Traktor Tutorial

The Complete Guide To Beginner DJ Mixing With A Traktor Controller

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    Introduction (4:58)


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    Manual Speed-Up Method (3:05)


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    Manual Slow-Down Method (1:57)


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    Using Manual Adjustments (12:09)


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    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method (6:20)


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    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method (4:13)


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    Beatmatching: Part 1 (14:06)


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    Beatmatching: Part 2 (10:29)


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    Beatmatching: Part 3 (10:07)


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    Beatmatching: Part 4 - Sync Intro (4:46)


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    Beatgrid (12:08)


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    Beatgrid Track with Beatless Intro (5:31)


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    Adjusting Beatgrid with Controller (2:21)


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    Auto Sync (7:36)


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    Sync to Master Clock (2:06)


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    Sync Master Clock to Decks (1:33)


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    Simple Blend Mix (15:14)


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    Basic EQ Mix (6:24)


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    Longer EQ Mix (8:02)


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    High/Low Pass Filter Mix (7:29)


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    Drop Mix (8:10)


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    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter (8:33)


In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you the essential DJ skills that you need to beatmatch and mix your music using a Traktor DJ controller. These skills include manual adjustments, tuning your ears, manual beatmatching, auto beatmatching using sync, and beginner mixing techniques. She breaks down the entire beatmatching and mixing process slowly and clearly, step by step and in multiple ways so that you can fully grasp the concepts, while also giving you specific exercises that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills. Every lesson is taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand.

Discover how to manually manipulate the jog wheels in order to temporarily adjust the tempo of your songs, and how to combine those manual adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to manually beatmatch your music. Shortee shows you exactly what to listen for to be able to tune your ears and how to determine if a track is playing too fast or too slow so that you are able to manually beatmatch any genre of music quickly and easily. She then shows you how to use the Sync features to auto beatmatch your tracks. Shortee demonstrates how to utilize these techniques with multiple genres of music while using your ears exclusively and also looking at the DJ software. You will learn how to perform multiple mixing techniques, such as a simple blend mix, and various EQ and filter mixing techniques, including the most important EQ mix that you will use often as a DJ. Shortee also shows you how to perform a drop mix using the crossfader in conjunction with the volume faders for use with quicker mixes, trick mixing, and songs with shorter phrasing, and then combines that technique with the EQ and the filter, showing you how to blend the frequencies between songs in a more efficient way for even smoother transitions during quick mixes.

“The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with a Traktor DJ Controller” is an excellent course for beginners who already have some basic skills under their belt or have taken Shortee’s prerequisite course “The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with a Traktor Controller.” This course is also perfect for intermediate or advanced DJs who are transitioning from another gear setup over to a Traktor Controller. This course sets you up perfectly for the next two-part course, “The Complete Guide to Intermediate DJ Mixing with a Traktor Controller, Part 1: Vocal-Based Music and Part 2: Instrumental-Based Music,” in which Shortee teaches how to break down your entire song structure; find all your possible mix points; code your music; and create full mix sets, both planned and improvised. This information-packed course is part of the Traktor Controller Series of Shortee's Complete DJ Method and is essential for building a strong foundation to take your skills to the next level.

Songs Used in This Course & Where to Find Them:

Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)--115 BPM

Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 BPM

Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

WiseLabs “Family Values” 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--124 BPM

Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 BPM

Jay Velar “Surge” (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

Mashur “Army Boots” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--140 bpm

Mustache Riot, Mobb Creep & Melissa Pixel “It’s Not Too Late” Safra Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--86 bpm

Digital Fracture “Inflexible” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--130 bpm

BSSFST “Superalligator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

Digital Fracture “Monster” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

Bsharry “BOA” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

Marc Remillard “Unite” FetOo Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

D.E.P “Bikini Girls” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm

Sharxpowa “Storm” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm


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breezy
Submitted 1 year ago

This course was very helpful

Every video I watched was thoroughly explained. Nice course.

