Beginners Guide to Traktor Pro
Following on from his highly successful Beginners Guide to DJing course, senior Producertech tutor Rob Jones returns with another high quality DJ course, this time focusing on Native Instruments’ Traktor. The course provides a clear and concise look at the fundamentals of one of the world’s most popular DJ software platforms, and will have you mixing like a pro in no time at all.
With over an hour of carefully written tutorials, Rob efficiently covers all the basics of the software in his concise yet detailed style. Starting off with a general overview, Rob then goes on to explain the track browser, giving invaluable tips on how to organise your music collection. He then takes a look at some of the essentials of the software, including the track decks, and discusses vital features such as setting cue points and key controls. Rob also gives an insight into the mixer section, teaching how to use EQ and filtering to create seamless and smooth mixes, before covering a few of the multitude of FX available within Traktor, demonstrating how they can take your mixing skills to the next level.
The course also comes with an extra bonus module that explains the technology behind Traktor’s new stems concept, which is a recent development from Native Instruments that provides DJs with multi-track mixing possibilities. With support from DJs such as global megastar Carl Cox, stems looks set to revolutionise digital DJing!
The videos are available to stream from the Producertech website 24/7/365, and are available immediately after purchase. Accompanying the course are 2 free DJ Mixtools stems tracks in Deep House and Neurofunk styles for you to experiment with, both courtesy of Loopmasters. Make sure to check out the course page for the trailer, sample module and more information.
Intro to Traktor Pro - Sample Module from Beginners Guide
Modules in this course:
Module 1 - Intro and Overview
The course begins with a quick overview of the Traktor software, explaining some of the key features and showing how easy it is to mix two tracks.
Module 2 - Track Browser
This second module takes a look at the browser, showing how to import tracks, search for them, and also how to categorise them into organised playlists.
Module 3 - Track Decks
This video looks at the main mode for Traktor's decks, explaining various features such as tempo sync, the beatgrid, and the phase meter.
Module 4 - Cue Points
This lesson teaches how to set cue points on a track, which can be useful if you want to mix in from a later section of the track, or check the track is in time before playing it out.
Module 5 - Looping
Setting loops and changing their length in Traktor is explained, and their usefulness when mixing is also discussed.
Module 6 - Mixer Levels
Rob takes a look a the Mixer section within Traktor, explaining the track faders and crossfader and providing guidance on how to use them to have complete control over the levels of a track when mixing in and out.
Module 7 - Mixer EQ and Filters
Staying within the Mixer section, Rob shows how to use the EQ and filters to create smoother transitions when mixing.
Module 8 - Key Controls
This module takes a quick look at the key lock feature of Traktor, meaning the pitch of the track isn't altered when the tempo is increased or decreased.
Module 9 - Using FX
This video explains the available FX within Traktor, and how to apply them to create more interesting, varied and fun mixes.
Module 10 - Mixing Externally
This module shows how to set up external mixing within Traktor, which you may use if you have a regular hardware DJ mixer.
Module 11 - Headphones Options
In this lesson, Rob takes a look at the monitoring options within Traktor, showing how to set up a monitor mix with different DJing setups.
Module 12 - Recording a Mix
This quick video shows how easy it is to record a mix within Traktor, which could then be uploaded to Mixcloud/ Soundcloud.
Module 13 - Useful Preferences
The course is concluded with a look at some more useful features within Traktor's preferences.
Bonus Module - Intro to Stems
As a bonus, Rob takes a look at Native Instruments' new stems format, explaining what they are and how to use them to have full control over a mix, being able to effectively re-arrange tracks on the fly!
Rob is a classically trained musician, with piano as his primary instrument, and obtained a degree in music and sound recording (the prestigious Tonmeister course) from the University of Surrey. Having honed his skills both at University and in the studios in London where he worked in a technical role, he began releasing music on labels like Lot49, Dead Famous and Erase, under the artist name Anarchy Rice. Rob has been at the forefront of music software training since the very beginning, having kicked things off at Focusrite back in 2006. With both classical music and technical sound qualifications, as well as a wealth of presenting experience, he is ideally suited to the role of an online music trainer, and is 100% dedicated to sharing his knowledge and assisting others with what he believes to be one of the most rewarding things in life - making music!