Oh Man! Just had the best little mixing session with Traktor and the DJ2GO, I’ve fetted with the mapping slightly to give me a triggering Cue button (vs toggle on or off) and worked out the effects a bit more.
Here’s the rub, I did the whole playlist (below) with some ‘Freakin A’ mixing, great use of effects (gating and a few filters mostly) and I was sounding pretty damn good (if I say so myself)
BUT I DIDN’Y RECORD THE BASTARD !!!! *hrrumph*
Basically to record a set I gotta faff about with the USB sound card to allow headphone monitoring and recording, and I didn’t this time cos it was [quote] “just a quick play” goddammit.
Took a while, but I’ve got a set list worked out.
Includes Emalkay, Magnetic Man, The Others and even some Delilah albeit dubstep mixes 😀
Quite a few tunes from The Others, as I’m loving their sound atm.
So here’s my initial track list:
Flying into Tokyo – Magnetic Man
Fun House – The Others
Everybody Do The Super Skank – The Others
Breathe – Delilah (Emalkay mix)
Anthemic – Magnetic Man
Inside My Love – Delilah (VIP mix)
Metropolis – Magnetic Man
Africa (VIP) – The Others
Technophobe – The Others
Fallout – The Others
Light Up Ya Spliff – The Others
Fabrication – Emalkay
Feel It – The Others
Getting Nowhere – Magnetic Man
Go – The Others
First Flight – The Others (VIP mix)
Red planet – The Others
Stargate – The Others
Showdown/Polaris – The Others
Still a little tweaking to do on the soundcard before I can record a set with split headphone monitoring, but think I got it sussed now.
Well, Traktor and a controller sure is the way forward.
So much quicker to do stuff, line up, start & mix tracks. Me love it long time 😛
Haven’t toyed with custom mapping the DJ2GO yet, but will have a go on my next session. I want hands-on access to bass filters, as they’re the main thing I adjust during a mix. Great to cut out bassline A when bassline B kicks off – avoids over loading and can freshen up a track. I’ll have a play with the 4 deck setup at some point, as some tunes just aren’t good enough on their own, but could supply their fat bassline to another track.
Also joined MixCloud.com primarily to hear a old school ’92 set by Ed (Extrinsic), but have since discovered Joe Nice and a wealth of other peeps on there, plus tonnes of old school mix tapes. Plenty to make my ears go wobbly 😀
Once I’ve put a decent dubstep set together I’ll record & upload to MixCloud.
Traktor 2.5 really is fantastic – manages perfect sync on almost all the dubstep I throw at it, but only counts half the BPM on DnB tracks which is annoying. Simple enough (if time consuming) to sort, although my brain needs a calculator to work out what 86.35 bpm is when doubled 🙂
So, moving forward & keeping a super tight budget, I’m borrowing a super small Numark DJ2GO unit from a mate at work, plus a 4ch USB sound card. If it does the trick I’ll gladly part with the £20 he suggested !! He just doesn’t use it or anything similar these days, which is a bonus for me!
Reviews of these wee devices all pretty much love it [LINK] as a compact, clean controller.
Despite the small size they’re apparently well built, good fun to use and interface neatly with Traktor, after a little midi-mapping of course!
So, I’ll have a play this weekend, see how it all works and let y’all know!
He-he – I say Y’ALL like anyone actually reads this crap, or even visits the page 😆
Where in fact it’s simply a receptacle for any links & useful bits I find online when not at home.
Still, it’s more fun than simply emailing the stuff to myself, like who’d be sad enough to do that? 😉
IF I actually get this lot working, I might even record & upload a Dubstep – DnB set for a grin!