Today’s Artist Gear Setup feature looks inside the travel bag of Nicole Moudaber. Carl Cox described Nicole Moudaber as the “the most underrated DJ”. Her setup is heavily centered around Traktor and the Kontrol X1’s with a big emphasis on looping, “By looping certain sections of the tracks, it allows me to have different sounds and more control to effect them.” says Nicole. See what’s in the rest of Nicole’s bag.
1 – Midi Controllers
- Native Instruments Kontrol X1 (2) and Kontrol X1 MK2 as back up. I remapped my X1s to fit the way I play; I can do it blindfolded when I’m on, from beat jumps, loop functions and cue points. I normally use Deck C for effects and have all 3 decks running together which I full control from my X1s. I’m a loop freak, if I can have 6 decks looping at some point i can be happy. I also mapped the CDJs which I connect to Traktor on HID mode to give me the same functions as my controllers, sometimes it’s easier to reach them when I’m browsing through my library.
2 – Audio Cables
- Oyaide D+ audio cables
- D+ RCA class S (purple) – I plug them into my Audio 10 and my mixer, the sound quality is amazing, it’s shielded to protect outer and inner noise without any loss of electricity.
- D+ RCA class A (orange) – always have them as back up
- D+ RCA class B (green) – have them as back up
3 – USB Cables
- Oyaide D+ USB cables
- D+ USB class S (white) – I normally use them for my audio interface (Traktor Audio 10) the quality is superior to anything I have tried so far
- D+ USB class A (black) – Normally use them for studio, PA and DJ booth
- D+ USB class B (green) – For all my controllers as seen in this pic for back up use
4 – Soundcard
- Traktor Audio 10 – This is the audio interface I can’t live without, super reliable and sounds great.
5 – External Hard Drive
- 2 hard drives (LaCie Rugged and Western Digital) – always backing up my work when I’m on the road. Backing up is essential, I normally make sure I back up everything before I get on the road. Clone my computer fully that way if anything goes wrong, I have it all on my external drive.
- AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones – I love them, they sound fat and give me the bass I need to hear in music
- MacBook Air 13” – For my daily work (it’s light and easy to carry around)
- MacBook Pro 15” – For my music only
- Belkin USB hub with 7 ports – connect 3 CDJs / 2 Controllers and laptop
- Zoom H4n – For all my recordings. This is essential for me as I broadcast most of my live sets on my radio show InTheMOOD, it also includes mic for crowd noise capture.
- Shure PG42 mic – This is the mic I use for my radio shows, plug in USB and talk away, it’s brilliant. Got a little Tumi pouch to go with it
- Extension plugs for Europe / US and South America
Catch Nicole Moudaber on tour:
- 5/22 San Diego, CA @ Bang Bang
- 5/23 Dallas, TX @ It’ll Do
- 5/24 Bethel, NY @ Mysteryland USA
- 5/25 Detroit, MI @ Movement
- 5/28 San Francisco, CA @ Harlot
- 5/29 El Paso, TX @ 301
- 5/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Exchange
- 6/4 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
- 6/12 Toronto Island, ON @ Bestival
- 6/13 Chicago, IL @ Spring Awakening Music Festival
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Cover Photo credit: Danilo Lewis
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