One of the most powerful features of Traktor is it’s midi mapping capabilities. Midi mapping allows DJs to create custom mappings that are unique to their workflow or performance and it is what has made things like the Instant Gratification mapping possible with Traktor. It can be intimidating to create a mapping so today Ean Golden is going to walk through the basics of midi mapping.
Depending on the venue or type of event there may be a point in the night when the DJ needs to make an announcement (or several) such as last call or birthday shoutouts. What if they forgot to bring a mic or a mic isn’t available at the club? There’s a very simple solution, use headphones as a microphone.
One of the challenges for Traktor and Serato DJs playing in a multi DJ lineup is seamlessly transitioning between laptops with only one soundcard or mixer. This isn’t an issue for DJs that use CDJs or Rekordbox since the other DJ can throw in a CD or their USB stick. Luckily Ean Golden has a simple trick that makes switching between DJs on 1 soundcard super easy using the Roll effect commonly found on club mixers like the Pioneer DJM 900.
Before the introduction of DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstation) and laptops, most electronic music was created using a variety of analog gear. However as the cost of software and laptops dropped, more people started learning how to make music with their laptop. For younger producers, making music with a laptop is all they know. Today Ean Golden is going to show how you can start making music without a laptop and without breaking the bank.
Many people are now carrying a wide range of gear with them on the road or in the studio, and this brings up the common question: what is the right way to set it up? All of your devices including controllers, sound-cards, and dj consoles have different power demands so it's critical to know the right and wrong way to use USB hubs when connecting them all to the computer.
The most valuable tool a DJ has at their disposal is their ears. Unfortunately it's also the tool that gets abused the most. This is no surprise given the environments DJ's frequently find themselves in: nightclubs, music festivals, and DJ booths with the loud monitors. Prolonged exposure in these loud settings is very hard on the ears and if a DJ isn't careful, they risk damaging the only set of ears they have. Today Ean is going to share some valuable tips that DJ's can follow to protect their hearing and continue DJing for years to come.
In dance music, it's all about how a song hits in the club, so often DJ's will play their creations in progress during a set or give early versions to friends. Early on, new tracks don't have the polish or mastering you expect from a finished track. In order for the demo to stand a chance, it needs to hit hard and sound nearly complete. So, to make your demo’s rock - you need a good mastering chain in your DAW, and in today's article a serious engineer will show us how.
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