In part four, the final instalment in this series, we'll prep your Stem Loop production in Traktor Pro 2 to get it ready for you to drop. We'll be placing Loop points throughout chunks of the Stem Loop: Loop points are like cue points in Traktor, but this time whenever you press the hot cue button, it automatically engages a loop as well.
In part one of this four-part video series, I'm going to introduce you to my concept of the Stem Loop and how I DJ with it. Stem Loops are quick to assemble in a digital audio workstation like Ableton Live using sample packs, and you perform them while you DJ using hot cues and loop cues in Traktor Pro 2.
Smoothie, a song recommendation app, has just been released. It works in the background while you DJ with Traktor Pro 2, and gives a list of song recommendations from your library based on tempo and musical key, and gives you a percentage of how well these songs match what you're currently playing.
This is rather a special instalment of our series on using the bright new Stems file format from Native Instruments in your DJing, because it concerns a feature that has only just been launched, at the time of writing, at least (February 2016): Onscreen stem waveform display in Traktor.
Native Instruments just released an update of Traktor Pro 2 that finally brings Stems to all Traktor users. For the first time, Stem files will now be displayed as four individual stem tracks in Traktor Pro 2 software through Stem View, letting any Traktor user see and mix with Stems, even though they're using a third-party controller.
The DJ is making music changes seemingly effortlessly, the crowd is loving it as the set switches from genre to genre yet still stays tight and smooth - and there's you, shaking your head in the corner, wondering how the hell he's pulling that stuff of. Here's the secret: It's all about thinking beyond genre, and being organised...
German boutique gear company Faderfox just released the Micromodul DJ4. Perhaps the smallest Traktor Pro 2 controller in the market today, it packs a ton of controls including a crossfader, two volume faders, EQ and filter knobs with kill switches, switchable four-deck control, and even monitoring / library browsing knobs.