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.
If you've been holding back on updating to the latest iTunes version (22.214.171.124 at press time), you can safely install the update without fear of it messing up your iTunes playlists within Serato DJ (1.7.8), Traktor Pro 2 (2.10), and Virtual DJ 8 (8.0.0). We've also tested it with Pioneer DJ's rekordbox (4.0.1) and Algorddim's djay Pro (1.2.1).