Serato Scratch Live DJ Skills Tutorial – How to create a synth effect

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Continuing our series of Serato Scratch Live tutorials from the award winning music academy Point Blank, we have a handy tip for creating a synth sound effect. The video shows you how easy it is to make the effect and how by changing the parameters you can get varying sounds that all sound pretty cool when laid back on top of your tunes.

This tip isn’t just for Serato users you could carry out the same techniques and get the same great results using other DJ software such as Traktor Pro.

Serato Scratch Live DJ Skills Tutorial – How to create a synth effect

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Serato Scratch Live DJ Skills Tutorial – Multiple Deck Mixing

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Starting off a series of Serato Scratch Live DJ Skill videos courtesy of the award winning music production studios Point Blank. We bring you a cool little tip on how to extend the number of decks you have in Serato Scratch Live.

The video below will show you by incorporating the use of the sample bays you can extend the number of decks from 2 to 5 and more.

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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.

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Video: Traktor 2 Tips And Techniques

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DMC World Champion DJ Shiftee and Native Instruments Product Specialist DJ Endo serve  up a sneak peak of what you can learn from their new  Digital DJing with Traktor 2 tutorial course, which is hosted at Dubspot.

The boys with 22 years of DJing experience behind them have created a no holds barred course that will take you from the basics of using Traktor 2 through to pro DJ techniques.

To find out more details on the course visit the Dubspot website.

Check out the video below for some handy tips on how to use Traktor 2. Endo and Shiftee explain and demonstrate how to set accurate beat grid markers and cue points on a track. Phrase Mixing -  how to blend two songs and create seamless mixes. Advanced effects in Traktor Pro 2, using the ‘Delay’ effect for brilliant results.

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Video: What Is Harmonic Mixing?

A nice little video from DJ Endo at Dubspot.

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DJ Endo introduces the software ‘Mixed in Key‘ and how you can use the program to assist you in harmonic mixing.

Endo goes on to gives some insider tips that will help people who already understand the basics of Mixed in Key and harmonic mixing. Such as using Native Instruments FM8 Synthesizer to check Mixed In Key has correctly calculated the right key for the processed track.

Endo also gives an insight into his 4 deck mixing and how using Traktor’s key lock function can allow him to play multiple tracks with varying BPMs but keeping a smooth harmonic mix.


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Video: Traktor Kontrol X1 FX Tutorials

Videos courtesy of Native Instruments


Four great Traktor Kontrol X1 FX tutorials to take your dj skills to the next level.

Laying down a nice tight mix is one thing but adding different FXs can really change the sound of your mix sets and really make them stand out from the crowd. Just slapping any old FX on a track doesn’t necessarily work, you need to practice as certain effects will only work well on certain sounds.

Check out the videos below they’ll help you to learn when to drop certain effects and how best to use them. Enjoy!

Traktor Kontrol X1 FX Tutorials Part 1/4: Beat Masher

Traktor Kontrol X1 FX Tutorials Part 2/4: Freeze Effect

Traktor Kontrol X1 FX Tutorials Part 3/4: Loop Synth

Traktor Kontrol X1 FX Tutorials Part 4/4: Juggle Sample

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Video: How To Synchronize Traktor and Maschine

Video courtesy of Native Instruments

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A handy video showing you how to connect Traktor to Maschine. The video shows you around the ‘controller manager’ and ‘midi clock’ areas in the ‘Preferences’ box. Watching this video will help you to develop your understanding of how to set up and connect other systems and equipment with Traktor, not just Maschine.

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How to Succeed at Djing – Part 3. Get Involved In Your Local Scene

Article courtesy of Phil Morse at Digital DJ Tips

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In the last article, I spoke about how you have to play the popularity game in order to move up the ladder of DJing and get the more lucrative gigs. Part of the success of many local DJs who get a good start is the fact they were social butterflies. To illustrate what I mean, let me start with a story.

Back in the late 1990s, my hometown’s club scene (I’m from Chicago) began a large change that forever redefined it.

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