FX Fundamentals- Filters

In response to the handy feedback icon you see on your left hand side of this site I will be starting a “FX Fundamentals” series and go through many different uses of FX that you can use inside Traktor or any other software. First on the list is filters, the work horse of a dj’s effects arsenal. Along with a basic overview of the different filter options, I will go into multi mapping a single knob to many parts of a filter and layering 2 filters for even more effective results. Check out the video bellow for the scoop.

To duplicate the steps in the video you can load this Super Knob TKS_ Example file and re-map the settings to your controller. You just need a LP Zone 92 filter set to one deck and a Zone HP 92 filter as a master effect. Want to integrate this into your existing TKS file? Easy- just copy and paste the contents inside a text editor into your own TKS and save the results with a .TKS extension.

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  • Anonymous

    <blockquote cite="#comment-6834">it doesn't do a lot for me to be honest – why not just assign the parameters to different controllers so you can actually vary your FX thru the set and not be confined to just one gimmick?

    Becuase you can assign 4 knobs to the regular parameters to vary the fx and have 1 knob dedicated to a "gimmick" that you regularly use. Far from a gimmick though, have multiple functions tied to a single pot is a time and mental focus saver.

  • Dj TT

    it doesn’t do a lot for me to be honest – why not just assign the parameters to different controllers so you can actually vary your FX thru the set and not be confined to just one gimmick?

    Becuase you can assign 4 knobs to the regular parameters to vary the fx and have 1 knob dedicated to a “gimmick” that you regularly use. Far from a gimmick though, have multiple functions tied to a single pot is a time and mental focus saver.

  • abdul

    altho i did steal combining the “on” with the “amount”. gracias

  • abdul

    it doesn’t do a lot for me to be honest – why not just assign the parameters to different controllers so you can actually vary your FX thru the set and not be confined to just one gimmick?

  • trigitaliz

    <blockquote cite="#comment-4412">I have yet to find a stand alone program that has amount of control i like to have over my midi 🙁

    The best stand alone audio program with control over midi in my experience is FL Studio, the shame its not entirely suited to Live music 🙁

    Good tutorial on the very basics of smart-knobs, doing this sort of stuff is a great first step for would be controllerists 🙂

    Hey Ean thanks for the all the tips, you have really given me an edge on mixing with Traktor. Keep up the hard work, and I agree with everyone longer is better for the clips.

    Ableton live has extencive midi assign 🙂

  • Hooker T

    Hey Ean thanks for the all the tips, you have really given me an edge on mixing with Traktor. Keep up the hard work, and I agree with everyone longer is better for the clips.

  • Guust-Fi

    Hi Ean,

    Nice and straightforward but…

    Perhaps you could add some more visual material to your video's about what's really happening. Visual learning is the way to go and the additional insight leads to better performance in the end. "How" gets us started but "Why" leads to true satisfaction.

    The additional amount of time you need to invest in you videos will definitely be worth it imo.

    In previous versions of Traktor (I think v2) I remember they displayed the effects of the filters visually. I honestly don't understand why they removed this as it really helped me understand how the knobs controlled the effect.

    For example the Q or Resonance. I don't think a lot of people really know what it does. Most beginners probably just turn the knob and hope for the best without knowing what sound effect they are going for beforehand.

    A simple image could do wonders:
    http://www.beausievers.com/synth/synthbasics/i/re

    This made me understand why the resonance can cause the signal to clip for example and why one should not overdo because it makes your ears hurt.

    Providing people with this small amount of theory without diving into maths would really take the video's up to another level.

    You did great giving practical examples, as always…

    But to be honest we don't need a video to explain the function of every knob as this can be found in the manual actually.

    Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe a Traktor/DJTechTools Wiki might be an idea for this kind of information 🙂

    Just my 2 cents.

    Happy DJing,

    Guust-Fi

  • BentoSan

    I have yet to find a stand alone program that has amount of control i like to have over my midi 🙁

    The best stand alone audio program with control over midi in my experience is FL Studio, the shame its not entirely suited to Live music 🙁

    Good tutorial on the very basics of smart-knobs, doing this sort of stuff is a great first step for would be controllerists 🙂

  • DJ ToS

    Traktor needs more options in midi setup.

    FIRST: Min/Max values and ho to use them, to stretch or just limit your knob turn. I mean, is it soo hard?

    Real problem is that most of the users dont even do multi-assigments.

  • Elvis

    GREAT —REVERB—- I was just going to ask you for it, now just need to wait

  • DJ Pep

    Ean..you are a complete genius. This is my most favourite website. Its the best thing that has happened to me. These tips and tricks are exactly what I need. I love Traktor. Keep it up bro!

  • Manager

    i love your tutorials!

    and: my girlfriend thinks your totally sexy. she heard your voice and even checked out your videos…WTF

  • piburr

    That was extremely informative, I am going to immediately start assigning different effects to the same knob to see what kind of results I can achieve as soon as I'm done posting this.

    Also, the longer the better, I agree.

    Thank you yet once again mr. golden

  • Chris combe

    the longer the better :> more content = learn more

    nice vid, just wondering mr golden do you use the l/h filter ever because it basically does the same thing that you were doing with 2 filters.. perhaps you prefer the control of 2 filters then over 1 but I basically have my hi + low bound to the same midi control but hi goes in reverse so it works like a charm…

    just a though 🙂

    still eagerly waiting for your vci-100 eg edition

  • Ean Golden

    Bang on! – Fast, straightforward and interesting – thank you! 🙂

    Thanks for the positive feedback guys, here I though it was a little bit too long. 🙂

  • kidfromkibbly

    Cheers Ean, that was a wicked good tutorial video

  • RjW

    Bang on! – Fast, straightforward and interesting – thank you! 🙂

  • Elad G.

    That one was GREAT !!

    Thanks Ean !

  • lewdelesion

    Dude, that totally works for my brain-pan!
    😉