How to DJ With Traktor Pro 2
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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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|Section 1: Getting Started|
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|
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.
|Section 3: Basic Techniques|
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.
|Section 4: Advanced Techniques|
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.
|Section 5: Extras|
Turntable Brake EffectPreview
|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.
|Watch this lecture video to learn how to change Traktor Pro 2's internal EQ options.
|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|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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/
|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.
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.