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SkyMakai
Submitted 1 year ago

Emphasis On 'Beginner'

Great tutorials for those who are absolute 'beginners'. It really sets up the basics of DJ'ing with Traktor and a controller. I was hoping for a nugget of new info, as a veteran DJ, but didn't find one. So, if you're already a seasoned DJ, pass on this one. It's all the 'basics'. The pacing is pretty good, better than other's of Shorty's video series where she really goes a little too in depth (see her Traktor series where she actually goes over what the Delete Song menu item does). The sound is a bit distorted in this series. Her mic is too loud and there's little in the way of dynamics (maybe that's her style, as it seems to be with her music choices). It could be compression artifacts for the streaming format, but whoever edited the series should have thought of that before exporting the video files. No need for the 'Loudness Wars' and absolute 0dbfs peaking in these kinds of videos.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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DJ SHORTEE, described as the “World’s Premier Female DJ” by the Grammy Foundation, is a multi-genre DJ, turntablist, music producer, record label CEO (Heavy Artillery Recordings, Arkade Records, 5 Star Records), DJ instructor, actor, and published author.

Named “Queen of the Scratch World” by DJ Times, Shortee’s unique contribution to the art of turntablism earned her a spot as the only female DJ featured in the critically acclaimed movie Scratch. With over two decades of experience, she is recognized as one of the most diverse and technically skilled DJs in the world.

Shortee is one of the few DJs who are respected globally in a wide variety of genres. Spinning genres such as House, Drum ’n’ Bass, Electro, Dubstep, Drumstep, Glitch Hop, Trap, Breaks, Techno, Hip Hop, Top40, Mash Up, Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz, and more, she has rocked everything from the hottest nightclubs, massive raves, and b-boy battles to huge festivals and celebrity parties. Her fast-paced mixing style, expert scratching skills, and energetic stage presence have made her one of the most in-demand DJs touring worldwide.

As a DJ instructor, Shortee has taught classes, private lessons, workshops, and online tutorials for the esteemed Grammy Foundation, Dubspot, Scratch DJ Academy, Turntable U, Rane, Serato, SAE Institute, and more. She has also produced her own DJ instructional DVD series and has written a critically acclaimed instructional book, Spin Now! The DJ Starter Handbook (Hal Leonard Books), which includes an accompanying DVD-ROM and is currently available worldwide in paperback and kindle editions.

In regard to her teaching style, Shortee is well known for simplifying those intimidating, confusing topics and making them accessible and easy for anyone to understand. Her lessons are extremely thorough and packed with tons of information yet her quirky, easygoing personality keeps everything relatable, approachable, and fun. She breaks everything down into simple step-by-step techniques that you can easily put into action and also gives you the clarity and confidence you need to take your skills to the next level!

For more information, visit her websites:

www.djshortee.com | www.urbanassaultmusic.com | www.heavyartilleryrecordings.com | www.shannonames.com | www.shorteescompletedjmethod.com

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Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Emphasis On 'Beginner' Great tutorials for those who are absolute 'beginners'. It really sets up the basics of DJ'ing with Traktor and a controller. I was hoping for a nugget of new info, as a veteran DJ, but didn't find one. So, if you're already a seasoned DJ, pass on this one. It's all the 'basics'. The pacing is pretty good, better than other's of Shorty's video series where she really goes a little too in depth (see her Traktor series where she actually goes over what the Delete Song menu item does). The sound is a bit distorted in this series. Her mic is too loud and there's little in the way of dynamics (maybe that's her style, as it seems to be with her music choices). It could be compression artifacts for the streaming format, but whoever edited the series should have thought of that before exporting the video files. No need for the 'Loudness Wars' and absolute 0dbfs peaking in these kinds of videos.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This course was very helpful Every video I watched was thoroughly explained. Nice course.
Date published: 2017-08-18
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