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The Complete Guide To Beginner DJ Mixing With A Traktor Controller

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:58

    In this video, DJ Shortee introduces the course in which she teaches manual adjustments, tuning your ears, beatmatching, and beginner mixing techniques using a Traktor DJ controller such as the Traktor Kontrol s4. She explains what beatmatching actually is and why it's important for DJs to learn to beatmatch manually. She also compares manual beatmatching versus relying on the automatic "Sync" features available in most DJ software, and lists the benefits of each.

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    Tutorial 2

    Manual Speed-Up Method

    3:05

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate the jog wheels on the controller in order to temporarily speed up the tempo of your songs. She explains why manual adjustments are crucial to the manual beatmatching process and then demonstrates the manual speed-up method.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm

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    Tutorial 3

    Manual Slow-Down Method

    1:57

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate your records in order to temporarily slow down the tempo of your songs. She demonstrates the manual slow-down method, using both visual and audible techniques. She teaches you how to perform this technique without looking at the software so you can train your ears to hear the adjustments and then she shows you how to "read" the Traktor Pro 2 software as you manually adjust the jog wheels so you can actually see the adjustments affecting the bpm in real time.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm

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    Tutorial 4

    Using Manual Adjustments

    12:09

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to use manual adjustments to adjust your songs while beatmatching. She explains why you should only adjust one song at a time, what sounds to listen for while you are beatmatching in order to tune your ears, and how to determine if a song is playing faster or slower using just your ears.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 5

    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method

    6:20

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual speed-up method, an exercise that will help you to tune your ears and become proficient with your manual adjustments. She also explains how these continuous manual adjustment methods can be used when you are beatmatching live music with a beat played by a live drummer in real time, rather than beatmatching songs that are quantized during production.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 6

    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method

    4:13

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual slow-down method, an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 7

    Beatmatching: Part 1

    14:06

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments using the tempo slider in order to beatmatch two of the same songs using your ears only. She breaks down the entire process slowly, walking you through it step by step so that you can fully grasp the concept, while also teaching you a fundamental exercise that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm

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    Tutorial 8

    Beatmatching: Part 2

    10:29

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments using the tempo slider in order to beatmatch two different songs with the same bpm using your ears only. She shows how you can combine the techniques more efficiently in order to beatmatch faster, while still breaking the process down step by step so you can follow along in real time.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 9

    Beatmatching: Part 3

    10:07

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two different songs with different bpm using your ears only. She also explains how long to test playing your beatmatched tracks together before finally mixing the next song in, which varies depending on the length of time you plan to mix them.
    Songs:
    WiseLabs “Family Values” 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—124 bpm
    Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 10

    Beatmatching: Part 4 - Sync Intro

    4:46

    In this video, DJ Shortee introduces the Sync functions and teaches you how to use the Traktor Kontrol s4's hardware Sync controls.
    Songs:
    WiseLabs “Family Values” 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—124 bpm
    Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 11

    Beatgrid

    12:08

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to set and adjust basic beatgrids in Traktor Pro 2.
    Songs:
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm
    Jay Velar “Surge” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 12

    Beatgrid Track with Beatless Intro

    5:31

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to set up your beatgrids on tracks that don't have a defined beat in the intro.
    Songs:
    Mashur “Army Boots” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—140 bpm

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    Tutorial 13

    Adjusting Beatgrid with Controller

    2:21

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to use the Traktor Kontrol s4 to set and adjust your beatgrids for your audio files in the Traktor Pro 2 software.
    Songs:
    Mustache Riot, Mobb Creep & Melissa Pixel “It’s Not Too Late” Safra Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—86 bpm

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    Tutorial 14

    Auto Sync

    7:36

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to use Auto Sync in Traktor Pro 2.
    Songs:
    Digital Fracture “Inflexible” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—130 bpm
    BSSFST “Superalligator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Digital Fracture “Monster” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 15

    Sync to Master Clock

    2:06

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to sync to the master clock in Traktor Pro 2.
    Songs:
    Bsharry “BOA” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Marc Remillard “Unite” FetOo Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 16

    Sync Master Clock to Decks

    1:33

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to sync the master clock to your decks in Traktor Pro 2.
    Songs:
    Bsharry “BOA” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Marc Remillard “Unite” FetOo Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    BSSFST “Superalligator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 17

    Simple Blend Mix

    15:14

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform a simple blend mix using the volume faders on the controller's DJ mixer to transition the songs from one to the other. She quickly walks you through the process of beatmatching two different songs manually, and then shows you how to begin mixing the second song in at a mix point and use the volume faders to seamlessly mix the two songs together.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 18

    Basic EQ Mix

    6:24

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to begin incorporating the EQ into your mixing by transitioning the bass frequencies of your songs. She explains why this basic EQ mix is the most important EQ mix you will ever learn as a DJ and why you should use it, or a variation of it, most often.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 19

    Longer EQ Mix

    8:02

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform a more elaborate EQ mix by mixing each of the three frequencies separately in order to create a longer EQ mix together with the volume faders. She also shows you how to change your Traktor Pro 2 EQ Type to utilize the Z ISO EQ on your controller and explains the importance of the "complete kill" feature in this specific EQ setting.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 20

    High/Low Pass Filter Mix

    7:29

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to use the high/low pass filter to isolate certain frequencies of your songs while mixing between them using the volume faders. She also shows you how to change your Traktor Pro 2 filter type to choose between the three different Filter options that are offered in the software.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Tutorial 21

    Drop Mix

    8:10

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to use the cutting technique that you learned in the Traktor Controller DJ Basics course in order to perform a drop mix. She demonstrates this technique using the crossfader in conjunction with the volume faders and then using the controller's Play/Pause button with the crossfader. This skill can be used to execute quicker mixes, trick mixing, and songs with shorter phrasing, as well as any mix for which you need to hear the very first beat when mixing in the track.
    Songs:
    D.E.P “Bikini Girls” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm
    Sharxpowa “Storm” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm

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    Tutorial 22

    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter

    8:33

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform the drop mix technique in various ways by incorporating the EQ and/or the high/low pass filter so that you can blend the frequencies between songs in a more efficient way for smoother transitions during quick mixes.
    Songs:
    D.E.P “Bikini Girls” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm
    Sharxpowa “Storm” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm

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

breezy
Submitted 6 months ago

This course was very helpful

Every video I watched was thoroughly explained. Nice course.

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SkyMakai
Submitted 7 months 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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In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you all the essential basics that you need to know when you are first learning how to DJ using a Traktor DJ controller. The Traktor Kontrol S4 is featured; however this course is structured so that you can easily learn using any Traktor controller. Shortee shows you how to handle the jog wheels, various ways to cue up your songs, three different ways to listen using your headphones, how to identify the beat, and how to tune your ears to be able to isolate the drum sounds within your music. She explains basic music theory; note values; how to count beats, bars, and phrases in 4/4 time; and how to identify the “one.” You will discover various ways of counting the beats per minute (bpm) of your music and why it's so important to know the tempos of all your songs. She teaches you the two most important scratches for DJing manually with the platters, how to combine them with each other as well as with the crossfader, and various ways to drop your songs in on the “one.” To finish things off strong, you will learn how to perform a basic transition between two songs with the same bpm, using the crossfader to blend them together.

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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