August 2011

Optimizing Windows for DJing – Part I (Power Script)

Courtesy of  SmiTTTen @ www.djtechtools.com

What’s it going to be? Mac or PC? One is the toast of the creative industry with each unit being delicately hand crafted on a silk pillow by a choir of angels. The other is a clunking black hole sucking the cool out of the universe and replacing it with narcoleptic accountants and device driver errors. At least that is what we are led to believe.  If you happen to fall into the latter camp you might grudgingly admit to having a PC stashed under the desk for mundane office work but you certainly wouldn’t consider taking it to a club? Would you?

REALITY CHECK

The reality is that, despite the bad press, PCs can be configured to work just as effectively as Macs, you just need to know your way around them. In this article we show you how to take the first step in understanding PC optimization for Traktor (amongst other things). You will learn how to use and customize a basic script that kills off dozens of CPU and RAM hungry Windows Services.  This script is not a panacea but it is one piece of the puzzle you can play with before making more permanent changes to your setup.

Watch the video at the top of the article for a full walkthrough on using our handy optimizer script. Here is a basic glossary of terms to get you started:

WINDOWS SERVICES

Windows Services are programs that are loaded up during boot time. Each service is tasked supporting a specific feature or component. They require no user interaction, are transparent to the user and their numbers quietly grow as new applications are installed on your machine.  Some Windows Services are vital, many are not and, all of them consume your system resources.

SCRIPTS

A script or “batch file” is simply a text file that contains sets of commands.  Scripts are incredibly useful because they can contain multiple sets of commands that can be executed in no more than two clicks. The script that we have created enables you to stop and subsequently restart a number of common services that are not needed by Traktor and most DJ services.

GET THE SCRIPT

  • Go to: http://themixtrain.wordpress.com/resources/djtt-pro-audio-optimizer/
  • Copy and paste the script text into a Notepad file. Save the file as whateveryoulike.bat (Note: there is no .BAT option in the the ‘Save as Type’ in the Notepad ‘Save As ‘ dialog.  By adding .bat to the end of the file name you will ensure the file is correctly saved as a batch file and not a text file.
  • Watch the video in the header for full installation instructions.

SUMMARY

This script enables you to take the first step in optimizing a PC but it certainly isn’t designed to be a complete solution for applications like Traktor or Serato.   Stripping you system down takes some time and know-how.  In future posts we’ll cover topics like creating a dual-boot environment so you can create a stripped down system for Traktor alongside another instance of Windows that will happily support your day-to-day activities.  If however, this level of OS tweaking is not for you and you are currently in the market for a machine that will run DJ software effortlessly, heading to the Apple store is still a good bet.

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SW4: A Big Thank You!

A HUGE thank you goes out to SW4, PointBlank and everyone who made it down to our tent.

We had a great time meeting everyone, doing our tutorials, finding out what you’re up to in digital DJing and Music Production and banging out some tunes.

We hope you all had a great time too, look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Check out the photos from the weekend on the FunkNaughty Facebook Fan page.

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NI Traktor: It’s all about the S2

So it’s finally official, Native Instruments have said the release date for the long-awaited S2  will be the 4th October.

Essentially the S2 is a cut-down, 2 deck dj controller, version of the S4, which promises to be the perfect introduction to the world of Traktor, at £499, this might be a little pricey for some.

According to the Traktor website the S2 provides the perfect integration between hardware and software, meaning everything is ready to go, that way you can focus on track selection via the one feature I truely love,  iTunes® library integration or get straight in to the powerful looping features, four dedicated ‘hot-cue’ buttons, EQ’s and effects. 

As with all NI products you know the build quality and ease of use will be great so maybe a £499 price tag is not too bad after all.

Click here to find out some more info.

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NI Maschine: Update Coming Soon

Native Instruments have recently announced an update to the highly useable Maschine.

If you’ve read the FunkNaughty Carl Cox interview, then you’ll know this is his Midi controller of choice and a serious piece of kit.  If you’ve not read it, you’ll need to join FunkNuaghty.com, then you can read the interview here

Version 1.7 will be available as a FREE update on the 1st September and promises even easier integration with the world of KOMPLETE.

According to the Native Instruments website the update will allow browsing and loading of the plug-in presets of all KOMPLETE 8 Instruments and Effects from within the MASCHINE hardware browser – without ever having to touch your mouse or keyboard, this sounds great to us!

To read more about the update, click here.

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Producer Sessions Live and Reason 6!

Interested in music production?  Then get yourself along to the second Producer Sessions event, to be held at SAE in London on 3rd-4th September.

The event sold out last year so make sure you get your tickets now.

The event brings together intimate tutorial sessions from some of the biggest names in music production alongside the chance to get hands-on with the latest hi-tech recording gear within a studio environment.

I can reveal as well that Propellerhead will also be exhibiting at the event with the first UK preview of Reason 6 and Balance!

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If you’re serious about music production, make sure you’re there.

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ABLETON: ON TOUR

Ableton update from FunkNaughty.

Ableton have announced that from August to October 2011, Ableton product specialists will join local SAE institutes, around the world, to host events geared towards both beginners and advanced users.

All events are free and open to the public but sadly only in the following countries.

Austria
Germany

Click here for more information.

Mexico
Switzerland

United States
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FREE Traktor Pro 2 With Traktor Kontrol X1

Native Instruments are providing us with a nice little summer treat. For a limited time only you can now pick up a FREE full copy of Traktor Pro 2 when you purchase a Traktor Kontrol X1. That’s a massive saving of
$139 / 129 €!

The X1 is a perfect accompliment for Traktor Pro 2. With it’s easy set up and playability. The new X1 also come with new midi mapping so you can take full control of Traktor Pros 4 decks and 8 sample decks.

So if you have been toying with the idea of upgrading to Traktor 2 or are looking to get into digital djing this is your perfect chance.

Get down to your local DJ equipment dealer to take up this offer. Rember this is a limited time offer, running from August to September 2011.

Check out this video to see DJ Haus taking full advantage of the new sample deck midi map layout:

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