July 15th, 2012
Keeping out of here is essential for great sound when DJing - but sometimes it's not quite that simple, as we find out today.
Digital DJ Tips reader Jeff in Florence, Italy, writes: “I’ve got myself a gig at this bar a couple nights a week. The problem is, last night while I showed them what I could do/tested my equipment on their system, I couldn’t get the volume to be quite what they wanted (their regular DJ could, even though in order to do so, he compromised the quality of the sound ie it was distorting the speakers).
“I think they really need a new amp/speakers, but they just want me to play louder. I’m using Traktor Pro 2, a Reloop Mixage (just like in your How To Digital DJ Fast video course) and a Dell Studio XP computer. I had the Reloop on full volume and for most of the songs (though it pained me to do so) also had them on full gain, and it still wouldn’t get as loud as the other guy’s stuff.
December 17th, 2011
The VU meters on Traktor software (top middle) may be small, but they're accurate and have orange/red to show you clearly when you're peaking and really peaking...
Reader sameoldsong writes: “I sometimes find it hard to keep the master level constant during transitions with my Traktor Kontrol S4. Particularly after playing for a few hours, when a bit of ear fatigue sets in, I sometimes note that there are undesired volume changes in my mix.
“That’s obviously not a good thing as volume has a lot to do with the energy level on the floor. I do use Traktor’s auto-gain but it’s very much an imperfect tool.