Controller Clinic #36: How Can I DJ With Traktor, CDJs and USBs?

The Pioneer XDJ-R1 can work with Rekordbox / USBs, Traktor, and your reader's existing turntables... is it the perfect digital/analogue hybrid?

Reader Rich writes: “I’ve been reading a lot of Digital DJ Tips as I finally feel the need to move away from 1210s and CDJs. My current CDJs only play audio CDs, not USBs. I want to bridge the gap towards DJing with Traktor, while still being able to use USB sticks on my new set-up as well as on the club CDJs.”

DVS Wars! Native Drops Price of Traktor Z2 Mixer

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Native Instruments has dropped the price of its Traktor Kontrol Z2 DJ mixer, which now at just US$599 / €599 / £479 for the whole of December gives you both the mixer and audio interface you need to get you off the ground with Traktor’s DVS solution, Traktor Scratch Pro 2.

Mac Driver Update Urged For Some Older Traktor Hardware

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Native Instruments has today urged users of Mac OS 10.9 and 10.10 (Mavericks and Yosemite) who also use some of the company’s older hardware (namely the Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk1, Audio 2 DJ, Audio 4 DJ and Audio 8 DJ) to update their drivers

Review & Video: Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

Traktor Kontrol S8

The versatile and innovative Traktor Kontrol S8 brings control over more of Traktor than ever, and perhaps most importantly makes some bold statements of intent as to where Native Instruments sees digital DJing going. But is it for you? Read our full length review and find out.

How To Optimise Your Mac For DJing

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In this article, I’m going to share with you some tips on getting your Mac running at its best while you DJ, as well as some small caveats for Mac users that you may not know about. Yes, Macs are known for their stability and reliability, but let’s be clear on a couple of things…

DJing with Laptops: Why To Some People, It’s Just Not The Real Thing

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Do laptop and controller DJs need to spend an arm and a leg for a full-on Pioneer set-up just to earn the respect and credibility of the public? Here’s my take on the growing trend of laptop-less (or “hidden laptop”) DJing…

Controller Clinic #34: Remix Decks vs SP-6 Sample Player

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Reader Robert writes: “My question is about the SP-6 decks in Serato which I assume are the equivalent to Traktor’s Remix Decks. Traktor has a huge library of remix packs which can be bought to supplement the free stuff. I have checked out Serato’s website and I cant find any substantial material/packs.”