October 23, 2020No Comments

Best recording settings in Traktor Pro for mixing mp3 tracks

Traktor Pro is designed for DJs playing high-quality audio formats like AIFF and WAV. So what happens when the rest of us want to mix the 320k mp3s we buy on Beatport? It turns out, Traktor handles mixing — and recording — mp3s just fine as long as you use the right settings.

These are the recording settings I've used for years. They're easy to set-up and leave alone.


My recording settings
  1. Set Main output level to -1.0 dB
  2. Set Audio Recorder Gain level to -3.0 dB
  3. Make sure Limiter is not enabled and Headroom is set to None

Next, I'll explain why I use each of these settings.


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July 31, 2018No Comments

How to use signal processors to protect and elevate your sound system

We all know about different turntables, mixers, and midi controllers for playing music, as well as speakers and amplifiers so our audience can hear it. What's often overlooked, however, is the stuff that goes in between: signal processors.

You'll find them in every sound booth at festivals and nightclubs, but that doesn't mean you can't use them for your own smaller events. With the right equipment it’s very easy to get big sound in any setting, even when you’re using a small sound system.

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March 22, 2017No Comments

Sample DJ mix: Cerebella mixed in MixMeister Studio

I recently released a new DJ mix, Cerebella. Instead of spending hours doing stand-and-record sessions, I successfully used an old DJ app called MixMeister Studio.

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February 16, 2016No Comments

Custom mapping for easy track prep on your Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

The Kontrol S4 MK2 is by far the best DJ controller I use. It's fast and intuitive and lets me play around without a lot of work. The one issue I face while doing prep mixes is that it's cumbersome to add my first beat grid marker and fix autogain - particularly while I'm mixing (and recording) live. These settings traditionally require jumping to my trackpad to change UI views and make adjustments.

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December 19, 20133 Comments

How to use the “hidden” Booth Out volume knob on the new Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

Turns out Native Instrument's new Kontrol S4 MK2 has a hidden gem in the new update: Booth Out!

According to the new User Manual, on the back of the S4 MK2 are RCAs for Main Out and 1/4 for Booth Out. There's a recessed Booth Volume knob next to the 1/4 outputs. Next to that knob is a switch for Booth / Main. If set to MAIN the 1/4 outputs will output same as RCA. If the switch is set to BOOTH, the 1/4 output volume only uses the back Booth Volume knob and is independent from the Main Volume knob.

Since most pros don't fiddle with main out volume, the easy work-around is to swap roles and use 1/4 for main out and RCA for booth. You can set a good main-out level using the back knob, and use the convenient main volume knob for your booth.

November 17, 20137 Comments

Digital DJing: Traktor cue points – example mix

Last summer, I shared my method for using Traktor cue points. This time I'm going to show a real-world example of this method by going over the cue points I used in my recent mix, The Titan Festival. Read more

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