Posts Tagged ‘Traktor’

Yet ANOTHER Talented DJ…………

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Makes you sick really……..

Mo Wax, Mo’ Problems…………..

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Several weeks ago, I get a message from fellow ‘Caster Riccochet:

The industrious Miss Phi & iDI07S4VAN7 have put together mixes as (mini) tributes to achingly hip 90’s label, Mo Wax & do I want in on this project?

For various reasons (long-winded, boring), this message languishes unseen & unloved, gathering dust in my inbox. Repeated prodding (eventually) spurs me into action, well as much one can with 1 functioning deck a wheezy PC plus what I can onlt ‘politely’ describe as a ‘recalcitrant’ OEM version of Traktor LE.

As usual, I have to do things the hard way……………..

Which is precisely what I’ve been doing. I’ve been going through my record collection for stuff from Mr Lavelle’s label & digitizing it.

As with similar projects, digging back through my collection is quite an experience

Is it a measure of the quality or a desparate attempt to hold onto my dim & distant (mispelt) youth & vague optimism that I can still listen to these tracks? Or could it be that I simply bought wisely?

Looks like I’ll be using Audacity, particularly as follows:

  • Part of the mix  will be cut & paste job
  • Short, pre-mixed sections (recorded offline) will be dropped back in
  • May play around with effects/plug-ins

‘Why don’t you just get a new deck & stop faffing?’ I hear you ask.

Well, in part because:

  • I’m married (HAPPILY, I would like to add)
  • Life finds a whole new set of ways of emptying your pockets at this age
  • Since when did I ever end up going for the easy option?

This is about to get interesting……………………………

Need a Plan B…………

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

This is getting beyond a joke. Firstly, one of mt trusty decks dies. Now my PC’s playing up. Again. Or rather my OEM version of Traktor is now playing up, refusing to play any music, either via my BCD 3000 or though the PC keyboard/mouse.


I swear, someone’s out to get me.

I’ve got to get a bit creative to get ’round this & get some mixes up. I DO have a couple of other programs but this could mean re-wiring the speaker/soundcard output like a Christmas tree.

Hope we don’t need the Fire Service………………………….


Traktor Champions

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

As part of Native intrument’s push with Traktor 2, they’ve released a video of Qbert and friends doing some rather excellent scratch-type stuff………….

So talented…….it’s depressing really…………….

BPM 2010, Pt 2

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

As promised, some more pictures for you

The DJ at American Audio. Curiously, wearing a Union Jack jacket, Either doing his thing for Anglo American relations or at the wrong fancy dress party......................

Parm Panesar (at Denon, obviously). This bloke has stamina - he seemed to be on the decks from the moment I got into the place 'til I left - quite a long set...

A couple of So Solid freestyling, ahead of their set at the BPM Arena

A couple of So Solid freestyling, ahead of their set at the BPM Arena

I have got some video, but have had a few issues getting it up here, but have found a better quality version of some of what happened at Reloop,  made by the guys themselves:

Also found footage of the NI Traktor S4 controller (Mmmm……)

Anyway, I sat in on Tony Andrew’s ‘The Importance of Quality Audio’ talk (Thanks for the heads up on that one, Looby).

Tony Andrews seminar at BPM 2010

Tony Andrews seminar at BPM 2010. A man with a passionate belief & has made me look again at how I record my work.

Whilst not the most dynamic of presentations, he is clearly a man passionate about his subject, making genuine, salient points about quality audio in the digital domain.
Initially, the start of the talk was somewhat ‘esoteric’ (at one point I though I was going to get my head shaved & get married off to a pineapple), but once past that the essential thrust of the seminar was of importance to anyone caring about what they listen to & that is:

  • We are so used to consuming everything for the sake of convenience, particularly regarding music that quality is trailing a VERY poor second.
  • We spend more time choosing our digital music players than the quality of the content that goes on them.
  • This is having a trickle-down effect on every aspect of music (radio, live work, recording, etc).
  • Compressed audio formats (such as mp3), were designed to suit the needs of an much older Internet (lower bandwith, slower PCs) & lower spec machines with considerably less storage than that  now available.
  • While computers & the internet has evolved, many of these formats haven’t & are constrained by the limitations they had in the inception.
    (he summed it up nicely – do I want 10,000 lower quality mp3s on my Ipod or 1000 good quality ones?)

In my day job (I work in education) – we have a generation who already are unfamiliar with CDs, & in many case, you put on a CD quality track, they can’t cope because there’s too much audio information.

Didn’t get to see the DJ Mag tech Awards this year, but did get to run into DJ Mag’s Tech Editor,Mick Wilson – surprisingly, he remembered me from last time (odd that, as no restraining orders were involved. Maybe it’s a sign of my continued growth as a human being).

Attended ‘Produce>Promote..’ panel

Produce' promote... Q&A session with (from left): Mark Jones Guenter Loibl, Sally McKlintock & Rebecca Saforia)

with Mark Jones (Co-founder of BPM), Guenter Liobl, CEO of Rebeat, Sally McClintock of DMC, Rebecca Saforia (Trance DJ & composer of this year’s (first) BPM Anthem).
Interesting & informative. Got passed over in the Q&A (maybe try to be more assertive), but did get a chance to chat afterwards with Mark (nice man, suitably adult hair), Rebecca (warm & chatty).

The main points they seemed to put across were:

  • Think globally (always remember the home market, but the Net give you a potential audience of billions)
  • Don’t give up – persistence & patience pay off.  (That said, if something isn’t working, leave it, try another track, avenue or tactic).
  • Network, network, network – not just using the Internet. Actually going up to people & talking to them can open up opportunities.

I got to speak to Guenter later on. I’m not sure if he understood what I was trying to say (that said, I know I’m often given to rather long, rambling dialogues, so it’s understandable), To his credit, he was patient, & encouraging. A gentleman by any other name.

Dodgy celeb lookalike alert – ‘Ulrika Jonsson’ (or some rather low-rent approximation) wandering through the BPM Arena during the prize draws. Which I didn’t win. Again. Roll on next year…………………………………..