If you ever use the Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus at gigs, you may notice it doesn't have a straightforward option for recording directly through the soundcard. However with a few quick setting changes in the Pioneers settings utility and audio routing in Traktor, you can record your live set without the need of a second sound card, or additional gear or recording devices.
As DJs, we collect lots of music, a significant part of which is downloaded as promo material on Soundcloud, music blogs, Toneden, Drip.FM, Bandcamp or any number of other sources. But seemingly one out of every ten songs downloaded has confusing or incorrect metadata that makes it difficult for DJs to quickly read, find, or sort by. This article is for producers and DJs putting out music: take five minutes right now to learn how to properly label your tracks.
A touring DJ without a unique visuals / lighting show is increasingly rare. Dance music audiences have come to expect interesting on-stage visuals - but how are these shows set up and run, and is it possible to have visuals with a DJ who plays a spontaneous set? Today, experienced visuals artist Michael Fullman shares some of the secrets behind professional visuals work.
One of the most important things in making time spent in any repetitive software as efficient as possible is to learn as many handy keyboard shortcuts as possible. Knowing great shortcuts speeds up workflows and makes the software less of an obstacle and more of an extension of your mind. Today Gary Harper shares his top five Ableton Live keyboard shortcuts in a quick tutorial.
It's been a full week of Stem-related news, starting with the launch of Stem Decks + Traktor 2.9 on Monday and our launch of a Midi Fighter Twister mapping yesterday. One of the biggest questions people have asked has been "Why can't I see the individual Stems in Traktor?" so we decided we would reach out directly to Native Instruments and find out. Learn more about how waveforms, GPUs, and CPUs all play into the state of Stem Deck displays.
Reverb is one of the most essential effects in your audio production toolbox. It adds space, air and life to the otherwise room-less tones of electronic music. But it's easy to overlook the vastness of tone that lies beyond “hall” and “cathedral.” Today we go deep into the studio with Mad Zach to learn three creative sound design techniques for working with reverb.
This morning Native Instruments is launching the Traktor 2.9 update, which is the first software on the market to use their new Stems audio file format. The update is free for all Traktor users and is rolling out in Service Center now. Read more about the update and watch them in action inside.
The Phaser effect: like flanger, it's one of the more overwhelming effects in a DJ's arsenal, and rarely sounds good when applied with reckless abandon. For a fun Saturday post, we went through a number of old videos on YouTube and found this fun, simple tutorial from Pioneer on using Phaser in a unique way with a pair of (retro) CDJs. Watch and enjoy below.