How to DJ With Traktor Pro 2
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How to DJ With Traktor Pro 2

Learn how to DJ with Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 DJ software.
3.5 (76 ratings)
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Created by Peter Morgan
Last updated 5/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the Ins and Outs of Traktor Pro 2
  • Set up your DJ gear and configure it with Traktor Pro 2
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Requirements
  • A Mac or PC capable of running Traktor Pro 2
  • Traktor Pro 2
  • A good pair of headphones
Description

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • DJs of all skill levels
  • Music lovers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:22:42
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Getting Started
1 Lecture 00:59

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

Course Introduction
00:59
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Properly Configure Traktor Pro 2
4 Lectures 14:35

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.

Soundcard and MIDI Controller Configuration
03:05

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.

Browser and Layout Configuration
05:40

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.

Importing and Analyzing your Tracks
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.

Create and Save Playlists
02:55
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Basic Techniques
5 Lectures 18:05

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.

Preview 03:20

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.

Cue Point Basics
03:52

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.

3 Ways to Use Sync
03:21

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.

Get Loopy with Loops
03:02

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

Recording Your Mix
04:30
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Advanced Techniques
5 Lectures 16:52

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.

Loop Recorder
05:30

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.

Preview 04:00

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.

Preview 02:32

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.

Cruise Mode
03:04

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.

Instant Doubles
01:46
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Extras
4 Lectures 08:12

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.
Add Live Inputs to Your DJ Mixes
02:10

Watch this lecture video to learn how to change Traktor Pro 2's internal EQ options.
EQ Types
02:07

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.
How to Beatgrid Tracks with Intros
02:10
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Advanced MIDI Mapping
5 Lectures 23:59
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.
Tips for Mapping Multiple MIDI Controllers
01:13

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.
MIDI Command Interaction Modes
08:58

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.
MIDI Macros
04:20

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/
Mapping LEDs on Your MIDI Controller
05:03

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.
Create Effect Presets with MIDI Mapping
04:25
About the Instructor
Peter Morgan
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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.