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Traktor Pro Updated to Intergrate with Pioneer CDJs and Mixers

Traktor Intergration with Pioneer CDJ

There’s great news for club DJs who want to use Traktor Pro. Traktor announced yesterday, it’s latest update of the Traktor Pro software will now fully integrate with Pioneer’s CDJ series (2000/900/400) and the DJM-900 Nexus Mixer, thanks to advanced HID (Human Interface Devices) support.

Setting up Traktor in a club was never particularly easy. It was always time consuming and difficult trying to set everything up in the dark (wires going everywhere and separate soundcards being needed). The new update gets rid of all these issues. With one wire (and an action which will take about 30 seconds) you can now connect your laptop to the CDJs or DJM-900 mixer and be up and mixing in no time at all.

You can also use the Pioneer CDJ 2000′s visual interface to access tracks, cue points, loops and more in Traktor, with all relevant information on the CDJ’s display – from track artwork to detailed waveform displays.

This integration gives CDJ users access to features such as Traktor’s Remix Decks, sync, superior cueing and looping, intuitive browsing and world class effects. Traktor will memorise your settings, so every DJ booth becomes your DJ booth, no matter what equipment is installed.

We really like this update at FunkNaughty and we imagine this is going to appeal to a lot of CDJ users out there who may not be using using Traktor due to all of the issues with setting it up in the club.

This update works for both platforms of Traktor – timecoded or not.

Check out the video and watch Felix Da Housecat putting the update through it’s paces.


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Video – Danny Rampling’s Best & Worst DJ Moments

danny rampling best & worst dj moments

With a career spanning over 20 years Danny Rampling has certainly a tale or two to tell. In this latest video from our ‘Interview Series’ Danny gives you an insight into his best and worst moments as a DJ.
For all of you out there that have had problems with setting up Traktor and similar programs, don’t worry it happens to even the pros! Check out what Danny has to say……?

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Kontrol F1 and Traktor 2.5 Announced By Native Instruments

Article courtesy of DJ Tech Tools

Native Instruments had a party last night to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Traktor, and there they unveiled their powerful new version of Traktor as well as the new piece of hardware we’ve been waiting to learn more about, the Traktor Kontrol F1. Read more about NI CEO Daniel Haver’s semi-official announcement last night!

NI CEO Daniel Haver with a Kontrol F1 and new Traktor 2.5

NI CEO Daniel Haver in front of Traktor Pro 2.5, holding a Kontrol F1

Editor’s Note: Looks like the video of the official announcement got taken down from YouTube, but you can get the idea from the screencap above.

We’ll have complete details on both the Kontrol F1 and Traktor 2.5 later this week, but for now we’re excited to see that Traktor is taking things to the next level with Ableton-style clip launching and performance modes that will continue to drive innovation in the DJ software world. In the video that was taken down, Daniel Haver refers to the new Traktor F1 and Traktor 2.5 Remix Decks as a package and feature set that he calls “Ableton-in-a-DJ-way”. Here’s his words from Saturday night:

So those of you that like Ableton but actually didn’t feel that it’s quite a DJ product, (…) this is it. We take the whole production clipping aspect right into a DJ application, and these pads light up in just the same color as the cells in the Remix Decks.

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Video: Traktor Kontrol X1 FX Tutorials

Videos courtesy of Native Instruments

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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

How to synchronize traktor with maschine

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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