specialist

My name is Alan. My DJ career began at the young age of 14 and over the last 20 years I have gained experience in all areas of DJ'ing, having played to crowds of people from nighclubs to weddings and playing at the world renowned home of Godskitchen in Birmingham, UK. I have travelled the world, playing in Australia, New Zealand, UK and finally resting in Canada where I became a resident DJ at a night club in Whistler, BC.

I have trained DJ's at the School of Remix in Vancouver and taught many people different software programs during my time as a one to one trainer for Apple.

I created the popular DJ website Traktor Tips where I have helped countless people realise their potential to become a successful DJ.

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